The Fruteria

4.5
65 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish

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The atmosphere of The Frutería tips its hat to Mexico's artisans. The space is contemporary yet casual anchored by the use of vibrant colors and textures. From the furniture, lighting, artwork to the earthenware used to serve food, The Frutería provides an authentic and fresh experience. By day the menu offerings range from fresh fruit cups, licuados (smoothies) to tortas and tostadas for breakfast and lunch. By night, The Frutería transforms into a Botanero offering Mexican tapas or small plates of botanas or antojitos, ranging from nuts, guacamoles, stuffed peppers to bite-size tostadas or chilapitas. The Frutería drink menu includes a well thought-out list of Tequilas from various regions and fruit infused cocktails. Come in, have a seat and enjoy this new Botanero by Chef Johhny Hernandez.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sat 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(210) 251-3104
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Johnny Hernandez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. Alamo & Cevallos
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Parking details
We have street parking in front of the resturant and after 5:00 pm we offer parking in the secure lit parking lot across the street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so happy with this meal, the drinks, the service, the ambiance and location. I will be back for sure!

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RR
San Antonio
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for a quick lunch. Had the shrimp tacos. The aioli sauce was fantastic. Always enjoy a nice tasting agua fresca.

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BM
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Had high hopes...beautiful spot and unique menu. However, for Restaurant Week, it was cheaper to order the actual items from the menu...not a deal at all. Then we asked about dessert and were just told they had no dessert. Wasn’t a very welcoming service experience.

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San Antonio
36 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious yellow fin yucateca tortas. The tuna is lightly seared and thinly sliced. Fresh sandwich rolls had a crispy crust with warm, soft interior perfect for building a sandwich with olive oil, guacamole, pickled onions with fresh cilantro and shredded cabbage. We enjoyed a margarita made with pepper infused tequila was yummy and not too spicy.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

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DF
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the start while waiting for all of our party members to arrive. Our wonderful server took the time to explain each item to us and make recommendations - which is helpful for us non-Spanish speakers and also a rare amenity at many places. Food was delicious - full of spice, color, and flavor. Margaritas were sweet and did not taste of liquor at all. Prices are very affordable. Highly recommend for brunch or a late lunch. Great for casual work get-togethers or time with family/friends.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is a bit pricey, but totally worth it!! If you feel like splurging a bit, definitely check out The Fruteria!!! The Mole Blanco is amazing!!!

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T
San Antonio
76 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican food and service. We will definitely be back

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AM
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First, we love this place! We dine here a lot. For the first time we found the service to be off. Not sure what was going on but one of our appetizers arrived at the end of our meal. We were told twice that it was coming and it did, very late!

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The menu was wonderful, the food was truly traditional, which can be hard to find in a sea of TexMex. I highly recommend this spot for an awesome Mexican cuisine experience.

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P
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our new favorite places. The food is FRESH and homemade and not prepared by SYSCO! OUTSTANDING SERVICE, AND FOOD. Great for lunch...dinner...not at all fancy but EXCELLENT! We would go to SAN ANTONIO JUST TO EAT HERE! Rarely do you find excellent, fresh food at a casual establishment like this. Definitely worth eating here! Dang...I am ready to go back just talking about it!

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PR
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Was celebrating and this was the perfect find!

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b
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love food? Like to try new things? Want fresh food and cocktails? This is the place for you. This is my favorite place for brunch and a must visit anytime I'm in San Antonio! The food is great and deliciously different, and the cocktails are beyond compare. All are made with fresh infusions. Recommend the sinocrinozada torta and the mango mimosas for brunch. Grab a chicken tinga chalupa and cucumber margarita for lunch or dinner. Don't forget an agua fresca to go ... made fresh daily, these various infused waters are great! This past weekend our table had the cantaloupe, the hibiscus, and the pineapple. Muy delicioso!

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SA
St. Louis
106 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another wonderful evening of inventive food and drink at Fruteria!

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g
Houston
327 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fruteria is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The food is anything but Tex Mex and is creatively prepared traditional Mexican food with an array of great margaritas and infusions. The menu is primarily tapas-style so you can try a number of different dishes - all done very well with great flavors. Don't come here expecting great tacos and enchiladas - you'll be disappointed.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are fans of Johnny Hernandez's cooking and service styles. While she has gone to his other restaurant; El Machito, this is my first time indulging in the chef's cuisine. We were blown away by how true the fair reflects the restaurants name. We started our lunch with a Verde liquado with some fresh cilantro thrown into it. The server; who for the life of me I cannot remember his name; recommended this to us. This server by the way is who solely made our lunch exceptional.
She had the Tangy Chicken Toastada, and I had the Bistec Torta. They were both outstanding! The Toastada had the perfect balance of savory, almost umami flavors that were in perfect harmony with the citrus and sharp flavors of their freshly pickled escabecha. The Torta was that of an infusion of what I like to think Mexican and French. The bollios had that fresh French bakery taste which made the filling of the Bistec, fresh tomato and avocado sing! We then shared an out of this world bread pudding; which was also recommended to us by the server. As a chef myself, I appreciate a good meal; and this is one of the best I've had in a while. 5 outta 5 hands down. We will be back!

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SA
St. Louis
106 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good experience, I was especially impressed with the hand-crafted beet salad.

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L
Central Coast
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Johnny Heenandez is an innovative chef. Delicious nod to the authentic flavors of Mexico

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We weren't sure what expect from the restaurant, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and I loved the extensive drink menu. Even better was the service. We never had to wait for someone to check on us, Antonio and other waitstaff were always near to make sure we had anything we needed. The restaurant is extremely clean and decorated with wonderful Mexican art of all kinds. I would recommend La Fruteria to couples or groups who are in the mood for fantastic food and drinks.

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N
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

An hour after our reservation, we still weren't seated. The hostess was unimpressive and seemed uninterested in getting us seated at all. Other patrons came in and out and we still hadn't been seated. We left and were seated immediately at Liberty Bar instead.

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m
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great brunch.
The chocolate dessert is amazing!

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be the best and most innovative Mexican I have ever had. The food is amazingly fresh with a diverse and creative menu. If you like Mexican food this restaurant should have a mandatory visit!

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O
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is Great. Margarita's are the best in SA. Menu needs to have some Chef Specials to change it up a little.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the atmosphere... great comfortable setting to catch up with old friends... amazingly delicious food... definitely going back...

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AC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tasting along with wide variety of margarita's to choose from.

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Este rest es muy bueno! La comida es auténtica MEXICANA . El mejor mojito en todo SA .

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S
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Menu is unique and food is flavorful. Love the drink menu as well. The service could have been better

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JC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE this place! For brunch or dinner, the food is delicious and the drinks are delightful! It is a great place for any occasion!

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l
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have eaten lunch at Fruteria several times. I love the salads, smoothies and desserts. I cannot eat gluten, but there are several choices for entrees and a delicious brulee. I understand it is a great night spot and bar.

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e
San Antonio
119 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Refreshing margaritas, great sharable plates, amazing combinations of flavors. Not your standard Mex/Tex Mex. Delicioso!

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LC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was my second visit to this restaurant , after my first experience having gone so well. I live in Houston and I am always looking for great places to eat when in San Antonio. The drinks were great ! I had the " Jarrito" with the 6 chilies infuse and it was amazing. Dinner was sadly lacking . The plate presentation was great but the food was served cold. We tried the chiles en nogada, puerco en salsa verde, gorditas tinga de pollo all served cold. We also tried the chilapitas de atun and that was great.
The restaurant wasn't busy for a Saturday night , but the Waite staff was slow.

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a
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fruteria is our go-to place for Sunday brunch and delicious salads during the week. I'm not a salad person, but Fruteria combines the freshest greens and fruit to create beautiful, flavorful dishes. As a local here in San Antonio, we love that Johnny Hernandez opened Fruteria, which offers healthy options at affordable prices. San Antonio is lucky to have chef Johnny Hernandez and his culinary inventiveness!

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m
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food, and enjoyed ordering a couple of things at a time and then a couple more when those were gone. Ate on the outdoor patio, which was nice, though the music was a little loud. Service was nice, but sometimes slow.

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G
San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience...went for brunch the natural juices are amazing, mimosas are made with real fruit juice not canned, the guacamole is incredible if you go try something different you won't be disappointed. The ambience is nice decorative but not overwhelming. The servers are friendly and attentive. I would say this is a true gem in Johnny's restaurants not as loud as La Gloria, but a great still a great experience. Take a group of friends but make reservations to make sure your covered.

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b
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little botanero is only a few miles from the heart of downtown San Antonio and is definitely a neighborhood gem. All the food is fresh and local, and so are the drinks! Fresh fruit and vegetable homemade infusions are the base of all the custom cocktails you can get, and the list is impressive! Perfect for brunch, though breakfast is only served on weekends. Can't miss with their mango mimosa anytime, and while the menu may be a little eccentric for some, there is something for everyone. Like more standard fare? Get a torta (sandwich) with homemade chips ...the chicken adobo is a group favorite. The manzana salad is large and filling, and the tostadas are all great! We loved this place and visit every time we're back home (native San Antonians). The only drawbacks are that it is very small, which can lead to significant wait times when busy, and it's in an industrial area so there isn't a lot right around there to walk to or browse while waiting. Additionally, parking is a problem for the same reasons. If you make plans to visit right when they open, you won't have any problems. Otherwise, if you are visiting SA, recommend making a reservation and exploring cab, public transportation, or hotel shuttle if available for late night/peak time visits.

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MV
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was surprised to find that The Fruiteria wasn't packed at lunch. We were able to get right in. I had a breaded chicken torta (sandwich) that came with fresh chips and it was delicious. There are also tostada and salads on the lunch menu but neither came with sides. I wish there were additional options but good was yummy. Also, got a fruit cup to go with my choice of fruits!

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AM
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit, this time with a friend. Such great food, such great drinks. It was wonderful, beginning to end! Thanks!

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OT
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had such a lovely time celebrating my birthday here Thursday with friends and family! If you haven't been, go now!!

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E
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best experience at The Fruteria! The servers were attentive and polite. Food was amazing. I had the three course special. Their new desert included a pineapple ice cream topped with cajeta and spicy nuts. It was amazingly good! Great quality for the price! Romantic and definitely a hidden gem. I will return!

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San Antonio
139 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast in town. Fresh fruit and amazing staff made sure we had everything we wanted.

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