The General Public - San Antonio

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158 reviews
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Contemporary American
The General Public is a spirited neighborhood restaurant and bar committed to wholesome food and warm hospitality. We are devoted to rewriting familiar recipes using only the freshest ingredients from farmers and suppliers we know personally. And we are committed to always keeping you in good spirits.
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Miguel - he was outstanding!

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

There isn’t much of a menu I think it’s more for people that want to drink. The meat and cheese plate was small and cost $12. The meat and cheese and baguette probably cost $2 if that.

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MN
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the city and was shopping at the Rim. Made reservations at The General Republic. Food was so good! Especially the fried honey chicken! So tender and delicious!! The crab cakes and the bacon burger was....😋! Will definitely come back again!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were excellent! We tried 4 different offerings and will come back to try the others.

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LC
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was decent but the service was pretty bad. It was a Monday night, hardly anyone there, and still took over half an hour to get ANY food, and then the starters came out only 10min before the entree. With so many options in that area, it is not a place I would rush back to.

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d
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Music was excessively loud for a restaurant but service and food are good

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p
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp and avocado salad was excellent. So was the service!!

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SH
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Devin and Michael were great at serving the table that night. I was not sure of what drink I would want, told the server what I liked and the bartender made a great drink! I love being able to have something I’ve never had. The sundown drink was awesome as well. Will be coming back for group events as well as girls night or date night!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my mom here for brunch to start off our day of shopping and it was pretty great, our waiter was great and the environment was very comfortable. The food was enjoyable as well especially the hash au gratin!

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AN
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was fantastic. We split the burrata and pistachio toast. The burrata was soft and creamy, the toast nice and crisp. The pistachios added a lovely crunch and great flavor.
We also had the shrimp and cauliflower "grits" which tasted great and the cauliflower had a really nice mouth feel.
Portion sizes were appropriate although the app and the entree were about the same size.
The service was terribly slow. The place was near-deserted at 7:30pm on a Sunday night, with maybe 2 other couples dining and at least 3 staff plus a manager on site. It took us almost 2 hours for just an app and an entree (which were delivered at the same time) plus cocktails. We had to flag down the server for our check and drink refills. Nobody checked on our water levels during the meal, either.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My pork was very over cooked.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not adequately staffed. Got our order wrong. Miserable experience

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We made a reservation for a Sunday evening at 7:30 post movie for my husband's birthday. We aren't from the area so reviews looked good and it was close to the movies.

Arrived right on time maybe a few minutes early. The restaurant had 3 tables with people, not busy. The hostess looked at us from the back of the restaurant and then continued for the next 5 minutes to ignore that we were there. We should have taken this as a sign. Finally she came over to tell us that she needed to cash out a table then she would find us table. A few minutes later she figured out how to put 5 people at a table for 4, add a chair. She said our waiter would be with us shortly....another 5 minutes pass.

The waiter finally came over to take a drink order (4 waters and a draft beer). 10 minutes later my husband went to the waiter who was at the back of the restaurant who was on his phone. When he saw my husband coming decided to get our water glasses out still hadn't entered the beer.

We decided to leave after 25 minutes wasted. So we cant rate the food because we didn't get any, but the service was ridiculous.

We went down the street to another restaurant (Russo's) and were seated and served drinks in less than 5 minutes.

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M
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Out of a few food options and drinks were SLOW to come out. Drink were OK...Brussels sprouts were great though!

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w
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Hamburgers and grilled ham and cheese sandwich. The shrimp and crab roll was a little full but that's not a bad problem to have. Waitress was attentive and efficient. Nice place for lunch. Will definitely come back.

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BN
San Antonio
93 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was OK. The General Manager was very nice and made a minus with some of the food a plus with the customer service. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant with minor reservations.

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HG
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for dinner on Sat 7pm. Restaurant was nearly empty. Ordered cocktails that took nearly 20 min to get. Everyone liked their cocktails but was left wondering what took so long in an empty restaurant. Got some apps (meat board & shellfish) that were OK in taste but relatively small portions. Based on the dining experience so far, elected to go elsewhere in Rim for entrees. Can't strongly recommend.

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TH
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love the happy hour. It’s the best in San Antonio. The service is a bit slow if you are in a large group. It’s faster if you are at the bar. Good food and good drinks.

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TH
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I really enjoyed the amazing happy hour and the food. We received great customer service. I will continue to be a customer of the General Public.

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TV
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

General Public is my husband's absolute favorite restaurant in San Antonio. Delicious food, great prices, energetic atmosphere!!

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F
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, good for kids/families. Great and fast service.

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OT
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 3

Music too loud. Server did not know the menu.

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S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed from arrival to departure. We were ignored by the wait staff for five minutes, and normally I don't even write about that, but the place was nowhere near full and the staff had plenty of time to gather and chat at the food counter while I waited. I told my waitress that I wanted an Old Fashioned, but not the bizarre one listed on the menu with ingredients not normally in an Old Fashioned. She promised that I would get a normal Old Fashioned and said the house ones were good. When it arrived, I honestly thought I'd received someone else's Fireball. My Old Fashioned tasted like a cinnamon shot over ice. I took it back to the bar to exchange for my drink, only to be informed that this was the way they made Old Fashioneds, with Vermouth of all things, and that's how it was. I just wanted a normal Old Fashioned; why is this hard? Next, my tiny, flavorless oysters arrived. Enough said. My wife's crab hushpuppies were actually quite good, but not good enough to overcome the entirety of the experience. Will not return, and will actively recommend others not go.

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SV
Corpus Christi
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. The crab hush puppies were a very unusual combination with powdered sugar and sweet butter but they were outstanding. Our server was fabulous.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The ambience is chic and the menu variety is great for brunch. Mimosa prices are not shabby either! I may give them another try because of the above despite the terrible service our party received.

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LL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch was a blast! $1 mimosas were delicious as well as the food! Well visit again!

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere

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K
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Expected a restaurant, got a bar. Very limited wine selection. Food was good. Service was a told slow.

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IW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Way too loud. It was nice and quiet when we walked in, there were only 6 other patrons in the place, and as soon as they sat us down the crappy music came blaring. If it were like that when we walked in we wouldn’t have stayed.

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OT
San Antonio
51 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been here many times, but not in awhile. The menu is the same with generous, tasty sandwiches and a good selection of salads and full size entrees. The beer is cold, the space pleasant and the servers are quick, polite and friendly. A good neighborhood place.

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KH
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A great spot to grab a comfort dish with the family or a few friends. Our waitress was very attentive and took good care of our party of four.

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the accommodation to our diet at a very reasonable price!!! Great experience.

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MR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service! Perfect for casual outing with friends.

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch is the best 😍

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S
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were very happy with our food. The crab hushpuppies were delicious. Other highlights were that we were able to make a reservation for Saturday night for 7 people, 15 minutes before arriving at the restaurant after the other restaurant that we planned to eat at had a 40 minute wait. The service from the hostess and waitress were poor. The hostess seated us a table that had water dripping on it from the a/c vent on the ceiling. We asked to switch tables and she acted like we should deal with having the water dripping on us. Our waitress seemed to have her head off in the clouds. We had to request everything (drink refills, extra crackers). When she brought us half a dozen oysters on the half-shell, she only brought us two packs of crackers.

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TB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. Ruined my best friends birthday dinner.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is good but don’t go if you have a baby. We went for brunch and there are no baby changing stations. When asked if they had a place they acted indignant.

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y
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I've been to General Public before and recommended it to friends for this visit. It was the worst restaurant experience I've had - by far - since moving to San Antonio 3 yrs ago. It was packed and super loud. Our server came by for drink orders and brought me a super hot michelada with raw jalepenos when I had ordered a mild one. I couldn't catch his attention for 10 minutes, so I went to find him. Got a replacement drink a while later. My friend ordered a drink and we reminded several servers that it hadn't come. Finally, she got it 20 mins later. We couldn't get our server's attention to take our food order, so we asked a server who was passing by. She told us they had just moved to a 'team service' model so all servers help all tables. She seemed annoyed that we didn't know this (??) We got our meals and my turkey pita was SO salty it was barely edible. We had to hunt our server down to get our check as well. I cannot express how terrible the service experience was. I was truly embarrassed that I had recommended this place to my friends (who were very disappointed). I don't recommend it. There are too many other great places nearby to be frustrated at this one.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive wait staff and great food. Kitchen and bar were a little slower than expected.

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T
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had a great brunch, really enjoyed it.

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