The General Public - San Antonio

3.8
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 11am - 12am (midnight)
Friday, 11am - 2am
Saturday, 10:30am - 2am
Sunday, 10:30am - 12am (midnight)
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Phone number
(210) 920-1101
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniel Menchaca
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
I-10
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Parking details
We are located in The Rim shopping center. There are multiple parking lots and street parking available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 141 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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3.7
service
3.8
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3.7
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 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
21 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
21 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 14, 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 10, 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 3, 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 20, 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
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere

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K
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on September 15, 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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JB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 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
47 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 19, 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 16, 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
58 reviews
Dined on August 12, 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 19, 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
17 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 23, 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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OT
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

There were 6 in our party so we made a reservation but when we arrived it was like they didn't know we were coming. They didn't have a table for us so we had to sit outside. We got our appetizer within 15 minutes of sitting down but we didn't get our meal until 30 minutes after we finished our app. Our waiter never checked on us and we kept running out of water and having to ask someone passing by to refill our drinks. It was 90° out, too hot to be without drinks. They blammed the late food on a another big party but we never saw this big party. After we finished eating, the busboy cleared the table and took our drinks before we even got the bill again leaving us outside in the heat with nothing to drink. The food was ok but it wasn't worth the wait. We should have just gone to the Burger Bar across the street.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our service was absolutely the worst I've experienced in years. In fact, it was so horrible that after 1.5 hours of only getting 1 round of drinks (after a number of times reminding our server what we wanted because he kept getting the order wrong) and appetizers (which all came out at different times over a 25 minute span) we left and ate dinner elsewhere. The food was great; the service was absolutely horrible. We will give it another try but will make sure we don't get served by the same server.

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L
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great service. Would recommend and go back.

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The waitress was available and came by often but not very warm and fuzzy so to speak. Definitely caters to millenium crowd

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but the service was incredibly slow and almost nonexistent. Our server only checked on us once and we were left sitting for over 20 min without water or a chance to order dessert. We had to get the dessert to go because we were going to a movie.

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OT
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Mother’s Day reservation at 2:30 for 6. Seated right away but it seemed the staff was overwhelmed from the day. Service was a miss. My wife, the mother, got her meal 15 minutes after everyone else got theirs. They comped her sandwich but it made for a challenging celebration. Also, appetizers came momenta before the meal which was a miss. Why don’t they bus the tables? NOTHING was ever removed during service. Bring a cocktail, take the empty one. Remove the dishes at the end. All of this was missed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was absolutely delicious. I was not expecting much from the $1 mimosas but they were fantastic! My only complaint was the smell of the place. It was kind of a mix of sweat and puke...what you’d think an old bar in a college town would smell like after a crazy Saturday night.

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EE
San Antonio
38 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My fiance and I were not overly impressed with this restaurant. The service was good but, the food was mediocre. We sat outside, and there was an offputting odor that did not compliment the meal. We probably will not go back.

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We had some friends come into town who had never been to here. I come often and it was always good but I haven’t been in a few months. EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT. The servers are very rude and almost prideful for some reason. Our server COULD NOT get any of our orders right to save her life. Even with all the screw ups we didn’t want to go to management because we thought maybe the girl had a bad day, but what ever the case was it was bad enough to make them never want to visit and I will not go back because it was very embarrassing since I suggested such a “great place”

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Thank food was good but it's was way too loud for a restaurant. It was even a bit too loud for a bar

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BK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food, but the restaurant was very noisy. It took several prompts to have them turn down the ambient music, and eventually we opted to move outside so that we could actually hear each other speak.

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KS
San Antonio
26 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great mimosas and all the food is top notch but service is really slow for having tons of wait staff and never being that busy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish and chips are awesome here!!

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I was disappointed...the restrooms were dirty, they also were out of soap...there were very few healthy or gluten-free options . Service was slow. The place was smaller than I expected. The only thing I would recommend this place for is maybe drinks with your friends.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

When you ask the server for a recommendation, Tell them what you have a taste for on the menu, and she says you can make that at home, It changes your experience. Not a good way to impress a first timer. Furthermore if I cared about that then I actually would cook at home. Outdoor seating and tables could be wiped down regularly. Otherwise decent service.

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CW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The atmosphere and food are great. THe music is too loud! Otherwise I would recommend for certain!

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