Food was cold. Mediocre. Too much vinegar in BBQ platter. Service not great.
I have dined at the Granary often, because it is one of the most creative, yet unheralded, restaurants in San Antonio. Don't be fooled by the 'cue-focused lunch service and casual atmosphere. The dinner menu is more sophisticated and better executed than anything in the downtown/riverwalk area. As an example of what they do, I've attached a photo of a recent winemaker dinner menu. It speaks for itself. The Pearl has many fine restaurants, but the Granary is the equal of the best of them, including Southerleigh, Il Sogno, and Cured (all wonderful, but better known). It is a must-try for anyone visiting the Pearl.
We were there for the Steinmetz/ Hermann wine tasting. The wines were absolutely exquisite and the food served with the wines were extremely complimentary. I am a pescatarian which I forgot to inform the staff. They were extremely accommodating and we truly appreciated the hospitality.
Delicious food, great atmosphere. They forgot to put in our appetizers and came by, told us, then comped them. Outstanding customer service.
Wonderful food prep and design which stretches the definition of what barbeque can be. Excellent presentation. Wait staff is proficient and professional but a bit out of place in a converted home setting. Bar selection and quality are great.
We went here while in town for the Final Four Had a great meal and a great time
I made reservations for 6:15 on Fri 3/30, for my husband, myself & our 10 month old daughter. In the reservation notes I asked for a high chair. Around 3pm I received a call from Arch to confirm our reservation. He stated that the restaurant didn't have any high chairs & wanted to know if that was ok. I told him we would be able to make it work w/o the high chair. When we arrived at 6:15, the hostess (short hair and glasses) was very pretentious & told us that they didn't see our note about the high chair & that now they were booked up & didn't have room for us. I was confused, because obviously, they did see my note since they called to confirm with us earlier in the day. I told the hostess that I spoke with Arch to confirm our reservation earlier, so if there was a problem with accommodating us, it should have been addressed at the time of the call. She said they would see what they could do. After a few minutes they showed us a table for 2 & asked if it would work. I said yes, since our daughter would just sit on one of our laps anyway. The table was empty, but for whatever reason they made us stand around for another 15 minutes. Finally my Husband asked if we could just go ahead & sit down even if it would be a few minutes before the server greeted us since we were holding the baby. At that time the hostess was like, "Oh yeah, I was just about to seat you." grabbed menus & sat us down. You could tell that she was annoyed that we didn't just leave. Our server was very attentive & polite, & our food/beverages arrived quickly. He was very knowledgeable about the food/beer they served. We had a couple of their house brewed beers which were good, but the food was nothing special. I'm mostly sad because this was the last date my husband & I were going on before he left for 3 months on a work trip, & it was a less than pleasant experience. Just know that they are not family friendly, and you can get better bbq elsewhere.
Average, nothing outstanding. What more is there to say.
I went to The Granary with two fellow diners on a Saturday evening. I made a reservation. Unfortunately, one person in our party was still on his way to the restaurant when my reserved time came up and I was told that they do not like to seat incomplete parties, which was understandable. However, once my friend arrived about 5 minutes later, we were told that they were actually running behind and that we would still need to wait an additional 5-10 minutes to be seated. Both of these things are not particularly troublesome on their own, but their lack of candor when I checked in was troubling to one of the members of my party, and I agree that it could have been handled differently by the hostess.
The selection of appetizers and entrees on the menu was not impressive, although that is not necessarily a bad thing if the few items available are top notch. We ordered several appetizers and three entrees. Their cheese platter is overpriced for the amount of cheese we received. The pork belly was okay, but could have used a nice sear because it was just a soft mess. The entrees were okay. I ordered the dry-aged steak and the steak was very good, albeit missing some flavor. The side salad that came with the steak was not my cup of tea-- it was too vinegary and did not add anything of value flavor-wise when consumed with the steak. My friends ordered the barbecue board, which they enjoyed, for the most part. The baked beans that came with their meals had a very heavy mustard flavor that did not settle well with our palates.
The beer and wine selection was very decent, but the drink menu was difficult to navigate as the beers are not ordered in a systematic way.
Finally, the service was not impressive. The restaurant did not appear particularly busy throughout most of our meal, but we still had a hard time getting water refills and drink orders in.
Overall, the quality of our meal was passable, but nothing special. Based on my experience, I likely won't recommend it.
matsutake mushrooms in duck fat emulsion was beautiful -- unami, great acid, texture. chef is a straight up genius; super creative. highly curated beer list. worth a significant detour.
Arrived on time for our reservation and were told we would have to wait 15 minutes for a table so that our server would not be too busy.
Food - so so. Brisket was undercooked and under seasoned. Pulled pork was over cooked. They refused to sub slaw for potato salad even though they offer the slaw on other dishes.
Seems like they are they are trying to be upscale and exclusive without any reason to do so.
The Granary is one of my favorite Pearl Brewery restaurants. They have their own take on comfort food. It is all done very tastefully, with great presentation, some molecular gastronomic techniques and a nice variety of courses. Their beer is top notch. They have a microbrewery and great wine selections. There are mainstays on the menu, but every so often a new addition or adaptation of a current dish shows up. Their food is almost always very well prepared and they take time to explain the ingredients and even prep techniques with each item you order.
I wanted to mention this as an aside. It covers attention to detail and considerate behavior. You have to read it all the way through to realize it is actually a compliment. They have bright LED’s on lamps hanging from the wall in the first dining area to the left of the entrance when walking into the restaurant. I have a scar on my right cornea from a childhood injury which creates a lot of light scatter with bright lighting especially downlighting. This is a common occurrence in many mid-range to chain spots like cold rooms, neither of which I will never understand. I guess most humans love bright lights; maybe they are afraid of the dark, but there is a reason fine dining restaurants, eateries and restaurants rarely have bright lighting shooting towards you like a spot light. I understand the need to not make establishments too comfortable to facilitate quick turnover (don’t agree with it though), but I will say this about The Granary: The manager will usually find a way to accommodate customers like me by figuring out how to change the beams direction or turn off the light. That really goes a long way. I’m no wimpling by any stretch of the imagination, but bright lights in my eye makes it very distracting and uncomfortable.
Putting yourself in another’s place is something that is lost in this increasingly isolated and egocentric world we live in; thanks to the manager for accommodating me!
Very limited menu. Food portions very small. Love most every place at the Pearl and on Grayson street but we won't be back here. The one positive....the bartender was very attentive while we waited.
First timers and are definitely will be back, wonderful service, amazing food, great ambiance.
Great food in nice ambiance. We were seated on the outside terrace without asking us if we agreed. Otherwise happy about the service.
A very interesting twist on BBQ for sure. The dinner menu is smaller portions which are priced so you can try a broader portion of the menu. I liked that idea because there were so many different things I wanted to try. Everything we had was very good. The salmon collar appetizer was kind of a mess and not easy to share because it was just slightly cooked. A great dish if you like sushi and know what collar meat is, but don't try to share an order amongst 4 people. The one thing I disliked was the beer was not good. The brown ale tasted medicinal and the stout finished way too light in my opinion. To each their own though. Overall it was a cool place with an inventive kitchen. I would just go somewhere else for the beer.
Good but expected more.
The wooden interior suggested an old-time BBQ place, but the presentation was more chic than authentic Texas BBQ. It was just a mismatch in my mind and somewhat pretentious. If you are going to have an old-fashioned setting in a restaurant, have old-fashioned plates or just serve the meat on butcher paper for reasonable prices. If you are trying to be chic, change the decor and keep the menu the same. If I were you I wouldn't try to be both. The meat was OK, but no better than more traditional (and less expensive) BBQ places (Black's, Franklin's, even County Line).
The Valentine's Dinner menu was so good, we're still talking about it days later! The staff was knowledgeable and personable and I know we'll definitely be back to try more!
Charcuterie plate was delish, and my duck breast was volumptuously juicy. Bon apeTIT!
Interesting atmosphere. We were told when seated that it was communal seating which was fine even though it was a business meeting. We were told before seating that the group at our table was "finishing their entree and wouldn't be long". When seated, we were placed at the end of the table-so two across from each other and the third person as an "end cap". Very very tight quarters. What caused our issue was the entree hadn't even been served yet to our table mates and two other full tables were near empty for virtually the entire time we were there. The tip represented this poor communication/service level and the mgr/owner approached us before leaving regarding the tip level. When we expressed our service issues he started to argue with us about the status of the empty tables though it was a topic of conversation for the entire meal and we were obviously watching it and never once addressed the issue of 1) poor seating arrangements 2) empty tables while 7 people sat at a 6 person table and 3) a bold misrepresentation of the seating status. Unfortunately this really distracted from what could have been a very nice unique and tasty food experience albeit pricey.
I love the granary as soon as we got there they let us know our table will be available soon and let us know we can go to the bar food was awesome service was awesome can't wait to go back
Great food. Lovely setting and quiet.
Can't go wrong at the Granary! Food is always good. Drink pairings always match.
Every course was great. Service wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable supper
We will definitely go back again. Our waiter was awesome.
Excellent unique barbecue and beer! Chef Tim brought my wife’s meal out to her! Delicious! Tender and juicy brisket, beans are excellent!
Cold and uncomfortable - it's like they didn't have the heat on. Everyone was eating with their coats on. And if you wanted to take your coat off, there was no place to put it. We were seated near the front door and could feel the draft every time it opened. Seats were hard wooden stools with no backs. I had the brisket "ramen" which consisted of regular spaghetti noodles in a mediocre broth and tasteless cubes of beef. I asked the onsen egg to be fully cooked (I'm pregnant and avoiding undercooked animal products) and it wasn't. Never got the chance to tell the server because despite otherwise good service, he never asked once how things were. My husband had the barbecue board and it was decent, nothing special. His beer was good, but definitely not an imperial stout as advertised. Saw a bug crawling on the wall near our table and brought this to the server's attention. The manager came by and apologized for this, took the entrees off of our bill. Apparently he did this for the party sitting next to us too. We appreciated this, but overall it a pretty disappointing experience.
I chose this place because my husband wanted BBQ and the reviews were decent. There was only 1 bbq meal and my husband ordered it. He loved the brisket and pork but didn't really care for the sides. Our server really talked up the steak so my son ordered that which was a big disappointment. He thought it was very chewy. I ordered the Tai snapper which came out very undercooked. I sent it back and the manager apologized telling me that it was "sushi grade" and the chef doesn't like to cook it. Once it was cooked fully I thought it was good. Overall I feel this place tries to be too creative and the prices are too high for what you get. We did have the bread pudding desert which wasn't too bad. Our server also brewed a new pot of decaf coffee just for me which I thought was very kind.
First time and the food was fantastic! Must try the brisket ramen.
Loved it! Great place for a great value compared to the other restaurants in the Pearl District.
Overall, the food was good. One of the appetizers we ate the fritters, was light and crispy, but had absolutely no taste. Same with the quinoa with the clod. However, everything else was spectacular. Never had BBQ beans with flavor like that! Our waiter was very personable and made us feel relaxed. And the beer.... love it! Thanks and we'll be back.
Excellent Food and Excellent service. We had seen the Granary featured on a Food Network show. It looked amazing...and it did not fail to please in any way.
The food was delicious. The choices all sounded really good. The ambiance and look of the place was perfect for a good bbq spot. I ordered the BBQ Board and it was very filling and amazing.
Great location. Food was on point and delicious. Service was great, from Adam to the rest of the staff. As mentioned, food was outstanding, but a bit on the pricier side. Overall, loved the place and will return.
It’s my go to restaurant when I come to San Antonio for business. Everything I have tried have been awesome. The food looks, smells, and tastes great!
Outstanding, imaginative dinner menu at perhaps the site of the best bbq in San Antonio for lunch. My hanger steak was simply spectacular--incredibly tender and perfectly done.
Thoughtful, relaxed service made dinner a treat.
Experience-ok. First started with a house brew, brown ale. It was great! Next dinner... squash yummy. Mackerel - eh. Had some non-meat eaters in the group. Snapper was off the menu our night. That left a cabbage roll. Surprisingly good. Beef ramen on guy ordered was delicious. Dessert: bread pudding. Tasty but nothing to write home about.
Overall -meh. I’ll give it one more try.
An evening out, The Granary is always a great pick for a good refreshing beer and a small but great menu that is sure to please your palate! Our waitress talked me into trying the Duck Entrée and it was superb! Then the Beef Clod is my husband's all time favorite dish!
Would not go back. Too expensive for what you get. Hard benches. Tables are very close together. Place was really slow for a Saturday night. No lines and plently of empty tables everywhere but we were instructed to go to the counter and order a drink while our table was being cleaned!
We had a teeny tiny plate of cheese (3 cheese selections) about a cubic inch each, with 3 smears of jam & honey and 6 pieces of teeny tiny toast points which were tasteless and so very dry they crumbled when picked up. Cheese plate was $15.00. We also had a tiny bowl of ramen & the barbecue plate. The ramen was good but it was $16.00 for a ridiculously small bowl with about 1/2 cup of noodles and a few small pieces of brisket and a soft boiled egg. The barbecue plate was tasty but it was $18.00 and only had 3 or 4 pieces of brisket and 3 or 4 pieces of chicken thigh. Each piece of meat was about 1.5” long. Plate also came with 1/2 cup of beans and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of potato salad, 1 slice of white bread & a couple of slices of pickles. Beans were good but were cold. Barbecue sauce was served in a badly chipped and cracked bowl. Yuck. We also each had a beer at the counter while waiting for our table.