The Patio on Guerra

4.7
300 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Our story starts at the turn of the century in 1908, three Guerra Brothers from Starr County went to San Antonio to sell mules. They returned home to the Valley and with the profits, opened a ranching and mercantile store in downtown McAllen. Now, 100 years later, Guerra family descendants have revived this site on 17th street, (originally known as "Guerra Street.") The Patio on Guerra restaurant opened in 2008 in one of the oldest buildings in downtown McAllen. The main dining room is set in the original brick walls of this historic structure. With its comfortable chairs, subtle lighting and linen-topped tables, diners feel the warmth and ambiance of romantic yesteryear. USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, regional favorites and our passion to provide excellent service make for a memorable experience whether you choose our main dining room or lovely outdoor patio surrounded by tall delicate palm trees. Recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2011 to 2019.
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DM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was really great at first. Service, food, ambience, music but large group (10+ people) showed up and waiter pretty much left us to fend for ourselves to the point that we had to wave down the hostess to order dessert. We also had to get up from the table to walk to the front of the restaurant to get the waiters attention so we could pay the check and leave.

The waiter went to assist the other waiter to take orders but never really returned to see how we were doing. Luckily the employee who served the water and brought us bread helped us out.

For the caliber of restaurant I expected better service.

IM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, lovely ambiance with relaxing music. Beautiful place to eat in. The food was great, good portions and tasted delicious.

AR
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent place, great staff, food amazing, reasonable prices, very comfortable,

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great ambiance and great service for the special occasion. A little noisy at first but got better after the music started.

SJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is pricey. The food is great.
The service is good. The ambience is good. It is worth the money.

RR
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! I tried several restaurants in the area and this is my first choice. The food and the service is excellent!

RV
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time there. Really enjoyed the first time outside in the winter time. Manager put heaters around my wife. My wife's first time eating medium rare steak. After that she was hooked on that. We attended here just as a romance get away from other chain restaurants. By far the best steak we have eaten!

OT
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always. Arrived early and sat us down ASAP. Great food and adult beverages.

ST
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The server and other wait staff were excellent in all regards. The food, while good, did not meet our expectations. We will go again because we did truly enjoy the ambiance.

HC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been regulars at The Patio almost since it opened --excellent food and superb courteous and friendly staff. Throughout the years it is our favorite restaurant to enjoy a Friday night dinner; she and I look forward to many more "Fridates" there.

OT
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every staff member was great and very helpful for our anniversary surprise! Thank you again for making a great night.

TM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table of 8 service was outstanding!. Only thing don't eat too much of the bread (even though it is amazing) save yourself for great appetizers and meal.

KN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing. The server went into depth when explaining the differences between different entree and wine options, while maintaining a positive and welcoming attitude. The sauteed potatoes and steak was fantastic. I do not recommend the asparagus.

JO
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Comfortable dining with just the right amount of elegance for a special occasion.

I ordered the rack of lambs. Great taste but a small quantity. The wine was selected by our waiter and we were not disappointed for a $50 bottle.

The atmosphere is great for a small group or date. Each table has a nearly undetectable spotlight so it really lightens up the personal ambiance without it bleeding out to other tables.

I definitely recommend and will go again to experience the outer dining area when the weather is not as humid.

The BIG downside (IMO) is that it is located on 17th st. (a bar strip). It does not affect the quality but it's simply an observation to consider.

F
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food & Service! I highly recommend Bison tenderloin!

ED
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent option. It was a surprise in downtown. Completely a great choice

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is one of the premier restaurants in the Rio Grande Valley. Food was exceptional, service good, but the place was very very loud. To be fair, we attended on the Saturday night before Father's Day, so I'm guessing it was busier than usual. They have an extensive wine list, however, many of the wines seemed overpriced compared to other restaurants in the valley. The Crab Tower appetizer was unique and delicious. We plan to go back on a weeknight when it might be less crowded.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice! Excellent food and service. Duck is fantastic!

EW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a treat to eat here. The food was FANTASTIC and Brooks on the guitar ALWAYS adds to the cool vibe of this cozy place. I’m never disappointed and I’ll continue to frequent The Patio On Guerra!! 😘💕

CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and the employees were very friendly; however, the service was a little slow.

c
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I had one cocktail, a house salad and grilled quail. The cocktail was very good; the quail were excellent, semiboneless and served with wild rice with dried cherries or cranberries. I had one glass of house chardonnay. Service was excellent. The service personnel work very hard in this restaurant.
The atmosphere was pleasant and the clientele looked as though a lot of local people eat here (graduation parties and birthdays).
I had not been to McAllen before, but relative to places in big cities in the north, I thought the meal was excellent and an excellent value, both for foot and drink. Unfortunately I live in South Carolina and I am sorry that it will be some time before I can visit this restaurant again.

DD
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always impressed with the overall experience at The Patio. Specifically this week enjoyed the Bison Tenderloin and the crab cakes

The wandering lone guitar player that has been there forever is great. Not too loud. Not obtrusive

Service was just a smidgen slower than normal. Food service could not have been better

SW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food at this place was awful. I ordered the mussels, the menu stated it was in a cream sauce, when it arrived the mussels were topped with sour tomatoes, the whole dish tasted sour probably from using green tomatoes. When my main course arrived, the lamb smelled bad, like it was slightly off, it was very dry and unappetizing. I did not eat any of it and just left. This was the most disappointing experience.

OT
Corpus Christi
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant never disappoints! Celebrated Mother’s Day and the food was delicious as always!

BH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed delicious steak and tuna. Quiet, but I can (2) bar areas, 1 inside and 1 outside on the patio, which could lend themselves to a little more noisy crowd. Nice wine offerings as well.

CB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here but we will return. We ate on the patio my husband got some bird dropping’s on him so we moved tables. Other than that it was excellent

FE
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gem of a place
Wouldn’t realize till you walk in
Great ambience.

Z
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only do i recommend i bring my friends here for special occasion dinners. The food is good and there is an unusual selection. My "go to" in the valley.

OT
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Best we’ve had in the area. We will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , everyone aware of occasion, felt warm welcome

OT
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buena comida y la atención perfecta

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WB
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fuimos a cenar siete personas y los alimentos fueron excelentes y la música excelente

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BM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every time we’re in McAllen. The food and wine selections are excellent and the service is as well. Angel has been our server every time and he is very attentive. We will definitely keep coming back!

JH
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in ft Lauderdale FL and visit my mother in McAllen frequently. I am from McAllen originally and the Patio is by far the finest dining establishment I have found in the valley in years. Mother is 89 years old and the individual tables are well lit, that's important for an 89 year old. The food is of excellent taste and quality and the wait staff has been efficient and attentive during our last 3 visits. I will return for each visit and most certainly mother will attend. Its her favorite restaurant in the valley as well.

JA
Dallas
78 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This is one of my favorite McAllen spots but this dinner wasn't as good as usual because my group was not able to enjoy the dessert I had planned: bananas foster prepared tableside. There was only one guy who knew how to prepare it and he was needed to wait on a private party so that was a major bummer. Otherwise everything else was tasty.

JM
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Food was pretty good. Had the bone-in ribeye. Was very hard to cut. But the 16 oz. ribeye was better. Mushrooms were mediocre. Lyonaise Potatoes were great.

GB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had an early for 6. the atmosphere was nicely relaxed. We were able to converse without a problem. Food arrived promptly and correct temperature. We did not realize that tip was included in the bill. We all added a tip. A very honest waiter pointed this out to us .and revised each bill

FG
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excelent service and food.
great music and ambiance

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