Zocca

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$30 and under
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Italian
Zocca offers contemporary Italian cuisine, fine wine, and cocktails at one of the most scenic spots on San Antonio’s renowned Riverwalk, where towering cypress trees shade the restaurant’s riverside patio. Zocca’s casually elegant interior of burnished copper, rich wood, and handsome onyx panels creates a relaxed, welcoming ambiance. The culinary artists in Zocca’s kitchen bring a contemporary spin to traditional Old World flavors, focusing on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to create delectable and memorable dishes. Zocca’s private dining options can accommodate from 10 guests to 100, in an al fresco patio setting to the convivial Chef’s Table to buy-out of the entire restaurant.
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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and company!

ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zocca has PHENOMENAL GLUTEN FREE food! Everything was cooked to perfection without cross-contamination, bursting with a great combination of flavor and presented with such eloquence! The style, setting, lighting, ombiance and energy of the restaurant was very comfortable and romantic. Every staff member provided us with exquisite service and treated us like family. The valet parking was a great bonus of service with convenience!
Most importantly of all, we were treated with absolute respect as a same gender couple celebrating our 15 year anniversary which is almost nonexistent in today's society. They were so amazing to dine with and went above and beyond the call of duty of excellent service! They even surprised us with complimentary chocolate covered strawberries, fancy chocolate treats and champagne! It was so wonderful to feel like a normal person ordering gluten free food, even down to the bread they served. My wife had the Pescatore which paired perfectly with the Tuscan Filet that I ordered. The flavors of both dishes worked well together in sharing bites without ruining the taste either dish. We were astounded to order a bottle of pino noir made in the birthplace of my wife, dated the year we got married! Zocca was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT in every way possible. We officially found a new regular spot to enjoy our nights eating out. We highly recommend this beautiful gem!

c
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was laughably slow and there was almost no one else in the restaurant. The young man was polite, but needed supervision on prompt service. Had to ask 3 times for just a coffee which took about 20 minutes. The only reason to eat here is great gluten free pasta, which is difficult to come by. The cream brûlé was certainly from a package as it had that jello texture, not the cream one expects.

s
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta. Large portions. Will go back again. The desserts were excellent. Highly recommended.

D
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was very slow, told the server we had theatre tickets and didnt seem to care, food was cold, but we didnt have time to send it back, but the theatre plans.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Nice food but the restaurant was very quiet, no atmosphere but the food was good.

TD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Restaurant was ice cold. Staff claimed restaurant is dependent on hotel's heating system which doesn't allow proper heating of lower level floors. Reserved table for 6 with the request "weather permitting patio table please". When we arrived table was setup outside even though the temperature there was 46F. Food was good... but service and ambiance was way below expectations. Had we not been too tired for switching the venue we would have left. Would definitely never consider going back!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The pasta dishes were too stiff on the sauce. The pasta itself seemed over cooked. It is not real Italian.

T
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to eat at the hotel and found that Zocca was not just a very pleasant spot to have dinner, right on the River Walk, but offered great food and very friendly service. We really enjoyed our evening and would recommend the restaurant to anyone. The bar is also very convenient and has a good selection of wines, beers and cocktails.

CO
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go to restaurants downtown. Easy to get to and quietest place on the river.

SS
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great location but the food was cold and the poor waiter had way too many tables

D
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I would recommend the ambience, not necessarily the food

YR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Menu was very limited for a hotel restaurant. The pasta dish was prepared with to much lemon and overpowered the crab and sauce. The salad didn’t have enough dressing and was dry. Our service was very slow. Our waiter Jason was pleasant but too chatty. We waited 45 minutes for entree’s and a table next to us were served pasta entrees within 15 minutes actually at the same time as ours was served. Not unacceptable.

Ate 2 nd night. Waiter outside had new baby and shared way to much personal information. We couldn’t get him to stop talking and bring our dessert. We understand he needed to talk about the birth however enough!

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Went on a Thursday for dinner. Underwhelming limited menu, wish that I had previewed it prior to going.
It wasn’t busy, but service was very slow. It’s a typical hotel restaurant & bar.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere quite for be in the river walk in San Antonio

C
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

This was my third meal at Zocca, but the first time in about 6 or more months. I had chosen it because in my previous experiences the food had been really wonderful and the service was excellent. Tonight the service was still excellent but the food was very disappointing. Each rib of the rack of lamb was very fatty and had been, simply, just cooked ... no sautéing or glazing to give it more taste and eye appeal. The polenta lasagna “just didn’t make it” according to my guest who ordered it. She ate a small amount and did not wish to take rest home. I had gone there expecting the previously wonderful calamari with a delicious sauce (which had been on the website menu this afternoon) but it had been replaced by a dish that included calamari and shrimp, peppers and several other food entities and did not sound appetizing .. just “different” and struggling to make a culinary statement. Although it was not the fault of the restaurant, the final disappointment was that the table of 6 next to us was so incredibly loud that my guest and I could not hear each other’s conversation. I won’t go back.

SA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food menu, reasonable prices, portions huge (prefer smaller), delicious! Really good cocktails but only 3 on happy hour menu. Excellent wait staff. Seating inside with good view of the River Walk and shaded outdoor tables when weather permits. Would recommend.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there during lunch and it was very peaceful. The dish I got was delicious!!!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Visited this restaurant six years ago and it was wonderful. We had brunch with a group of 16 and staff was great!

Came back for moms 77th birthday with family weekend. Although I called the restaurant several times prior, I could not get through, so I asked the concierge from Hotel Contessa to get a message to them to see if they could make my moms celebration special. When we arrived I mentioned this to the waitress and she seemed to know, but also seemed put out by me following up with her. The food was awful and for what we paid, I felt we should’ve gone somewhere else. I was very disappointed in service and quality of food. This restaurant may have had a recent renovation, it lacks in all areas. Not recommending.

DM
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends lunch for restaurant week. We all loved every course at our table by the window overlooking the Riverwalk. Great service but ... there was no one else there most of the time. Don’t know how they’d be when more crowded.

AS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Zocca. The food was good, and the menu included some interesting and unique items beyond the standard dishes you commonly find at Italian restaurants.

CA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, and the convenience of it being located in the hotel was nice.

BD
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great yogurt parfait. I’m not even a fan of yogurt parfaits. I also had the salmon. Delish. Our server was great too. All in all a great experience. Good ambiance, food and service. What more can you ask for.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great gluten free restaurant.

EP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food - Zocca has the best gluten free menu I've seen in an Italian restaurant, bar none. Food, from both the regular menu and the gluten free, was amazing. Sat outside so noise was minimal, don't know about inside.

H
Springfield
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine was good and it was relaxing

MM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The Bolognese pasta was not very tasty with very few specks of meat, not seasoned, blah.
The raspberry dessert was pitiful. I took one bite and left the remaining.

TJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I book a table for wedding anniversary dinner and ask 3 times during the day to have table ready. Did not happen even if the resto was not busy. Food was dry and obviously pasta have been standing under heater too long, service was poor and unprofessional and never got chance to order vine etc... totally overrated, staff incompetent and most probably not well managed. Only location make sense on the riverwalk.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter greeted us in a way that made us feel like the most important guests of the night. He kept our glasses full and the bread basket warm. The food was incredibly savory. We were sat next to the window so we can see the river walk, it was very calming and enjoyable. This was a very important night for my wife and I. Last weekend alone without children before a deployment to Afghanistan. We will definitely come back for dinner when I return home.

J
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and quality tastes! Welcoming from start to finish, and knowledgeable regarding our food allergies. We’ve already been back.

RS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch outside by the Riverwalk was wonderful. We took our young grandchildren out for lunch. The waitress was very good with them. She made it easy for us. Excellent food.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and relaxed compared to the other side of the riverwalk. Food was amazing. Never heard of Italian ceviche and it was amazing! Recommend!

T
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service, great atmosphere, wonderful wine, however, the food was very bland. I was disappointed in the entree. The ambiance and 5-star service made up for the less than average entree though. It was an overall great night. I’d return for Happy Hour but not for dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the servers had high energy and were very friendly!

CE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, unlike anything I've ever eaten! Our waiter Orlando went above and beyond to make our anniversary special. The atmosphere is a bit more relaxed than I expected, which was nice.

PC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor service. One of the appetizers was forgotten completely, water was refilled only once, drinks left empty for a long time (could have ordered two more rounds had the server paid attention).
Food was average at best. Seafood pasta was swimming in oil and the pea risotto was very over cooked.

TF
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. The wait staff were very kind and friendly. It was fantastic sitting inside but being able to look out on the river walk. I would definitely recommend Zocca’s restaurant to anyone.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jason made our Anniversary so special! He was so helpful with food choices and was so knowledgeable about the menu! Highly recommend!!!! Amazing food & service!!!!

TN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Reminded me of a school cafeteria or pizza parlor.

S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance right on the riverwalk. The wait is little long after the order even though it is not busy

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