Zocca

3.8
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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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3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.0
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3.8
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OT
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was nice. Food was ok. Prices were a little high for what it is.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Food looked and tasted amazing. Clean restaurant.

LZ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all loved Zocca. Their breakfast buffet brunch was a perfect way to start the New Year. The omelets at the omelets station were delicious, the fresh juices were fantastic and the service was perfect. Would recommend to anyone who visits San Antonio.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our servers have been amazing the many times we have been in there and the bar this week. The hostesses needs some help or training or something. She has been the only problem to otherwise perfect evenings.

BO
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

One entree was served cold, then reheated after we complained. We had to ask for remuneration, it wasn’t offered by the staff. The other entrees were so/so at best.

t
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We had had lunch here a while ago dogs were also in the dining room....the food was fair lobster bisque was OK but lacked full flavor; my calamari misto was not good; chewy & limp....not a value for the money spent.

MS
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I was expecting a more elegant decor than what we found we arrived but the service and the food made up for it. I had the spaghetti and the meatball was out of this world. My wife had the bolognese and I noticed the instant it was delivered to the table that it was going to be too 'sauce heavy' for her and it was. She said the taste was "okay" in that she couldn't really taste the flavor of the pasta. For evening dining, the lighting was definitely way too bright and I asked the waiter to dim the lights a bit and he obliged. It definitely improved the ambience. All-in-all, a decent dining experience but not at the scale I would expect from a restaurant located inside of a Westin hotel.

RA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excelente la comida, muy recomendable.El precio es alto pero vale la pena y está junto al River Walk

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L
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Promptly seated for our reservation on Christmas Eve! Superior service and great food. We will return.

FR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It’s a hotel restaurant!

Service was good!

NG
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

There was a large party that made it an unpleasant experience. The noise level was very high to the point we could barely carry on a conversation. Also, the kitchen could not keep up we the order volume, because we had to wait a very long time for our meal.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While the waiter did the best he could, the food took an extensive amount of time. The restaurant was not busy at all for it to take as long as it did. Price of food and value of food were not equivalent.

NM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful waterside dining. Staff was excellent. Food was very good, only perhaps a little pricey for what it was, but the view and ambiance made up for it.

D
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at the patio tables right on the Riverwalk! The ambiance can’t be beat. The food and service were excellent too!

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was better than expected! Ate here twice, had a pasta dish and their chicken piccata. Pasta was excellent, chicken dish was lighter than expected, very tasty. Both meals, the waiter and manager came back to table to ask how I was enjoying meal. Very attentive service!

r
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Unfortunately,we went here during Rock and Roll marathon weekend. We had reservations yet had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated. There wasn’t enough servers so service was slow and inconsistent. People around us were provided bread, but not us.
The food quality was average. If I knew this was a hotel restaurant, I wouldn’t have booked this restaurant even we were staying at this hotel.
The restaurant was plain and drab, typical of a hotel restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Forgot the special instruction/accommodation planned for the evening.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sent my parents to Zocca for their 50th wedding anniversary. We are not from Texas so I organized everything via email with the manager. They were so willing to help me out, my parents loved their dinner, and Zocca surprised them with a beautiful dessert to help them celebrate their anniversary. Absolutely wonderful restaurant and staff!!

LV
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with a lovely outdoor seating area just feet away from the river. A perfect setting that I was delighted to find for a romantic dinner to proceed my marriage proposal to the love of my life. Delicious food as well, their lamb chops were somehow more delicious to taste than their excellent presentation already suggested. The staff were all of excellent as well, being very knowledgeable about their menu, courteous to a fault, and very attentive to our specific allergy concerns. 11/10 highly recommend.

BM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I decided to come here because most of the other restaurants had a very long wait. We made a reservation online and requested outdoor seating and that’s exactly what we got! We decided to share a pizza and a pasta dish. The server even separated the pasta for us. The food was hot and tasteful. Amazing food. Amazing view. Awesome service!

A
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice location and good food.

l
San Antonio
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We visited on one of the busiest nights of the year on the Riverwalk-River Parade. They had a buffet with prime rib and pastas that were all really great! The staff was very kind and helpful. The restaurant is in the Westin Hotel and looks like just any ordinary mid level hotel restaurant. The ambiance isn't great due to that, but the food is wonderful!

A
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our birthday celebration absolutely perfect!! They went out of their way to make us a special dessert (no longer on the menu) for the birthday boy. It was absolutely delicious:)

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and company!

ML
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
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
34 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
58 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
London
26 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
14 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.

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