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Ácenar

4.4
4.4
2309 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican

Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong (of Rosario's fame), and her business partner Pete Selig (of Biga & Maverick fame), joined forces in 2005 to launch Ácenar … one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the River Walk. Guests will enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures.

Our professional team, led by Executive Chef Richard Sánchez - delivers a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Enjoy many fine selections of Gulf fish, crab and shrimp, or piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles rellenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas and cabrito — all made to your satisfaction.

Our multi-level spacious restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. Enjoy daily happy hour specials and a weekend brunch.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (210) 222-2362

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Richard Sanchez

  • Catering

    Call Keith Ludwick or email keith@acenar.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    Ácenar’ offers 4 private dining areas, which can be combined for large events. Our patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk being the highlight of the restaurant, while the Arriba and Abajo Rooms offer a more intimate setting. The Mezzanine converts to dining and lounge style cocktail parties.

  • Private party contact

    Keith Ludwick: (877) 556-3429

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    St. Mary's

  • Parking details

    Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, Check City Garages for Free Parking

  • Public transit

    Yes

  • Entertainment

    Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!Live music varies

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Antojitos

  • Appetizer Sampler$18.95

    Enjoy a sampling of our savory chicken flautas, beef alambres, and quesadillas. Served with pico de gallo and guacamole

    • Classic Bean & Cheese Nachos*$10.25

      • Ceviche / Lime Marinated Fish*$11.25

        Lime-marinated fish served with housemade chips and sliced avocado

        • Copitas / Lettuce Cups* **$11.95

          Chicken & pork stewed with chipotle, chile arbol & tamarindo in lettuce cups. Served with salsa trio and roasted cashews

          • Guacamole for Two^$12.95

            (made tableside) Served with housemade chips

            • Ostiones / Oysters$13.25

              Buttermilk-fried oysters on yucca chips, jalapeño honey mayo and charred pineapple

              • Queso Flameado / Baked Cheese*$9.25

                Chihuahua and Monterey Jack cheeses, mushrooms, chorizo, grilled onions and peppers

                • Queso de la Casa*$8.95

                  Melted cheese fondue with chorizo, pico de gallo, chile arbol and served with housemade chips

                  • Shrimp Nachos*$11.25

                    Chipotle spiced shrimp, black bean pico topped with Monterey Jack cheese and pickled red onions

                    • Jicama Shrimp Tacos$13.50

                      Gulf shrimp sautéed and served on jicama with tamarindo sauce and crispy leeks

                      • Alambres / Mini Skewers*$11.25

                        Marinated beef skewers drizzled with chimichurri salsas on a bed of cilantro slaw

                        • Tinga Chicken Empanadas$10.25

                          Half moon-shaped pastries stuffed with savory chorizo, tinga-style shredded chicken and drizzled with jalapeño salsa. Served with cabbage lime slaw

                          • Crepas de Huitlacoche / Mushroom Crepes^$10.75

                            A central Mexico delicacy cradled in light poblano corn pancake

                            Ensaladas

                            • Ensalada Ácenar / Chef Salad* ^$14.95

                              Bibb salad, queso fresco, roasted corn, grilled poblanos, avocados and jicama served with your choice of chicken or beef fajitas or two large grilled shrimp. Chipotle ranch dressing on the side

                              • Ensalada Citrus / Citrus Salad* ^$7.95

                                Spinach, orange, grapefruit, Manchego cheese, candied pecans with a piloncillo citrus vinaigrette

                                • Ensalada de la Casa / House Salad* ^$7.95

                                  Spicy mixed greens, tomato, avocado and goat cheese tossed with sweet onion sherry vinaigrette

                                  Sopas

                                  • Sopa Azteca / Tortilla Soup*$7.25

                                    Grilled chicken in a chile pasilla and tomato-spiced broth, topped with cubed cheese

                                    Favoritas de San Antonio

                                    Served with Mexican rice and refried beans Unless Otherwise Noted

                                    • Mole Poblano de Pollo / Chicken Mole**$14.25

                                      Tender boneless chicken breast simmered in mole poblano sauce

                                      • Pechuga de Pollo con Chipotle / Chipotle Chicken*$14.95

                                        Grilled chicken breast topped with chipotle cream sauce. Served with spinach con queso, roasted corn rice and black beans

                                        • Chile Relleno de Res y Puerco / Stuffed Pepper**$14.95

                                          Soufflé-coated poblano chile stuffed with beef and shredded pork and topped with a ranchero salsa

                                          • Entomatadas / Fried Stuffed Tortillas*$12.95

                                            Chicken and sweet potato-filled tacos with a roasted chile tomato sauce and queso fresco. Topped with sweet potato hay

                                            • Ácenar Combo$18.25

                                              Cheese enchilada topped with chile con carne sauce, your choice of beef or chicken fajita, guacamole and pico de gallo

                                              • Cochinita Pibil / Roasted Pork*$15.75

                                                Achiote-marinated pork slowly roasted in banana leaves. Served with cilantro rice, black beans and escabeche vegetables

                                                Tacos y Chalupas

                                                Served with Mexican rice and refried beans Unless Otherwise Noted

                                                • Tacos A La Parrilla*$12.95

                                                  Choice of grilled beef, chicken or pork with cilantro, onion and fresh pineapple

                                                  • Short Rib Tacos$16.95

                                                    Guajillo-braised short ribs, served with cabbage lime slaw, Mexican rice and refried beans

                                                    • Fish Tacos*$13.25

                                                      Grilled fish, jalapeño honey mayo with cabbage slaw and pickled red onions. Served with white rice and black beans

                                                      • Oyster Tacos$13.95

                                                        Chicken-fried oysters, charred pineapple, micro greens drizzled with jalapeño honey mayo

                                                        • Grilled Shrimp Tacos*$15.75

                                                          Sautéed shrimp with pico de gallo and chipotle butter topped with cabbage slaw and avocado

                                                          • Crab Tinga Tacos*$16.95

                                                            Gulf blue crab sautéed with tomato, onion, chipotle and avocado. Topped with sweet potato hay

                                                            • Mushroom and Calabacita Tacos* ^$12.95

                                                              Grilled mushrooms, Mexican squash, cilantro, pickled onion, chile, and tomatoes. Served with white rice and black beans

                                                              • Duck or Chicken Tinga Chalupas*$14.95

                                                                Choice of roasted duck or chicken sautéed with spicy Mexican sausage, cabbage lime slaw and avocado plus chile arbol salsa

                                                                • Chalupas Compuestas*$13.25

                                                                  Traditional bean and cheese, guacamole and your choice of beef or chicken

                                                                  Especialidades de la Casa

                                                                  • Huachinango A La Talla / Snapper Adobo Style*$27.50

                                                                    Grilled fillet of snapper prepared with a guajillo-chile rub and cilantro garlic pesto served with cilantro rice, sautéed veggie slaw and watercress

                                                                    • Pescado Veracruzano / Fish Veracruz$21.95

                                                                      Fillets of tilapia pan-seared in tomato, olive caper sauce served with cilantro rice and watercress

                                                                      • Camarones a la Diabla / Spicy Shrimp$28.95

                                                                        Garlic and chipotle-buttered shrimp served over cilantro rice and roasted cream corn pico

                                                                        • Bistec Ácenar con Camaron / Steak Ácenar with Shrimp*$34.95

                                                                          Chile-rubbed 8-oz. sirloin and two large diablo shrimp served with Mexican risotto, sautéed veggie slaw and chipotle beurre blanc sauce

                                                                          • Alambres a la Mexicana*$23.75

                                                                            Marinated beef, chicken and shrimp skewers served with roasted corn rice and black beans

                                                                            • Crepas de Pato / Duck Crepes$18.75

                                                                              Corn serrano crepes filled with roasted duck confit covered in a tamarindo-tomato grilled onion sauce

                                                                              • Cabrito en Chile Ancho / Baby Goat*$26.75

                                                                                Young Texas goat steam-roasted and served with ancho salsa ranchera, Mexican rice and refried beans

                                                                                • Lomo de Puerco / Pork Tenderloin*$19.50

                                                                                  Grilled adobo pork loin with mole Guerrero and mole verde. Served with sweet potato and spinach tamale

                                                                                  Enchiladas

                                                                                  Served with Mexican rice and refried beans Unless Otherwise Noted

                                                                                  • Enchiladas de Queso$12.95

                                                                                    Cheese enchiladas topped with chile con carne & more cheese

                                                                                    • Enchiladas Verdes*$12.95

                                                                                      Chicken-filled tortillas, tomatillo sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, corn and crema fresca

                                                                                      • Enchiladas de Mole**$12.95

                                                                                        Chicken-filled tortillas, mole de poblano, Chihuahua cheese

                                                                                        • Enchiladas de Mariscos*$15.75

                                                                                          Sautéed shrimp and crab filled corn tortillas, topped with roasted tomato sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. Served with white rice and black beans

                                                                                          • Vegetarian Enchiladas* ^$12.95

                                                                                            Corn tortillas stuffed with vegetables and topped with roasted tomato sauce. Served with white rice and black beans

                                                                                            Parilladas

                                                                                            • Poquito de Todo / Little Bit of Everything*

                                                                                              Skewered shrimp, carnitas, grilled marinated beef, spicy sausage, charbroiled chicken served with chiles and cebollas asadas, charro beans, guacamole and pico de gallo

                                                                                              • For Two$42.00
                                                                                              • For Four$79.00
                                                                                            • Carnitas / Crispy Pork Tips*$15.25

                                                                                              Crisp marinated pork served with grilled onions and peppers, charro beans, guacamole and pico de gallo

                                                                                              • Arrachera / Skirt Steak*$16.95

                                                                                                Grilled marinated beef or chicken served with grilled onions, charro beans, guacamole and pico de gallo

                                                                                                • Hongos y Calabacitas / Mushrooms & Squash* ^$13.95

                                                                                                  Roasted mushrooms and squash served fajita-style with grilled onions, peppers, black beans and housemade corn tortillas

                                                                                                  Postres

                                                                                                  Large enough to share and housemade by our Pastry Chef

                                                                                                  • Mousse de Chocolate Mexicano / Chocolate Mousse* **$7.75

                                                                                                    Silky cinnamon-spiked mousse cake with bananas and whipped cream

                                                                                                    • Pineapple Flan$6.95

                                                                                                      Creamy flan topped with caramelized pineapple and served with pineapple coconut galleta

                                                                                                      • Pastel de Tres Leches / Three Milk Cake$6.25

                                                                                                        Moist sponge cake layered with sweet milks and served with cajeta, seasonal berries and melon pico

                                                                                                        • Crepa de Cajeta / Caramel Crepe* **$6.75

                                                                                                          Sweet crepe filled with Mexican vanilla ice cream, cajeta, candied pecans and whipped cream

                                                                                                          • Churritos$7.50

                                                                                                            Mini churros coated in cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate, cajeta and berry sauce

                                                                                                            Helados y Sorbetes / Ice Cream & Sorbets

                                                                                                            • Vanilla and Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream$5.75

                                                                                                              served with candied pecans and cajeta

                                                                                                              • Pineapple-Coconut-Habanero Ice Cream$5.75

                                                                                                                • Mango or Lime Sorbet$5.75

                                                                                                                  with fresa fresca

                                                                                                                  Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                                  What 2,309 people are saying

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                                                                                                                  4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                  • 4.4Food
                                                                                                                  • 4.4Service
                                                                                                                  • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                                                  • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    The food was delicious! I’ve had such an issues with overly salty meals and overly sweet desserts at many area restaurants but thankfully, the chefs here seem to rely on quality ingredients (herbs, vegetables, etc.) and exceptional skill to create meals that seem both tasty and nutritious. The service was excellent, the ambiance was nice. God willing, we’ll be returning,

                                                                                                                  2. MG

                                                                                                                    MeaganG

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                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Fantastic service from our server!! And the food was delicious. A wonderful Mother’s Day experience overall

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                                                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                                                                                    We had high hopes for Acenar as we had researched it ahead of time. Despite it being a highly recommended rest, the food was disappointingly blah. The service was also inattentive. They brought our entrees and waited until we moved our appetizer dishes so they could set the food down. They weren’t that busy and our waiter never came along to clear the dirty dishes. I would not recommend.

                                                                                                                  4. A

                                                                                                                    Adri

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    This restaurant is amazing! I am so happy I got to celebrate my birthday there. The food and drinks are 10/10. I definitely recommend this place. <3

                                                                                                                  5. C

                                                                                                                    Craig

                                                                                                                    Orlando

                                                                                                                    118 reviews

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                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    118 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                    Sounded great online and the food was just ok. We paid for chips and salsa and got a basket of crumbs. The salsa was great however- slight spicy smokey flavor. Shaken margaritas were good but sangria was just ok - no fruit or any special taste. I guess based on the location and online description it would have been higher class. Seemed like Tex-mex like you could get anywhere.

                                                                                                                  6. KW

                                                                                                                    KeithW

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    This is an excellent Mexican restaurant nestled away from many of the other restaurants, and it is still on the Riverwalk. The service was friendly and courteous, and the food was outstanding. Darn good margaritas as well!!!

                                                                                                                  7. JM

                                                                                                                    JimM

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                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Our second time there - amazing food. Great service/location/ambience.

                                                                                                                  8. DW

                                                                                                                    DianeW

                                                                                                                    Central Texas

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Lunch before our Broadway show at the Majestic.

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                                                                                                                    Xteen

                                                                                                                    New York Area

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                                                                                                                    104 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    The location was beautiful- we are outside on the river. The blood orange mojitos were so good. We had the ceviche which I thought had too much jicama but that’s my taste- the guacamole was so creamy and delicious. We got the 3 enchiladas and the short rib tacos both very good and the bread pudding for dessert was just the right ending ( we shared 1 for 3 people. Lovely spot with good food

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                                                                                                                    MannyS

                                                                                                                    Tampa

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    Good location on the Riverwalk, there was also a decent selection in the menu, and the place had good seating both inside and outside

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                                                                                                                    rire2g

                                                                                                                    New Mexico

                                                                                                                    27 reviews

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                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    27 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great service and wonderful food. We will return the next time we are at n San Antonio

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                                                                                                                    Jack

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Excellent food and margaritas. Quick and friendly service

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                                                                                                                    Deefunk

                                                                                                                    New York Area

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                                                                                                                    Dined on March 29, 2022

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                                                                                                                    Business dinner - fabulous

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                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

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                                                                                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

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                                                                                                                    Server had to be asked mor than once for water , and didn’t wait or ask if anything else was needed. He never checked on the quality of our meal and the after waiting an excessive time to receive our bill the server lost my credit card. It was found after about 20 minutes and he simply said he was “sorry about that”. The manager did nothing for us but he did say “ hopefully it would turn up”. It was our first night of vacation! Also, after making reservations well in advance, and requesting outdoor dining we were told seating outside was a first come, first served basis but was never told in advance. Would never recommend this place

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                                                                                                                    amandalh3

                                                                                                                    Central Texas

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                    Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great option for a casual yet nice spot on the Riverwalk. Hosted our bachelorette party of 8 perfectly.

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                                                                                                                    Debdiner

                                                                                                                    Denver

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                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Love, love, loved the jicama shrimp tacos. Great margaritas and mojitos. Wonderful service. Reasonably priced and enjoyable meal.

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                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

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                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                    Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great food and service

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                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Phoenix

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                                                                                                                    Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall1food2service3ambience1

                                                                                                                    It is a rare occurrence that I write a review, however, last night’s experience at this restaurant was beyond disappointing. First of all, there was no mention of us getting a nice table for my birthday dinner or that they had seen my Open Table reservation. The “view” was atrocious! It is not possible to see the river while sitting at the worm out tables and the view on the other side of the river is that of an abandoned building, blown out windows, dead trees, etc. our server was very pleasant, the food mediocre, the experience was very poor.

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                                                                                                                    danihe

                                                                                                                    Nashville

                                                                                                                    176 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    176 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    Jalapeno margaritas are delicious so is the appetizer of beef on a skewer and the slow cooked pork in banana leaves. Didn't have room for dessert but enjoyed sitting outside with the river view. Server was lovely and helpful about what to do in San Antonio. Great overall experience.

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                                                                                                                    DavidD

                                                                                                                    Dallas

                                                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We were seated right away. Our server was nice and attentive. The food was outstanding. Our table was by the kitchen entrance, so it was a little noisy, but everything else was fantastic.

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                                                                                                                    ScottN

                                                                                                                    Omaha

                                                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    I highly recommend Acenar for contemporary Mexican fare on the San Antonio Riverwalk. We had enchiladas de mole, camarones a la diabla, and guacamole for two prepared tableside. The entrees were wonderful and the guacamole was fresh, natural, and delicious. Our hand-shaken margaritas and sangria were likewise just right and superb. With an elevated view of the riverwalk and a location at the outstanding Hotel Valencia, Acenar was the perfect outdoor dining experience for concluding our Spring Break trip to San Antonio. Great food! Great Staff! Great location - just a few welcome yards off the most crowded stretch of the Riverwalk!

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                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Orlando

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                    This was our worst meal in Texas or Florida. It is bad when the waitress is surprised someone recommended this restaurant and then asked if we would like to speak to the manager when we were paying our tab?!! The food was awful and it took over 15 mins to get our drinks!!

                                                                                                                  23. DP

                                                                                                                    DonP

                                                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We set at a table inside so the noise level was a little loud but the place Is much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside so there were a lot of people inside. They were EXTREMELY busy but took very good care of us. The chips they used for the chips and salsa were very lite and tasted great. The food was also terrific. Highly recommend.

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                                                                                                                    GailC

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Nice place right on riverwalk with excellent food and dessert. Very loud, not great for conversation.

                                                                                                                  25. L

                                                                                                                    Local

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall3food4service4ambience2

                                                                                                                    In the two years since our last visit, the restaurant appeared a bit rundown. Maybe it’s time to do some cleaning, redecorating and repair or replacement of tables and chairs.

                                                                                                                  26. SK

                                                                                                                    SKPtexas

                                                                                                                    New Mexico

                                                                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    We went about a half-hour before our reservation to take advantage of the happy hour in the bar. The bartenders were crazy busy but were cheerful and efficient. The prickly pear margaritas were the best I’ve had! We also got an order of $5 nachos, and it’s about as small as you’d expect for that price, but still good. At dinner, the large cone of fresh chips was appreciated, and the roasted tomato salsa delicious. I got the enchiladas verdes and hubby the short rib tacos. Good call on his part - my dinner was good but oh those tacos! The meat was so tender and tasty. I will be getting those next time.

                                                                                                                  27. CT

                                                                                                                    CyndyT

                                                                                                                    Dallas

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall2food1service3ambience3

                                                                                                                    Very disappointed in the quality of the main dishes. Although chips, salsa and tableside guacamole was excellent the Fajitas, Chili Rellenos and Carnitas were dry and terrible. Will not go back.

                                                                                                                  28. DY

                                                                                                                    DonaldY

                                                                                                                    St. Louis

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    We enjoyed our meal Roberto was an outstanding waiter.

                                                                                                                  29. MB

                                                                                                                    MicahB

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    474 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                    474 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                                    Somewhat disappointed as this was touted to us as one of the better Mexican spots on the River Walk. The server was pleasant and well-meaning. The dining room was practically empty. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was particularly better than standard Mexican fare at home.

                                                                                                                  30. M

                                                                                                                    Mattmary

                                                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                                                                    Very good food in the heart of the riverwalk. Nice ambience outside on the patio.

                                                                                                                  31. GV

                                                                                                                    GailV

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    13 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    13 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    All of our food choices wereall delicious. Seating outside added to the experience. Our waiter was excellent I have eaten here several times and will continue in the future.

                                                                                                                  32. JJ

                                                                                                                    JoJo

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Our dining experience at Acenar was perfect! We were seated outside on the riverwalk and the weather was great. We had quick and friendly service from everyone. Our waiter was only 5 days on the job but did an outstanding job. the food and the drinks were excellent! tableside guacamole was spot on and chips were warm!

                                                                                                                  33. DC

                                                                                                                    DavidC

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great food, good food, nice ambience. Will definately go back.

                                                                                                                  34. m

                                                                                                                    massimo

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    great red snapper! great service by our server Christian.

                                                                                                                  35. BB

                                                                                                                    BernardetteB

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We really enjoy Acenar as a pre-theater venue. They have interesting food options and the table side quacamole is great.

                                                                                                                  36. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Central Coast

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 1, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Meeting old friends

                                                                                                                  37. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    San Antonio

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    It was great. Some of the guest was their first time there and they really enjoyed the food!

                                                                                                                  38. HW

                                                                                                                    HeatherW

                                                                                                                    Atlanta

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    25th anniversary

                                                                                                                  39. AW

                                                                                                                    AnneW

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on February 24, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    We enjoyed the tableside guacamole experience. The shortrib tacos were outstanding and the caramel flan was fantastic! Not as crazy about the crab tacos. Our servers were excellent!

                                                                                                                  40. H

                                                                                                                    Hbey

                                                                                                                    Atlanta

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service1ambience2

                                                                                                                    Service here is terrible. My food was good, but my husbands wasn’t. Pretty disappointing.

                                                                                                                  Safety precautions

                                                                                                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                                    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                  • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                    • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                                    • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                    • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                                  • Protective equipment

                                                                                                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                                  • Screening

                                                                                                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                                    • Staff temperature check required

                                                                                                                  FAQs

                                                                                                                  Ácenar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Ácenar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 222-2362.

                                                                                                                  Ácenar is rated 4.4 stars by 2309 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                  Google Map for Ácenar

                                                                                                                  146 East Houston San Antonio, TX 78205

                                                                                                                  Additional information

                                                                                                                  • Cross street

                                                                                                                    St. Mary's

                                                                                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                    Downtown

                                                                                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

                                                                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                                                                    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

                                                                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                                                                    Casual Dining

                                                                                                                  • Dress code

                                                                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                                                                  • Parking details

                                                                                                                    Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, Check City Garages for Free Parking

                                                                                                                  • Public transit

                                                                                                                    Yes

                                                                                                                  • Payment options

                                                                                                                    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                  • Executive chef

                                                                                                                    Richard Sanchez

                                                                                                                  • Entertainment

                                                                                                                    Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!Live music varies

                                                                                                                  • Additional

                                                                                                                    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                  • Phone number

                                                                                                                    (210) 222-2362

                                                                                                                  • Catering

                                                                                                                    Call Keith Ludwick or email keith&#64;acenar.com for more information

                                                                                                                  • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                    Ácenar’ offers 4 private dining areas, which can be combined for large events. Our patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk being the highlight of the restaurant, while the Arriba and Abajo Rooms offer a more intimate setting. The Mezzanine converts to dining and lounge style cocktail parties.

                                                                                                                  • Private party contact

                                                                                                                    Keith Ludwick: (877) 556-3429

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