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Ernesto's Mexican Specialties

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Northwest Side
Mexican
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2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230-5246
210-344-1248
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Gourmet Mexican--really!

A cozy space in a strip mall belies what's inside. We were greeted first by Ernesto's son and then by Ernesto himself, who,with a little coaxing told us his life story. In a nutshell, he learned French cuisine in some good venues then decided to apply his skills to Mexican cuisine. No burritos or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
travelbubba
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Georgia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Georgia
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A cozy space in a strip mall belies what's inside. We were greeted first by Ernesto's son and then by Ernesto himself, who,with a little coaxing told us his life story. In a nutshell, he learned French cuisine in some good venues then decided to apply his skills to Mexican cuisine. No burritos or tacos here. We both had grilled... More 

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Service like no other. So impressed. You don't see this service anymore. Nice quiet setting. Nostalgic ambiance. Very attentive family staff. Food was superb. Moist. Favorable. Fullfilling. Prices were compatible to other fine dining Mexican restaurants visited. A family owned and run business of top notch generation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Visited based on it being the best restaurant in that area. Went for lunch with my mom and was approached by the most friendly man, Ernesto! Pick a dish, and ask Ernesto to pick the sauces for you if you aren't familiar with the sauces. He won't let you down. Ask him how to make a certain sauce, he'll gladly... More 

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Houston TX
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We were in San Antonio for the weekend and I chose this place based on the excellent reviews here. I'll start by saying, the service is excellent. I really wanted to love the food, but I found it to be slightly above average. The portions were also a bit on the small side. I had the special which consisted of... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Ernesto's has served the same great quality food for years. They specialize in Mexican and Seafood with a variety of wonderful sauces. The personalized service is great. You won't be disappointed for lunch or dinner!

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Ernesto himself is likely to greet you at the door of this classy but unpretentious restaurant. The reference to "Mexican Specialties" may suggest it's just another Tex-Mex place, but it's 'way beyond that. They are especially good at seafood dishes, complete with Ernesto's own unique sauces. It's a white tablecloth establishment, quiet enough at lunch or dinner for conversation without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

In the area for a Minister's conference and went with Trip advisor's recommendation and great reviews of this place. Ernesto greeted us warmly, and told us about their 'specialties'. I had the BEST shrimp enchilada I have ever had. The chilled avocado soup and the chicken breast with an avocado butter sauce was excellent! I highly recommend this place for... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

You'll love Ernesto . The food,drink,ambiance. What a wonderful experience to dine at this establishment. Ernesto has been serving San Antonio for over 50 years. The food,sauces,and presentation are 1st class. Don't miss desert. If Ernesto is there let him take care-just say feed me. You won't be disappointed.

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Lewisville, TX
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I've been eating at Earnesto's for decades. It's the high point of my trips to San Antonio. Gracious service and unbeatable recipes served in a quiet, intimate setting. While you can order off the menu, I prefer to let Earnest order my dinner. After asking a few questions to determine my preferences, I am rewarded with an unforgettable dining experience.... More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Don't miss this place!! A pearl. You've never eaten Mexican like it. Ernesto was such a gentleman and suggested dishes for us. Everything he brought to the table was incredible.

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Additional Information about Ernesto's Mexican Specialties

Address: 2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230-5246
Phone Number: 210-344-1248
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Northwest Side
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230-5246
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: 210-344-1248

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?