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Ernesto's Mexican Specialties

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Northwest Side
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2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230-5246
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Birthday party at Ernesto's

Attended a birthday party at Ernesto's last night with about 12 people. Attentive service with all the wait staff helping including Ernesto of course. He is a talented man with over 35 years of cooking experience and once ran several upscale restaurants in San Antonio. I had the red snapper which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
San Antonio
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San Antonio
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108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended a birthday party at Ernesto's last night with about 12 people. Attentive service with all the wait staff helping including Ernesto of course. He is a talented man with over 35 years of cooking experience and once ran several upscale restaurants in San Antonio. I had the red snapper which is offered grilled or baked. I went with the... More 

Thank ABE49
Coconut Grove, FL
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I ended up at Ernesto's after being severely disappointed at one of the most recommended restaurants on River Walk. This area is entertaining to walk around and have a drink but not to eat. Picked Ernesto's from TripAdvisor after scrolling through many expensive Mexican restaurants with mediocre reviews. I went with the intention of having some fish but the Steak... More 

Thank NaylandXSmith
Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

It was prime time meal rush and my friend and I wanted to eat Mexican food. Somehow we looked at yelp reviews and drove here. There was plenty of parking at night around 8pm (yes we got there late). Surprisingly, this Mexican restaurant wasn't super super packed and crazy (probably due to the location). Inside the restaurant was a beautiful... More 

Thank John K
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433 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is not a chain. This is not traditional Mexican food. This is not a fast food restaurant. Now that we have that out of the way . . . this charming family run restaurant carries on the tradition of recipes perfected by Ernesto over 30 years ago. On a typical evening, you will find Ernesto, his wife, son(s), daughter-in-law,... More 

Thank Mis_Adventurous
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Decided to try Ernesto's based on Tripadvisor comments. Boy oh boy, am I glad we did! If you're looking for regular TexMex food, this place isn't for you. Likewise if you want a fast meal. This is fine dining Mexican cuisine with a bit of a French flair. Ernesto himself greeted us and described IN DEPTH his dishes, recipes and... More 

Thank traveljunkee1
Alamo Heights, Texas
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164 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This high calibre Mexican restaurant does not specialize in the standard Tex-Mex. Go here when you want truly handcrafted dishes that will make your mouth water. The owner has a golden touch when it comes to wonderful food.

Thank Capt_Wyatt
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I dined at Ernesto's with my mother and two siblings. Upon entering the restaurant, it is very likely that you'll be greeted by Ernesto himself. The restaurant is family-owned and operated and Ernesto and his sons take great pride in what they do. I've never felt so immediately welcomed upon entering a place. The food is an inventive take on... More 

Thank Brandon H
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Food was not good at all. No flavor, tasted old. No traditional Mexican food. No fajitas. No salsa only a green tomatillo sauce. Very small plate of stale chips.

Thank Dolezaleks
Level Contributor
6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Came here based on reviews. Was not good at all. When we got there it was dead. . .no one was there. Took the owners son who was the only waiter forever to give us the menu. . .ordered enchiladas had french fries in it, very weird and over priced. Tortillas from grocery store. Do not go here.

Thank Catherine A
Salem, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

What a great twist to 4th of July. Wonderful group in family owned business-3 gens of competent,capable staff. European Haute Cuisine meets Monterrey Mexico authentic dishes.A wonderful escargot and mushroom dish that melts in your mouth, with red snapper filled with crab. Highly recommend melt-in-you-mouth-don't-even-need-a-knife to cut beef tenderloin served with green chile chicken enchilada with hand made tortilla. Desert... More 

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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: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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?