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Casa Rio

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Downtown
Mexican, American, Pizza
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430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Description: Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed...
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl. The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use. The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo. As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks. The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building. Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Long walk, delish food

Here with business associates. Fun environment, beautiful location. Servers very friendly, fast service!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Ruth B
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Here with business associates. Fun environment, beautiful location. Servers very friendly, fast service!

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kansas city
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106 reviews 106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I went a single diner and since I've never been I tried a dinner deluxe plate-it had a bit of everything ie taco, tamale with chili, nachos and enchilada. I would love to extoll the virtues but let's suffice to say except for location and view Taco Bell is better. Not kidding. It wasn't that it was terrible it was... More 

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Morton, Illinois, United States
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39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We visited Casa Rio on a lovely evening, had great service, food that was very good, and a great view of the river. The history behind the restaurant and the quality make it a place you shouldn't miss!

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Not worth it. They have a river cruise dinner. Glad we didn't do it. Food was not that great. We ate inside. Very large place. Music was good.

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Leroy, TX
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29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We ate at Casa Rio for the first time during a recent trip to the San Antonio riverwalk. We loved it. Good chips and salsa? My husband and I both enjoy what we ordered. Food was great, service was great and prices we very reasonable. We will definately be back if ever in the area again.

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utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The Location is amazing. Where can you eat and be on the river, with hundreds of people walking by. River Barge tours coming by every few minutes. The food is good. The price is even better. Their Chips and Salsa are good. Their Regular Plate Dinner is under $7.50 includes the chips, salsa and the food is very good. if... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Not a huge Mexican food fan, but if I am ever in San Antonio again, this is definitely the place to go. Great view of the River and all the activity around the area. Very reasonably priced with lots of options

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Our family was in San Antonio for the graduation of one of our relatives from UTSA Health Science Center. Twelve of us had a delightful lunch at Casa Rio. We sat right on the river on the lower level and had a great time people watching, hollering

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Elkhart, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The place has indoor or outdoor eating on the Riverwalk. Good and fast food. The wait staff was very nice. Dislike was the bathroom which was up some stairs and out a door if you ate inside. air conditioning was a plus.

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Caledonia, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Though the outdoor tables on the riverwalk were packed, I was seated right away inside by a window at lunch time. Service was quick, friendly and helpful in choosing vegetarian options.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups

Description

Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl. The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use. The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo. As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks. The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building. Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?