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Casa Rio

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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: 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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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Mexican Food on the River

I have eaten here many times, but ate here twice during my last visit. The food is great! The service is a bit slow, and the margaritas are just ok, but ,my husband and I both think it is the best Mexican food on the river, and love eating outside under one of the colorful umbrellas, and watching... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Jennifer A
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Katy, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

This was not an experience I would like to repeat. Waited for over an hour to be seated, and then just as long to get our overpriced and mediocre food. I will not give this restaurant a second chance to disappoint me.

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

I have eaten here many times, but ate here twice during my last visit. The food is great! The service is a bit slow, and the margaritas are just ok, but ,my husband and I both think it is the best Mexican food on the river, and love eating outside under one of the colorful umbrellas, and watching the boats... More 

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Milan, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This is the second time my wife and I have eaten here. The last was several years ago. Both times we sat outside for a great view of ducks swimming by. The staff is good. We have tried different combination orders to try different items on the menu. The chips and salsa are good. The prices are very good. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This was the second time that I have been here to eat. The food was very good for the price. I loved being able to sit outside on the river and "people watch." It is a busy spot so expect a little wait......but worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Needed a quick fix of Mexican food near my hotel, so decided to give Casa Rio a shot. This place is super busy with tourists this time of year, so my expectations in time and food quality and service were low. I actually found the service to be quite good. They were very attentive and friendly. The food was just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

stopped in here to eat while my family was vacationing in San Antonio and we were checking out the river walk. Definitely didn't disappoint, food was really good and our server was wonderful, they even had a vegetarian enchilada option for my daughter. Will definitely come back when we are in the area again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Very Nice Evening on the River Walk. The service was excellent, as was the food. Have eaten here before, and seemed better this time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Casa Rio was the first restaurant on the Riverwalk in 1946. Once you eat here, you will understand how an establishment has managed to stick around for so long. The food is fantastic! And part of what is most enjoyable, is the location. Ask for a seat along the river. Spend your time people watching, looking at ducks, and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great Mexican Environment and fun for the family. The wait was only about 20 minutes during peek hours for a family of four. We sat on the Riverwalk and loved every minute. The food was fantastic and the mariachi band was fabulous!! Fun times and great food!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The bright colored umbrellas on the river walk don't do a lot to cover up just average Tex-Mex food. I have lived in San Antonio all my life and decided to take a visiting couple to Casa Rio. There are better places for mexican food, but if you in from out of town the tables along the river walk make... More 

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Additional Information about Casa Rio

Address: 430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican, American, Pizza

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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 - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?