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Casa Rio

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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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
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    Service
    4 of 5 stars
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Nothing special as far as food. Very bland, even the salsa was tastetess. Taco Bell has better food. Drinks and service were very good. Nice place to sit by the river and have a drink. , but that's it. Brakelights review is correct on how they are getting by

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Geneva, Switzerland
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a dinner a the terrace of Casa Rio! Boring food, no original beers and standard service. And you have to hear the Mariachi... Once is enough!

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Laramie, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nothing special as far as food. Very bland, even the salsa was tastetess. Taco Bell has better food. Drinks and service were very good. Nice place to sit by the river and have a drink. , but that's it. Brakelights review is correct on how they are getting by

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Thank ScttLee
Florida
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food is just so-so. Really won't be memorable. Big place that caters to tourists. Beautiful setting. Went for lunch.

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Glenview, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I do not enjoy writing a negative review, but honestly our dinner experience at Casa Rio was memorable only because it was the least enjoyable Mexican food we've ever had, and we both love Mexican food. Neither my wife or I finished any of the entrees (chili, enchilada, different types of tacos). Even the chips and salsa were bland and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Casa Rio is an iconic Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk offering everything you would expect - margaritas, fajitas and mariachi music. You can not beat the location. Usually packed with tourists on weekends, we decided to try an early weekday dinner. The fajitas - beef and chicken were both well prepared and the plate was plentiful that we could have... More 

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Thank DrVa210
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We shared a "deluxe Dinner" on the riverwalk. It was very tasty service was very good as well. Great to eat along the river bank and take in all the sights.

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Thank JimmyandSondra S
knox city, tx
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here during the week so there wasn't much of a wait. We walked upstairs to the bar and got our margaritas. Shortly after we were seated. Beautiful evening to sit outside and enjoy some great Mexican food and drink.

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Thank hounds20
Rogersville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had lots of different Mexican dishes while in texas. This place was decently priced and food was good. The cheese is not as melted as I prefer, but service and taste were good. Ate there twice.

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Thank Trpcollier
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Casa Rio was our first stop on our visit to San Antonio and it didn't disappoint. Good food, good service, and a fun setting outside on the River Walk. Only thing that knocked it down a notch was awkward checkout via the iPad - it took a fun evening and ended it with a feeling like you were buying a... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an awesome lunch here reminiscing about the past, as it been a few years since we ate here and the food was just as great. The restaurant is full of history with great seating on the Riverwalk.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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