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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 - 10:00 pm
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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
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mediocre food with nice waiters and a lovely setting.

We had dinner here this evening. It was so-so. I wouldn't go back again. The waiter and other staff were very nice -- the best feature of this restaurant is that is on the water under colorful umbrellas. It was very nice to sit by the river. BUT... To be honest, we have better Mexican food in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great Tex-Mex food. Our waiter was attentive and asked us if we wanted more time to visit before he turned in our order because the kitchen was caught up and the food would come out quickly. They did turn out the food quickly and it was hot and delicious. This is not a place for foodies, but a place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Look at any information about the Riverwalk and chances are that it will show the brightly colored umbrella tables right on the river at Casa Rio. We never miss it! The Mexican food is great! The menu offers a wide variety of items and dinners and the kid's menu has items such as chicken strips in addition to Mexican choices.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here this evening. It was so-so. I wouldn't go back again. The waiter and other staff were very nice -- the best feature of this restaurant is that is on the water under colorful umbrellas. It was very nice to sit by the river. BUT... To be honest, we have better Mexican food in Maryland. The chips... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Had a nice dinner here with friends! The mariachi singers were out & sounded wonderful! The margarita was tasty & the food was fast, hot & good. It's a pleasant place to eat dinner & watch the boats on the river. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I always eat at casa Rio when we are in San Antonio. It was a knockout as always wonderful food and great service beautiful view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Food was excellent, atmosphere not so much. We were in a back room with and there was broken dishes and food on the floor. Made us feel it was less than clean. Server was attentive and our Chili Rellano was very very good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Caso Rio always a favorite stop. The food is authentic Mexican and plentiful. The service is most excellent and speedy. Our adult beverages were very refreshing and our glasses never ran empty. And if you desire mariachi music at table side you got it. Eat indoors or out along the scenic Riverwalk. If your looking for chain food, go to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place is great! I come here every year when I'm in San Antonio for a conference. The food is standard Mexican, which is yummy and not available everywhere. Best of all, the margaritas. Come here to experience the authentic "vibe" of the San Antonio River Walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

expect to wait if you want to sit outside on a weekend. The food is good not great and very comparable in quality to the other river walk restaurants in the area however one can afford to have a meal with drinks at a reasonable price. I will eat here at least once every time I am in San Antonio!

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Watauga, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My family of four went there with a family of five on a Friday evening and were sat right away! Had a lot of room for big parties. Value was great! Margarita's were the best 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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?