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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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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent food and service!

Some friends and I ate here two times during a recent visit to San Antonio. We really loved the chips and salsa and margaritas. The chicken tacos during my first visit were delicious!! The chicken flautas on the second visit weren't my favorite (too much shell and not enough "stuffing" on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Some friends and I ate here two times during a recent visit to San Antonio. We really loved the chips and salsa and margaritas. The chicken tacos during my first visit were delicious!! The chicken flautas on the second visit weren't my favorite (too much shell and not enough "stuffing" on the inside. The service both times was excellent! You... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

excellent food and service, very nice staff, I ate tamale plate and my boyfriend ate enchiladas, both very delicious.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is the original and first restaurant on the River Walk. Most tables are outside along the River Walk so you can eat and watch and wave to those passing in the boats. We enjoyed the classic special which has a sample of everything. Don't miss stopping here for a good meal and enjoying the fun on the river.

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Kaufman, Texas
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The food was okay. Not all that but good. I honestly wouldn't go here again. First time going here but not very impressed. The bathroom is upstairs and not easy to get to if you far in pregnancy or disabled.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This deserves a rating between average and very good. One of the first businesses on the riverwalk, it actually has a menu that includes something for everyone and good margaritas to go along with your meal. Fun people watching and mariachi music if you sit outside, but beware the hungry birds. They will walk right over your feet if they... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Bathroom it's a maze to get to.Food is expensive for small quantities and waiter writes in his own $18 tip on a $40 tab(2 plates of enchiladas),then is sarcastic about the tip you leave.Ducks are all over the table and riverwalks traffic around you.Not worth it!!!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Food, service and atmosphere were great. We had a group of 9 and the service couldn't have been better. We appreciated that a tip was not automatic and our server came out with a much better tip. Can't wait to go back

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Stopped here for lunch. Hubby and I ordered a la carte beef tacos and enchiladas. I asked if they had ground beef or shredded beef and got a funny look. I also asked if meals came with the white cheese traditionally found in meals. Waiter confused then said yes. Well...it was melted mozzarella type cheese not the crumbly type different... More 

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Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this review

Very interesting! I think this is a classic example of how cuisine can vary so dramatically depending on your location. We still serve the same traditional Tex-Mex recipes we have been serving since opening in 1946. Most of the recipes feature Monterey Jack cheese; not the Queso Blanco you are referring to which is signature to Mexican cuisine. Also interestingly... More 

San Antonio, Texas
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had a dinner barge to celebrate a family birthday. Casa Rio are the pros at doing this. First, you load up with salads, chips, salsa and take off. Then return so they can load up your meal. The food was piping hot which surprised me. The driver and the server made the experience even better. I highly recommend this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I picked Casa Rio for our anniversary dinner. Once seated we were greeted my a nice young man who took our drink order. After about 10 minutes we were still sitting without drinks or chips and salsa. Finally the waiter returned without the drinks or chips. I ask him for the chips and he said ok... so... 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 - 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
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: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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?