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Acenar Modern Texmex

146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
(210) 222-2362
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Ranked #88 of 4,109 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: St. Mary's
Transit: Yes
Description: Acenar...A culinary explosion of flavors created by restaurateur Lisa Wong ...an expression of Latino Passion and Pizzazz! This blend of authentic Mexican recipes and culinary artistic flair has created unique tastes that will ignite your senses... Savor our crab tacos, duck tinga, cabrito, four versions of tantalizing enchiladas, seafood fideo, or three-mole ossobuco. Then cool down the spice with a little ice and sip on a mescal elixir, melon mojito or Acenar's signature hand-shaken margarita. Enjoy these taste sensations in the most unique space on the River Walk - whether you choose to dine on the scenic patio or the below the linticular mural offering up a slice of Latino life... Acenar will serve up an unforgettable sensory experience. Located on Houston Street along the eastern bank of the San Antonio River Walk next to the Hotel Valencia. Acenar... Hot Mex - Cool Bar. Ignite your senses!
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Apache Junction, AZ
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

When in San Antonio for a business conference, we selected Acenar on the Riverwalk at Houston Street mainly due to the very positive reviews from TripAdvisor. They have a large bar area, inside dining and a patio seating overlooking the river. The decor inside is contemporary but rather bland. The bar area and inside dining room were not crowded, but... More

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Dallas, TX
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Victoria (at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel) recommended this place and we walked from the hotel, past it and down to the Riverwalk to check the outside ambiance. There were a few tables left outside by the river, and it was a pleasant Sunday evening, so we decided to go ahead and try it. By the time we got inside to... More

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Pearland, Texas
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149 reviews 149 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was my first time eating at Acenar. The restaurant is very nice inside and the patio area is also nice. I chose to sit outside. I like that it's not crowded with a bunch of restaurants and other diners like so many restaurants on the Riverwalk. The meal was terrific and the service was too. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The server recommended the Duck Tinga Chalupa and my husband ordered the Crab Tinga Taco with cilantro rice (instead of the regular mexican rice) and black beans. The chalupa dish isn't what you would expect, it was a flavorful duck dish on top of a big round tortilla. The cilantro rice was really delicious. As for drinks, we had the... More

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Temple, Texas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My husband and I intended to eat in the bar of the hotel next door to Acenar. We were hungry for fish tacos. The only waiter in the hotel bar was the bartender, so we opted to go to Acenar. The server that we had was excellent, and we had some great fish tacos! We will return!

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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As a resident of San Antonio, I take friends and family to Acenar on a regular basis. The Mexican Food served is authentic, delicious, fresh, and widely varied. Yes, you can get the classic texmex enchilada plate, if your part of the country doesn't have such a thing, but there is so much more!! Great fish tacos, fresh seafood presentations... More

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McKinney, Texas, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The manager at this restaurant thought he should slow down our bar service (no one had even been served any drinks yet) because he thought one person in our party of 11 was drunk. We planned on eating dinner here (it was around 6:45pm) and then we were going to explore the riverwalk. The girl in question was not drunk,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

The bar upstairs is very uninviting but the riverside terrace restaurant is very nice, and as it's adjacent to the Valencia is just round the corner from the main Riverwalk loop, offering a quieter location. Excellent and reasonably priced food, with good veggie options, and a reasonable wine list. Best guacamole in San Antonio prepared at your table. Great service.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Acenar is right on the River Walk. I had to look at the sign a couple of times to make sure I was in the right place. The sign is somewhat confusing and hard to read. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, watching the world go by. Staff seated me immediately and there was about 4 other couples outside... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Went here for lunch. Both got the grilled fish tacos. Good deal and good food. Unusual black bean salsa. Very good for me but not for my wife. Fish tacos had a nice piece of fish in each one (3). Nice location on the river.

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