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Acenar Modern Texmex

146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
(210) 222-2362
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Ranked #76 of 4,043 restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
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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English first
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Spouse had a duck chalupa and thought it was fantastic. I had a chicken and it was very good. Had table-side guac and it was very good. Atmosphere modern and upbeat. Has a patio that is lovely. There are lots of stairs, but there is a lift that one of our party used. Service excellent. Not your "usual" mexican food.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

So many touristy places on the river walk, this place a step up. Fun atmosphere, there was nothing bad on the menu.....try the marinated steak on a stick, awesome!

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West, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

A friend of mine suggested this location which was located off the main Riverwalk, but still on the Riverwalk to enjoy. Mariachi band played on the outside deck to our delight. Food was great, service was very good with reasonable pricing. Left with a satisfied feeling. Since this visit, stopped back 2 other times and different times of day with... More

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Dothan al
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Just returned from dinner at ACENAR with the wife while vacationing in San Antonio. My wife had the diablo spicy shrimp, I had the duck crepes and we shared the lettuce wraps as an appetizer. All were recommended (upon our request) by an attentive waiter named Gus (thank you Gus). The food was very good as well as the margaritas.... More

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Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had grilled shrimp tacos and oyster tacos. The restaurant is located on the riverwalk and is a great place to kick back and enjoy excellent food and a couple of drinks.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Some friends and I ate lunch here on March 14, 2014. We were seated quickly and were waited on by Raymond who went above and beyond in service and friendliness. He offered to bring us samples of sauces when we asked what they were and did. The meals were wonderful! Everyone loved what they had, it ranged from chaulupas to... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

The grilled shrimp over coriander rice was really yummy. Menu said shrimp came with heads, not! Nice spicy sauce

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Columbus, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My family and I ate dinner here March 19, 2014. We were promptly greeted and seated without reservation. The server, whose name escapes me, quickly appeared from thin air and took our drink order. The drinks arrived astonishingly quickly considering how busy the restaurant seemed. For an appetizer we ordered Fried oysters and shrimp tacos. For dinner, I ordered the... More

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Chicago, IL
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Outstanding adobe snapper, great salsa with tortillas, not wine country so stick with the cocktails Very nice for a casual and fun Al fresco dining experience.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

The guacamole was excellent with the special margarita. I ordered the duck chalupa and it was delicious! Even though the restaurant is near the river walk , it is not a crowded but be sure to make reassertions.

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