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Acenar Modern Texmex

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Downtown
Mexican
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146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (St. Mary's)
Yes
(210) 222-2362
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Acenar...A culinary explosion of flavors created by restaurateur Lisa Wong...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 114
    Average
  • 44
    Poor
  • 30
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good value kids meaks

My kids ordered the kid portion of the quesadillas and couldn't even finish! Large portions and good chicken mole. My husband had the shrimps Diablo but it was not very spicy. It was still well cooked. The salsa and chips were very tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Felix_the_Cat_23
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Mason, Ohio
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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821 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mason, Ohio
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My kids ordered the kid portion of the quesadillas and couldn't even finish! Large portions and good chicken mole. My husband had the shrimps Diablo but it was not very spicy. It was still well cooked. The salsa and chips were very tasty.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I had visited Acenar several years ago and enjoyed the visit and food. This time however I was greatly disappointed. It was the middle of the afternoon and I was looking for a place to grab a few drinks and some comfort food. As I walked up I noticed there were 3 or 4 tables vacant and overlooking the river... More 

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Toronto, ON
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84 reviews 84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Had lunch on the patio, nice atmosphere, and service was good. Tried the regular margarita and it was to my liking. My lunch was the oyster tacos and also tried the crab taco. Both were tasty but I did find the corn tortillas a bit oily. The rice side dish may have been minute rice.

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Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Chicken Tinga Chalupa, Ole'! Delicious mix of flavors, artfully presented, made this my favorite meal in San Antonio. Service was good - my server was most helpful in helping me decide what to try. I also had the dessert crepe after that - total bliss! Even that was delightfully presented. I can heartily recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We chose this place for it's Riverwalk location. There are much more lively places along the Riverwalk if that is what you are seeking, but this is still great for a nice view and a good meal. We had a great seat outside right next to the railing overlooking the river. I made reservations for 7:00, but arrived at 6:45... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

While the service was excellent, the food was just ok. San Antonio has many excellent Mexican food restaurants, don't settle for just ok.

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Grapevine, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The food, drinks and atmosphere were perfect. We sat overlooking the Riverwalk, and had a wonderful meal. From the tableside guacamole to the enchiladas and fajitas, it was all terrific. The margaritas were the highlight of the meal. They were truly the best we have ever had.

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Dallas, TX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Other than the bartenders who wouldn't make eye contact (bar wasn't that busy), the service was great. Nice selection of traditional tex-mex plus more Mexican fare. It's above the Riverwalk, so you get the charm of the Riverwalk without the crowds walking right by your table.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I went for lunch, had fish tacos and chips and salsa (that clarifies the argument around whether salsa should be made by anyone other than those in Texas or further south. It should not. The end.) The staff is friendly and there was no sticker shock when reading prices, even for San Antonio!

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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit to Accenar had been successful; therefore, we wanted a "sure thing" for our last meal in San Antonio. Evidently, that wasn't in the cards. We had a 30 to 45 minute wait before we were seated. No problem - with no reservations, that was expected. Once seated, we received drinks and appetizers and then . . .... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
    (St. Mary's)
  • Public Transportation: Yes
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (210) 222-2362

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?