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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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Today
11:00 pm - 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
View and affordable food

Acenar overlooks the river walk and is quite nice place to eat and relax. Food is just regular tex-mex and nothing special but also is not too expensive for the place it is in. Summer nights is nice time to come here

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
J J
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Arlington, Texas
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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Arlington, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Acenar overlooks the river walk and is quite nice place to eat and relax. Food is just regular tex-mex and nothing special but also is not too expensive for the place it is in. Summer nights is nice time to come here

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Ate there last night, walked across the street from Embassy Suites. Beautifully decorated, comfortable seating to wait for a table. Our waitress was Emily and she was absolutely amazing!!!! My husband is not an adventurous eater, and was a little overwhelmed by the menu.. she helped him with some great choices. I am adventurous and she talked me into to... More 

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South Houston, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I really enjoyed the twist on their version of 'Mexican' cuisine. Nice and spicy with plenty of flavor. Not your regular Mexican fare. The venue is lovely especially if you sit at the balcony overlooking the quieter part of the riverwalk. They even had heaters outside which was so nice on a chilly day. The margaritas were so tasty as... More 

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Lebanon, Missouri
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife and I ate here last week; the servers are passionate about their food. Loved the salsa, had a smoky, charred flavor without bieng spicy. Dishes were well prepared with obvious skill, not typical Mexican food by a long shot. Prices are fair considering the quality

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San Antonio, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great Location along a beautiful but much less crowded area of the Riverwalk. House margaritas are terrific but a tad small. Choose to seat outside on the Riverwalk patio which overlooks the San Antonio River. Good service. Authentic and tasty mexican food. Guacamole was perfect. Server was attentive. This is my favorite Mexican restaurant along the riverwalk.

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Dallas, Texas
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955 reviews 955 reviews
622 restaurant reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

By far the worst salsa in San Antonio. Chips from a bag? Wife ordered the jalapeño margarita which was as spiceless as possible. Smelled of jalapeño but no flavor. Shaken margarita is where it's at, good strong and not pull of mix. Dinner was baby goat which was excellent but a super small serving and left you hungry. Wife had... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Determined to sample authentic Tex-Mex food while in San Antonio. Arrived off plane from Canada starved and disorientated. The first meal of our stay was the best meal of our stay. Billy was our server. He was fantastic. So helpful and accommodating. I want to adopt him. Give that boy a raise.

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San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Acenar has several positives - The Margaritas are great and the view of the Riverwalk on the outdoor patio is wonderful when weather permits. The food is consistently good and they are also one of the few places that serves Cabrito. A huge plus for those of us who live in San Antonio is that they take reservations and that... More 

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Coventry
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An absolute gem of a restaurant on the river walk although we went at night and sat inside due to the time of year the service and food and drink was outstanding.

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I thought we would try out this place, so we headed there for dinner on a Friday night. Good thing I made reservations because the place was completely packed. We sat inside although there is seating out on the Riverwalk. Our waiter recommended the shaken margaritas and the Camarones a la Diabla and the Carnitas. This is what we ordered.... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?