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Acenar Modern Texmex

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146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (St. Mary's)
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(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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Tex-Mex

The hard seats and rather cafeteria-like modern atmosphere were a bit disconcerting but we enjoyed the well-prepared food, particularly the Arrachera. No room for dessert!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Carmen2294621
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Oakland, California
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197 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We first attempted to get a table at Acenar on a Sunday night at 8 PM only to be turned away as the restaurant was closing for a private party. We returned the following day for lunch. It was pleasant to sit out on the river. The food and drink was average. The fish tacos were small.

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Thank Eric H
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good Tex Mex food, and I know because I live in Austin Texas. Service was great, every employee was very friendly and helpful. Would go back. And for you vegetarians they have great veggie enchiladas!

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Thank Speedegirl
United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hard seats and rather cafeteria-like modern atmosphere were a bit disconcerting but we enjoyed the well-prepared food, particularly the Arrachera. No room for dessert!

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Thank Carmen2294621
San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Outside patio above the river in quieter stretch is lovely and fun, food is far better than many other riverwalk Tex-Mex places. Also a block from Majestic Theater makes it a good pre theater stop.

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Thank puppy d
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant was very close to our stay at the Embassy Downtown Riverwalk. Very nice décor, but awful service. Our waiter was rude, condescending, and should not be in any type of customer service position. The food was ok, but made worse by the waiter. Overall, restaurant was better suited for small groups or dates. Definitely not families.

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Rome, Italy
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great time at Acenar. Sat outside on the Riverwalk, even though a little cold, they had heaters. The drinks and guacamole made at our table was some of the best I've had. The service was also very good, friendly and welcoming.

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Thank HB C
Sayville, New York
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recommended by Embassy Suites and it did not disappoint. Sat outside enjoying the River walk. The food was outstanding. Many choices, large menu and wonderful atmosphere.

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Thank Jim_Eileen_Swike
San Antonio, Texas
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135 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here with a very large group of family members and we were served a variety of dishes. All the food was very fresh and delicious. The outdoor seating is hard to beat and we cannot wait to go back in the Spring. Very friendly, efficient servers, as well.

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Thank truetexangurl
San Antonio, Texas
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109 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the ambience. The location is in a quieter portion of the Riverwalk, so outside seating is not noisy. Food was delicious. Our group had a variety of items and everyone was happy with their meal.

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Thank CindyG2015SA
La Grange, Texas
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have you heard the saying that "you can never go back"? It wasn't true for my wife and I. We came here four years ago for our anniversary and wanted to return because we had remembered how good it was. That's a testament on to itself that it had left an impression for that long. We were glad to have... 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: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic

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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