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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)
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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: 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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  • 335
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    Very good
  • 116
    Average
  • 44
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  • 30
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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
Some things great but not all.

Touted as the cutting edge Tex-Mex restaurant in the area, it was a must visit for us. Her chipotle shrimp tacos and my gulf blue crab tacos were excellent with some unusual flavors. However the ceviche was weird and disappointing. I've had ceviche all over California as well as Mexico, Peru... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Richardhencke
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Scotts Valley, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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Scotts Valley, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Touted as the cutting edge Tex-Mex restaurant in the area, it was a must visit for us. Her chipotle shrimp tacos and my gulf blue crab tacos were excellent with some unusual flavors. However the ceviche was weird and disappointing. I've had ceviche all over California as well as Mexico, Peru, and Portugal but never had any that was 80%... More 

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Nederland, Texas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Fast service, great Tex Mex, awesome wait staff. You could easily split several of the meals since the quantities are so large.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Tex-mex, nice food, good view. Pretty part of the river walk. Lots of conference goers, so staff was a bit stretched thinly.

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went to Acenar on recommendation from the concierge at our hotel. There are probably 50 Tex-Mex places in and around San Antonio, but she seemed to really favor this one. We agree, it was a notch different than most. While the dishes were traditional, they had a modern twist to them and made them extraordinary. The place has a... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This place is attached to the Hotel Valencia on the River Walk (was easy to get to given my stay at the Valencia). Was pleasantly surprised to find a great happy hour - $2 beer and $5 cocktails/margaritas. We were having a such a great time, we extended happy hour for quite a while. We stayed at the bar rather... More 

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New York State
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a Tex/Mex dining experience while in San Antonio. We found Acenar, on the River Walk, fit the bill perfectly. We enjoyed fajitas and blue crab tacos as main entrees after enjoying an appetizer sample of savory chicken flautas, beef alambres, quesadillas and guacamole! Service was excellent, as was the food and drink. You have a choice... More 

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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We come for the table side guacamole. This night there was a business party going on, so there was only bar seating. We still got the guacamole, but it was made on the kitchen. It just didn't have the same specialness, but it was still tasty.

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Barrie, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

At the recommendation of the front desk staff, we tried Acenar. Great recommendation. The restaurant was beautiful, the staff, supherb and the food wonderful....great menu, great drinks...say no more, this was the best dining experince in San Antonio that we have had in five days. A definite return is in the future.

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Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The food was average. Chips were nice and thick. Didn't care for the salsa but the queso was good. Fajitas were decent as we're the cocktails. Everything was "fine" and so with so many options on the Riverwalk, I will try somewhere else next time. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great.

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Pueblo, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a great restaurant with good food. Waiter was attentive and made a wonderful recommendation. I had the chicken fajita and enchilada combo. Very good and reasonably priced. Right on river walk, view was nice.

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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?