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Acenar Modern Texmex

146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
(210) 222-2362
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Ranked #83 of 4,108 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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La Porte, Texas, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Just below the marvelous Hotel Valencia is the best little Mexican restaurant that serves the most amazing Duck Chalupas! And their salsa is excellent!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The food was better than average though the restaurant is very noisy. The lounge area near the restroom was populated by teenagers sprawled all over the sofas so no one else could sit. Our server David was exceptional.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I wanted an evening away from the crowd of the main Riverwalk so headed up river. Acenar is just north of the main area. We ordered the Tuna margarita (made with prickly pear cactus juice) and it was one of the best I've ever had. In August it was too hot for heavy food and the freshly... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We liked food very much. We ate with 2 kids, one needing a high chair and we asked to sit away from the crowd because my 1 yr old can be a handful at meals. They had no problem sitting us in a section all by ourselves and checked on us the entire time. Everything was FRESH. The chips, the... More

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Atlanta, GA
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228 reviews 228 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We really liked lunch at Acenar on the Riverwalk. The service was good and the food was excellent. They had a lunch priced menu which was nice and it made it really reasonable. The guacamole was fresh and my wife and sister loved the fish and shrimp tacos. We would definitely go again.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This restaurant was suggested to me by a local and also front desk of my hotel. Made reservations via OpenTable for 730pm, and we were seated immediately at an outside table. The table was warped though, and this made dining a bit uncomfortable. Service was fairly timely, but my dining partner was very displeased that the entrees came so quickly,... More

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San Antonio, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I enjoyed my meal at Acenar. The prickly pear margarita was yummy and I loved the salsa that came with the tortilla chips on the table - it was almost like a mole sauce. The shrimp tacos on soft corn tortillas were tasty and just the right amount of food. The service was attentive and the atmosphere was fun, but... More

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Ocala, Florida
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274 reviews 274 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Normally we are comfort food people but every few meals we like to try something trendy and worth of the Food Network. But trendy Tex-Mex? Yup. Got there an hour ahead of or reservation so we could experience some relaxation at the bar. And then we sat outside at the railing (lucky us!) for dinner and enjoyed not only the... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a great experience at Acenar. Our waitress was fantastic. She was very helpful. I really wish I could remember her name! The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed. They have one of the best drinks I've ever had, a coconut margarita made with coconut cream. The cucumber drink was really good too. Enjoyed it!

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Hotel front staff told us to try this restaurant and we got a free appetizer. Great food and service. Our server was wonderful and very helpful about what to do and see in San Antonio. Would definitely go back if in area.

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