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“A great bar and an excellent place for lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Esquire Tavern

Esquire Tavern
155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
210-222-2521
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Ranked #47 of 4,089 restaurants in San Antonio
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Gastropub, Organic, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: St. Mary
Transit: Conveniently located in downtown on the San Antonio River, The Esquire Tavern is within walking distance from most major hotels. In addition, The Esquire is serviced by the Yellow Line Downtown Trolley conveniently located at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s fifty feet from our front door.
Guildford, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A great bar and an excellent place for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We had a late lunch here after a sweltering visit around the Alamo and boat trip. The bar was a cool oasis, terrifically well restored and with a great selection of beers. My burger was excellent, cooked to perfection and the chili fries very good. A really atmospheric place that I would highly recommend

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bulverde, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Decent service, mediocre food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We arrived on a crazy busy night after a concert had just let out from the Alamodome. To make matters worse, the bartender had just cut himself and been rushed to the hospital so the bar was being staffed by a bar-back and a waitress who had been there for 14 hours.
That being said, the staff was still friendly and as attentive as they could be in the situation.

We ordered the Bison burger, the shrimp sandwich and a couple of beers. The Bison burger was bland and the meat got lost in the bread. The shrimp sandwich got mixed up (the bar-back taking the order didn't write it down) and ended up coming out as a fish sandwich. My girl doesn't like fish but didn't realize the mistake until after a few bites. We mentioned it to the server but the kitchen was already closed by that time, so he gave us a free beer as compensation.
I asked the 14-hour-shift waitress to wrap the rest of the sandwich up for us but she misunderstood and threw it out instead. No additional compensation was offered for that mistake.
We may or may not go back.

Visited June 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A cool bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We both ate and drank here - a good selection of food and drink was on offer. The chili salt fries are brilliant. A good location with a small terrace overlooking the river. A huge long old style bar and dimmed lighting make the inside bar very atmospheric. From the street you would probably pass this place by but it is well worth stepping inside for a visit. They do sometimes have live music which to us is a bonus. We had no issues with the service and enjoyed the time spent in Esquires.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We recently had dinner at the Esquire Tavern. We called for a reservation and a table was waiting for us. Our waiter took our drink order and 20 minutes later the hostess notced that we still had only water. She interceded and someone (not our waiter) brought our drinks. Then our waiter took our food order. Our food was brought to us by someone who was not our waiter. We never heard from him or anyne else until he borught the check. The food was fine but it was hard to enjoy under the circumstances.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
“Perfect Nightcap!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Very cool place! Great cocktails and wine list. Great scenic view of the river walk as well. We will be back too. Thanks for the great service

Visited May 2013
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