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“Wonderful and Welcoming!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Ceviche De Waldito

El Ceviche De Waldito
5526 Evers Road, San Antonio, TX
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Ranked #425 of 4,043 restaurants in San Antonio
Cuisines: Cuban, Latin, Peruvian
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Wonderful and Welcoming!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

If you want something out of the ordinary, yet perfectly normal, you must come here. If you want to be treated like family, eat here. Chef Waldo and his wife are the most friendly people I have ever met in this city. They have basically opened their "home" to the public in this hole-in-the wall place.

Both greeted us as we came in and asked if we had been there before. We hadn't, and they seemed excited. Chef Waldo took us directly to his desserts and insisted we try his flan, then directed us to the soups and told us to start there.

The food was Peruvian, Cuban, Puerto Rican all rolled into one meal. It was sort of like a buffet, but Chef Waldo fixed our plates for us as if we were in his home. It was so welcoming. Shortly there after, he came and sat with us, asked about the food, and we discussed Peru since I had visited there before. His wife came and checked on us as well, making sure we were comfortable and had enough to eat. (did we ever!). I honestly don't think the food would have been as good if I had to serve myself. :)

The meal we had consisted of pork, roast chicken, black beans, rice, yucca, plantain, a choice of seafood, chicken, or beef soup, and dessert (flan). The meal was fresh, warm, perfectly seasoned and very tasty.

To add to the charm: A gentleman came in and politely asked to see a menu. After a look over, he returned the menu and mentioned that he was hoping for vegetarian. Chef wife said "Vegetarian, no problem! You sit, drink tea, and the chef will make you a vegetarian plate!" Sure enough, a few minutes later, Chef Waldo came out with a huge vegetarian plate that he whipped up. The gentleman was pleased. Chef and wife were pleased. Tell me, where else can you get service like that if you aren't at someone's house?

If you need peace, quiet, and the typical generic meal from a chain, don't insult Chef Waldo by coming here. If you aren't willing to expand your mind, don't come here.

But do come here for good food, great service, and just pure comfort.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Rare jewel. Not for the close minded.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Chef Waldo and his wife are absolutely charming! Most people will be scared to go in - it is in a worn out strip center that looks very rough. Once inside this very small restaurant you will feel like you are in their house. BEST ceviche EVER! We had the Sunday buffet and everything was fresh, exotic and wonderful! The hrs are limited and they only have eight tables so if you cant get in - try again! I cant wait to go back!

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“A must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the best places in San Antonio, regardless of price - but it is also one of the most economical too! Lunch buffet at 6.99 is a steal, with the chef preparing at least two meat/ fish entrees, great sides, including yucca, a mix of Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and probably other Central/ South American cuisines! The dinner is great, too, with many unusual but delicious choices, including about 8 different ceviches.

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