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“Classy Contemporary Mexican” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Acenar Modern Texmex

Acenar Modern Texmex
146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
(210) 222-2362
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Ranked #111 of 4,197 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Doing business, Scenic view, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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!
Madison, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Classy Contemporary Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We had our second dinner in San Antonio here. The first, which was the worst Mexican we had ever had - anywhere - was at one of the restaurants directly on the Riverwalk. Acenar is above the river and a little out of the mainstream. It has a good sized inside seating area and a very nice patio overlooking the river (it was raining, so we stayed inside). Acenar is a gem! I had read reviews which mentioned the empanadas and alhambres appetizers. We had both. The skewered marinated beef (5 of them!) was flavorful and cooked to medium-rare perfection. The cilantro slaw that they were served on was a tasty counterpoint. Empanadas were good, with decorative drizzles of different salsas (with good flavor and some kick) and lime-y avocado. We shared Chicken Tinga Chalupas- no bland chicken here! the veggie topping was laced with cilantro. We stayed away from the Margaritas which other reviewers noted to be rather expensive. Service was excellent and well informed. All in all, an excellent dinner experience. Hope to go back in better weather before we leave.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Memorable dinner.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We were lucky enough to get an outside table on a lovely early Oct. evening. The service was excellent in spite of how busy they were and our waiter was very helpful with the menu. I chose the Crab Tinga Tacos which blends tomato, onion, chipotle and avocado with Gulf blue crabmeat. They were outstanding. My husband felt the same way about his Tinga Duck Chalupas. Very reasonably priced as well. We were extremely happy with the experience.

  • Visited October 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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Seabrook Island, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great Texmex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Having abandoned Mi Tierra, we walked back to the Riverwalk to eat at Acenar and were not disappointed. The salsa had a delightful smoked poblano flavor, the salads were excellent and the mole poblano delicious. The margaritas got rave reviews too. Service was attentive and friendly - our server was also taking care of a difficult family at the next table, which he handled with aplomb. We missed out on the outdoor patio - make a reservation to get one of those tables.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good Food - Nice Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our server was very attentive and friendly. The food was very good and reasonably priced. Having the guacamole dip made at the table was a treat and it was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for good TexMex food at a reasonable price. Although it is not in the heart of the Riverwalk (the loop) it is a very short and pleasant walk and it is right on the river. Interesting decor. The restaurant seemed to attract and easily accommodate groups of 12 - 15.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Springfield, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Delicious & Creative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The location is delightful on the river. The food was delicious and creative.
It was really great food but the birds bothered my wife (we were out on the patio by the River eating inside is an option). Other than the birds, it was a great experience. The food and service was excellent.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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