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“Delicious food, great margaritas, nice location, but okay service.” 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 #112 of 4,137 Restaurants in San Antonio
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!
Troy, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Delicious food, great margaritas, nice location, but okay service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Our family ate here last week and had a great meal. No wait to get in - it is a huge place! Delicious tableside guac and great entrees. We had fajitas, enchiladas and pork, as well as super margaritas! The only thing that kept me from giving a "5" rating was the service. Very friendly, but seemed as though they were inexperienced or overwhelmed.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Had high hopes for dinner as this restaurant is beautiful and on the river walk. Unfortunately the food was mediocre and the service was not the best. Our server had very little command of the English language and we spoke no Spanish. Our drink order was completely messed up but the food order was correct. She was very sweet however and in talking to the manager, he informed us how difficult it is finding service personnel that is understandable, but more training is certainly called for. I had higher praise for the food until we ate at Los Barrios. Now there is authentic, delicious TexMex. We'd return there but are leaving tomorrow.

Visited February 2014
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Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great food and great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Walked in for dinner on a Thursday night with no reservation, requested seating on the balcony. There was a short wait (15 minutes) but that was fine because they have an excellent bar. We ordered margaritas and they were very well made, with good strength but also good ingredients. After a good start at the bar, we were taken to our seats on the balcony overlooking a quiet stretch of the river. The balcony is above the river so you don't have the feeling of people staring at your food that happens at other riverwalk restaurants. The service was prompt and the server gave good recommendations. This is not your standard TexMex fare and we really appreciated the unique options. My wife had pork tenderloin and I had goat and both were outstanding. Even the chips and salsa were different than you would get at most mexican restaurants.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“lovely dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were at this fine restaurant one evening. Convenient location, wonderful food. Texmex with a twist. Fresh ingredients, attention to details without a big hit to your pocket. Decor is terrific. Was very smart to design the inside seating facing doors that open to the patio. Seats on the patio are set lower, so inside people feel part of the scene. Our waiter was wonderful. Very friendly, answered all our questions with a great big smile. Desserts are made by the head chef, because he takes pride in his work and his food. This place is always busy,....says it all.

Visited February 2014
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Slightly Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The location is all this place really has to brag about, except maybe the bottom-less chips. The food was average. I have had such better Mexican food experiences both in and out of Texas. The service was decent, but lacked the hospitality and attentiveness I´ve recieved at every other restaurant on this trip. Not to mention the birds walking all over us as we ate. Skip this one!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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