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“Where IS everybody?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Colonial Room Restaurant

Colonial Room Restaurant
204 Alamo Plaza, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
210-225-6196
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Ranked #55 of 3,892 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Built as an addition to the original hotel and later remodeled by San Antonio architect Atlee B. Ayres in 1912, the Colonial Room Restaurant reflects the prevailing neoclassical style of its time. Decades of elaborate balls and parties have been hosted in this room.Among the celebrities who have dined here are Presidents Grant and McKinley, Robert E. Lee, and French actress Sarah Bernhardt. The Colonial Room Restaurant's famous mango ice cream was served at both of President Clinton’s inaugurations. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Colonial Room Restaurant features a fabulous noontime brunch and traditional entrees such as prime rib au jus and lamb shank with linguini. Don't miss the popular Sunday brunch buffet, which tastes even better at a table in the garden courtyard.
Scottsdale, AZ
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“Where IS everybody?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

We ate an excellent meal (lunch) in the Colonial Room at the historic Menger Hotel during our recent trip to San Antonio. But, why hoards of people would prefer to eat alongside a dirty (very) river in preference to this great room with actual white tablecloths and linens is beyond us! The food was no more expensive and it was excellent. I had the onion soup and a half sandwich, and my husband had a quesodilla which was, by far, better (and cheaper!) than the one we had the day before at a Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk. And, of course, we had the mango ice cream...even if it didn't come from their original mango trees (read the history folks).

But, there were very few other diners! They appeared to be at the chain restaurants and fast food joints.

Service was slightly slow. We weren't in a hurry, but this might be a detractor for some. Our only complaint was that management should not give cleaning instructions (within earshot of diners) to workers who then set about industriously (but silently) cleaning...this should be done invisibly! And an historic hotel should have this worked out already.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Beautiful breakfasts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

I've loved the Menger's breakfasts and this trip didn't disappoint. The regular breakfast buffet is wonderful with fresh fruit, pastries, cereals, crepes and omelettes to order - as well as homemade biscuits, traditional breakfast meats -- you get the picture. The dining room is old and elegant with white linen and a fresh and tailored wait staff. Our waitress this morning was charming, giving us tips on when the best times and places are to go ghost hunting in this historic hotel built in 1859. Note: The Sunday brunch is spectacular. Wish we could have stayed just for that!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Replica of House of Lords, British Parliament. Next door to the Alamo, Teddy Roosevelt recruited cowboys for the Rough...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

Replica of House of Lords, British Parliament. Next door to the Alamo, Teddy Roosevelt recruited cowboys for the Rough Riders here.

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“Best Sunday Brunch in San Antonio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2007

The historic Menger Hotel has a most excellent Sunday Brunch. It's worth every cent ($21. each) for the fresh yummy selection of breakfast and lunch offerings. The atmosphere is romantic, the choices to numerous to list, the staff is very willing to please and, if you watch, the staff will replace whole trays of food and bring out freshly made so nothing gets old or dried out. Leave room for the to-die-for bread pudding with sauce and chocolate cake. Mmmmm, best brunch we've ever had.

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