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American, Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped in Saturday morning at about 11:30. We enter the back door near the area where you place your orders. The staff was too busy talking to each other to even acknowledge or present even when we called out to them....We processed through that section and out to the main outdoor patio area. We enter the bar area. The person at the bar completely ignored us. We walked in front of him and asked for help. He appeared to be looking at his phone or he was asleep standing straight up at the bar. We walked out of the place after repeated attempts to get the staff to even acknowledge our presents. I guess we were totally invisible.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

Holy cow! Wash your clothes, wash your car, have a bite to eat, or a beer--this place has it all, lol! I must admit I passed on the first two, but oh, I'm glad I didn't miss the bite to eat. The Cove is unique...in atmosphere and food, and unique in that there are too many different brands of beer to count. I've had the Blue Bison, Lisa's Special shrimp tacos, and 1/4 Cheddar Bacon Burger, and I'm going back for that Good'a Burger! Sweet potato fries are my favorite. I love their commitment to high quality meat and their SOL passion (sustainable, organic, local) Sit inside, or outside and enjoy people-watching, because folks from all over town come here for the food and the atmosphere. The Hibiscus Ice Tea is good and the Homemade Ginger Ale is delicious. I would not expect the attentions of a maitre d', but the service was good, and the wait wasn't bad. If kicked-back casual and party atmosphere is your vibe, you'll be glad you found this place.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed April 21, 2022

Enjoyed visiting this spot with its good food option, wide beer selection, and great outdoor space. Everyone was friendly and dogs welcome in the large patio area.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 5, 2022

Looking up well rated options for dinner near our lodging in San Antonio, we selected The Cove. A strange establishment upon arrival, with a laundromat (The Cove) on one end, and a couple of entry points into the restaurant. We ordered the Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger...- a good attempt at a faux bacon burger. How did they get that texture on the faux bacon? Unusual and well prepared for the veggie crowd. Orders are placed in one building, you then find a seat either in a second building for indoors, or in the outside area behind the front entrance. This appears to be a fun atmosphere for those who will be sloshing down a few beers, with or without meals. As we were at the end of our day, and back in the car in short order, we passed on beers during our visit. Still, a fairly eclectic menu with something for most palates available.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

Best place to eat with kids in San Antonio! So fun. The playground is great to keep the kids occupied and happy while waiting for food to arrive. Parents can enjoy a local beer while waiting too! The food was delicious. Would go back again!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed October 11, 2021 via mobile

We were terribly disappointed to have arrived at The Cove within their established hours of operation only to have had the kitchen doors locked in our face more than 15 minutes before the published closing time. Upon further investigation we discovered the kitchen staff were...more interested in leaving work early than in serving their customers. The food here MAY be wonderful, but customer service definitely leaves something to be desired!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 7, 2021

I gave it an average rating, they did not have what I was expecting so I ordered a bison burger w/fries. Average burger and fries, not having the lamb I came for threw me off and didn't see the sweet potato fries which looked delicious....With a drink $19More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

Nothing special taste wise. We came here because the location offers lots of outdoor seating, which is important to us since our child is still to young for a COVID-19 vaccine. I had a salad. It was pretty tasty overall, but served room temp. It...would have been much better and more refreshing if the items had been cooled prior to service. My husband and daughter both had different burgers. Neither were impressed. My daughter actually said hers tasted like a school lunch burger. The fries were nothing special either. It was nice they had posted up where various ingredients came from. And the play are would be neat for kids, if not for COVID. As it was, there were gobs of kids playing together with zero social distancing. I doubt we will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 30, 2020

Outdoor tables with misters made a 105 degree afternoon bearable. Wonderful outdoor staff, all employees using masks, helping people maintain social distance during ordering and dining outdoors. We loved it and will go back again.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

A restaurant, laundromat, car wash, and a bar! A very fun place to relax at, great food and great craft beer. I had a bison burger and a couple of beers. A friendly staff adds to the fun atmosphere. Prices are reasonable and I recommend...that you stop by.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

Off the beaten path locals bar and grill. Order at the inside counter and outside seating or tables in the bar. Kids playground outside too and a couple of families there when we were in mid afternoon but looks like it would be a hopping...place for adult bar crowd after dark. Had a tasty bacon cheese burger and the portobello mushroom burger was good too. Really good fresh cut fries - one order enough for two to share. Prices seemed a little high but not as bad as inflated prices along the Riverwalk. Lots of noisy aggressive birds waiting to clean up anything you drop in the patio. But not really a bother... as long as you don’t leave your food unattended. If you’re staying at an AirBnB on the near northwest side of San Antonio, it’s worth a stop.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

Went for a Sunday dinner. The band was just packing up, wish we had checked and arrived in time to hear them. Great outdoor space. Dogs are allowed. Play area for kids. We had the bison burger, fish tacos and hummus. The taco burger looked...really good. Lots of Texas beer choices. Food is locally grown and organic.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 9, 2020

This place is excellent. My family and I visited The Cove on a weekend night in January, and everyone enjoyed their meal. This is one of a very limited number of restaurants where vegans and meat eaters can dine together and both get a legitimately...good meal. It is kind of a quirky place, with a bit of a new age vibe (not to mention the attached car wash and laundromat), but don't let that dissuade you. The food and service here are both top notch. I look forward to eating at The Cove again the next time I visit San Antonio.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

The Cove is a fun, casual dining spot near downtown that offers local cuisine. It offers gluten free and vegetarian options. We ordered burgers with fries. The burgers were juicy, not greasy, and topped with fresh veggies. Fires were crisp and appeared to be hand...cut. We chose to eat outside to enjoy the comfortable weather.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2019

We visited The Cove based on the reviews. We had great service and really liked the ambiance, but were a bit disappointed with the seafood tacos we ordered. Everything seemed very fresh, but the fish tacos were drowned in way too much spicy sauce, and...the shrimp tacos also drowned in a wasabi sauce...to the point that was all we could taste. Perhaps worth a try if ordered with the sauce 'light' or on the side so you could actually taste the seafood?More

Date of visit: December 2019
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The Cove is a restaurant...
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The Cove is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4