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Esquire Tavern

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American, Bar
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155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226 (St. Mary)
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Killeen, Texas
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came down to visit with my cousin who I haven't seen in over 24 years. Being from Puerto Rico I was pleasantly surprised to see plantains as appetizers. The food had a lot of flavor profile and the burgers were huge. I had the breaded ribeye (chicken fried steak) it was pretty good. The grilled cheese was a pimiento cheese... More 

Thank medicalsgt30
Buffalo, New York
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really cool speak easy type of place right on the riverwalk. We grabbed a quick drink with our daughter and enjoyed the craft cocktails and craft cider from Austin. Great spot for a nice drink!

Thank ckmc07
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate here for a quick light dinner. The bar is amazing. The longest in Texas. Wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food is all over the place with unique bar food. I had a fried baloney sandwich which I'd go back for. Great bar, great local atmosphere.

Thank KL114
Grand Prairie, Texas
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place makes some nice hand-crafted coctails. Located on the river walk, there are a handful of seats on the outer patio that overlook the river. Try to get one of those seats if you can. Otherwise, the bar inside is quite large and you should hopefully be able to find a seat.

Thank croth14
San Angelo, Texas
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The wife and I had an amazing meal here. The huge, historic mahogany bar is neat. The cocktail menu is a joy to explore with ingredients you have probably never had before. It's worth a stop for cocktails alone. Our server Brian was top-notch with great recommendations. I went for the Wildcat burger. One of the tastiest and spicy burgers... More 

Thank Urlik
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very neat place to see. Robert was great. We started on the patio overlooking the Riverwalk and when the sun got a little warm, we moved inside and enjoyed the AC!

Thank dlisner
Nina K, Manager at Esquire Tavern, responded to this review

Robert is absolutely one of our best; we're lucky to have him! We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience here at The Esquire, and we hope to see you again soon! Cheers! Nina Kay Assistant General Manager More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a variety of drinks on the menu that you would most likely not be in your drink rotation however it was fun trying something different. The food was very good and the atmosphere just speaks history.

Thank Alli P
Lynchburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After several days in the city, we finally made it in to have a drink and some appetizers during happy hour at the Esquire. We were not disappointed. Outstanding small bites along with a good selection of local beers and some of the most knowledgeable bartenders I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with (and I have spoken to... More 

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Painted Post, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the river tour we were in need of a cooling beverage. Very cool beer selection. We got Texas onion dip...just onion dip with sweet onions...very good...the Banh mi sandwich was pretty awesome...spicy..creamy...refreshing ginger...cool wooden bar

Thank davidphelps12
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oldest bar at the river walk, we had delicious bison burgers with local beer. The place is dark, but spacious and cosy. After dinner we had a beer outside on the balcony, overlooking the river walk and the tour boats. In a way much more quiet than the rest of the area.

Thank dorthe_keilberg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
    (St. Mary)
  • Public Transportation: Conveniently located in downtown on the San Antonio River, The Esquire Tavern is within walking distance from most major hotels. In addition, The Esquire is serviced by the Yellow Line Downtown Trolley conveniently located at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s fifty feet from our front door.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
  • Phone Number: 12102222521
One of the Top 25 Bars in America, The Esquire Tavern opened in 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition - a beloved San Antonio watering hole ever since. When it comes to choosing the best Riverwalk bars to spend your time, atmosphere certainly matters. Our legendary establishment is the quintessential downtown bar: dark, cool, redolent with history, and serving cold beer, swanky cocktails, and excellent food. Don't believe us? Step right up and sink your teeth into some handmade SA comfort food including Organic Sirloin Burgers, Crispy Chile Salted Fries, Big Red Empanadas, and Fried Apple Pie with Bourbon Carmel Sauce made from scratch! Now that you trust us a bit more....feel free to stay a while and enjoy hand crafted cocktails using the best of spirits and freshest of juices from the Margarita to the Moscow Mule. Beer lovers, indulge with over 10 Texas/regional brews on tap and enjoy the ice cold bottled beers you love.

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