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Ernesto's Mexican Specialties

Certificate of Excellence
Northwest Side
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2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230-5246
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ernesto still greets you at the door. They have a full bar and delicious seafood dishes. The service is excellent. We had the nightly fish special which was great. The fish was fresh and tasty.

Thank j0hnhill1
San Antonio, Texas
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86 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, rather pricy. Waiter, actually the owner Ernesto, continually came by the table asking if everything was ok. Very attentive service, to the point that it was hard to carry on a conversation with the continuous interruptions. The food was very good, however.

Thank Bosk_123
Aurora, Illinois
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169 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can see by some reviews that some dinners did not get Ernesto's, but that is OK. They can go to Taco Bell. I choose to support a great family owned business that takes incredible pride in their food, service and treating their customers like family. I have been dining for business around the United States for over 30 years.... More 

Thank Karkman
Stuart, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

My son and I arrived thinking Ernesto's would be a typical Mexican food restaurant. Boy were we wrong. Our drink order was delivered immediately but the real treat was Ernesto coming to our table and explaining the menu. Yes, he's a marketer but he does it so well you simply enjoy his recitation of the menu. The chips arrived with... More 

Thank paulhg1
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

When we walked in we were confused by the atmosphere. It looked like a fine dining restaurant at first glance. Then you notice the stackable foam cushioned chairs. There was red carpet throughput. I just happen to find carpet in a restaurant grotesque. The dinning room is outdated. There was a gentleman next to the door playing his guitar and... More 

Thank Wendy W
San Antonio, Texas
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

This small restaurant has been located in a partially occupied strip center off Vance Jackson/Loop 410 for 30 years. It is family owned and still has Ernesto seating patrons and offering specialties off the menu. It is always a pleasure visiting this unusual venue with Mexican seafood specialties with a French flair. Ceviche and flan in San Antonio began at... More 

Thank GG21GG21
Elkin, NC
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466 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Ernesto's does not live up to hype I read from other reviews or what you expect by what the owner says. The owner is a great marketing guy because after he comes to your table and talks about the food, your expectations are quite high. However, the food is quite disappointing. Everything is just ok. The owner took our order... More 

1 Thank John L
Marietta, Georgia
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182 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

Great seafood and French sauces with a Mexican flair! This is really upscale food. The owner makes you feel like a guest in his home.

Thank Jwvv
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016 via mobile

My family groaned a little when I said we were going to a Mexican restaurant for the third time in 3 days on our San Antonio trip.......but this turned out to be unlike any dining experience we have had. Owner greeted us and explained all of the choices and also offered to prepare anything not on the menu. The menu... More 

1 Thank nhm4hm
San Antonio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

The most amazing seafood and Mexican in the country. Great atmosphere. The owners know you!! Great seafood platters. Great steak San Antonio.

Thank Docfrog

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2559 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230-5246
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: 210-344-1248

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?