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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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Stuart, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 5 weeks ago 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 The dinning room is outdated.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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26 reviews
18 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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450 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 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 

Thank John L
Marietta, Georgia
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182 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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 

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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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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

Excellent food. Many great sauces are a mixture of French and Mexican influence. A luxurious-atmosphere restaurant. Excellent personal service by owner, Ernesto. No need for menu, the owner will take care of you. I wish we had not been pressed for time.

Thank mojohn78734
Arlington, TX
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444 reviews
380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

Chips were thick n a bit hard/crunchy, green sauce was good but mussed traditional salsa. Super chalupas were tasty n fresh. My friend liked her chicken tacos al carbon with a nice portion of guacamole. It doesn't look like a Mexican food place, more like a lounge/former Chinese buffet with lounge music playing. Service was friendly and prompt.

Thank BeachbumAggie
DFW, Texas
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

Food and atmosphere both amazing. I had the shrimp, chicken and steak kabobs with orange glaze. For dessert, cinnamon ice cream with praline sauce. Omg the food was so good!!!!

Thank monte54

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
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?