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Reviewed June 23, 2017

I just had lunch here for the first time, and after reading the reviews, I was expecting great. This was great! The price was $8.50 for the daily special, which was either chalupas or fish. Food is served cafeteria style, with payment across the hall....The building is fabulous - worth coming just for that. I'll be back often! While there, the student's art work was displayed in the courtyard, and the kids were there with their parents. Love it!More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed January 19, 2016

They have this special Art school salad. You can get a half order for under $5. It has thinly sliced pears, cranberries, walnuts, tiny orange slices and greens with poppy seed dressing. so delicious! Other people love their Cesar salad. Now the soup, oh my,...all homemade. I have had the Harvest Squash, broccoli cheese, and now today potato and leek. so good. They also serve a hot meal like the cheese enchilada plate with rice and beans. I haven't gotten to eat it yet, I am still enamored by the soup. Chef John is very cordial and accommodating. I bring my own container for to go soup. After getting my order I like to find a place to sit and think, there are several nice spots to do just that. Gardens, Water fountains, beautiful Virgin Mary statue. The prices are very reasonable. I love working downtown!!!More

Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed June 18, 2015

I've been going to this little cafeteria for years and while it has a limited weekday lunch menu, it has always been very good and reasonably priced. It is also in a beautiful old building. I've been working downtown for years and I usually just...walk over and pick up a salad. My favorite is the Caesar with a scoop of chicken salad. It's so good and it's under $8, way cheaper than anywhere else downtown and much tastier. The enchiladas are also good as is the tortilla soup. Never have been disappointed with what they have on the menu. It seems everything is made fresh daily.More

Date of visit: June 2015
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Food is served cafeteria style here. It's great - homemade, plain but delicious, and affordable. And the location, in an old convent on the Riverwalk, is fabulous. We were there on a sunny spring day, right after Fiesta. The light was dappled and the porches...cool. I wish we had had more time to sit and just enjoy the place.More

Date of visit: May 2014
Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is a neat, off the beat lunch spot. The Artisans Salad alone is worth the trip. Time spent at the Southwest School of Art is truly rejuvenating. Don't waste life going to chains, this is a true one of a kind original. Good food,...reasonable price and something different for lunch. Go already!More

Date of visit: May 2013
Reviewed October 19, 2013

The Copper Kitchen is the school kitchen for the Southwest School of Art, and it is open to the public. Here's the wonderful secret. It shares food with the very upscale Club Giraud, a private club also located on the campus of the Southwest School...of Art. Get this - the daily specials at the Copper Kitchen are the same cuisine served in the private club next door. Pretty good for a school kitchen, right? The Copper Kitchen is located by the Riverwalk at the beginning of the Museum Reach. It's just up river from Hotel Havana. Interesting atmosphere - the Copper Kitchen is positioned in the center building of the 19th Century Ursuline Girls Academy. The tables and chairs are original to the school. Even so, on a pretty day I recommend taking a lunch "to go" and then walking outside to the Riverwalk garden of the school to sit on a bench and dine. It's utterly charming. (Many couples from San Antonio marry in this garden.) Here's the down side of the Copper Kitchen. It may run out of the two lunch specials. And, the line will move very slow. School cafeteria, you know....More

Date of visit: October 2013
Reviewed October 15, 2013

A sweet little place in the SW School of Art. Lunch is sizable and very nice. Atmosphere is adorable... Renovated dorm from the girls academy there in the 1860's. Reasonably priced. Very accessible from the Riverwalk about 1 mile north of the tourist area

Date of visit: October 2013
Reviewed May 29, 2013

My one criticism is that you must come early or the daily specials will be gone! This is a beautiful, historic area and the food is delicious. If you are only downtown for one afternoon, this would be my pick for lunch. Each day they...have two hot lunch specials--one is typically mexican food and the other a chicken dish. The sandwiches are good choices too. My favorites are the chicken salad and BLT.More

Date of visit: February 2013
Reviewed April 23, 2013

The Copper Kitchen Cafe is located in the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts. The cafe is actually located in the cafeteria of the old Ursuline Academy, a Catholic school for girls from 1851 until 1965. There is a cafeteria line where your food is...ordered. Then take your food to the cafeteria tables which seat from 4 to 8 people. The food was very tasty. For a very reasonable price, we had a sandwich and a salad. Take time to tour the grounds also. There is an entrance to the school from the River Walk. If you are parking in the area, street parking is available at meters for only 25 cents per hour.More

Date of visit: April 2013
Reviewed May 9, 2012

The Copper Kettle is the casual lunch café located in the SW School of Arts and Craft adjacent to the main public library along the blue trolley line. The school address is 300 Augusta Street. They are open from 11a to 2p Monday thru Friday...and typically have sandwiches, salads and two hot entrees. All are served in a “go thru the line” cafeteria style and are reasonably priced. The café is housed in one of the original buildings from the time when the school was the Ursuline Academy for Girls in the 19th century so the atmosphere (hardwood floors, limestone walls, modern art) is unmatched. The art school faculty and students will be in line with you at the same time. A perfect midday break is to ride the blue trolley to the main library, go inside the library to see the Jeff Chihuly glass art structure and then go next door to the café/art school. The school also has a small museum commemorating the Ursuline period which is across the courtyard from the café. This is a terrific value and a nice serene break from the hubbub of the riverwalk.More

Date of visit: April 2012
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October 18, 2015|
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parking is abundant, yes they have salads, my favorite is the Art school salad - you can get it 1/2 or full size. Several people love their ceasar salad. my most favorite of all is their homemade soup. I really love their... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
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