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“nice balcony for drinks over the river”
Review of Esquire Tavern

Esquire Tavern
Ranked #53 of 4,911 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Gastropub, Brew Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: St. Mary
Transit: 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.
Description: 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.
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Nice balcony location for a drink above the river. Good drink menu and friendly service. They have a small happy hour menu option in February with a discount on drinks although that wasn't clearly advertised but a nice surprise. Service was a bit slow this day but would give it another try for the location, menu & atmosphere.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We went here on a Monday night and it was jammed - this was probably because it was Spring Break, however, and it may not be like this normally. We really liked the atmosphere - the bar is dark, quirky, has a very small balcony overlooking the river, the longest wooden bar in Texas (apparently) and intimate booths. Service was friendly, cocktails were imaginative and reasonably priced. We also chose to eat and both had the salmon. This was disappointing - nice piece of salmon, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, but the sauce was overly rich and cloying and lacked any kind of carb to add some balance. The sides options were limited, also. It must be said, though, that the burgers looked great and the banana nut loaf ice cream was excellent, so we may have just been unlucky.

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Thank Nick21Brussels
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Old and historick. First tavern to open after prohibition, tall tin ceilings, tables, booths, booths, and big long bar. Live music, street entrance and river-side entrance. Poor lighting...like small portable bare lightbulbs that cause your pupils to contract so you cant see your guests.
The menu is good. Ceviche was great and burger's are favorites including jalapeno burger. This has become a favorite restaurant by the guys from work as it has an expansive tap beer for those who like that.
The place is great - try it. Oh...prices are good for a Riverwalk location.

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Thank Chris O
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Lunch on the beautiful RiverWalk with friends! We sat outside on the balcony and enjoyed the great food and watched the people and boats go by. The food was great and the service was too.

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Thank Diana P
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We visited one Friday, when it was fairly busy but not packed. We had to wait a little while to get menus but unlike other reviewers our drinks and food arrived fairly quickly.
We had a couple of cocktails and a selections of appetisers to share between us. We really enjoyed the tacos and the chalupitas, both were very tasty and reasonable size portions for the size.
I liked the fact that even though it was on the river walk, you had to walk up a flight of stairs to get into the restaurant, I think this must have been missed by a number of tourists and therefore the atmosphere wasn't as chaotic as other places. Plus we Liked the decor, old fashioned and comforting!

Thank Travellover6128
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