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“World-class cuisine in a cozy, intimate dining room” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Gwendolyn

Restaurant Gwendolyn
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Ranked #137 of 4,589 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $125
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: N St Mary
Description: Classic, Fine Dining, Strictly Local All perishable products from within a 150 mile radius. Everything made by hand as it was done in 1850, without electric machines. Everything made by the classic methods, using only preparations that existed in San Antonio in 1850. We are the reflection of Old Texas in a graceful, romantic setting by the river.
San Antonio, Texas
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162 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“World-class cuisine in a cozy, intimate dining room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Well San Antonio has a new world-class restaurant and it's name is Restaurant Gwendolyn. This small, intimate dining space offers cleverly thought-out, 3 and 5-course tasting menus that represent the finest of local produce prepared with innovative and inspiring flair. The menus are $55 and $75 per person respectively and $25 for an accompanying wine-pairing.

This is a restaurant that takes its production very seriously, cooking without fryers, mixers or any modern devices, and rather than being a gimmick translates into a type of cuisine I simply haven't tried before. They make their own breads, cheeses and pates and as a result every bite is competing for your attention and becomes a conversation piece at the table.

We visited for our wedding anniversary and it's one of the most memorable meals we've ever had - right up there with Thomas Keller's Per Se and Gary Danko's in San Francisco. Every single dish is conceived and plated flawlessly to the point where even our final cup of coffee was prepared meticulously in a tabletop vac pot to offer a completely different flavor on a traditional cup of coffee. Service was exemplary throughout, and it's one of those very, very rare dining experiences where every single part added up to an unforgettable evening.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JamesBeswick
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“best of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

How often would you meet a chef from San Antonio Texas browsing for recipes at the Stand Book Store in NYC? And later that year find yourself and your party at his in San Antonio. My brother met Chef Michael and was curious about his restaurant and unique old world cooking philosophy. Every item on the menu is hand selected by Chef Michael and comes from farms within 150 miles. The dinner was a gastronomical delight, fine wine and impeccable service.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alan N
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Sonoma, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Elegant dining in San Antonio”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We asked our concierge for restaurant recommendations and Restaurant Gwendolyn was one he suggested. I don't always love prix fixed menus but the sample menus looked very good and we weren't disappointed. We picked the 5 course menu as we were there early and it was discounted. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. We did feel that the pork served in our main course was a little tough but we understand that the animals Chef Michael's uses are not loaded up with chemicals and therefore much leaner than most of us are used to. It still had great flavor. The portions were perfect and the atmosphere was lovely. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the river views. This is definitely a restaurant we would return to.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kristina G
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Houston, Texas
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117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“San Antonio gets a decent tasting menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Our reservation was for two online for a Thursday with a two choice, 5 course tasting menu, and as there were two of us, we got to try everything except the charcuterie and cheese, which were extras as the menu had only two choices.
Some dishes were sublime, and therefore threw others under the bus in the process; like the pears and ricotta or the chicken fried quail, both of which were the best of the breed.
A couple were fairly nondescript, particularly the chicken breast, probably because ours was sliced in half, deemed to be undercooked, and returned to the oven before re-emerging to be plated.
I will be back, especially if they get rid of the silly coffee service.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank john g
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Jamestown, NC
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“very impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Having spent a fortune and a half the night before at Bohannon's we had the early diner version of the 3 taste menu with the wine pairings. The service was great, the wine parings made the meal even more special - definitely a keeper and would not hesitate to recommend it

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul H
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