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“Not Impressed”

El Ceviche De Waldito
Ranked #639 of 4,736 Restaurants in San Antonio
Cuisines: Cuban, Latin, Peruvian
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Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

Strangely, the menu was void of any meat dishes. We ordered a chicken and pork fried rice. Now that was tasty, but you can find an equally good dish i of fried rice in any Chinese restaurant. We did enjoy the red and green hot sauces..

As an appetizer we ordered the ceviche mixta and what a let down. Even the genuine imitation crab tasted like it had been left out too long. You'll find a better Ceviche at Rosario's and for a lot cheaper too.

The cold boiled potato was, well… more satisfying, but quite unimpressive.

As for the service, there were nine tables inside and one outside, but only one waitress to service the entire restaurant. At capacity, she was well understaffed, overworked and had a hard time keeping up with the demands of the customers. Nevertheless, she maintained a very positive, cheerful attitude

Thank goodness we had a Groupon. The meal I thought only worth $14.50, not $39 original fee. I found this restaurant to be way overpriced for the one meal we split.

Better luck next time.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

If you want something out of the ordinary, yet perfectly normal, you must come here. If you want to be treated like family, eat here. Chef Waldo and his wife are the most friendly people I have ever met in this city. They have basically opened their "home" to the public in this hole-in-the wall place.

Both greeted us as we came in and asked if we had been there before. We hadn't, and they seemed excited. Chef Waldo took us directly to his desserts and insisted we try his flan, then directed us to the soups and told us to start there.

The food was Peruvian, Cuban, Puerto Rican all rolled into one meal. It was sort of like a buffet, but Chef Waldo fixed our plates for us as if we were in his home. It was so welcoming. Shortly there after, he came and sat with us, asked about the food, and we discussed Peru since I had visited there before. His wife came and checked on us as well, making sure we were comfortable and had enough to eat. (did we ever!). I honestly don't think the food would have been as good if I had to serve myself. :)

The meal we had consisted of pork, roast chicken, black beans, rice, yucca, plantain, a choice of seafood, chicken, or beef soup, and dessert (flan). The meal was fresh, warm, perfectly seasoned and very tasty.

To add to the charm: A gentleman came in and politely asked to see a menu. After a look over, he returned the menu and mentioned that he was hoping for vegetarian. Chef wife said "Vegetarian, no problem! You sit, drink tea, and the chef will make you a vegetarian plate!" Sure enough, a few minutes later, Chef Waldo came out with a huge vegetarian plate that he whipped up. The gentleman was pleased. Chef and wife were pleased. Tell me, where else can you get service like that if you aren't at someone's house?

If you need peace, quiet, and the typical generic meal from a chain, don't insult Chef Waldo by coming here. If you aren't willing to expand your mind, don't come here.

But do come here for good food, great service, and just pure comfort.

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3  Thank redhousecat
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Chef Waldo and his wife are absolutely charming! Most people will be scared to go in - it is in a worn out strip center that looks very rough. Once inside this very small restaurant you will feel like you are in their house. BEST ceviche EVER! We had the Sunday buffet and everything was fresh, exotic and wonderful! The hrs are limited and they only have eight tables so if you cant get in - try again! I cant wait to go back!

3  Thank jasco t
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is one of the best places in San Antonio, regardless of price - but it is also one of the most economical too! Lunch buffet at 6.99 is a steal, with the chef preparing at least two meat/ fish entrees, great sides, including yucca, a mix of Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and probably other Central/ South American cuisines! The dinner is great, too, with many unusual but delicious choices, including about 8 different ceviches.

3  Thank Gerry D
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Reviewed March 22, 2013
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