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“a lovely location, terraced seating over the river.”

Little Rhein Steakhouse
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Ranked #44 of 4,692 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $75
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Little Rhein Steak House is housed in the Bombach House in historic La Villita. The Coahuiltecan Indians founded a settlement here in the 1500s, and in the early 18th century Spanish soldiers and Canary Islanders established a village on the site. The Mexican General Santa Anna encamped here during the battle of the Alamo. During the 19th century, German immigrants designated this area as the Little Rhein district, hence the name Little Rhein Steak House. In 1847, Otto Bombach, a carpenter, built the first two-story structure here for his family. The Bombach House was thereafter utilized as an early Texas home, a boarding house, a grocery store and bar, a private school, and a hangout for desperados. Old photos, posters, beverage trays and other San Antonio collectibles adorn the limestone walls of the Main Dining Room. Antique accents including brass lights from the Federal Courthouse and wooden benches from the Katy Train Depot help to create a comfortable rustic atmosphere
Reviewed February 26, 2014

Excellent service. Ate their two nights. The Scampi was excellent, the Ribeye so so. Reasonable prices considering the location.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

had a bone in ribeye $57 cooked perfect but no seasoning lack of flavor great service nice view $110 per person. u could get a the same quality steak a lot cheeper elsewhere but I guess u r paying for location

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We took a group of folks to dinner at Little Rhein - make no mistake this is really, really good steakhouse food, and I mean old school steakhouse. The inside is rustically Texan in a cross between a hacienda and a rich anglo guy's ranch house kind of way. Great wine list and aged beef that is tender and cooked to perfection. I found the sides WAY overpriced and somewhat unremarkable, but if you have one of the very good salads and an appetizer, the sides are an afterthought anyway.

This is a nice splurge place, but they know people who come here are coming for their location, and it shows in the prices. The wine list was so overpriced that I laughed once I caught my breath! On the other hand, it has more character, and is no less in quality than a Ruth's Chris or a Del Frisco's. Exceptionally friendly service too. Why spend the kids' college money at one of the clones when you can blow a big wad at a local place!

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We dined at the Little Rhein Steakhouse yesterday as it was recommended by the Concierge at the Hotel Contessa, where we were staying. It was just a few blocks from the hotel and on the Riverwalk, So we walked over. The ambiance of the restaurant is great and if the weather is nice, you can get a table outside with a romantic view of the riverwalk. It was a little chilly last night, but there was a group eating outside and the restaurant provided heavy southwest saddle blankets to those diners who were still chilly even with the patio heaters nearby. We decided to eat indoors!
We were seated immediately and there was a pretty good crowd for a Monday Night.
The service was excellent. One of our party is a little picky and the waiter and staff accommodated him to his satisfaction. Everything is A La Carte and it is a bit on the pricey side. $45-$80+ per person with drinks...more with wine and they do have an excellent assortment of wines available. We asked the waiter if the steaks were local or from withinTexas and he stated to us that the Steaks are from Chicago, but they are very fine quality. Being from Texas, I wanted to treat my guests to Texas Beef...so we were surprised and disappointed to hear that the Little Rhein Steakhouse doesn't have Texas Steaks on their Menu. My 2 guests had steaks, one had the large rib eye and he said it was cooked perfect and was very good. He did ask for Heinz 57 sauce, which the waiter accommodated graciously. We did ask for Spinach as one of our sides (sides are served family style and as mentioned earlier charged a la carte). The first order we had we had to return. It had a strange taste that the staff informed us was Anise. We did not like the flavor and they replaced with more traditional tasting spinach immediately. My other Guest had the small filet, which she said was good but not the best filet that she ever had... I had the Lobster Tail, Market Price $50; it was an 8 oz. tail and was very good as well.
Overall it was a very nice experience, but our bill came to just under $300 (2 drinks each, no wine) for 3 people. It seemed a little high, so from a value standpoint, I would have to say it is average to poor, but from an overall experience standpoint, I would rate it above average. We all stated that we would go back again on any future trips to San Antonio.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We have eaten here for years. If the weather is decent, you can eat on a beautiful terrace at a bend in the oldest part of the Riverwalk,. If the weather is bad, the dining room in the vintage stone building is well appointed. The service is above average and the steaks are always great.

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