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“A Thoroughly Top Notch Eatery is Sandbar”
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Sandbar
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Midtown
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Sandbar is a treasure for San Antonio. Another Andrew Weissman creation, Sandbar elevates the restaurant climate at The Pearl to the city's highest level, on a par with some of the nation's best casual eateries. Sublimely fresh and expertly prepared appetizers and entrees are captivating to the eye, but more importantly to the palate. House baked potato bread simply runs up the score. Professional service that is dignified and restrained takes the Sandbar experience far past the local competition. Well-traveled and seasoned diners are going to gravitate to Sandbar and feel right at home. Unpretentious, welcoming and offering an imaginative menu skillfully assembled with top shelf ingredients, Sandbar so far has impressed and pleased us every time. We can't wait to go back.

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Thank Jaggage36
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

I had high expectations for this restaurant but, sadly, none were met. It is overpriced and the food mediocre. While I assume that one can find relatively good food on the menu, from what my party ordered I found nothing to merit the high prices charged. Of the dishes my party tried, the fish cerviche was extremely tart, the scottish salmon bland, virtually tasteless. I would stay away from both. Service was okay,but the staff should know better than to serve side dishes ten minutes after entrees had been served. Similarly, if there are four people being served, the appetizers for all four people should be served at the same time, not, as was the case here, with a significant lapse between the cold appetizers for three of my guests and my warm appetizer. As far as the decor, it is nothing to write home about. Finally, while this might sound odd, the bathrooms evidence one of the problems with this restaurant. One of the joys of going to a restaurant, in addition to being served fine food, is to enjoy the ambiance. The bathrooms are spartan and would be okay if they were in a Denny's, but not in a restaurant where dinner for two will set you back $100 plus. The one positive in my experience was that the manager was receptive to my constructive criticisms and promised to look into them. He seemed truly sincere so maybe the restaurant will improve. I just don't know whether I would want to spend another $100 plus to find out.

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2  Thank Stewart L
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

It's Texas - we're great for anything you can get from a cow and anything you care to throw on a barbecue, but not so much seafood. Chef Andrew Weissman and crew do an admirable job of turning that reputation around in this small, bright eatery in the middle of the newly renovated Pearl Brewery.

The appetizers are where Sandbar truly shines, from the perfectly balanced ceviche to the rich-to-the-last-drop soup du jour, and it always pays to check the daily specials for some inspired concoctions such as trout toasts. The entrees feature sea bass, salmon, arctic char and mysteriously fish and chips, which is probably the least successful item on an otherwise pristine menu.

There's a good selection of wine available and while the desserts are not of the same caliber as the other courses, are perfectly reasonable enough to wind down a meal here. Service is attentive, knowledgeable and unhurried, even during the increasingly popular lunchtimes. Sandbar is not cheap - a dinner with the boat truly pushed out will cost around $100 a head, while lunch is a better option if the budget is more of a concern.

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Thank JamesBeswick
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Sandbar is now located in a really cool section of San Antonio, just a few minutes north of the major downtown tourist areas. The restaurant is very open and bright in a chic sort of way. Seafood quality is incredibly fresh and they carry an extensive wine list and some real interesting brews. Wait staff is polished and attentive. The only real downside is there is a price for flying in quality seafood and it will show up on your bill. Ironically the entrees, though they are well-conceived and impeccably executed are almost irrelevant as you just want to savor the seafood experience in its purest form. Personally, in the future if I were to return I would probably do lunch to keep the cost down and order a few rounds of oysters and ceviche. Oh yeah, and some key lime pie too...

Thank Darius K
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Quick lunch here with a crab salad each and we both enjoyed them. Beautifully presented and I like the fish counters being on view as they are.

Thank Harry95
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