Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!
Restaurateur Lisa Wong, and her business partner Pete Selig, joined forces in 2005 to launch Ácenar … one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the River Walk. Guests will enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures.
Her professional team, led by Executive Chef Richard Sánchez - delivers a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Enjoy many fine selections of Gulf fish, crab and shrimp, or piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles rellenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas and cabrito —
all made to your satisfaction.
Our multi-level spacious restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. The interior and exterior reflect colors and designs influenced by Lisa’s Mexican and Asian heritage.
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri & Saturday - 2:30pm-1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!
Live music varies
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Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ácenar’ offers 4 private dining areas, which can be combined for large events. Our patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk being the highlight of the restaurant, while the Arriba and Abajo Rooms offer a more intimate setting. The Mezzanine converts to dining and lounge style cocktail parties.
Ácenar Ratings and Reviews
Unfortunately we had to wait for about 1 ...
Unfortunately we had to wait for about 10 minutes for them to put the tables together. They weren't ready for us.
The food and environment was average. No ...
The food and environment was average. Nothing special here
Food was tasty but over priced for quali ...
Food was tasty but over priced for quality. Being on the Riverwalk, the patio was kinda grimmy. Service was excellent.
Food was ok. Very touristy. Dessert crep ...
Food was ok. Very touristy. Dessert crepes were pretty bad. There are better places to spend your money.
Have been to Acenar in the past however, ...
Have been to Acenar in the past however, this visit was very disappointing. Waited over 20 minutes for waiter to come and take our order, water glass sat empty for 15 min before a refill was offered and when meals finally arrived, I received the wrong dish. They did remake the correct dish that I ordered (chicken mole) but when it arrived it was a very dry piece of chicken with a sauce poured over it that did not have a good taste at all. They were not busy so I'm not sure why the lack of service or food quality, would not recommend based on my this experience.
Service was not as good as we had had in ...
Service was not as good as we had had in the past. It was very slow and the waiter seems to forget we were there. The food was ok. Had had better before. Did not know that we were not checked in via Open Table until open table asked why we were not there.
If I could have gotten my check after 15 ...
If I could have gotten my check after 15 minutes of terrible service, I would have left then. Instead, it took 25. Terrible mixed drink (Jalapeno Margarita with odd, poorly balanced flavors overwhelmed by salt). We were given a baked cheese appetizer, with no plates, no silverware, and no tortillas, and left to stare at it with no service for another ten minutes. The best part? The bill I was given had full price not only for the undrinkable margarita and inedible cheese, but also for the entrees we were cancelling. Not a single apology, inquiry into what was wrong, or any smallest sign in caring about our business or satisfaction. Order from a vending machine before dining here.
We really enjoyed our Father's Day dinne ...
We really enjoyed our Father's Day dinner at Acenar. The food was tasty, margaritas reasonably priced, and the decor was vibrant and interesting. This place is definitely kid friendly, so don't go here expecting a quiet, romantic dinner. We would definitely return!
Excellent margaritas, food was very good ...
Excellent margaritas, food was very good. The duck crepes were terrific! The waiter seemed distracted. He wasn't overly helpful with the menu, had to be prompted to bring another drink and didn't even offer dessert...we may or may not have wanted one, but didn't even know what they had. I don't know if he just had an off day or if this reflects their service in general.
Acenar was recommended by staff at our h ...
Acenar was recommended by staff at our hotel. Menu looked good so we made a reservation. Food was good but somewhat disappointing. Atmosphere left a lot to be desired
Loved the atmosphere and the food. We ma ...
Loved the atmosphere and the food. We made reservation online, but still had to wait a bit in the bar. It was very nice, great decor. We got a table outside after about 15 min. There were fans and a nice breeze by the river walk. Great food- recommend the Duck crepes, shrimp and crab enchiladas, the skewers were excellent, too. Very good variety in menu. An eclectic take on Tex-mex.
Because we live in San Diego we are part ...
Because we live in San Diego we are particular about Mexican food. This place was near our hotel so we tried it for dinner. My husband tried the braised goat at our servers suggestion. He really thought it was excellent. My crab tacos were pretty good but the sides were lackluster. A little more spice would be welcome. All in all it was acceptable but not exceptional by any stretch.
Fine dining Mexican-food experience
I definitely am glad that I went out on a branch and booked a spot for Acenar. I knew that I enjoyed Mexican food but this took it to the next level. The ambiance was bar-none, the food was superb, and the atmosphere was stunning. A great evening spent in good company. This is a restaurant that you don't want to miss!
We had eaten at this restaurant several times before and enjoyed it. This time we had a reservation since we were going to a show. We were seated upstairs in what I guess is an overflow area, along with 3 other groups. The first thing we noticed was that our table, and at least one other, was sticky and needed cleaning. Our wait service was tasked to one of the bartenders, who had to start with all 4 groups at the same time. It took 20 minutes before anyone had a drink. It took 30 minutes to get chips and water . Our waiter was trying his best, but the task was too much. He needed help. Other waiters were standing around downstairs, but no one came to help him. We asked to see the manager, but he never showed up. This was a poor way to treat any customer, much less those with reservations. I don't know if we'll bother returning.
One of our favorite restaurants during our stay. Stephen our waiter was very attentive and knowledgable of the menu. Thank you!
Steady and fun
We were able to walk in at 6:45 for our 7:30 reservation and snag a table for 2 overlooking the river during a 2-night visit over Memorial Day weekend. This isn't a Michelin 4-star restaurant, but the food is solid and the service attentive. The drinks are strong and tasty and dishes are a bit on the heavy side, with butter and cream plentiful. But the dishes were decent and the food comes out quick and hot. The guacamole was made table side and was huge and just right. The short rib tacos were excellent and the crab tacos were good, but, again, a bit on the overly-indulgent side, smothered in butter and oil. The food is priced just right. In the end, this is a solid restaurant for families and big parties and I would recommend Acenar for a fun night out.
Our server was not very personable we ha ...
Our server was not very personable we had a large table of 9 we all tried to have fun with him we were with a relatively famous rock band who just played river city rockfest! The food was good and the ambiance was fabulous
Exceptional food and service at a great price
Our entire experience was pleasant. Seated quickly at a nice indoor table with outdoor view. Menu selection was amazing. Presentation and flavor of foods were exceptionally eye catching and enjoyable. We had enchiladas; shrimp and crab and chicken mole. Deliciously different from any place in town. Perfect serving sizes allowed room for our delicious dessert. We shared the cinnamon crepe with ice cream! Awesome! Great server too! We'll be back!
Food was good but the Air Conditioning w ...
Food was good but the Air Conditioning was horrible. Not very appetizing to eat while you sweat.
Great food and spectacular river views
We had a great meal. My wife had the chipotle chicken which was interestingly not as flavorful as the one she had at Rosario's (which is a sister restaurant ) I had the flank steak which was very good. We sat out on the river walk and although the seating is above the river it was very nice at night with the lights from the surrounding buildings was very nice. Our server was very attentive. Eventhough it rained a little, we were still covered under the porches and it was very comfortable. Great overall ambience and the food was great for the price.
The place is nice and the service is exc ...
The place is nice and the service is excellent. However, the meat I ordered was "carne asada" and it was not as good as it sounds. Other than that, everything else we ordered was perfect and the servers were really nice to us. We did not have the opportunity to sit outside with the pretty view they have of the river because it was a rainy day, but inside it was so warm and perfect for an excellent breakfast with my wife. Overall we enjoy the experience at this restaurant.
Table for eight was in a very noisy part ...
Table for eight was in a very noisy part of the restaurant, but the food was very good and service was good. We have been to this restaurant before and were happy with our dining experience then as well. We were given the option of dining outside, which would have been very pleasant, but rain changes prevented that.
Even with a reservation you need to chec ...
Even with a reservation you need to check on your table, particularly if you want ouside. Good food.
Food and service were acceptable, but my ...
Food and service were acceptable, but my party of two was seated in a dark, low-ceiling back room where the noise level was unpleasant. A large raucous party caused everyone else to have to shout in order to be heard above their noise. I will go back, but will ask to be seated elsewhere.
We eat here before every Broadway show.
Great food, I love the entomatadas. We are never disappointed with the quality of the unique food items.
Overall experience was great. It has a classy feel at good prices for special occasions. Where we sat it was a bit busy as far as the amount of people and how close they were to us, not sure if it would be ideal for a romantic, intimate date for two.
Outdoor tables so ridiculously small they don't even hold your entire plate. Service mediocre, no dessert offered, food mediocre, veggie enchilada, yuck, should have known. Margaritas were good. Don't waste money on table service quacamole, it was mostly large chunks of onion. But seriously, the table size was insane and we didn't even order appetizers. They would NOT have fit in the table.
It was very loud in the dinner room area ...
It was very loud in the dinner room area, tables were very close to each other, we heard the table next to us their whole conversation. The service was great, the food was was a bit salty, also it was warm inside the restaurant.
Very memorable date spot
My girlfriend and I ate on the patio. The food and atmosphere was excellent. Service was quick and friendly. Great spot on the riverwalk for a quick, casual, romantic dinner. I'm sure we will be back.
I took my boyfriend for his birthday. We always eat at Acenar when we have tickets to The Majestic. They have a good menu selection.
First look at the menu and we asked the waiter for one of everything! It was great! We settled on a seafood enchilada that was the best ever! We sat outside on the patio... the kids fed the birds tortilla chips while we waited for our food. After dinner we had the tres leches that was to die for! I just wished we lived in San Antonio, so we could go here all the time!
Talk to the wait staff and go with their ...
Talk to the wait staff and go with their suggestions. It's a great menu and they are knowledgable. Chile Rellano and the pork dish were out of this world good.
The service was outstanding. Ernest was ...
The service was outstanding. Ernest was our server and he was totally charming, from the time we walked in the door to when he wished us good-bye. He took fantastic care of us.
Excellent for SA Riverwalk standards...
Pretty restaurant with good food. Service staff friendly and good, but the waiter messed up our drink order two times in a row. He was present, and food and drinks came out in a timely manner, so overall was a good experience.
Great spot in SAT
The staff were very accommodating and the food was great. The bar was fun also.
Overlooking the Riverwalk
A nice Spring evening overlooking the Riverwalk. From the time my group walked in, the staff made us feel welcome. We had a group of seven and later eight, we were seated outside and taken care like I would normally expect from a high-end restaurant. Will definitely make this a regular.
Don't even bother to reserve here - Never Again!
Made a reservation two weeks in advance and asked for a booth inside and noted it was a 13th wedding anniversary celebration. Confirmed it a week before and STILL received a call the day of to "confirm the reservation". I confirmed the reservation for the second time and again requested the booth on the inside. The snarky girl stated they would, "see what they could do." Upon arrival, the hostess was completely clueless and looked like she would rather be anywhere but there. No booth ready and none available, no mention of our celebration. Had to settle sitting at a four top table at the very front entrance. We were dining with friends from out of town, so I didn't mention anything or complain. I even pointedly said goodbye to the hostess as we left and she looked like she was taken aback and miserable. I felt the food was very mediocre and the price of 110.00 for sub-par food was not justified. Never again."
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