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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.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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
Call Keith or Kathy or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information
Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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
We frequent Acenar when in town. We love the outdoor seating area. Our last visit was during Sprinf Break 2017, so many of our let downs were most likely because of the crush of people. Even though we had a 6:15 pm reservation, we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. I will say that after our wait we were given a table on the river walk.
We arrived 35 minutes early for our reservation and asked for a table outside and on the water. We went back to the bar and were seated for maybe 2-3 mins and the hostess said she found us a table. It was outside, but not on the water. 10 minutes later, two tables opened up on the water. Wait staff was great, food was good, just not happy with the seating arrangements.
We were pleasantly surprised by Acenar. Most restaurants in the river walk are just overpriced mediocre food. Acener has a very creative menu with lots of options for vegetarian and gluten free (notated right on the menu)! Their food was definitely a step up from the usual river walk tourist fare. It's located right on the river, on the less busy part, and has a huge patio. It's a short 2-3 minute walk down the river to get to the 'main drag' of the river walk. We had a wonderful experience and will be coming back and bringing friends!
My husband and I REALLY wanted to like this place! It was convenient and the decor was very cool. But, from the very beginning the service was horrible. We are pretty easy-going people and we tried to give them every opportunity, but they continued to disappoint in this area. The hostess stand was packed and only had 2 people checking in and seating. I requested a window seat or a booth and got neither. We waited over 10 minutes for a menu, water and chips...not a good sign. We finally got our food (30 minutes), but drinks didn't come until after the food and we ordered them at the same time. Our food had to sit for over 5 minutes because no one had given us silverware. I finally had to get up and find someone. I will say that the fish tacos and shrimp tacos were wonderful. I know we came at a busy time, but there were empty tables and other people were waiting around just like us. Hopefully, they can get their service issue taken care of and then I would recommend it highly.
Food was good but service was terrible... we waited forever to order drinks and guacamole, so when the server finally asked for our order, we ordered drinks guacamole and dinner at the same time. The server acted put out that we ordered the tableside guacamole. It was my 7 year olds first time on the river walk and he was dissapointed that they made the guacamole by someone else's table because they ordered it too evidently. They gave it to us at the same time as our entrees and then we waited another 5 minutes for drinks. I would not go back.
To start the salsa is fantastic. My favorite salsa from a restaurant. The coconut margarita was delicious. I recommend it with the spicy rim dressing. I had the chicken breast with mole sauce. The mole sauce was awesome, and the chicken was well cooked. Overall it was an excellent meal
Even though we had a reservation, when we got to the host stand, we were offered our table in such a way that suggested that we were walking in. No matter--we were offered a choice of another table away from the entrance to the patio--but that table sat in between two large parties and, we deduced, in no server's section in particular. Service was friendly but, as a result, a bit infrequent. We told a manager at the end of the night who apologized and graciously (and unnecessarily!) comped our dessert. We would have been back anyway, but that was a thoughtful approach. Food, as always, was great!
Food was great. Server was good but food came out for 8 in 3 trips. Also, we had the food auction. "Who had this? " The place was clean and modern decor but loud. Not very relaxing but don't think it was designed for this. Fun and vibrant would seem to be the theme with quality dishes.
The only negative part of our experience is that I asked for a table on the patio both on the reservation and again when I called back to confirm the reservation. I was assured that at time of day there would be plenty of tables available but was told there could be no guarantee. When we arrived we were told there was a 20 minute wait for the patio. As I mentioned before I was told that there would be no guarantee however after having requested it twice and having had an actual reservation I would have liked to have had that request accommodated.
Everything was lovely this visit, but I was nervous after I made the reservation because I was not able to request outdoor seating. As it turned out, there was an outdoor table available -- thank you!! -- but it would be helpful to be able to request indoor or outdoor -- or either -- if it doesn't matter.
I don't like sitting inside because it is an acoustical nightmare -- 10 people sound like 100, and you feel shattered by the time you leave.
Great food, great service. I only have one complaint - too loud! It was very hard to have a conversation due to the poor acoustics. We have been there in off hours, and there was no problem with sound, but this last time was Friday evening, and it was uncomfortably loud.
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