About Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa
San Antonio, TX 78205
Perfectly situated along a tranquil stretch of unspoiled riverfront at the Hotel Contessa, Las Ramblas offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Cork Bar with a great selection of beers and wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy both indoor and alfresco dining.
Spanish, Steakhouse, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact us for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Manager: (210) 298-8044
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa Ratings and Reviews
The description we read at our hotel said this was a Spanish restaurant. We were disappointed to learn that there was nothing Spanish about it. Hotel guide needs to be updated. We were there to celebrate a birthday. Food was mediocre. I had the roasted chicken that was flavorless and dry. Didn't finish it. My wife had the steak that was fatty and tough. Empty restaurant when we got there, and for some reason we were sat at a table right by a door leading to the patio. Cold air hitting us throughout the meal as people came in and out. And then a large volleyball group was seated right beside us. They were friendly, but very noisy.
I will say that our server was on point and very friendly.
Las Ramblas is located in the Hotel Contessa. We dined there on New Year's night so the service was spotty. Food was OK but we were disappointed that the menu didn't have any Tex-Mex items, which we thought it would at a restaurant of its name. easy access to the Riverwalk which is nice.
We selected Las Ramblas based on location/hotel association and the ambiance we could observe. That was all fine, but the food fell very very short of even moderate expectation. I ordered the bolognese and it was mediocre - this is a traditional Italian dish that should have 2-3 meats and up to 4 cheeses - what I was served was standard spaghetti with meat sauce, and the pasta was overcooked and water-logged. My dinner partner ordered mussels - and asked if they could be prepared not spicy. We were told yes, but the chef's solution was to leave out any broth or seasoning whatsoever. We tried to salvage the evening and meal - and it was almost OK. We spoke with the manager when we left to share the feedback, which he accepted very well. Not that I was looking for it - but he didn't offer to comp any part of the meal. He did offer dessert, but we were already departing, and why would we want to order something else?
Food was mediocre. Service was very slow. Drinks were good but martinis were served in high ball glasses because they were out of glasses. Felt like we had the third string players - server, chef, manager - all evening. Would not recommend this establishment.
We showed up at 8pm for reservation, and were told it would be a 30 minute wait. We actually only waited like 5 minutes. It was busy because it was Christmas, but they had many tables open. Server seemed frazzled. It took 30 minutes to get out appetizers, and main dishes were served 1 hour after sitting down. The table next to us said they waited 1 1/2 hours for their food, and the guy had to talk to the manager. Another table had some type of issue also, and was talking to the manager. The fish was very good, but the pork chops were very dry. I would not recommend Las Ramblas.
Horribly understaffed and disorganized. Hostess appeared to be pulled from somewhere in the hotel and had no hostess experience for a busy event. Seated 45 minutes late for reservations we had made over a month prior. All hot food was room temp and quickly running out. People were walking out left and right. Guests were visibly having to hunt down a server. Repeatedly. Rude bartenders. Beyond embarrassed that this was my recommendation based on last year's holiday reviews. Management was nowhere to be found, but I can't blame them as there was no salvaging the train-wreck that day. Will never be back.
This is my second time eating here, a few years apart. Initially there had been an incredible chef, and a creatively sourced Spanish menu with exciting options. Upon this visit, the menu was riddled with what can only be described described as $5 words for $0.50 food.
My table of three opened with the artisan meat and cheese plate. Probably the highlight of the meal, although a poorly executed version of charcuterie.
I ordered the bolginaise, while my companions had the gnocchi and porkchop.
The dishes were tasteless.
I can now only equate this once specitacular restaurant with standard "hotel food." The food you get at the end of the night when you don't want to move farther than the lobby.
I am disappointed to say the least. I don't know the circumstances surrounding the prior chefs departure, but there is nothing worth returning for for me.
We were looking forward to our visit during a recent stay at the hotel. Unfortunately, our experience was not what we would have hoped. While our welcome was a warm one at the front door, our service was lukewarm and our food was (often literally) cold. For a bill of about $100, including the tip, I would say the meal was with about half that price. We will likely not return, as the overall result of our visit was less than satisfactory.
This was our first time there and we LOVED it! My husband could not have picked a better and comfortable place to enjoy our first Thanksgiving with not having any worries about cooking or cleaning up. The waiting staff and food servers were EXCELLENT, Courteous and always with a smile although the place was packed. We had a reservation and it took them about 10-15 minutes to seat us. The food was EXCELLENT and you never saw any of the Buffet platters empty, the staff was always stocking up on everything all the time. We are making plans for next year or even better for our upcoming anniversary.
EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT SERVICE TO ALL!
My hubby and I stumbled upon Las Ramblas while walking along the Riverwalk. We were seated outside with a view of the Riverwalk. It's located on the quite part of the river which made our meal intimate and lovely. Hubby's steak was cooked to perfection and delicious. My chicken chopped salad was fresh and tasty. We will make this a must in our future trips to San Antonio.
Went for my wedding anniversary, the table was ready on time, that was it. The waitress came to ask for drinks, we ask for the cocktail menu, it took good 5 minutes, while we waited for it, she came 2 times more, we reminded her for the cocktail menu. The cocktails were good. Food whiles, bread was good, fried portobello was good, but the sauces were watery.(maybe they should turn into a bakery)
My wife ordered Gnocchi with creamy sauce, asparagus, mushrooms and heirloom tomatoes, it had NO SAUCE (was dry and flavorless), maybe 1/4 of a asparagus, 1 sliced mushroom and 2 tomatoes; I had the roasted chicken with fries and pesto, the spinach was extremely salty and they put me an enormous amount of fries with ketchup.
Ambiance was decent, but for the price, I don't come back, even if they invite me.
And, by the way, they have absolutely No Spanish food, not even close.
I made this reservation on Open Table because it was advertised as having a Tapas menu and was on the Riverwalk. I looked at the menu on Open Table and also on the Las Ramblas website and they had small plates on it. When we got to the restaurant 15 minutes early we were shown to a nice table inside, but looking out to the Riverwalk. Our waiter, Mike, brought the menus and I looked at them and then asked about the Tapas menu. He said they hadn't had the Tapas menu in over a year. We were ready to leave but on a Friday night in San Antonio finding another restaurant would have been hard. We ordered our meal and I was still so upset. I talked to the manager and also complained about the Tapas still being on their on-line menu. The meal came and I was ready to not like it but I must say it was very good. I found out out waiter, Mike, was really the bar tender so that explained some early mistakes that he made. He was a super nice guy and ended up doing a really good job. But, the next morning I had an email from Open Table saying our reservation at las Ramblas had been canceled. I immediately contacted Open Table and told them the whole story and that we had eaten there and were 15 minutes early. The response from Open Table came back within an hour. They said they had given us the credit for the meal and been in contact with the restaurant. I am very impressed with Open Table.
Went for restaurant week. Other than the waitress interrupting mid sentence several times it was a great experience .
The brussel sprouts and portabella fries were outstanding. Probably the best I've had. Incredibly flavorful.
The steak perfectly prepared and the sunset drink... My new favorite!
Hands down THE BEST creme Brule and I've tried it everywhere.
Las Ramblas exceeded our expectations. The restaurant was offering a prix fixe menu, in addition to their regular menu and the choices were delicious. We had our 9 month old daughter with us and the manager had a plate of fresh fruit and a plate of vegetables brought out for her at no additional charge. The food was delicious and we felt well taken care of.
Las Ramblas had a great Restaurant Week menu. The restaurant seemed virtually empty for a Saturday night, which made us nervous. But the service was great and the food was outstanding. The menu seemed to be a Spanish/Italian fusion, which seems to work very well. I would highly recommend their mussels which were served in a spicy, chorizo broth. The desserts were absolutely amazing, including the snickers bread pudding and the cheesecake. Our server was super friendly and helpful. They had plenty of options on their wine list.
The food was fantastic and prices were moderate. Definitely recommend eating here. Wine list was great but Margaritas a little weak in taste and alcohol. My family enjoyed the atmosphere and overall we had a great time. Thanks for accommodating my late arrival and changes . Steak and Pork Chops were FANTASTIC!!! Caesar salad is a must try as well.
We ate here several years ago, then couldn't remember the name. We finally found it again this year, went for dinner, and enjoyed it so much that we went back the next day for lunch. The food is very good and the service was excellent. For dining in the "tourist" area, the ambience was great.
We had a special family dinner while in San Antonio for just a few days. We had looked at many places on the Riverwalk, Las Ramblas had one of the highest ratings and did not disappoint! The food was excellent, the location on the Riverwalk was quiet and lovely, and the service was on point. We had a great time watching two weddings happen during our dinner on the river, too. I would take our family back again in a heartbeat!
This was our 45th anniversary trip. Overall, fairly nice layout/tables/view with great potential that was not realized. Food was fair to average for this type of restaurant. My steak was of average quality and my wife's entree salad was also average. It is not the fault of the waitress but the service was below average -- the waitress was very pleasant and tried hard, but the restaurant management just has not made any effort to train her properly for this type of restaurant -- the service was more like you would get from a small town restaurant rather than San Antonio -- food is always served from the left, drinks from the right, plates are cleared from the right, glasses and coffee cups are cleared from the right. When the tea glass is empty and the guest has not finished their meal, you should just fill the glass rather than ask if the guest wants more tea! And why did the waitress fail t ask if the guests wanted dessert and coffee -- again, pretty standard for this type restaurant. I didn't fault the waitress and gave her a 20% tip on an $85 bill. I am willing to give high tips for excellent service and gave a 53% tip to my waiter at another restaurant the next night -- night and day difference in service. Even though we are in San Antonio almost monthly, we definitely will never return here again.
Evening waiter was decent-had a good knowledge of wine list. We ate outside and view was wonderful. Unfortunately, food was just OK. One of our steak plates was tender and cooked to our liking,but had a tiny portion. The other steak plates were tough, dry and largely portioned. We expected more for $40 and $30 respectively. None of the sides were remarkable and the appetizer we ordered was barely touched. Overall we were sorely disappointed in the supper meal. The breakfast buffet the next morning was good. Unfortunately, our waiter that morning was horrible! Bar was always pleasant through our entire stay:) We chose not to eat future meals there, but rather dined at other locations on the Riverwalk for the rest of our stay.
This was our third visit. We love this restaurant and decided to bring our children and grandchildren. We requested outdoor seating on the river which is most beautiful. It's a very quiet section of the river and so people walking by art stacked up at your table. There happened to be a wedding that evening on the river right in front of us so it was extra special. The waitstaff is amazing so patient and it makes you feel like they're happy that you are there. The food was delicious from the tortilla soup to the wonderful salmon and perfectly cooked fillet mignon.
Las Ramblas is on a wonderful part of the SA Riverwalk where the outdoor experience is peaceful and quiet as well as historic. The menu is varied and a good value with the best Crab Cakes I've had (and I've had a few) as well as one if the best (waiter recommended ) Tortilla Soups in South Texas. They offer seafood, steak, Pork and Fowl, all delicious. The service is impeccable especially for a hotel restaurant. It's a hidden gem and not one to miss.
Great server!! She did the very best she could with what she was given. Food was fair and less so given the price. They were out of some menu items (and there are only 9 entrees) before 8:00 pm. The place was less than half full on New Year's Eve. Such great potential with that location but need to change a lot of things.
From the moment we were seated the service was excellent!
Our server was very friendly and had a great sense of humor, a great fit for my date, she even offered to take a picture of us seated at our table. Our steaks were cooked to perfection.. outdid allot of steak houses we have frequented. The atmosphere was quaint and our table was in the perfect location, we had a great view of the river walk even though we decided to sit indoors. We will definetely return for future dinner dates!
The menu was somewhat limited but the offerings for the evening were interesting and good. I was under the impression this was a Spanish restaurant and Paella was not on the menu. The meals we ordered were well prepared and presented as well. The wine selection is acceptable. The ambiance in and out of the restaurant is exquisite and our server took care of our needs in a promptly manner. If I find myself at the River Walk I will definitely consider them again.
I used Open Table to search San Antonio for lunch Christmas Day. Open Table indicated 2 $ signs for pricing, so I figure $15 - $25 entree values. I get to Las Ramblas at The Contessa and they do not have menu dining - only have a Christmas brunch for $62 an adult; at that cost I figure we would at least get some alcoholic drinks. Wrong! The food and desserts were good, but not $62.00 good. For good measure, the bums add a 18% gratuity to the bill for buffet service. I would have tipped well, since it was Christmas day, but do not force it on me when there were only two in our party. We did not leave and go somewhere else because I figured on such late notice, our dining options for lunch would be extremely limited. We ate, left The Contessa Hotel and walked next door to the Westin, just sightseeing and saw their restaurant, Zocco, had a similar buffet, but for only $43.00.
The moral: be careful and call a restaurant that you have a reservation for lunch when they may not have lunch available, but rather an overpriced brunch. Better yet, go to Zocco and not Las Ramblas for your dining. Even better yet, for a great Sunday brunch with one mimosa included, go to the Menger Hotel restaurant - we went earlier this year and it was $23.00 per person.
We had reservations for Christmas Eve, a party of six which included friends and family. Despite arriving on time, the woman in charge displayed an angry, impatient, unfriendly demeanor I have never seen outside of a biker bar. It was shocking, and before she finished throwing chairs around we left. It was a horrible experience.
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