About Lüke San Antonio
San Antonio is now home to acclaimed Chef John Besh’s restaurant, Lüke, on the city's famed Riverwalk, Besh's first restaurant outside of his home state of Louisiana. The casual chic bistro features a menu of authentic Old World cuisine, combining classic German and French cooking techniques served in a warm and inviting space of stylish vintage interior, situated in San Antonio's popular downtown district.
At the helm of the kitchen of Lüke is Executive Chef John Russ, born and raised in New Orleans. At Restaurant August, Chef Russ began to form the relationship with John Besh and he learned the importance of forming relationships with farmers and fisherman, which would later be reinforced by his time working on farms in Alabama, New Hampshire, New York and Maryland. Chef Russ returned to the Besh Restaurant Group as Chef de Cuisine on the invitation of Chef Besh.
To complement its cuisine, Lüke offers an extensive wine list and beer selection.
French, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily : 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Lüke San Antonio offers a unique private dining experience with its second-floor reception space that overlooks the restaurant’s kitchen and the River Walk. Your guests will enjoy Old World cuisine with Texas and New Orleans touches, giving them an experience they won’t soon forget.
Lüke San Antonio Ratings and Reviews
Very limited menu and portions quite ski ...
Very limited menu and portions quite skimpy. The soda came in an 8oz bottle and waiter would ask if we needed another soda and was told no, but waiter kept asking are we sure we didn't need another soda. I was disappointed with the food and service and will not eat there again.
I am a foodie and my wife would say I am ...
I am a foodie and my wife would say I am too critical but when a plate is 20 plus dollars a plate it should be out standing and it was not. I had the shrimp over cheese grits. The shrimp was over cooked chewy and dry, for my taste it was also over salted, but this last nail for me was that the shrimp was not deveined are was not washed as it should have been and I got the sensation of sandy grit in my mouth. I do hope they do a better job for this is my town and I want guests that visit to see the gem that San Antonio really is.
The food was ok, but not what I would ex ...
The food was ok, but not what I would expect from such a noteworthy chef. The atmosphere is pretty terrible. It connects the street to the hotel lobby, so tons of foot traffic, families walking through in bathing suits, etc.. Lots of better options in the area.
Dinner was very, very good. We had the r ...
Dinner was very, very good. We had the roasted brussle sprouts and and the gumbo appetizers. Both were exceptional.
For dinner we had the shrimp and grits (the house specialty) and the fresh fish amandine. The Amadine was very good, but the shrimp and grits was overpowered by the heat of the peppers and the spicy sausage. There was no way to appreciate the creaminess of the grits. It was good, but I left disappointed with that dish.
For dessert we had the bread pudding and was again, just blown away.
A very good dinner. Probably the best we've had since moving to San Antonio in November of 2015.
There is a lot of hype about this restau ...
There is a lot of hype about this restaurant, and I was really looking forward to trying it. The most I can say about it is, "Meh." Nothing particularly bad, nothing particularly good. Wine was unremarkable. Food was unremarkable. Just inoffensive. I have had much better dinners in San Antonio. A bit disappointed that I decided to try a new place with friends from Los Angeles. I should have stayed with my old stanbys.
My husband and I visited San Antonio the ...
My husband and I visited San Antonio the other weekend and had dinner at Luke on our last night. The food was excellent, but just a little overpriced. The oysters were fantastic!! Service was good and waiter was friendly, could've been a little more knowledgeable about some menu items but we were not disappointed. He gave us a good recommendation for a cocktail bar to go to afterwards. We sat in the back of the dining room and the door that goes out to the patio next to us was extremely loud when opening/closing and there was a good bit of traffic through it. Regardless, I would definitely come back here for another special occasion/date night. Would be good for a group outing, too.
Not happy at all with the service. The ...
Not happy at all with the service. The oysters we ordered before dinner weren't cleared off when the entrees came so everything was very crowded. Apparently the server of the entrees was not allowed to remove the dishes -- he said the waitress would be by to get them. We ended up moving the platters to the floor so we could continue, because she was occupied with another table (we were the only 2 tables in the area, but the other table took all of her attention). One diner's steak, ordered medium rare, was cold and bloody in the center. The server offered to take it back to re-fire it, but that wasn't really possible since the steak was finished with a sauce, but also every one else already had their food and we were trying to get to a show.
Otherwise, the food is good but over-priced given the issues we had.
Our food wasn't very warm, my salad was ...
Our food wasn't very warm, my salad was over seasoned and the greens were wilted and there was too much dressing. Our mimosas lacked orange juice and we waited an extra 20 minutes for the "fresh squeezed" juice. Another gal got fries but they weren't very fresh. For the $100+ we spent as a brunch group we weren't very impressed.
A friend and I dined at Luke while in to ...
A friend and I dined at Luke while in town on business. We returned few nights later with a larger group of colleagues from the conference. Wonderful resturant! Excellent service of super fresh food prepared perfectly. I will dine at Luke and other John Besh establishments when ever I find myself close. Anxiously waiting the Houston location!!!
I'm Lukewarm on Luke. A typical hotel r ...
I'm Lukewarm on Luke. A typical hotel restaurant. I should have known better. Wait staff were were gracious and kind. Food was so-so, especially for the price. Two of us had fish which was tasty but not exceptional. I would not go there again.
Great location. Right on a secluded area ...
Great location. Right on a secluded area of the River Walk. The Embassy Suites hotel, which houses the restaurant, is a very nice place to stay. We spent an evening here and enjoyed a great dinner at Lüke to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday. Thank you to the staff and head chef John Russ for making it a special night.
It shouldn't be that difficult
Went to Luke before a show at the Majestic (as many people do). Arrived at 5:45 for an 8:00 show, and we were out in plenty of time, so that was a plus.
A recurring theme is about the service and the quality, and how it is lacking. Well, it was lacking for us, too. You'd think that it would have been fixed by now since it's a common and recurring problem, but it seems to be the same. We were obviously there during happy hour, but our waiter-- although nice and gave us good service in general-- did not "promote" or mention it in any way. We simply got to admire those around us who obviously were aware of different HH offerings that were never told to us. We started with the Flammenkuchen which was very tasty, but beware it is heavy on the fennel seeds (not mentioned on the menu) so if you don't like fennel then you might not like this. We ordered one Luke burger and one Steak Frites. The burger was very good ($14) and served nice and steamy hot... my steak wasn't even warm. Seriously, they top it with paths of compound butter and the butter wasn't even melting. I thought maybe spreading it around would help find a warm spot to melt, but no. I now had a steak with spreaded butter that i had to scrape off because steaks aren't meant to be served with "softened" butter. The flavor of the Steak Frites was fantastic, I can't even imagine how much better it would have been if it were warm. The kicker is, when the waiter asked, I told him that the flavor was good but the steak was cold. He told me, "that's what happens when someone orders a medium or medium rare steak, it's too cold for the butter to melt." Excuse me??? This isn't my first medium rare steak, nor is it my first steak topped with butter, so please don't tell me that "that's what happens" when that's not what happens. Plain and simple, the kitchen staff are not paying attention as to when they fire up orders if we end up with a cold steak and a hot burger. Fix that, Luke, and you'll be on your way to 5 stars!
Old Lettuce and Really Bad Soup
It was bad and too loud for a nice conversation. I wouldn't recommend unless you really don't care for the company you are with. Even alone, it is overpriced and not tasty. Service didn't justify a return visit either. Just bad. Was really looking forward to it, too.
Service was off
On our last visit to Luke there was mis-step in service. While the food as usual was great the service not so. Both my wife and I ordered an appetizer cup of gumbo before the meal as well as ordering a side dish with the meal. The side dish never came and gumbo was served with our meal. Hopefully it was just off night
Way to spicy, amateur service
I ordered the Cajun fried rice with blue crab. I was very disappointed to say the least. It was so spicy I couldn't eat it. I'm from Texas and have been eating spicy food my whole life but this was way, way, way over spiced. It was a real shame because the blue crab in the rice was delicious. I wish I could have tasted more of it. My wife ordered the shrimp and grits and again, way to spicy. Neither one of us could finish our meal. We stopped and got a burger on the way home. I will not be returning. If you decide to risk it, bring a bag of Tums and lowered expectations.
"Besht" food...worst service
Our first visit to Luke with a group was a lovely evening filled with great food and lots of laughs. Sadly, the service did not match the rest of the evening. We were seated promptly but waited to some time for our server to appear...and that was the rule for the rest of the night. Patrons came and went around us while we waited for course after course all night! A possible wonderful and one of a kind evening was only spoiled by, possibly, the worst service I have ever had anywhere in the world.
No improvements needed on the food...dramatic improvements necessary on the service end before we will return!
Fun Date Night
My husband and I dined at Luke last Friday evening around 6:30. The bar area looked nice but we were seated at a table(which is fine with me!). Our server was very attentive, we asked for drink and food recommendations and he offered us some and they were amazing! The food came out quickly and our server made sure we were taken care of. I had one adult beverage plus water, my husband had two adult beverages, we had an appetizer, two entrees and shared a dessert for about $100...not including a tip. The dining area overlooked a serene portion of the River Walk and there was outdoor seating available. The draw back was the noise level but that's ok. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends and we will definitely be back!
I am typically disappointed with restaur ...
I am typically disappointed with restaurants on or near The Riverwalk. I was very pleased with my dinner at Luke! We enjoyed fresh mussels, fried brussel sprouts and shrimp and grits. All were delicious! I would love to return and order the same exact meal. We sat outside on the patio - very enjoyable!
I found this restaurant to be a great di ...
I found this restaurant to be a great disappointment. It is obviously geared to tourists. Nothing special about the food or ambience. The wines were way overpriced. The service was amateuristic. Don't waste a trip here.
So many service issues-hostess told us s ...
So many service issues-hostess told us she couldn' change our seating because the other table had bee specifically reserved. When she seated that table, they asked to be reseated and she told them the same thing. Hmm? Entrees were not delivered at the same time. When the server cleared the apps he gave me bake my used fork. Sloshed coffee and was perturbed that I asked for a clean saucer. Food was ok but nothing special. Gulf fish almond one was over cooked and bland. Bread pudding was excellent. Noise level prevented table conversation.
I was in SAT for the night, saw John Bes ...
I was in SAT for the night, saw John Besh owned this place and was very excited to experience. Booked a table and arrived to be greet by a very angry nasty hostess, to place that had about 6 parties seated, basically an empty restaurant. One plus there was a band playing!
Took far to long to receive a drink or any attention from the staff. The SAT Spurs were playing and all attention was focused on TV monitors.
Was hard not to get up and leave at this point, I mean there are literally 100 places to eat on the Riverwalk, but it 830 time to wined down and enjoy some Besh offerings! The gumbo was very good, everything else was okay!
I heard it was good for HH-
Hope they work on staff to work at a high level! This is not a BAR!
Just run like one
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