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
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.
The food was AMAZING! We had the fried g ...
The food was AMAZING! We had the fried green tomatoes, Luke burger, and the jumbo shrimp - all incredible!
I wish they would bring back some old di ...
I wish they would bring back some old dishes. The BBQ shrimp, frog legs , and the charcuterie were always 10/10.
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
Shrimp and grits
Amazing place to eat. Best shrimp and grits ever !!!!! Service was excellent !!!!
Luke before a concert
I love John Besh, and I love Luke. But my steak was too rare, and was very gristle-y. I won't get the ribeye here again!
Mother's Day Brunch. Great choices
I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of choices available from prime rib to raw oysters. Desserts were delicious. My wife is always happy when we come to Luke, because she is a shrimp and grits lover... and Luke's never disappoints.
Very Happy Mother's Day
Our Mother's Day brunch at Luke was all we had hoped it would be and more. From the fresh oysters, to the prime beef, oysters beinville, buttermilk biscuits, bacon.... I could go on and on. The food was excellently prepared, at the right temperature and always available even with the buffet set up. Luke is never disappointing and usually exceeds expectations. Despite the crowd the wait staff was attentive and friendly. Looking forward to our next visit.
Excellence in every aspect.
Excellence in every aspect.
Great Food and Service
As always, we had great food, prompt service, and properly chilled drinks! Dinning her before going to the Majestic is always a wonderful experience. Larry's smile and desert suggestions are perfect!
One of our Down Town faves!
Nine times out of ten we choose Luke for our dinner before the theater show. It is conveniently located in the Embassy Suites and they have valet parking. We walk to the theater and back. They have great appetizers & main courses as well as great wine and specialty drinks.
Business mixes with Pleasure
This is a great place for a business dinner, especially if 'foodies' are in your group. Lively, with an eclectic menu (try the 'crunchy brussel sprouts'!), it's good food and without overwhelming prices.
Exceptional Find off the main path
We almost didn't find this place since it is on street level and not directly on the Riverwalk...but I'm glad we did! Each dish we tried had the best flavor. The crispy brusell sprouts were a hit even with people that didn't think they would ever like one and the shrimp and grits were phenomenal. If you're there for a drink try the French75 or the Lady Ophelia- very refreshing on those warmer nights.
Met a colleague here for a meeting over lunch. My previous experience at Lüke had only been for drinks and appetizers, but I had been impressed--and being a bit of a food nerd, I was looking forward to experiencing a John Besh restaurant meal. We started with the crispy brussels sprouts, which were excellent, if a little heavy on the almonds. I had a bowl of gumbo to precede my main course--and it was unbelievably good! The seafood was on point, not too much rice, and the roux...dear God, the roux! My main course was the Chile Charred Gulf Shrimp. While it's listed under "Plats Principaux" it really should be listed under "Soupes et Salades." For two reasons: 1) it was essentially a tomato salad with shrimp, and 2) on the bill, it was listed as tomato salad with shrimp. Certainly not what was advertised, nor what would be expected for a main dish. That aside, the shrimp (all five of them...poor, tiny, things) were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The plate was a bit overwhelmed--due to too few shrimp, I'm guessing--by a pile of roasted cherry tomatoes, offset by a couple of tiny crostini. The tomatoes were wonderfully flavored...they just became monotonous, working through the pile, looking for the other advertised ingredients. One had to be quite frugal with one's shrimp, crostini, and olive puree if one wanted to get a bit of each flavor on the plate in as many bites as possible. Otherwise, it was just tomato after tomato. Succulent, delicious, overly-abundant...tomatoes.
There was nothing particularly wrong wit ...
There was nothing particularly wrong with the experience but nothing impressive either. The food, service, and atmosphere were all just ok. But we paid for impressive and didn't get it
Great place to have good authentic Cajun ...
Great place to have good authentic Cajun/New Orleans style food with flair. I've been here a number of times and I've never been disappointed. Friends I'm with are equally pleased. The wait staff is attentive and eager to please. The setting is in the heart of downtown, easy walk to the Majestic for theater night. You can even valet park at the Embassy Suites next to the restaurant.
Disappointed. Was really expecting a sim ...
Disappointed. Was really expecting a similar experience to other Besh restaurants. It's location, basically off the Embassy Suites lobby, leaves lots to be desired. Outside traffic/hotel guests stampeding thru the restaurant to get to the lobby is undesirable eating conditions. Children running and bouncing a ball IN THE RESTAURANT is unacceptable. The food, as expected, didn't disappoint.
I met some cousins at the restaurant on Saturday night before the Fiesta Flambeau. Frankly, we just wanted someplace we did not have to drive to since we were going to the parade afterwards. One of the cousins suggested Luke's. It was great. We ate on the patio. The waiter turned out to be a former student of my cousin's. San Antonio is a small world!
Help at the bar?
Went for dinner and drinks. Food was tasty, server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. However, our initial drink order took over 5 minutes to process (glasses of champagne and beer) and left us disappointed in the timeliness of the bar service.
Formally a decently good restaurant.
Have eaten at Luke several times and for the most part had good dining experiences with attentive service and interesting, tasty starters. Most of the time we ate outside or inside only when it was very uncrowded. The noise level inside is atrocious and the music completely obnoxious. It has been a while since dining here and it has gone very downhill especially in the quality of the food and the service was some of the worst ever. We have taken it off our list.
Good food and flavor combinations but sl ...
Good food and flavor combinations but sloppy presentation. For this caliber of restaurants, I expected more conscientious service and descriptions of the menu. The plates arrived messy and incomplete appearing. That being said, the food was very good and the patio setting very nice. We live in Boulder, CO and the competition among our restaurants is fierce!
Great Happy Hour
Happy Hour Review Fried Oysters: 5/5 (extremely delicious) Raw Oysters: 5/5 (large and cleaned well) Charbroiled Oysters: 1/5 (fishy tasting, not good) Cocktails: 5/5 (all were tasty) Atmosphere: 4/5 (great but a little conservative) Service: 5/5 (no complaints)
Waiter recommended Brussels and shrimp b ...
Waiter recommended Brussels and shrimp bam bam, and they didn't disappoint. Baby beets was also excellent. Service a bit slow, difficult to flag our waiter to order both times, but we had a good experience and I'd definitely go back.
I must say that this time the service was certainly better than the last time we were there. It as still lacking especially since the dining room was not crowded but it was better. The food was great. We brought some friends from out of town and they were very impressed. Overall food is great but experience can still be hurt by lack of attention to service.
Outstanding food and service
We dined at Luke San Antonio on our last night in Texas which was a perfect ending for our 8 days in Austin, New Braunfels and San Antonio. This was one of the very best dining experiences that we had. The New Orleans style gumbo was loaded with lots of andouille sausage and just the right amount of rice. The Salad Luke was very fresh and tasty. The entrees, Gulf Shrimp served on a bed of cheesy Jalapeno grits with andouille sausage in a lovely roux and the beef entrecote in a bordelaise with skinny fries were both amazing. A great meal with perfect service from our waiter, Tre Lozno.
The oysters are know longer 50 cents the ...
The oysters are know longer 50 cents they are 1 dollar each during happy hour now
First time for brunch little over priced not even a free glass of champagne for $50, lots of salads their usual grits and gravy they had waffles but no maple syrup I guess not in the budget, overall food was good but not a great offering of food for the price. Really best bet is their Happy Hour.
The Easter Brunch buffet was outstanding ...
The Easter Brunch buffet was outstanding!!!
Excellent selection & outstanding quality. I highly recommend the Easter Brunch.
A Special Occasion
We chose Lüke for our 19th wedding anniversary dinner. A bit risky for a first visit but we couldn't have been more pleased with our dining experience. The staff welcomed us with complimentary champagne and we followed this with a wonderful, savory meal. Salad and crusty bread to start the meal was remarkable. We will be back.
hit and miss
been a few times. first was better. second (party of eight) service was good when it showed up but there were long lags - a painful one between starters and entrees.
We love Luke!!
We love the food and service at Luke. We were very disappointed that the hush puppies and fried founder were taken off the menu - those were two of our favorites. We come to Luke often and will continue to do so and hope our favorites will reappear on the menu.
We would try it again
After having eaten at Luke in Nola several times over the years, I was excited to try the San Antonio location. My companion enjoyed his fish dish very much, but my meal was extraordinarily dry and just "missing something". However, when I mentioned this to our server and he in turn mentioned it to the floor manager, they did a great job of handling my comments in a pleasant way, and also by offering to either remove it from my check or bring me something else. I would definitely try this restaurant again.
The food was absolutely delicious. Our ...
The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about each plate and offered great advice and service.
Saturday night, not every table in use but the noise level is very loud. Recommend outdoor seating to be able to converse. Food, service excellent.
Fabulous food - so glad to be able to en ...
Fabulous food - so glad to be able to enjoy a John Besh restaurant outside of NOLA but still have that amazing New Orleans flavor! The Key Lime dessert was to die for
First time for happy hour - took advanta ...
First time for happy hour - took advantage of oysters on the half shell and drink specials. Gumbo was outstanding and the brussel sprouts, yes Brussel sprouts - amazing!
Luke is one of the best customer service ...
Luke is one of the best customer service ops in San Antonio
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