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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, 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
Luke is my "go to" restaurant when I am ...
Luke is my "go to" restaurant when I am meeting a friend before an event downtown. The food is great and the menu changes seasonally. It is a wonderful mix up of New Orleans style food mixed with German. Sounds crazy, but it works. There is always fresh seafood and game on the menu.
If you like quail and it is on the menu, order it! The appetizers are always great. I can't go there without ordering a French 75. Best in San Antonio!
The service was excellent and the ambian ...
The service was excellent and the ambiance was great. But the food was not that great. Started with a glass of wine a Bloody Mary and a shrimp appetizer. I really enjoyed the appetizer, light tempura batter with a "bam bam sauce". They then served us beignets that were tough. The presentation was nice but when you bit into them you had to pull really hard and I didn't care for a sweet before my lunch. I had the sweet corn crab risotto which I thoroughly enjoyed, it being a Sunday the item was not on their menu but they made it for me anyway. On the other hand my husband had the fish which I believe was a black drum?? Can't recall but it was sad looking. My husband loves any type of fish but this one looked like it had been sitting out for a while heated up and served to him. It was served over a bed of steamed vegetables that also needed some help. The whole dish was mediocre in fact that evening he told me my pork tenderloin tasted better than his dish.
Overall the location and restaurant is lovely. We may give them another try for happy hour. Enjoy. . . . .
The ribeye was over cooked. I asked for ...
The ribeye was over cooked. I asked for rare and it was very medium. It was a thin cut, so that makes it more difficult. The flavor was excellent, but for $34, I would have expected a larger cut. The steak is served with fries. The fries were good.
If your expecting a larger steak, you may want to go elsewhere.
Not really a "hardy" meal, but nice place. There was not really a seen.
I had thought that since the hotel / restaurant is located on the river walk, it would have had a better view; it did not.
Interesting mix on the menu. Enjoyed the ...
Interesting mix on the menu. Enjoyed the service and variety. Had fried chicken that was lightly bettered and very tasty. Flammenkuchen was a great appetizer. First experience this dish in Strasbourg France. A well done version. Highly recommend restaurant.
I've eaten at Luke several times pre-Maj ...
I've eaten at Luke several times pre-Majestic shows, and I've always been pleased with the food and the service. Don't be fooled by this being in a hotel, especially the Embassy Suites. It is high quality, inventive and tasty food. The menu updates often enough to keep it fresh and interesting for us locals, so recommendations aren't very helpful. All I can say is that I've never had a bad dish. The service has always been good as well, with friendly wait staff and a floor manager always checking in during the meal.
I've never eaten at the bar, but it is always full and buzzing - regardless of night of the week. It looks like a great place for a drink or a bite.
My only suggestion to the restaurant would be a change of napkins. Although the dish towel effect is cute, it is horrible on anything dark colored. At least having a black napkin option would be nice.
Normally we have an exceptional experien ...
Normally we have an exceptional experience here and so appreciate the theme inspired appetizers to go with the Broadway Plays, but this time we did not. Two of us had the usual good food, but two did not. One her dressing was bland for the dish and the other was the Bibb Salad. Four pieces of lettuce, two beets and slivers of carrot. The lettuce was also bitter and it was $16.00. Need to work on this one Luke!
The waitress also forgot our order, we believe, because everyone around us received their order before us. When we asked, she said she would check. We got our meal shortly after.
But never fear we will be back, because this is the first not such great experience for us and we know that will not happen again.
Creative and eclectic menu. Limited, but ...
Creative and eclectic menu. Limited, but well thought. We went looking for the flavors of New Orleans, and were pleased finding them in their dishes. I had the Louisiana Shrimp with french spicy sausage & jalapeno grits. It was a surprising combination of flavors, probably not for everyone's palate, specially if not used to spicy food. I enjoyed it and found some hints of fennel and/or fenugreek, not sure. I guess we will have to ask Chef John Beck what spice it is. Waiter offered adding blue crab meat on top, which I enjoyed a lot and think that balanced the strong flavors of this dish. I suggest to mix every bite with the puree base on the bottom. I am guessing it's cauliflower puree.
My wife had shrimp over short pasta, not in their menu online, but offered in this San Antonio location. She thouroughly enjoyed and I grabbed a bite and liked it a lot. Very well balanced and with just the right flavors. A lot of parmesan cheese (which my wife loves) complements this well done pasta. Service was not top-notch, but good enough.
The restaurant is located on the riverwalk, and although it is located in the same building as the adjacent hotel, it is accesible from the street, so you have the feel of a stand-alone restaurant. Nice views of the riverwalk, but not from all tables. Actually, although we asked to be seated on one of their best view tables, we were seated in an area with obstructed views, Their best tables seemed to be out of service. Why not having their best tables available?
Overall a good experience, memorable enough.
Been there many times and this time we w ...
Been there many times and this time we were totally disappointed. Fried green tomatoes, no flavor at all. Restaurant week meal marginal at best. Steak, well, I could get a better steak anywhere, nothing spectacular. I have had many better meals and this was a total disappointment. Will not return again!!
Dined with a friend during Restaurant We ...
Dined with a friend during Restaurant Week. Hostess tried to seat us by the noisy bar despite several better tables. The eggplant and swordfish appetizer was good albeit very "one note" i.e. chile spice as were 3 of 4 choices. Dessert: bread pudding was over cooked, pear tart crust was heavy with shortening. Noise level high. I will not go here again.
If I had to find one thing to nitpick ab ...
If I had to find one thing to nitpick about Luke, it would be the noise level. It seemed almost rowdy for a upscale menu and slow dinner experience. Everything else, though, was delightful. Our waiter was excellent and took very good care of us. The food and drinks were delicious and I would definitely recommend to others.
Service was perfect, food delicious exce ...
Service was perfect, food delicious except for the tough pork chop. We enjoyed dining outside. Inside would have been miserable due to the noise. Proper acoustics are badly needed. Because of this we will only go back when weather is moderate, not in August or January.
Server was very rude. Ignored us most of ...
Server was very rude. Ignored us most of the time when we ordered four different types of apps, drinks and dessert. Bill was about the same as dinner would be but we got treated like homeless people. Never asked if I wanted another cocktail etc. Got order wrong anyway and seemed upset when we wanted more food that wasn't the special. Expected better service because she was nice to other tables around us. Food was good but experience sour!!!!!
Ordered a French 75. The champagne fizze ...
Ordered a French 75. The champagne fizzed all over yet she continued to make the drink and handed me the drinking saying "we usually don't serve it this way with a straw but here you go". She should have made the drink again if she knew it wasn't right. Drink was aweful. I didn't drink it then she decided to be rude after telling her it was not good. Food is always good, just hate bad customer service!
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