San Antonio, TX 78215
Cured – chef Steve McHugh’s first and highly anticipated gastropub opened December 2013 in the century-old building that once belonged to the president’s headquarters of the famed Pearl Brewing Company. This seasoned chef spent ten years in New Orleans as chef de cuisine for chef John Besh followed by two years at Lüke in San Antonio. Yet, his most sterling achievement has been beating cancer. After such a life-changing triumph, McHugh set out to open Cured, giving it a name that speaks to his feat as well as the artisanal cured meats hanging in view. It was with this purity of ingredients and hands-on methodology that enhanced his own healing process. This from-scratch, seasonal focus finds its to menu items like Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Bourbon Brown Sugar & Sage and Slow Cooked Heritage Hog with Smoked Andouille & Okra. McHugh has found a way to implement “gastronomic giving” by donating $1 from every charcuterie board order to a different charity each quarter.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
All Cured patrons are invited to park at all Pearl Brewery lots located all throughout the entire campus.
Private Party Facilities:
For any additional information on Private Dining Options, please contact Sylvia McHugh via email at email@example.com
Private Party Contact:
Sylvia McHugh: (210) 314-4152
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Cured Ratings and Reviews
The Pearl is the nicest area in San Antonio and one of the best developments anywhere. It's truly world class. CURED is located in the heart of the Pearl and housed in a former bank building. It's impressive but the vibe is casual and the food is very good. I was leaning toward 5 stars. My one comment is that service seemed rushed and all the food we were sharing came out at the same time. It would have been nicer had they coursed it out so the hot dishes remained hot. The quail was outstanding as was the foie gras crepe dish. And the strawberry dessert was also a standout dish. We visited while in town last year and we will be back.
I wasn't that impressed overall. I read other rave reviews that made me really excited to try this place but the food itself wasn't as good as many other places we ate over the weekend. The poutine fries were soggy, the steaks were fine but nothing overly remarkable. The vegetables were fine but there wasn't a single person at our table who thought that their meal was "the best" anything.
On Saturday, we were in San Antonio (day trip) and ate at an absolutely delightful restaurant - "Cured." Central to the Pearl area on the near north side, along the River Walk, Cured is the brainchild of Steve McHugh. I had seen a notification that Steve and his restaurant had been nominated for a James Beard Award (the "Oscars" for restaurants), for the 2nd year in a row. He is from my tiny hometown of Walworth, Wisconsin (~1500 people)!
We were very impressed with our experience. The ambiance is casual, but the food is exquisite. You can even sit at the "bar," which encircles the chefs, similar to the Culinary Institute of America experience (where Steve got his training).
Walking in, you see the meats that are the namesake of the restaurant - a large display of the cured meats for the charcuterie choices on the menu. Everything from pate's up to 12-month aged shoulder, with lamb pepperoni, aged Wagyu beef, etc.
We started with the Happy Hour appetizer of Quail legs (50 cents each), which were fabulous! We followed it up with a small charcuterie plate of Apple Jalapeno Pork Rillettes, aged Wagyu, and Vermont cheddar cheese. I could have continued to eat the charcuterie meats all night!
For our main course, my wife had the Roasted Beef Marrow, with Escargot, Pickled Shallots, Hedgehog Mushrooms. I had the Bison Tartare, with Huitlacoche Purée, Bourbon, Quail Egg, Brioche. Both dishes were fantastic! I've always been a huge fan of beef tartare, and this bison was beyond compare. I was told that they have also done a lamb tartare before. My wife is a big fan of beef bone marrow, and this was delicious, also.
While the wine list was extensive and eclectic, since it was a warm (85 degree) day, we decided on beer. They have a fantastic beer selection, and when I saw the Deschutes (Bend, OR) Fresh Squeezed IPA, I could not resist. Cured is a huge hit, and worthy of a James Beard Award. This should be a mainstay on everyone's list of restaurants in San Antonio.
We went to Cured for Saturday brunch with our son and daughter in law. Brunch was excellent and the Bloody Mary cocktails were just as good. Our waiter was very friendly, full of historical information about the restaurant and the Pearl and made our visit very enjoyable.
Cured had great option and cooked their food perfectly. My only issue was with how the portions were described on the menu. Proteins are by category with increasing price with increasing portion. Seems easy right? Nope. I got the most expensive lamb option and after my appetizer and meal was still hungry. My bf got the cheapest pork version and it was about 4 times as much food as mine. Still, the location is great and the food was delicious.
As soon as we walked in we were greeted with happy faces and wished a happy anniversary. As we sat in our cozy 2 person table they had a chilled bottle of champagne as requested and the chef even sent out a special "taste" for us. The manager also came out twice to make sure our evening was good. We were treated so well by everyone !! We will definitely be back with friends and maybe to celebrate our 12th year anniversary. Thank you Cured for making me and my husband feel so special on our anniversary.
I find it hard to think that you could go wrong with any option in the charcuterie. Everything we chose was delicious, especially the spreads. For the main course, the lamb's neck is a must. The dish is so flavorful and satisfying in every sense of the word. The husband and I plan to frequent this restaurant more often.
4th time here, still a charm! The quail with the butternut squash was everything!! So different from what we imagined (less fried bird and bones and more sausage like meat). Also recommend the beet salad. Drinks to die for too. Summary: can't go wrong with most any options on the entire menu.
I'm always wowed when I dine here. The service is the best I've received in San Antonio, and more importantly, they consistently deliver on service and quality each and every time.
Also, kudos to the kitchen. The execute at an extremely high level. Even during high volume, I've never had to send something back because it was cooked properly... nor have I ever been disappointed with anything that's touched my table.
My party of four had an incredible meal at Cured a year ago and decided to go back for the same occasion this year. I am not sure I have ever had two consecutive meals of such quality at any establishment. Last year's fabulous meal was completely eclipsed by the combination of perfectly executed food and our server Mark, who put on a virtuoso performance between recommendations and paying attention to what our table needed as diners. He was available but never intrusive and every single attempt to help on his part was a smashing success. Menu and drink recommendations could not have been more spot on. Go big on the charcuterie board if you hit this place, it's why you are there to some extent after all and trust the staff who know how to deliver a terrific experience. Be adventurous with your ordering; everything we touched at this last meal was gold (chicken fried chicken livers probably take top spot). San Antonio's restaurant scene continues to flourish, but don't ever sleep on this place, they are pros' pros.
Our server/bartender was amazingly knowledgeable about all of the charcuterie and the entree choices. She was also extremely knowledgeable and helping a select a cocktail and the appropriate wine for our dinner everything on the menu that we ordered was outstanding and the excellent service made it even better
What a delightful evening with attentive waitstaff and manager. The wine lists provided a nice selection of interesting reds and whites by the glass. The cured meat board was substantial and tasty (served with mustards and jams). The crawfish two ways was served with the most delicious fish stock based sauce. Finally, dessert was delicious and though provoking. Recommended for fellow foodies!
The whole place seems so alive. The staff seem to genuinely enjoy what they do and believe in what they are doing there. The food is incredible, from the charcuterie to the poutine. One of the most memorable dining experiences we've had. Highly, highly recommend this one-of-a-kind place!!
I went with 4 girlfriends and we all enjoyed everything about this unique dining experience. The wine was suggested by our server and completely delicious. We tried a little of everything and enjoyed it all. My hubby is a chef in Nashville and lived vicariously through us as he would have loved everything about this restaurant
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