About Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX 76051
Nestled in Gaylord Texan’s festive Riverwalk Market District, Old World Mexico meets modern Tex-Mex for a delicious dining experience. Riverwalk Cantina captures the charm of the San Antonio River walk in an open-air café setting featuring a delightful Koi stocked waterway, festive architecture, and colorful vegetation.
Traditional Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Southwest
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30 am - 11:00 am
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Gaylord Trail/State Highway 26
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Local day guests who spend $50 or more in Riverwalk Cantina will receive a complimentary self-parking validation for the resort garage.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan Ratings and Reviews
It has become a family tradition to do t ...
It has become a family tradition to do the Sunday brunch buffet during the holiday season and then take in the ICE exhibit. Once again, the whole family really enjoyed the buffet. One of my daughter's has some stringent dietary restrictions so she enjoyed the vast array of foods that she could have. Quality and variety of food was excellent as always and service was very attentive.
It is always beautiful out at the riverw ...
It is always beautiful out at the riverwalk cantina, but this year the food wasn't as good as it usually is. The price was more also and the quality of food for the price was poor. I had the prime rib it was cold and tough. I wasn't that impressed as I was in years before. I felt also that for $156.00 I should at least get a slice of cake not petifores.
Horrible ambience and service for an ove ...
Horrible ambience and service for an overrated hotel. Seriously disappointed with the value for money. Seating was next to a loud speaker blaring music where I had to shout to my family members to be heard. After an hour of eating, we were told that the food would be taken away. So much for a leisurely brunch paying $65. They wouldn't validate my parking either which costs another $25 for valet. I will never return here again. I'll opt for an upscale restaurant in Dallas next time. Absolutely horrible..
We went on Christmas Day, and it was gre ...
We went on Christmas Day, and it was great. My husband said it was the best buffet he's ever been to, and he's made his mark on many a buffet, believe me! They had both breakfast and traditional Christmas dinner items plus much more. The cantina offers an atmosphere much like San Antonio plus there was live music for this occasion. A very pleasurable experience.
This was a special Christmas celebration ...
This was a special Christmas celebration and we were not disappointed. The food was great and service was excellent. The Gaylord is decorated so beautifully and thus the ambiance was very nice. Would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.
We arrived 20 minutes early and were sea ...
We arrived 20 minutes early and were seated within 5 minutes- great with a toddler!
Food was outstanding - everyone had plenty of their favorites to choose from, no matter what the dietary preference.
Cost was pretty high - since this was the Christmas Ice celebration the price of the Sunday buffet was increased about $10.00 and you could not order off the menu, only buffet was available - but since this was a once a year event it was worth it!!
Have been to this restaurant several tim ...
Have been to this restaurant several times. I had called ahead to confirm my reservations and specifically asked if we would be able to order from a menu for this particular date and time and I was guaranteed that "yes" we could. I was trying to be considerate to one member in our group who only has a part-time job and would think the usual buffet price would be a little more than what she would want to pay. When we arrived to check in, I told the hostess we were expecting to be able to order from a menu and she informed us that never could you order from a menu on a Sunday. This was a little embarrassing because we had driven quite a distance to bring an out of town guest to eat there plus a few others including the friend with the part time job. She of course was not anticipating paying that price for her meal.
Beautiful place and great brunch buffet! ...
Beautiful place and great brunch buffet! It was on the pricey side, but the food choices were varied and there was so much to pick from and enjoy. The only complaint was the charge of gratuity for four of us and we hardly saw our server to refresh drinks. That really should be earned.
We love the brunch here. They recently ...
We love the brunch here. They recently took away the chocolate fondue fountain, which was very disappointing, but other than that, everything else was great. Please bring back the chocolate fondue fountain to make the value worth it.
I knew the Gaylord Texan would be an ent ...
I knew the Gaylord Texan would be an entertaining and interesting place to visit, but was pleasantly surprised at the selection and quality of the food at the Riverwalk Cantina. Overall a very pleasant experience.
We attended the Easter buffet and enjoye ...
We attended the Easter buffet and enjoyed it very much. The food was delicious, but the setting was not the best. Instead of having this in the ballroom, we were in the sun under the glass roof. It was hot with no shade. The waiter was friendly and helpful. We will not repeat the sun experience.
I have taken my family for Sunday brunch at the Riverwalk Cantina and the 'ICE' exhibit at the Gaylord for several years. We always enjoy it tremendously. As usual there is a wide variety of food and something everyone finds special. This year the fajitas were everyone's favorite. Only issue was I could never get anyone on the phone at the Gaylord to make special arrangements. We ended up working around that but it was kind of frustrating.
Your Gaylord Texan, Representing TEXAS act like it
My wife and I go to the Brunch at the riverwalk cafe on a regular basis, the food is always good with lots of variety. Over the years (note Years) i noticed the cost has gone up and service way down. When your paying 130 dollars for 2 people like we did on New Years Day, I do not expect that the glasses being served with drinks to build up on the table after there empty until I am setting them on concrete wall next to the table. We also had plates that continued to sit on the table after finishing them. At one point we had 9 plates stacked on table that we scrapped food from just so they would not fall over off the table and break. I picked them all up and took them to the waiters station myself because it was making it difficult to eat with out knocking them off. Ask for a manager, everyone looks lost when you do that....So for safety concerns that your staff is letting all that glass build up all around us and also preventing you from getting to the manager, there taking responsibility for mine and my wife safety, and we all know what happens when wait staff take responsibility and something happens, they run the managers tell you how sorry they are, even though they were not paying attention either or they would of been all over that wait staff to get tables cleaned off and service guest as well-so we wont be back for a long time after our last visit. If your into watching your own safety, than we could choose IHOP, But were not coming back to Gaylord!! I noticed Great Wolf Lodge on the way in!!
Great Serviceo for Christmas Brunch
We stayed at the Gaylord Texan for Christmas this year. We couldn't get seating for the $95 a person holiday buffet so we went with the $57 a person buffet at the Riverwalk Cantina. I can't imagine the holiday buffet had any more than this one: it was remarkable in terms of variety -everything from oysters of the half shell to prime rib. While it seemed overpriced, it really was a pretty good value. Not all the food was that great, but there was enough variety of find something all three of us liked. (The pancakes were bad but the biscuits and gravy, ahi tuna and eggs were great!) The bottomless mimosas were also a big hit with us. It's hard to handle a huge amount of people at holiday buffets like this but the staff did a great job. Our waitress (Kim from Osh Kosh) was fabulous!!! Her humor and responsiveness made for a great experience. We noticed all the staff seemed to be on their toes -- polite, fast and accommodating. Hope they all get big bonuses and decent wages for what they do!
Very Disappointing This Year!
We have eaten Christmas Dinner at the Gaylord Riverwalk Cantina (or ballroom, the year the Cantina was closed for remodeling) for many years. However, we don't plan to return. Although always a bit pricey, you expect that on Christmas. This year, though, the food selection on the buffet and the quality were significantly less than in prior years. The shrimp tasted like chewy rubber, the dessert selection was very poor and the rest of the options were about 60% of what they have been in the past. In addition, the staff seemed overwhelmed when trying to keep the items restocked even though there were a few more empty tables than normal this year. It's clear management is trying to cut cost and increase profits without considering whether the product they're offering is fair to the customer. Definitely not worth the price.
Not so good this year.
Service used to be better. We went for our anniversary and was ask if we would like to share a table with another couple........ah, no!, i made these reservations. Then, me and my wife got up to go back to the buffet and on our return our table was all cleaned off ready for another party to sit there! I informed the server and all we got was "I'm sorry, let me bring new drinks" I never got my orange juice, all I got was water after asking twice for orange juice. My wife luckily got her drink. I was very disappointed in this service this time. It's normally very well managed but for some reason, it wasn't a great experience this time. My wife and I still enjoyed our anniversary and the food was still excellent! We're not going to let this one bad experience keep us from going again next year!
We ate here for the Sunday brunch. The restaurant is so cute ..... with tables in a large glass atrium next to a San Antonio style mini riverwalk. It was not very crowded so I was a little worried ... but the food was great and we were pleasantly surprised by the food quality. We will definitely return.
No menu options for brunch other than $35 buffet.
Food selection was broad - but you need to be very hungry to get your $$ worth. Some food, such as carving station, was great. Other food just okay. Table service fair, not great; no follow-up except to bring us a check. For the price of the brunch I expected better service. The atrium at the Gaylord Texan adds atmosphere, and we had a pleasant time. The gentleman who was our host/greeter and the manager were both very customer service oriented and I really appreciated that.
One in5 ok
Only the beef fajitas were good, the others were sub par. Service was excellent, prices very high and food not up to local standards. Better Mexican foods are available at many,many local restaurants. We went hoping for authentic food, and left disappointed. Our guests were disappointed also. I had fis tacos, my wife ordered the chicken ,casadillas, poor, the burrito was of average quality as well.
Would not recommend or return.
Among the several places to eat at the Gaylord Texan, the Riverwalk Cantina is always a favorite. The food is exceptional! The taste, the portion size, the drinks and the cost of the meals can't be beat. And who wouldn't want to sit on the riverwalk and dine???
Not as nice as before...
I have been here several times, but this visit was not as good. Our wait staff was ho hum. I found myself getting my own chips and salsa refills (from the buffet) and wondering where our drinks were when we did not see our waiters for awhile. The food was okay. We had out of town guests with us. They were impressed with the hotel as a whole, but I know the Cantina has been better.
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