About Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan
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
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.
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.
My husband and I stayed at the Gaylord T ...
My husband and I stayed at the Gaylord Texan for our 2nd wedding anniversary and it was wonderful!! We dined at the Riverwalk Cantina on Sunday night and just loved it. The food was hot and delicious, all of the staff (hostess, servers, etc) were so friendly and personable. The manager (Michael I believe) walked by our table and was so friendly and engaging. Overall wonderful experience!!
Great Place for Lunch Interview
I met someone here to interview over lunch as it is in a great area between Ft. Worth and Dallas. The food and atmosphere is great however the same couldn't be said for the service I recieved. It seemed my waiter was new to the job so I'm betting the service would have been better with a more experienced waiter.
Good place to meet up for lunch before convention.
Made reservations for my team so we could grab a bite to eat before our annual meeting. They have gluten free options (which were necessary for my manager). I personally had the chicken quesadilla and thought it was delicious. I don't like spicy food so it was mild enough for me and generous portions were provided. I couldn't even eat half of my food. If you are arriving to meet there for a large meeting or convention, I highly suggest making reservations ahead of time. I was glad I did; when we arrived there was a 30-40 min. wait for those without one so it was nice to just walk up and be seated.
Loved the atmosphere , felt like you were on the Riverwalk!.
We were looking forward to the " family special" …. 3 appetizer, several main dishes,
only to be told the website was outdated and that menu item had not been avail. for over
a year. Due to large # of guests at hotel, was offered their " limited menu". Chichen fajitas
were great. Service excellent. Would go back again.. just not at Spring Break.
My wife and I had the Sunday Brunch, and it was excellent ! Our server was Wendy, and she was outstanding, and made our day and trip worthwhile ! Food buffet was great, with my omelet, her scrambled eggs and bacon choices, along with good selection of fruits and breads....Overall, a great experience !
Our family party of five went here for Christmas Day lunch. Brunch was advertised as ending at 2:00pm so we made a reservation for 3:00pm. Upon being seated we were told that we were only offered the brunch. I asked the price, $54/person. I had not planned on that. The crab claws were "funky" tasting. Our champagne glasses were filled with about 3 sips each. Our waiter let us know that we were only supposed to receive one champagne each. Ridiculous. I will never do that again. In the future I will make sure that I know exactly what time brunch is served. I felt like it was a complete rip off because it was Christmas Day. Oh well. I will not go back.
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