About The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former “boiler house” which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on “Texas ranch-style” cuisine. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and “to-go”), full bar, live music and a casual yet energetic atmosphere. The unique list of wines boasts some of the lowest prices in the area.
The restaurant incorporates various private dining areas suitable for private or corporate functions and an expansive outdoor patio area where guests can enjoy dining alfresco. Catering is also available at the restaurant or at a location of your choice.
American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11am-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is also available at the restaurant or at a location of your choice.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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The restaurant incorporates various private dining areas suitable for private or corporate functions and an expansive outdoor patio area where guests can enjoy dining alfresco.
The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden Ratings and Reviews
This was our second trip to the Boiler H ...
This was our second trip to the Boiler House. The menu is varied enough that it can accommodate our distinctive need for humanely raised meat. My wife and I shared the 22 oz cowboy cut bison steak. It was seasoned and cooked perfectly ... melt in your mouth! The popcorn grits were delightful - creamy and tasty. For dessert we had the lemon cake with goat cheese ice cream and pistachios - very creative and delicious.
Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Overall a great visit!
The only thing good was the lobster Mac/ ...
The only thing good was the lobster Mac/cheese! Whenever I go out to dinner and pay for a $50 steak, I expect table clothes on a table with wine glasses. Usually my server has on a suit and is accompanied by an assistant. The steak was seasoned, but this is a one and done experience. Please work on your servers and house staff etiquette. I hope this doesn't go upon a deaf ear. Thank you, a concerned patron.
We had wonderful service! Our waiter too ...
We had wonderful service! Our waiter took his time with us and answered all our questions with patience and enthusiasm! We will definitely be going back! Actually, all the staff we interacted with were very personable. Everyone had a smile on their face. Loved everything about this restaurant!
Went here for our 33rd Anniversary celeb ...
Went here for our 33rd Anniversary celebration dinner and the food was AMAZiNG, not so much the atmosphere. We were seated near the very loud bar area and it wasn't really romantic but the food and wine helped!! Also I didn't care for the unisex bathrooms! Both bathrooms were occupied for quite some time! :(
Didn't even get a chance to eat here. I ...
Didn't even get a chance to eat here. I made reservations for 9:15. It wasn't too busy. Waited 15 mins for a waitress to come and finally take our drink order and offer water. Waited another 20 mins after with no additional service or take our food order, so then we pulled the waitress over and told her to cancel out the drink after waiting for so long.
This used to be one of our Pearl favorit ...
This used to be one of our Pearl favorites. But, with all of the new restaurants opening at Pearl and throughout San Antonio, it had been awhile since we paid a visit. I guess the Universe knew better than we did, because it was a noted decline in the the restaurant, and most importantly, the food. I order my ribeye steak medium, and it was one of the most horrendous cuts of meat I've ever been served at a restaurant. For a ~$50 steak (al la carte), I would expect my steak not to crunch. The cut was so bad, that I had to fight through gristle nearly the entire time. This used to be a favorite, and hopefully they get back on track, but for this kind of money, I'll go to Ruth's Chris... Where they steaks are consistently top notch, every time.
The food was good. The service was ok. S ...
The food was good. The service was ok. Slightly over priced. I understand the reasoning because of the location however, when the tourist leave in the fall and the novelty wears off then you only have your locals to take care of you. Drink prices where extremely high for what we ordered. Over all a good experience just over priced.
All of the wonderful food, great service ...
All of the wonderful food, great service and awesome location was diminished ever so slightly by a few pesky flies. Understanding that part of the ambiance is leaving he doors open, maybe some slow moving ceiling fans or reflective material (have seen this work in other restaurants!) would ease the issue. However, it is important to note that this issue will NOT deter us from returning! Thanks for a great (but not perfect) meal experience!
The Food was amazing. The service was ok ...
The Food was amazing. The service was ok ish. Our sides came out before our entree so we had to sit and wait for a couple minutes. No app plates with apps until it had been a little bit after the food was delivered. The place is big and we were in the back so I kinda understand. The lobster mac and cheese was amazing. Wine selection was good. Service was just not that prompt for $150 tab and $30 tip. The food was amazing though, so we will be back.
I agreed to get the special assuming tha ...
I agreed to get the special assuming that when our waiter said it was "big enough for two" he did not mean a steak dinner for two. But instead of it being a large steak for one person it was for two and therefor there was a change in price. I had know idea it would cost $160. I was on a date and didn't really want to make a scene but I believe that if you suggest a special to a couple then you may want to let them know that they are going to be spending more than $100 on it. It was just a nasty surprise for a meal that in my opinion was definitely not worth the total amount paid.
We took my parents to the Boiler House ...
We took my parents to the Boiler House on a night out for their 49th annianniversary. After we were seated, the server surprised us with of champagne for a toast. The food was DELICIOUS!! And a special dessert topped off the evening. The Boiler House is definitely a new favorite!!
Tried the Boiler House about a half doze ...
Tried the Boiler House about a half dozen time, each time hoping it would be better but always leaving wondering why we gave it another chance. Drinks and ambiance are great, the food however could use some refining. From the numerous courses we've had here, I believe the chef believes richer the food i.e. more butter or cheese people will have to like it. The last few meals, one being the Cracklin' Chicken was drowning in butter and was also served on top of two huge pierogis filled with pimento cheese also swimming in the same butter. I could feel my arteries clogging. This place lack simplicity allowing the ingredients to speak for them selves. It's know. For their steaks and they aren't too bad, but for the cost I would still go somewhere else, it's Texas after all. If you are looking to leave feeling heavy after a meal, then you may like the food, for me I am through giving the Boiler House any more money and chances, would rather spend my meals at any of the more refined restaurants neighboring the Boiler House.
Messed up drink order. Ordered appetize ...
Messed up drink order. Ordered appetizers and took over 1.5hours from time of order placement to the time we ate. Server only checked on us 1-2 times. Manager did comp us 1 round of drinks and a free appetizer to help make up for it.
Quail poppers were out of this world, bu ...
Quail poppers were out of this world, buffalo meatballs could have been better. Date had the scallops and they were amazing. They were out of my first choice, pork shanks, so I ended up getting the short rib gnocchi, and the gnocchi was a massive disappointment. The gnocchi themselves were perfect, airy, with a soft texture and just the right "snap" when you bit through. Disappointment came from the sauce. Not very well seasoned and only a few scraps of meat to be found. Lets just say the pasta to protein ration was way off. This leads to my greatest complaint against Boiler House: no salt and pepper on the table.
I get it, the chef thinks his dishes are perfectly seasoned so they do not place salt and pepper on the table and you have to ask for it. Everyone has a different palate, so the belief that the chef's palate is somehow better than mine starts with a flawed premise. Frustration is further complicated when you can't get the waitress's attention and it takes several minutes to get the necessary seasons to make the dish palatable, creating the choice of just waiting it out or eating poorly seasoned food. This practice is further problematic with dishes like gnocchi that really benefit from proper seasoning during cooking so that the little gnocchi pillows absorb the right amount of seasoning while cooking.
This is my second experience with poorly seasoned food at one of their establishments (other time was at Max's Wine Dive in the Quarry). Great restaurants with creative menus and exquisite bars (great atmosphere with diverse wine, beer, and liquor selections) but either learn to properly season your dishes or place salt and pepper on the table.
First time here. Went to celebrate a bi ...
First time here. Went to celebrate a birthday. The food was amazing. I will say that if you haven't been here before and don't want to sit by a bathroom which they have on both sides that you need to tell them when making the reservations. They sat us right by the bathroom door. We asked to be moved which seemed like a hassle to start but only took 5 minutes. They moved is to the other side of the restaurant. The music is played pretty loudly on speakers that line the entire restaurant. Maybe it is to cover up the chatter from everyone. Our waiter was superb. Two of the group originally ordered the cod which we were looking forward to since our waiter said that it was brought over from the previous menu because it was so popular. We found out after we ordered that they were sold out. I had the octopus for an appetizer and it was wonderful. It had great flavor and was very tender. Since I couldn't get the cod I ordered the pork shank. This was also very good but not the same when you had something else in mind. Our waiter even brought over a dessert for the birthday girl without any prompting. I would definitely go back again.
Boiler House has really changed into ser ...
Boiler House has really changed into serving delicious food but I have to say that Restaurant week at lunch time, the selection of the 2 entrees and dessert could have been better. I won't give up going due this one time! Keep up being the best, Boiler House! You can do it!
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