About Ácenar

146 East Houston
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong, and her business partner Pete Selig, joined forces in 2005 to launch Ácenar … one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the River Walk. Guests will enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures.

Her professional team, led by Executive Chef Richard Sánchez - delivers a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Enjoy many fine selections of Gulf fish, crab and shrimp, or piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles rellenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas and cabrito —
all made to your satisfaction.

Our multi-level spacious restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. The interior and exterior reflect colors and designs influenced by Lisa’s Mexican and Asian heritage.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm


Bar Hours:


Fri & Saturday - 2:30pm-1:00am

Cross Street:
St. Mary's

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 222-2362

Website:
http://www.acenar.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

Live music varies

Catering:
Call Keith or Kathy or email keith@acenar.com or kathy@acenar.com for more information

Parking Details:
Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Richard Sanchez

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Acenar's Mother's Day Brunch served 10 am to 2:30 pm. Adults $31.99, Kids $15.99. Enjoy our huge selection of breakfast favorites, entrees, desserts & aguas frescas.

Private Dining

Ácenar’ offers 4 private dining areas, which can be combined for large events. Our patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk being the highlight of the restaurant, while the Arriba and Abajo Rooms offer a more intimate setting. The Mezzanine converts to dining and lounge style cocktail parties.

Ácenar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
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Overlooking the Riverwalk

vip
Dined 5 days ago

A nice Spring evening overlooking the Riverwalk. From the time my group walked in, the staff made us feel welcome. We had a group of seven and later eight, we were seated outside and taken care like I would normally expect from a high-end restaurant. Will definitely make this a regular.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food2
ambience4
service1
value1

Don't even bother to reserve here - Never Again!

Dined on April 25, 2016

Made a reservation two weeks in advance and asked for a booth inside and noted it was a 13th wedding anniversary celebration. Confirmed it a week before and STILL received a call the day of to "confirm the reservation". I confirmed the reservation for the second time and again requested the booth on the inside. The snarky girl stated they would, "see what they could do." Upon arrival, the hostess was completely clueless and looked like she would rather be anywhere but there. No booth ready and none available, no mention of our celebration. Had to settle sitting at a four top table at the very front entrance. We were dining with friends from out of town, so I didn't mention anything or complain. I even pointedly said goodbye to the hostess as we left and she looked like she was taken aback and miserable. I felt the food was very mediocre and the price of 110.00 for sub-par food was not justified. Never again."

food4
ambience4
service4

Great place- wonderful cocktails, staff ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Great place- wonderful cocktails, staff and food.

food3
ambience4
service1
value3

Disappointing experience

Dined on April 23, 2016

We made a reservation for 2 people through Open Table and when we arrived we were told we would have a 30-45 minute wait. When I advised we had a reservation we were rudely told that it didn't matter if we wanted to eat there we had to wait- which we did. Once we were seated it took over 2 hours to eat. The waiter came by infrequently- when we asked for tortillas they came 30 minutes after the meal was over. Once we were done, we waited 50 minutes for the check. We sent two other staff to track down our waiter, he never materialized. I went searching the restaurant for a manager and finally found the waiter and coaxed him back with the check. There was never any apologies or acknowledgement of the problem. The food was average and the drinks were watered down from sitting somewhere for too long before getting to us. So much potential and beautiful view but the experience was not one we will repeat.

Tags: hot spot
food3
ambience1
service1
value1

Dissapointing

Dined on April 22, 2016

I have been to Acenar previously and it was great. On this occasion I was meeting up with friends. The drinks were over priced as it was, and to be overcharged when I had not called a specific alcohol as well as line itemed for the mixer, talk about feeling fooled. My husband ordered a Margarita which the price isnt listed for small vs large was charged $22 for a margarita! NOT a great value! We were left with out a check in from our server who we couldnt find for 30 minutes and we were on a time crunch after all the nonsense for our 8pm show we had 6pm reservations. We also were sat in a corner of the restaurant which was hot and were privy to a restaurant meeting which took place at the next table not a could ambiance. Overall it was a poor experience, i spoke to the manager and he explained they were overwhelmed and did not prepare for the evening. He did take off my over detailed priced drinks but the damage was already done!

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food3
ambience3
service4

Nice location on the Riverwalk. Very goo ...

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

Nice location on the Riverwalk. Very good service. Good Mexican flavors with simple American twists. Tex-Mex, but not over the top. Very good salsa and fresh chips.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Good dinner spot pre-Cornyation

Dined on April 19, 2016

Four of us had a tasty meal at Acenar prior to attending Cornyation this week. Easy & reasonable cost for valet parking at Hotel Valencia. Short walk to the Empire Theatre. Chips & salsa were good as were the fish tacos I ordered. Good service. Since we went early the noise level didn't start getting too loud until we were ready to leave. Good place to eat downtown before an event.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent margaritas and food

Dined on April 18, 2016

I was referred to this place for a dinner. When I joined a friend for lunch, she suggested the place for lunch. I discovered an incredible margarita menu and a very interesting food menu, with duck, goat and other specialties on the menu. The food did not disappoint. It was delicious. I will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service2

Oyster appetizer was amazing!

Dined on April 10, 2016

Oyster appetizer was amazing!

food4
ambience4
service4

Short-rib and fish tacos were very good. ...

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Short-rib and fish tacos were very good. Fish were second to short-rib because, although very fresh, they could have been seasoned a bit more.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fun before Majestic

Dined on April 6, 2016

They can get you in and out in a big hurry (your choice) or you can stay for hours. Great food and fun environment. Loud but fun.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service5

Excellent customer service in bar and di ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Excellent customer service in bar and dining room. Food was delicious. Kabobs, duck chalupas and queso was great. Nontraditional salsa but i wasnt really a fan of it. Was a little loud when the tableside guacamole carts would come by which was fairly often but overall the ambiance on the patio was perfect.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

excellent food and atmosphere

Dined on March 26, 2016

acenar was a real treat since we drove from Austin for lunch there...absolutely worth it! food was great and location was great too!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

Blend taste, very fatty

Dined on March 23, 2016

The service was great and friendly. Too bad that the food was not of the same quality. The meats were very fatty, and the taste was either blend or strange (the chicken). Will not go back.

food4
ambience4
service4

A little touristy but to be expected as ...

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

A little touristy but to be expected as on Riverwalk. But tasty food- duck crepes terrific.

food4
ambience4
service2
value3

Good location on the Riverwalk.

Dined on March 13, 2016

Greeting waiter did not take my name for the reservation when we arrived quite early for our reservation. This ultimately resulted in finding a voice mail from the restaurant asking if we were going to show up or not upon return later than evening. I informed the staff I had a reservation and asked if he wanted my name, which he declined. There were no napkins or silverware on our table, and none appeared. I fetched silverware after about 15 minutes from another table. Salsa was good, queso dip excellent and good guacamole. Service was kinda slow. Oilcloth tablecloth had a rip where my glass rested. A sun umbrella was moved right next to my chair to provide shade for another table....it was crowding. Food was good, but overall, not someplace I would immediately recommend. Just too many stutters.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This place was AMAZING

Dined on March 9, 2016

This place was amazing. Best Mexican food I've ever eaten... artful! Great cocktails, best salsa... fantastic find.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Not Tex-Mex

Dined on March 5, 2016

The waiter (Tony) was superb. He gave us several drink and food suggestions, in detail, and not the priciest things on the menu. The food is not your usual Tex-Mex fare. Specialty dishes take front and center on the menu. The three of us ordered totally different selections and were all impressed. We could have each ordered three additional selections and would have been just as pleased. We've been many times and will continue to use this restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service3
value4

Vibrant

Dined on February 29, 2016

An interestng take on Mexican food. Pleasant outside dining. Nice atmostphere and a vibrant feel. The food is good as is the service thought the service not so sincere.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Another success at Acenar

Dined on February 28, 2016

Acenar is always a treat. This time we were a party of 6 adults and one 10 month old. Drinks are imaginative and fresh. Food is consistently good. The din of noise somehow seemed to sooth the baby and she slept through the entire meal. Made-at-the-table guacamole is a must, as is the shrimp taco plate. Fish taco plate is also delish. We've never had a miss at Acenar - always a hit. My three favorite restaurants on the river are Acenar, Biga on the Banks, and Boudro's. These are in alphabetical order.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The best Tex Mex on the Riverwalk

Dined on February 28, 2016

Spent 3 weeks in town on business, and ate at all the top rated San Antonio Restaurants. This place and Luke are at the top of my list. Cutting edge Tex Mex cuisine, served with pride, at reasonable prices in a great venue on the Riverwalk. Had several awesome meals here. Don't miss the duck tostadas or the pork carnitas. Great fried oyster appetizer served on yucca chips. Excellent drinks. Maitre 'd stopped by both nights to check on our satisfaction. 5 out of 5 stars for Acenar. Pass right by the tourist places with Rio in the name, and come here if you want the best Tex Mex on the Riverwalk. No doubt about it! Can't wait to get back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best of the Best

Dined on February 27, 2016

Had luncheon here with my Niece on 2/27/16 and was in awe of not only the food but the service provided. Had the veggie enchilada and it should be at top of menu. It was the very best ever. BUT the most outstanding was the cheese sauce on top of it...It was so smooth, light and would make a PERFECT chip dip...especially for those of us who can no longer handle HOT/SPICY dips that are norm in today's facilities. The next best part of your place would be the staff...the young lady who was our server was considerate, polite, but not overbearing...something you rarely find these days...AND no one seemed to mind if we came early for reservation or stayed a tad longer than planned.. Definitely plan to return for a meal when we come back to town for IL DIVO in October if not sooner.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Have the duck crepes!

Dined on February 27, 2016

My wife and I went here on a Friday night. We are early 30s working professional's, we think of ourselfs as food critics but just between us. This restaurant is right on the river walk. The decor is upscale mordern spanish. We decided to eat outside as the weather was perfect. My wife ordered fish tacos , I had the duck crepes and the food was fantastic. The sides were noticeably well done, even the rice had an amazing flavor.,..Yeah rice. I was pretty blown away at the food quality. I recommend this to anyone, there were exactly zero children when we are at 830. It was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

Good not great

Dined on February 26, 2016

Would still recommend, maybe a little overpriced for what you get. It does have a great view of the riverwalk. Our server was average, not what I would expect for a restaurant with this pricing.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Thrilled with the setting and the food!!

Dined on February 21, 2016

I was thinking it was going tone big tourist spot on the Rverwalk with average food. I was wrong!! Great food, diverse menu, great service and very affordable!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

High end yet still identifiable Mexican food

Dined on February 20, 2016

Took a group of 15 there on a Thursday night. Fantastic service. Just a great place for a group. Service was timely. Food was so yum. Place was very busy our server still managed special requests. All in all a fantastic mid range priced experience

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Amazing and Unique flavors

Dined on February 20, 2016

The smoky flavors in their salsa, guacamole, and other dishes make this food amazing and unique.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Good meal in scenic setting

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

Good tex-mex option on the scenic River Walk. Ample patio seating; indoor dining space, as well. Salsa was delicious! Service was attentive, but not disruptive.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fastest service in history!

Dined on February 14, 2016

Even though I had a reservation I still had to wait. The speed of the service compensated for the wait. The food and drinks were amazing!!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great local Tex-Mex on the Riverwalk

Dined on February 13, 2016

Come here just for the salsa, stay for all the other dishes. The salsa is an amazing blend of complex, rich flavors, paired with fresh chips. Fresh guacamole prepared tableside is memorable. Generous portions and fresh ingredients comprise the main courses, which are reasonably priced. Acenar is located on bustling Houston St. with a pleasant outdoor patio overlooking a quieter part of the Riverwalk.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Acenar update

Dined on February 12, 2016

Acenar is a great place to take friends and family who are visiting from out of town. The food is reliably good, with probably the best tableside prepared guacamole in the city. Try the duck chalupas! The cocktails are goooood! Plus, it is right on the Riverwalk without being in the middle of all of the traffic. It is a short walk to one of the riverboat cruise departure points. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they usually have valet parking available. It is a great spot for before going the theater or a concert.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another Great Evening Alfresco

vip
Dined on February 10, 2016

Acenar is always a sure bet. One of the best overall restaurants in San Antonio.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service3

Good salsa! Great coconut margaritas!

Dined on February 7, 2016

Good salsa! Great coconut margaritas!

food1
ambience2
service2

There is little to recommend this restau ...

vip
Dined on February 5, 2016

There is little to recommend this restaurant. My advice is to avoid it.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great find

Dined on January 28, 2016

We booked Acenar before we left San Diego and were very excited we did! Location on the River Walk, the food and service were all great. What a nice San Antonio welcome!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Not your ordinary Tex-Mex

Dined on January 28, 2016

My husband and I often go to Acenar for drinks and dinner before plays at the Majestic. When the weather is suitable, we can sit outside above the Riverwalk, or we can choose inside, where the ceiling is high and the noise is low. The food is Mexican, but this is not fast-food, run-of-the-mill Mexican. It is upscale, unique dining. If you've eaten at Lisa Wong's other restaurants, Rosario's, you know what I mean. We always come away happy, full and satisfied.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent as always.

Dined on January 27, 2016

We ate here last Wednesday before seeing Kinky Boots at the Majestic Theatre. The service was outstanding, and our waiter was very attentive and explained several menu items we had questions about. The food was delicious. I ordered a steak with shrimp diablo. The steak was supposed to be 8 oz., it had to be between 12-14 oz. and was cooked to medium rare perfection. It has been a couple of years since we ate here but we will do so the next trip downtown since the menu is so varied and the prices are very reasonable.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nice

Dined on January 27, 2016

Really enjoyed the evening. servers were excellent. Everyone including the hostess were pleasant and helpful.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

It was ok but nothing over the top.

Dined on January 27, 2016

Their salsa was good as well as their quacamole. I had the oyster tacos which were good!

food5
ambience2
service5
value5

Great place with one detractor

Dined on January 15, 2016

Great place that we went to with a group of 8--had no wait at 630, although it got a bit busy later. The one and only thing we really disliked was the mariachi band playing that night. They were pushy, and constantly asking for tips before they would even play. So they kind of hung around our table requesting tips and only played one song after we all coughed up some cash. After that one song, they went off to the next song and repeated this process. So it seemed like they were just in it for money and one song before they ditched you. Not very nice. After clearing all the tables, the band left, presumably to go to another restaurant close by. It was the oddest experience I've ever had with a band at a restaurant, and it was not a pleasant experience. Other than that, the food is great, the margaritas divine, and the service friendly.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view

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