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Ácenar

4.4
4.4
2307 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican

Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong (of Rosario's fame), and her business partner Pete Selig (of Biga & Maverick fame), 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.

Our 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. Enjoy daily happy hour specials and a weekend brunch.

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Booked 15 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (210) 222-2362

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Richard Sanchez

  • Catering

    Call Keith Ludwick or email keith@acenar.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Keith Ludwick: (877) 556-3429

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    St. Mary's

  • Parking details

    Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, Check City Garages for Free Parking

  • Public transit

    Yes

  • Entertainment

    Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!Live music varies

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,307 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CF

    CathyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a nice quiet spot on the River Walk for us to chat with our son after AF BMT coin ceremony. Thanks for a great meal and air conditioning on a hot day!!

  2. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice atmosphere outside and inside. Good prices and service.

  3. CS

    ColinS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Would of been 5 stars as the food and service was great but the bathrooms were filthy and made me wonder about their kitchen?

  4. KB

    KathyB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The location of Acenar is perfect if you are attending an event at the Majestic or the Tobin Center. I like that you can make reservations. The food is always good! I especially like the Enchilada Mole. Definitely order the Churros dessert - it's delicious!

  5. CI

    ChristinaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and Christian was an amazing waiter! We also got some local ghost stories from another employee lol. Recommend if you're an out-of-towner or a local!

  6. B

    Babsandmark

    Naples

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great food, bartenders the best.

  7. KG

    KarenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had a great experience last night. Eugene was our server and he was very attentive and took great care of us. Food was fantastic too. Acenar is our favorite restaurant on the River Walk!

  8. HR

    HandR

    San Antonio

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    John was s fantastic server!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous shaken margaritas!! Good food. Great location and ambiance. Mostly tourists, but great place to hang downtown. The abandoned buildings across the river add to the mystique of the setting.

  10. N

    Nancy

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat by the river and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Oyster appetizer was so delicious and wonderfully presented. I got the fish tacos which were delicious. We split the bread pudding and tres leches cake- both were so good. Would highly recommend!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Acenar was absolutely fantastic! We were a group of 7 and afterwards we couldn’t stop talking about how much we enjoyed our meal. The food and drinks were fantastic, one of our best meals in San Antonio. What really stood out, though, was our server Gary. He was such an authentic guy, he truly made our experience with his attentive service and outstanding recommendations.

  12. LB

    LindaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good food! Good service. Our Russian waiter was a little hard to understand but was interesting to talk to. View of graffiti walls across the river was just ok. Beautiful eclectic inside. Overall about a 7-8 out of 10

  13. HD

    HappyDiner

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was delicious at a reasonable price. Service was attentive.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious! I’ve had such an issues with overly salty meals and overly sweet desserts at many area restaurants but thankfully, the chefs here seem to rely on quality ingredients (herbs, vegetables, etc.) and exceptional skill to create meals that seem both tasty and nutritious. The service was excellent, the ambiance was nice. God willing, we’ll be returning,

  15. MG

    MeaganG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service from our server!! And the food was delicious. A wonderful Mother’s Day experience overall

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    We had high hopes for Acenar as we had researched it ahead of time. Despite it being a highly recommended rest, the food was disappointingly blah. The service was also inattentive. They brought our entrees and waited until we moved our appetizer dishes so they could set the food down. They weren’t that busy and our waiter never came along to clear the dirty dishes. I would not recommend.

  17. A

    Adri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is amazing! I am so happy I got to celebrate my birthday there. The food and drinks are 10/10. I definitely recommend this place. <3

  18. C

    Craig

    Orlando

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Sounded great online and the food was just ok. We paid for chips and salsa and got a basket of crumbs. The salsa was great however- slight spicy smokey flavor. Shaken margaritas were good but sangria was just ok - no fruit or any special taste. I guess based on the location and online description it would have been higher class. Seemed like Tex-mex like you could get anywhere.

  19. KW

    KeithW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is an excellent Mexican restaurant nestled away from many of the other restaurants, and it is still on the Riverwalk. The service was friendly and courteous, and the food was outstanding. Darn good margaritas as well!!!

  20. JM

    JimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our second time there - amazing food. Great service/location/ambience.

  21. DW

    DianeW

    Central Texas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch before our Broadway show at the Majestic.

  22. X

    Xteen

    New York Area

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The location was beautiful- we are outside on the river. The blood orange mojitos were so good. We had the ceviche which I thought had too much jicama but that’s my taste- the guacamole was so creamy and delicious. We got the 3 enchiladas and the short rib tacos both very good and the bread pudding for dessert was just the right ending ( we shared 1 for 3 people. Lovely spot with good food

  23. MS

    MannyS

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good location on the Riverwalk, there was also a decent selection in the menu, and the place had good seating both inside and outside

  24. r

    rire2g

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and wonderful food. We will return the next time we are at n San Antonio

  25. J

    Jack

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and margaritas. Quick and friendly service

  26. D

    Deefunk

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Business dinner - fabulous

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    Server had to be asked mor than once for water , and didn’t wait or ask if anything else was needed. He never checked on the quality of our meal and the after waiting an excessive time to receive our bill the server lost my credit card. It was found after about 20 minutes and he simply said he was “sorry about that”. The manager did nothing for us but he did say “ hopefully it would turn up”. It was our first night of vacation! Also, after making reservations well in advance, and requesting outdoor dining we were told seating outside was a first come, first served basis but was never told in advance. Would never recommend this place

  28. a

    amandalh3

    Central Texas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great option for a casual yet nice spot on the Riverwalk. Hosted our bachelorette party of 8 perfectly.

  29. D

    Debdiner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Love, love, loved the jicama shrimp tacos. Great margaritas and mojitos. Wonderful service. Reasonably priced and enjoyable meal.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1

    It is a rare occurrence that I write a review, however, last night’s experience at this restaurant was beyond disappointing. First of all, there was no mention of us getting a nice table for my birthday dinner or that they had seen my Open Table reservation. The “view” was atrocious! It is not possible to see the river while sitting at the worm out tables and the view on the other side of the river is that of an abandoned building, blown out windows, dead trees, etc. our server was very pleasant, the food mediocre, the experience was very poor.

  32. d

    danihe

    Nashville

    178 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Jalapeno margaritas are delicious so is the appetizer of beef on a skewer and the slow cooked pork in banana leaves. Didn't have room for dessert but enjoyed sitting outside with the river view. Server was lovely and helpful about what to do in San Antonio. Great overall experience.

  33. DD

    DavidD

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were seated right away. Our server was nice and attentive. The food was outstanding. Our table was by the kitchen entrance, so it was a little noisy, but everything else was fantastic.

  34. SN

    ScottN

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I highly recommend Acenar for contemporary Mexican fare on the San Antonio Riverwalk. We had enchiladas de mole, camarones a la diabla, and guacamole for two prepared tableside. The entrees were wonderful and the guacamole was fresh, natural, and delicious. Our hand-shaken margaritas and sangria were likewise just right and superb. With an elevated view of the riverwalk and a location at the outstanding Hotel Valencia, Acenar was the perfect outdoor dining experience for concluding our Spring Break trip to San Antonio. Great food! Great Staff! Great location - just a few welcome yards off the most crowded stretch of the Riverwalk!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This was our worst meal in Texas or Florida. It is bad when the waitress is surprised someone recommended this restaurant and then asked if we would like to speak to the manager when we were paying our tab?!! The food was awful and it took over 15 mins to get our drinks!!

  36. DP

    DonP

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We set at a table inside so the noise level was a little loud but the place Is much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside so there were a lot of people inside. They were EXTREMELY busy but took very good care of us. The chips they used for the chips and salsa were very lite and tasted great. The food was also terrific. Highly recommend.

  37. GC

    GailC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice place right on riverwalk with excellent food and dessert. Very loud, not great for conversation.

  38. L

    Local

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    In the two years since our last visit, the restaurant appeared a bit rundown. Maybe it’s time to do some cleaning, redecorating and repair or replacement of tables and chairs.

  39. SK

    SKPtexas

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We went about a half-hour before our reservation to take advantage of the happy hour in the bar. The bartenders were crazy busy but were cheerful and efficient. The prickly pear margaritas were the best I’ve had! We also got an order of $5 nachos, and it’s about as small as you’d expect for that price, but still good. At dinner, the large cone of fresh chips was appreciated, and the roasted tomato salsa delicious. I got the enchiladas verdes and hubby the short rib tacos. Good call on his part - my dinner was good but oh those tacos! The meat was so tender and tasty. I will be getting those next time.

  40. CT

    CyndyT

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Very disappointed in the quality of the main dishes. Although chips, salsa and tableside guacamole was excellent the Fajitas, Chili Rellenos and Carnitas were dry and terrible. Will not go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ácenar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Ácenar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 222-2362.

Ácenar is rated 4.4 stars by 2307 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Ácenar

146 East Houston San Antonio, TX 78205

Additional information

  • Cross street

    St. Mary's

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, Check City Garages for Free Parking

  • Public transit

    Yes

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Sanchez

  • Entertainment

    Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!Live music varies

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (210) 222-2362

  • Catering

    Call Keith Ludwick or email keith&#64;acenar.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Keith Ludwick: (877) 556-3429

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