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Esquire Tavern

155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
+1 210-222-2521
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“bison burger” (74 reviews)
“fried pickles” (64 reviews)
“onion dip” (15 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are looking for a nice spot with excellent drinks go to the Esquire! Yes drinks will cost you a tenner or more but each cocktail is hand crafted (aka fancy) and if you choose correctly you only need one. They can be strong....More

Thank roundthaworld
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great place for a happy hour. The portions a just big enough to tide one over until dinner, but not too small. The three deviled eggs are piled high with creamy, smooth filling and topped with incredible pickled red peppercorns on a...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oldest bar on the Riverwalk. Tons of atmosphere, well crafted margarita and knowledgeable bartender. Menu looked very interesting, but weren't ready to eat.

Thank muscledfuture
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Esquire is a long-established fixture in San Antonio. It boasts the longest bar in town, but downstairs on the river, the decor is amazing. The owners have done a remarkable job of keeping this landmark, well, a landmark.

Thank mananalaguera
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The new downstairs opening features a limited menu with oysters and meat/cheese platters and different drink options from upstairs. We dined upstairs and enjoyed the unique atmosphere of an older bar then went and had a drink downstairs. The tortilla soup was delicious and my...More

Thank Christin A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd never heard of Esquire Tavern prior to a member of our group making advance reservations for our visit to San Antonio (some from FL and others from TX). I'd checked out the menu online, and I saw some pictures of the interior. It is...More

Thank DGP1111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have lived here for 26 years, but have never ventured inside; we always say we will, but never do. Well, finally did it. I'm upset it's taken so long to visit! Nice. laid back place to have a drink or two. Giant, wooden bar...friendly staff...More

Thank hpd582
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped into this bar from a recommendation from a friend. From the river walk it looks very unassuming but it's kind of cool inside. Though I didn't eat it looks like it has good food. The prices for drinks were on par with other local...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Their chef style burgers and sandwiches are crafted with flavors to satisfy any burger enthusiast’s craving. This restaurant is located on the River Walk and the architecture is classic 1930s. The service is fine, but not exceptional. The reason to go here is for the...More

Thank reschli
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have gone to Esquire during my last two visits to San Antonio. I simply love it. The Texas vibe, the specialty cocktails, and the great bar snacks keep me coming back. My first visit was with my adult family and the second visit I...More

Thank Jessica P
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25 June 2017|
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Response from 401hollyw | Reviewed this property |
I saw children there during the day. I would guess it is more of a bar crowd in the evening
Megan C
14 February 2017|
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Paige U
1 June 2016|
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Response from Nina K | Property representative |
Hi there, Paige! Our Happy Hour specials are offered Monday through Friday, from 3pm-7pm. Hope to see you for Happy Hour soon! Cheers! Nina K Assistant General Manager
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
    (St. Mary)
  • Public Transportation: Conveniently located in downtown on the San Antonio River, The Esquire Tavern is within walking distance from most major hotels. In addition, The Esquire is serviced by the Yellow Line Downtown Trolley conveniently located at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s fifty feet from our front door.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
  • Phone Number: +1 210-222-2521
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One of the Top 25 Bars in America, The Esquire Tavern opened in 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition - a beloved San Antonio watering hole ever since. When it comes to choosing the best Riverwalk bars to spend your time, atmosphere certainly matters. Our legendary establishment is the quintessential downtown bar: dark, cool, redolent with history, and serving cold beer, swanky cocktails, and excellent food. Don't believe us? Step right up and sink your teeth into some handmade SA comfort food including Organic Sirloin Burgers, Crispy Chile Salted Fries, Big Red Empanadas, and Fried Apple Pie with Bourbon Carmel Sauce made from scratch! Now that you trust us a bit more....feel free to stay a while and enjoy hand crafted cocktails using the best of spirits and freshest of juices from the Margarita to the Moscow Mule. Beer lovers, indulge with over 10 Texas/regional brews on tap and enjoy the ice cold bottled beers you love.
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