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Casa Rio

430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good34%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (228 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (155 reviews)
“chilli” (55 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is one of my favorite places to sit at on the Riverwalk. Right by the water with amazing food and the mariachis come to play music for you and your lover. Best place on the whole river to look at the boats as they...More

Thank Christopher N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We wanted to get authentic Mexican food.I was a little disappointed in the service and the quality of our meal. On our next visit to San Antonio we will dine elswhere for Mexican food. We heard a lot of good things about Casa Rio, but...More

Thank Cschenck
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here for dinner the first night of our trip. We ordered drinks, I ordered a sangria swirl. The machine was low on ice, so it took a few minutes. The waiter was very impatient on our behalf and when it didn't come out...More

Thank nunezcouch
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Food good. Ate outside to enjoy the River Walk. Staff friendly. Reasonably priced. Nice place to eat when in San Antonio.

Thank Ggirl124
Reviewed 3 days ago

Grab a table right next to the water under the brightly colored umbrellas that are in so many River Walk photos. The service was good. I had a combination plate for lunch - good basic Mexican food. The chili con carne was really tasty! At...More

Thank pas2rjw
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although most of the restaurants on the riverwalk are for tourists and do not serve great food for the price, this one was decent and not too much for what you get. There is better food in town,but if you're touring the riverwalk, this would...More

Thank Agnes B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We ate dinner at Casa Rio on our first evening in San Antonio. From the salsa & chips to my dinner of Carne asada, we had a tasty meal. The servers were very festive in their Mexican style tops and colorful skirts. Sitting under the...More

Thank Judith S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an overall great restaurant. Tex mex... not mex food, median pricing, and on the water. Prep for a wait which can be awkward as you hv 4 ft to falling in the riverwalk with tourists passing by. Not stroller friendly, but awesome for...More

Thank Vagabondmermaid
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Many postcards of the river walk show the brightly colored umbrellas of Casa del Rio. This is a family owned restaurant that was the first one in the river. I am a local and this is still my favorite place to eat on the river...More

Thank Barbvan
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sitting outside provided the perfect ambience for the riverwalk. Good menu. We were told the table wait was an hour, but got a table in 20 minutes! They use a system where you can log in to see when your table is ready. We had...More

Thank Dansker58
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ndhannum
If a member of the party doesn't care for Mexican food is there another option?
21 March 2017|
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Response from Elizabeth L | Property representative |
Yes, they offer burger, grilled fish, salads, soups, grilled chicken, ribeye, and much more!
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Jo131959
What is the range of weekday lunch prices and do you take reservations for a senior citizen group who MIGHT be willing to sit outside if the weather was good, but might also need to move inside at the last minute? Also, how long and how much are the lunch on a boat tours?
15 March 2017|
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Response from Elizabeth L | Property representative |
The range of weekday lunch prices are from around $6 to $12. We unfortunately do not take reservations, but if your group has over 20 our Events Coordinator could help you book an event. You could also find out more about... More
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MemphisJack
Do you have great seafood dishes?
3 November 2016|
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Response from Rene S. A | Reviewed this property |
no
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
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Description
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl.


The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use.


The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo.


As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks.

The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building.

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.