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146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (St. Mary's)
+1 210-222-2362
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Mon 11:00 - 22:00
Tue 23:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Appetizer (tinga chicken empanadas) was yummy! The main dish was chipotle chicken and fish tacos which were below average. The dessert was caramel crepe which was ok. Overall ambience was great but the food underwhelmed.

Thank Ashwin J
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158 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived well after the lunch hour but it was not a problem. Free homemade salsa served with chips while we waited for our food. Our party had the Citrus Salad, Chile Relleno, Shrimp Tacos, and Enchiladas Verdes. The portions were large and, except for the salad, were served on hot plates so the food stayed warm. Everything was delicious... More 

Thank DianaP71
Burlington, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything was excellent here! Great food and exceptional service--each server knew the menu well and was able to give excellent advice! Homemade salsa and chips while waiting for the meal was a real plus. I went back for a second time. The servings are quite substantial, so be careful about ordering too much.

Thank NinaT905
Konstanz, Germany
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40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

AWESOME margaritas, tasty salsa, and a fantastic meal! I ordered the Duck Tinga Chalupas (which looked so amazing), but the kitchen had run out of duck, so I took the Cabrito en Chile Ancho. It was fantastic. Our server was incredibly friendly and understanding, even though we had reserved a larger table and our entire party wasn't able to make... More 

Thank mamagriff79
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food is great. The view is great. We sat on the patio right by the riverwalk. The service is good.

Thank Brenda H
Sacramento, California
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96 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere, super nice servers. Dry and cold chicken tacos. Salsa and chips good. Would not go again.

Thank familytravelerswith4
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our patio dining on the Riverwalk. Despite a cold evening, the outdoor heater worked well. The chips and salsa were delicious and our meals, chille relleno and seafood enchilada, were good as well. Nice evening.

Thank 424jocelync
Newcastle, Australia
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Rio Taxi driver recommended this restaurant. We had excellent and quick service, beautiful food and lovely atmosphere sitting outside along the river.

Thank fmckay
Stony Brook, New York
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location is great and the wait staff are okay. Be careful with your order. Drinks are perfect, guacamole is made at the table and is tasty. But the main meals have to be ordered right. They don't have very good enchiladas and they do not feature fajitas, but if you ask for them, the steak is excellent and plentiful.... More 

Thank Peter F
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From our adjacent Holiday Inn Riverwalk balcony we saw this picturesque restaurant with river-side deck seating. Following a long day on the road, next door was certainly an easy option. We were seated river-side at a wonderful table, but that was the end of a nice experience. Julio, our server, was the most uninterested waiter I have ever seen. Apparently... More 

Thank Stephen S
Aaron8089, General Manager at Acenar, responded to this review

Hello Stephen, Please let me extend my most sincere apology for the service you experienced. If at all possible would you please call me at the restaurant and give me the opportunity to personally apologize and get further details. Aaron Garza General Manager 210-222-2362 More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
23:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
    (St. Mary's)
  • Public Transportation: Yes
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-222-2362
Acenar...A culinary explosion of flavors created by restaurateur Lisa Wong ...an expression of Latino Passion and Pizzazz! This blend of authentic Mexican recipes and culinary artistic flair has created unique tastes that will ignite your senses... Savor our crab tacos, duck tinga, cabrito, four versions of tantalizing enchiladas, seafood fideo, or three-mole ossobuco. Then cool down the spice with a little ice and sip on a mescal elixir, melon mojito
or Acenar's signature hand-shaken margarita. Enjoy these taste sensations in the most unique space on the River Walk - whether you choose to dine on the scenic patio or the below the linticular mural offering up a slice of Latino life... Acenar will serve up an unforgettable sensory experience. Located on Houston Street along the eastern bank of the San Antonio River Walk next to the Hotel Valencia. Acenar... Hot Mex - Cool Bar. Ignite your senses!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?