Perched above the river, a bit away from the madding throng, Acenar is the most stylish culinary and architectural adventure of local restaurateur Lisa Wong (of Rosario’s and China Latina). Here you’ll find bold colors, cutting-edge design, a busy bar, good service, and, best of all, contemporary Mexican food. The guacamole is a work of art; the chips are served in those trendy cones; the margs are made with fresh-squeezed juices. Tender corn crepes, from huitlacoche to pato (duck), are among the unusual options, along with tender cabrito and Mexican-style grilled redfish. It’s far from your ordinary taco joint. Bar.
- Texas Monthly, August 2011
“It’s hard to declare a top enchilada in San Antonio, but some of the best are found at thoroughly modern Ácenar; the tomatillos in the verde sauce taste fully ripe, complementing a filling of chicken and crunchy corn, and the restaurant’s enchiladas with red sauce (a lightly sweetened blend of guajillo and pasilla chiles) have an agreeably crumbly queso fresco filling.”
“The nod for most-cutting-edge restaurant design on the River Walk goes to trendy Ácenar, with its soaring space, multiple levels, eye-popping colors, and cool, umbrella-shaded terrace.”
- Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly
“From duck chalupas to mushroom crepes, this isn’t your usual River Walk Mexican place. It’s modern Tex-Mex set above the fray and off the main flow, with a hip bar that locals love. The shaded dining area outside provides a nice view of the waterway, and the multileveled inside rooms are cool and colorful.”
-San Antonio Magazine
“It’s hard to go wrong with any of the dishes, but standouts include the crepes with duck in a tamarind-cherry-grilled-onion sauce, the enchiladas verdes, the tacos filled with crabmeat tinga (a kind of stew with onions, tomatoes, and chipotle chilies) served with avocado, and the duck chorizo chalupas with cabbage lime slaw.”
Best Restaurant in San Antonio!
OpenTable Diner Since 2011
Dined on 05/08/2011
“My friend took me here for Mothers Day. We are used to unique food have had a hard time finding a place that suits my excitement. Acenar was just the key!! To start off, the appearance of the restaurant is modern and upscale. If you are looking for an amazing place to dine outside on the river walk, this is it!! We had an EXCELLENT waiter that was extremely helpful! He was able to make good suggestions as to what we should eat and drink! Finally, the food. The food was beyond what words can describe! My friend ordered the duck crepes which were AMAZING!! I enjoyed the oyster tacos, never thought that oysters and pineapple should be paired but now I don’t think I will be able to have them any other way! We will be back very very soon!!”
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
What a great find!
OpenTable Diner Since 2009
Dined on 05/07/2011
“We loved, loved, loved the food, drinks and service. I was with 5 others and we sat outside along the River Walk. It’s definitely a vibrant atmosphere. I ordered the 10 Cane Mojito, Ceviche and Enchiladas de Mole. All were absolutely delicious. Others in my group also raved about their choices. If I’m ever in San Antonio again, I’ll return to Acenar.”
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot