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Casa Rio

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (224 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (166 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
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1 - 10 of 2,907 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

While enjoying the riverboat tour, I was scoping out a restaurant for the next evening's dinner. Seeing the "Established in 1946" sign, my friend and I thought we could not go wrong in choosing such a landmark restaurant. Well, maybe we could. We only had...More

Thank Guymon
Reviewed 3 days ago

The food is delicious. The service is friendly and prompt. The setting is wonderful on the Riverwalk. You cannot go wrong with this restaurant.

Thank Tim T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Located right in the Riverwalk with colorful umbrellas for outside seating. I only had soppapillas so not much to recommend in the food. The desert was good. There is also inside seating. Nice place to take a break and get a drink

Thank Leslie D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good food, good service, nice view. The mariachi band was a nice touch. I had the fajitas which were really good. No complaints.

Thank laurieg832
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I know it’s a beloved River Walk icon, and the prime location, charming ambiance, impeccable service, and impressive selections are all fantastic and warranting of a 5 rating, but like Ft Worth’s equally historic and iconic Joe T. Garcia’s, the food has slipped enough to...More

Thank WildWilliam
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was great Mexican food and even better prices. Probably one of the only places on the river you can get dinner for 2 under $25. It was so good we came back for lunch a few days later. Try the green chili chicken enchiladas.

Thank Stacey M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is iconic as it was one of the first on the riverwalk, but the food is just okay. For some reason the pigeons at this restaurant seemed to be more aggressive and annoying than others. They were all over empty tables (yuck) and...More

Thank crazydazes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Casa Rio is a must if you are visiting the Riverwalk in San Antonio! Excellent service from one of the most photographed places on the Riverwalk. The colorful umbrellas and the beautiful lights along the Riverwalk make this a great location to enjoy a Prickly...More

Thank 979vickieh
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I shared lunch at this historic riverside eatery. The food was plentiful and delicious. The staff was knowledgeable. The food came quickly and could not be beat. I can see why this restaurant has been a favorite for years. Try it!

Thank CollinsRome
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another tex/mex place on the river walk. I had the Deluxe Dinner. The Guac salad was different and good. The main dish was a lot of food. Everything was good except for the tamale which was very dry and tasteless. The green chicken enchiladas were...More

Thank tachyonbb
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Response from marycathyjoneslmp | Reviewed this property |
Yes & sooo good
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I didn't, must be Trip Advisor. Hope you had a good time.
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Yes- everything is fresh and authentic.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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
  • E-mail
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.
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