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Esquire Tavern

155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
+1 210-222-2521
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“bison burger” (75 reviews)
“fried pickles” (68 reviews)
“onion dip” (17 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2226
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this place so much we had the same thing two days in a row. All pickles and condiments are in house made. The organic local bison burger was the bomb. We have been is search of the perfect bison burger and it has...More

Thank Ronn B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The first visit was with my husband it was quiet since late afternoon. I wanted a good small batch bourbon and learned about Noah's Mill which they served on a jumbo ice cube chipped just enough to fit in the glass. This visit was 10pm...More

Thank JLHumcke
Reviewed 1 week ago

The headline sums it up. After a nice dinner, a walk along the Riverwalk make for an enjoyable evening.

Thank Gail D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This bar/restaurant is historical but we we not that crazy about it. The food was fine but though the server was attentive he was not at all friendly. It is up a flight of very steep steps off the Riverwalk. Many other places to enjoy...More

Thank vlsoares1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for drinks and left 20 min later thirsty rudest staff but I guess they don't need to work on repeat customers when there is so many short term tourist around. Dump

Thank bernie m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our “go to” date night place when we are downtown. The atmosphere is always buzzing and it smells like butter! Lol. We usually head downstairs for a sherry and an expertly paired cheese board. Such a relaxing and unique experience.

Thank JenandBenHan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bring a flashlight and patience when you visit this dark and dreary place on the river walk. Had no problem taken a reservation for 8 people but would not serve dessert as the kitchen closed. Menus was very light with choices and when you did...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our drinks were delicious. The bar tender was really working some magic. The atmosphere is relaxed but classy. We had fried pickles- which were tasty.

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I won't elaborate as there are plenty of reviews and they capture the atmosphere etc. My only addition is a warning: 4$ for extra rice for the curry and 2$ for a small roll(not baked on site, or anything justifying this) And no mention of...More

Thank ellie e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for upscale spirits. Hank our bartender was sooo knowledgeable and gave us great recommendations for Bourbon and whiskey. Must place to go if in San Antonio !!

Thank Gail A
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Ravi L
8 October 2017|
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Response from DMcG_11 | Reviewed this property |
You must be of legal age to drink, but all welcome. The food is great. I wouldn't say it's a place for a young family to visit.
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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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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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