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Casa Rio

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“chili con carne” (64 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (171 reviews)
“tamales” (128 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
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1 - 10 of 2,980 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Been there for a drink and some nachos. Ok place. Really nothing more to say. Just ok, would recommend a stop for a drink and a bite.

Thank Robrecht V
Reviewed yesterday

Food was excellent. Service so super slow and not very good. But I would go back again. Drinks a little pricey.

Thank sissy2007l
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The service was horribly slow and the food was mediocre at best. There are so many better restaurants in the area. The only thing it has going for it is the nice location and the fact that it was the first restaurant on the riverwalk.

Thank Catheryn S
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Mexican food was tasty and the service was average. It was nice to sit outdoors in the pleasant weather.

Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved the atmosphere!! Sat right on the water. Our server appeared to be actually very happy to see us and be there. He son also works there. Both very personable. Our dinner was very good and my husband loved the margaritas. Would definitely go back.

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We dined at a table right next to river. The food was pretty good. I had the beef enchiladas, they were okay, a bit bland. My husband had the tomales, he really enjoyed his dish. The prices were very reasonable. They seemed a bit lower...More

Thank Lori S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Friends had never been to the River Walk. Enjoyed lunch with ideal outdoor dining on the river’s edge. Good chips, margaritas, etc. Great place for people watching.

Thank Chairman64
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I ate lunch here and he got very sick afterwards. I guess I was lucky because I did not. We will not be going back.

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Unlike some of these reviews, I was pretty content with my Mexican food experience. I had fish tacos and they were good. The atmosphere was good. Not a lot to look at on that side of the river walk.. The service was good. No complaints...More

Thank chilady2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for somewhere to eat along the Riverwalk. This place stood out due to it's history. I am certainly not a Mexican food connoisseur, but we really enjoyed this place. Service was fast and enjoyable.

Thank NBAdvisor
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11 July 2017|
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Response from marycathyjoneslmp | Reviewed this property |
Yes & sooo good
Rachel T
21 June 2017|
Response from Barbvan | Reviewed this property |
I didn't, must be Trip Advisor. Hope you had a good time.
Sally P
29 May 2017|
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Response from Michael G | Reviewed this property |
Yes- everything is fresh and authentic.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
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
View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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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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