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The Original Mexican Restaurant

528 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2632
+1 210-224-9951
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good28%
  • Average23%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible16%
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PMAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
528 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2632
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I myself have lived here off and on since the 1950s,and now permanently since 1971. Have never been there, but the place was famous in its day. It was founded in 1910 or 1911 by Otis T,Farnsworth. It was not only known for its food,...More

Thank 67hollydolly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in here on a lark while walking down the riverwalk and am glad that I did. I've eaten at many of the classic Mexican restaurants in San Antonio over the years and this one is on par with the best of them. Give them...More

Thank Wildcat1897
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite some not so good reviews - we tried the place for a late lunch. I want to say that the wait staff was excellent- attentive and accommodating. I ordered the chicken quesadilla and it was tasty. The restaurant is on the Riverwalk so if...More

Thank jpsunshine99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went here to finish out our anniversary trip and had a great time here! The server was very polite and helped us out while looking at the menu. I think this is a cool spot because of the burritos and the...More

Thank Ty P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast was terrible. I hope dinner is better. Service was very slow. Beans were dry and flank steak was scorched. Tortillas were good though. Pico was definitely ready to be tossed out. Pancakes were not good. I expected something delicious and ended up spitting into...More

Thank lalaniag
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While looking for a place to have breakfast, we came across The Original. They may be a great place for lunch and/or dinner. I would not recommend the breakfast!! The wife and I were extremely disappointed in the food. With that being said, the service...More

Thank RStorms48
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We arrived for an early dinner and was seated right away. We saw our waitress within a few minutes and she took our drink order, she returned with our drinks and we ordered food. We waited about 30 minutes for our food, the food was...More

Thank FrmnClint
Reviewed 10 January 2018

If you want to eat Mexican on the Riverwalk give it a try. If want good Mexican food you need to try a different place and the food here is mediocre at best.

Thank Mitch M
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Great cheap Mexican and good drink specials. Probably one of the best Mexican meals we had in San Antonio and the cheapest. The only recommendation would be to sit inside because the pigeons attack you outside.

Thank Cal H
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

I guess I should have been wary of a place advertising itself on the basis of no wait for a table. I would never have imagined I could get Mexican food this poorly executed in San Antonio. Queso: pure warm Velveeta. No pepper, no onion,...More

Thank Ian L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 528 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2632
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-224-9951
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