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“Birthday Party Perfection”
Review of Casa Rio

Casa Rio
Ranked #164 of 4,886 Restaurants in San Antonio
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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.
Reviewed 7 December 2017

A perfect night, meal and river ride for our granddaughter's belated birthday party. It was a beautiful, clear night and the river was clustered with Christmas lights, dangling toward the river and reflecting everywhere. We sat outside and fed the ducks, while nibbling on our Grilled Chicken Nachos Especiales. The service was flawless and the Margaritas awesome. Everyone chose their favorite Mexican dish and all were delighted with the presentation as well as the taste.

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Thank Patricia M
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Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you! Nothing really beats river boat dining. Call our Event Coordinator if you are every interested in doing another boat dinner!

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Have been visiting Casa Rio since the 1960's, and we always come back when in town. You might have to wait to get a river or near river table, but it is worth the wait. Wait staff have always been knowledgeable and competent. Food from the menu is typical Mexican, but the salsa, chips and queso are great!

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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Saturday night is busy on the River Walk. This was a convenient place for us and it had immediate seating. It poured while our order was taken so we asked to move inside. Lots of free tables there but we had to wait a while standing inside the door until we were seated. The sound system was blaring so much that we could barely hear the waiter. I mentioned that the sound was way too much for us and the manager did attend to it and came by to ask if the sound was ok. That was the highlight of a tex-mex meal that seemed more of a fast food quality than what we expected. Too bad service and food was bad because the outdoor seating, especially the terrace, is lovely in nice weather.

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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

This place is such a favorite that this review actually includes two back-to-back visits. Food is always well prepared and served by a friendly staff. Wait time for a rivers edge table may be moderate, but we always are willing to wait. Love to eat and watch the boats and ducks go by.

Chips and salsa are the best. Been going to Casa Rio for over 35 years and always seem to read the menu and then, choose the enchilda verdes.

Thank Don A
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Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for this excellent five star review. We strive to be that favorite tradition so families can revisit for multiple generations.

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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We went on a nice fall Friday afternoon,we were seated on the rivers edge. The service was great as we're the margarita s,food was great and price is reasonable. Fun way to enjoy the river walk

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Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thank you for the wonderful five star review!

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