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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” (74 reviews)
“fried pickles” (64 reviews)
“onion dip” (15 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 yesterday

I have been here twice and the service is not that great: I was sort of shocked with the price of a house wine (cabernet) was 15$ (a light poor) and I questioned this and the bar-back (not the bartender) gave me some pushback and...More

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sorry. No food review but I thought I'd review. I had a 16 oz lone star beer for 4 bucks. Sitting upstairs of the river walk,it was excellent

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Whiled looking for a place for lunch, we happened across the Esquire Tavern. When we walked in the decor was nice with a long bar. We decided to sit at the bar because it wasn't that busy, and hoped we would get better service that...More

Thank A498NAthomasg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Home of the longest wooden bar top in Texas, there is a long a narrow walkway from the front door to the larger back dining area. That walkway is packed with people at the bar, at the side tables or just crowded into the space....More

Thank Matthew D
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I read the great reviews on this restaurant and decided to give it a try last night. It was after "normal" dinner hour and did not seem overly crowded when we went in. The hostess said we would have about a thirty...More

Thank M3203ONclaired
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A one of a kind. Looks like a dive bar from the street. But make a point of going inside. Great care has been taken to preserve the history within. Professional bar staff actually creates cocktails with individual precision. Order an OLD FASHION, for example....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend who is a San Antonio native recommended we stop into the Esquire while traveling in the city. It was a great reco! The cocktails were DELICIOUS - and the food was better than most of the other fare served on the RW. DO...More

Thank emily s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great burger and fries with chili salt. Delicious. Mixes drinks were strong and tasty. Restaurant is dark and loud which makes it hard to talk to friends.

Thank Connie E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to head downtown to try something new and we found this place. The interior decor is very nice, but the bathroom makes you feel like you're in an old James Bond movie where someone dies. I had the Esquire Burger...More

Thank M T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our waiter Zach must have been having a bad day. Service was terrible. Didn't stay for food...too bad, menu looked interesting.

Thank Lisa S
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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.
26 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
15 February 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View
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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