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Nao Latin Gastro Bar

$$ - $$$
Alamo Heights
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312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215 (East Grayson)
+1 210-554-6484
11:00 - 13:30
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 13:30
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The students of the American Culinary Institute based in the Pearl District run Nao. We had an amazing lunch and met a very impressive array of students working as cooks, waiters, etc. The food was very good, the flatbread w/ the smoked tomato sauce was exceptional. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank ogerkan
West Palm Beach, Florida
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372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 733 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great area full of restaurants, most of which seem to be full. This one gets your attention because of the signage and outdoor seating. It's good Latin cuisine.

Thank DoloresJacoby
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for a taste of Latin America (not Mexican or Tex-Mex but the rest of the continent? This is your place. Knowledgeable service that can walk you through what's on the menu. Why, because they are the CIA students who are the chefs, waiters, etc of this Restsurant. It's fun and a real culinary treat. Great lunch

Thank Chinapjs
Athens, Georgia
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rebirth of the old Pearl brewery as a mixed use shopping/drinking/eating/ living neighborhood is something to witness. It has steampunk charm, especially the Hotel Emma, old tanks and pipes turned into fountains and architectural features. Nao came highly recommended by a friend of a friend and the highlight of dinner was the duck carnitas dish, which was succulent and... More 

Thank Marcus775
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Student run restaurant onky shows by the fresh faces. The foid and menu is creative and fresh. Loved every morsel. We had the ceviche the skiry steak skewers and a big salad. Good wine and beer choices. Loved all of it. Reasonable prices to boot. Highly recommended.

Thank GlobalguyOttawa
San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

When visiting the Pearl don't overlook the NAO tucked away on a side pathway. The menu is fresh and includes a good array of dishes all served to please any palate. We found the prices to be very reasonable and the quality of food and service excellent. The students are in their last semester and beam with excitement about what... More 

Thank DrVa210
Mukilteo, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

As the restaurant for the CIA you would expect good food, and Nao does not disappoint. From the craft cocktails at the bar (I recommend the Pisco sour) to the Latin inspired entrees, this is a solid choice in the Pearl.

Thank ems1112
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you are ever traveling in Napa, Hyde Park NY or San Antonio make sure you visit the Culinary Institute's training facilities. Nao was excellent and my suggestion is order two or more entrees and split them. Food was well prepared and the staff excellent.

Thank MiamiLouH
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Ate at Nao for the first time today at lunch and it was very good. The waitress was pleasant and attentive. Restaurant was very bright, clean and inviting. We all had sandwiches, and they were all delicious and inventive. The CIA students are graduating in two weeks and they are definitely worthy of a CIA diploma.

Thank Charles L
San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I've eaten at Nao several times since it opened and for the most part i've been surprised by its very average fare. Nao is, after all, the restaurant extension of the adjacent Culinary Institute of the Americas and features a variety of latin dishes, some of which are very good but overall it's on the lower end of Pearl's array... More 

Thank boudin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 45
Latin, Central American, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 13:30
11:00 - 13:30
11:00 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 13:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 13:30
17:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215
    (East Grayson)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Alamo Heights
  • Neighbourhood: Alamo Heights
  • Phone Number: +1 210-554-6484

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?