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Jacala Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
North Central
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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606 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201-4349
+1 210-732-5222
11:00 - 21:45
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:45
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:45
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Helotes, Texas
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99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch with a group of ladies and enjoyed the atmosphere. A good place to get pretty good Mexican food at a reasonable price. They have a person making tortillas in the middle of the restaurant. It is close to downtown with ample parking.

Thank anniedosamiga
San Antonio, Texas
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806 reviews
548 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has been around for decades and is a local favorite to long time customers. It has a true traditional decor and flavor to it. That being said it could use a lot of updating as it is run down. The food is mediocre at best but service is decent. The chips are hit and miss on freshness but... More 

Thank LAH28
Seattle, WA
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140 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We were in SAT for a family celebration that was held here. Such wonderful, traditional TexMex food! Queso was one of the best that I've ever had. Great guacamole. And for a banquet, the food was outstanding. Delicious enchiladas and tostadas, nice sauce that wasn't too spicy. Puffy tacos were very good. Nice service. Mariachi band was slightly annoying.

Thank TravelLib
San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

My family has been visiting this great family-owned restaurant for over 30 years and the food has always been excellent and never varies. i've ordered what was originally on the menu as "Ladies Special" and is now also known as the "Macho Man Special". Try it! The Margaritas, chips and salsa are excellent appetizers.

Thank JC78006
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245 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had heard a lot about this place. So when we went to a family event jacala was high on our list. Service was fast. Very fast. Queso and quacolmole fresh and tasty. Large portions. The puffy tacos are pretty cool yet small. The restraint is very loud. Too loud really we couldn't hear people at our own table the... More 

1 Thank Neil P
McAllen, Texas
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I was with a group of 15 ladies and the service was excellent! Food and prices are great and portion size are somewhat large. I highly recommend the fajita nachos. I normally do not order nachos because I don't like soggy chips but their chips were crispy throughout the meal.

Thank Lennie N
San Antonio, Texas
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Been there a few times and even had delivery. Last time had service with attitude and had to repeat myself to many times. Started with a waitress then she walked away an had a waiter finish up. Asked if it was because i was asking for my order to be complete and he said no. He said she didn't like... More 

Thank Michelle G
Alamo Heights, Texas
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The food is average TexMex but they must have something right because it has been there for years. It is actually in our rotation. If they could use fresh juice in their margaritas it would help. Atmosphere is authentic and casual.

Thank Susan M
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

New to town and tried out a church on a Sunday morning. After looked on trip advisor and this place came up as near by. Service was good, chips a little bland but salsa was good. Requested the salsa Verde, which was some of the hottest(spicy wise) and beat I have ever had!! Had an enchilada plate with puffy taco,... More 

Thank Kyle S
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

While on vacation in San Antonio, we asked several locals as to where the best authentic Mexican restaurant was and most replied Jacala's. We decided to go on our 2nd day there and were not sorry that we did. The waitstaff and the food were perfect. I'm anxious to get back there again.

Thank Derek W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 22:45
11:00 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 606 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201-4349
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > North Central
  • Neighbourhood: North Central
  • Phone Number: +1 210-732-5222

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