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“Fun and good food”
Review of Casa Rio

Casa Rio
Ranked #163 of 4,956 Restaurants in San Antonio
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 3 weeks ago

Our party of 6 - ages 87 to 10 - chose this iconic spot on the River Walk fir Fruday night meal. It was fun. The kids loved watching the birds steal food off the plates and the older folks enjoyed the people-watching. Our wait was reasonable, server was pleasant and knew her menu. Her ability to maneuver among the pedestrians with hot, full p,ages was nothing short of impressive. The food was hot, good and we had a great time here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for authentic food and this was it.......highly recommend it. We split a combo meal and had enough food for 2 to eat and be comfortable.

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Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Wendy! Authentic is what we are going for!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in while walking around for a quick lunch with my wife and 3 boys. Lunch was out in about 10 minutes. Just shoot $40 for all of us.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great location to have a margarita and people watch. Like most restaurants on the Riverwalk, it is overpriced, but it is nice place to take a break. The staff is very friendly and doesn't push you to move along. Sadly, the food is just ok. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a conference and agreed to all meet at Casa Rio for dinner - all paying separate checks. The staff didn’t mind a bit and easily kept our order and bills separated. The food was excellent TexMex and the atmosphere very much what you’d want to see on the river walk. The prices were reasonable and options aplenty!

Thank Brad J
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