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430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We selected this restaurant as it is the oldest in San Antonio. I am not a great fan of Mexican meals; however, I enjoyed this meal a lot. My wife had tacos and I had Flautists. i didn't know what they were, but they were very tasty. It is a deep fried or baked tortilla with different stuffings. The black... More 

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Thank Gary M
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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203 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My family visited Casa Rio on the San Antonio Riverwalk on a recent Saturday for lunch. Casa Rio is the restaurant with the many bright colored umbrellas and is the top result if you were to google images of the San Antonio Riverwalk. While taking one of the river cruises I found out it was also the first restaurant on... More 

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Thank GoVols79
San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love this place! My parents introduced us to it a few years ago and we still fight the crowds to eat there almost every time we venture downtown. My Dad goes there just for the "Chile Con Carne" and its huge chunks of meat. My favorite has always been their "Deluxe Dinner", because it pretty much is a sampler... More 

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Thank Heather F
Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this review

Thank you! Our Chili con Carne is world famous, as is our deluxe dinner. You have good taste! More 

Kansas
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150 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good eclectic selection of traditional and Tex-Mex lunch offerings. All dishes prepared with authentic and quality ingredients. Amazing location on river walk where barges and visitors are continuing entertainment, along with swimming ducks.

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Brooks, Georgia
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been to the Riverwalk many times and have always wanted to try Casa Rio. Finally had lunch today. It was very good and did not disappoint. The margarita was very good, along with the green chicken enchiladas. The best of all was the salsa. Very good fresh flavor. David was a good waiter and was very attentive and we... More 

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Thank CP171717
Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this review

Thank you! I have passed this along to David! More 

Austin, Texas
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144 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our go-to place for dinner any time we're on the Riverwalk. The food is standard Tex-Mex and really good (not necessarily the best I've ever had but it's definitely good food). It was the first restaurant to open on the Riverwalk, so I love that there is history to it. There's always a long line to get a... More 

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Houston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our waitress was so nice and patient, as we had our 4 and 2 year olds with us, and it was a very busy afternoon. The food was great, and served within a decent time period. I had a top shelf margarita and it was perfect. We sat for a while and did not feel pressured to get up, which... More 

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Sugar Land, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband took me here last December to celebrate my 40th birthday. I am a big history fan so this was right up my alley. Located on the River Walk, this is the first restaurant to open on the River Walk. Family run and owned 4 generations. The food is delicious and the Mariachi Band serenaded me and included my... More 

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Freeport, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There is always a long wait for a table, but they have a good online system to text you and let you check your place in line. The food was rather bland and while it is nice to sit along the river, it is also not relaxing as people continually stream by your table.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When on the River Walk in San Antonio, you have many choices for places to dine. You first must decide what type of food you would like. If the answer is Mexican food, then your choice has to be Casa Rio. It was the first restaurant on the River Walk in 1946, and its' longevity on the River is a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
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.

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