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COC / COLLEGE OF CROTON
DIVISION ‘AA’ JUNIOR COLLEGE (JUCOC)
A Satellite Campus of Maguire University
Headquarters: Croton, NY.
2018 Enrollment: 7
#1 Recruiting Class, Everyone wants to Play with the COC
Mascot: the Angry Inch & Cockie Monster
School fight songs: Cocky Top & C is for Cockie
Home court: Westchester Cocty Center
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* media hotel is La Quinta downtown. (not sure which address though. either: 100 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd / 210-212-5400 or 303 Blum St, San Antonio, TX 78205 / (210) 222-9181

* ESPN College Game Day will broadcast from Maverick Plaza in La Villita, across Alamo St. from the site of the March Madness Music Festival.

* The NABC Convention headquarters hotel is the Hilton Palacio del Rio:
200 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205 / (210) 222-1400

* all nabc events: henry gonzalez convention center: 900 E. Market Street

* Radio Row will be at the NABC Marketplace in the convention center.

* nike nabc reception friday 5-7p: The largest get-together of the convention, this reception is to welcome coaches and guests to the NABC weekend. Hosted by Nike. grotto in conv center

– Chalk Talk (all of the Maguire opponents listed below are within 2 miles of traveling team hotel, Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk (105 South St. Mary’s Street / 210-270-7799 MU Hospitality Suite will be in the FRIO III Ball Room, opening on Friday at 1pm

– esquire (right across from hotel, back balcony overlooks river walk)
155 E Commerce St (210) 222-2521
The Esquire Tavern is not only the oldest Bar in San Antonio, it also boasts the longest wooden bar in the state of Texas! Esquire opened its doors in 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition and, 84 years later, they are still withstanding the test of time. With all the rave reviews and their intriguing and unique claims to fame, I had to check it out!
Short Story: The rave reviewers were right, the claims were all true, and this place really is as awesome as it sounds!
Long Story: Esquire is conveniently located on the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. In contrast to most of its neighboring restaurants, however, this place is anything but a tourist trap. There are two floors to Esquire and they each have their own menu. I liked my first visit to the upstairs so much, I returned the next night to experience the downstairs. Truth told, I have only good things to say about both.

– on the rocks .6miles / 270 Losoya/ ontherockspubsatx.com / (210) 228-0000
(huge space inside, not sure about outside
Music selection was primarily southern rock (which was a good thing). Margaritas were substandard……This place is located right across the Riverwalk underneath the McDonald’s. It’s tucked away and hidden so you can’t really see it. They have pool tables in the front and in the back that you can pay to play. They also have darts in the back……The only knock I have against it is that it’s loud as fuck. But I can deal with that, even though I’m old now…

– drink texas / .1mile / 200 Navarro St / (210) 224-1031 / drinktexas.com
(patio outside)
Happy Hour Times: M-F 2pm-9pm Weekends 4pm-9pm
Happy Hour Prices: $2.50 wells,
Drink Texas is also centrally located in terms of Downtown San Antonio so if you’re ever in the area, this is a place I’d definitely recommend! Note there are “bar snacks” here but I definitely wouldn’t recommend them unless you’re starving……We stayed in San Antonio for three days and every day, we came to Drink Texas for happy hour. On weekdays their happy hour is from 2pm-9pm and on weekends it’s 4pm-9pm. Well drinks are $2.50 which is a pretty sweet deal! They also had $4 crown drinks. On one of the days the soda was flat which didn’t make the drink taste good at all but the other two days it was fine. The drinks are also not the strongest (they don’t give a full shot for some drinks) but for the price it’s a little hard to complain.

– histortic bar / 723 S Alamo St / (210) 223-1285 /historicbaramerica.com / .7m
– This place is great for nightlife but we will never ever come for brunch……Its ok but no table service and they need to figure out how to serve customers at the bar. It isn’t first come first served…..Good selection for happy hour. Pretty roomy place, so even as they get busier you have a place to sit. The crowd is a good mix of people, so I feel like it’s a place that anyone could go to an enjoy……was closed for renovations until 2/1/17.

– barriba cantina / .3m / 111 w crockett / (210) 228-9876 / barribacantina.com
(view over river walk)
Service was great. The view over riverwalk was nice. The chips were thick and bland, and not good. Had beef enchiladas. Food was just ok……We love this place!! Charlie Brown was an awesome server! We had Mexican deviled eggs, cheese enchiladas with brisket and black bean chili, then topped it off with margarita cheesecake! Oh and the El Jefe Grande Margarita was the bomb!!! Simply an excellent experience!…..Waitresses constantly yelled at us that we were in the way, while standing at the bar waiting for our drinks. It took 40 minutes to get a margarita. When we first arrived and entered in looking for our party, the host yelled at us to wait to be seated. Once we said we were there for an event, they rolled their eyes like we were a bother. …..This place was a classic river walk Tex-Mex restaurant. The food was good pretty standard mexican though I was dissapointed by the lack of chips and salsa. Margaritas were nice and large! Lovely view of the river walk and good distance from everything. Prices were a little high but that is to be expected considering the location.

– bar at bohanan’s / .3m / 221 E Houston St / (210) 472-2202 / bohanansbar.com
First time here for drinks and appetizers. had a great waiter named Jeff. Here are my thoughts on the place :
Ambience –nice, upscale
Bathrooms –reasonably clean
Service –great
Drinks –happy hour prices ranged from $5-7 for wine or some cocktails; otherwise expect to pay over $10 for other spirits
We ducked into the Bar at Bohanans an it’s like stepping back in time. The bar has a speakeasy feel, dimly lit with lots of beautiful wood accents……
This is an elegant place – which can come across as nice, quirky, or maybe a little stuffy to some. It is a bar for a fine dining restaurant. However there are still folk there in shorts as this is San Antonio.
Along with fine dining it isn’t cheap to go here so baller on a budget need not apply. If you are strapped for cash this week then go somewhere else. If you have the coin few places are better.

– paramour / 1.2m / 102 9th St Ste 400 / (210) 340-9880 / Business website paramourbar.com
( rooftop, upscale)
The rooftop has expansive views of downtown are surrounds; the high-ceiling interior space felt good to be in and expansive, while offering comfortable seating options.
Be sure to take the stairs back down – the art in the staircase was wonderful……
The place has a rooftop so you can explore the skyscrapers and the city around. Not much of a view but it’s a nice place to bring friends to check out their extensive collection of eclectic art. There are many statement pieces and plenty of couches to relax in and out.

– howl at the moon / .3m / 111 W Crockett St / (210) 212-4695 / howlatthemoon.com
(a coc bar, college of croton favorite for 14 years)
dueling pianos

– durty nelly’s / .6m / 200 S Alamo St / (210) 224-3343 / durtynellyspub.com
(sing along piano, outdoor seats)
Kissing the Blarney Stone marks this place as nostaglic. Irish tunes by a pianist with crude humor is laughable and makes drinking Guiness and Harp on St. Patrick’s Day, lucky for sure. Green shamrocks everywhere, along with green beer and a Guiness chocolate cupcake worth Riverwalk traffick……You want a good time? Come to dirty nelly’s where there is singing along with a piano, peanuts everywhere, beer, fun people!!! And they have a good menu too!!! Food served till 11pm! Wing, fries, poppers, Reuben , turkey, fish, salads, soups!!!…..Really terrible Guinness. It has a nice patio bar but an Irish pub should be able to pour a good pint of Guinness.

– southtown 101 / .8m / 101 Pereida St / (210) 263-9880 / Business website southtown101sa.com
We go on thursdays since Thursday night is trivia night here.. it’s hosted by a company that does trivia at several bars in SA.
I will say that I’m a fan just solely on the fact you can play trivia while having some super cheap drinks.. trivia of course is free to play.
Trivia rules: no phones and only 6 to a team….. There’s also decent food available, however be warned that it is bar food… I’m pretty sure the mozzarella sticks are straight up bought from CostCo and just warmed up here but the fries are usually pretty good for bar food. Definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here, but if you’re here and hungry, I wouldn’t avoid it either. My friend got the bacon cheeseburger which actually looked really good (maybe I was just hungry).

– mariachi bar / 1.2m / 218 Produce Row /
( crazy mexican decorations)
I usually come here for a night cap after a night on the town and few times that I’ve been here their service has been inconsistent. But the only reason why I come is their selection of drinks and munchies……We sat in the back with a huge party and mariachis singing hits after hits of songs which is a bothersome for my dad since he is sensitive to noise……It is a nice place and it transports me to the little old town in Mexico because of the bar decoration. We usually come here on Saturday around 3 and it is packed

– bar rojo / (inside the grand hyatt / .5m / 600 E Market St / (210) 224-1234 / grandsanantonio.hyatt.com
Even in a mostly full room, we grabbed the last X-shaped table, sat down, and had drinks delivered within a few minutes by a very attentive waitress. We ordered entrees at that point, and they were also delivered under 10 minutes, followed by more rounds of drinks and another round of food. The “Street Tacos” filled with brisket was better than what was served on the River Walk at The County Line, and their buffalo wings were super crispy and well sauced.
Would highly recommend, even if you’re not staying in the Grand Hyatt…….Upscale bar – high prices but you should expect that for a hotel bar. Not very big though and during events downtown, they sometimes can’t keep up with the crowd. It gets CRAZY since it is literally next door to the convention center.

– havanna bar / .6m / 1015 Navarro St / (210) 222-2008 / havanasanantonio.com
It’s so dark! I can hide in the corner shadows and feel one with the night! When people walk by I can mysterious appear from the shadows, martini in hand. Laugh maniacally and disappear. Leaving them confused and disturbed…… I’m not allowed back here so 5 stars, for keeping creepers out of the lounge!……A true hidden gem in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Tucked beneath Cuban-inspired restaurant Ocho (review to come on that as well), this little speak-easy is anything but ordinary. Once you walk down the staircase to the underground bar, you will truly feel like you are in a sanctuary of some sort. The candles, antique furniture, and seductive atmosphere is the perfect place to meet for a first date, or even just to escape for a quiet spot to enjoy a cocktail……It should be restated that this bar is indeed very dimly lit. When you walk in from outside (especially if it’s a sunny San Antonio afternoon) you’re going to be blind, because the only lights are little and red. Just take your time and keep moving forward to the bar and adjust your eyes, it’s worth it. I can’t tell you how many people I saw come in, exclaim at how dark the place was and turn right around. They missed out.

– moses roses hideout / .6m / 516 E Houston St / (210) 775-1808 / mosesroseshideout.com
I walked in and was confused. I seen a free horsy ride so I hopped on and gave it a go. I was buzzed already so I enjoyed myself. But seriously how do I get in?! I opened one door and a statue was there. Scared the mess out of me. I finally seen a press here for service button and a door opened up. The folks at the bar started clapping. I looked up to see that room being live fed on a few of the TV’s. I was so embarrassed!! It was all fun no biggie.
We sat at the bar, was greeted immediately, was told the specials and I went with the $4 house strawberry Rita. It was surprisingly strong! I enjoyed a couple of those as hubs liked the house whiskey cokes. He said it was poured strong. I even got to redeem my free hug for checking in hahaa! Watching folks be confused about that door and not knowing they were on camera was a blast…… This place is fine if you’re just stopping for a drink. But the food kind of sucks and so I don’t recommend it for a meal……This is a hidden gem in San Antonio! Great, friendly service. Awesome burgers, tried the San Jose, combination of brisket, bacon, on a cheeseburger burger all on a sweet bun. The flavors combined are fantastic! I would highly recommend trying this place, a few blocks off the Riverwalk but worth it. And the entrance is memorable to say the least.

– waxy o’connors / 234 River Walk St / (210) 229-9299 / .7m
( on riverwalk, outside seating)
I had the worst service at your pub !!!!!!! I was trying to order cheeseburger with french fries , the bartender 20 minutes later asked me if it’s OK with me to have a cook make my food and he is illegal immigrant in the country and he made it clear to me ” OUR COOK IS ILLEGAL ” and is it ok with me ? …..Got the steak sandwich. It was OK if you like nothing but lettuce. Had about 7 little pieces of steak. Beer was cold though……he seats are squeezed so tightly together that servers seemed to grimace every time they had to walk through the maze of tables and chairs. On top of that, a loud mariachi band serenaded nearby tables, making conversation near impossible when they played (never minding the incongruence of Mexican music at an Irish pub)……First off, the food is really good. The pot pie was fresh and pretty tasty. However, the service was horrendous

– pat o’briens / 121 Alamo Plz / (210) 220-1076 / .4m / patobriens.com
(big outdoor area)
As soon as we entered and passed the hall, we were transported to the original Pat O’Brien’s in NOLA, except this one is a bit bigger (that’s how Texas rolls).
We had their famed Hurricane drink, we also had the mix app platter, fried fish, fried chicken, shrimp, and fried gator and the crawfish etouffée. We sat in the courtyard, and we were entertained by the live music act on the stage, the nice fore and water fountain…… Drinks expensive & not very good. Terrible service! Band was good & nice outside area…..Another spot I haven’t been to in yrs and I’m happy to say it’s still awesome. I try to stay away from chains when I’m traveling but it’s Pat O’Briens….

– mad dog’s / .8m / 123 Losoya St / (210) 222-0220 / Business website maddogs.net
(on riverwalk, outside seating)
Just had the chicken and waffles they were fantastic!……An interesting place. We went because it was open late and thought we’d stop in. It was very busy for it being midnight on a Monday. There was loud karaoke going on. Decor was a different flare. Waitresses have on certain attire with skirts……Nice relief from Mexican and BBQ. Friendly, competent service, but sorry for the ladies having to wear ridiculously sexist short skirts.

– cadillac bar / .7m / 212 S Flores St / Phone number (210) 223-5533 /
There is a patio but not much happening out there. It’s a good place to listen to Tejano and dance……If I could leave no stars I would. I’ve held almost every job in the service industry and I have never come across waitstaff who was so blatantly rude……Had to go downtown & take care of some business & decided to go to Cadillac Bar for lunch. Needless to say it was a very pleasant experience! We arrived at 10:50am & the manager allowed us to come in & have a seat even though they didn’t open until 11:00am. (Me & my husband are both handicapped)……It’s not romantic, it’s not fancy, it’s not a culinary delight. It is however, one of the best dive bars in San Antonio and that is what my rating is based on!
I’ve lived in SA all of my life and I am embarrassed to say my first time there was last night. It’s a groovy little place with live music or DJs in several places. The main downstairs area accommodates maybe 100 people with plenty of table space for parties – which we attended last night. There is a decent sized dance floor from which to get your groove on.Meander outside through the back doors and you will find a nice little brick and stone patio with another bar and either a band or a DJ spinning tunes.

– las ramblas / .1m / 306 W Market St / (210) 298-8040 / thehotelcontessa.com/las_ramb…
(on river walk, patio)
Really nice place, right off the Riverwalk. In fact, the wedding island is just outside their doors, and as it happened we were able to watch a wedding take place as we ate our dinner. How sweet.
I arrived early and ordered a bloody mary. It was suberb……Very nice decor and ambience in the restaurant, especially for a hotel restaurant……The scene was nice but skip the food.

– biga on the banks / right at maguire hq / 203 S Saint Marys St / (210) 225-0722 / Business website biga.com
(dinner place, looks upscale)
The prices was high but well worth it they even went out of their way to make some vegan food for my sister who is in her vegan phase “signs”. And the view of the riverwalk was a nice added touch to make our dining experience here perfection……Sometimes, staff at high-end restaurants make people like us, who can only go to an expensive restaurant for special occasions, feel unwelcome (Bohanan’s comes to mind) and rushed. The staff at Biga were welcoming, friendly, and attentive. A server can make or break a dining experience, and Biga’s servers are excellent!

– boudros on the river walk / .4m / 421 E Commerce St / (210) 224-8484 / boudros.com
(outside dining)
Their seafood platter was delicious, and the made table-side guacamole could be a meal by itself. And don’t miss the seafood crab cakes!…..This was a great place for lunch. I had the blt wrap which was really good. Service was awesome and food came out fast. Perfect view of riverwalk as well with a great ice cream parlor upstairs……Salad was awesome, drinks were OK, hurricane kinda sour, prickly pear is on point though. Coconut shrimp was perfect. My wife had steak and lobster and it was cooked spot on. Will definitely be back and spread the word on this place……We had a great experience at Boudro’s. Our table was right by the river so the view was beautiful & it was perfect for people watching. Start with the fresh made guacamole– made with oranges, limes, red onion, and Serrano peppers; we loved it. Also the specialty cocktail prickly pear margaritas were tasty & strong– you can’t go wrong there.

– el mirador / .9m / 722 S St Marys St / (210) 225-9444 / elmiradorrestaurant.com
I really liked the new ambiance here. I have to give it to Chris, the genius behind The Esquire Tavern. He renovated this place. Risky move, as this is an establishment in Southtown. Good salsa & chips. Do want to complain that was not told until a couple chip refills on that it is extra……El Mirador when through some nice renovations and the presentation of the food was very nice. What brings this location down in rating is the customer service and the taste of the food. The restaurant changed ownership and reopened December 2016, but since then the restaurant hasn’t had much clientele. My plate was extremely salty and the coffee tasted old not freshly made…….Pretty darn awesome. Service – much bueno. Food – much bueno. Drinks – :-). Outside patio is super nice and relaxing. We had some yummy nachos, delicious guacamole and rest salsa.

– frank / 1m / 1150 S Alamo St / (210) 265-5292 / Business website hotdogscoldbeer.com
(inside an old church)
Frank occupies an old church building with stunning stained glass windows. Beautiful setup. But food is very mediocre…..Best pretzel I have ever had. My friend had the Notorious PIG and very good with the right amount of spice. He said the dog was what Biggie was to the rap game. Cool atmosphere and a place everyone should visit and hang out at……

– iron cactus / .7m / 200 River Walk / (210) 224-9835 / roncactus.com/San-Antonio
(right on river walk, patio)
I have to give it 4 stars based on the margarita, otherwise it goes down to 3 for the food……
Food itself was “eh”…. BUT, and this is a BIG but; the margarita was authentic, smooth, simple and handmade- the way they should be.
Stop in for drink definitely……Service is horrible, food isn’t good, and everyone says it’s great table side guac but I had to fix it to make it have flavor. So many better looking places on the river walk!

– buckhorn saloon and museum / .4m / 318 E Houston St / (210) 247-4000 / buckhornmuseum.com
A truly one-of-a-kind place. They have mounts of about any mammal or fish you can think of. The 78 point buck sits right behind the bar. The museum is worth the time……Coolest place to get a cold one. Super laid back and inviting. Hunters delight with head mounts from around the world……Tourist trap. The historic significance was drowned out by video games and a gift shop. If it was not raining I wouldn’t have stayed for more than a few minutes…..Bought tickets for this museum on a street corner a few blocks away. While it seemed slightly shady, the tickets were legit and about $5 cheaper.

– margaritaville / .7m / 849 E Commerce St / (210) 973-5911 / margaritavillesanantonio.com
Went to Margaritaville expecting a good margarita. Unfortunately they had the WORST margaritas on the entire Riverwalk. We had to exchange out our drinks……Right by the River Walk. I always passed this place every time walking by it. One day, we decided to give it a shot because we ran out of restaurant. That was probably the best decision. …..
For being on the riverwalk, it was pretty good. I have eaten at the Margaritaville in Orlando, and I am a fan. Can’t deny it…even if it is a tourist trap.. I just love me some Jimmy Buffet. We were there on a Friday night. The wait inside was at least an hour for 4, but we asked about sitting outside, and were seated immediately.
For being on the riverwalk, the prices of food and drinks were decently priced

– naked iguana tequila bar / .4m / 421 E Commerce St /(210) 226-8462 / nakediguanariverwalkbar.com
(patio on river walk)
Stale chips, salsa was nothing special at all, overpriced. Not to mention the weird stench of the place. The fajitas were super bland and the Margarita tasted like it barely had any tequila.There are lots of better places to eat than here on the riverwalk. Casa Rio was infinitely better at a lower price……We hosted a business networking event at the Naked Iguana and had nearly 200 attendees. The venue was perfect- great indoor/outdoor space, right on the river walk. The service was awesome……I don’t understand the negative reviews. I really loved this place! I had two of the house margaritas and they were excellent. The street style tacos are highly recommended, especially the one with beef cheeks. The staff here is also amazing!!! So nice and fun to be around! If you’re on the river walk, you need to come here…….Blah….Margarita was tasteless. I would have preferred a glass of water. Its cool that its on the Riverwalk but customers were fairly frustrating feeding the ducks on the river. Management just laughed it off. Price point was fine but for something that tasted like it came out of a jar its not worth the sit down.

– ticket sports pub / .4m / 420 E Houston St / (210) 222-9722 / ticketsportspub.com
This place was bad. The waitress texted the whole time. Beer from the tap was horrible. The food was poor and flavorless. They didn’t bring me the correct food. The only positive was they messed up my bill so it was less than it should have been……Great location! My parents and I were in town and wanted to watch the NCAA big 12 finals, I must say that if you want more than beer snacks I would divert but if you are just going to have drinks it’s a good time……We visit San Antonio regularly every couple months and always be sure to stop by here. It’s one of our favorites. The atmosphere is fun, the bartenders are great, their drink specials are pretty good. Two thumbs up to Michelle who was the bartender that took care of us the afternoon. She was awesome!……What a dump. The drinks are too expensive. The waitstaff is rude. The sound system sucks. I would only go here if every other bar in town was out of liquor, even then I would rather stay sober than go to this sh!thOLe…….First off let me say that the girls were great! The food, however was horrendous… The wings tasted like frozen 7/11 wings that were heated up in a microwave.. I was extremely disappointed that I spent money for not only 1 but 3 orders of wings.. If your looking for a spot to drink and watch the game then this place is perfect!! But DO NOT order the food!

– charlie wants a burger / .5m / 223 Losoya St / (210) 227-0864 / charliewantsaburger.com
(2 outside levels on river walk)
This is definitely one place that’s open still because of tourists. If it was anyplace else it would be closed. Mediocre food and lazy staff made this a forgettable experience……They sell you 12oz drink and told you it is 22oz. Even when I confronted them, they told you this is 22oz. Come on!!! We are not stupid!!! Don’t come here!!……Came here on a business trip and had a great experience. Madison was my waitress and she was fantastic! The burgers and beer were great and they were willing to put on any hockey game I asked for!……
Great local beers and massive burgers.
Fish tacos were exceptional
Onion Rings amazing
Buffalo Chicken sandwich which blue cheese crumbles and bacon, yummmmm!
Riverwalk what a hoot, this place was perfect for a few beers, delicious food and people watching.

– dicks last restort / .3m / 406 Navarro St / Phone number (210) 224-0026 / dickslastresort.com
Food is mediocre at best, atmosphere is rowdy. Best if you come in already half smashed; otherwise their antics with their hats are crude and potentially insulting. Not good for families……Good place food is good but the place is fun to be at cause the staff is playfully rude to you…but be rude back..it’s a in fun and a light hearted place to go on the beautiful river front…… I got a frozen Margarita that seemed to not have any alcohol in it and severely overpriced! My waiter was NICE, did not want that. We had a group of 4 and only one got a hat. Last time I would visit this place. Food was ok, overpriced which is what I expected……

– original mexican restuarant & bar / .4m / 528 River Walk St / (210) 224-9951 / originalmexican.com
(on river walk, open 24hrs, bad reviews)
We would’ve given them zero stars. I wish we had checked Yelp first! We went to this place last night and this place was chaos! Service was bad and the food was worse!…..
The Good
Riverside seating, nice relaxed atmosphere.
Drinks were excellent also!The BadService was slow and inefficient. However, our waiter was very pleasant.
Toilets were dirty.
The seriously ugly.
Fajitas were cold.
Enchiladas ranchero, tasteless.
Flautas chicken, also tasteless but hot…….
PROS:
It’s on the Riverwalk…that’s it.
CONS:
It’s expensive (Riverwalk prices); dirty, noisy, wobbly tables and the fajitas are god awful. And if they are busy…you will probably get paper menus……So disappointed.

– acenar / .5m / 146 E Houston St / acenar.com / Phone number (210) 222-2362
(outside balcony)
The moment I saw this restuarant I knew I wanted to eat there! Let me say it did not disappoint. You cannot miss out on the coconut margarita it was probably the best drink I had on my trip to San Antonio! The tanga empanadas are delicious the salsa on them actually has a kick to it! My boyfriend raved about the chicken and beef tacos……
We chose to have dinner here as it was recommended in my friend’s guidebook.
The most impressive part of the evening was the margaritas we drank while waiting to be seated. They were big (but pricey) and our server at the bar was very friendly and passionate about the drinks.
It all went downhill from there.
We were seated outside. The patio is quiet and in a beautiful spot next to the river, but our waiter was clearly stoned……
The outdoor seating is nice but the birds are hungry. Don’t feed them. And they can be aggressive in wanting a chip. Big pigeons to little finches… They are all like honey badgers and they don’t give a S4¶ about your table’s boundaries. Don’t sit out there and complain about the birds. The staff has zero control over the feathered friends.

– tex’s sports bar / .6m / Hilton Palacio Del Rio 200 S Alamo / Phone number (210) 224-3368 / texssportsbar.com
This place is right on the river walk. Nice sports bar good service. Great place for a quick bite to eat. I had the chicken tenders which was good for the price……Went back a 2nd time during our visit to San Antonio, and it was just as fun! One extra bit if info… pass on the spicy wings if you like hot food. Their wings are good but not spicy at all. But I will still recommend this place……. All in all it was weird, and I hope they close and can get a decent place in there. The location is awesome but this place is just in serious need of rescuing.

– river’s edge / .6m / 200 S Alamo St / (210) 270-0786 / riversedgecafesa.com
Awesome Happy Hour! The drink specials are good for happy hour and they have this pretzel appetizer that REALLY hit the spot! I will definitely be back! wells 4.50……Very poor service and cold food. Don’t waste your time or money. Only positive is the location……Located directly on the San Antonio River Walk, this eatery is partnered with the neighboring Hilton Del Palacios Rio for meals for patrons lodging there……My husband and I celebrated our 4th year anniversary in San Antonio this past weekend. During our trip we came across this quiet patio café. It is part of the Hilton and is normally known for breakfast and lunch, but dinner was great. We were seated and our waiter gave us waters with out asking which was appreciated since we were thirsty from walking. I had the California Shrimp Tacos which were delightful.

– la margarita restaurant / .7m / 120 Produce Row / (210) 227-7140 / lamargarita.com
(in market sq, cool looking patio)
This was a nice but typical Mexican restaurant. The food (pork tips and beans) was exactly what I was expecting – good but nothing gourmet. The prickly pear margarita was tasty. Service was very friendly and the atmosphere was lively…….Came in for Spurs game and just happened to drop in. Really enjoyed the live music and outside atmosphere near the market. Food was average but great energy all around…….The whole area around it is pretty cool and the vibe is nice.

– hooters / .7m / 849 E Commerce St / (210) 229-9464 / hooters.com
My visit to Hooters has Haunted me.
Last week, my party of four (no kids) sat down at 905pm. We noted the time because at 900pm one of my friends got a phone call from their babysitter. We ordered an appetizer, a margarita, and our entrees.
25 minutes later….my wife got her margarita. No, I didn’t type that wrong. It was 25 minutes. However, it also was not a margarita. It looked like one, but it tasted like frozen kool-aid…….Go to Chili’s (right next door) or Margaritaville (also next door) instead. This place just is not worth the aggravation……came in with some friends after work for a few beers, and wings, and were not disappointed. Jeanette was really sweet, and friendly knew the menu like the back of her hand, and really made us feel welcomed. My wings were a little over cooked but nothing too dramatic, overall it was chill, will come again, and recommend……We were quickly greeted and sat in a seat with a view to the Riverwalk. Our waitress was friendly but I honestly think they’re paid to act stupid. I had to ask for a lime three times and go up to the bar to get one. Every time I asked the waitress just giggled and said “Oh my god, I keep forgetting”

– republic of texas / .4m / 526 River Walk St / (210) 226-6256 / Business website therepublicoftexasrestaurant.…
Overall experience was less than 3 stars. You can definitely tell this is a frozen food / reheat type of restaurant. Great atmosphere so I guess that’s a start……Terrible meal. I had a chicken taco salad with rubbery, grizzly cold chicken. It probably came out of a bag. The server was very nice and took it off the bill. I just ate the salad. My husband’s brisket was just fair, accompanied by mediocre cold slaw. They saw these tourists coming……Delicious food and amazing service!! We ordered the colossal margarita and it came with a cool hand blown collectible glass you can take home. We were in town just visiting and had an excellent evening. It’s right off the Riverwalk so you can watch the barges go by and take in your surroundings……We came here this past weekend on a Saturday evening. They had a 45 minute wait for indoor seating due the restuarant becoming a night club of sorts, but had immediate seating for outdoor. So we opted for outdoor seating right on the Riverwalk. It was a lovely view and there were ponchos on our chairs for us to put on because it was cold outside.

– mexican manhattan / .4m / 110 Soledad St / (210) 223-3913 / mexicanmanhattan.com
(balcony over river walk, quiet end)
there are a lot better places for authenic tex-mex food on the river, the waiter was nice, but it was a red flag when she stated that the guesso was not served in a typical manner,tortilla chips smotered in cheddar, have had better at my high school stadium. Would not go back…….Walked Riverwalk to lunch. Margaritas, guacamole, and chips were good. Tacos on the other hand not so much. Couldn’t pick them up without it breaking and meat tasted like it was boiled. The view on the patio was nice as was the fajita chicken taco. So so place if you want typical chain mexican

– rita;s on the river / .2m / 245 E Commerce St / (210) 227-7482 / Business website ritasontheriver.com
What Mexican place makes you pay for chips and salsa…? ……Not authentic food. Chips out of a bag. Hard shells for tacos out of a bag. Beer is authentic:). Great location. Nice servers…….
Enjoyed chicken flauntas prepared as chimichanga
Nice typical sides of rice and re fried beans
Complimentary chips with salsa. Did not use my yelp check in guac. Mariachi musicians entertained the diners.
So so food but fun atmosphere……The restaurant is loud, LOUD! Busy as everyone has something to do. The food came quickly and was a good blend of Tex Mex. Rice was bland but other than that everything seemed fresh and had good flavor. There was birds (pigeons and ducks) randomly walking through the area which I found cute and the whole ambience was pulled together by a charismatic mariachi band. I will be trying this again.

– hard rock / .3m / 111 W Crockett St / Phone number (210) 224-7625 / hardrock.com/sanantonio
Caesar salad and coleslaw is really good, as well as the mashed potatoes. Service okay…..The food here is a little bit over priced for the quality. Although very good, I could get something that tastes the same, for less, at another restaurant. ……The restaurant is on the river walk which is a huge plus and the staff was very nice……It’s the HardRock Cafe on the river walk, so of course the wait is going to be very long and the food will taste like Chili’s and cost about twice as much. But as long as you accept those factors going in, you ought to have a pretty decent experience here as I did.

– joe’s crab shack / .3 / 212 College St / (210) 271-9981 / joescrabshack.com
(on riverwalk, outside patios)
The food was good but wasn’t exactly piping hot when it showed up so I ate most of my meal at a cold temperature given that I was also sitting under an AC vent. It was so bad my drawn butter congealed. My server was nice but not overly attentive so I would rate the service as ok. I’m glad I never made it through my water I doubt I would have gotten a refill……One of the dirtiest Joe’s Crab Shack I have ever been to……All I can say is, “amazing”! By far Aaron is your best asset. Super great customer service, so much, we came back a second night. The food was great as well but Aarons attention to detail and his personable attitude is what won us over. We will deffinitly be back on our future trips to San Antonio!

– the county line / .3m / 111 W Crockett St / (210) 229-1941 / countyline.com/index.asp
Food was just ok not wow. Definitely disappointed in BBQ here. Go somewhere else if you want that damn this is good feeling……Possibly some of the worst BBQ I’ve ever had. Seriously, Dickies BBQ via drive-thru is better and at half the price…..Loved coming here. We were seated right away and even though it was close to closing the food tastes fresh and the staff was super nice. There are no food pictures because we ate it all!……
Not a BBQ place. Chicken fried steak was dry, with almost no steak inside. Interior is old and funky. Salad was wilted. Beware tourist trap.

– rio rio cantina / .4m / 421 E Commerce St / (210) 226-8462 / rioriocantina.com
I’m not a picky eater and am very laid back as far as service expectations, but this place is horrible. It took over and hour to get food and the server checked on my table 3 times in 2 hours. Overpriced and flavorless food. My $26 margarita tasted like lime water. Avoid it, there are many better choices in the area……Have dined at Rio Rio a few times before, and can honestly say tonight’s service was the best I have ever received. I think they are working hard to make things better……Perfect day and perfect food along the San Antonio Riverwalk! Enchiladas rio rio were perfect!……The salsa was runny and tasted liked medicine.

– cafe ole / .6m / 521 river walk st / Phone number (210) 281-1292 / cafeole.us
We were relucaltant to try this place because of previous reviews. However, the Lone Star greeter (few restaurants down) recommended it and despite our concerns we decided to give it a try. If you’re considering stopping here, here is what I say to you: Don’t do it! Keep walking!!!……I’m a little bit surprised at the low star count here, but not astonished. A lot of high traffic, touristy area places that are just ok generally have low star counts anyways. I must admit, I didn’t look at Yelp before climbing the stairs and being seated on the patio here. It’s the river walk… my expectations are usually fairly low. Anyways…I was actually somewhat pleasantly surprised……Had a few drinks here on the Riverwalk. Noticed everyone received complimentary chips and salsa except us. Really bad service should’ve gone to the business next to them. Won’t be stopping by again.

– lone star / .5m / 237 Losoya St / 210) 223-9374 / Business website lonestarcafe.us
(balcony over river walk)
Worst dinner experience ever!!! We had a party of 9and 7 of us got food poisoning. ……Stopped in for lunch while walking the dog on the riverwalk. The food selection is nothing special, but the service was very friendly……This place can’t even make a good burger. Tastes like cooked frozen patties on stale buns. Don’t waste your money……I am downtown for business this week and was referred to this place by one of the instructors. They have a great lunch special that is inexpensive and very tasty. However, my reason for the review is because of my server and the staff. While my order was not a “big ticket” Kelly treated me like I ordered the steak and lobster. She was attentive but not intrusive and I never wanted for anything. Nichole, the manager, has done a great job with her staff. I highly recommend the Lonestar Cafe and please ask for Kelly!

– rain forest cafe / .5m / 110 East Crockett / (210) 277-6300 / rainforestcafe.com
(cool interior)
This place has the worst service of anywhere I have chose to dine in the freaking world and I have been around it a few times in my 50+ years. Do yourself a favor and do not even bother to attempt this place. The best thing for this franchise would be to go out of business and be reopened by competent ownership and management or let some other franchise take ownership of the prime real estate location……WARNING: This place has bad reviews for a reason. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table that had plenty of open tables. Once we were seated it took nearly an hour for our food to get to the table. The service was poor, and half the staff didn’t speak very good English……
I wished I had read all the awful reviews before we went here. Our table is ready at 12:40 finally got our drinks 38 minutes later……We were pretty skeptical about eating here after reading the reviews, but we knew the kids would enjoy it regardless. We had a great time! Our server, Zachary, was amazing. I always ask the servers what they suggest (they usually know what the best menu item is) and he gladly gave us suggestions and checked in us often. We had the chance to walk around and check everything out and take pics with the kiddos. They especially loved the elephants. The decor could be updated a bit though. The food was slightly above average and overpriced

– survive & advance,
tucci – maguire class of 2015

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