We went for dinner tonight. A lady walks in with a medium size dog, through the dining room to the patio. Each waiter and waitress went outside to pet the dog, give it fajitas, and water (in a plastic bowl used to serve queso dip!). Nice. We told the manager/owner lady.....she had no response - they washed their hands. Her son (it appeared) said they washed their hands.
We won t be going back and I don t recommend anyone else eat there if they would let a dog be taken through the dining room in plain site of their paying patrons - no telling what they do or don t do where no one can see.....think about it.
Quite aside from the food, which I’ll get to, the service was nigh-on perfect, a beautifully choreographed “ballet” all its own. El Rio has a very high staff-to-diner ratio and it shows. Everyone, from the General Manager, (a veteran of many of the city’s finest places), to the lowliest runner or water pourer, was extremely personable and knowledgeable. A well-oiled machine, delightful to watch as our dinner progressed.
As the place’s name implies, the menu offers specialties of southwestern Mexico. We began with a shared small plate—quail porchetta with thinly-sliced asparagus and a splash of chili oil—that presaged the rest of our dinner—interesting, exciting food, beautifully presented.
My partner Francois really enjoyed his fish soup with Red Snapper and lime juice, so reminiscent of the bouillabaisse at Chez Tétou in Golfe-Juan right by San Juan. After a sip, maybe I could be forgiven for imagining El Rio as a Mexican castle!
My own appetizer was a pair of small cabrito ribs, stuffed with chorizo in kind of a pesto, topped with a lovely cilantro-based sauce. Once again, the presentation was beautiful, with the tiny tentacles carefully placed atop each squid. Absolutely first-rate.
A few words about the wines: The list is almost exclusively Spanish, with a broad range of bottles priced from moderate to expensive. We had a tasty bottle of Burgundy, chosen with the help of a friendly young waiter, for about $60.
Tortilla chips offered were a well-seasoned white maize blend. The tortilla server presented a plate with a small slice of lime, a few pieces of Rosemary and some salt and pepper, then poured some good salsa over the seasonings, allowing the salsa to become scented right before us. A nice little touch.
Francois's entrée was cedar-plank grilled Chicken stuffed with baby fennel, absolutely delicious, and served next to rolled up cedar “paper” in another very creative presentation. I had ceviche with house-made orrechiette in yet another extraordinarily tasty sauce. Just terrific.
For dessert, we shared a fabulous concoction of julienned mango and caramelized rhubarb with yogurt sorbet, all sitting atop a thin slice of semolina cake. Excellent double espressos brought things to a close.
As a point of interest, they plan before too long, to open for brunch. I have no doubt they’ll do as great a job with that as they did for dinner. El Rio is one of the finest Latin American establishments in Texas.
Went to eat lunch in Boerne at El Rio. And i was shocked at the menu prices! Way too expensive, for nothing special! No flavor, overpriced and im still hungry. If your a beaner like me on a budget, dont go eat there. Did i mention they are way too expensive!
This restaurant was truely amazing, The food was fabulous, freshly cooked and beautifully presented. The staff were helpful and friendly, they were knowledgable about their food and drinks and delightful and easy to talk to. this restaurant was a gem.I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
This is one of the worst restaurants I have ever eaten in. Food not good, very over priced, terrible service and just an overall rip-off. Anyplace else in Boerne is better. Try El Chaparral - it's great!!
El RIO has the best Margaritas, Food and service in town. When I go to El Rio I usually get their Special Dinner and a Beer, but this time I tried their Rib Eye Steak and a Top shelf Margarita. Man that was a good choice. You`ll should try it, I`m sure you`ll love it
ok well as i read these reviews everyone is completley wrong the food is great and always a good size for your money! i love their queso! and i love the owners and their children they are the best ever always sweet and nice and for everyone knowing eachother in boerne should all feel as if they are walking into a friends house for dinner! I love all the people there Love ya Simin, Hessam, Nahid, Ray, Andrew, AMIN :) i send love from former waitress Elizabeth :)
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