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La Gloria

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Tobin Hill, San Antonio
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  • Brett T.
    "only reliably wonderful items are the molcajetes"(10 Tips)
    Jeff M.
    "Good Mexican street food"(4 Tips)
    Lesli M.
    "Good margarita, great outdoor dinning."(14 Tips)
    Nicole S.
    "The fried tacos with verde and the red sauce were fantastic!"(25 Tips)
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  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MezaJuly 25, 2015
    The frozen prickly pear margarita is delicious and strong! Two of them and I'm 👌 Helps keep you cool through these hot San Antonio summer
  • Visit San Antonio
    Visit San AntonioAugust 15, 2011
    Be sure to sample several of La Gloria’s authentic Mexican dishes like the ceviche, queso and molcajetes. Talk with Chef Johnny Hernandez if you need to accommodate a special diet! –Race to the Alamo
  • Visit San Antonio
    Visit San AntonioSeptember 6, 2011
    Local chef Johnny Hernandez’s tasty, authentic Mexican street food is served in a casual, airy ambiance at the Pearl Brewery complex. Read more
  • Elena H.
    Elena HoffmanJune 21, 2017
    Awesome tostadas and Elotes! Also good selection of cocktails (that can easily be made virgin). Definitely street food style on a plate.
  • Monet S.
    Monet SpellsFebruary 18, 2013
    Had the the Panucho Cochinita Pibil, the elote and the ceviche verde -- all delicious. But you can't go wrong with anything you order
  • Clark L.
    Clark LesleyOctober 2, 2013
    They don't have "happy hour" but they have good tacos and Aguas frescas (try the Jamaica.) The Queso is super good and served with white corn tortillas. Be careful if you ask for chips, you'll pay.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SpaceyJuly 7, 2012
    This is THE BEST food! The fried tacos with verde and the red sauce were fantastic! Try everything, you won't regret it. I regret we found it on our last night in town!
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MillerJuly 6, 2013
    This place is awesome! We are here in San Antonio for vacation. It's our 3rd day in a row @ La Gloria. The food is fresh & delicious! If you are in San Antonio, this is a must!
  • safoodiegram
    safoodiegramJune 6, 2014
    Hernandez has perfected the mexican street food scene with a bonus riverwalk view. What to order: frozen drinks, guacamole, roasted corn (elote) & a skirt steak molcajete.
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RaeDecember 30, 2014
    Although it is a little pricey, the food & drinks are so good! My favorite is the prickly pear margarita! They are definitely worth the price!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BallesterosAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    House salsa is good. You can taste the roasted tomatillos and it has a slight tobacco flavor to it somehow.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WidemanApril 5, 2014
    I love this place. The food is always great. It's served A La Carte so be sure you pay attention to pricing and servings!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduApril 25, 2016
    Queso fundido was solid. The al pastor tacos are some of the best I've had. The mangorita was okay. I disliked the chips, too thick!
  • Darden R.
    Darden RiceAugust 18, 2014
    Hands down, the best authentic Mexican food we encountered. Even the tortilla chips. The big pot of simmering pork amazing.
  • Rossy B.
    Rossy BenavidezAugust 7, 2017
    Margaritas, queso fundido and alambre tacos are what I usually order when I go here! 👌🏻 However, service might be slow depending on how busy it gets.
  • Heather S.
    Heather SpeckMay 7, 2013
    Ever thought liquor in your Agua Frescas would be a good idea? Try La Sandia. "Grown-Up" Agua Frescas for sure ;)
  • Allison M.
    Allison Morang TalonJanuary 31, 2014
    The ceviche is fantastic. Sitting outside is the way to go.
  • Mat B.
    Mat BrownNovember 16, 2015
    The steak molcajete was, honest to God, one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I live in New York City.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren Bernal1 week ago
    Food has never done it for me, but theory's are good and strong. Original, mangonada, and many of the others were awesome.
  • Ellie H.
    Ellie HolmesJuly 23, 2013
    Portions are small so get lots if little things. Mexican pizza is HUGE. But so good. Wonder why frozen Ritas cost more though.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ClearstoneOctober 14, 2012
    Decently good fish tacos. One is enough. Will try different one.
  • Ally H.
    Ally HernandezMay 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to get the Hamberguesa, for sure one of the best things to get on the menu. I get it every time I'm here YUMMY!
  • Gina R.
    Gina R.November 15, 2012
    I had the avocado panuchos. Great vegetarian option. Ridiculously good. And their queso is amazing!
  • Emily C.
    Emily CarltonOctober 18, 2014
    Tiny street portions, so get multiple items if you're hungry. Dorados Verdes was excellent!
  • Ramon G.
    Ramon GonzalezAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Molcajete: Puercos con Chile and a Corn on the Cob is perfect every time!
  • Laksamee P.
    Laksamee PutnamDecember 27, 2012
    Great food and drinks! We recommend the ceviche and anything listed on the servers shirts.
  • Mario G.
    Mario GiacaloneJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always packed but hang around the outside bar easily snag a seat enjoy some great cocktails by Armando and listen to the band
  • Jack B.
    Jack BraganMay 13, 2014
    The tacos I'll plus store were great ... Getting the food out was a little bit slow but the waitresses were very nice..
  • Shena D.
    Shena DunsJanuary 8, 2014
    This place is fresh and flavorful. Smaller portions so you can try more items. Feel good food.
  • Diego
    DiegoOctober 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A bit pricey, but definitely worth it! Love the margaritas!
  • Bart B.
    Bart BNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    great venue. fantastic ambiance. and you pay for it in mediocre food with a great vibe. do it once.
  • Francisco P.
    Francisco PerezNovember 13, 2017
    Good ceviche. The bun on the hamburger was hard. The tortillas for the tacos weren't hot. The order of my appetizer and entree were reversed.
  • John C.
    John CSeptember 9, 2014
    the tamale of the day was substantial in size and delicious and so was the elote.
  • Isaac A.
    Isaac AcostaJuly 9, 2012
    Decent food, 1 and 1/2 hrs to get our cold food. After talking to the manager the best he could come out with was..."you shouldnt have eaten it"so we just paid $120+ for bad tacos with a view hah
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BallesterosAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is a la cart so order up the goodness.
  • Wes S.
    Wes ScalesAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The house marg is to die for, and the mangolada is quite tasty too
  • Brett T.
    Brett T.July 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tried a number of things on the menu, and the only reliably wonderful items are the molcajetes, battered fish tacos and crispy chicken tacos.
  • Jantzen F.
    Jantzen FosterMarch 19, 2016
    Margaritas are strong. They also have a tequila that can only be found at La Gloria
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RollApril 11, 2015
    This is a great place for Mexican street food. Love the outdoor seating.
  • Rosalind J.
    Rosalind JukoFebruary 24, 2013
    Mahi mahi tacos with cabbage & pico de gallo are bland! However I do like the atmosphere!
  • K. G.
    K. GilMarch 23, 2014
    I arrived and I was given a waiting time. Some ppl are VIP as the manager said and they were given preferential treatment and no waiting time. Very upsetting!!!
  • Maclovio G.
    Maclovio GarciaOctober 30, 2017
    It was alright. Best part is the scenery. Had a torta and it was mostly bread. Need to upgrade wherever they get their pan!
  • Genna S.
    Genna SpeedJune 21, 2015
    It was just slightly better than ok, but nothing about this visit makes me want to return. It was just "meh". Molcajete and tacos were ok. Nothing to write home about. No military discount.
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesApril 15, 2015
    Sopes are delicious. The Paloma is one of the best I've ever had anywhere. Must try.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TownsOctober 14, 2012
    Sopes & gorditas are good; beer is overpriced ($5.50 for a 12 oz Dos), servers are slow/forgetful, and male bartender is an airhead. I'd come again for the food.
  • Fernando Gabriel P.
    Food was amazing! Waiters & Servers were great! Host/hostess service was a miss.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ContrerasAugust 7, 2014
    The tortas are excellent. Wash it down with a Margarita!
  • Yvette S.
    Yvette SalazarSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The queso and the flan is incredible!!! You have to try it!! A must!!!
  • K. G.
    K. GilMarch 1, 2014
    The place is packed. Waiting time is around 2 hrs on Fridays. No comfortable setting while waiting.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WestfallSeptember 25, 2016
    The food was ok, but the tortillas where stale and it was expensive for the food. The michelada was good, the queso fundido was good, just the tortillas where hard and old! Not good for dinner!
  • Erin P.
    Erin PiccioneJuly 8, 2013
    Sit outside if you can! Nice river view. Such awesome food.
  • Seth S.
    Seth SanchezDecember 22, 2010
    They're open everyday of the week now! I also got a free mexican coke for showing them I checked in on foursquare. :3 I think the server was just nice.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyApril 11, 2015
    Great place for a unique Mexican meal (not TexMex).
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsMay 6, 2015
    Belly up to the the bar if you're eating alone and skip the wait.
  • Tiffany N.
    Tiffany NikkelSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    La Gloria's is losing their mojo. There's been a steady decline over the last year or so in food and service. What gives?
  • Megan M.
    Megan MoranNovember 6, 2013
    Three musts while eating here: sit outside, Ceviche Veracruzano, and Potosinos!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RichlineApril 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All of their margaritas and drinks that say "lime juice" used fresh squeezed lime juice...watched her do it.
  • Efrain R.
    Efrain RamirezJuly 25, 2015
    Food was incredible! Great prices and atmosphere.
  • Mary
    MaryApril 15, 2013
    Try a variety of the drinks made with fruit juices. Very refreshing and delicious with taquitos.
  • Gary F.
    Gary FernandezFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for Natalie, Sergio, or Luis to be your waiter/waitress. They're the best
  • Carrie C.
    Carrie CallahanOctober 20, 2013
    Fantastic tacos and "elote", which is corn.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PiccioneJuly 8, 2013
    Oh, and the prickly pear margarita is so good.
  • Marci MB
    Marci MBMarch 10, 2013
    Service is SLOW, food is OK, but the outdoor seating is awesome. Expect to wait on the weekends when it's nice out.
  • T
    TJanuary 23, 2014
    The dishes as an idea are great but execution was not followed threw. Biggest peeve about it is that for the amount you pay for Mexican inspired for its way overpriced.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HSeptember 14, 2012
    Natalie at La Fonda recommended and advised to ask for Jenny
  • Samuel S.
    Samuel SteeleOctober 17, 2014
    Michalada! And pretty much all the food is amazing!
  • R B.
    R BApril 15, 2015
    La Gloria margarita!!! Delicious! Also Baja fish tacos
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CamposFebruary 12, 2012
    Chips and salsa are the greatest here! I'll pay for chips and salsa this good.
  • Estevan S.
    Estevan SerenaMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great experience. Love the food and the service!
  • Juan V.
    Juan VillalobosSeptember 6, 2012
    fish tacos are amazing so is steven ask for him!
  • Kem M.
    Kem MoralesMarch 2, 2013
    Awesome frozen margarita! The best pork ever!
  • Deb K.
    Deb KnickerbockerAugust 24, 2013
    If you see a line, get in it! You won't regret it.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    CIA graduate and La Gloria owner Johnny Hernandez ’89 presents his vision of Mexican street fare with bold offerings.
  • Antonio P.
    Antonio ParodiMarch 22, 2014
    The fish is excellent
  • Yani I.
    Yani ImanFebruary 18, 2014
    Must, must order the fried queso!
  • Karen S.
    Karen StewartOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Highly recommend the prickly pear margarita. Worth every penny.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TijerinaJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bistec Especial tacos are to die for.
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FitchMarch 22, 2016
    Give me all the tacos. Try something you've never heard of.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GutierrezMay 29, 2011
    The magaritas and toras de puerco are to die for!"
  • Tim C.
    Tim ClarkeNovember 23, 2015
    Great chips & salsa!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JasiczekMay 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The prickly pear margarita is FAB. One is all I need for a buzz.
  • David A.
    David AllenNovember 26, 2014
    Everything I have had here was excellent
  • Jaime L.
    Jaime LegarretaApril 3, 2015
    Love the atmosphere and the drinks! Great for summer nights
  • Emilia E.
    Emilia EsparzaNovember 29, 2013
    Their Jamaica is delicious!
  • Casandra R.
    Casandra RuizNovember 21, 2011
    Love the food here. #funfact owner/chef graduated from jfk c/o 87 & has appeared on #TopChef
  • David S.
    David SolisNovember 26, 2011
    Try bistec especial tacos, they are awesome!
  • Kim B.
    Kim BournerMay 18, 2012
    If you like cheese, get the queso!!!
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BengtssonAugust 15, 2011
    Molcajetes are by far beat value and tastiest item
  • K. G.
    K. GilMarch 23, 2014
    Wait and observe who doesnt need to do the waiting time that you are doing even WITHOUT reservation. La Gloria does preferential treatment.
  • Mike
    MikeMarch 1, 2014
    Mocajetes (sp?) with beef is wonderful!!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SussmanFebruary 26, 2011
    Fresca is delicious! Access to downtown via river walk
  • Sonia B.
    Sonia BossApril 24, 2016
    Salsa is HOT but has a good flavor. Prickly pear margarita is meh. Nothing special. Tacos are good. Not the best chips.
  • Diego
    DiegoMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    try the prickly pear margarita! yummm!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DJune 3, 2014
    Sometimes I yell out HER name and it makes me pine and wax melancholy - then I have a chip and smile
  • Hec F.
    Hec FSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you haven't tried the Torta Loca then you ain't livin'!
  • Genie B.
    Genie BeanJanuary 29, 2013
    Try the freshly roasted elote!
  • Miguel D.
    Miguel DelgadilloMarch 24, 2013
    The service is poor when the place is packed. Great food!
  • Lesli M.
    Lesli MackMarch 25, 2016
    Good margarita, great outdoor dinning.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MartinezOctober 13, 2011
    Try the sopa azteca super good
  • vincent l.
    vincent lunaJuly 7, 2011
    I want to like la gloria, but after a few tries I've decided I'm not coming back. Food is average, better off a taco truck, my drinks have always been watered down, and the service has been subpar.
  • YogaStine
    YogaStineJuly 31, 2012
    The Prickly Pear margarita is the best..
  • Arianna P.
    Arianna PachecoSeptember 26, 2015
    Margaritas are super tasty 😊😊
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PhillipsSeptember 23, 2013
    Molcsjetes, molcajetes, molcajetes!
  • Noelia T.
    Noelia TorresApril 10, 2011
    $5 for totopos and salsa? A tad overpriced IMHO. The tlayudas was good.. Sangria was average. Would come again just for the location though.
  • Shelly T.
    Shelly TerrellJuly 6, 2011
    One of the best mojitos I've tasted :-)
  • Jorge A.
    Jorge AmodioFebruary 1, 2012
    Great flavors and fantastic location
  • George G.
    George GodfreyJuly 29, 2011
    You must try Chorizo con Rajas!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BaileyApril 22, 2015
    Chips and salsa are not free. Big fail for a Mexican restaurant!
  • Renee C.
    Renee CDecember 30, 2011
    Nice view of the river and a dog-friendly patio.
  • Ted H.
    Ted HurtSeptember 10, 2014
    Everything!!
  • Zac N.
    Zac NJanuary 22, 2015
    I didn't enjoy the Michelada mix, tastes like too much Worcester sauce
  • Christine M.
    Christine MooreMarch 20, 2013
    Salsa Verde is The. Best. Stuff. Ever.
  • Chef Scott A.
    Chef Scott AndersonJune 11, 2013
    Average street fare. Not sure which street in Mexico this food came from. Not super impressed, just average.
  • Ruthie F.
    Ruthie FJanuary 26, 2014
    Best Mexican in San Antonio!
  • Tenisha B.
    Tenisha BelcherJuly 24, 2013
    Tres Leches cake is awesome here!!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McseanseanSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chips and salsa are $5. Dang!
  • Kristina R.
    Kristina R.July 2, 2011
    http://www.examiner.com/ethnic-foods-in-san-antonio/san-antonio-s-la-gloria-tacos-verdes-video
  • Barbara B.
    Barbara BlancoAugust 3, 2010
    Wonderful location-food great service amazingly quick
  • Debra P.
    Debra ParrSeptember 18, 2013
    Beautiful - watch the demos.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle ReyesApril 29, 2015
    Chicken Tacos w/salsa Verde.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole Medrano-EscamillaDecember 29, 2011
    The Sangria is delicious!
  • Karla d.
    Karla de la GarzaSeptember 30, 2012
    Drinks are really good but the tacos were cold
  • Erica E.
    Erica EllisJanuary 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the sincronozida quesadilla is amazing!!!
  • Adrián F.
    Adrián FloresSeptember 24, 2017
    Margaritas and torta ahogada
  • Luke B.
    Luke BJanuary 22, 2014
    Pretty tasty, but anticipate very small serving sizes
  • Kristina R.
    Kristina R.July 2, 2011
    http://www.examiner.com/ethnic-foods-in-san-antonio/what-s-hot-at-la-gloria-video
  • Leeanna F.
    Leeanna FMay 8, 2012
    Mangorita with tamarindo. You're welcome.
  • James B.
    James BezyJuly 10, 2012
    Best salsa and guacamole
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeekerFebruary 22, 2015
    Good Mexican street food
  • Tricia B.
    Tricia BeanJanuary 15, 2017
    It's for their drinks
  • Vonia
    VoniaOctober 25, 2015
    Chef Hernandez has so many better places than this, e.g. The Fruteria
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda MartinezDecember 3, 2011
    Sitting outside is really nice!
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FrazierDecember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mexican Coke made with real cane sugar!
  • Candi L.
    Candi LayserJuly 16, 2010
    Awesome- eclectic- perfect :-)
  • Priscilla P.
    Priscilla PalaciosMay 29, 2013
    Really good food
  • Bob G.
    Bob GarciaJuly 6, 2011
    Prickly pear margaritas es awesome!!
  • John B.
    John BoothAugust 16, 2016
    Decent and fairly cheap...
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CorreaAugust 6, 2014
    It was awesome!
  • y knot daniel
    y knot danielJune 15, 2015
    La catrinas was good
  • Josie T.
    Josie TorresAugust 26, 2010
    Great place and beautiful location
  • Kim B.
    Kim BournerMay 18, 2012
    Randy's a great waiter!
  • Marc T.
    Marc TrosclairJune 27, 2015
    Margaritas!
  • Stacy V.
    Stacy ValeJuly 11, 2010
    Don't miss the molcajetes!
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FrazierDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit outside and enjoy the river!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SanchezDecember 6, 2010
    um, you're better off getting food from those food carts up and down military. over priced not worth the money you're paying for the location
  • Vangie C.
    Vangie CasiasOctober 28, 2011
    Best Arachera..
  • Clay H.
    Clay HackettNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They do breakfast on Saturday mornings now!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WillridgeFebruary 20, 2012
    Wow this place is heaven
  • James B.
    James BruceSeptember 11, 2011
    Bring ear plugs. This band sucks THE ANUS
  • Mashawn P.
    Mashawn ParkerNovember 8, 2014
    Food drinks
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezDecember 15, 2014
    Average cuisine, below average salsas.
  • Erica N.
    Erica NwabuezeApril 16, 2011
    great margs!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 21, 2010
    Try the Tacos Potosinos
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GonzalesJuly 2, 2010
    Ceviche Verde is really good.
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BenavidesMay 16, 2012
    Was not that Great.... maybe a bad day!
  • Selina E.
    Selina EckersallNovember 21, 2010
    Try the Tacos Potosinos
  • Jerry R.
    Jerry RuizFebruary 12, 2012
    The waiters were talking bad about the customers. What a sad place.
  • K. G.
    K. GilMarch 1, 2014
    No Guava water today... :/ boo!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BradyJune 20, 2010
    Think Pearl and the River
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LaddNovember 16, 2010
    Closed on Tuesdays! So bummed!!! :(
  • Calla D.
    Calla DismukeAugust 11, 2014
    Love the dorados de pollo verde! Come here every time I visit San An.
  • Manuel O.
    Manuel OchoaDecember 28, 2013
    Margaritas !!!!!!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WhiteAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacos pastor. Chips/salsa
  • Manuel O.
    Manuel OchoaDecember 28, 2013
    Nunca pidas ensalada !!!
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