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Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood

(26 Reviews)

219 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205

(210) 472-2600

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Bohanan’s fame is founded on sublimely tender prime beef grilled over fragrant mesquite wood. Enjoy extraordinarily delicious Akaushi beef, Chef/Owner Mark Bohanan’s large custom cuts of prime aged corn-fed beef, succulent seafood flown in fresh daily, and spectacular table-side desserts flambé. Imbibe a classic cocktail at the first-floor Bar at Bohanan’s, then join us upstairs for the best steak you’ve ever eaten. Located in a historic building in downtown San Antonio about a block from the River Walk. AAA Four Diamond rating and Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.
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Primary Phone: (210) 472-2277

Phone: (210) 472-2277

Fax: (210) 472-2276

American, Jazz
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all major credit cards
Price Range
Downtown San Antonio, East Side

Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood

Steak Houses, Barbecue Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Caterers, American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Jazz, Conferences, American, Books, Private Functions, Wine


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Shilo J.



Wow I guess it depends on what day you go on, and who the waitstaff is or who is at the door. Everyone was great IMO from the front door to the elevator staff to our waiter and the person who opened for the waiter lol. The food was pretty good my bill alone was like $199.00 or so but I felt it was worth the money I spent. My sorority sister and I went one evening before going to the Majestic to see Chicago the musical and my experience was good and I am IDK lol



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Fantastic. A must in San Antonio!

Fantastic. A must in San Antonio!



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Cut above the rest - a must

My wife and decided to have a romantic date, so we added Bohanan's to our itinerary. We decided to first visit the bar downstairs. We were greeted right away by the host. She checked us in to our reservation. We had a few amazing drinks while waiting. great Happy Hour. We were taken to the dining area via an elevator. As we got off the elevator, we were immediately greeted by name. The staff that waited on us, made it seem as though we were the only ones there. Great service. The food was amazing... from the candied jalapenos you get before the meal, to the Caprese salad appetizer, and to the Chataubriand for two that was served tableside. The food was cooked to perfection. We will definitely be going back.



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Walk ins not wanted...will be arrested!

Could not agree more with Sanative7.

I took an out of town guest in on a Thursday and hardly no one was there at 6pm and they could not believe or accept that someone could just show up for dinner without calling ahead..they could not have been more rude, condescending or frankly SNOBS at this jerk joint.

They would rather maintain their arrogant attitude and let a $300 ticket walk (that's what we spent next door at the Palm) then allow an unconfirmed reservation in. I was embarrassed for myself, my guest, and San Antonio and have NEVER seen such SNOBS in this city. If this is what you get at the front door, I can certainly understand the bad service inside that people are talking about!

They have lost my expense account and my business forever (trust me on that) and I will NEVER recommend them to an out of town business partner.

We went next door to the Palm and those folks the food terrific!. That's the place where they welcome and appreciate guests. Could not have had a better experience and will go back.

This place does not reflect the San Antonio friendly attitude and I apologize to all tourists that this place does business here.



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Thank Gooodness for Tourists

Some of the food here is actually pretty good. If you don't mind being treated as a banjo player at an opera, this may be the place for you. My wife and I are native San Antonians, professionals, well-dressed, etc. We have eaten at Bohanan's a couple of times, and the service is uniformly awful. Most of us can understand a lapse in attention, which is what most bad service is, but at Bohanan's they also have that wonderful quality of service that informs you that the staff hasn't overlooked you; you're just not worthy of attention. Like I said, I think we're OK customers, just not good enough for Bohanan's. Thank goodness for tourists, because if there were no tourists in SA, this place would be a taco joint by now. A taco joint with better service, I daresay.



The Best Steakhouse in San Antonio, in Texas or in any other place in the world!

My husband and I go to Bohanan's for special occasions and other times when we are really just wanting a delicious meal. Having been there at least a dozen times I can tell you that I have never had a bad meal or bad service experience. From the minute we walk in to the minute we leave they go above and beyond to make the experience wonderful. Oh and then there is the melts in your mouth, incredibly tender and flavorful! Once we went there on our anniversary and mentioned to the waiter that we were going to take a horse carriage ride downtown and he took the liberty to arrange a taxi for us to get to the area where they were available. Great attention to detail. And, before you leave you must save room for the strawberries imperial, our favorite dessert in town!




My husband and I just returned from Bohanan's where we spent our 8 year anniversary. WOW! Truly awesome dining experience. The concierge was very friendly and made you feel welcome right after you step off of the elevator. The restaurant was "business casual" attire, but was still very comfortable, even for me (I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of person). The menu had many options and the prices were very reasonable, especially for such a great atmosphere. My husband ordered the red snapper and wild rice. The snapper practically melted in your mouth. Unfortunately, the wild rice was a bit "too wild" for my husband's taste. It tasted pretty good, but the texture was too weird to overcome. As for myself, I ordered the jumbo shrimp and potatoes augratin. When they say "jumbo", they really mean it. I have to say that I was amazed at how wonderful the shimp was. Right amount of breading, amazing flavor.. pure perfection. The potatoes augratin was pretty good, too. The only problem is that my stomach wasn't big enough to finish it all. If you go, I would reccomend "Mo" and "Daniel". Daniel is a bit quiet, but Mo is great! I definitely reccomend Bohanan's. It's my husband and I's new favorite get away in San Antonio.



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Good Food but Bad Service

1/10/2009 My husband and I took another couple here for their Anniversary. None of us had ever been there but we were looking forward to a wonderful experience. When the waiter came to take our order, one of the 4 of us didn't order a salad. The waiter said, ""Don't you want a salad? Everyone ELSE is having one."" (I thought: What, is this guy a car salesman?!) That was my first clue as to what was to come. Our appetizer came out at the same time as our salads. He never brought the vegetable side dish one of us ordered. My steak was delivered without the special Prawn on the top that I had ordered. (""oh, I'm sorry that will be right out."") The Goat cheese mashed potatoes were brought to the table with no serving utensil. After waiting 15 minutes for the missing prawn, and never receiving the serving spoon for the mashed potatoes, I finally got up to find the manager. I saw our waiter and he said, ""Oh, are you looking for your prawn?"" I said, ""I'm looking for my prawn, a spoon, and the manager"". The manger came over and I told him about the vegetable, the serving spoon, the prawn. The potatoes were cold by now and I told him to forget the vegetable and prawn because we were all finished with our steaks.He was apologetic and said he'd speak to the server. The server later returned to our table and apologized and offered us free dessert. But he never brought a dessert menu! For a place of this caliber, I would never expect such horrible service. The result? All they did was take the prawn and potatoes off the bill. To top it all off, that night at 1am, my husband was sick in the bathroom for 3 hours! Needless to say, we will never go back.



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The Best. Bar none.

My wife and I visited San Antonio from Houston for a romantic weekend getaway. We had read about Bohanan's after it received 2nd place in the Texas Monthly Best Steakhouses issue. It did not disappoint. In fact, having been several times to the restaurant which was awarded 1st place, it was underrated by Texas Monthly. The candied jalapenos with cream cheese starter was excellent. We also had the Chateau Stack and Kurobuta steak. If you go, do not miss the French Grilled Oysters appetizer. They were the best. Chef Bohanan did visit our table and was gracious in describing the history of his restaurant, his plans for the future, as well as our common connections to Corpus Christi. However, the service from Jose, as head waiter, and Chris, who assisted, was impeccable. Regardless of how good the food was, the service we received was unparalleled. We now recommend Bohanan's to all of our friends, and gladly recommend it here. For us, it is the No. 1 steakhouse in Texas. For those who go, don't miss having dessert on the ""secret"" balcony (ask your waiter).



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The Best Steakhouse

Went there with another couple. Had the best experience ever. Get the Akaushi Beef, it melts in your mouth. Expensive but worth the money. Wine, Steak, Dessert, everything was wonderful. Ask for Renee, she made the experience over the top!



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Great Service and Experience

I took a group of conference goers here after reading the review in Texas Monthly about Bohanan?s being the second best steakhouse in Texas. Across Houston St from the Majestic Theatre, it is a very nice downtown location. The night we ate there Paul Sorvino was also dining there. The wait staff is very efficient and friendly. The Bar pours perfect drinks; I had a Manhattan, straight up with KnobCreek Bourbon that was excellent. We were a party of 10, and the wait staff was always prompt and courteous with their attention. The explanation of the difference between the Akaushi beef and normal prime beef is very good as is the presentation. They made a point of telling us that the Akaushi beef grades at 3 grades higher than Prime. Our server also recommended the Ribeye cut of the Akaushi beef for its flavor. Their specials the night we ate were very good as most of us took the African Prawn along with our steak. I had their escargot appetizer, which was prepared in a cheese and garlic sauce and presented in an escargot dish. For our my entree I went with the Akaushi beef Ribeye, Pittsburgh style. I also ordered a special caprese salad made with Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella cheese, with a 12 year old aged Balsamic vinegar dressing. As an accompaniment to my steak I ordered the Sauteed Portobello Mushrooms in red wine sauce. I must say the salad was excellent as were the mushrooms. I was, however, disappointed in my steak. First it was a thin cut for a Ribeye, and while the chef prepared it perfectly Pittsburgh style, it didn't meet my taste or tenderness expectations. An associate ordered the Akaushi beef filet and let me try it. Friends that is the cut to get. It was fork tender and had a wonderful flavor. I will definitely go back, but will probably not shell out the $95.00 for the Akaushi beef. The wine list is awesome and the sommelier did great and lead me to a real nice 2002 Silver Oak cab sav.



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Excellent service and attention to the details

My husband and I went there for our anniversary yesterday, and oh it was such a treat! I was sooo impressed with the friendly service and all the little things they paid attention to such as the wrapped lemon so that the seed doesn't get in the food and sorbet before the main meal to cleanse the palate. Since it was our anniversary, they gave us free champagin, which was nice! I would definitely go back again. Yes, it is very pricey, but for special occasions, it is worth it.



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Best Experience

Great customer service and food. We were very impressed. We splurged and tried their specialty, Japanese Akaushi Steak. It had a different taste, but was delicious. Next visit we would probably just stick to their USDA bone-in steaks. They have more of a variety of side, salads, and just about everything than other steak houses. We tried the baked squash and it wasn't the best. There were more crackers than squash. But, we are looking forward to returning because there are so many items we would like to try.

It was our 5th year anniversary and it was an amazing experience. Our table was sprinkled with rose petals and we were greeted with glasses of champage to celebrate. To our suprise, we even had a special occasion discount on our ticket! This is really the best dining experience we've ever had.



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Wow - Treated like Royalty!

Okay, so my husband and I had made reservations at The Lodge, another romantic place we had been a couple of years before and we were running late, so we weren't able to make them, so we had to find something fast to celebrate our anniversary. I googled restaurants on my cell phone and called out to my husband the names and Bohanan's was the first name to pop up on restaurants, and he said, ""I've heard of that place and it's supposed to be one of the best steakhouses in San Antonio"", so I said, sure so we called (of course this was on a Tuesday evening) but we were able to get a reservation 30 minutes in advance (enough time for us to drive there) and we were treated as though we were regulars and had made reservations weeks before. With just a little bit of inquiry they gathered that we were celebrating our anniversary and the maitre'd after putting rose petals on our table, handed my husband a rose to hand to me - what a nice gesture. Mind you, I know my husband had nothing to do with it, since we had just made the reservation minutes before. Further, the wine was excellent and the steaks were outstanding (we have eaten at most of the nicer steakhouses in San Antonio, and this by far was the best). To top it all off, on our dessert plate, the chef personally wrote ""happy anniversary"" on it - I have never been treated like that before, very unexpected for an unplanned evening. Service was excellent - not too long, not too short and the ambience was definitely what we needed to celebrate our special day. And the best part was that we didn't even ask for special service on our day, it was I guess just part of their service - definitely a plus!!



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Too much soy sauce

With reservations, once we were seated it took 45 minutes to get salad. The steaks were prime and very tender however the steaks had way too much soy sauce, it ruined the natural flavor of the steaks. It should be noted that Mark only needs to use some sea salt, pepper and olive oil.



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Nothing special.

Typical steak house fare and they are not making a special effort for the prices they get. If you want to charge upper stratosphere prices then you should at least make an effort at being unique and top notch. You can't simply do what all the other steak houses do. Who needs another Mortons or Ruth's Chris?



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Better than Ruth Chris

This downtown San Antonio Steak House is easily one of the best steak houses I have been to.

The steaks are thick cut prime beef where the taste of the beef comes through. They don't dress it up all cajun flavor or mexican spice junk like Chili's or Applebee's. The french grilled oysters they call a house specialty are as good as advertised. I sincerely recommend that you order these oysters as an appetizer because I promise you won't be dissapointed.

The service is almost unnecessarily good. Every waiter and waitress are as polite and knowledgable as can be and cater to every want. The wine steward will recommend great wines without making you spend hundreds of dollars on something you don't need or have never heard of.

The prices are a little pricey but you get what you pay for. I think our meals are usually about $40 a plate with drinks but $40 is well worth it.

If you are an out of towner or simply someone looking for a nice taste of San Antonio this is the place to be. The owner is the chef not some corporation in Los Angeles. So you know you'll get the best. This is better than Ruth Chris.



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Don't Waste Your Money

Ok, the wife and I we went to Bohanan's in San Antonio on our anniversary. The place is definitely overrated!!! The service was pretentious and I had to wait over 30 minutes with a reservation before we were seated. The food was not what I would be expecting from such a place. The appetizer (Coconut Fried Shrimp) was mediocre. The main dish (Veal Tenderloin) was NOT good at all. It came out cold. In addition, the Baked Squash and rice were heavily OVERSALTED. It was NOT an enjoyable experience. As a place to have an EXPENSIVE business dinner it's Ok, but as a Gourmet place, it was a disaster. Total damage (including tip and drinks) for two of us was $140.00. For that price, I expect better. A lot better. I won't be dining at this establishment again.



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Bohanan's Chef / Owner Mark Bohanan Rocks!

This is in response to the posting in August concering PR Chef /Owner. I am sorry that you found it offensive that a chef / owner takes the time to go out into HIS restaurant to talk to his customers and make them feel welcomed, which is something you would never find in a chain. I have been to Bohanan's several times since he opened in 2002 and I have requested that he come out and talk to my husband and myself and throughly enjoy talking to him and never pervcieved the converstation as a PR plug. I really don't think that he has to convince folks that he is ""good"" when his reputation speaks for itself with getting the 4 diamond award every year since he has been opened and the Wine Spectator Award. Most folks consider it a compliment of someone of his position to speak to them warmly. Perhaps you were a little jealous and it seems pretty petty to let his conversation ruin such an important occasion as yours with your wife.



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PR at its worst by owner/chef!

After Bohanans was recommended by a colleague, I gave it a try as I took my wife for our anniversary dinner this past weekend. We had a reservation and to my surprise from being on time, we were asked to have a seat. There were no persons waiting and the restaurant seemed to be less than a quarter full. We sat down on a couch only to speak a few words before we were seated. It was a very nice, romantic setting. The second half of our visit was literally ruined by the owner/chef standing besides and speaking to a local tv anchor woman (name I will not reveal)and her date for the last 20 minutes of our stay while they sat at a tabled besides ours. He was less than 6 feet away from my wife and was definitely giving a PR pitch as we could hear the conversation. Thanks for the bad ending to what would have been a superb visit!

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