Earl Abels Restaurant
1201 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209
Parking: Lot, On Site, Free, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Specialties: Customer Events, Grand Openings, Restaurants / Cafes
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A group of 6 of my friends and I went here for lunch on a weekday.
The customer service was excellent. The food prices were reasonable. Our food came out fairly quickly. Overall all my friends were satisfied.
I had the Pueblo Burger. It was good but I was expecting more. It’s supposed to be “HOT”. Maybe it’s hot for non-Texas folks. The homemade chips that came with it were nothing special.
I will go back.
We went in and it felt like we were invisible to the hostess. We had to ask her if we could seat ourselves. Then after we sat down no one ever came to our table. They went to other peoples table that got there after us. We left and ate somewhere else. The hostess/ cashier seemed to not care or notice. It was very disappointing.
10/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This has been a favorite of mine since I moved to San Antone in 2002. I have taken friends here and grandchildren. It is always wonderful. The servers are always pleasant, courteous and efficient. Earl's has the very absolute best open-faced roast beef sandwich EVER. The coconut pie and coffee are always favorites. My grandson thinks the chocolate malts are the best too. Earl's has senior plates and daily specials and the cooking is excellent. What ever you choose will be a treat for your taste buds.
I havn't been to Texas since 1968 but I am so happy to know that Earl Abel's Restaurant is still in operation! I worked there briefly in 1968 before my Military husband was deployed to Vietnam. I believe the World's Fair was just down the road and we did a bustling business. I absolutely loved working there. The people were great, the food was fantastic and it was about the nicest restaurant I had been to. I left employment abruptly when the Hostess brought me a party of 15 to wait on. I could bearly stand the smell of food because I was newly pregnant and was having morning sickness. All these years later I still have fond memories of working there and even remember the names of some of the other employees. Tonight I found my old name tag and a menu from 1968 which prompted me to google Earl Abel's.
I have lived in California all these years - but I have never forgotten what a great place Earl Abel's was, and looks like still is. If I ever return to Texas, I will definitely put Earl Abels' on my route. Stay in business!!!
Laurie Akin (Spangler)
Thursday afternoon about 15 of my lady friends and I came in to have our monthly lunch with the Betty Ford Group. Erin was our server and she was fantastic. She described all the dishes we had questions about and helped us choose the perfect lunch entree. The food took a little longer than we had planned on, but Erin brought us out dinner rolls and crackers until our entrees were ready. We never had to ask for refills and she did not rush our lunch. Most of us were too full for dessert, but she recommended we take a slice of cake or pie home, which I was very excited about later that evening. We were each on our own separate tickets and Erin had no problems keeping us all separate and she had exact change for all of us. We have this luncheon almost every month and we would like to have Erin every time. She is by far the best waitress we have ever had!!!!! Thank you very much for such a perfect lunch and we will be back next month.
01/31/2010Provided by Citysearch -
When we got there, the place was about 1/3rd full, yet we had to wait a long time to get seated. The line was 8 deep before they even looked our way. After we were seated it was more of the same. Very slow to take our orders, bring our food out, bring condiments (which we eventually had to get up and get ourselves in full view of the host, who didn't even flinch), and to bring our bill. The server apologized at the end, after he had slacked during the whole meal. When we were paying, the manager rang us out while on the phone the whole time, even after we said we had a complaint. When we finally were able to speak with him, he was completely lax in his reponse, no apology no nothing. It was as if he didn't care whether or not we come again... so we won't.
I don't think alot of these people that are leaving negative reviews are really educated in the history of Earl Abels. THe old location had been there for many many years and back in the 50s it was THE place to go to. So, naturally as these youngsters from the 50's grew up, they continued to go there because they had always gone there. So, the whole geriatric vibe that you get when you go there has just been explained. If you grew up going somewhere and it was still open when you were a senior, wouldn't you want to go and relive your youth? I have never once experianced anything bad there and their food has always been great. The chicken fried steak is huge and you definatly get your money's worth on that. Maybe some of the waitresses are in their 70's, but that brings us back to the whole fact that its been a san antonio favorite for many many years. Maybe some of these reviews are written by people that haven't been a Texan for very long. GO HOME YANKEES
Earl Abel's is still the best fried chicken in town. If you go there, only order that and pie to go. The rest of the menu has gone from ok to horrible. The service has gone downhill as well. Actually, I would recommend you just order your chicken as take out and pick it up. At least you won't have to worry about the service in your own home! I used to go to the original place with my grandfather and get the fried chicken all the time. I remember a place that always had old people but good service and good food. Too bad that is not the case anymore.
11/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My first trip to Earl Abel's was shortly after I moved here, early this year. A friend and I went there for dinner, and both meals - while a bit expensive, comparatively speaking - were excellent: fresh, well-prepared and ample portions.
In the intervening months, I've eaten three additional meals here (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and have been sorely disappointed.
First, the restaurant itself has kind of a funky odor: not quite curdled milk and not quite rancid cooking oil, but something similarly unappetizing.
Second, the decor - if it can be called that - is a mish-mosh of disparate elements. While I appreciate some of it (the Burma Shave signs and the retro vinyl booths, for instance), the rest of it is just bizarre to me....and the life-sized Jeeves mannequin is downright creepy!!
Third, the food has been just so-so, at best.
And finally, Earl Abel's is considerably more expensive than any other place of the same caliber.
I guess it is a beloved institution for many longtime San Antonio residents - but without the nostalgia factor, I wonder how many of them would still eat here?
06/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
First time for my newly wed wife and I to acquaint ourselves with what we thought to be a very well rounded eatery. We just received our sets of wedding pictures and we wanted a nice place to look at them and enjoy a well cooked meal. We ordered Tea and Coke and the waitress addressed me as if I was a child and told me that I could only have one refill. Ok- I ordered an appetizer so that we could snack while we shared this time together looking at the pictures. We also ordered chicken dishes. Within minutes our entries arrived before our appetizers! I explained to the waitress that this order of service is back-wards and she explained to me as if I was a child that the cooks had already prepared a lot of chicken earlier and she didn't want our entrie to get cold. and that our appetizer would be out in about 15 minutes.
04/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am sad to say, this is not you parents Earl Abels. It still has the originators name on the sign, but I would bet Earl would not be Abel to sleep if he knew to what depths of poor quality and service his restaurant has descended to. Six of us went for dinner. We ordered everything from a club sandwich to chicken fried steak, to grilled pork chops, to spaghetti and meatballs. We had wanted to order fried chicken, but were told they were out of chicken. That is akin to going to McDonalds, to be told they have no Big Macs.The first clue that this meal was going to go bad, was the salad dressing. It was as watery and thin as I have ever seen and flavorless. Then the food came. I guess it was food, I am not sure. The chicken-fried steak was over cooked and hard. The spaghetti had a strange smell. The person that ordered it said it smelled of Ben-Gay. (Personally I think she was smelling the waitress, who had to be seventy years old.) The club sandwich was no better. The bacon was old tasting, like it was cooked many hours before, and it left a greasy taste in you mouth. Now for the service! It was just as bad. It took fifteen minutes after we sat down, just to get our drinks. Now if they were busy, I could understand that. They weren't busy at all. We had to ask for crackers to go with the salads. We had to ask for dinner rolls which should come with the meals. We had to ask three times for a glass of juice, because the waitress kept forgetting about it. Then the fun began. The so-called excuse for a manager came by and asked if everything was OK. When we told him no, he just walked off. I guess he was just asking a rhetorical question. If you don;t want to hear the occasional negative feedback, then don't ask the question. What a waste of good money. I don't mind paying the better part of $100 for a meal, but this was not a good meal, either food wise or service wise.
Do yourself a favor - don't waste your time or money at Earl Abels.