Little Red Barn
1836 S Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78210
Phone: (210) 532-6355
Phone: (210) 532-4226
Little Red Barn Steakhouse
The Little Red Barn Steak House
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Barbecue, Family Style, American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: Buffets, Conferences, Traditional Weddings, Meetings, Parties
Price Range : Average
Good for Kids: Yes
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01/11/2012Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I went there after seeing ads on TV. Seemed like a good place to get a steak. We ordered a filet of tenderloin and the large sirloin. When our plates arrived the meat looked nothing like a filet or sirloin! The filet which I've had many times is ususally 2-3 inches thick. This one was 1/2"" and looked like they had butterflied it, which even at 1"" I've never seen one that thin. It was tender but tasted like a tenderizer had been used on it. My husband's sirloin didn't look like any meat you would serve to a person. It was only about 1/4"" thinck and was so full of gristle that he could only eat less than 1/4 of it. The rest was all waste. I wouldn't feed that to my dog.
We were very dumfounded as to how this restaurant is still in business with the poor quality of meat they serve. I assume most people must order the fried shrimp or burgers. Maybe they are okay. But, for the price we paid- $19 per steak it was a rip off. You can go to Texas Land and Cattle and get a real steak for that price!
12/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have retired from the Army and having said that, I have eaten in many steakhouses around the world and many are good but do not measure up to the Little Red Barn. It is a family owned business that was opened in 1963. The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is friendly and fast, and the food is wonderful. The steaks are made to order exactly as you want it. The seafood, especially the shrimp, is above awesome. If you want a good steak, great prices, wonderful service and good atmosphere, this is the place to go.
11/12/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This was my first job right out of high school in 1966. The owners embraced their staff as extended family. As a waitress, I was very proud to wear the cowgirl skirt and vest outfit with boots, hat and all! I dined there recently and it is good to know that they still carry on this tradition which adds to the atmosphere of this western themed steakhouse. Most importantly, the steaks are still the best in town! The high standard of friendly service continues to this day. The Hernandez family has carried on the superb quality of this outstanding restaurant.
09/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
to day i went to the little red barn sept 5 , 2011 . when they opened the doors about 11 am , sandy the manager was at the door . not friendly at all , never said hello to nobody in front of me , i was about number 20 in line. she told me because nobody was with me she told me she not allow me to sit in the dining room. she tome to go look for the person that i was waiting for . she is not to bright ,, she should me to call that person on my cell phone. i asked the person at the regester to get the manager, she told me that her the person i was talking to . , i think she was in a very bad mood when the doors were opened . i told her when heard and called the little red barn , i was tole the special was buy anything at the regular price , and get the next menu item , same price or get something that cost less, i was not told couples , family or two coming in at the same time, then SANDY lost it and told me that they will kill you. there was an anglo male person neas her , that heard her say that to me . i have been a paying customer , since 1975, i wonder how she ( sandy ) treats her employees??? i wonder why the owners allow a person like sandy work there. i mention to sandy i will write a review, she said go a head do , write the review, not a family friendly . . to me sandy should never told me they will kill you. stay away from the little red barn and sandy
09/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I had great hopes as I had heard many rave reviews. I tried it twice, thinking maybe it was an off night the first time. I should have known better. The truth is that the food is just of poor quality. That is also reflected in the price, it is very affordable.
10/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This place has always been a favorite. It is a little more special than your average chain run steakhouse. The atmosphere is downhome and unpretentious. There are no old gas station emblems, coke posters or cute decor items that you will see everywhere you go. The food is fine and the prices are in check. After reading the other reviews I was a bit nervous about going back, but I am glad we did. It has a special place in our hearts. Will definitely will go back
05/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I stopped by this place on our way home evening. He had heard everyone rant and rave about it so we figured we'd give it a shot. When we first got there our hostess showed us to our table and put two salads down for us. I'm a huge salad person but these were just gross. The lettuce was hit or miss....some pieces were edible others were like the lettuce you get when you leave it in the bag in the refridgerator for too long.
We both ordered rib eye steaks. When the steaks came to our table I was amazed at how THIN they were. I've never seen such a weaker piece of meat (For 14 bucks!.) It also seemed as if the meat had been ground up and formed into a steak. There was something off about the cooking style as well and I couldn't quite place it. That's when my husband pointed out that the meat seemed to have been fried in a pan. You kidding me? I'm not one to ever complain or even take time out to set up an account and write a review but this place was terrible.
The server was nice and checked back often. I guess since I'm forced to give this place one star, it should be for her.
The last of my complaints, and I consider this rather small. But being a new mother, I now know how neccessary a changing table is. This place is without. Some people could argue that maybe its not a child friendly place, fine by me. Its a restaurant and I'm always hesitant to bring a baby to a restaurant, but he for sure wasn't the only kid in diapers there. Thanks to that though, I had to change my kid in my car in the parking lot which isn't the easiest task in the world.
All this being said, we'll never go back. If you see this Big Red Barn while driving on the freeway, word of advice.....keep driving.
01/28/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Use to be a good restaurant many years ago - not anymore! We had a large party and everyone complained about something. The steaks tasted sour!Seems like they had been left to defrost in water for many hours. Someone else found a fly in the baked potato, the chicken fried steak was burnt and the food was cold when served. We shared our experience with others, only to find that they also had the same complaints.
06/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to the Little Red Barn for over 25 years. I have had a pleasurable eating experience everytime I have gone. Which is about once a week. The Steaks are served fresh and Hot . Always a Big baked potato and soft, warm, delicious dinner rolls. And the friendliest servers in San Antonio. The family owned and run restaurant is just like home. There are other steak places in town but I promise you can't find a better steak place for the money. Very resonably priced ! Always something to drink in your glass and always a tasty hot meal served at The Little Red Barn.
06/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I know, I know, it's a steak house but the shrimp is outstanding! They make the tartar sauce fresh every day just like they do their salad dressings........from scratch. I just recently discovered they have green beans on the menu and are they buttery, sooo good. They serve them in a separate bowl because they are so buttery and juicy. Try the fish and shrimp combo if you don't want steak. You will love it, I quarantee.
06/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Thank you to Nancy at Little Red Barn!! She hosted a fundraiser for us - about 100 people. The service was excellent & very quick (for 100 people that says a lot)!!!! The food was very good and we had a huge portion for a very economical price! Looking for a place to hold a big gathering?? Little Red barn is it!! Amazing!! We will be back with other big crowds!
04/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE LITTLE RED BARN! THE SERVICE WAS SO PEOPLE FRIENDLY.I HAD THE T-BONE STEAK AND IT WAS COOKED JUST THE WAY I ASKED,SOMETIMES CHEF'S COOK THE WAY THEY WANT,BUT THIS TIME IT WAS MY WAY.I WILL GO BACK IN THE NEXT WEEK. OH YEA THEY HAVE THESE BROWNIES THAT WILL MAKE YOU CRY AND BEG FOR MORE,THEY HAVE WALNUT'S IN THEM. THIS PLACE IS GOOD FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND THE PRICES ARE RIGHT,WON'T BREAK YOU LOL
02/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We are in SA ever year for the stock show and eat at the Red Barn once and sometimes twicw during our stay. This year was by far the worst. I ordered a medium steak and got a well done. The waitress could not keep up with everyone (party orf 6) and the lady at the checkout acted as if she was mad at the world. Maybe she had just eaten a steak, too, Anyway, we wont ever go back.
12/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
(Written by Cliff, my Husband) I have not been to the Little Red Barn in years. Being in San Antonio to visit friends and family we stopped in last night and had the worst meal of my life. I had read some of the reviews and told myself, No way their accurate. We?ll I?m here to tell you they were. I didn?t have the heart to tell the woman who past our table 2-3 times and asked how our meal was. The fact that I was raised on a cattle ranch and was weaned on beef and never found a use for steak sauce until last night should have been a tell-tell sign. When leaving I overheard others saying they had their worst meal in 20 years.
Without a major turnaround in the quality of food I don?t think our family will ever be back.
(They made me give the one star to place this review otherwise it would have been 0 stars)
07/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We have not been to LRB in quite a while. We go bc the in-laws like it. It was always mediocre, ok food. Not anything special, but no particular complaints.
We recently had 2 special events and one family member is now an invalid, so we ordered out. Both times the food was horrible!
The second time (for me) it was practically inedible!
The first time I ordered a ""filet"" (was this supposed to be a filet minon??? The steak was very thin. It was ordered med rare, but was nearer to a well cooked medium. The other filets were equally as ""skinny"".
I do not remember this ever being the case there.
The second time -- a few weeks later, again a filet (I should have known better) - the steak was so thin I thought at first they made a mistake and gave me one of those pre-made hamburger patties! I had ordered it ""rare"" because of last time, thinking it would be closer to med rare this time. Instead, I got it well-done. This time they even labeled the boxes - mine said ""rare""!
I had to put steak sauce (which I hate and NEVER use) on mine to choke it down!
Maybe they are buying cheaper cuts of meat due to the economy or trimming their cuts to make them go farther.If given a choice, I will never eat anything from Little Red Barn again.
2 horrible experiences in a row mean that the quality of the restaurant is consistently bad and not just a fluke! Stay away!