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Delicious Tex-Mex is only the beginning! From wonderful sizzling fajitas to world-famous margaritas and plenty of other options, Rita's on the River has become popular on the River Walk as the place "Where we take our friends from out of town." Complete with live mariachis, indoor and patio seating along the river, we serve up delicious local favorites. We are located only three blocks from the Alamo and offer stairs and an elevator to assist you from the street level down to the river level. Bring the whole family and enjoy the complete Tex-Mex River Walk experience at Rita's on the River!
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Phone: (210) 501-0720

Phone: (210) 225-5465

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Rio Plz
East Side, Downtown San Antonio


Ritas on the River


Pizza Rita's

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Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, Dessert Restaurants
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Cuisines: Ice Cream, Dessert

Specialties: Banquets

Price Range : Average


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Michael M.



Ordered the chicken chimichanga. Cheese on top was like melted Cheez Whiz. Inside was very little chicken and a gravy sauce. Rice was crunchy throughout. Only edible part was the retried beans. Bartender was ok although he got my initial order wrong. Was given a free beer for the error so can't complain too much about that. But I would not go back.



Someone Who Appreciates Good Service

First the service was terrible, I ran out of water half way through my meal and didn't get a refill and so did the rest of my family. Second the food cold and and slow. We waited one hour for our food no joke. Third we were stuck with 18% gratuity and this guy sucked so bad. Please do not go there.



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Over the last four years, I have

Over the last four years, I have returned to Rita's multiple times. It is the one thing that keeps me coming back to the River Walk! The food is great. The service is friendly and the margaritas are incredible. I definitely recommend Rita's on the River to kick back and relax after a long day of shopping!

My favorite dish is the Tortilla Soup!



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Rita's Misused My Credit Card!!!

Don't ever eat at Rita's On The River!! They charged somebody else's bill to my credit card, as well as my own bill, and won't take it off! When I just spoke with the general manager, she was not concerned for my situation and didn't even care when I mentioned I wouldn't be visiting their restaurant again... And I now regret the generous tip we left for the server who was very careless with our credit card!
p.s. the quality of food was not at all worth dealing with all of this trouble!



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The worst dining choice on the Riverwalk

This was honestly the absolute worst Mexican restaurant I've ever eaten at. You'd think that it being in business for a while and being in the middle of the Riverwalk that it would have something going for it? No. The fajitas were lukewarm, and the meat was without flavor. The rice was dry. The refried beans were passable but could have come out of a can. And worst of all was the margarita. It was very light on the tequila and had a bad chemical taste, as if they used a bad dry mix and added water--like an awful grown-up Kool-Aid. Dine anywhere else but here--several other places on the Riverwalk were nicer, had better food, and were comparable on price.



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me and my date got food poisening from this place and we even ate different things. i live in san antonio and will never think about going back.



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Don't bother; save your money

We had our rehersal dinner before our wedding at rita's and it was the worst ever experience. The service was bad just like every other review states. (wish I would of read them first). The food was bland. I'm from SA and that is not Mexican food. After we came back from our honeymoon several of our guest that night confirmed the exact same experience at the restaurant. I wrote the manager a letter, and got nothing but lame excuses. In her reply it was obvious she didn't know what was going on in her rest. She wondered why it took long to complain (like if I'm going to complain and ruin my fiance night). I can go on and on but overall; pay attention to the reviews and stay away. Pico de Gallo has always been great!!!!!



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Rita's On The River ~ Rocked when I was there!

I only live a few hours from San Antonio and we visit it every year. I read the reviews prior to going, but still decided to go and try Rita's on the River. I really disagreed with most of the reviews. By no means is this a five star fine dining restaurant, but I have eaten at many of the restaurants on the river and the food is not the greatest any of them. But I thought the restaurant was a great deal of fun. First, we were seated right by the river which is the prime location. I ordered the Regular Texas Margarita which in my opinion with a really good size and $6.00, which is a really modest price for a tourist area. My husband and I had the Beef/Chicken Fajitas for 2 and my kids had tacos and quesadillas....all served with generous serving of beans/rice. The food was not out of this world and especially since I live in Texas, I have had better TexMex, but it was good and I did not find any of the food to be salty or bad. The waiter was extremely nice & freindly and the service was really good. And really being on the river watching the people walk by while enjoying a Margaritas, well you cannot beat that! Now here is a tip for all of you that are thinking about can buy a Rita's On The River Gift Certificate from Restaurant (dot) com for $10.00 it is good for $25.00 off of $35.00. You can also google Restaurant (dot) com Coupon Codes. I just got one for 80% off so I only paid $2.00 for my $25 off $35. You cannot beat that. We ate there twice this week while in San Antonio. The four of us 2 Adults/2Children at for about 60.00 ($18.00 of that being Margarita's) minus $25.00 plus tip...I think that is a great deal especially for being in such a touristy section! Hope this helps everyone!



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Worst Birthday Experience!

We went to Ritas on the River for my friend's birthday and it was horrible! First, he huge Texas sized ritas are only made w/ 2 shots for the 32 oz. That wasn't a big deal, although for $16, it's still a bit steep.

Then when it was time to pay, they mixed up the cards on the wrong checks. When we asked to have them fixed, they came back wrong again! Forty five minutes later we asked to talk to the manager. He explained that although the charges had already ran, they would eventually go away, but they could cause our debit cards to decline or overdraft. We had to argue to get the meals comped the third time around and he was very rude about it. We left and all our cards were declined at the next bar we tried to go to thanks to their multiple charges. Don't go here!!!

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