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Fearless Critic restaurant review
San Antonio
Casual restaurant

Sun–Thu 11:00am–9:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–11:00pm

Features Live music, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


120 Produce Row
San Antonio, TX
(210) 227-7140
La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar
The fajitas still sizzle; much else merely sputters

Mi Tierra’s Cortez family helped popularize sizzling fajitas first at La Margarita. That was a few years back, and the fajitas still have their partisans. “Bad [beef] fajitas are typical in this town—dry, tough, completely unappealing. But at La Margarita my vegetarian leanings collapsed...I must have eaten a pound by myself before falling into a joyous food coma,” enthused one contributor.

But consider this from others: “[It’s a] super-fun atmosphere…and beyond-friendly staff. But how in the world can this place call itself an oyster bar? The only ones available are from the Gulf…we were very unimpressed; they come with shot glass of cocktail sauce with a hunk of horseradish floating in it...and are poorly shucked.” This doesn’t seem to bother many of the patrons, mostly tourists, found filling themselves on nachos and frozen margaritas, oblivious to menu descriptors that surpass the quality of what’s presented. An appetizer of “Queso Tejano” (mushrooms, poblanos, and onions sautéed in brandy and topped with Monterey Jack cheese and chorizo) “is a greasy mess. The chicken in the enchiladas is tasteless.” “Puerco con calabacitas, with overcooked hunks of pork, was really not good—like, scary to eat…Yet flour tortillas were great. If only there were something nice to put in them…”

If you can evade the pigeons, the patio on Market Square can be delightful. But for food, you’d do better at another Cortez venture, either the neighboring Mi Tierra or Pico de Gallo.

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