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Best Mexican Food on the River Walk

San Antonio always ranks as a top travel destination for both in-state and out-of-state travelers. Did you know that the River Walk recently made the top 20 list of beautiful sights around the world? When you plan your visit, do not forget to stop, and enjoy the best Mexican food on the River Walk at Iron Cactus!

This local favorite restaurant offers a lively atmosphere, flavorful Mexican dishes, and refreshing cocktails. Enjoy the outdoor patio and take in the scenic views of the world-famous Selena bridge. Sip on a freshly made Cactus exclusive margarita while watching the boats float by on the historic river.

Start your meal off with some chile con queso or the tableside guacamole! Both are served with fresh chips and the hand-tossed guacamole is made to your liking with avocados, onions, peppers, tomatoes, citrus and cilantro.

For your main course, try one of our specialty items such as Stuffed Avocado, Pescado Del Mar, and Southwest Paella. You cannot go wrong with our sizzling fajitas! Choose from high-quality options such as certified Angus beef® skirt steak, tequila-marinated chicken or shrimp, and herb-grilled vegetables. Each platter contains everything you could ever want in a fajita, including your choice of flour or corn tortillas. Not only do they come with Mexican rice and beans, but they’re also accompanied by shredded lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream at no extra cost.

A meal is not complete, without a hand-crafted specialty cocktail from our extensive drink menu! With over 100 tequilas to choose from, sip on premium tequilas, in a flight or mixed into a custom margarita. The Cantarito is a San Antonio cactus exclusive drink with El Jimador Reposado, fresh lime, orange, and grapefruit soda. It also comes in a souvenir cup!

When you finish enjoying your meal, you can go right back to strolling through the picturesque scenery San Antonio has to be offer. So be sure to stop by Iron Cactus when you’re looking for the best Mexican food on the River Walk.

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Cocktails on the River Walk in San Antonio

Come visit Iron Cactus for delicious cocktails on the River Walk in San Antonio! This summer, escape the heat by stopping by our establishment and enjoying a cool, refreshing drink. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat! Enjoy the view from our shaded patio with a view of the River Walk, boats, and the famous Selena Bridge, or step indoors for some air-conditioned fun. Either way, you can enjoy authentic Mexican food favorites like fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas.

However, your experience isn’t complete without a taste from our award-winning tequila bar. In fact, we’ve been named one of the top tequila bars in the country. Sip on premium tequilas or have them mixed into our various margaritas, martinis, and specialty cocktails. You’re in luck because this season, we’ve updated our drink menu to add even more unique flavors.

From mixes you can’t find anywhere else to classic editions, the Iron Cactus drink selection has everything you need for a perfect night out. We’ve bolstered every aspect of the menu, including mezcal cocktails, frozen drinks, and wine, so you’re sure to find something new to try. Test out the Cactus Exclusive Tromba Barrel Select with orange liqueur, lime, and agave, or select our twist on the classic Pina Colada. No matter what you choose, we guarantee a good time at Iron Cactus.

This summer, relax, unwind, and enjoy yummy cocktails on the River Walk in San Antonio. With the gorgeous scenery, specialty drinks, and fantastic food, you’ll have a dining experience to remember. Thanks to Iron Cactus, your summer has never been more delicious.

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Private Event Rooms in San Antonio

Looking for the perfect place to host your birthday party, corporate event, or wedding rehearsal dinner? Iron Cactus has the private event rooms in San Antonio for your next event! Iron Cactus offers 3 different, unique spaces for private and semi-private parties.

The Cactus Room and Agave Room offer a similar overall theme as the Mexican restaurant and can be used together or separately. Cactus Room seats up to 48 people and the Agave Room serves up to 72 people. These two rooms combined, serve 120 people or 168 cocktail style. These private event rooms in San Antonio include a private bar, white tablecloth and black napkins, a wireless microphone, and 70-inch flatscreen TV with HDMI inputs.

If you are looking for something more casual for your event, the upper dining area is an amazing choice. This area is semi-private and has windows that look to the patio and River Walk so you can still enjoy the lively atmosphere. The upper dining area seats up to 40 people or 70 people cocktail style.

Are these options not big enough for you? Not a problem, you can rent out the entire restaurant! This entirely private event seats up to 500 people, has 3 private bars, and includes the beautiful outdoor patio. Iron Cactus also has private rooms available in Downtown Austin. Fill out the event request form here and let’s get the celebration started at Iron Cactus!


Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio

Did you know that finding the right Mexican restaurants in San Antonio could be a healthy escape for your New Year’s resolution? Iron Cactus is one of few award winning Mexican restaurants in San Antonio that serves up fresh, made from scratch dishes that is perfect for your New Year’s resolutions. It’s time to start burning fat and eating healthy at Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio…your destination for nutritious and delicious food.
When searching for Mexican Restaurants Near Me, be sure to click on Iron Cactus in the results.  You won’t be disappointed.


iron-cactus-menu-shrimp-mexican-restaurants-in-san-antonioFor instance, Iron Cactus makes all of our own guacamole from scratch. Did you know that avocados are full of healthy nutrients and have more potassium than a banana? Avocados are also full of heart-healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids and eating avocados can help lower your Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels. Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio uses only the freshest avocados in our house made guacamole and dishes. Try our delicious table-side guacamole made with fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and citrus. You can see this in our Mexican restaurants in San Antonio menu.


Fish and seafood are also great alternatives for living a heart-healthy, low fat diet. Fresh seafood can help you maintain a healthy heart, ease arthritis symptoms, and helps boost brainpower. Iron Cactus in San Antonio offers numerous fresh seafood dishes that are sure to please your taste buds and your waist line. Try our Pescado Del Mar. This dish features seared Mahi Mahi, jumbo shrimp, bay scallops and sautéed spinach for that extra delicious touch of greens (a great source of iron).


If you’re cutting out carbs or looking for a gluten-free menu, then Iron Cactus has you covered. Try our Pepper-Crusted Tuna or our amazing Pollo Verde featuring roasted corn, chorizo, green chilies, black beans and more. If you are counting carbs, on the Atkins diet, or in the zone…Iron Cactus is your best Mexican restaurant in San Antonio offering a robust gluten-free menu.


Ring in the New Year and new you by enjoying a fresh meal from Iron Cactus in San Antonio. When looking for Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, look for the ones that can help you eat healthy while also tasting delicious. With food this good, you have no excuse to give up on your resolutions.


Iron Cactus is located on the San Antonio Riverwalk at 200 River Walk Suite-100, San Antonio, TX, 78205

Free Tableside Guacamole at Iron Cactus on September 16th, National Guacamole Day

Iron Cactus Celebrates National Guacamole Day by Giving Away One Free

Tableside Guacamole per Table on September 16th

 Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar is giving away one free tableside guacamole on National Guacamole Day, September 16th, per table and/or party only if the guest shows their server the official tableside guacamole photo from Iron Cactus’ Facebook page at

“Iron Cactus is not only known for our wide selection of tequilas and award-winning margaritas. Our tableside guacamole is one of the most popular dishes for our guests and Facebook fan as they regularly share images and videos of it on their social networks,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “There is no better way to celebrate National Guacamole Day than to have our guests enjoy one tableside guacamole on us.”


Priced at $11.99, the free tableside guacamole is made fresh right at the guest’s table using only the finest ingredients. Guests may only avail of one free tableside guacamole per table and/or party if the guest shows the official Facebook photo. It may not be redeemed in exchange for cash and must be used at the time of visit. It may not be combined with any other offer or used multiple times. It is only valid for lunch or dinner on September 16, 2014. Additional restrictions may apply.

Guests are encouraged to share photos of their free tableside guacamole on their social networks and hashtag #ironcactusguacaholics.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves contemporary Mexican dishes and premium, award-winning handcrafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996 and has grown to include a location on the San Antonio River Walk. You can find Iron Cactus on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.  More information about Iron Cactus can be found at


Remembering the Heroes of 9/11

It’s been 13 years today since the Twin Towers in New York City crumbled to the ground and forever changed our way of life. As we commemorate 9/11, we, at Iron Cactus, salute our own brave firefighters.

Iron Cactus Firefighting Crew

Iron Cactus Firefighting Crew


Last Sunday, we sponsored a team of firefighters, who honor their fallen brethren by climbing the equivalent of 110-stories at a building in downtown Austin. What is known as the Memorial Stair Climb for Texas Firewalkers, our team and the rest of the firefighters who participated, carried their full firefighting gear walking up 110-stories. They do this Memorial Stair Climb every year to honor the 343 brave heroes of the FDNY. Say thank you and hug a firefighter today. Never Forget!



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Gluten-Free Never Tasted So Good!

Gluten-free is not just a diet craze.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, about 1% of the U.S. population has celiac disease. For these individuals, staying gluten-free is a matter of life and death.

The rest of the population who are going on a gluten-free diet are doing so because they may be gluten sensitive or simply want to cut the amount of gluten foods they eat. Removing gluten from one’s diet may benefit some more than others.

In a recent article in by Dr. Arthur Agatson, author of The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, he declares that “as a society, we are in a state of ‘gluten overload,’ and millions of people of all ages and all walks of life are suffering as a result of a condition that was recognized only a few years ago, called gluten sensitivity.” [To view the complete article, please click here.]

One common complaint by many who have decided to try being gluten-free is the lack of taste in gluten-free dishes. At Iron Cactus, its gluten-free menu includes dishes that even the non-gluten-free guest would find delicious.

“We want to ensure that our gluten-free guests are able to experience the same tasty dishes that we create for our non-gluten-free guests, “said Iron Cactus Executive Chef Jaime Chozet.  “Our gluten-free menu includes appetizers, entrées and desserts.”

The stacked pork enchiladas is one of the many gluten-free menu items at Iron Cactus.

Iron Cactus has been serving gluten-free dishes since 2008, years before other restaurants started to offer it.

So if you’re gluten-free, be sure to check out our gluten-free menu the next time you visit Iron Cactus.



I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for many years and have always enjoyed learning every aspect of the restaurant business. One thing that I’ve never done in my years of experience is showcase a dish on live TV, but that all changed last Monday.

Iron Cactus Riverwalk was invited to be part of the local NBC morning show, San Antonio Living, for its July 9th show. Being the general manager of the Riverwalk location, I was asked to be the guest on the show to demo a Tex-Mex dish. Our team decided on the Yucatan Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa. It was an excellent choice since it is a refreshing dish that is perfect for the summer season and can be made by the home viewer.

Since this is my TV debut, I arrived at the studio early to make sure I had enough time to set-up and prep for my segment. I was glad that everyone who worked on the show was welcoming from the camera guys to the director to the show’s host, Shelly Miles. She walked me through how the segment was going to go down.

I was also glad that the San Antonio Living set had its own kitchen. It made it easier to get the food and ingredients prepped before I went on the air. I also quickly learned that nothing ever happens as planned on live TV. Due to lack of experience, I had a couple of minor mishaps during prep time. Thankfully, the live cooking segment went without a hitch.

More important, I was able to share with the audience what the Iron Cactus Riverwalk has to offer including our unique Mexican dishes, award-winning margaritas, happy hour and our recent fundraising for our troops.

If you’d like to view the segment and learn how to make Yucatan Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, play the video below:

See you at the Iron Cactus Riverwalk soon!
Steve Clemens
General Manager
Iron Cactus Riverwalk