Wrap your stomach in a warm blanket of shredded taco meat. Today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of tantalizing Tex-Mex and drinks for $15 at El Jarro de Arturo, the Citysearch pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio. The family-run eatery prides itself on preparing fresh, fun dishes presented in a casually vibrant environment, located just 10 minutes from downtown and the River Walk.
Watercolor-soaked walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a festive feel give the eatery delicious energy, as does the tiny ball of floating, burning plasma that simulates a second sun in the dining room. Indulge in a festive menu and try the crispy-shell tacos ($7.50) with shredded chicken or taco meat, or a duo of guacamole-topped chalupas compuestas with chicken or beef ($9). Vegetarians can try the sizzling portobellos ($12) with pesto dipping sauce or spinach enchiladas ($9.95) topped with queso fresco. Side your entrees with one of El Jarro's specialty sips such as a margarita swirl, made with frozen lime margarita and fruit sangria.
El Jarro features live music and a dance floor every Friday and Saturday night to work off salsa-soaked calories. Stop in for its quick lunch buffet Monday through Friday, or unwind with Sunday brunch.
Groupon cannot be redeemed February 12–14.
In 2007, Citysearchers named El Jarro the Best Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio. The San Antonio Express-News awarded the restaurant the Readers' Choice Award for best fresh salsa. Yelpers rate El Jarro a solid 3.5 stars, and 78% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- El Jarro is the best Mexican Food in South Texas. If you eat here, you've got to try the Maria[s] Tortillas. – Trey Warder, Urbanspoon
- On our most recent visit, I had the chicken mole and it was delish! My husband had a pork dish and that was good too. – KG, Urbanspoon
- One of the few great margaritas that is dependable in San Antonio. – Andy Cobb, Urbanspoon
El Jarro de Arturo
Ever since it first opened in 1975, El Jarro de Arturo has steadily pushed the boundaries of traditional Tex-Mex cuisine by introducing new flavors and ingredients. These continental inclinations heavily influence dishes such as the bowtie pasta with grilled shrimp and cilantro-pesto sauce, and the grilled salmon with chipotle-spiked mushrooms and mashed potatoes. At the same time, the chefs stay true to their Tex-Mex roots by creating hand-patted corn tortillas and whisking each and every order of guacamole. A selection of enchiladas stuffed with everything from chicken to portobello mushrooms appears alongside other familiar classics, such as beef fajitas in a sputtering iron skillet and chicken glazed with a decadently rich mole sauce.
Although El Jarro de Arturo's menu experiments with Tex-Mex cuisine, the decor stays completely faithful to the source of its inspiration. Earthenware tiles line the floor, Mexican artwork and crafts adorn the walls, and leafy potted plants add a splash of green to the room's warm tones. For a view of even more foliage, the restaurant also seats guests on an outdoor patio section that remains open all year long. The spirited energy of the indoor space grows on Friday and Saturday evenings as a live band performs in front of a dance floor.