Enrique Tomas brings the Spanish jamón experience to San Antonio’s Riverwalk

San Antonio is now home to Enrique Tomas’ second US location. The legendary jamón purveyor with over 100 locations in Spain, Mexico, UK, Peru, France and Argentina recently added a location in San Antonio on the River Walk.

The new restaurant is located at 849 E. Commerce Street, where the Maria Mia Mexican Bistro once stood. We stopped in at a soft opening on Friday May 20 for a first look. Here’s what to expect on your next trip to the brand new restaurant on the River Walk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

The food

While jamón takes center stage at Enrique Tomas, the menu includes finger foods like queso flameado with chorizo, pasta on the starter list, and paella. Owner Ricardo Sieveking invited us to try the Jamón Experience, which for $40 is a generous sampler for two of Enrique Tomas’ three meats. The platter was served with small pieces of bread and we added a cheese platter ($9) to complete the tasting. Enrique Tomas employees suggested letting the jamón rest in our mouths, letting the flavors melt, before eating it. That was good advice for a beginner.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Before digging into the jamón, we snacked on the garlic and pepper prawns, recommended by the staff. Each prawn was tender and juicy and we joked that we wouldn’t mind saving the sauce for the rest of our meal.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Still a little hungry after grazing, we added a starter to share. The $18 pasta carbonara with Iberian secreto. The parmesan rigatoni pasta had chunks of Iberian secreto full of flavor tossed into the thick, creamy sauce.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Space:

The River Walk spot is an airy space with additional seating on the balcony. While still in its soft opening, the jamón experience is taking shape. Three jamóns are displayed in the center of the dining room with employees, or jamóneros, shaving plate cuts. As customers enter the restaurant, a display case with rows of jamón that vary in price greets them.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

More to know:

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Since the restaurant is located in The Shops at Rivercenter, customers may have to pay for covered parking if they are unable to find a space on the street.

Reservations can be made online or by sending a direct message to the @enriquetomariverwalk Instagram page. The remaining hours of the week are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

First look at Enrique Tomas, a Spanish jamón restaurant, which recently opened on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

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