The Bottom Line
- Affordable dining $12 and under
- Patio dining along San Antonio River Walk
- On the grounds of the Pearl Brewery
- Kid-friendly amenities
- Attentive service
- Food texture can be hit or miss
- Kid portions may be hard for younger children to handle
- No soups on the menu
- La Gloria Ice House
100 East Grayson
San Antonio, TX 78215
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
- Prices: $3.50 - $12.00
- In a nutshell:
A la carte dining, outdoor bar and patio option, large screen TVs for sporting events
- Family amenities:
High chairs, bathroom diaper changing stations, crayon menu kit
Guide Review - La Gloria Ice House Review
Welcome to La Gloria
Its motto is: "No hace falta morir para llegar a la Gloria"- meaning, "You don't have to die to go to Heaven." Nestled across from the historic Pearl Brewery, La Gloria claims to offer a different kind of Mexican food.
"This isn't your regular Tex Mex," our server Natalie proudly admitted within seconds of introducing herself. The food of La Gloria is a representation beyond the border, to the interior parts of Mexico like Veracruz and Mexico City; where aguas frescas are sold in the street, Mexican pizza or Tlayudas are draped with queso Oaxaca and the only "chalupa" you'll find is called a by it's real name - a tostada.
Everything about La Gloria oozes Latino culture. A vibrant mural of female angels, apparently enjoying a heavenly meal, adorns the side. A creepy, yet friendly wrought iron "muerto" on a bench greets you. He's one of many you can pose with for an impromptu photo opp. The decor is vibrant but not over the top. We enjoyed listening to subtle salsa music throughout La Gloria; even in the restroom. All the menus and signs are bilingual.This urban take on Mexican street food provides a tasty array of options, walking distance from the San Antonio River.
Eating at La Gloria
We had a five minute wait upon arrival, at the peak of lunch hour. Window seats are a nice perk, since the restaurant overlooks the San Antonio Riverwalk. Our party of 5 received our food about 15 minutes after taking the first order. The menu is a la carte and the service is willing to customize to fit your needs.
The children's menu is about a month old and includes several taco options, including some American staples like hamburgers and hot dogs. The children's crispy chicken taco was a little tough for my child testers. You definitely need a strong bite to penetrate; may work best for older kids. La Gloria offers regular fountain drinks as well Mexican sodas and aquas frescas in strawberry, lemonade, jaimica and more. The strawberry option was a hit at our table.
The street steak tacos (3 for $5) packed a tasty punch with onions and cilantro. The seafood salad tostada ($5.25) included a nice combination of shrimp, scallops and crab. Although a few parts were a bit fatty, the Torta Loca de Carnitas sandwich ($7.50) was also quite good. You learn right away why it's served in a deep tray. It can be a little messy, especially if you decide to cut your sandwich in half; knife is included. While it's not officially on the menu, you can request the Sopa Azteca ($6), La Gloria's spicier version of a tortilla soup.
Cooling mister fans keep patio patrons comfortable in the South Texas heat. There's also a patio bar. Taking a walk on the Riverwalk post meal - a little priceless piece of heaven.