1201 Austin Hwy Ste 175, San Antonio, TX | Directions 78209-480729.489139 -98.446488
Sun - Thur 6:30 am - 11 pm
Fri & Sat 6:30 am - midnight
Neighborhoods: Willshire Terrace
What's not to like! – This has been a favorite of mine since I moved to San Antone in 2002. I have taken friends here and grandchildren. It is always wonderful. The servers are always pleasant, courteous and efficient. Earl's has the very absolute best open-faced roast beef sandwich EVER. The coconut pie and coffee are always favorites. My grandson thinks the chocolate malts are the best too. Earl's has senior plates and daily specials and the cooking is excellent. What ever you choose will be a treat for your taste buds.
Wonderful People & Excellent Food! – The staff at Earl Abel's are wonderful people that support their community and serve awesome home cooking!
No Reason to Return – When we got there, the place was about 1/3rd full, yet we had to wait a long time to get seated. The line was 8 deep before they even looked our way. After we were seated it was more of the same. Very slow to take our orders, bring our food out, bring condiments (which we eventually had to get up and get ourselves in full view of the host, who didn't even flinch), and to bring our bill. The server apologized at the end, after he had slacked during the whole meal. When we were paying, the manager rang us out while on the phone the whole time, even after we said we had a complaint. When we finally were able to speak with him, he was completely lax in his reponse, no apology no nothing. It was as if he didn't care whether or not we come again... so we won't.
I don't get it – My first trip to Earl Abel's was shortly after I moved here, early this year. A friend and I went there for dinner, and both meals - while a bit expensive, comparatively speaking - were excellent: fresh, well-prepared and ample portions.
In the intervening months, I've eaten three additional meals here (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and have been sorely disappointed.
First, the restaurant itself has kind of a funky odor: not quite curdled milk and not quite rancid cooking oil, but something similarly unappetizing.
Second, the decor - if it can be called that - is a mish-mosh of disparate elements. While I appreciate some of it (the Burma Shave signs and the retro vinyl booths, for instance), the rest of it is just bizarre to me....and the life-sized Jeeves mannequin is downright creepy!!
Third, the food has been just so-so, at best.
And finally, Earl Abel's is considerably more expensive than any other place of the same caliber.
I guess it is a beloved institution for many longtime San Antonio residents - but without the nostalgia factor, I wonder how many of them would still eat here?
get real people – earl abel's reincarnated is true to it predecessor in every way...it even improves on the old formula.
but, beyond all that, it still has the best chocolate and german chocolate cake on the planet. really. it must be experienced...often ;)
Better to leave – First time for my newly wed wife and I to acquaint ourselves with what we thought to be a very well rounded eatery. We just received our sets of wedding pictures and we wanted a nice place to look at them and enjoy a well cooked meal. We ordered Tea and Coke and the waitress addressed me as if I was a child and told me that I could only have one refill. Ok- I ordered an appetizer so that we could snack while we shared this time together looking at the pictures. We also ordered chicken dishes. Within minutes our entries arrived before our appetizers! I explained to the waitress that this order of service is back-wards and she explained to me as if I was a child that the cooks had already prepared a lot of chicken earlier and she didn't want our entrie to get cold. and that our appetizer would be out in about 15 minutes.
Worst food and service ever for a well known restaurant – I am sad to say, this is not you parents Earl Abels. It still has the originators name on the sign, but I would bet Earl would not be Abel to sleep if he knew to what depths of poor quality and service his restaurant has descended to. Six of us went for dinner. We ordered everything from a club sandwich to chicken fried steak, to grilled pork chops, to spaghetti and meatballs. We had wanted to order fried chicken, but were told they were out of chicken. That is akin to going to McDonalds, to be told they have no Big Macs.The first clue that this meal was going to go bad, was the salad dressing. It was as watery and thin as I have ever seen and flavorless. Then the food came. I guess it was food, I am not sure. The chicken-fried steak was over cooked and hard. The spaghetti had a strange smell. The person that ordered it said it smelled of Ben-Gay. (Personally I think she was smelling the waitress, who had to be seventy years old.) The club sandwich was no better. The bacon was old tasting, like it was cooked many hours before, and it left a greasy taste in you mouth. Now for the service! It was just as bad. It took fifteen minutes after we sat down, just to get our drinks. Now if they were busy, I could understand that. They weren't busy at all. We had to ask for crackers to go with the salads. We had to ask for dinner rolls which should come with the meals. We had to ask three times for a glass of juice, because the waitress kept forgetting about it. Then the fun began. The so-called excuse for a manager came by and asked if everything was OK. When we told him no, he just walked off. I guess he was just asking a rhetorical question. If you don;t want to hear the occasional negative feedback, then don't ask the question. What a waste of good money. I don't mind paying the better part of $100 for a meal, but this was not a good meal, either food wise or service wise.
Do yourself a favor - don't waste your time or money at Earl Abels.
CLOSED – Just to let everyone know Earl Abel's is now closed. Rumor has it someone is building condominiums. Sorry!
Greedy Condo Developers Destroy a Classic – It was one sad day when the greedy condo developers bulldozed this place. But, we can all look forward to a nice, new shiney tower full of arrogant egomanics who, quite sadly, haven't moved out of State. It is very bad mojo to bulldoze a classic!!!
Twilight Zone – This place is CREEPY, but that's part of its intrigue. I must admit that the fried chicken is really all-that, but other than that I haven't had anything worth bearing the geriatric atmosphere for. If you can appreciate places with personality, this landmark is worth checking out atleast once. As for me (now that I've been inside 2-3 times), I'm sticking with take-out.
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