Sparks Fly at Soluna Restaurant
Soluna is not just a place to fill your glass. If there is one thing that stands out about this restaurant, other than the food, it is the community atmosphere. Both owners and staff take great pride in their work. Ask any server, bartender, or cook and they will delight you with stories about their many years here. This place runs more like a large family kitchen than a restaurant.
This dedication and pride in the establishment follows through in food and drinks. I feel very fortunate that I had the honor of trying so many dishes- Jerry Cavillo is a generous and enthusiastic host, and Soluna’s extended family of regulars had so many suggestions I could have eaten for days! They have so many repeat visitors that everyone knows each other. There are hugs, laughter, and Chispa’s for everyone!
Chispa, meaning Spark, is the signature margarita of Soluna. It is refreshing, tart, and strong enough to start your afternoon without making you sloppy. If you are looking for something a little sweeter try the Amore Pasión, inspired by resident artist Gilbert Duran. It is worth getting lost on your way to the bathroom to explore his paintings throughout Soluna. If you are not a tequila drinker try the elegant Bry Rye, named after a loyal New York City visitor of the restaurant.
If you have ever wanted to try Ceviche, or consider yourself a Ceviche connoisseur, Soluna will not disappoint. The fresh lime and savory flavors are an ideal start to any dining experience. The star of this visit though, was the Ensalada de Mar y Sol. I have never had the pleasure of a crab cake that is all at once full of flavor, has the perfect crunch, and yet, melts in your mouth. You need the greens it’s served with so you can cleanse your palette, close your eyes, and pretend it is your first bite all over again.
You can tell these recipes have been passed down within the Calvillo family and perfected down to the very last crumb. Every tortilla used is handmade and fresh from the stovetop. Don’t fill up on your Enchiladas Soluna though because the Pastel de Tres Leches is how you will want to wrap up your night. This is the perfect dessert for cake lovers and non-cake lovers alike. It is spongy, moist, and balanced perfectly with a rich, creamy, not-too-sweet, icing. The cake to icing ratio allows you to enjoy every morsel without an overwhelming amount of either component.
Soluna is busy and loud during peak hours, but in the giant family reunion kind of way- full of laughter and catching up. Whether you are a San Antonio native or just visiting, this is where you eat traditional Mexican food. With happy employees, and well-tried recipes Soluna is consistent and enthusiastic. They are the Chispa in San Antonio dining.
7959 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
Monday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM