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There is nothing better than having a delicious breakfast in a beautiful, relaxed location while on vacation. It is like the icing on the cake for your amazing vacation. And when you are in San Antonio, Texas, there is no better place for breakfast than Guenther House. Keep reading to find out why!
The History of Guenther House
The Guenther House was originally built in 1860 by Carl Hilmer Guenther. He built the house at the age of 35, shortly after moving his flour mill to San Antonio from the nearby town of Fredericksburg, Texas. He and his wife raised their seven children in the home.
In 1898, the name of his mill was changed from Guenther’s Mill to Pioneer Flour Mills.
In 1902, his youngest son, Erhard, began a major remodel of the home. The Guenther House today looks much like it did after this remodeling.
The Decor of Guenther House
Today, Guenther House consists of a restaurant, museum, and store.
The restaurant is housed in the original kitchen, tea room, dining room, and outdoor arbor area. It is decorated in the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the early 1900’s.
Details around the indoor seating area pay homage to the Guenther family and their mill, such as plaster bundles of corn and wheat holding up the mantel and wall buffet.
The Food at Guenther House
The highlight at the Guenther House is the food! It is so good!
Guenther House serves both breakfast and lunch. I haven’t been here for lunch, but I can tell you from experience that the breakfast is amazing!
The breakfast menu includes traditional breakfast foods such as biscuits, bacon, sausage, eggs, breakfast potatoes, gravy, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast tacos.
While all of their food is delicious, the waffles and pancakes are the stars of the show. They make them in house with a sweet cream batter. This cream gives the pancakes and waffles such a different flavor than you typically find.
My favorite thing on the menu at Guenther House is the chicken and waffles. The first time I took a bite of the waffles, I was blown away by the flavor! The sweet cream just exploded in my mouth. It was so yummy!
My husband had the breakfast tacos. He loved them as well.
Lunch at Guenther House features a collection of sandwiches, the quiche of the day, chicken salad, taco salad, and champagne chicken enchiladas. The lineup of sandwiches includes grilled chicken, deli turkey, deli ham, club, and chicken salad.
For a look at the entire menu, see the Guenther House website.
Where to Find the Restaurant
Guenther House is located in the historic King Williams neighborhood, less than a mile and a half outside of downtown San Antonio. The address is 205 East Guenther Street.
If you are staying on or near the Riverwalk, you can either drive or walk to Guenther House. It takes approximately 20-25 minutes to walk from the heart of the Riverwalk district to the restaurant. You can either walk along the river (which ends at Guenther House) or you can walk at street level.
My husband and I walked along the street level when we visited. I really enjoyed the walk. It was so quiet and pleasant.
Shortly after leaving downtown, you enter the King William neighborhood. Once this happens, you get to stroll past all of these beautiful historic homes. It’s fun to imagine what it would be like to live in one of them as you walk.
The Prices and Hours
Guenther House is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until 2 pm. Breakfast is served the entire time. Lunch is served from 10:30 am until 2 pm.
Tip: This place is super popular! So, get here early, especially on the weekends in order to avoid a long wait!
If you do have to wait for a table, don’t worry. You can spend the time playing some yard games, touring the museum, shopping in the store, or just admiring the beautiful grounds.
We had to wait about 45 minutes in order to eat breakfast on a Saturday in July. But, it felt more like 10 because we shopped in the store and just enjoyed relaxing in the gorgeous surroundings.
Everything on the breakfast menu is in the $8-15 range. Lunch will cost anywhere from $12-16 per person.
The Museum and Store
The museum is located in what was the library of the home. It houses memorabilia from the mill along with antique baking tools and china. You will also find items that belonged to the Guenther family in the museum as well, including Erhard’s bowling trophy from 1897.
The store is located down a short hallway from the museum. It carries a variety of mixes, including cornbread mix, sweet cream waffle mix, and a country gravy mix. The store also carries a selection of Founder’s Choice coffees.
Additionally, the store carries a large selection of baking tools, pans, and accessories, including cookie cutters, aprons, and bread warmers. You can also buy Christmas ornaments, cookbooks, butters, jellies, and sauces.
I highly recommend stopping in the store to check out what they have to offer. I found some cute gingerbread Christmas ornaments and cookie cutters that I bought during our visit.
Guenther House is an incredibly beautiful, historic home that has been turned into a restaurant serving a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. This is a very popular San Antonio restaurant because it is the whole package.
I highly recommend Guenther House for breakfast during your San Antonio vacation! You won’t regret it!
For more things to do in Texas, see Texas Sandfest, my Texas bucket list, the best beach destinations in Texas, Babe’s Chicken House, the Ft. Worth Zoo, and the best things to do in Ft. Worth with kids.
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