Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Nao New World Flavors

312 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 2104 (Grayson St.) Send to Phone
210-554-6484 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The CIA’s student-staffed restaurant features Latin cuisines on a rotating basis --- many visits may be necessary.

Lunch Sat., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Nao New World Flavors, San Antonio, TX

Nao New World Flavors Restaurant Review

: Despite its unseasoned student staff, Nao, the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio’s restaurant, often impresses with its adventuresome blend of Latin cuisines, inflected on a rotating basis by the flavors of the particular country being investigated. Diners have thus far been treated to the cooking of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and more, all from a multi-course, tasting-style menu --- and if there were some misses among the many hits, there was no shortage of excitement due to the thrill of the new and unfamiliar. And as the school’s Latin program has matured, so have the offerings, passing from relatively familiar Peruvian ceviches to dishes such as Colombia’s sancocho (oxtail soup), Mexico’s cuitlacoche risotto, tuna tartare from Peru, and a Chilean dish with seafood and sausages. Gaucho cuisine of Argentina and an exploration of the Amazon are also on the itinerary. A bar with Latin-accented cocktails --- a drink is created for each new cuisine --- adds to the lively atmosphere already created by exuberant décor and active acoustics. A Farmers Market lunch is offered on Saturdays only, as is a “taco stand” at the market itself.

Discover heart-healthy restaurants near you
Heart-healthy Restaurants

Start the new year off right at one of GAYOT's picks
for the Best Heart-healthy Restaurants Near You.


Enter the culinary world of the 2019 Best Restaurants in America with our Restaurants Awards.