Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – Moved to Del Rio from California 8 years ago expecting to succeed in the restaurant business, and after a lot of hard work, perseverance and his own personal touch, Sergio Alvarez has turned La Hacienda Restaurant and Catering into one of the most iconic diners in Del Rio, Texas for more than one reason.

The Old Elks Lodge building, at the corner of Pecan and Losoya, is home of a host of Del Rio settlers’ history, and even though the construction date goes back a few more years, it takes its name from the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Del Rio Lodge 837, which bought the site and structure in 1910, as recorded by the Val Verde County Historical Commission.

The building became part of the early Del Rio community housing high school functions, dances, reunions, weddings, and the Elks themselves sponsored Boy Scouts, Little League teams, soccer, hoop shoots, and other sporting competitions and charity events. 

(For more on the history of the building visit the Val Verde County Historical Commission website or click here

Every day patrons, which come to enjoy the daily buffet mainly consisting of Mexican food such as mole sauce chicken, menudo, pozole, pork, beef guiso, beef broth, and a wide array of trimmings and deserts, get the opportunity to enjoy Alvarez’s delicious cooking, but also to coexist with local history.

Buffet is available on a daily basis 10 a.m. thru 3 p.m. and the restaurant is open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday is open until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m. Besides the restaurant, Alvarez also provides catering services.

Alvarez and his family kept the rustic themed decoration, which provides a warming reminder of this historical place and its history.

A touch of history... Catering services are also available.

La Hacienda Restaurant keep the tradition of this Texas Historical site, by hosting social events, such as receptions, reunions, weddings, quinces, in this hall, where local history becomes alive and continues to build within these beautifully preserved and decorated walls.