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Bistro Vatel

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Uptown Broadway
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218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212-2026
210-828-3141
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Almost Wonderful

We had dinner last night at Bistro Vatel. I would love to love it because I live nearby. Unfortunately I can only say that I like it occasionally. Our food was good, not great. Our bill was huge, and that was to be expected. The atmosphere is very nice. The service was at best so-so. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
PurplePaloma
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Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Texas
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had dinner last night at Bistro Vatel. I would love to love it because I live nearby. Unfortunately I can only say that I like it occasionally. Our food was good, not great. Our bill was huge, and that was to be expected. The atmosphere is very nice. The service was at best so-so. The woman waiting on us... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have been meaning to go here for years -- and finally booked a table to reconnect with a college roommate. The ambiance was great and while we were very close to other diners, the quiet allowed us to catch up in complete comfort. Dover sole, tenderloin and duck confit all were really, really good. the star of the show... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

On our second visit to Chez Vatel, I and 6 of my family members celebrated my mother-in-law's 75th birthday one recent evening. It was a very fine meal with very good French wine. We had fois gras and mussels as two of our appetizers....both delicious. The salad has a basil vinaigrette that is absolutely light and super yummy! Our entrees... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

The room was full of art comfortable chairs the food was so good I thought i transported to Paris some how the service was amazing even the second waiter was great .His wine recommendation was also right on the money tried the steak and the pasta du jour both great and the bread to die for.....really a find

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San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Romantic hide-away in Olmos Park. Wonderful French food, reasonable wine, exceptional staff. "Menu" changes daily. Deserts outstanding.

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Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went on our 29th Wedding anniversary on the recommendation of Ann and Joe and Chicken Paradise B&B. Our server (Steven) was very nice. We ordered the 2 Lobster Tails with Asparagus and the Beef Tenderloin and Bearnaise Sauce and two salads. Even though the lobster was one dish and the tenderloin was a second, we told Steven we were... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great food and drinks and the staff was very attentive and trained. Martini's are made with love and taste so great, yum.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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99 reviews 99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Four of us went for a fine meal and we were not disappointed. It is considered by many to be the finest restaurant in San Antonio. I started with escargot. They were cooked perfectly in the butter. herbs, and garlic. The bibb salad was fresh and the homemade dressing superb. I had a tenderloin while the other three chose seafood.... More 

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Florence, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

My husband and I always try top rated Zagat restaurants when we travel. This had a very high rating, but the food was average. The only seasoning they believe in here is salt! It is located in a strip shopping center with no view or ambiance. The service was very good, but there were only three tables occupied including us.... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Took my mother-in-law as she lives very near. We had heard great things about it and decided to go to lunch there. I chose two things and asked for waiters recommendation between the two. We both had the lobster tail with crab risotto . Also had salad and potato and truffle soup. Both were delicious . The entree was served... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212-2026
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Uptown Broadway
  • Neighborhood: Uptown Broadway
  • Phone Number: 210-828-3141

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, European, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?