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Bistro Vatel

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

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Fabulous as usual

Lovely traditional French bistro food, reliable, friendly waiters, sophisticated clientele, fixed price menu or alacarte, romantic atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
jjerryk
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Lovely traditional French bistro food, reliable, friendly waiters, sophisticated clientele, fixed price menu or alacarte, romantic atmosphere.

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Thank jjerryk
San Antonio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We were a party of 4 celebrating my wife's birthday. She loves french food so we decided on Bistro Vatel. Although the service was great, the food was not above average. We were disappointed that the lobster tail was advertised as two tails, but in reality was one tail split in two. The food was good enough, but not the... More 

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Thank vhg1
San Antonio, texas
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118 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We ate there recently for the first time in a couple of years. Not quite as good as I remembered it in the past. Service is still excellent; mature, really thoughtful. Food was generally good, but some issues, particularly with the quality of the beef. Salads were good, not excellent. A classy place, just not quite what it used to... More 

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Thank doctoryes
SAN ANTONIO
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

A wonderful neighborhood bistro in the best French tradition. Half the people there know the other half. But no one is a stranger. You want something? Just ask.

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1 Thank southtexasguy8
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We dined at Chez Vatel Bistro twice in August...once as a part of Culinaria...both nights were wonderful. I can't say enough about how fabulous the Foie Gras is and I think that was the best veal chop we've ever had. While it is fine dining, we were very comfortable there and the service was perfect. Really enjoyed it and will... More 

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1 Thank dga120
Anchorage, Alaska
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

From the owner taking the reservation to the final "au revoir" after our meal, this was an exceptional meal and experience. The restaurant is located in small strip mall in Olmos Park near the traffic circle and is not very impressive from the outside, but, once we entered, we were greeted by a warm, simple decor and the quiet hum... More 

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1 Thank AKroaming
Mexico
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Is a classic french restaurant with great service and a very good wine list. Expensive but worth it. We went to celebrate my birthday and our experience was amazing, our waiter treat us incredible offering very good recommendations and wine. We had the classic french for starters the escargot and foie, for main dishes de "coq au vine", duck, and... More 

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Thank JLeuchter
San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Bistro Vatel and everything was first rate. My appetizer, pear and gorgonzola salad was the best salad or appetizer I have ever had and was big enough to have shared. My wife's appetizer was escargot and she pronounced them perfect. Her entree was fish, mine a mouthwatering filet. We finished with coffee and lusicous... More 

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1 Thank Patriot505
San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Lunch. Prices are very reasonable for lunch and the food is excellent; so is the service. We've always had excellent meals at Bistro Vatel.

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Thank Phil S
San Antonio, Texas
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108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Watel brings generations of traditional french cooking to a varying menu and excellent cellar. With few exceptions we've spent every anniversary at Bistro Vatel for at least the last decade, never disappointed with a wide range of offerings. Being devoted foodies, and with the demise of l'Etoile this is one of the two remaining local spots we consider worth the... 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, International, European

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?