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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 - 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 39
    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
Simply perfect

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
AKroaming
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Anchorage, Alaska
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
Anchorage, Alaska
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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Mexico
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 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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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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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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San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Very good, pricy meal. Go ahead and have some wine. It won't kill you all at once. Really fun lazy lunch place.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We ate here for the first time yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had the goat cheese ravioli. The heirloom tomatoes. Lamb Oso Buco. A kobe steak au pauve (sp?) Each dish was so delicious. I am so happy that we found this restaurant.

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Texas
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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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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?