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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    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
Best in San Antonio

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Phil S
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San Antonio, Texas
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 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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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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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: Special occasions, Romantic
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?