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Van's Chinese Seafood

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3214 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-8449
Today
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great food, disjointed service, deteriorating atmosphere, high price.

Upon walking up to this restaurant, it's hard to make yourself go in. The outside just screams "you will get sick here" but I tried it anyway. When you enter, it seems like you are entering an unorganized wine outlet that also sells Chinese treats with crummy tables topped with upscale porcelain... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2013
kanne101
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Abilene, Texas
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  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Centennial, Colorado
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Vietnam is right next door and love it Van's did not like. the food was different and I like Vietnam better. My step Daugther insisted we go and was not my cup of tea.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Chef Van is superb in his seafood dishes (my favorite is Oysters anyway he chooses) but the real secret is his wine list..If he dose not have your request, it hasn't been bottled!

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San Antonio, Texas
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Not having enough funds or energy for a day trip to the hill country or the right weather for the coast, my wife and I looked for an adventure at home and found one. We took a short bus ride from downtown San Antonio (route 10) up Broadway to Van's. We flipped a coin to see which restaurant we would... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Upon walking up to this restaurant, it's hard to make yourself go in. The outside just screams "you will get sick here" but I tried it anyway. When you enter, it seems like you are entering an unorganized wine outlet that also sells Chinese treats with crummy tables topped with upscale porcelain dishes. To the back there is a long... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The service was so slow that we almost left. 15 min for spring rolls, with no notice of the wait. We asked about the entree after 20 min. and the waiter said a couple of minutes, with an underlying rude tone. 10 minutes later (yes, I actually had the timer going on my phone) we asked again and this time... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I went to Van's because I had heard great things about it. Appartently, the restaurant has changed because it was awful. Bland, tasteless and seemed stale. The Spring Rolls had a sour taste in them (I think it may have been rotten mushrooms), they were not crunchy and seemed more like egg rolls then Vietnamese Spring Rolls. The lemon chicken... More 

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Santa Fe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Frommer's recommended. Neighborhood looked questionable. Had spring rolls and pork vermicelli and it was a pleasant experience. I would go back.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

If a place can't even make good Spring rolls... why do they exist? The food her is way substandard. They have a nice waitstaff, even if they aren't efficient, but it doesn't make up for the poorly prepared, stale gruel theat they try to pawn off as food. Although, it could prevent someone from starving, I can't give it any... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Very friendly staff and fine food throughout the years. Live varieties of shell fish and Lobster and crab cooked to order in various Asian styles. Original food designs to please even a native Asian taste. Well recommended for some of the best Asin in San Antonio, Texas.

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DC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

We did not have the seafood so maybe that's good but the food we did have-- tofu with vegetables, hot/sour soup-- was horrible. It was as if someone took a bottle of soy sauce and poured it into EVERYTHING. We also tried the vermicelli and that technique was probably also applied. As an asian person, I would not call this... More 

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Additional Information about Van's Chinese Seafood

Address: 3214 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone Number: (210) 828-8449
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $20
Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3214 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
  • Phone Number: (210) 828-8449

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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