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Bistro Vatel

Certificate of Excellence
Uptown Broadway
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218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212-2026
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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San Antonio, Texas
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chez Vatel Bistro is great for both lunch and dinner, but we prefer it for lunch. Their lunch menu changes daily and always has enough choices that make it hard to decide. Chef Watel is a true master who keeps his offerings pretty close to his French heritage. Speaking of which, I understand he officially is the Honorary French Consul... More 

Thank Robert H
Corpus Christi, Texas
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156 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Me and my wife were in San Antonio for the weekend and she googled best restaurants in San Antonio. Chez Vatel was on the list since we love French food we thought it was worth a try. I'm glad we went, it's a small little restaurant with a family feel, the service was tremendous. I had venison and she has... More 

Thank poppazo
San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We had heard great things about this restaurant, but it did not live up to expectations. The decor has a tired feel. The food was average. I had one of the featured dishes - Coq Au Vin, but, while OK, it was nothing special. My dining partner had Monkfish, which was overcooked. For desert, we had the profiteroles. Clearly these... More 

Thank BarryB10846
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

I was in mood for some French, so I picked this nice little place. The food was delicious and the staff was very helpful. I wanted something they didn't really have on the menu, but they were able to prepare it. This is something I really appreciated.

Thank Gr_Aria
San Antonio, Texas
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

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 

Thank vhg1
San Antonio, texas
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133 reviews
79 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 

Thank doctoryes
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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.

1 Thank southtexasguy8
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$23 - $80
French, International, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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

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