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Frederick's Bistro
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Ranked #268 of 4,625 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Huebner
Description: Frederick Costa, the Owner of Frederick's Bistro was raised in an environment of wonderful food and hospitality. Growing up in both in Indochina and France, his parents, Henri and Odette owned highly acclaimed gourmet restaurants in both countries. As a young man he not only learned the secrets of French and Asian cuisine's, but also the true meaning of hospitality and customer service. Customers of Frederick's Bistro will say that visiting the restaurant is like walking into your best friend's home. You feel completely welcomed and special on every visit. After working in the family restaurants for many years, Frederick sought formal training at the Flo Brasserie in Paris. From there he came to the United States and to San Antonio in 1984. In 1985 he opened the very popular L'Etoile restaurant. After several years with L'Etoile, Frederick sought to blend the flavors and diverse cultures of the lands he grew up in. His parents operated both French and Indochinese restaurants and the fusion of both cuisines intrigued him. In 2000, he opened Frederick's Restaurant in Alamo Heights and in 2008 Frederick's Bistro in Northwest San Antonio. The results are dining experiences that have become legendary for area residents and visitors. You and your guests will truly experience fine dining at Frederick's Bistro in San Antonio. At Frederick's Bistro we offer a wide variety of gourmet dishes and an exquisite selection of wines and beverages. In addition to the wonderful cuisine, you will experience the service that is uniquely Frederick's. Be it lunch or dinner, your dining experience at Frederick's Bistro will be one that you are not soon to forget.
San Antonio, Texas
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464 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Enjoyed it”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

We ate here on a weeknight with friends from out of town. The menu was innovative and varied. For appetizers, we chose pate, escargot, oysters and we all enjoyed our choice. Entrees we tried were salmon, "healthy" fish, lamb and all enjoyed. Service was attentive. Wine list not extensive but good choices. A nice neighborhood bistro, but not inexpensive. We'll go here again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank travelinjep
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Teresitalamasbonita, Guest Relations Manager at Frederick's Bistro, responded to this review, April 22, 2015
Hi there! Sorry it took us very long to Thank You for your review, we appreciate it very much and are pleased to know you and your friends had a great time.

At Fredericks, we love to provide great food and excellent service to grateful guests like you. We hope to see you soon!

Yours in Culinary Delight!

Frederick's Bistro

14439 N.W. Military HWY Suite 100
210.888.1500
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews
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“Food was great; the service was terrible”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

I am only writing this review in tripadvisor because the restaurant ignored my letter of complaint. We had a reservation for 4 on New Year's Eve. When we arrived there were only 3 tables occupied and yet our waiter--David--ignored us for 10 minutes and it only got worse. David assiduously ignored us except when one couple ordered an expensive bottle of wine. The other couple was ignored after the initial glass of wine was ordered. Another or perhaps more would have been ordered except David was a ghost. All of this and more I told the restaurant; however, the owners have not responded and I am sure they don't think they need to. However, the food in this restaurant is some of the best in San Antonio and the presentation is beautiful. As with all businesses, the service can make an experience great or awful. And the service in an establishment is a direct reflection on the owners and management. This group of 4 will be reluctant to return to Fredrick's Bistro unless we can be sure that David will not be our waiter. But I rather think that we will not return and also tell our friends about our dreadful service experience.

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank lwc2014
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Teresitalamasbonita, Guest Relations Manager at Frederick's Bistro, responded to this review, April 22, 2015
Hi there! So sorry it took us very long to Thank You and follow up on your review. We appreciate your time and honesty. We will do everything possible for you to have an excellent dining and service (not David) experience next time you visit.

Yours in Culinary Delight!

Frederick's Bistro

14439 N.W. Military HWY Suite 100
210.888.1500
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Dallas
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298 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Liked some, not other food”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Waitress was friendly and cheerful, but couldn't tell us what was in the spring rolls, nor did she offer to find out. They were tasty, very crispy, filled with a ground mixture, The Caesarsalad was quite good. the Thanksgiving dinner had what he wanted, was generous, but ordinary. My Gratinated oven Roasted Shrimp & Sea Scallops w/ Tomato Lobster Bisque Sauce just tasted like an average shrimp/scallop parmigiana - not special at all.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank txmeg
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Teresitalamasbonita, Guest Relations Manager at Frederick's Bistro, responded to this review, April 23, 2015
Hello Madame,

Sorry it took us so long to Thank You for your review, we appreciate it very much.

At Frederick's we love to provide great food and excellent service and that's why we take your review into consideration because we care. Please feel free to let us know what else we can do for you to enjoy our Bistro.

We hope to see you soon!

Yours in Culinary Delight!

Frederick's Bistro

14439 N.W. Military HWY Suite 100
210.888.1500
Please Like our page on FACEBOOK.
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San Antonio, Texas
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204 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
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“Nov 16”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

What a fine, fine upscale dining experience! I think possibly the best meals we have experienced in San Antonio, TX. Not only was the menu extensive but the meals were exquisite and the presentation was one of the best I have experienced. The waitstaff was exceptional, attentive but not overly bothersome. Frederick's Bistro is not overly large but the noise level is low, adding to a delightful evening. I would recommend this restaurant to executives and CEO's.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Vic L
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Teresitalamasbonita, Guest Relations Manager at Frederick's Bistro, responded to this review, April 22, 2015
Hi there! It took us very long to Thank You for your review, we appreciate it very much and are very happy you got to enjoyed our Bistro.

At Fredericks, we love to provide great food and excellent service to grateful guests like you. We hope to see you soon!

Yours in Culinary Delight!

Frederick's Bistro

14439 N.W. Military HWY Suite 100
210.888.1500
Please Like our page on FACEBOOK.
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San Antonio, Texas
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610 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
“Absoutely deliciously outstanding - the food, not the service!”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Rarely have I experienced such wonderfully delicious restaurant food!
We had reservations for six at 630pm, but the restaurant was nearly empty upon our arrival, but quickly filled to capacity by 745pm, so I would definitely recommend reservations. You may feel a bit "under" dressed wearing jeans as we saw many gentlemen in coats/ties.
I would categorize our food as absolutely deliciously outstanding! All six of us were extremely pleased with the portion size and fresh taste. Our entrees were Double Cut Pork Chop, Mahi-mahi in a mustard sauce, Ahi Tuna, and pan sautéed sole.
My grape tomato, Swiss cheese, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar was uniquely excellent.
Even though we were pleasantly stuffed, we couldn't resist sharing a slice of the chocolate pecan pie which was very good!
Wine list prices were moderate, with only a few bottles exceed $50. One of our selections was out of stock.
Unfortunately, our waiter was extremely rude, extremely curt and had an horrible attitude that we were just a bother to him! I do not believe "thank you" is in is vocabulary.
All six of us agreed...this is our newest favorite restaurant and Frederick should cherish his chefs but find nicer wait staff!

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Napunani
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Teresitalamasbonita, Guest Relations Manager at Frederick's Bistro, responded to this review, April 22, 2015
Hi there! It took us very long to Thank You for your review, we appreciate it very much and are glad you enjoyed a delicious dinner with your friends. We apologize for the bad service, we are always striving to improve.

At Fredericks, we love to provide great food and excellent service to grateful guests like you. We hope to see you soon!

Yours in Culinary Delight!

Frederick's Bistro

14439 N.W. Military HWY Suite 100
210.888.1500
Please Like our page on FACEBOOK.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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