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“French Food Good Enough to Ignore Everything Else” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bistro Vatel

Bistro Vatel
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Ranked #426 of 4,589 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Uptown Broadway
Helotes, Texas
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“French Food Good Enough to Ignore Everything Else”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Fabulous food, snooty service, ridiculous prices for wines--but a lovely evening nonetheless. This is pretty much a "see and be seen" place for the Olmos Park set. That said, I'd gladly swallow my pride and go back again.

Visited May 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Antonio, Texas
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183 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Ok. Not Great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

The atmosphere does not add to your dining pleasure. Food is good. Reasonable wine selection. Some interesting appetizers.

Visited October 2012
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Austin, Texas
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358 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Back to Form...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had stayed away from Bistro Vatel for several years as a result several rather mediocre experiences but decided to go back and try them again. Tonight's meal was outstanding. Appetizers of bacon wrapped seared scallops were divine as was Lobster Thermidor (both were RICH!). The Lamb Roulade was both interesting and nicely done as were the Apple Tarts with Ice Cream (house made). The food was consistent throughout and places Vatel back near the top of the food pyramid in San Antonio. The decor has been freshened since our last visit and is more appealing. And our waiter was better than last time but he did bring us the wrong appetizers! Biggest negative is that wine prices are high. However, one does not come here for a bargain meal and the overall package is quite good. Recommended!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A consistent quiet elegance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

The food is consistently excellent and the service attentive. The ambiance is low key but appropriate

Visited September 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Have been going there since it opened. At dinner last night we had our regular...watercress salad and dover sole. Loyal wait staff is very attentive.

Visited August 2012
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