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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
+1 210-828-3141
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Boerne, Texas
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Made reservations for a weekend and were seated promptly. But, that was the end of anything 'prompt'. What should have been a special dinner was a disappointment. Our appetizer arrived after almost an hour. Our meal took another hour! They were definitely understaffed, but the kitchen was also incredibly slow. (I know because we were seated next to the kitchen).... More 

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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104 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

My wife were here for lunch. We arrived about 12:15 but found the parking area to be full except for handicap parking. I walked in and asked if a table for two was available and there were tables available so I found a parking place. My wife ordered a pork confit and I had a seared Opah which I was... More 

Thank Ron W
San Antonio, Texas
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

This is a quaint neighborhood restaurant tucked away in a small strip center in the Olmos Park area of San Antonio. It offers a small menu of French cuisine unusual for this city. The food is usually very good to excellent with a variety of interesting appetizers and entrees not seen in San Antonio. The staff is usually attentive and... More 

Thank GG21GG21
San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2016

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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169 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 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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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 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
Reviewed 16 March 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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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 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
Reviewed 20 October 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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152 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$80
French, International, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212-2026
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Uptown Broadway
  • Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
  • Phone Number: +1 210-828-3141

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