Battalion

4.6
1753 reviews
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Located at the "Gateway to Southtown," the Historic and Majestic Firehouse #7 is home to Restauranteur Andrew Goodman and Chef Stefan Bowers newest concept, Battalion. After a nearly two year renovation, "The Rock" has been restored as the crown jewel of Southtown. Overlooking the spectacular downtown cityscape and the famous Tower of Americas, Battalion's contemporary design merges perfectly alongside the historic building's strong, yet weathered 1920's craftsmanship. Chef Bowers has created an extensive menu of fresh pastas, char-grilled meats, stunning vegetable dishes and Italian classics. Complimenting the menu is a comprehensive wine list and a refreshingly original cocktail program.
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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing

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SA
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food

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b
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fabulous Battalion team (hostesses, manager, bartender, waiters, chefs) helped us celebrate the 70th birthdays of friends on Thursday night. The waiter perfectly described the selections for each of the family style plates to share. Every plate was delish! The "tasting" dessert plate and coffee were the perfect finale to a great evening. Be aware that parking is an issue during Fiesta. They've added outside seating which is great if the noise level is an issue. We would definitely go back!

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BM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister, two nieces, daughter-in-law & I had a wonderful dinner + wine at Battalion. Excellent food and servers! At the recommendation of our server, we shared all the courses. Our favorite was the beet salad.

So nice to be walking distance from the Riverwalk hotels on such a beautiful evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food amazing but the service was excellent. Our server, knew exactly when to come to the table to check on the meal. It was fabulous dining experience! We will definitely be regulars!

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SV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious and wonderful service. The all concrete interior was beautiful but made the restaurant very loud, even when it wasn't completely full.

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N
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best new Sunday Brunch spot, period.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful food.

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CH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my wife here, upon the recommendation of several co-workers, for her birthday. Food was excellent and service very prompt. The only draw back was that at times the music was so loud that being able to speak and hear each other was a challenge. Sound resonates off the concrete walls, ceiling and floor making for a loud echoing experience.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Other than the Sum 41 playlist turned up really loud, everything was great!

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SA
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed so much. Our server Wacey Jamison really made our dinner very special.
We had dinner at table 26.

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SA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Antonio. Excellent small plates and pasta dishes that are meant to share. The menu changes seasonally and every pasta dish we’ve tried has been wonderful. I am a vegetarian and the Torchio Gorgonzola is amazing and decadent. I hope that it stays on the menu. My son loves the Chicken Parmesan and it can definitely feed several people. My husband has ordered the lamb chops multiple times and says they’re the best he’s ever had. We consistently receive excellent service. The renovated fire station is fun. Only drawback is the noise level can be quite high. Highly recommend!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was amazing.

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BW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Other than the very loud table next to me the whole experience and the food was simply amazing.

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AC
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Service was wonderful as well!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Battalion is always top notch. I love this place!

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O
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful experience being our first time dining at Battalion. We will definitely come back!

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BE
San Antonio
52 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our first time at Battalion. Amazing food, service was lacking. Our waiter served our meals walked away and never looked back. My wine glass was empty my entire meal! Not cool and I told him so. He was apologetic. The noise level is uncomfortable! Ridiculously loud! We probably won’t return. You can’t hear a thing!! So stupid!

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VV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation for 10 had 11 people in our party. Although the staff hesitated to add an additional chair, they eventually did. The food was great. All my guests enjoyed their meal. The only problem is that it was very loud in their hard to talk to everyone in our party.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was good. Very noisy when busy. Wait staff was excellent. Food runners should be prepared to describe the food they are bringing to the table. Dishes and silverware needed to replaced as they were not clean.

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MM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good and service was great. Reading reviews we were expecting music/conversation to be loud. Did not disappoint. Glad we tried it.

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M
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the Battalion. However, it was so noisy that we were not able to talk with our friends...we had to yell to be heard. We have been to the Battalion a few times but because of the noise level, not sure we will return any time soon.

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PC
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Although the service was adequate and the food was very very good little things matter to me… I had asked for a candle to be put on my sisters dessert(I realize that request may not have been passed on to the waiter) since we were celebrating her birthday and that request was totally ignored and the waiter failed to bring the beverage that had been ordered by one of our guests. Of course I tipped the usual 20% but since we are generally heavy tippers that was disappointing...

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! The spinach dumplings were outstanding! Nice wine list and cool location. Portions are huge! We will definitely be returning.

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RO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, fantastic food. All in all a GREAT place

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is very cool, set in an old fire house. We enjoyed our food and the service, but it was not the best Italian food we've ever had. The lasagne was excellent, but the eggplant parmesan was average. Our appetizer never came, but it was fine since we got plenty of food. Value for money is great!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. The drinks may be a little overpriced and it’s not a quiet dinning experience. Loved the look of the building and ambience. Our waiter, Mauricio....Maurice...? He was friendly, attentive, and helpful. We had the egg plant dip, octopus, spinach dumplings, green beans, and braised pork. I would order everyone of those things again!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Just another example of the poor quality of restaurants in San Antonio. Dang SATX we put up with a lot. Anything with ambition just goes downhill fast here. Here’s a tip, if you can get a last minute Saturday night reservation stay home and cook, it will be better and cheaper.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second trip to Battalion. It certainly did not disappoint. We ordered the burrata and 3 pasta dishes, as the last time we visited the plates had been sharing size. The portions were MUCH larger this time, although the same price, so would recommend only getting 1 plate per person! One gripe I have is that although the ambiance is very chic, it was so dark that we had trouble reading the menu and could not fully appreciate what I'm sure was a very artful and deliberate plating job.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feasted on several dishes, and all dishes were exquisite! I will be craving Battalion again very soon!

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c
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food drinks and atmosphere. Price per quality the best experience I can remember

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JR
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time there. Good food very plentiful. I feel menu has to be more descriptive. But over all a great place for date night or a small special occasion.

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J
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only negative was level of noise inside the restaurant, it was defining. Chose to eat outside and that was fine on a nice night.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The vibe of Batallion is really fun. Sitting inside a old firehouse that's been remodeled with a unique modern style is just cool in itself. Our server was amazing. He really knew the menu, what to recommend based on taste preferences and did a fantastic job of selling cocktails/wine/beer to pair.

The only problem is that the food was dissappointing for the price. Every dish with the exception of the Wedgie salad (a must have - simplest concept but done SO WELL), needed salt. While the food was good and presented well, it didn't warrant hte price -- it should have been GREAT. And because the entire menu is "small plates" you have to order alot to fill up. Our entire tab was $200 including tip for two people. But that was not a $200 dining experience. Ive had much better food for far less money. I would recommend going to Batallion for cocktails and one or two small plates for happy hour. But not for a full dining experience. That said, the place was packed! Maybe it was an off night ?.......

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v
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Noise level high. Echo factor in building. Level hurt my ears and diminished dining experience. Food wonderful. Drinks wonderful. Service wonderful.

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SG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed 1st course. Lamb chops and eggplant had too much coating for me, pasta seemed heavy for homemade. Dessert fabulous. Waiter attentive and engaging.

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MB
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent! Restaurant is very loud. The music was very loud which made conversation a little tough. Will definitely go back, but not the place to take elderly.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Bartender was awesome. About the best thing in the restaurant. Food was okay nothing special. Octopus was SALTY. Gnocchi was way over cooked. Service was okay. Best dish was the Gorgonzola pasta.

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CM
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Rudy, was very knowledgeable and nice. My trout was prepared to perfection. We did not have any pasta which was a mistake...maybe next time.

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