Battalion

4.6
2822 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located at the "Gateway to Southtown," the Historic and Majestic Firehouse #7 is home to 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 Davis 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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CCBird
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Just disappointed… maybe it was the hype beforehand but just felt like it was a little bit of a let down especially for the price

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KiaraB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! I recommend the Parmesan crusted lamb chops. They were amazing!

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Casanova
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. I even had to push my reservation back 1 hour and they were more then accommodating.

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ThomasR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly prepared meats, obviously fresh pastas, perfectly blended sauces. Server helpful, polite, knowledgeable and always knew when to approach.

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LindaA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious. Generous portions. Service was spotty. Very loud.

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vipJimC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great venue and cool take on Italian cuisine. Enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visit the city

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was wonderful, she was very knowledgeable and helped with menu selections. She was very tentative and even times out our appetizers and main dishes so plates were fresh and ready for the next course! Great experience, will definitely be coming back!

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Lace
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall has a great experience! Only negative was that we had a wobbly table that caused our wine to spill and they weren’t able to move us to a more sturdy table.
Food was delicious and great for the value and our servers had amazing customer service

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Hostess to our waiter to the kitchen everything was perfect!! ( As Always!!)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service!

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CraigP
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Meatballs (flattened and seared) and pasta dishes were superb but the lambchops were extremely disappointing. Out of the four chops two were so small they were not separated and the meat portion had detached and was covered by the two good chops. They were highly seared and the breading had an oil flavor to it. Service and staff were great and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.

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halliesmum
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the restaurant itself is classy and well set out. We started with the bread service with the spicy cheese spread. It was tasty but I was disappointed that we were served the end of the bread and therefore, 4 slices were more like 3. For $8 I would have preferred 4 good slices of bread like I noticed other tables were given. I had the lamb chops and ordered a side of polenta based on the reviews I saw. The polenta was really good. The lamb chops were disappointing. I have never seen breaded lamb chops before and was excited to try something new. They were very tasty but my issue was all of my lamb chops were heavy on the fat with barely any meat. Traditionally, lamb chops are fatty in nature but this was the worst I have ever had. Therefore, not tasty at all. Another complaint was that on the website, the menu lists the lamb chops as $29 but our menu of the night charged $34. My husband had spinach manicotti with some meatballs and he said it tasted good. Overall, the restaurant is really nice. I would order something different next time. Total bill was $105 for bread service, lamb chops, polenta, pasta, meatballs (they charge $3 per meatball), 2 beers, and an old fashioned. Parking is $5 nearby, or you can park for free in King William park which is a short walk away.

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vipMcwelen
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chicken Parmesan- B (not as tender as expected)
Eggplant Parmesan- A+ (best I have had)
Spinach Dumplings- C- (a jumbled concoction that did not work)
Bibb Salad- A (cold, fresh, delicious blue cheese)
Bread- B+ (nice crust, nice flavor)
Olives- B (could use some variety)
Green Beans side dish- A- (cooked perfectly, great flavor, generous portion)
Cavatelli-F (overcooked to oblivion, inedible, sent back)
Cannoli-A+ (exquisite combination, textures, flavors, freshness)

Service was inconsistent, like the food. Our previous meal was perfection. Battalion is a great restaurant that is suffering from covid hangover with supply and labor challenges.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Jeremy was an excellent server! Wine reasonably priced and the sonnino Chianti was delicious. The bread service with the butter was very tasty as well as the manicotto (with spinach). The eggplant was good but on the salty side. The chicken parm was okay, herbs in the breading dominated flavor- tasted like thyme. The old firehouse was beautifully converted into a restaurant and the outside seating looked very inviting.

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DonD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and wonderful food! We enjoyed our server being so kind and attentive. Excellent price for such a memorable meal!

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Battalion is a very great spot to go if you have a special occasion or want to splurge a bit, without completely breaking the bank. Sometimes you go to more expensive places and the food isn't worth it, but this place is worth it. The waiter we had was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. The food was amazing. Great flavor and good portions. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an enchanting evening. The food was NYC delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant

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CJD8
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic date night with my firefighter hubby. We especially loved the way this firehouse was transformed into a beautiful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!

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LeslieA
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Battalion was truly enjoyable! The interior design was really cool and fun! The food and service were both excellent! Prices were reasonable, as well. We would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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DerreleneL
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed meeting up with old friends and also, going to your Resturant as a new Resturant to add to my list. It is a good value for the food . Wine is a little high.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience was amazing from the time we walked in the door asking the hostess to take a photo for us to our server giving thorough explanation of the menus to the cocktails to the coursed out dinner. The flavors of the food had so much depth to them, and the ambiance of the venue was impeccable! The Battalion will be a place I recommend as well as reference as an example of an exceptional dining experience!

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pwillie
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We dined the night of UTSA game and Luminaria. The restaurant called us in the early afternoon to advise of the potential parking difficulties. This was above and beyond, in my opinion. All the food was great. I had the manicotti, which was huge, and great. All four of us enjoyed our dinners, which were plentiful and reasonably priced. The restaurant is very loud, and that is really my only complaint. The old fire station in which it is located does nothing to deaden sound. Given everything else, service, food quality, and customer care, I can excuse the noise.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My younger brother and his wife were in town, wanted to share something special with them! Battalion did not fail! It was the perfect evening! Thank you!

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CarlyM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent, soup was amazing, disliked the olive appetizer greatly, was so pungent they were almost inedible….overall I was pleased just any order olives in the future

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ReedH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, and wonderful service. A gem in Southtown San Antonio.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner. Great atmosphere and cool, contemporary decor. Loved the menu choices and the way the menu is set for multiple courses. Portions were perfect. Food was delicious. Really good service. Only issue was that even though we were there for a birthday the server seemed lost and confused when I asked her to do a birthday desert.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and drinks. Service was exceptional. I’d have loved a candle on the table and a slim straw for my cocktail but those were minor suggestions odd have. Overall great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious…like an explosion of flavors.

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reviewer
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always good food here but I preferred the old menu. Food quality is outstanding still. All fresh and prepared with care. Service was haphazard. Table was not ready despite reservation, waiter tried to act uppity and upsell heavily- completely unnecessary but provided entertainment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved dining at Battalion. We ordered the spinach dumplings (you’re in for a surprise), the eggplant Parmesan and the pork chops and everything was cooked perfectly. Service was great! overall wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic. Great ambiance and the food was amazing as well.

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vipKarenM
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always love coming to Battalion! The food is amazing and the wine selection is wonderful. We ranked our service a little less than usual as they brought out two of our parties meals about 5 + min before the other two. The noise level is always high because its an old building, but it didn't bother us as much this time. We love the vibe and will return for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pasta dishes. Outstanding service(ask for Brandon as server).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff and accommodating. Food was different from what I was used to from an Italian restaurant but it was very good!

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vipDMcmyk
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal. A bit noisy this time but the table was able to hear conversations acceptably.

Please please bring back the grapefruit panna cotta!

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. Everything we ordered from the bread, olives, salad and main course were excellent! Loved the ambiance.

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vipJoch
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food and service. A very nice place only minutes away from busy river walk, with good Italian food. Great if you want to get away from tourist traps in River Walk. My only bad comment is that we made a reservation for 8:15 pm, and we basically were asked to leave at 9. Restaurant should not accept reservations at that time if you plan to close so early.

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You can order delivery directly from Battalion using the Order Online button. Battalion also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 816-0088.

Battalion is rated 4.6 stars by 2822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.