Buddy V's - La Cantera

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308 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Buddy V’s is the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro's fun and relaxed casual Italian restaurant. Inspired by the large family gatherings and special meals Buddy grew up with, Buddy V's offers fans and families alike an approachable and memorable meal in a comfortable atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Weekdays
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(210) 462-1167
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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What 308 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good, service ok except the waiter smelled of cigarette smoke.

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k
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I kept hearing the commercials on the radio and had been wanting to try it so we went for my 50th birthday lunch and was disappointed. There was not as much of a selection on the menu as I would have thought and the food was okay nothing to exaggerate about and the dessert menu was also limited.

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KH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience food was great as always

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch with a friend. Food was great and our server was great!

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TW
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok. Bread was disappointing. We had to ask our waitress to do everything. Take our order for appetizers and meal. I just wasn’t impressed. I can get better food for less with much better service. Unfortunately this was my first time and I won’t be back.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Service is excellent! Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not very good. It was a bit cold when we got it.

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r
San Antonio
65 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The good and service were good. However, the food would be much improved by serving hotter. The plates were not very warm when served.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very underwhelming. Food was bland, very limited dessert menu, waitress was slow and forgot we were celebrating my daughters birthday.

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M
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was fair nothing special
Caprece salad bread was very hard.
As was the lobstertail dessert shell.
Price too high
No ambience as the restaurant was totally empty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary date

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent! Service is a little absent at times. This was our second time to a Buddy V's. The first was in Vegas, where the service is very attentive.

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We heard great things about Buddy V’s, so we made a reservation for Sunday lunch on our last day living in San Antonio. The restaurant was quiet and not busy. Our booth was not fully cleaned and our waiter paid little attention to us. The food was very overpriced for the amount served. Not impressed and would not recommend to a friend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

it was good and the food was good

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AJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We had a great lunch experience and returned to bring friends. The waitress acted like she was put out to bring parmesan, never gave us water, and we had to being up the bread and parm. The shrimp was overcooked. Now our experience is 50/50

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JM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great place, however the service very understaffed. With the prices service should be first class.

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KS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ok first the good..we took my son here for his 15th birthday. I have to say our waiter, Evan, was awesome. He really added to our experience. I think their calamari was awesome! Really really good. I am just ok on the meatballs...as far as dinner everyone enjoyed their meals. The only low point is that my dinner was cold. I had the surf and turf. broccoli was cold. Potatoes were cold. Steak was like warm. Everyone else’s meals were hot. It is like my meal got finished first and sat for awhile. I didn’t want to send it back because I knew my family would want to wait and we were trying to celebrate. I thought it would put a damper on the evening. So I ate some of it. If it had been fresh and warm I would recommend it. This wasn’t a cheap meal so paying that much and getting a bad meal kinda stunk.

Also if I order a filet I want to be the one to cut it. They sliced the filet up on the plate and served it. Which didn’t help keeping it warm.

My son was brought a small cannoli that said happy birthday...and that made his night. And as I said the service was awesome. The only downside was the my meal.

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian food. Went on a weeknight to celebrate a birthday. Service was good and the cannoli for the birthday girl was amazing!

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food had a good flavor. The portions seemed small. We were not given complimentary bread. Neither were the plates that we ordered to-go. Desserts were not as pictured online. Spent close to $500. Definitely not worth it.

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KK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was expecting more based on the reviews. The vodka pasta sauce was pretty runny. My husband had the Sunday Gravy and it tasted fine. We didn’t even try the a dessert bc the entrees were mediocre. I wouldn’t go again. Service was top notch though.

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CB
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Top notch food and service. Atmosphere is nice and not overly stated. Our pasta dishes were prepared to perfection. Will definitely come back.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so fast I loved it❤️

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OT
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we have eaten there recently. Food is great and service is as well. Real northeast Italian with "gravy" not sauce.

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YP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went for a co-worker's birthday lunch. the food was ok, we were hoping it would be great due to it being by Buddy V. We have been to better Italian restaurants.

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d
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the service at Buddy V's! A kind and knowledgeable waitstaff and manager team goes a long way. And Buddy V's has that!

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s
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Everything was fine - ok but not particularly special

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Don't bother purchasing the cannoli's. Get them at the bakery instead. I purchased 3 of them for my table. The cannoli shells were not filled. They only filled the openings of each shell to give off the illusion they're filled. They were completely empty when we cut into each one of them. I would've taken it up w/the waiter if he ever appeared to check on my table. Very disappointed!

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UP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Evan was the best. Keep up the good work finding waiters like him

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c
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed a three course meal. The salad was delicious. My wife usually skips the salad but finished hers. The entree, chicken parm, was plentiful. Neither of us finished it. If there was more spaghetti, it could easily be a shared entree. The chicken was crunchy on the outside but juicy and tender on the inside. The desserts were very good as well. The cheesecake was the best cheesecake I've ever had. I don't particularly like cheesecake, so take it for what it's worth. I took off a star for two reasons. First, almost $100 for salad, noodles, chicken and cake is very expensive. I don't think there is much value in eating here. Second, I asked our server to recommend a glass of wine that would pair nicely with my chicken parm. She said she wasn't a wine drinker and had no idea. While I appreciate her honesty, I don't think this question was out of the norm and she should have a standard prepared answer available.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It was not the buddy vs I’ve experienced in different locations. Bread was cold, meatballs seemed frozen, angel hair was sticky and sauce was worse than the canned tomato. The fettuccine was tasteless even adding the panchetta bacon, the chicken I added to the dish was burnt and dry. Ordered the Caesar salad and it didn’t come with the polenta croutons, they served a different type of bread crouton that was burnt. We payed for our meal cause we decided to eat there but we will not return.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We were celebrating back to school & thought it would be a wonderful idea to eat at the “Cake Boss” restaurant & also stop by the bakery for dessert. Seeming how it was Italian food we couldn’t go wrong. Well...I booked for 2pm...didn’t get seated until 15 after because they needed to clean tables. I expected the food to be flavorful but it The was bland and the wine was tasted like the bottle had been opened for a while. If you split the dishes & added protein on one be prepared to pay a price. We paid $6.00 for two shrimp to be added on a split dish! As for the bakery...well...let’s just say...it’s all OVERRATED.

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OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was very good, cheesy garlic bread and the fettuccine were amazing! It's unfortunate though, as I dont think I will be returning due to the service. The service at the door seemed very chaotic and unorganized. Once we were sat, we waited for 15 minutes to be offered any sort of assistance. Once we did order it took another 15 to 20 for our appetizers, to be brought out one of which wasnt the correct dish so I waited another 5 minutes for my salad. Our waitress would rush to the table ask how everything was and then be on her way to the next project of clearing tables to pick up the slack for the almost statuesque bussing staff that didnt seem like turning a finished table needed to be completed in anything less then 15 to 20 minutes after that group had left. The entrees and dessert were great, but again the lack of efficiency with the staff prolonged that experience, almost making it not worth the wait. Overall from the time our party of 2 was sat until we got our check was well over an hour and 15 minutes, with very little care shown about our service. I doubt that Buddy himself would be proud to stamp his name on our experience.

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C
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Been wanting to try Buddy V's and finally did during Restaurant Week. The portions were excellent, not too little or too much. A friend and I shared the chicken parm and grilled salmon entrees. Both delicious, which I didn't expect for the salmon. The waiter brought us the wrong bottle of wine, which was more expensive, and we didn't realize until after we'd started it, disappointed that they didn't offer any sort of correction of that mistake.

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The appetizers and entrees were all excellent! The appetizer portions were a bit small for the price, and the entrees were still on the high side, but we all liked our dishes. I requested a substitute of veggies for pasta, and they were delicious!

I would go back, but it's not something I could afford to frequent.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service wasn’t that great, food was good but nothing extraordinary, was just ok would eat there again but wasn’t anything special

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick service, delicious food, super friendly staff!

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KG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Friday and Memphis was our server. He was always checking on us and made sure we had everything we needed, and had a great sense of humor. No to mention, the food was great!

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just average Italian restaurant , think over rated based on his baking
I will not organize a group to go ,

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CA
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised. I usually don’t like chain restaurants but Buddy’s is one chain that maintains a high quality of food. Marinara tasted very fresh and flavorful. Pasta was excellent, not over sauced and the dessert were amazing. I will recommend to everyone.

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VJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu! I had tomato basil soup, chicken parm, and cannoli. Everything was delicious!

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