Buddy V's - La Cantera

4.2
322 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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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What 322 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EG
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the Host to the Servers, exceptional service. Definitely we will return.

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PL
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent italiano food delicias pizza lassaña spaghetti And red wine

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Our server, Kayla was awesome, and went above and beyond, noticing pistachios on the cannoli before we even noticed (mother in-law has a nut allergy).

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RV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to dine at one of our favorites and my son was able to take a pic with Buddy! Great night, Great food!

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MS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

enjoyed our dinner. Food ans service was very good

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s
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good despite some of the prior reviews! We ordered the lasagna nachos as an appetizer, which sounds weird but was actually very tasty! For the main course my family ordered the lasagna, chicken parm, spaghetti and meatballs, margarita pizza, and pepperoni pizza! The only problem we had was the waiter assumed we didn’t want any bread because we ordered an appetizer! He quickly rectified the situation when we questioned whether bread was free or not and gave us a whole loaf to take home!! We brought in a cake from Carlos’s bake shop and they gave us a cannoli for the birthday boy! Overall, quiet, casual, very good food, kind staff, accommodating manager, and a great family night :) would love to go again when we have time

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is ok not very authentic and lacks having many standard Italian food items including dessert.
Dull ambiance. Food cost expensive for quality. Won't go back.

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 29th Anniversary and our waiter Shelby, was so kind and attentive to our table. Suprised us with a dessert that had Happy Anniversary spelt out in chocolate. The details matter alot.

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

They did not have the appetizer we requested, they did not have kids cup lids, they did not have the dessert we wanted, they did not split the dishes we shared, they did not remember a birthday that we put on the reservation and and they only came to refill drinks once. Horrible experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, highly recommended

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M
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place and food, however the service very understaffed.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was not hot , they removed a signature dish from the menu ( greens ). Server was never around . Deserts were small and not made on site . Overall I was disappointed !

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was nice.. food was good! Service was good! The server even had the girl at the front call to see if the bakery was not busy. It was not so we drove over there to get some treats!

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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
66 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
4 reviews
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
3 reviews
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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San Antonio
20 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
4 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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