Buddy V's - La Cantera

4.2
353 reviews
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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.
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LP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was just okay. Lasagna was good. Grandma's meatballs, and canolis were excellent. Chocolate chip cookie with a tiny scoop of ice cream was not good.

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AF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! My husband and I will sure be going again for sure.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evan was our server and was very welcoming and knowledgeable on the menu. He suggested one of your pizzas to try and it hit the spot. My wife was very pleased with her pasta as well. Excellent service, will definitely come back again.

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G
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first dining experience at Buddy V’s. A family member recommended the restaurant after a favorable dining experience. Service was very good and the wait staff attentive, but not intrusive. Orders came out in a timely manner. I would return to Buddy V’s.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Chicken in the chicken rigatoni was over cooked and tough. There was very little ham.

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E
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good for lunch and I enjoy the chicken parm, but the meatballs left a lot to be desired.

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KH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed they could not make their signature sicillian tea due to jot having their ingreduants

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WI
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The menu for restaurant week was just okay. I doubt I'll go back for a regular dinner. The service people was attentive and on the spot for our table needs.

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CJ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so happy this was a great experience, the food was fresh, hot ,Tasted better than expected full flavor, low salt and generous portions. They far exceeded my expectations. And the chicks at the front were hot!! Thank you!!

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PF
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered the Restaurant Week Menu and they had run out of one of the two desserts. From online, we had seen an expended dessert menu for a la carte, but was told that was not available. Ordered the veal marsala and the veal was breaded, not just dredged in flour. Upon cutting into the veal, the breading separated and made a mess on the plate. husbands chicken parm looked like prepared chicken breaks. flavor profiles were good, quality of food not so good. nowhere near the excellence of the one in Las Vegas.

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful, awful food. No one in our party was able to eat what was served. The manager could have cared less about the nasty meal we were served, told us to take it home. The only place that food needed to be taken was out in the trash. We had read the mixed reviews online but decided to give the restaurant a chance, poor decision. Folks this place is truly s disaster, it may go down great in Las Vegas but we predict unless the owners do something quickly it will be out of business. Spend your money elsewhere, you deserve better for your hard earned cash.

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was friendly and helpful. Overall great service.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was okay - not over the top - like the hype promoted. We were really looking forward to the cannolli but I was not able to eat mine (too full) but the others in my group said it was okay.

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LH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We visited during restaurant week and had the $35 dinner menu on Wednesday evening. The tomato basil soup was better than average. The spaghetti Bolognese had minimal sauce with decent amount of pork and beef. With so much pasta, I was able to appreciate the texture but not the flavor from the meats. The saving grace was the cannoli. The sweet cream with the sprinkles of pistachios and chocolate sauce was pleasant on my palate. The service was better than average by Ashley. Although there was only 5 tables w/ customers, in order to get the happy hour specials, I had to walk to the bar, select my drinks and appetizers, and pay for it at the bar. As an exception (probably because it was slow), the bartender brought my drinks and appetizers to the table. Overall, it was just an average restaurant experience. I would not purposefully seek out this restaurant again. There are too many other options right in LaCantera mall that provide fresh, more flavorful meals.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food can only be defined as meh. If I was served the same food I wouldn’t be able to tell if it came from an Olive Garden or Buddy V’s.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great service!!

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O
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our server was very helpful , polite and knew what the menu was about and made recommendations on our likings. Other than for her help the place was regular or low average.

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GR
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had reservations at 07:15 PM. Arrived at 07:08 PM and had to wait almost 30 mins to be seated - it wasn't that busy and there were a multitude of tables open. Waitress was attentive but never asked if we wanted appetizers or salads, just took our order & hurried off. A different waitress then tried to deliver our meal to a different table next to us, of which 1/2 of it got delivered there, then the other 1/2 came to us making my wife have to wait for hers to be redone. Miraculously, it came out within 2 - 3 mins. I ordered the spaghetti with meatballs. Although the meatballs were tasty, the spaghetti was undercooked (not al dente, definitely under cooked) and the sauce tasted like Chef Boyardee out of the can. Definitely not a do-over...

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Made a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time and there was only 1 couple waiting and another at the bar. It took a long time for the service. Food was okay but not great. The waiter did apologize for the service so I am not sure if it was an off night or what. Not impressed.

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T
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the most part everyone was really friendly. The staff in the red shirts were more friendly than our waitress which made it a wonderful experience. The food was plentiful for the price and very tasty. Buddy V’s is a great date night restaurant.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service and good food. Prices were very reasonable. Didnt drink but drink menu seemed good and fair on prices

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner with friends. We all enjoyed our dishes and the bread was great too. I had a generous serving of Eggplant Parmesan. It wasn't busy for a Friday night, which we were glad about.

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KN
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

In the past the service has been poor! Very disappointing since we are fans of Buddy V & excited about his restaurant here. But this trip was very good service. For the price, I would expect the wait staff to deliver the food and know which entree goes to which person. That is very annoying at any price restaurant, but particularly at an expensive one. I don't know if the service was good because it was evening, but in the past the poor service has been at lunch time. If my grandson had not asked to go the Buddy V's for his birthday, we would have chosen somewhere else where we have had good service in the past.

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TI
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really loved the food. Calamari was delicous. The chicken marsala was delicious. Customer Service was excellent. Free cannoli on my birthday was the best. I will be coming back soon.

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BJ
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is ok prices high for the quality probably wouldn’t return

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BV
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Changes have been made over the past few months and this restaurant has gone down hill since. Online menu isnt correct and we kept asking for items they apparently no longer serve. We had to wait for a table much longer than needed due to poor hosting. Management was no where to be seen (this was a Friday night...) . We wont be going back

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M
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great. The food was mediocre at best. Steak had lots of gristle and fat. The chicken Marsala was served over a breaded piece of chicken. The crab linguine a la vodka had 2 pieces of crab. Very disappointing.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

First, our food was delicious, but the ambience and experience for the price was disappointing. We were disappointed with how cold it was being seated near the entrance. There were hardly any customers and yet other staff kept coming to help us as our waitress was MIA most of the meal. They did not bring us proper serving utensils or plates for shared entree. On my reservation I indicated it was a special occasion but no mention of it. Really disappointed in the experience for a meal that cost close to $200.00

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and experience overall, the manager checked on us to make sure everything was going well. Definitely will eat here again! The create your own plate and spaghetti and meatballs was absolutely amazing!

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was amazing. The food, service and drinks were on point. We had a great time and the price was not bad at all. The food was delicious and hot when we got it. Our server was excellent and very professional and made us laugh. We will be going back

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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
2 reviews
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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