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Date
Tue, 6/19
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11:00 PM
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Buddy V's - La Cantera

4.3
224 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
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 224 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

I am not usually one to complain, but the service I received today was terrible. Our server never put in our appetizer, never once asked how our entree was (which was terrible) and once I told him we never received our appetizer he tried telling me we never ordered one! We ordered our appetizer 20 minutes before ordering our entree. Our food portions were small and the sauce they use is extremely salty. I ordered the special and there was no lamb meat on the bone. All fat and bone.

We were offered a free dessert since our appetizer never came, but we passed on that offer after seeing how small the desserts were. We were told we could use our free dessert the next time we came, but there is no way to track that they owe us a free dessert. I would have rather we gotten a percentage off our tab instead.

We will NEVER return.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We went to celebrate Father’s Day. Food and service were fabulous. Prices are affordable. We’ll definitely be visiting more often.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

This visit was awful. Changes to the menu, food had no flavor, service was long waiting for our food. First we were rushed to get the plates off the table then or plates were not taken. The food prep to get the food out to the waiters was super in hygienic. He touch pretty much every part of his body then put his hands on the food. Used the same napkin to clean all out going plates. Very sad since we were raving about it to come to this service.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Too bad the special occasion we indicated in our reservation wasn’t acknowledged!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was amazing in fact, this was the first time my daughter finished her whole meal( ravioli)-
However, I ordered a Lasagna and bowl of Tomato Basil (DELISH) - but the waiter never brought my lasagna. I just let it be and just ate the soup....but he should have paid more attention.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Ok, food. Nothing to write home about. Too pricey for the fare.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great. Wish the restaurant would be able to suppy baked goods from the bakery.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was bad. I would not dine here again and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Girlfriend brought me for my birthday both enjoyed the service and food. Was felt welcomed from walk in to leaving.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Had a wonderful experience. Nolan was a great waiter.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was good but our server couldnt stick around long enough for us to complete our sentences. The place was pretty empty so I'm not sure for his rush. Not great service = not so great experience.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The main dishes are a bit pricey, but it was absolutely worth it. I highly recommend the pasta dishes, especially the Orechiette & Italian Sausage, all the flavors combined were just magical to say the least. Service was great, our waiter recommended some really great dishes and we were happy to have taken him up on his recommendation.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The service and food were both great. I will be returning.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Just mediocre food - more suited as a tourist attraction. Our server was very nice and attentive. We were excited to try it, but ended up disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

All four of us loved everything about this restaurant! Our server Joey was attentive, fun and knowledgeable. (Ask him his favorite & he has immediate answer. Very happy I listened - the chicken parm was great!) They have our favorite wine from New Zealand. Do not hesitate to eat there. You'll be happy you did.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The hostess was very sweet and accommodating. Then our waiter, Joey, was nothing less than superb! He is doing an awesome job and deserves praise! The food was phenomenal, as usual, and Almy best friend thoroughly enjoyed her birthday dinner and drinks. Thank you so very much for never disappointing!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great Italian food! We had a great time here and the food was excellent. I had the best veal parm ever! My only complaint was the loud music, making it difficult to relax and have a normal conversation. Other than that, it was great!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great place for a special occasion. I live in Austin, Texas. We drove to San Antonio to celebrate my son's 18th birthday. Food was excellent I would recommend it to my friends

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Awsome food again !!! Sanday Gravy the best

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The food was delicious but service was a little slow. We will definitely go back

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We went with friends for the first time last week. The Garlic Cheesy bread appetizer was delicious! Very garlicky and tasty. My husband and I ordered the veal parmesan. It came out with two huge pieces of veal and just a tiny bit of spaghetti. About 1/2 cup it appeared. Everything was very good but we would have liked more pasta with it for the price.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The service wasn't the best. A little below what I expected. We went for an early dinner. No bread was available. Though a reservation was made ahead of time, our table wasn't properly set. The food really made up for It!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Wonderful service. The food is authentic Italian, made with love!

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We had high hopes but unfortunately service was very disappointing. We waited about 1:15-1:20 for food after ordering, and it was served luke warm. Server and floor manager were visibly in conflict. No refills on drinks or water. Once the staff realized how neglected we were, they offered us free dessert but we couldnt bear another delay. They should have comped our whole bill; it was that ridiculous. Food was good. I hope they turn it around.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I was excited to try this much anticipated restaurant for my birthday. Fan of the show and have been to Carlo’s bakery in Hoboken.
Food was excellent (though it got cold fast) and atmosphere was very calm and casual. What I did not like was our server. This can be detrimental to a new restaurant if the server is rude, lazy, etc. My daughter did not receive her plate with ours. There were 8 of us so we thought the food runner didn’t have space for it. We wait and wait until we finally get our servers attention to bring her dish. Which in my opinion the server should have checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed once food arrived. Glasses are small so refills needed often and server not making rounds enough despite the restaurant not being busy. Ordered a drink that was not received but charged. Manager (or who we think was management, did not introduce himself) did refund drink charge and free dessert was given (FYI Lisa’s warm Nutella cake is absolutely delicious) Server did not even acknowledge the error or apologize for anything and overheard her passing our table saying in a rude manner “I brought them the drink!” as if we lied about it. Table had not been cleared so it was obvious the drink never was at the table.
*Side note I love Italian food and been trying different restaurants since we have moved to San Antonio two years ago. I had My Dad’s Bucatini Carbonara with chicken which tasted great (very small amount of chicken though) and overall portion is average (we like things big in Texas lol)
We also had the Hoboken Cheesesteak, Creekstone Farms Angus Burger, Chicken Parm, Spaghetti with Grandma’s meatballs (beef), Mac & Cheese Carbonara, and Buddy’s Salumi & Cheese board which were all great!!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good service and nice for family and friends dinner. I wouldn’t recommend for date night.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I don't even like Italian food but my friends always suggest Buddy V's- thankfully, the food is EXCELLENT! Try the cheesy garlic bread and the dessert. Seriously, legit

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Overpriced basic food. Nothing special about it.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The service and food were EXCELLENT! Our waiter was very helpful since it was our 1st time! Loved the setting! Everyone, all the staff were great!!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food and our waiter, Shelby were outstanding!! Will definitely return when in San Antonio again.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We tried 4 different entrees and they al were fantastic. The desserts are a must have.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food was excellent and high quality. The decor was unique and the atmosphere was cozy. Our only complaint was the level of service. Our server was not very attentive. I finished my water and had to flag our server twice. We were offered bread once but they never offered again. especially for the high level of quality and service we expected from Buddy's restaurant. Really that was it. We will return another day when we visit San Antonio but I hope this issue is addressed.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Limited menu, but a good sign that they know what they’re good at.
Dinner, dessert, and cappuccino was all very good!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was such good quality. I had the carbonara, which I’ve had many times before at other places, BUT this was amazingly good. I don’t even like salmon, but I tried some off my father’s plate, I’m ordering that next time!!!

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

This is my 2nd time coming to Buddy V's. Each time the food has been great BUT the service is mediocre. The restaurant has only been open a few months and already falling behind in service. I honestly would expect more from a new restaurant. We came on Sunday to celebrate my birthday and I was just disappointed, I focused more on trying to get the servers attention then enjoying myself. The server was nice but it didn't make up for the fact he wasn't around. He never once apologized for the delay. The manager didnt even come around to check on any of the tables even though it was slow. Overall, I am saddened that my birthday wasnt so special. Not sure I will be returning again.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Very disappointed with our experience. Waitress was slow, and when we asked about her impression of the success of the restaurant, she bashed her managers and direction of restaurant. Shocked she would be so negative. Food was ok... would have enjoyed it more if the manager wasn't constantly walking around and interrupting our conversation. It was just a really odd night!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Un poco distraído el personal, pero se entiende porque tiene poco de estar abierto.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excelente restaurante, adultos y niños quedamos muy satisfechos, lo único que nos gustaría es que el menú tuviera foto de cada comida , porque no sabemos exactamente lo que es. Gracias

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was very good and the staff friendly. It is a bit pricey for what it is, but the quality was unexpectedly high.

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