Buddy V's - La Cantera

4.2
266 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
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 266 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
service
4.3
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4.0
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Nice dinner with the family! Appreciate the experience, keep it up!

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

We made reservations for a lunch during Culinaria Week. When we arrived the restaurant was nearly empty.

We were seated in a spacious booth, restaurant was clean and nice decor.

The food was subpar and clearly just warmed up instead of freshly cooked.

The Tomato/Basil soup had some stale croutons, didn’t have any basil flavor and tastes like tomato sauce out of a can. Barely warm.

Chicken parm was underwhelming. Tasteless precooked piece of chicken topped with some cheese. Cheese was hot, meat barely warm. Spaghetti seemed undercooked and were covered with cheap Parmesan, also NOT hot.

The canoli was stale.

We had unsweetened tea and had to ask for every refill.

We were really looking forward to having lunch at Buddy V’s but the experience was disappointing and a bit embarrassing.

Will not return.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We went on a Monday evening so it was not very busy at the time. The service was great and the food was delicious. Great atmosphere with some amazing cakes on display as well. The chicken parmesan and the spaghetti bolognese were very good. I highly recommend both dishes. And of course the conoli and cheesecake were the best!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is amazing, and service is excellent, definitely worth the drive and the money. We've taken our 2 year old both times we've been. He's not a picky eater but you know he loves it when most of it ends up in his mouth and not the floor and that is exactly his experience. Ate every bite.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food at Buddy V's is excellent, it is authentic. This is only the second time I've been there and I truly enjoyed it. The service still needs a little more attention. The waitress came to refill the tea and spilled it on the floor, she didn't even bother to clean it up. No one came to take care of the spilled tea even though several employees walked by. I think they should have noticed it and taken care of the problem since someone can slip and fall. Other than that I would still go back because I loved their food.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Although service and atmosphere were great food lacked. Pasta undercooked and sauces we have had way better. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The Food Was Amazing, The Service Was Great! And Everything Was Perfect!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

El lugar es muy bonito y la decoración adecuada, pero la comida más fuera de lo común, más bien de cadena, pero buena

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Had to send our appetizers back because the meatballs were cold on the inside. Waitress was slow and was working like she didn't have a care in the world. Not sure if everyone is on the same page. When they brought out the meatballs the 2nd time, they actually took them to another table, returned them to the kitchen and then brought them back out to our table. They did it again with another appetizer we ordered. Food was not good. We left 2 dishes back.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

My family and I have followed the Cake Boss for years now. Likewise it was natural for us to want to try out his latest venture. Unfortunately, unlike his bakery franchise, the restaurant does not live up to the standards we have come to expect. We made a reservation online, and still had to wait for a table. Our waitress was brief in her interactions with us. Often only swinging by our table to refill my drink and not offering to do the same for the rest of my party. The food was sizable in portion. Regardless of how large the portions were, they were not remarkable in taste. The spaghetti and meatballs at Olive Garden are significantly more flavorful.

Overall, the experience was just "ok". I'm still looking at the receipt and wondering how something so average could cost so much money. My advice to you: wait until the reviews for this place get better, then make your way to the restaurant. Let other people bear through the kinks before you spend your money. I know this restaurant will eventually become great, and I look forward to returning when it is.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was excellent!! We really enjoyed it. We will definitely go back

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great experience! Definitely will go back.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Muy rico, muy detallada la cocina, combinaciones de
Ingredientes sencillamente deliciosa

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We celebrated my mom’s birthday and all the workers we interacted with were extremely friendly and welcoming. Service was phenomenal!

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Not good...don’t waste your money!!! The food was super expensive too!

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We were looking forward to a great evening but has anything but. Issues were:
1. Waited 20 minutes to be seated, with a reservation while parties of the same size who checked in after us were seated
2. Bus boy basically tossed the silverware onto our table rather than setting it
3. We had to ask for bread and initially were given only one packet—we were a table of 6
4. Once seated it was almost 30 minutes before we were able to place our dinner order
5. We waited nearly 20 minutes for our soup and salad
6. The meals were meh. Chicken parm was dry, buttered noodles for one of the kids was butter, with a few noodles
7. Our server spent more time chatting with her co-workers than with us and rarely checked in us or would even make eye contact with us
8. Neither Manager ever checked in with us, despite knowing that we had waited so long to be seated
9. One dish wasn’t touched because my son didn’t like it. When our server came to clear the table (not even check on us), I told her he had not liked it at all. No apology, no offer to get him anything else. Instead her response was: “So, no to-go box then?” That was the final straw.
I used to work in the restaurant industry and this was an awful example of their customer service.
All of that said, we observed the other wait staff doing their job, being attentive to their customers, drinks and bread being delivered and refilled seamlessly. So it was clearly our luck, but we probably won’t be back.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

In town from NY for my husband’s birthday , asked if we could have a cake at the end of our meal .To our surprise it was not available 🤷🏻‍♀️
No cake at the Cake Boss’s Restaurant?
No worries , the manager was kind enough to run over to Carlo’s Bakery & get us one, sliced & served as well!
Entrees were good, service was a little slower than what we are used to but hey we were in no hurry !

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1.0Dined on July 20, 2018

What i thought would be a new and unique Italian food experience turned it to be a dismal, mall quality, ho-hum dinner. A 7pm reservation landed a table for 2 with the setting sun shining so brightly in our eyes that we had to move....twice! No blinds to prevent the ridiculous blinding sun in our eyes. Secondly, every party they entered after us was seated practically on top of us in same section....we were literally within elbows reach from next party on banquette. Meanwhile, half the restaurant was empty. Once we changed tables, our fairly simple order was delivered incorrectly prepared (salad drenched in dressing after asking for dressing on side). We asked for a replacement. When it arrived we were told that the “salad looks like it has dressing because, uh, the garbanzo beans? Yeah, garbanzo beans have lots of natural oils and look like dressing”!! Wrong!! It just went downhill from there.

Bottom line, If I want mass produced, generic Italian food, I’ll go to Olive Garden!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Our visit was per family. We went to experience the Buddy V cuisine! We love the bakery and I wanted to surprise my wife and family with a meal there. Everything was perfect! The Hoboken iced tea was a new experience for me and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The food was so good, we’ve never eaten anywhere that we found to be as perfect as Buddy V’s. Buddy’s fav pizza was outstanding - the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life, my wife loved the chicken Parmesan and shrimp avocado salad - she said it was insanely good and cooked perfectly (she’s not easy to please), my cousin enjoyed his shrimp Alfredo, saying it was “so good” at the end. My mother enjoyed her fettuccine Alfredo and my aunt and uncle enjoyed pizza and another salad. We all had dessert as well and everything was just a full out 5 stars across the board! Well
definitely be back again!

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service was great, very helpful young lady made sure I had everything I needed. This place came recommended so I tried it, I just felt that the food didn't meet the value of my money. This was my first time there. I enjoy trying out new places frequently.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We came for our daughter’s 22nd birthday and had a fabulous evening. The food was exceptional and the waiter was very personable.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Manager was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I surprised my wife on our 7th Anniversary with dinner at your restaurant. The service and food was amazing. Definately going back again.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Celebrated my birthday with my family and everything was amazing. Looking forward to more family outings at Buddy V's.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Disappointed that we had to go to the bar and get our own drinks during happy hour.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant! This is my second time here and I plan to come again with my parents and my other friends.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great East Coast homestyle Italian dishes. The "Sunday Gravy" dish takes me home! Needless to say, incredible desserts! Cannolis are a favorite dessert of mine and these are among the best anywhere but the lobster tail is so delicious, it's hard to decide. Hoping they'll soon have Sunday brunch...their Las Vegas brunch is a must-do whenever we're there.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed the outside seating, food, and service.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Huge fan of Cake Boss. Had to come out Buddy V’s for my birthday. I am, for the most part, vegan but from time to time eat regular food. This was one of those occasions. Loved the aesthetics of the place. Family recipes, fresh baked bread, cozy seating made for great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food with perfect portion sizes. Staff was amazing and very friendly.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We sat in a spot that the sun was right in our eyes and asked to move, they gave us a much better seat, the water was tap and it talked like it. The food was amazing, sodas were never allowed to be empty, manager was very nice and saw from afar that we didn’t like the water and tried to fix it for us. Staff sang happy birthday to my wife, even though it’s not a thing they do at the restaurant. We were very happy with the experience and are looking forward to going back.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was ok. I Had the beef bolognese it was barely warm. It took three requests to get ice tea with very little ice. I was not impressed with my food.
My husband had the veal marsala which was better.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

It was ok food. The cakes on display were really cool.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We had 3 different people wait on us and even with that the service was not great! It was slow so I expected something a bit more on the service level. Food was brought out and we had to wait a few minutes to get parmasean for our dishes. I had the chicken piccata and it was lacking flavor, very bland and boring. The pasta was good. Others at the table did enjoy their food so I am giving it 4 stars. Dessert was on point as well! We will try it again later in hopes service improves.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was excellent and the service was awesome. A little pricey but will definitely go again!

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was okay. Appetizer was a smaller portion than I anticipated it was my daughter’s birthday, our waiter asked if we were interested in a birthday dessert, we declined and he brought one anyway. Bonus, he charged me for it. This is the short version. I put the long version on Yelp.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The meal was unbelievable! The Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo was best I ever had! I loved the ambiance of the place. I would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

It was wonderful! The food was great and the staff was friendly!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The veal was tender but lacked salt to bring out the subtle flavors the Marsala sauce pasta was cooked to perfection but again lacking salt. It must of been an off day for the cooks. I will try again and check back later.

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