L'Etoile French Restaurant

(210) 826-4551

6106 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX | Directions   78209

29.482980 -98.466133

 
Restaurants, French, $$$  more

Tags: Online Reservations, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Alamo Heights

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Reviews for L'Etoile French Restaurant

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

SCAM ARTISTS! – I was horribly disappointed with my most recent dining experience at L'Etoile week ago. We were served by Antonio, who was initially very accomodating, but in the end turned out to be a real sleazebag. The problems started when Antonio attempted to open a bottle of wine costing over $100 more than the one we had ordered. Fortunately, the host of our party noticed before the wine was poured, and the bottle was exchanged. Then, there was a mistake with the entree order that took over 15 minutes to correct. In the meantime, one member of our party was without a plate while the rest of us were eating. The clencher, however, was when Antonio brought out the check with a bottle of wine on it that we didn't order, to the tune of $160! After we received the revised check, we noticed that we had been charged for duplicate orders of appetizers that we didn't order! We had to send the check back a total of 3 TIMES before it was correct. Antonio kept acting frustrated, but it was clear that he was the one padding the check, hoping that we had all had too much wine to notice! I would never, ever, step foot into that place again, which is sad considering that it used to be such a classy establishment. Nowadays, however, the food is sub-par, the service is atrocious, and the staff (or at least one particular staff member) will nickel-and-dime you if you let down your guard. Take it from a local, if you are going to drop some significant money on a night out, go to one of the many places in San Antonio where the food is spectacular, and you're not always wondering if the people serving you are out to rip you off.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

The service was unpleasant. – My wife and I had not been there in some time and read about the remodeling and decided to have lunch and see what they've done. No remodeling whatsoever and the smell was atrocious. We waited for a few minutes to be greeted and seated when there was only two tables being occupied in the whole restaurant. The French fellow who seated us had forcefully given us menus and our plates were served in the same manner. He was extremely curt to say the least. He never once checked on us to see how our meal was but he did come to present the bill. The only attentive person there was the person who brought our bread and kept us hydrated. We were very disappointed.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

WOW!!!!!!! – Something is going on in this restaurant, i have been previous times, and nothing to set it apart.......Good or bad. However i ate with my wife recently and i must say, Our experience was excellent, from the food, to the service, Lovely, simply lovely!!!!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Big disappointment – Four of us had dinner on Sat. evening for a very special anniversary celebration, which we mentioned when making our reservation . We were taken to our table and immediately followed by a gentleman, not dressed as a waiter ,with a pad/pen wanting our drink order. We asked for water and said we would be ordering wine. Very rude and sarcastic he said water would be brought to the table, of course!! What wine did we want? We had NOT seen the wine list! In a very few minutes he was back wanting to know what wine and appetizers we wanted. We had decided on the wine, but not an appetizer. He seemed "put out" with us and said he would get the wine. In a couple of minutes he was back wanting orders, so salads/ appetizer were ordered. He wanted to know what entree! Were we on a time limit? By now we were feeling very uncomfortable with his rudeness. The waitstaff bringing the food were very congenial. Thank goodness he was NOT the food server The Cesar salads were tasteless and no flavor! The other salad and appetizer were good. Finally, out of desperation and wanting to get rid of this person, we ordered entrees. Overall, they were also tasteless with little flavoring. I have been to France , Europe and other French restaurants, so I know how delicious/tasty French food is. The menu on the website does NOT resemble anything on their current menu other than 2-3 items. Needless to say, we skipped dessert so as not to feel rushed! The check was brought immediately while he waited for payment. We were told he was one of the owners. WOW! We have been to the other restaurant--The Grille in Leon Springs--and by far outshines this one!!! The food and ambiance there is wonderful. We thought that because we are not "regulars" or '09er's we were being shunned. We will NOT be back or recommend L'Eoile to anyone. Also, the anniversary was never mentioned; not that it would have made a difference! This man is rude and he will drive off customers!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst imitation of French Food – I have traveled through France and Europe on extensive stays and this is restaurant has no comparison to small bistros in France or even in San Antonio like Le Firte that have savory dishes from the menu. Im passionate about food so my boyfriend wanted to take me there and he has seen the plates online on their website and as the other person said they have a lacking menu. NOTHING that is online is on the menu. When we were seated my seat was full of crumbs.Our waiter lived in france throughout highschool and was arrogant, I guess he felt very European since he lived in France for a few years. The worst part of the waiter was that as soon as we paid he took the check and walked five steps and looked to see how much we tipped him!!! I know Im young & so is my boyfriend but we tip well. I ordered a salmon that was supposed to be with chile ancho which is NOT french. If I really wanted something mexican there are PLENTY PLENTY restaurants in San Antonio. There were not many options that looked appealing, like lobster that is broiled and came with butter....anyone can make that at home! My boyfriend ordered the duck and it was moist but not flavorful. My salmon was dull, and had a horrible imitation of pico de gallo but instead it had corn from a can which had nothing to do with the dish. The plate had not a pinch of chile ancho and underneath the salmon was a mushy plain mashed potatoe in a form of a hash brown from mcdonalds. Both the salmons texture and a dull mash potatoes texture do not compliment each other. Even the salad which is really hard to mess up was not good. The salad was drenched in some creamy dressing and did not have anything else , just lettuce. The best part of the meal was my "french" martini. The decor is horrible, old pictures of france that do not justify its architecture or attractions. I have seen better pictures of France at Ross. I seriously do not reccomend this restaurant .

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Poor Menu - McDonald's has more choices – This restaurants advertises a menu on-line along with items that do not exist at this restaurant - see below from their own web site - however when you arrive all they have is a set menu...... that is lacking to say the least - would never recommend this place - instead you should try La Frite Belgian Bistro on South Alamo great menu and the food and service were excellent...

L'Etoile's Menus listed on-line....Not at all what they present on site....in my reservation I made a point of saying exactly what we were looking forward to having from their menu and received online confirmation....that we were all confirmed....

Shrimp Toulouse Lautrec w/ Spinach & Jasmine Rice

$23.95

Fresh Ruby Red Trout w/ Dill Hollandaise

$17.95

Baked Norwegian Salmon, Fingerling Potato, Red Onion Marmalade,

Dry Vermouth Sauce

$23.95

Fresh Mahi Mahi w/ Jicama and Crab Relish,

Roasted Bell Pepper Coulis

$23.95

Fresh Wild Black Sea Bass Over Celery Roots Galette

and Wild Mushroom Ragout

$25.95

Fresh Sea Scallops w/ Wild Mushroom Risotto and

Truffle Nage, Glazed Baby Vegetables

$25.95

Fresh Baby Swordfish w/ Fennel and Tomato Marmalade,

Citrus Butter Sauce

$23.95

Fresh Red Snapper, Wrapped in Potato Shell with

Red Matelotte Sauce on a Bed of Leeks

$21.95

Linguini with Jumbo Lump Crab w/ Tomato Comfit, Basil Sauce

$22.95

Live Maine Lobster Poached it's own Shell

(Market Price)

Live Maine Lobster, Out of the Shell, Sauteed & Flambeed w/ Cognac,

Bed of Baby Vegetables, Lobster Sauce.

(Market Price)

Live Maine Lobster with it's Coral Stuffed

w/ Jumbo Crab Meat & Lobster Basil Sauce

(Market Price)

Don't waist your time with this place - they will tell you o' we ran out from the night before - even if you arrive on a Saturday night the biggest night in the restaurant business.....

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

RUDE RUDE service, bad table, bland food – I can't begin to describe what a waste of time and money this was. A huge disappointment. We had a reservation, but we had to wait at least five minutes to even be acknowledged by the snooty staff. We were seated on the bleak porch where the seats are too low for the tables. We had a delightful view of the AC unit. Our order was placed incorrectly and there was hardly an apology. The food was bland and slow to arrive at the table. We didn't bother sticking around for dessert.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

What is wrong with you!! – Although, given the competition, the food is acceptable, but the dinning experience as a whole was terrible; I came early, ca. 18.00, and was promptly asked if I had a reservation, I replied no; the response was: "of course you don't" accompanied with a fake laugh, I thought this may have been a feeble attempt at humour so I let it go. The Maître D' is typical parisian french, that is to say, he appears to believe his customers are all uncultured and have no idea what good food tastes like, I've lived in Europe all my life and have sampled some of the finest food in the world, and no my friend, your food is acceptable at best. He has to force himself to be courteous to his clientele and this is quite obvious; I think if you have lived in San Antonio your entire life then yes this restaurant will seem good otherwise avoid like a plague if you are not prepared to be the unjustified victim of a culturally condescending cretin and served by staff whos ranks are filled with people who see you as their next tip!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

TRES' BIEN! – My mothers family is from France. We wanted to take my mother and her sister (visiting from Arizona) to a nice French Food Restaraunt. Wanting this to be a surprise for the sisters, we made our reservations and didn't tell them where we were to dine. I have to say, to listen to these sisters enjoy the ambiance of L'etoile, the presentation of the food, the food in itself, the wine, the service and very feel of being home again with the memories of their childhood was a treasure that we thoroughly enjoyed to sit back and partake. Our waitress, Laura (from Romania), was a treasure! From the moment we walked in to the moment we were to walk out, Laura made sure that we were her guests in L'Etoile. Make your reservations early and make them often. Surely this will be a place that we will continue to frequent and you should too.

Fine dining at its upmost best! Thank you.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

great date great food – food, service atmosphere all impeccable !!!

Highly reccomend this restaurant to all --

every thig I had was very enjoyable!

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