Bistro Watel's - Chef Rene Peeters
Bistro Watel's
6047 Lewis Street
Dallas, 75206
just west of Skillman
between La Vista and Live Oak
(214) 720-0323
Global French
Lunch Entrees $8 - $12
Dinner Entrees $19 - $29

Bistro Watel's

A cozy restaurant featuring French cuisine with global influences located on the edge of Lakewood in East Dallas, near Skillman & Live Oak. The staff is personable and knowledgeable and their menu represents a variety of cultures. Watel's first opened in 1986 and has won countless awards and acclaim year after year.

About us:
Chef/owner René Peeters was born in the Belgian Congo to a Belgian father and a French mother; he spent his early years split between the Congo and southern France.  He later lived a number of years in Laos and a year in Greece before moving to the U.S. René was trained in classical French cuisine, but travel has influenced his cooking style;  his French menu features a lot of global touches.

Comments from Leslie Brenner
at the DMN:
The easygoing chef, a fixture on the Dallas dining scene for more than two decades, has brought his freewheeling style of cooking, which draws on cuisines from around the world (born in Belgian Congo, he has lived all over the globe). I’m glad he did: That dining room suits his laid-back, people-pleasing style perfectly.

Blackboard specials are listed high on one wall, and Peeters, at once chef and front-of-the-house man, seems to enjoy elucidating them —  Peeters, ever eager to please, is quick to point out that most of the mains can be pared down and ordered as starters, and many of the appetizers can be turned into mains. Just tell him what works for you, and he does his best to make it happen.

Recently, small slices of herb-crusted seared tuna came with a puck of excellent ratatouille, its vegetables prettily diced; tomatoes with deep flavor pulled it together smartly. Quail was good, too, well-grilled in its tangy, lightly sweet-spicy Indian-accented glaze.

Desserts - Best, I think, is the Belgian waffle, at once crisp and tender, served with vanilla ice cream and a strawberry coulis.

There’s something so refreshingly different about the dishes at Bistro Watel’s. Peeters and a waiter share the serving duties, executed with an easy informality that makes you feel as though you’re dining in a friend’s home. That’s a wonderful and unusual thing.The wine list, which Peeters assembles, offers some interesting and unusual bottles — at very reasonable prices. And that’s the value of Bistro Watel’s: Chef-owner-sommelier-server René Peeters has a knack for making diners happy.

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  Bistro Watel's - Chef Rene Peeters
Restaurant Information
TYPE OF CUISINE: Global French

Lunch Entrees $8-$12, Dinner Entrees $19-$29

ATMOSPHERE: Cozy little restaurant, with a personable and knowledgeable staff. A variety of cultures represented on the menu. Watel's has won countless awards and acclaim year after year for many years.
MEALS SERVED: Lunch, Dinner, Fixed-Price Meals

Brunch is served on Mother's Day, Father's Day and Easter.
Bistro Watel's
6047 Lewis Street
Dallas, Texas 75206
PHONE: (214) 720-0323

Bistro Watel's Map
We are located on the edge of Lakewood in East Dallas, just west of Skillman between La Vista and Live Oak Streets. VIEW MAP

Take Central Expressway (Hwy 75) to Mockingbird Lane. Go east on Mockingbird to Matilda. Take Matilda south to Lewis. Turn left on Lewis Street and Bistro Watel's will be on your left about 4 blocks just before Skillman Street.

Take Ross Avenue north to Greenville Avenue. Turn left and go north on Greenville 1 block to Lewis Street. Turn right on Lewis Street and Bistro Watel's will be on your left about 5 blocks just before Skillman Street.
MAPSCO #: 36-X
HOURS: Open five days a week - Closed on Sunday and Monday, however, dinner is always served on Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve no matter what days they fall on. Also, some Sunday brunches are served, see details below.
Fridays Only 11:30am to 1:30pm
Tuesday thru Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
We also serve dinner on Valentine's and New Years Eve no matter what day it falls.
Available on Mother's Day, Father's Day and Easter.
CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED: Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Bistro Watel's

Call 214-720-0323 or email for info about special events such as: Live Jazz, Wine Specials, Wine Tastings, Communal* Dinners at cost of goods, Cooking Classes and private parties.

*Communal Dinners: Seating is at one large table. There is no mark up, diners share equally in the cost of ingredients and are asked to tip waitstaff. Some dinners are fun family style meals, other dinners feature prized or unusual ingredients. They always feature great wines.

BAR: Bistro Watel serves beer and wine.
RESERVATIONS: Reservations are encouraged.
SMOKING CHOICE: The restaurant is non-smoking.
VALET PARKING : No. Parking is adjacent to the restaurant.
WEBSITE: For more information and to see menus visit
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