Bella On The River
Bella On The River

Bella On The River

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellaontheriver.com/
  • Phone: 2104042355x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10PM.
    Closed on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, European, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sean Fletcher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Bella's Piano Bar features Jazz, infused with lots of Pop, and even a little Be Bop. Six Nights per Week, Monday - Saturday 7 - 10pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St Mary
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Closest Parking Garages: Market Street Garage, East Commerce Street; Majestic Theater (the Houston Street) Garage, West College, and the RAND Garage just off Soledad or the City of San Antonio Pay N Park meters, Free after 6pm. Closest spots are on Soledad and Main, with Houston and Travis cross streets.
A word from Bella On The River
Bella is an independent, locally-owned, and operated restaurant on the San Antonio River Walk featuring Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food.

Chef Sean Fletcher’s menu features the Eggplant Josephine, Fresh Salads, Seafood Paella, Baked Chicken Breast, Seared Halibut, Filet Mignon, Grilled Lamb T-Bone, Diver Scallops, Pasta, Raspberry Sorbet, and Virginia’s Pistachio Cake!


Bella’s Wine Bar features over 20 wines-by-the-glass, wine flights, and over 48 well-paired and gently-priced wines, ports and sherry, along with champagne and port cocktails, domestic and imported beer.

Bella's service staff is friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable with a "we're really glad you're here" attitude.
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Bella On The River reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (95)special occasion (79)fit for foodies (59)notable wine list (37)neighborhood gem (34)late-night find (13)scenic view (11)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (8)good for groups (4)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Deliciousness Every Course
    ConvertedFoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a fantastic location to have a great meal with your spouse or another couple. The food was absolutely outstanding and the menu selection is quite broad and diverse specializing on food from the Mediterranean. The waiter was fantastic at describing the menu items in mouth watering terms. We will eat here everytime we return to San Antonio now that we've found it. Highly recommend making a reservations because the seating is limited to probably 55 people and most of the table are for 2. They did have a group of 8 set up so they can o larger groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella est Belle
    bgrh
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We discovered Bella on the River during Restaurant Week in San Antonio. Living here, we tend to avoid the River Walk, too crowded, too touristy. But, for Restaurant Week we decided to only go to places we'd never been before. Out of the five places we went, Bella is the one we've returned to. The Restaurant Week menu was a bargain fixed priced three course with only two selections for each course - we had one of each. All were good. The real surprise was having Okra, and loving it - not something this northerner is used to. We've since been back, and had another wonderful experience. We will be back again. It's up a few stairs, it's small, feels like a cellar, but because of its small size, it's not going to have a large group. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it used to be.
    MarkCVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sad to say this place went down hill quickly. This place was something in the beginning but no longer. Terrible service. Mediocre food. Very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Romantic Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a great little place that makes you feel like you are in a European Inn. Right on the River Walk in San Antonio with a great wine list and fresh and outstanding food! The service and atmosphere is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining Experience in SA
    mewrmw
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and awesome. The food is fantastic. It is the best food and experience we have ever had in san Antonio. We will most definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful restaurant, great for special occasions. We had a romantic dinner at an outside table on the River walk. Excellent food and great service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 1st anniversary and we went here for restaurant week. Very good food. Would recommend to anyone for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The jewel of Riverwalk
    PaulAndTerry
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you're looking for a true culinary experience, and want to avoid the chain restaurants and watery Mexican food that seems to be the staple on Riverwalk, this is the place you have been looking for. Food done with a passion, served in an intimate setting, where you are treated a guest, not just a customer. Bella is rather small so reservations are a very good idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spot for a Great Dinner!
    WillM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I would definitely recommend Bella on the River for anyone looking for a great spot to slow down and enjoy some tasty food. The menu was quite varied and the wait staff was happy to recommend food and wine that fit our tastes. Even letting us have samples of dinner and dessert wines to help us make our decision. The food itself was fantastic and the atmosphere of the place was great, it's quite small so I would suggest getting a reservation. There were varied table sizes so you could go as a couple or in a larger group. The bread, olive oil and garlic was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella is indeed beautiful
    AustinEd
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Bella is a favorite of my wife and I. Small, intimate, great food and friendly competent service. Set on the Riverwalk, inside it's cozy interior and intimate bar are a great place to stop for anything from a glass of wine to a full meal. Whenever we're in San Antonio, we try to find time to stop in for dinner. My filet mignon was tender and perfectly cooked and my wife's dish was also delicious. We enjoyed the bibb lettuce salads, but decided to pass on desserts, even though they sounded great. Given its small size, reservations are strongly recommended, but they do try to accommodate walk-ins. My only regret is that its not located in Austin where we live!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unique restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    patrick was our server he did a fantastic job,i got the red fish my wife got the duck beast.so both of them were just fine. and honestly we got 2 desserts but i don't remember the names. overall when you get inside bella restaurant,it's like you are in some old city restaurant in europe.but you are just in down town san antonio.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect mix of food & atmosphere
    JupieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were lucky enough to hit Bella's while it was restaurant week and the options were amazing! The waiter was knowledgeable about the wine selection and recommended the perfect wine to go with both red fish and duck! Foods were perfectly cooked with wonderful and unique combinations of taste! The only draw back was that there wasn't a better view of the Riverwalk if you opt to eat inside with A/C. Overall, an exquisite dining experience and we will most definitely return when we visit San Antonio again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Meal
    TheFoodDude64
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a little trouble finding the place, but are so glad we did. Showed up 15 minutes late for our reservation, no problem.(and it was very busy, restaurant week) We were seated and greeted by our server and got our drinks pretty quickly. Be aware its beer and wine only. We started with the anti-pasta which was great! The cheeses and olives were superb. My wife loved her salad. My wife had the Halibut and I had the Diver Scallops. Both were very well presented. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the fish and scallops were cooked perfectly. We ordered a Cotes Du Rhone that complemented our meal perfectly. The server was very busy, but never let us wait for anything. All in all we highly recommend Bella on the River.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant on the river walk
    Scutler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Away from the crowded, touristy parts of the Riverwalk, Bella on the river is a quiet, intimate gem of a restaurant. Seating maybe 50 people max, it offers superb food at reasonable prices. Most of the restaurants on the Riverwalk are overpriced, loud with bland food. This place is the exact opposite. David the owner will greet you when you arrive. The food, service, ambience are all world class. Reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bella is officially on my top 10 list of U.S. restaurants. Went to Bellla about two years ago and enjoyed an intimate atmosphere, exceptional service - from a waiter who actually enjoyed his job and was excited to talk about the menu and wine list. Returned to Bella on Friday night, and I was not disappointed. My friend and I received the same exceptional service (from the same waiter) and the quality has not wavered one bit. If you're looking for a special dinner, with outstanding service, atmosphere, and food, look no further. Some past menu favorites: scallops with watermelon salsa, and salmon with grape puree. Current menu favs: paella and pistachio cake. Highly recommend making a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food, great service, charming and unique decor / interior. Loved it!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcoming - great food
    Over70
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Easy reservation and confirmation with Open Table - we had filet and scallops - sides are extra, so order up front. Mussels were good. Desert was scrumptious. Small setting; friendly, informed service. Busy to full on a Tuesday evening; chatter can get pretty loud. Beer and wine; no cocktails. Although it overlooks the Riverwalk, not scenic - go for the food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • European-style!
    Cris
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Cozy little place with great food and European wine selection. A fig tree is jutting out of the wall - it doesn't get any more Mediterranean than this!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella on the river
    66supersport
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Calimari appetizer was fantastic. The fried zucchini salad was excellent. The entrees my wife and I had were very good. We have eaten at many restaurants on the Riverwalk San Antonio, this is the best we've found. Limited seating, I would advise reservations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WeekendAway
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Perfect place for a romantic night. The service and atmosphere were amazing and the food was incredible! We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    TxBird
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Eggplant Josephine, Bruschetta, the wine... All delicious. Service was sincere and outstanding. Seating is a bit tight and the din of conversation is a bit loud but the overall experience was exceptional. Has a great time. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very intimate, friendly restaurant on the River Walk - more like an small uptown neighborhood vibe than the other tourist oriented restaurants along the river. Nice wine selections, especially Captain's selections. Enjoyed a Super Tuscan and had excellent grilled redfish and tasty paella. We dine at many places in San Antonio and this is on our favorites list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • acepie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We so enjoyed our evening at Bella's with host, David. Our server was Nathan and everything just so lovely. I have to mention that getting there, parking and walking was just horrific! Lines of rude and nasty people everywhere. The parking garage had ONE space left. The passenger side was against a concrete post. Just don't know if anyone want to go through all of that to get to Bella.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent but overpriced
    Bailey321
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service and ambiance were wonderful. The tables are a little two close together. As for the food, the eggplant appetizer was fantastic and so was the pistachio cake. The entrees is where the food was lacking. My sister ordered the scallops for $28 and the only food on the plate was 4 scallops and a couple greens onions. Way overpriced for what you actual get. It should be listed under appetizers. I ordered the pasta Bella. It sounds better than it tastes. Its a bowl of spaghetti with tomato sauce and lobster thrown in. The tomato sauce overpowers the lobster. It didn't have much flavor at all for what I was expecting. Overall the dining experience was just ok due to the food. For the price we paid I would have expected better food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    lulumilwaukee
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was without a doubt one of my all time favorite dining experiences EVER! My husband and I love to travel and sometimes finding the really good one can be tricky. The person that recommeneded Bella's absolutely nailed it! It was our first night in San Antonio, the ambience cozy and romantic, the wine recommendation was perfect, recommendations for each course were wonderful, service was outstanding, we didnt feel rushed, nor did we feel ignored. It was the perfect balance of everything. My only regret was that no other restaurant came close our entire trip!! And we went to another restaurant that someone refered to as the best place to get a steak in San Antonio. It shall remain nameless and it was no Bellas! Can't say enough!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BellaisBest
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Absolutely love Bella. Always top-notch in every category!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner expectations MET!
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Although this restaurant was close to the "touristy" part of the Riverwalk, the indoor ambiance felt anything but touristy. Seating was close yet intimate. Waitstaff was exceptionally attentive and eager to explain dishes and make recommendations. The Frito Misto (fried calamari with artichoke quarters) provided an interesting and delicious alternative to the typical calamari appetizer offering. Based upon other reviewer's comments, my husband chose the pork tenderloin main course and it met all his expectations regarding tenderness and flavor. I chose that evening's Salmon special. My entree was so feather-light and moist that I barely had to chew it. We enjoyed a friendly visit with the owner and definitely plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella, Bella!
    TigerDiner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Bella is always a hit and this was no exception. Paella was excellent, as was the Eggplant Josephine. Very nice special wine was offered as well. Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary Night
    FoodGuy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Bella On The River was the perfect choice for our 17th wedding anniversary. Food was excellent, wait staff friendly, and the ambiance perfect. My wife and I will definitely recommend this to everyone!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bella on the River
    Bella
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Once again Bella didn't disappoint. Great food, great ambiance. Prefect place for a romantic diner with your significant other. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Bella's was great! Great service! A little disappointed in how close together the tables were. The restuarant was unique and romantic but a little cramped. The food was awesome, but a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the ambience!
    Joyce
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I can't stop talking about this restaurant! It doesn't look like much on the outside, but I LOVED the inside! It is so cute & quaint. I estimate it doesn't seat more than 50 people. It's very cozy. The owner, David, greets you at the top of the stairs. He makes an effort to talk to you. We went there for our anniversary. David was courtesious & congratulated us. The waiters are very knowledgeable about the wine & which one pairs well with your food. Our waiter was extremely helpful & knew when to suggest certain things. We were the right amount of full. The mussels are a MUST. The t-bone lamb was amazing! Everything I got was light and not heavy with cream sauce. This is a must go-to place. Definitely will go back again & recommend to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem on the River Walk
    Eatout2
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Wasn't easy to find but once you are there it is a nice dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem on the Riverwalk
    TNTJR
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This hidden gem is sure to exceed all your expectations from the moment you arrive. The very talented Chef offers a seasonal menu that includes the most amazing selections of appetizers, salads, entrées, and desserts. The food is not the only thing that will make this dining experience special; the wine list is another area you will enjoy exploring. Everyone at Bella is obviously very proud of their restaurant and proudly demonstrates that in every detail. I have no doubt that after one dining experience that you and your guest(s) will have Bella On The River at the top of your favorite restaurants on the San Antonio Riverwalk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    lovefude22
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Awesome dinner, great service on our anniversary dinner, would definitely recommend to those traveling to San Antonio
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    everything about the restaurant ws wonderful. The ambience of an old cellar really works and is very romantic with the low level lighting and the candlelight.. The food was amazing and the service extrememly competent. The only negative is that all of the tables are crammed together so having any privacy is non existent. The tables are small and the chairs not very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very romantic. Reasonably priced. Specials - though the waitstaff does not quote the price - are in-line with the menu prices and my special (veal short ribs and pork belly) was amazing. Wine list is not extensive but runs the gamut of regions/variety, and again is reasonably priced. Small sized restaurant so make sure to make reservations. Great find along the Riverwalk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    hockeygal
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was delicious, service phenomenal, ambience superb! A little pricey, but definitely worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but had some issues
    luveatingout
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The setting is gorgeous. You feel like you're in a wine cellar. The owner and staff are very welcoming and accessible. The bruschetta appetizer was EXCELLENT. The halibut was good. I was a little disappointed with the scallops. Only serve three. Seems skimpy for the price. We had the halibut but the side vegetable didn't get served until after my wife was finished with her fish. I wouldn't have expected that of a restaurant of this quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've been to Bella's a couple of times now and everytime we go it is a great experience. Small restaurant with great wait staff and hugly amazing food. The chef definately knows what he's doing in the kitchen. Not a place to take a large group however, because the dining area a very small and cramped. However, if you want to take that special someone out for an amazing meal, I would highly recommend Bella's on the River!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic