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Bella On The River

4.7
1454 reviews
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$31 to $50
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European
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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, Seared Fish, Great Steaks, Grilled Lamb, Diver Scallops, Pasta, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Mediterranean, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10PM.
Closed on Sundays
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Phone number
(210) 404-2355
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sean Fletcher
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St Mary's Street, below Commerce Street, River Walk Entrance Only
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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.
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Public transit
Take the E! Get off at the St Mary's and Commerce Street or Navarro and Crockett Street stops and head to River Walk!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 1454 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

When we got to the restaurant they already had our table waiting for us, so we didn’t had to wait which was great. It is a very nice restaurant, really private, and great for a celebration such as New Years Eve, it also is very picturesque, it just has a vibe of happiness al over the place. Everybody working in the restaurant had the best actitude and were extremely nice. The food was great, really tasty and just indescribable, the special menu they had for New Years Eve was just perfect for the occasion. Amazing experience in an amazing restaurant, we loved it.

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Panchorfmx (Mexico City)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Un poco caro pero era menú de año nuevo, pero todo estuvo espectacular

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vipUncinmi (Naples)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

What a wonderful way to close 2017. The menu was unique and creative. Every course was presented beautifully and delicious. The staff was very attentive. This is definitely a place to dine when visiting San Antonio

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Another fabulous meal at Bella. Our server, Nathan, was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and atmosphere was excellent! But seating is very cramped inside .

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Great Food! Great service! It’s a must see when in SA. The food is cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service are always fabulous. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

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skse 
5.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

by far a hawaii visitor’s first visit to san anyonio’s highlight dining experience w/ every other plus. amazing welcome & stellar service with meal selections that leave a memorable afterglow.

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Guruofscm (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

We read all the reviews for Bella on the River; and, while somewhat inconsistent, we decided to try it during a getaway to San Antonio. We now know why the reviews are inconsistent. Our server was very nice; but, hurried us a bit. We shared (we’re seniors with lighter appetite these days) a salad that was excellent. The server brought us bread with roasted whole garlic and olive oil that was excellent. We ordered the paella to share and the server told us five minutes (uh oh!). Sure enough the paella arrived in five minutes, obviously pre-prepared. The plate itself was hot; shellfish on top were cold. Rice was lukewarm, as was a single piece of chicken and chorizo was pretty much MIA. Rice and peas were stuck together and not even fluffed. Too bad because the dish was really well seasoned and had it been made to order versus reheated, it looked to be excellent. So for those who get fresh dishes, good reviews come. Hence it is the cause of inconsistency in reviews. Be forewarned and I’m sure it will be a positive experience. As a positive, the server told the manager about our dissatisfaction and he brought us fresh paella; but, the damage was done. He offered to take it off our bill; but, we’re not looking for handouts. He should have just taken it off the bill. Good luck! It is a lovely restaurant and many people have had good meals there. Just don’t be rushed and request fresh.

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Steakguy (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

A nice gem in the river walk. Food was very good, lamb was especially tasty. Pork was a bit dry, really needed the red pasta side to complete it. Bread is something that should not be missed. Roasted garlic dip is outstanding. Server was great, even thought the place was pretty much packed. All in all a really good evening. We will be back!

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