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Bella On The River

1488 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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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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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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!
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 1488 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfoodie (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Lovely evening - service was great and food outstanding. Would highly recommend. We love cozy restaurants- loved the feeling here from the moment we walked through the door.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I had dinner here on 2/20 on our trip to San Antonio. I had the Rigatoni which was wonderful. She had the Pasta Bella and loved it. The small room is intimate, with lots of natural stone, and low lighting. Service was excellent. We liked it so much we reserved a table for 2/21. This time sHe had the Rigatoni and I had the filet mignon. Another great dinner!

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Amanda took excellent care of our party and the food was amazing. My favorite place to bring my out of town guests.

vipLonghorn1 (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

This is a great place. Like eating in a cave. Small tables close together and just a cool place. We live in San Antonio and this is our favorite restaurant on the Riverwalk!

RobertM (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

David and his staff are true professionals. We make a trip to San Antonio twice a year for business purposes, and Bella on The River has become a required stop because of the excellent food, quality wait staff, excellent wine choices. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough, and look forward to my next visit!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Well run by David and his staff, this reasonably priced high end restaurant is perfectly located on the river walk.

cweater (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Gkoria was great. Patrick was helpful . We felt pampered. Food was outstanding

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Bell is a nice quaint place to celebrate a special occasion with fine dining on the riverwalk.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We love the restaurant. The only issue we’ve ever had, and it is always an issue, is the noise level is more than “energetic, it’s annoyingly loud. There is always at least one table that assumes everyone is there to be entertained by them. I know the staff has very little control over this, but it is a deterrent from repeated visits.

FrankS (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice Valentines Day dinner while travelling. Intimate little place on the River Walk with nice atmosphe and a good wine list.

BryanR (Tulsa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Have been dinning here since the week they opened. Always the best quality food, the very best ambiance and the attention to service is second to none. Great place for a casual dinner or a very special event. You want to keep coming back! Thank you Bella for always making our experience the very best!

2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Went the day before Valentine's. The owner or older gentleman who greeted gave an unpleasant look to my wife and I when we came in. (We were the youngest couple in the restaurant). There were way to many tables crammed in that room. The restaurant is one small room with exception of the kitchen and restrooms. So every time someone had to go to the restroom or an employee had to go to the kitchen, there was this awkward tension of me having to scoot my chair forward or lean towards the table for them to squeeze through. That ruined any opportunity for trying to connect with my wife.
I ordered a pasta with shrimp and my wife ordered fish. The meals tasted fine, but they were both $30 plates that tastes worth $10. Our waitress was doing her best, but it seemed like she was tired and just wanted to go home. It's a neat atmosphere but the experience could be alot better.

vipGreg (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Don't be fooled by the logo or outside appearance, this place is an elegant gem. We had mussels, the filet, and paella. Nervous about the paella as we had just had a trip to Valencia but it was cooked well and tasty. Filet was cooked to perfection. Service was eloquent.

Matthew (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic time, amazing food and great service. Will definitely be coming back.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and ambiance. Two things that were disappointing - we had indicated on open table it was our anniversary but that was not acknowledged at all. Lastly, we wanted a booking at 7:30pm but nothing was available, so we booked for 6:15. However, we left at 8:15pm and there were always at least 6 tables open, so not sure what the issue was.