About 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, 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.

106 River Walk
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Mediterranean, Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10PM.
Closed on Sundays

Cross Street:
St Mary's Street, below Commerce Street, River Walk Entrance Only

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 404-2355

Website:
http://www.bellaontheriver.com/

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.

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!

Executive Chef:
Sean Fletcher

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

Bella On The River Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (51)
Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (42)
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Good for Anniversaries (33)
Cozy (30)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Waterfront (19)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (15)
Scenic View (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Casual (10)
Fun (9)
People Watching (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service were fantastic! For such an intimate place everything flowed well and we never felt crowded. Nathan was very attentive and friendly and we appreciate his service very much.
My only complaint is that there were two larger parties one seemed to be a bachelorette party and they were very loud. For a large place this normally wouldn’t be a big deal but for such a small setting it would have been nice for the manager/owners to ask them to at least try and keep it down a little. They may have had a good time but the rest of us needed earplugs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful and cozy restaurant in a building with history.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (San Antonio)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (México)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Naples)·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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been coming to Bella since its beginning. We come by ourselves and we bring friends and out-of-towners as well. Bella provides a consistently brilliant overall dining experience every single time...food, beverage, atmosphere, and service. We love this little jewel and make it a point to come back often throughout the year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Waterfront, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I decided to try Bella On the River for dinner one evening during our first visit to San Antonio, as it was highly rated on Yelp and sounded like our kind of place. We made reservations a few weeks before our visit, and it was a good thing. We sat at dinner and watched many people get turned away who had not made reservations. It is a small restaurant upstairs with some additional outside seating downstairs by the River. We had a wonderful dinner in every way. Our server was perfectly attentive, the food was delicious, the atmosphere felt and looked like old-world Europe, and the prices were appropriate for the quality and quantity of food. We highly recommend Bella!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The dining experience at BELLA was excellent. There was an amazing selection of moderately priced wines. The duck was wonderful very tender prepared with carmelized onions. The lobster and scallops were cooked to perfection. My daughter had the fried ravioli which were very tasty and not greasy. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly medium rare. The eggplant bruschetta was divine as well as the pasta norma which had eggplant and fresh tomato sauce, hot Italian Sausage.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and ambience

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Although we have eaten at Bella on the River several times before, this last experience beat them all. The pasta was truly al dente, and the cream sauce was light - just as the waiter described. A variety of perfectly cooked seafood topped the pasta, and the combination as delicious! The lamb was also exceptional, and the French ganache/syrah blend was a damn good bottle for the price. It turned a rainy, dreary night into a delight.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We have dined at Bella many times and we are never disappointed! Great spot, great food and excellent service! Thanks again!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My 3 girlfriends and I went to Bella On The River for my birthday! The food was excellent and the wait staff made us feel special.
Due the coziness of the restaurant, it is noisy, however, we still felt comfortable and our conversation flowed well.
Would highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food is very good or just amazing or waiter was knowledgable and helpful with the wine selection.It is a cozy place to almost cramped. I am a big guy. We were never rushed to get moving. One of my wife's favorite places for us to go.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of the most amazing filet mignons I've ever had. The service was great - thank you Steve - and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. It is cozy but well worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Ate here for our anniversary. Included in the notes a request to have a bottle of house wine at the table. The owner didn’t disappoint. He greeted us himself and brought us to their favorite table in the place, a love seat table with a fancy backing. We had the fillet mignon, a seafood pasta, and the little gem salad. I would recommend them all!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I lovely romantic dinner setting for special occasions with your SO

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We've dined here many times over the years. Every time there are a few things you can expect. The owner will always great you and thank you for coming. The service will always be great. The food will be as close to impeccable as you can expect. If you want a sure homerun for for any occasion, this is your place.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We've been to Bella several times and every one has been great. This is our favorite place downtown. The food is always excellent and the ambiance is more like a small European restaurant. This is the best place on the Riverwalk.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent! This includes atmosphere, staff and food.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful, perfect evening! Cannot wait for next time!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Bella on the River is an intimate setting on the Riverwalk inside an old adobe (?? I think) building. It feels very historical.

A couple of negatives if one is at all physically impaired: Immediately after entering, there is a steep staircase going up with very little standing room at the top. It’s a little uncomfortable waiting to be seated as we had to stand right by others’ tables - I felt like we were intruding on them - it was awkward. (There is no way my elderly parents could come here because of the stairs and the lack of room - one parent has to use a walker.). The tables are very close together, we had to negotiate our way through them to get to our table (neither one of us are big or physically impaired).
However, after being seated (and apologizing to the table next to us for bumping into them while getting settled in), the waitress was excellent - friendly and attentive! The food was excellent. The small setting is very charming once you look around. There is a small bar in the corner and wine storage/display. It looked like there was another room through an opening.
Overall we had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food. We would definitely come back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

If you like your steak tough & under cooked, and your scallops & lobster over cooked & chewy, than this is the place to go. Everything is a la Carter and small leading to an outrageous bill for poor quality food. The restaurant is so small, that I kept getting bumped into, and tripped over. I wished I had eaten at Biga On the Banks for a third night in a row instead, which serves world class foods.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Interesting place. I like to try new places and tend to shy away from chains. I was disappointed with what I received for the amount paid. The experience was nice, just not worth what was charged. I have enjoyed other restaurants substantially more for less money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our favorite river walk restaurant. NEVER disappoints. Excellent food, excellent service. Good wine list.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 12, 2017

A small cozy restaurant with great food!! We had a great time there. Our server recommended white chocolate bread pudding for dessert, it was amazing!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Antonio - it is quaint, off the beaten track, wonderful atmosphere and great food!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Bella on the River was wonderful! We had a great waitperson who recommended a killer Napa Pinot, my wife ordered a fantastic beef filet and I had a rabbit ragout that was divine. Would definitely steer others to Bella on the River!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful, exactly what I remembered over 2 years ago, if not better. The service was great, just the right amount of attention and the food was over the top and a great value.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Eggplant appetizer was great the pasta Bella the seafood was excellent but to much cream sauce.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband and I have eaten here before so we decided to take our friends while they visited from out-of-town. We wanted to take them there because of the ambiance and attentive staff. We were impressed with the cave-like setting and the food is really good. The meal was just as fabulous this time as last, from the wine to the appetizers to the dinner. Our waiter Patrick was great. He was attentive without being too much. He helped us with our wine pairing and the food came at a nice pace. Everything was fresh, delicious and perfect. We ordered the signature Eggplant Josephine and meat/cheese plate for appetizers which were just as I had remembered them. For dinner I had the rabbit saddle which was divine. The wine pairings were spot-on. And I loved that they let us linger a bit longer than we normally would since we were visiting with dear friends. I will definitely come back to this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Real Italian food! Perfect date spot on the Riverwalk. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 29, 2017

A good fillet and potato croquettes but salad lacked flavor. Nice bread and olive oil. Ice cream dessert arrived a bit too soft. Very loud and service was spotty.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Had a wonderful time at Bella on the River. The paella was fantastic, and the restaurant was very small, warm, cozy and with a very friendly staff. I'd recommend Bella's to anyone looking for great food, in a great location on the Riverwalk, for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy, Waterfront, Casual
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