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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.
San Antonio, TX 78205
European, Mediterranean, Modern European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10PM.
Closed on Sundays
St Mary's Street, below Commerce Street, River Walk Entrance Only
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
Bella On The River Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Bella on the River was the perfect way to end our trip to San Antonio. I am so happy to have found it. Our meal was wonderful. My 13 year old Loves Mussells and these did not disappoint. From the Appetizers to bread to Entrees of Lamb and Seafood Pasta to Dessert. We all Enjoyed our Meal. But you need a Reservation. Lots of people were turned away and boy did they miss a meal.
Bella is a very quaint restaurant with minimal seating and an expensive menu. I found it to be just as described in many of the reviews I saw before dining. Most likely you will need a reservation to get a table and expect to pay top dollar for minimal portions. The food was delicious but the small portions were not nearly worth the amount charged. Our main courses were the size of an appetizer and the appetizer was hardly a bite of food. The atmosphere was nice, the food was very tasty but I probably will not be back for seconds.
Loved this little Italian restaurant! It was right on the riverwalk, just a short walk from our hotel. It's very tiny inside so I would recommend making a reservation. The inside ambiance was very nice and I loved the stone walls. We arrived early for our reservation so we sat at the bar and decided to stay seated there for our dinner. We enjoyed our wine, ravioli appetizer and each had a pasta entree. Would definitely come back!
The restaurant is very small and unless you have a reservation you probably won't get in, at least on a weekend evening. My husband and I had reservations and had no problem, but the table we got was small and overlooked the inside front steps. Dining is quite cramped. We were served bread with garlic sauce before our meals were served, and it really didn't have much flavor. For my main meal I ordered a spinach salad, which was delicious, and a side order of sauteed mushrooms, which were kind of slimy. My husband ordered steak florentine which he decided needed salt. He thought 1/2 of it was ok, but the other half tasted pretty bland (the half he thought was ok was more rare than the other half). He liked his potato coquettes. Was the steak worth $38? Absolutely not. The staff was nice and attentive, but the food was hit-or-miss. I doubt that we'll go back when we visit San Antonio again.
Indoor and cozy for a drizzly Friday evening on the Riverwalk. Disappointing otherwise. We expected a higher noise level so that didn't interfere with the business conversation. But our server wasn't skilled at reading diner cues. Even after explaining several times that we were having a dinner conversation, he interrupted randomly with a loud and intrusive voice. Wine choices by the glass food were limited. Food was acceptable. Just know it won't be 5-star paella when it doesn't take any longer to cook than the other entrees. Pistachio cake (highly praised on other sites) was a small loaf of spongy cake with pistachio-flavored icing.
Bella's was very good. The place is tiny and it was packed. Unfortunately they had 2 very large tables seated at the same time as us. Surprisingly, our service never missed a beat except for an opening blip. When seated, we sat for quite a while and had to ask for water. Twice. We gave our drink order and were finally given our water after our drinks came. From that point on, the service was excellent and the food was very good. My wife had the eggplant Josephine and I had the bruschetta which is different every day by the way. Both were excellent well prepared and beautifully presented. My wife had the duck and I had the red fish. My wife's duck was perfect. My redfish was good but I found the sauce a little overbearing. But I'm not big on sauces over fish so it could be just me. Overall, a very pleasant dinner and nice atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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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