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

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Romantic (45)
Special Occasion (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (39)
Cozy (32)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Waterfront (24)
Authentic (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Scenic View (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (7)
People Watching (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 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!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 5 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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Tulsa)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Cozy, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·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.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (México)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Nice place, music, service, food and wine. Definitely I’m going to back at the next travel to SAT

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was very good but needs to add a regular salad to the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our server was thoughtful and the food was delicious and creative.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for my bday but felt like the waitress didn’t have time for us. Just felt like we needed to eat and leave.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great wine, service and ambience. Had appetizer, main courses and dessert. Superior food and great host. Service was informed about wine pairings and matched their service to our pace. Great evening even better than we remembered it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The calamari was outstanding, as well as the rest of the meal. Highly recommend

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Average food a ton a high price. Ok it not special

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was the best restaurant we tried during our week in San Antonio!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Bella is still my favorite San Antonio restaurant! Food is consistently delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent food and warm, intimate setting (sat inside) in the midst of lots of tourist fare. Good wine list and all reasonable for a simple but sophisticated dinner. Would certainly recommend for business or adult pleasure.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The absolute best polenta...ever! A perfect side to any entree.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 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 29, 2017

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

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 (Hawaii)·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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 (Austin)·Dined on December 28, 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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