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

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (57)
Good for a Date (45)
Special Occasion (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Cozy (26)
Waterfront (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Worth the Drive (19)
Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Scenic View (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
People Watching (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined a day ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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·Dined on November 25, 2017

I had read such great reviews about this place, and by the time I arrived, I was famished. But the meal was uninspired ... downright bland. The waiter did a great job, but it couldn't make up for my disappointment when each course arrived. It was not worth the money we spent.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great atmosphere as a local.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved dining here, the food, the bistro table on the river, the attentive wait staff, the great recommendations. It was a great dining experience. The weather was perfect for dining out but the indoor bar and restaurant was full of ambiance. I had delicious red fish and my husband had filet mignonette. Both were great and wait staff helped us pair with great wines. Thanks for a lovely evening!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I think they were off their norm Service wise. Other than that, lovely.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good across the board!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was nice, particularly the interesting small stone space. The food was very good as was the service. The only downside was the obscure location on the Riverwalk. We are from San Antonio and it took us 30 minutes of wandering around on the river to find the restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food and service were both excellent. Quiet and cozy, easy to have a conversation. Beautiful on the inside, lots of attention from the waitstaff - and the manager stopped by as well. Starters were particularly good. Thanks!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good but not outstanding food, cramped & noisy. Enjoyed ourselves, but wasn't quite what I was looking for. Very cute setting, and right on the river.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is the second visit to Bella on the River and I'm from Minnesota! I was there in February with husband and girls trip to Texas in November. Absolutely a lovely experience with both visits.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Celebrated our 15 year anniversary tonight. Loved every aspect of the dining experience.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went to Bella based on other reviews and the restaurant lived up to its reputation. The restaurant is cozy and warm, but you don't feel like you are sitting on top of other people. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. They made a great recommendation on a wine that wasn't a huge up sell. We had the paella (their signature dish) which was as good as any that I have had in Spain, as well as a couple of appetizers that also were terrific. I would definitely go again

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our favorite place on the River. Menu items are well thought out and will be nothing like you have ever had before...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very limited outside seating...make sure it is requested !

Dining room small...tables quite close.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent unique restaurant on the river walk! Atmosphere was intimate. Overall food and service were great, but I was disappointed with the seafood Paella. I was looking forward to it for weeks. Mussels and claims were tiny. It was mostly rice with very little seafood.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Atmosphere was nice. Eggplant dish was very good as was tenderloin. Service very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a favorite! Consistently great food and service. Nathan is the best!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This right on the riverwalk restaurant is just amazing. From the food quality, to the wine list, to the people it is a gem. We had great service, polenta to die for, not to mention the red fish or lamb. Just go, be sure to make a reservation, and enjoy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent! Sat outside, quiet, was noisy inside.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had an awesome time at Bella on the River! The Carpaccio was delicious and the Fettucine with seafood was some of the best I have ever had and I have been to Italy over 20 times. Our server Hanna was spot on...a real pro !!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We sat outside on a beautiful evening had great food and company . Service was perfect . Food was awesome . Only annoying thing was the tour boats coming by all the time and more or less stooping to show a tree which is growing out of the wall.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great all the way around! Our server, Amber, was fantastic!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We were really disappointed with the redfish which we had read great reviews about, but the eggplant Josephine appetizer was amazing and the Paella was lovely. Had the redfish impressed us, we would have rated them 5 stars.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I went here for a rather upscale date night. It’s the perfect restaurant to go to if you’re looking to get dressed up for a romantic dinner. Inside, it was lively, with lots of chatter from the people around us, and yet it was also still intimate. Dimmed lighting, small, intimate dining tables - truly a perfect date spot. I would have to leave a whole other review to adequately describe the food. It was outstanding. My husband had one of the steaks, and I had the chicken mattone; both of us had crab on the side. We were also served bread with garlic/oil to dip it in. All of the food was phenomenal. Upon our arrival at the restaurant, the owner/manager greeted us personally. He was extremely warm and friendly. I told him the name on our reservation, and he said he’d recognized it; he had our table set and ready. On a scale of 1-5 for priciness, 1 being cheapest and 5 being most expensive, I would probably give it a 3; the pricing wasn’t bad at all and was completely worth every penny. Everything about this place was amazing. Highly, highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Superb dining experience outstanding food outstanding service highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

We always try and get a reservation every time we're in San Antonio!
1st rate service!
Unique and Delicious!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is my husband and I's second time dining here. The first time was 2 years ago and the food, ambience and service left such a great, dare I say.. taste in our mouths that we vowed to return. Upon our return, 2 years later we were not disappointed! Very romantic, cozy atmosphere with fabulous wine to start our meal. Our server was very knowledgeable and very hospitable, he recommended the sirloin with potato croquets, it was fantastic! My husband and I left very full and very, very happy. Thanks again to the chefs and staff at Bella on the River, we will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great destination on the river walk. Menu full of tasty choices. Although the menu says you can share, they don't split, when we ordered and told the waiter we were going to,share, he said no problem and brought us extra plates and a sturdy knife to use!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Our server was probably one of the best servers I have ever experienced during my visit to any restaurant. Food was executed well and atmosphere of the restaurant is fantastic. A little noisy when you get the crowd in that small or space. But that is a very small drawback!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

David was very attentive and polite. We sat by the river walk rather than inside because it was a bit loud. It may have been the party there, but outside was quaint and a wonderful experience.
We started with the eggplant appetizer and added crab. Delicious. Next we had a salad with blue cheese and a light lemon dressing. Our main course was a steak and open faced ravioli filled with lobster and scallops. Wonderful. Finally we tried the white chocolate and fig bread pudding. Outstanding.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food and service were incredible and one of the few restaurant experiences that far exceeded our already high expectations. The Steak was exceptionally prepared and the service was more than outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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