Bella on Houston

4.7
1901 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
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We are the former Bella On the River (Restaurant) that operated on the San Antonio River Walk for over 7 ½ years, re-located and established as Bella on Houston. Bella on Houston, 204 E. Houston Street, is located in the historic Brady Building in the heart of downtown San Antonio. We remain a local and independently operated restaurant, featuring Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food. Our executive Chef Sean Fletcher continues to lead his crew creating and producing outstanding food that is fresh, unique, and different, with great quality and consistency, and a really good value. Our professional and friendly service staff remains dedicated to making all our guests welcome and appreciated with our “we are glad you're here!" focus and attention.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Mediterranean, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Fletcher
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Private party facilities
Bella On Houston is a very small and exclusive restaurant that can be booked, in advance, special dinner parties for 12-34 guests and for special dinner parties for 35 or more gests, up to 68 guests, as a "buy-out" of the entire Bella on Houston dining room.

All parties of 12 or more guests will feature our Special Events Menu and must be reserved, planned, communicated, coordinated, approved, and confirmed in advance of the special dinner event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St Marys and Navarro Streets
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Parking details
And Street parking. Public and City Parking Garages include:The Houston Street Garage (City) ClosestThe St Mary's Street Garage (City) - 2 BlocksThe Travis Street Garage - 2 BlocksThe Market Street Garage - 2 BlocksCity garages are Free after 5pm on Down Town Tuesdays
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Public transit
Via #5 Runs right down St Mary's Street
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to see Michael McDonald at the Majestic and wanted to have a nice meal before, and we were not disappointed! Bella’s had been recommended to us and now we are happy to recommend them as well! Chef did an excellent job and service was superb!

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great.

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WW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. Wife got the Tenderloin and I got the Diver Scallops, both were very tasty. Side order of oyster mushrooms was average. Website menu matched the dinner menu exactly, which was helpful for us to know what was offered.

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OA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place. Very nice bar. Food is wonderful. They moved all of great service and food to this new location. Now better than ever.

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CJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining. Highly recommend this for Dinner.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at this locally owned restaurant. Everything was excellent. Don't wait until you are going to a show at the Majestic to check this place out.

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JB
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Bella on Houston was wonderful! The food was delicious! I highly recommend the vegetarian eggplant entree. The service was excellent! Everyone was so welcoming & friendly. We will definitely go back the next time we are in San Antonio!

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinner experiences we have had as a couple. My wife enjoyed her meal and I enjoyed the service and meal because the date night was special. Lovely birthday celebration.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an AMAZING meal experience, I cannot emphasize enough how awesome the service, food and ambience was for our meal at Bella on Houston! I brought my family here as a vacation treat and it was the perfect place for an amazing family meal, but I saw how it could also be great for a girls night or even a romantic evening. Our waitress provided the most out of this world service, replacing the table cloth and helping clean off a spill, providing excellent wine and food advice and even offering some tasting of wines when we were a little indecisive. As a resident New Yorker, sometimes I can have very unrealistically high standards for food, but Bella did not disappoint. I highly recommend the Redfish, the Bella pasta and the white chocolate bread pudding for dessert! This was an awesome meal, my parents were so happy to have such a nice meal, and I cannot that the Bella team enough for the amazing night!

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food (Paella), wine and service was absolutely fantastic!

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D
London
22 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, prefix menu of theatre nights is a great value.

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SE
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service & delicious food w/ great presentation.

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WM
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Bella's before taking in a show at the Majestic. Everything we had was delicious, the clam's as an appetizer, my wife and I both had the Greek salad (very unique, no greens, but loaded with tomatoes, cheese and olives in an olive oil based dressing, very memorable!), my wife had the diver scallops and I had the redfish in a livornese sauce (black olive oil based - outstanding! The service was spot on and timed nicely with our show. We remain fans of Bella!

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BU
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I and pretty much everyone else had early(5;30) reservations before the 7;30 show next door at the Majestic Theater. Bella filled up fast. Service was responsive, but the atmosphere was not relaxing. The bruschetta was too toasty, but the bread served with the meal was very good. We enjoyed our entrees, Bella pasta and red fish and shared a dessert. I want to return when we (and the Bella staff) have more time. Not Bella's fault; they played the hand they were dealt.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. The desserts were especially delicious. Perfect venue for before theatre dinner and we will be returning!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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T
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal or experience at Bella.

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OS
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience from greeting to departure, attentive service, the food was marvelous, impressed by caprese salad, paella, each of four diners very much enjoyed the pre-show experience.

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RK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely meal - the food was SO delicious (pls order the white chocolate bread pudding) but the best was the service.

We changed the reservation three times and they were so accommodating - granted it was a Monday - but they were so gracious.

But the attention to detail w service and how easygoing and friendly they were - was fantastic. Patrick was our server and we felt so at home. If you want a break from all the great Mexican food in San Antonio (it’s awesome but 4 days was enough) this is a fantastic fresh meal with good service.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are fortunate enough to fine dine a lot, all over, and this place is by far one of the best, if not our favorite. Service was great and the food is amazing. You have to try the mussels!

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LN
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Thought it was nice and the young lady serving us was great. Thought the pour for the wine was skimpy for the price. Overall the food is good but overpriced.

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before theatre.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As a previous customer at their Riverwalk location, I was unsure that the larger locale would offer the same ambience. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was as I remembered it, rich and superb, and the waitstaff as attentive as before. Houston street makes for a different kind of vibe, more bohemian and artsy, but the overhead speakers playing light jazz reminded me of the quartets I used to hear play at the Riverwalk location. I will definitely be going back.

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DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant, great ambiance, with relaxing music in the background. I dined on a Tuesday and ordered the Prix Fixe menu offered that day for $30, which included an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. The appetizer (vichyssoise) was delicious and just the right portion. The warm bread tasted fresh and had a nice smashed garlic and olive oil accompaniment. The entree (redfish from the Gulf of Mexico) was prepared and presented beautifully and had a balanced, light flavor. It was on top of a tomato puree which also had a light flavor. The dessert (salted caramel ice cream) was outstanding--sweet and again just the right portion. Again, its presentation was great--with a fresh mint leaf and a piece of toffee on top. My server was helpful and friendly, and suggested a great wine to pair with my meal. The host greeted me when I arrived and when I left, as well. I felt welcomed and valued as a customer, another plus. Despite the increase in the bill with the wine and of course tip, I was happy with the value I received for the price. I would definitely eat here again if I were ever to return to San Antonio.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back a number of years ago I worked at Houston St. Bistro and as many know, the owner (beloved friend) Razmik died a few years ago. The restaurant went downhill immediately and ultimately closed. Going in this last weekend was a bit emotional for me but was more than pleased.. fantastic food- great decor but more than anything was impressed with the genuine big hello from the moment we hit the door by none other than the owner himself. He cared about our experience from entry to exit, much like a trait Razmik carried. That can’t be taught. You either care or you don’t and Mr. Snyder does. Will be a regular for sure on show nights- appetizers/entree’s/desserts all up and timed perfectly to make our 8:00 show with time to spare. Thanks for making this space great again.

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Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Fairly new to the city, we ate at Bella on the River once. Loved it. Went to Bella on Houston before a show at the Majestic. This does not seem like the same place. I read reviews that the menu and chef had not changed. But we found this to not be the case. Our first experience at Bella (on the river) left us feeling like it was a very authentic mostly Italian like meal, complete with ambience and authentic servers. This time we left feeling it was just OK and, while convenient to the theater, won’t go out of our way to return.

The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived and they seated us just about on top of another table. No privacy. Our server had not mastered the fine art of taking care of diners without being intrusive and interrupting conversation.

The whole experience was just average.

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LC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff and a perfect location! We came to see a show at the Majestic and it was the perfect place to go before going to the theater.

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San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived about 15 minutes prior to our reservation time and we were still seated promptly. The waiter was very helpful & knowledgeable about the menu. We were not rushed at all during our dining experience. The Antipasto was amazing. Seafood Paella was outstanding, perfect portion size. The White Chocolate Bread Pudding was stupendous. We will definitely be going back again.

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SK
San Antonio
135 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The tables towards the windows are too close together. That said it is a perfect place to have dinner before going to the Empire or the Majestic.

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R
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were perfect. Only disappointed was that it was not entirely clear that this is not the riverfront location that I was hoping to revisit. I would still go back again though. Our entrees and desserts were amazing.

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T
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salted caramel ice cream was outstanding and the filet was perfectly prepared

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing we were disappointed was no liquor otherwise great night

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had the beef tenderloin and I had the lamb chops. Hannah, our server, was amazing. She was just the right amount of attentive and friendly without being over-bearing or intrusive. She selected the perfect Chianti to complement my lamb. Get the cannoli for dessert! Light but delightfully chocolatey! One of our best dining experiences ever!

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KH
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing meal. The atmousphere was beautiful and yet relaxed. The food was out if this world. Perfectly balanced and full of flavor. Did I mention every course was perfectly prepare and cooked. This IS A MUST EATS!!

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for our honeymoon trip. This was our final night in San Antonio and we left information for each restaurant letting them know of our honeymoon. Although Bella did personally congratulate us and everyone was extremely polite we did not receive any extra "perks" like some other establishments did. However, the food here was the best dishes we had the entire trip. We arrived at 8:20 pm for our 8:30 reservations and were seated immediately. I had the paella and my wife had the pasta Bella. INCREDIBLE FLAVOR! Each dish took a little while to come out but we enjoyed our conversation (although a bit loud inside). Highly recommend this place for their amazing chefs and dynamite dishes!

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BP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated promptly. Acknowledgement of our time situation with the theatre was given and our food arrived promptly and tasted great! Would go again!

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N
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

friendly helpful service and delicious food! They were accommodating to my food sensitivity without seeming annoyed. the steak was AMAZING!!!

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V
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you're a larger person, you may not enjoy the seating....tiny restaurant. Floor is also slippery when wearing heels or wedges. Some dishes needed additional seasoning and its very loud inside. Otherwise was a fine experience.

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CK
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant right by the Majestic. Very nice atmosphere and service was really great. Nice people!

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had a great time at Bella on Houston. I must admit that my filet of steak was not has fantastic as I would have hoped but my dates lamb was spectacular. I was not a fan of the table so close to the bar but it was an overall great experience.

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