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Bella Maria Cafe

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489 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102-6525
239-403-7222
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 31
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  • 11
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Come for paella- nothing else.

While the outdoor patio along 5th Ave is scenic and a nice spot to relax with a beverage, the food is so average it's embarrassing. We tried several tapas small plates and they all rated average or below. I think the meatballs tapas were actually frozen meatballs that they thawed and poured a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Naples, FL
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82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Manchester
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is my first negative review on Tripadvisor but the experience was so appalling that I am moved to record my thoughts. The setting , on 5th Avenue North, is great, a few steps along from the busier part and as it was a very warm evening we chose a table in the garden area. First choice- wine. We asked... More 

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Naples, FL
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

While the outdoor patio along 5th Ave is scenic and a nice spot to relax with a beverage, the food is so average it's embarrassing. We tried several tapas small plates and they all rated average or below. I think the meatballs tapas were actually frozen meatballs that they thawed and poured a marinara sauce on top. However, the paella... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Our family decided to visit this restaurant after reading about it in a guide book about Naples. We had a party of 5 so we called ahead. When we arrived we sat outside on the comfortable patio. The two guys that waited on us were great. I read some of the other reviews and some folks didn't have a good... More 

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Baltimore, USA
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148 reviews 148 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Well, Franco does take a little getting used to, I will admit. But once we all got acquainted he was charming and somewhat efficient. Ok, maybe not efficient, but he got the job done with some panache! He is colorful and well traveled, Franco and his brother are Chilean and their restaurant is eclectic Spanish done very nicely. His tapas... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Pleasant outdoor ambiance in sun and shade. Indoor as well. Good food, beautifully presented. Delightful owner and waiter, cheerful, alert and friendly. We like it so much we stop at least twice a week.

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Brooklyn, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I am a great lover of tapas and have been to Spain numerous times. Tapas are not culinary feats, normally just a few good-quality ingredients, intelligent cooking and a good olive oil will do the trick. We were excited to come upon Bella Maria on the 5th Avenue strip in Naples because it had an outdoor space which we New... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The food was very bland and the server was very brisk with us despite there being only a few other tables in the outdoor seating area.

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Connecticut
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90 reviews 90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Just got back to Naples for the season and made a stop at Bella Maria. Franco is still working the front while his brother, Carlos, has taken over the kitchen as their father has moved back to Chile and their mother will follow in the summer. Food and service are as good as ever. And if you love their quiches... More 

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Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We visited this place for dinner on December 27. Although there was outdoor seating available, the owner (presumed it was him) first comment was "This is Naples - reservations required for sitting outside" and put me & my family inside the restaurant. The real issue I want to highlight was that he offered the outdoor seating to the next family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A great Spanish cafe for lunch or dinner. Just finished a seafood salad, outstanding! Great place on 5th Ave S.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 489 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102-6525
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Naples>  > Old Naples
  • Neighborhood: Old Naples
  • Phone Number: 239-403-7222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish, South American

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