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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
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
Bella Maria Cafe ....d

We drove down from Ft. Myers to try this restaurant because of its Chilean roots. The beef sandwiches, sangria and empanadas were tasty and authentic. The décor was colorful and the music added ambiance. We will be back!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
JUDY T
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Derbyshire
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111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I really wanted to like this restaurant as I'm a big tapas fan but I just couldn't. We visited on a weekday evening and the restaurant was half full; despite this our food took ages to arrive and we'd completely finished one tapas dish before another arrived. All five dishes arrived in single file this way. Also, the quality (and... More 

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Thank MissGDerbyshire
Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Order the tapas and you won't be disappointed! We shared 5 delicious tapas dishes, great friendly staff and a wave from the chef as we left, couldn't fault the meal it was all great, the Scallops were cooked to perfection!

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Thank Margalot42
Brevard, North Carolina
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

This small, family owned restaurant is being forced to move from their Fifth Avenue location in Naples next May. Meanwhile, you can enjoy their quiet ambiance and wonderful food. From a perfect house salad, crisp lettuce, excellent vinaigrette, through a flavorful entree, and on to a freshly prepared pastry, every single mouthful is just right. Unpretentious, warm staff. You will... More 

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Thank Suzanne S
Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a great find this was! Intimiadated by a lot of high priced restaurants in the area, but this hit the mark for the kids, teens and adults. Great serving portions. Make sure you ask to substitute the fruit salad for the chips or fries. The fruit salad was top notch as was themeatball sub special that day.

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Thank Elaine V
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We drove down from Ft. Myers to try this restaurant because of its Chilean roots. The beef sandwiches, sangria and empanadas were tasty and authentic. The décor was colorful and the music added ambiance. We will be back!

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1 Thank JUDY T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Great authentic food. Family owned and operated. The mom home cooks everything. Nice outdoor patio on 5th.

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1 Thank Stephen S
Manchester
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52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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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Thank Barryhi
Naples, FL
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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1 Thank TakeMeAwayNaples
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

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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3 Thank Juneever
Baltimore, USA
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208 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 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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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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