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Bella Maria Cafe

489 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102-6525 (Old Naples)
239-403-7222
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Ranked #427 of 794 restaurants in Naples
Cuisines: South American
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Naples
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Naples
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Bella Maria has a killer pot roast sandwich that is not to be missed. I am not sure a pot roast sandwich has anything to do with Spain but it’s very good. The proprietor, Carlos, is rude and condescending to customers. The atmosphere of the restaurant is pathetic. One of the tables in the dining room serves as the restaurant's... More

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Naples, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

First of all, not sure if Carlos is the same person that one other review reviled. Hubby and I decided to lunch at a restaurant almost across the street on 5th, but the sandwich board out side this little restaurant stopped us in our tracks with a lunch special that included a Cuban Sandwich . After seeing the movie "Chef"... More

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Windermere, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and I were curious about a restaurant boasting about great lunch specials and tapas, so we stopped in. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria and the Choclo dish, and Crab Meat Quiche. I was sadly disappointed with mine.. the crab meat quiche was a truly boring dish. I was more interested in my husband's dish, because that was... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I tried this little restaurant out a few weeks ago, and found it to be a great experience. The service was great and the food was very good. We shared four small plates and were pleased with each course. The flavors were tremendous. This is a charming spot right on 5th Avenue South, in downtown Naples. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Perfect place to be with the family. The food was great if you go there try the paella umm delicious and also the desserts love it :)))

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

AVOID AT ALL COST. Host dropped menus on table and left. Did not greet.Finally comes out and asks what we'd like "Two lemonades and we already know what we'd like to eat." he rudely smirked and said "First I bring you the drinks and then we continue." I replied "It's just that I only have an hour or so, we... More

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Seattle, WA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My Mom and I stopped into Bella Maria during a shopping trip on 5th Avenue S in Naples. The place advertised Tapas - one of our favorites. The service was friendly and warm. I don't know what happened with the recent reviewers - as our experience was in no way consistent with their complaints. I ordered the lasagna which was... More

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Miami, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

During the March 22, 23 2014 ART FESTIVAL We Had a group of 6, from the get go the server said in a very Rude manner "THERE IS NO ROOM FOR YOU"!!! AND THERE WAS SPACE!!! Didn't even ask if were willing to wait!! They turn tourist away!! These people are bad for the Naples community!! STAY AWAY!!

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Miami, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We were in the area because of the Art festival and went in for a quick bite, Big mistake. Right from the get go, we felt like we were not welcomed there. We can only guess that those two guys (Franco and Carlos) didn't feel like being there yesterday, working the tables. Anyways, Rude, very rude attitude from those two... More

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Connecticut
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We try to visit every few weeks. Franco and Carlos - the owners' sons, who work the front of the house, really take care of their customers. The food is always fresh and tasty - basic but good. Their paella is delicious, decent selection of tapas. Don't leave without tasting their freshly naked Napoleon.

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