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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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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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  • Spanish first
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Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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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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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
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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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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Manchester
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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163 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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
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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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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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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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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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