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Bella On The River

106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Formerly Dolores del Rio Ristorante) (Downtown)
210-404-BELLA (2355)
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Ranked #6 of 4,137 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: St Mary
Description: We are local and independently owned and feature Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food and live piano jazz nightly. Chef Sean Fletcher leads the kitchen crew and with Sous Chef Luis Colon has established an outstanding menu focused on creativity, balance, quality, and value. Our small and intimate dining room and wine bar is one of the most unique and special places on the River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, the United States, and maybe the World. It's literally like walking up off the River Walk into a small Spanish bistro or Italian grotto with its natural limestone rock walls, candle-lit tables, and its cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Our professional and friendly staff will always treat you with a 'We Are Glad You're Here" attitude. We are proud to be the 2012 San Antonio Express News Critics' Choice for The Best River Walk Dining! Please join us for dinner.
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English first
San Antonio, Texas, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I took my daughter to see The Lion King at The Majestic Theater and happened upon this place. We were seated without reservations which was nice since the place is small and I can certainly understand why one would be needed. The waiter was courteous and helpful with choices. We let him know we had a show to catch and... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Three of us had dinner at Bella's. The food was great and the owner provided excellent service. The house drink specials are worth a try. Being from California we are used to an extensive wine selection. Bella's selection was small but very good. The food along with the service was very good. Atmosphere was akin to an old world wine... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Bella On The River is located in a obscure area of San Antonio's river walk. You have to enter from the river walk as it has no above street access Entering you climb a flight of stairs to the dining are. The is no signage to wait to be seated, so we walked almost to the kitchen before we were... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The food was excellent. I had the rack of lamb was tender and pomegranate flavored were a great compliment. The staff was attentive and on their game. We enjoyed the ambiance though the tables were a bit close to each other. My wife and I will definitely go back.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We loved Bella on River. The service (Nathan) was great, the food delicious, and the ambience perfectly romantic and/or warm and cozy. Good selection: we tried the pork belly to start, which we loved, followed by Caesar salad, and the Pasta alla Norma, and Seafood Paella. Both entrees had amazing flavor. For dessert we opted for the salted caramel ice... More 

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Quad Cities, IA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Called and was able to get a reservation same day (lucky!) and when we showed up early were seated early. Dave greeted us and made us feel welcome. Our waiter greeted us and ran thru the menus (gluten free options!!!). Ordered and food was awesome!! I did request a change in the way an item was prepared but was shot... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

We had a party of 9 in town for business and someone decided to make a reservation here. It's kind of a small place inside, but very cozy and romantic. Patrick our waiter was very attentive and helpful from the time we walked in until we left. Everything he suggested was spot on. The food and wine was outstanding. I... More 

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Forney, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Loved this place. We did not have reservation and they seated us with no problems. The food and service were amazing!!

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Hallettsville, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This restaurant is not very old, having been established in 2009, but they are an excellent guide of what fresh upscale Italian food should be. The atmosphere was exceptional, and being on the Riverwalk, reminded me of a quaint Italian dining area in a villa overlooking the water. Try the Pasta alla Norma, which is sauce mixed with bits of... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Bella On The River hands down had some delicious seafood. The fact that it's on the river is an added bonus. This is a must try in San Antonio.

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Additional Information about Bella On The River

Address: 106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Formerly Dolores del Rio Ristorante)
Phone Number: 210-404-BELLA (2355)
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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