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106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Formerly Dolores del Rio Ristorante) (Downtown)
210-404-BELLA (2355)
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Ranked #5 of 4,157 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed every bite of my three course meal. I started with the Bruschetta and enjoyed every bite; then came the Pasta Bella OMG every morsel was music to my palate. I ended the journey with a slice of cheese cake that put a smile on my face. Yes, I highly recommend Bella on the River.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Excellent entrance and absolutely well located, this Italian restaurant is a must to visit. Reservations recommended strongly.

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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We happened on the restaurant by chance on a very cold night and we're welcomed with friendly smiles and wonderful service. Our server suggested the eggplant appetizer to start and we were very happy with her suggestion. Quiet, intimate and very welcoming with very good food.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Great menu and wait staff! Steve was extremely knowledgeable about both the menu and the wines. I had Paella and my wife had scallops, we shared the eggplant Josephine for a starter and had a bottle of white Bordeaux with the meal. Everything was outstandingl Eggplant tasty with plenty of crabmeat, paella was well seasoned with a bunch of mussels,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

New Years eve menu was amazing, everything paired so well. Can't say enough good things about this place. So romantic and inviting. Can't wait for our next visit.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Allison and David were a delight to have as service people at Bella on the River. The wine recommended by David was excellent. The Beef and Scallops were first rate. Many restaurants serve good food and wine, but these two people made our experience among the most outstanding. The atmosphere is intimate and truly amazing.

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Lumberton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Quaint, cozy atmosphere with delicious food. Not your run of the mill restaurant. New Year's Eve menu and wine was fabulous. Perfect romantic, special occasion restaurant.

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Warm and welcoming staff, cozy romantic atmosphere, adventurous chef and absolutely delighted tastebuds. Perfect cap to 2014 and start to 2015. Thank you!

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The paella is incredible, the scallops divine the redfish amazing. Service is excellent. Save room for the pistachio cake.... Delicious. The place is very quant but really tiny so if you want to score a table better make a reservation. One of the best on the San Antonio River Walk.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We are using the top 10 list from tripadvisor as our guide but we had no idea of where those restaurants are. Luckily we finally found the Bella when we walked along the Riverwalk. At 5:30 p.m. David kindly managed to find us a table for 2 without a reservation! Yeah. Appe: Florentine eggplant, Main: King crab special, Rabbit The... More 

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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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