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Bella On The River

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106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Formerly Dolores del Rio Ristorante) (St Mary)
+1 210-404-2355
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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North Carolina
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333 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were lucky to grab a reservation at the last minute on a Saturday night. It's a small, intimate dining area so reservations are recommended. Patrick provided great service! We had the meatball and polenta special appetizer (best meatballs ever), paella (seafood in every bite), pork shank (so tender and Fred Flintstone sized) and the cheese and fruit plate (delicious... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I could eat there everyday. The food was excellent. The best eggplant appetizer, diver scallops and Texas redfish. Yummy.The service was great. It was raining so we had to eat inside. Had a cozy cute curved wooden type bench side by side. Very romantic.

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Lehi, Utah, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had great food while on business in San Antonio. The staff is very attentive to your needs. In fact the each have minimal amount of tables and each strive to help you out. Try the Filet. A nice place to eat on the higher end. $$$ Thanks!

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

one of my favorite restaurant on the river beside Las canarias,it has that small european feel in old building ,the tables are close to each other,the food is fantastic, it s just unique

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting is reminiscent of the small European restaurants I go to. Old world charm, bricks and dark wood, small and homey. The French onion soup was delicious , especially with fresh bread and olive oil with rosemary and roasted garlic. The seafood Paella was outstanding. First time I've had this entree. Worth a second visit. Nice wine by the... More 

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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this restaurant with a simple google search a few years ago. Tucked away amidst the chains and the Riverwalk fanfare is one of the most delectable restaurants in the state and I may go so far as state the country. We look forward to when our travels take us to San Antonio. We have been here as a... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small and local establishment on the river. The inside is full of charm and it is tight! It is loud! However, the food delivers! Our service was excellent! The food was amazing! This is an establishment that is not a chain, and not here to cook you a hamburger. They understand quality and presentation. I had the Texas red... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely 'though it is, the Riverwalk is not a destination for foodies. However, Bella is a rare and welcome exception to this principle. An already very respectable menu is typically supplemented by interesting specials. It's quite a tight fit, and certainly intimate, but it remains my dining destination of choice each time I visit San Antonio.

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Lafayeffe, La
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126 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed dining at Bella! We asked to be seated outside; however be advised there are only a few tables and they are close together. Our dinner was quite good, my husband had the braised pork shank, and I had a steak. We thought everything was prepared to our satisfaction. Our server was really friendly and helpful. Bella was a... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In 70 years of life I have NEVER experienced such rude treatment in a business establishment! After my son was contacted by e-mail several times that day to confirm our reservation, which he did each time, we were walking to the restaurant when he received a call stating they were "running late" & couldn't take us for another half hour.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $50
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Formerly Dolores del Rio Ristorante)
    (St Mary)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-404-2355
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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