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Bella on Houston

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Wed, 1/23
8:00 PM
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view

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Menu

FIRST COURSE | SMALL PLATES‏
$12
Sauteed fresh lump crab $+3.00
Eggplant Josephine
Fried eggplant, texas gulf shrimp, sauce diablo, mozzarella cheese, hollandaise sauce
$10
Mussels
Prince Edward Island Mussels, Chorizo Soffritto, White Wine Saffron Broth
$8
Butternut Squash Soup
Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Crème Fraîche, Fried Sage
$9
Bruschetta
Our daily feature
$12
Frito Misto
Fried Calamari, Shrimp, Artichoke, & Onion Petals, Lemon Caper Butter Sauce
$12
Carpaccio
Shaved beef tenderloin, truffle oil, smoked sea salt, dijon aioli, cucumber and hearts of palm salad
SECOND COURSE SALADS
$8
Bibb
Bibb Lettuce, Gorgonzola Crumbles, Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Buttermilk Vinaigrette
$10
Kale
Baby Kale, Sliced Grapes, Feta Cheese Crumbles, Toasted Pepitas, Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette
$9
Spinach
Baby Spinach, Sliced Mushrooms, Crispy Pancetta, Chopped Egg, Sliced Red Onions, Bacon Vinaigrette
ANTIPASTO SELECTIONS‏
18.00
Meats
San Daniele Prosciutto
House Cured Duck Breast
Cheeses
Tetilla
San Simone
Served with house-made mustard and apricot puree
MAIN COURSE ENTREES
$32
Seafood Paella
Texas gulf shrimp, fresh clams and prince edward island mussels, saffron rice with chicken, spanish chorizo, roasted vegetables
$28
Texas Redfish
Celery Root‏ Puree, Brown Butter, Sautéed Rapini and Apples
$46
Butter-Poached Lobster & Scallops
Butter-Poached Lobster Tail & Pan-Seared Diver Scallops, Truffled-Potato Leek Sauce, Potatoes, Asparagus
$28
Duck Breast a la Plancha
Sweet Potato Purée, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Tuscan Kale & Braised Lentils
$36
Beef Tenderloin Filet
Grilled 6oz‏ Beef Tenderloin Filet, Garlic Demi-Glace, Gorgonzola Butter, Roasted Root Veggie Garnish
$38
Steak Florentine
Grilled 10oz Boneless Rib Eye Steak, Coriander Fennel Rub, Warm Parsley Vinaigrette, Roasted Root Veggie Garnish
$28
Pasta Bella
House-made Fettuccine,‏ Texas Gulf Shrimp, Fresh Clams and PEI Mussels, Artichokes Quarters Asparagus, Mushrooms, Peas, Pancetta Cream Sauce
$24
Rigatoni & Sautéed Texas Gulf Shrimp
Classic Red Wine Sauce with Anchovy, Capers & Garlic, Pecorino Romano, Fresh Basil
$42
Lamb Chops
Pan-Roasted New Zealand Lamb Chops, Eggplant Puree, Orange-Carrot Jus, Arugula
$26
Pork Tenderloin
Grilled Pork‏ Tenderloin, Almond Butter, Grape Dijon, Almonds, Grapes & Saltanas
SIDES‏
$6
Potato Croquettes with Sundried Tomato Aioli
$6
Polenta
$6
Seasonal Fresh Vegetables
$6
Pasta
$6
Wild Mushrooms
$12
Sauteed Fresh Lump Crab
$12
Sauteed Shrimp
About
We are local and independently owned and feature Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food. Chef Sean Fletcher leads the kitchen crew and 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
PRICE RANGE
$25 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean
FEATURES
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Bella. The food was delicious. The waiter made our experience at Bella’s perfect. So well mannered, good sense of timing and informative. Good location, downtown San Antonio.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank _penelopenomas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its been a long time since I was a bit hungry when I left as portions these days are so huge. The duck was delicious. However I expected a real side of roasted Sweet potatoes and one of kale. Ok to mix, but not enough...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank travelhoundMaryland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The previous restaurant at this location had fallen on hard times, so we were glad when we saw that someone new had come in. Service from Will was excellent. We enjoyed the Paella, plenty of seafood and one of the best I have had. They...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JayHTexas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice meal here and the service was impeccable. I ordered the Texas RedFish and it was beautifully cooked. Presentation was lovely. Some delish champagne cocktails. I would go back next time we are in San Antonio. the salted toffee ice cream...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 210vickyg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps the best meal I have ever eaten, and I don't say that lightly. We shared an excellent Chardonnay that was dry enough with a nice clean finish. The carppacio was amazing! It was melt in you moth tender and the sauce was subtle with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rlodan01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town for the Alamo Bowl and enjoyed an amazing meal at Bella On Houston. Our server was Will and he was fantastic!! I had the spinach salad and the 6 oz steak fillet and it was awesome. My wife had the bib...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 87Twins
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first visit but we will be back! We were short for time so we did not have an appetiser but were treated to beautiful bread and oil with a whole roasted garlic whilst we waited for our main courses. We had fillet steak with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Mary B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful dinner last weekend at Bella. With my restricted diet, they were overly accommodating bringing us olives and nuts in lieu of bread. Additionally, both the Beef Tenderloin Filet and the Lamb Chops were outstanding! Can't wait to return!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Stacey C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off, make a reservation. If is a slightly small restaurant on Houston right near the Majestic Theater. The food and service is why you would require one. Out of this world! My wife and I went there for a nice dinner because the rest...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rammgm
Reviewed December 14, 2018

What a night and dinner. I absolutely love this restaurant. Food is fantastic and the people working there are the best. Stephen our server, what a kind and nice man. He is so good, you can tell he loves his job. Patrick, he is just...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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MMB101
March 31, 2018|
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Response from kavithasrinivasan | Reviewed this property |
No - usually wine
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MMB101
March 31, 2018|
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Response from D6830KAdavidd | Reviewed this property |
Yes,,, full bar and great wine list.
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TMO_11
March 11, 2017|
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Response from solcito_cr | Reviewed this property |
No elevator on site. however, they have tables on the sidewalk, at Riverwalk level. We visited in January and it was a bit chilly, even with torches on. We eat inside (upstairs) Wonderful place!
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