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“Excellent food on the Riverwalk”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bella On The River

Bella On The River
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Ranked #7 of 4,597 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
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.
Columbus, OH
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent food on the Riverwalk”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

I had scallops with a side of lingini with artichokes and a house salad, my daughters had pizzas. Excellent food and service and we were seated right on the Riverwalk. The scallops were cooked and presented perfectly.

  • Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Authentic, cozy , Italian Dining experience on the river”
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

This place is AMAZING! You should call for a reservation or go in right as they open its very popular. From the moment we walked in the door we loved Bella. They were not open yet but accommodated us. Our server was extremely knowledgeable of the menu as if he wrote it and the daily specials. He made he item sound more delicious than the last. We ordered a variety of seafood, pasta, and filet mignon. The homemade bruchetta... OMG. And all this was reasonably priced. If I ever get the opportunity I will go back here again. Please try it if you find yourself in the Riverwalk in San Antonio. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank TravelingMomAZ777
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Great food. A little pricy but I will come back to San Antonio just to eat there. The muscles were the best. Scallops were amazing. A little disappointed they ran out of Vanilla Salted Caramel Ice Cream. The only thing that would make this place better would be later hours.

Visited June 2013
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Thank downtownbrown1
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous Bella on the River!”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

A truly 5-Star Restuarant; a jewel in downtown San Antonio. I'm in town on business and I seek out Locally Owned Gems and this place is a real Find! In encourage you to go; recommendations given were spot-on and delicious!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank E C
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Riverside Dinner”
Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

If you'd like to enjoy the Riverwalk for dinner at this restaurant, don't forget to reserve a table because they are quite busy. The service was great. Don't skip dessert. Everything on the menu is tasty. Try to go when the sun is about to set. Otherwise, it may get really hot during the summer. They had a fan blowing cool air, but there were occasional bees and mosquitos.

  • Visited June 2013
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