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Bella on Houston

204 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1815
+1 210-404-2355
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“paella” (108 reviews)
“pistachio cake” (62 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
204 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1815
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We should have made a reservation, but they got us in. Our server, Steven, made foe an even more enjoyable dining experience. My wife had Paella that had a lot of seafood. It was a plentiful portion that was delicious. I had the Bella Seafood...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service is always excellent! Food is first class! Always a dining pleasure & great for that special occassion

Thank Richard O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful restaurant in an historic location on the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is SO VERY TOURISTY, but this restuarant feels like a locals place. Our server Patrick has been working at Bella since their opening in 2011. He was an excellent waiter who made...More

Thank J H
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

First time visit after years in SA. Food was just delicious. Not big plates, but big on taste. And servers were very professional. They are moving off the river, near the Majestic Theater. Hope they find a way to capture some of the charm. I’ll...More

Thank Dave D
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We finally found it after trying to get around construction blockades, and they are moving to East Houston St this month. It was well worth the effort.! Excellent Mediterranean food and wine list, exemplary service and outdoor seating made the whole evening enjoyable.

Thank Mike-n-Linda2514
Reviewed 29 September 2018

We spent a weekend in San Antonio and found this restaurant to be very good. Slightly pricey but not out of line for what you get. Service was attentative and friendly. Definitely recommend this place. Nice spot along the river too...

Thank jicabo
Reviewed 24 September 2018

To tell the truth, I don't know which is better, the staff, the food, or the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the restaurant is moving out of their current location - their building is going to be torn down. Hopefully they will be able to recreate the grotto...More

Thank gdl8347
Reviewed 20 September 2018

My husband and I visited Bella On The River. Bella has a romantic atmosphere and is a perfect place to go for a date night. The restaurant was clean and the service was top notch.

Thank Gerie K
Reviewed 19 September 2018

I can tell you this is one of our favorite places to eat outside on the River Walk with a beautiful fig tree growing out of the building. I would not want to sit inside and there are only a handful of tables outside so...More

Thank lexy3262
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Slipped in here with a few colleagues in town for a conference. Patrick graciously worked out an interim seating arrangement for us while waiting for a combined table. Close quarters but never jammed. Opened up a beautiful 2012 Rioja for starters while they prepared our...More

Thank Kerry C
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1 April 2018|
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Response from kavithasrinivasan | Reviewed this property |
No - usually wine
1 April 2018|
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Response from D6830KAdavidd | Reviewed this property |
Yes,,, full bar and great wine list.
12 March 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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: 204 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1815 (Formerly Bella On the River)
    (St Mary)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-404-2355
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 are proud to be the 2016 San Antonio Express News Critics' Choice for The Best River Walk Dining! Please join us for dinner.
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