We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Bella On The River

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Formerly Dolores del Rio Ristorante) (St Mary)
+1 210-404-2355
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

756 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 738: English reviews
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
182 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We found this restaurant through TripAdvisor and we were very happy. While it's on the river walk it is away from the hubbub. There is limited outside seating but we preferred the inside anyway. It's a smaller old building with a sense a history. Really like the vibe. Food was excellent with major thumbs up for the paella. We also... More 

Thank judy U
Mount Airy, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed an amazing dinner here. Got an outside table for two, and while we were part of the "riverboat tour" (most boats stopped to call out the tree growing out of the building where we were sitting), it was still an amazing view and romantic atmosphere. Food - App was excellent and we both had the special (ravioli, scallops... More 

Thank TravelerRob64
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Before heading to San Antonio for a weekend getaway, I did my research for a date night spot along the Riverwalk. Bella on the River was one restaurant that kept popping up in my search. I read that reservations are highly recommended due to the size of the restaurant and demand. I secured a reservation for a Monday night. Upon... More 

1 Thank Michael00123
Tigard, Oregon
Level Contributor
201 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We reserved this from out of state and we were rewarded with an amazing dinner! We started off with the Eggplant Josephine which was wonderful. Next we enjoyed a Bibb salad with cherries that was superb! My entree was a fresh pasta with clams, mussels, and shrimp. This could of used a little red pepper or some more flavor but... More 

Thank Madge464
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once inside this little gem, you'll swear you're in Paris or Prague. Tucked away above the famed River Walk in San Antonio is Bella's. The space is tiny compared to other river restaurants, but that's a plus. Reservations are an absolute must or you'll find yourself waiting an hour or more for a table for even two. Follow the lead... More 

Thank BigJohnMike
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a rule, the food on the Riverwalk is uninspired and forgettable. Most restaurants on the river are tourist traps that serve mediocre food. As a result, locals rarely dine on the river. The exception? Bella on the River! Bella is a quaint Chef-owned restaurant. Make a reservation, as there are only about a dozen tables. The food is delectable;... More 

1 Thank IrieMonSA
Grapevine, Texas
Level Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere is perfect for a date night. There are only 4 small tables outside so be sure to book ahead to request one. The inside is almost cave-like, cozy with stone walls. The food and service were good.

Thank LiveLoveBlend
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a delicious and romantic dinner at the Bella. It was quaint and very romantic. We both thought the food was very good, and found the service to be impeccable. The waiter was very informative and helpful with everything. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in search of a quiet and romantic place for any... More 

1 Thank Scott B
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This food made me believe that heaven really does exist. Their Eggplant Josephine and Pistachio Cake is out of this world and the rest of their food is amazing as well. Hit this place up should you venture to San Antonio.

Thank Erik F
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner on the river in San Antonio has its ups and downs - not at Bella... this place is AWESOME !! Great setting, wonderful food and amazing wine selection !!

Thank psr265

Travellers who viewed Bella On The River also viewed


Been to Bella On The River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
US$25 - US$50
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bella On The River and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
San Antonio, Texas
over a year ago
10 months ago
San Antonio, Texas
7 months ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Usa
8 months ago
Boerne, Texas
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Bella On The River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?