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Caffe Bella Italia

1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017 (Pacific Beach)
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Ranked #199 of 4,125 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Haines Street
Description: "Your Corner of Italy in Pacific Beach" is the motto of Caffe Bella Italia- a charming restaurant where locals and Italians love to dine. The service is detailed and friendly. The interior speaks softly and envelops the customers in warm earth colors with a Mediterranean touch. This is authentic Italian cuisine served with great pride and beautiful presentation by chef and owners who hail from Milan, Italy. At Caffe Bella Italia you can certainly enjoy a good wine with your dinner. Our list offers excellent wines at reasonable prices, most of them imported directly from Italy. JOIN US ON TUESDAY AND SUNDAY FOR HALF OFF BOTTLES OF WINE
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I first ate here in December 2013 as a result of having a flight cancelled until the following day. I read reviews for restaurants close to the Bahia Resort Hotel where I was staying, and found this place. 4 of us who were in the same boat travel-wise went and had a lovely meal with wonderful service. This year we... More 

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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I usually never go to Italian because I'm Italian and it's never like the real stuff but I had friends from Italy so I decided to take them here. Surprise to me they make an aranchini the real way! The way they make them in my town. Yum! Yum! Ghoss I should of came here when I had my pregnancy... More 

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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

What a gem we found in San Diego near Pacific Beach! The manager came out and introduced himself after the server found out we are from Georgia. The managers wife is from GA! The server was from Milan, and we had a great time telling him how much we enjoyed Milan. The food was very authentic. Great homemade pasta!!! Sauce... More 

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La Jolla, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Ok, I'm always on the quest for a Napoli pizza in San Diego - a beautiful combination when you can't fly to Napoli. And yes ! The pizza is fantastic ! They flew in a oven from Napoli to achieve the perfect Napoli pizza in San Diego. Charming atmosphere, perfect to bring a date or friends. A delightful find in... More 

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Hornchurch, Essex
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We found this after reading reviews on tripadvisor. Great atmosphere sitting outside with all the lights on! Waiter was very helpful, service was great not rushed and not slow. We had the risotto balls which were great and the burrata cheese which was to die for! Mains we had bolognese and meatballs ...... Highly recommend the meatballs! If we're ever... More 

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La Jolla, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We sat on the front patio on a warm Thursday evening for a very delicious Italian meal. The salads were fresh and well presented. The manager suggested that we try a bottle of wine that would soon be added to their ample wine list; it was so good that we all shared two bottles. The entrees were delicious: salmon; pasta... More 

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Sun City, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

After traveling, we were looking for an adult meal among Sunday night student revelers. We drove by Caffe Bella Italia, between 2 storefronts and saw diners on an enclosed patio, and decided to try it. It was 6pm Sunday and we were seated immediately.The menu was enticing, the pasta homemade, the flavors delicious, During our meal the restaurant filled up,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

By luck we were staying in Pacific Beach CA. After reviewing restaurants on another site we decided to try Caffe Bella. Even with reservations, the restaurant was very crowded. We were seated promptly, but the room was too noisy. The owner saw that I was uncomfortable and moved us to a quieter table. The food was truly made just for... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

While I am an dedicated Trip Advisor follower, I did not flag this restaurant in my saves prior to my family's first vacation to San Diego. After looking over our resorts' recommendations, I reluctantly agreed we would go to Cafe Bella Italia for dinner on Sunday night. We were immediately seated in the front patio per our request to sit... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Not really sure why this place is rated that high. We were there for the dinner. $16 Ravioli Spinaci did not have 10 pc of Ravioli in it. They hyped up the desert to be the best in town. The desert of Nutella cake was ice frozen, could not cut it with the provided knife. The taste was like i... More 

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Additional Information about Caffe Bella Italia

Address: 1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017
Phone Number: 858-273-1224
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary

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