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Caffe Bella Italia

1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017 (Pacific Beach)
858-273-1224
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Ranked #237 of 4,041 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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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
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
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
Encinitas, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have been here several times and it is my favorite special "date night" restaurants. The menu is authentic Italian as are the chefs and much of the wait staff. I have enjoyed the veal and pasta dishes especially. The dessert menu was not my favorite, but with appetizer and dinner, you don't really have room for... More

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Bellingham, WA
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I'd been to Caffe Bella Italia in February of this year and was blown away by the excellent service and food. So I recommended it highly to my family when we were looking for a restaurant on a Friday evening in June. We had reservations for 13 and we were greeted warmly when we arrived. After that I have to... More

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Parker, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We discovered this Italian restaurant as visitors to Pacific Beach. It was a refreshing welcome from the usual fast food chains or bar and grills. This restaurant cooks real homemade Italian food made from scratch and offers certified Italian wines. The fresh pasta was cooked al dente, the veal served with a tasty sauce, and the pizzas baked with a... More

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I enjoyed my meal last night at this Pacific Beach eatery on Garnet Street. My wife and I had lasagna with gelato for desert. We had a nice Chianti that our friends picked out. Our pre dinner calamari was cooked too much. Our salami with buratta cheese was delicious. The owners, who are from Milan and Sorrento, were fun and... More

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Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Service was spot on but that was not enough to save the meal, or make it worth the hassle to find parking. I had been looking forward to eating here based on reviews and just didn't expect overcooked, dried out chicken parmigiana. I couldn't finish it (and it wasn't a huge portion). I also thought it would be possible to... More

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New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Well, I'm originally from the East Coast too--NYC, in fact--and while it's wonderful the food is prepared fresh and the server was super sweet, I found the food to be average. The tomato sauce with the lasagna had little flavor to it and there wasn't much meat in it. The homemade tiramisu was not sweet enough for my palate. We... More

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Malibu, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This place is terrific ! Every bite of good was delicious. The service is impeccable and they are very welcoming !! I love that place

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Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We decided to try Bella based on the recommendations from the concierge at the resort we were staying at. This place was just a terrific spot. We actually ended up going to eat here twice during our week long visit to San Diego. We were treated like gold both times we went by different staff members. The food on both... More

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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63 reviews 63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Menu looked great. Friendly staff. And the other reviews were very good. Only reason it's a 2 and not a 1. Maybe they had just a bad night. After our drink order, we didn't see anyone until we flagged them down. They took our order, but we realized they forgot our drinks and had to reorder. Then we had to... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We chose this restaurant based on favorable reviews and location. It was a pleasant walk from the beach where we were staying even though a bit further than we'd thought. We ate outside under the stars on the patio and it was lovely--the heaters kept us warm on a cool night. The food was some of the best we'd had... More

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