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Caffe Bella Italia

#358 of 3,955 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Pacific Beach
Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Haines Street)
+1 858-273-1224
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Description: "Your Corner of Italy in Pacific Beach" is the motto of Caffe...
"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 Napoli, 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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  • 115
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian food served with flair

Four of us went for a light dinner of salad and pizza so that we could enjoy dessert. The service was excellent and the chef dropped by the table twice to make sure we were enjoying the food. The mixed greens and the frieze salads were fresh and the dressings tasty. We had the margarita pizza... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Martha W
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Stratham, New Hampshire, United States
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Stratham, New Hampshire, United States
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us went for a light dinner of salad and pizza so that we could enjoy dessert. The service was excellent and the chef dropped by the table twice to make sure we were enjoying the food. The mixed greens and the frieze salads were fresh and the dressings tasty. We had the margarita pizza which arrived hot and... More 

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Thank Martha W
Valley Mills, Texas
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant a couple of years ago and loved it. We were so exited to have the opportunity to dine here again. When we arrived at the restaurant, they did not have our reservation down (we called the night before). We were seated out on the side patio. Our waiter was not attentive at all... More 

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Thank peacelovefood7
Westerly, Rhode Island
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Average. The wait staff treated us like we were doing them a favor. Food was decent. I ate at three other Italian places during our visit during Christmas. This was my least favorite. Atmosphere was meh. "complimentary" tira misu. Average.

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Thank RIBeachbumgirl50
Stamford, Connecticut, USA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Excellent quality homemade pasta. Loved how the chef came out to say hello and how waiter seemed genuinely caring. Food quality and presentation impressive. Strawberry tiramisu fantastic way to end the meal. Lobster ravioli delicious but could have been a slightly larger portion for the price offered.

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Thank Holly H
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

So terribly disappointed on the 24th(compared to our first delicious visit last year when we ate outside, had great service & delicious pasta). 😞 This time, we made reservations for Christmas Eve weeks ahead, for our adult family of 6. The wine and appetizers were great- especially the red sauce on the eggplant. Our dinner entrees, however came cold &... More 

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Thank Sally M
Tucson
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Caffe Bella has had its ups and downs over the years. Sometimes the food was better than others. You could always count on the service to be consistent. The owners were friendly and and hard working. Ownership has clearly changed. The whole place seems a little sleazy now. The food tastes okay, but it seems like everything was made in... More 

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Thank McRogers11
San Diego, California
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389 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Cafe bella Italia is a very good Italian restaurant right on Garnet avenue. Our waiter is from Napoli and its very good and friendly. We tried their signature pizza for appetizer and out was good. The only improvement will be to make the center less soggy. We all enjoyed our main courses - risotto, seafood pasta, lasagna and fried steak.I... More 

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Thank gzau
San Diego
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Good food, nice atmosphere, friendly service and very good Tiramisu, first time even that it has been in Pacific Beach for more than 15 years

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Thank Nilop56
United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We tried this restaurant while on holiday in Pacific Beach because of reviews here. I was so glad we did. It was one of the best meals we had all holiday. There was five of us and we all tried different main courses and were all very impressed. My 22 year old son though his lasagne was the best he... More 

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Thank 1Codon
California
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102 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

We were regulars at Bella Italia...omg ! What happened ?! Change of ownership ? Really ? What a cruel disappointment! Food quality went down the drains big time, prices went up, service is still very friendly. We ordered several appetizers and pizza....food looked delicious but absolutely tasteless. Bummer, from now on we will be regulars at bueno forchetta when it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
    (Haines Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-273-1224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children

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 Napoli, 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
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?