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Caffe Bella Italia

#146 of 3,694 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Pacific Beach
Italian, 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, Dessert, 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, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: "Your Corner of Italy in Pacific Beach" is the motto of Caffe Bella...
"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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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Wonderful find in Pacific Beach

Great service and a great menu....the staff are attentive and helpful and they all went out of their way to make sure our meal was perfect!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Michael M
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sudbury, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great service and a great menu....the staff are attentive and helpful and they all went out of their way to make sure our meal was perfect!

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Barrington, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The staff was very friendly and good to recommend their good dishes. The food was great at a reasonable price. The lobster ravioli with shrimp, cherry tomatoes and a light cream sauce was fantastic. As an appetizer I liked the warm burrata with arugala, porcini and sun dried tomatoes. An easy cab ride east from the beach front.

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Corpus Christi
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3 reviews 3 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We ate at the Caffe Bella Italia on our last night in Pacific Beach. The atmosphere, the food and the service were all great. Our waiter was very attentive and it was a slow night, so the chef came out to check on us several times. The food is very authentic Italian. They have a great deal on Sunday night,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We took a party of 8 to Caffe Bella Italia earlier this week and what a treat it was. The food was excellent - including arancini, one of my favourite (and hard-to-find) dishes, and great gnocchi (notoriously mediocre in most Italian restaurants) - and the service was better. The staff were welcoming (we had four kids with us who were... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were greeted quickly and enthusiastically by the owner and manager. Our waiter was friendly, very helpful with the menu, and very tolerant of our butchered attempts to speak Italian! Service was great; food was outstanding, and prices very reasonable. We made two visits - one for pizza and one for pasta. We will definitely put this restaurant on our... More 

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Seattle
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is our 2nd visit to Caffe Bella. We tried it a couple years ago when we come down for our annual winter getaway. First time was great so we thought we would try it again. Maybe we had higher expectation because of the first time but we were a little disappointed. We tried a couple of the specials -... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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444 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is one friendly place. The entire staff is from southern Italy and the language amongst themselves is Italian. The atmosphere is super friendly and informal. The food is excellent. The nightly special list is very long. The wine list is short but the Italian items were all smartly assembled. The owner suggested platters of antipasti for our over a... More 

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Maine
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Staying at Ocean Park Inn with an 8 year old and having visited all family friendly restaurants within walking distance- we decided to get in the car and drive- so glad we did. Cafe Bella Italian is the bright spot on a street of mediocre looking businesses. You are greeted by white lights and in our case- the owner! We... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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22 helpful votes 22 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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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, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?