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Caffe Bella Italia

1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017 (Pacific Beach)
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Ranked #142 of 3,977 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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133 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We picked it out driving down the street and were pleasantly overwhelmed with it. The homemade pastas and sauces were outstanding. Excellent calamari and the best lasagna we'd ever eaten for our first meals. We came back 2 nights later and had Fettuccine alla Bolognese and Pappardelle Salsiccia--both excellent. The desserts we had were also excellent: gelato, tiramisu, cannolo. The... More

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I can't rave enough about this Italian restaurant! The food was outstanding, staff amazing and the decor was very quaint. We just happened upon this Italian restaurant during our vacation and it was the best meal we had in the city hands down! I'm from the East coast and love Italian cooking, but will be the first one to say... More

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Queens, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Being from NY, I'm pretty picky when it comes to Italian food. I've searched far and wide for something that reminds me of home and my mom's cooking, and I finally found it in Caffe Bella Italia. They serve home made pastas which are great, but even better, the gravy tastes so fresh. They usually have good specials too. I... More

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Corte Madera, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

My brother-in-law took our family of 8 (2 kids under 12) to this lovely restaurant. While the ambiance was lacking a bit, the service and cuisine more than made up for it. Pask, the owner, was very friendly and made our family feel very much a part of his restaurant. I tried the special homemade ravioli filled with organic turkey,... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

What an excellant dining place. Bellman recommended it and he was sooo right. Service great, very friendly. Food very good from pizza to veal. I highly recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The service was outstanding from the offset, they placed us on a table near the toilet, we asked to move and they sorted it out straight away even though the restaurant was quite busy, and we hadn't made reservations. The food itself was excellent quality, I had the ravioli and it was amazing, full of flavour, perfectly cooked and good... More

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