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Caffe Bella Italia

1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017 (Pacific Beach)
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Ranked #236 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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145 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Chicago, Illinois, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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San Diego, California, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This Garnet Ave staple is such an under the radar gem. Great food, relaxed atmosphere, lots of room. We just love the food!

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went there for dinner and had the best Italien Food in San Diego ever. The Service is original from Napoli / Italy and really good. The appertizers and desserts are amazing, maybe a little bit expensive but worth every single penny.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Restaurant was recommended by hotel. Very enjoyable meal. Great menu choice and excellent customer service.

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Rock Island, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 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
122 reviews 122 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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