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Caffe Bella Italia

#128 of 3,757 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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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, 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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    Very good
  • 15
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  • 5
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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
Very good place

We were so glad we tried this restaurant, it ended up being our favorite dinner during our vacation in San Diego. Everyone was so friendly, the chef even came out to say hello. The food was excellent- we especially liked the lasagna and pizza. They have a nice outdoor patio.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
beachcomber04cc
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Akron, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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California
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We have been going to caffe Bella Italia for the past 15 years. It has always been decent. My last experience was distressing. The waiter proceeded to recommend all the unlisted specials. I went with the Argentinian steak. The food arrived and it was a huge portion. Enough for 3. And then the bill. $59 for the steak. The waiter... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were so glad we tried this restaurant, it ended up being our favorite dinner during our vacation in San Diego. Everyone was so friendly, the chef even came out to say hello. The food was excellent- we especially liked the lasagna and pizza. They have a nice outdoor patio.

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birmingham uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Just got back from a night at Caffe Bella Italia. We went as a large mixed group of adults and children. We had a great time!! The food was excellent and the staff were great too. Its the sort of place you can go with the kids and get a slightly upmarket Italian meal without breaking the bank. I would... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Caffe Bella is located in Pacific Beach area of San Diego. It isn't a large place so the ambience inside is quieter and mellow. Outside area seating is large but located on the street, so not as tranquil. We did wait a little longer than usual after being seated for wait staff to appear. Our waiter was personable, knowledgeable and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great local Italian, with delicious authentic food and fun, attentive service. Really enjoyed our meal and wine.

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Cute little romantic spot in PB with wonderful Italian Food. Outdoor seating on the main strip of Garnet, yet atmosphere is quiet and chill. Nice, friendly wait staff and I always love the food.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Caffe Bella Italis is simply the most authentic and amazing Italian restaurant in San Diego. Everyone on the staff is very friendly, professional, and a credit to the restaurant. The owner and chef make sure everything is perfect and the menu and daily specials are simply amazing. I feel like I am in a friends home in Tuscany and the... More 

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El Cajon, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Excellent and authentic food!!!! Service was superb!!!! LOVED that the Chef came out to talk with us. Perfect family and romantic setting. Desserts were FABO!! We will definitely go back!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This little Italian Restaurant on Garnet Street is a gem. Service was amazing. They even changed a dish to accommodate my shellfish allergy. My hubby loved the chicken parm. Highly recommend!

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Warwick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I have been to Pacific Beach, Ca twice to visit our daughter. I have eaten at this restaurant twice and both times the meals were fantastic. If you are from back east, New York and are looking for a taste of home you must go here. The pasta is homemade, the mozzarella is imported along with many of their cheeses.... 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: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions

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?