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“Perfect.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Caffe Calabria

Caffe Calabria
3933 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104-3004
619-683-7787
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Ranked #222 of 4,100 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Palm Springs, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Perfect.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Everything was perfect from the pizza to the coffee to the dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Like being in Italy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We went here twice - once just a quick stop to get an espresso, and once for a breakfast of great coffee and little salumi panini for me and bagel for my brother.

Visited March 2013
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San Diego, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“I agree with most of the positive comments below with the following qualifications”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Positives :
1. First rate Italian pizza with attention to the quality of the dough. Among the best authentic Italian pizza I have had in California. Very good pannino sandwiches.
2. Quality Italian food products used in most of the offerings.
4. Quality Italian coffee. The only place I prefer to drink espresso in San Diego. Be ready for an Italian-like caffeine jolt!
3. Usually an authentic casual Italian coffee shop/restaurant intimate vibe after weekend morning crowds have departed. It’s design is what you would expect to find in and Italian city in an up-and-coming neighborhood. See my review of WanaganA in Bologna, Italy, and you get the idea.
4. It is usual to find Italians living in or visiting San Diego at this place in the morning.
5. Reasonable prices.

Negative:
1. Occasionally the floor and tables need to be cleaned/cleared more regularly when crowded. Owners in places like this in Italy would not allow this to happen.
2. Some employees lack the enthusiasm I have usually found in similar places in Italy. [I wonder of this implies a working conditions issue- compared to the US chain, Starbucks, for example.]
3. Parking can be a challenge at times, so arrive about 10 minutes early to look for street parking if you are meeting someone.

Recommendation:
1. There is a difference between farm to table ingredients and products from large commercial enterprises. There are enough of the former kinds of restaurants that it is possible to discern the origin of some food products in restaurants these days. Caffe Calabria should continue to get its products from Italy as well as from small local suppliers wherever possible.

But for negatives 1 and 2 plus my recommendation above, I would have given this establishment an “Excellent” rating. I hope to do so in the future.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Perfect coffee and breakfast panini!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The perfect mexican coffee and prosciutto panini to start off my day! The right amount of spiciness to the coffee and panini perfectly toasted makes me want to get up in the mornings.
There's always a line of bleary eyed people, but the counter crew of 3 keeps things moving. Loads of room for breakfast, nice and calm.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Yummy Thin Crust Pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

In this pizza and salad restaurant, we had some of our best thin crust pizza in San Diego. With a wood fired oven in the corner and waiters speaking in Italian, we were transplanted out of San Diego. The space is shared by day with a coffee bar and at night (5:00 pm on), it is transformed into a pizza restaurant. Good wine selection as well.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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