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Caffe Bella Italia

#340 of 3,757 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pacific Beach
Italian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017 (Haines Street)
+1 858-273-1224
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem in Pacific Beach. We've been in a little rut when we visit San Diego and go to the same Italian restaurant. This time a guest services rep at our hotel recommended it and couldn't have been more on target. We had an authentic Italian waiter who was awesome. Wine list is terrific and we highly... More 

Thank bktripad
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food Good Wine Decent Service ⁉️ Totally different Bella Italia but we were in San Diego Nice pleasant evening. Shrimps were huge.

Thank Adihardon
Arlington, Virginia
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Seven family members went here to celebrate my niece's graduation. The kids had been here before and recommended it. The waiter recited the evening's specials -- lasagna and two kinds of raviolis... I ordered the lasagna. I include a photo to show how unappetizing the plating was... I started eating it, but the noodles were HARD TO CUT! That was... More 

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Pasquale C, Owner at Caffe Bella Italia, responded to this review

you were here in May and write a review in September and you call our pasta Noodles? Please go back to school... More 

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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

I got surprised. This was not a local guy just with a restaurant with an Italian name. Pasquale - the chef - came to talk and he was from Naples - Italy. I had a great appetizer: insalata caprese. Then amazing al dente pasta with seafood. The atmosphere is great and on top of that the service - Juan Pablo... More 

Thank Melon75
Menlo Park, CA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Homemade and freshly made pizza and salad were excellent. Good variety on menu. Great service, very friendly, very inviting ambience.

Thank lovetravel2008
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

A fantastic Italian . The food was lovely- fresh and home made and catering for all tastes with pastas, pizzas, meat and fish all on the menu. The owner/chef and his staff are really friendly and made this one of our top meals from our two week tour of California and definitely the best in San Diego. Thanks

Thank Martin C
Cave Creek, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

The service is great, the ambiance is great, but Chef Pask and the food are truly out of this world. I never cease to be amazed at the versatility and excellence of the dining experience at Caffe Bella Italia. Every dinner seems to bring new heights to what you expect and definitely what is delivered. The staff is friendly, professional,... More 

Thank Tomsprucegoose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

I was very impressed with this place. Food and service were top notch. If you want authentic Italian food this is definitely a must. Great job guys🙂

Thank Steven J
Hubertus, Wisconsin
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

The food at this restaurant is excellent!!! The restaurant was a cozy inside and outside seating restaurant. The service was friendly and just over all delightful!! The food was great from the appetizer to the dessert!!! You can bring your own wine to this restaurant as well! Not being from California I don't know all the specifics but my son... More 

Thank JRae65
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I decided to take my mom here for her birthday dinner. We hadn't planned the day well so we ended up cold & full of sand at 7:30pm by the time we got showered & down there it was 9:30. They were nice enough to seat us anyway even though they were about to close. I felt bad but the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $40
Italian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3017
    (Haines Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-273-1224
"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.


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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?