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Caffe Bella Italia

#390 of 3,835 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 (Haines Street)
+1 858-273-1224
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a big day exploring San Diego all we wanted to do was enjoy a beautiful meal and a glass of wine... but nearby our hotel (T23). All of the great Italian restaurants appeared to be in La Jolla / Little Italy, apart from this one, so we thought we'd give it a go! Albeit it being near empty (atmosphere... More 

Thank LuxeCMP_17
Spring Lake, New Jersey
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107 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at this restaurant for a second time since we visited it last year. The food and service are very good. Our group enjoyed the calamari, shrimp and vegetable appetizer, pizza, lobster ravioli and a pasta and mushroom dish. Followed by cappuccino and cannoli. Very good meal! I recommend it!

Thank manger2
Kelowna, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

3 of us went for dinner on a rainy Monday night & we were the only people in the restaurant when we first arrived. We all had something different and each of us really enjoyed our meal - great suggestions on food & wine from our Server....who may have also been the Owner. Great atmosphere, will return!

Thank Christine L
Manlius, New York
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Pacific Beach has some surprises, and this is a wonderful one. We had a server whose animated descriptions sold us on every dish we asked about. We tried the E Paccar A Rrau, giant meatball, pesto ravioli, and Spaghetti Vongole e Bottarga, a spinach beet salad, Bresaola cheese & meat appetizer, and more. Coffee was hot and rich, and the... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 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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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 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 

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Menlo Park, CA
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 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

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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
US$15 - US$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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1525 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
    (Haines Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: 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?