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Caffe Bella Italia

#396 of 3,847 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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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family run with less common Italian menu choices. Service was attentive but nothing more than appropriate. We would stop again without hesitation.

Thank StopCallingMe S
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were tired of the loud club atmosphere of the restaurants on the beach; the hotel staff recommended this place; we enjoyed the quiet dining experience ; food was small portions , but delicious ! The waiter seemed insulted when I asked about the 5-6pm happy hour on the menu; said they didn't do that anymore. Overall a very pleasant... More 

Thank Melody1962
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly staff and great food. Was surprised that there was only one other table with customers! If you want good Italian food, this is the place. Restaurant has a good mediterranean vibe.

Thank Elisabeth2511
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 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 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank kayakingcouple2016
Castle Rock, Colorado
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 

Thank bktripad
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
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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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
USD 15 - USD 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?