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Caffe Bella Italia
Caffe Bella Italia

Caffe Bella Italia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caffebellaitalia.com
  • Phone: (858) 273-1224
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Organic, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Pasquale Corsicato
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Whether you are planning a small meeting or a lavish affair, we are happy to work with you to create a personalized menu at a personalized price. Check out our website for menu options and our selection of platters and trays.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Caffe' Bella Italia in Pacific Beach, we have different options to host your party at LUNCH or DINNER.

    Most of our Banquets are hosted on our large, secluded patio, which is covered and heated. It works as the perfect private room for any Corporate or Private Event; Lunch, Showers. Our Front Patios are also an alternative for smaller groups, besides our dining room.

    ~ 15 guests minimum required for any private function ~
  • Private Party Contact: Renato (858) 273-1224

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haines Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 9 dedicated parking spots along the side and alley. Free big parking lot at half a block, at corner with Ingraham.
A word from Caffe Bella Italia
"Your Corner of Italy in Pacific Beach" is the motto of Caffé 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 mediteranean atmosphere.

This is authentic Italian cuisine served with great pride and beautiful presentation by chef and owners who hail from Napoli, Italy.
Real Neapolitan PIZZA STG (Traditional Specialty Guaranteed)
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_pizza)

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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Diner Reviews
  • "my wife and I ate here last week and we liked it so much we came back again this week. the pastas are fresh and outstanding, the staff friendly and attentive without being obsequious, and the atmosphere terrific both outside (the first time we ate there) and in (the second time"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The meals are always very good as are ambiance and service. We highly recommend it to everyone."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We went as a party of 7 for dinner with ages 1 through 67 in our family reunion group. Service and food were excellent. The manager suggested a family style appetizer platter of meat and cheeses that was tasty and generous. From there we went to the pappardale and sausage dish that was very good. The homemade pasta and sausage were superb. The sauce was wonderfully flavored though a bit heavy. For wine we had the chianti classico riserva that was went well with all the dishes and was reasonably priced. Definitely a wonderful neighborhood restaurant that we will return to on our next visit to San Diego."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Mid priced but all a la carte. Good food. Lovely covered deck and outside deck."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were greeted by manager who was wonderful, friendly and attentive. The service was very slow and seemed chaotic. The manager returned to get our order. The trio bruschetta had good flavor - the classic version was fresh, but very bland. The Carpaccio was tasty but the capers were too briny. The salsiccia pappardelle pasta was good - albeit salty. The risotto pescatora was runny and overall not a very good dish. I was so sad because we had visited this restaurant a couple of years ago when the service was friendly and the food authentic and delicious. No one came back to check on us and a random waiter who didn't have time for us earlier, dropped the check which was awkward. We felt like an afterthought & unfortunately, won't return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We are so happy that you were listed in Open Table for San Diego (Pacific Beach). Warm and comfortable atmosphere. Food was well prepared and had that home made touch. Suzanne and David"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We came with friends from out of town who have three kids who tend to be picky eather. Bella was a perfect spot as they all got thier food customized to their liking (cheese pizza with a side of marinara was a big hit as was the board with the slice steak that was ready to go without the parents having to cut it up for them!). The adult food was even better. The service was friendly and knowledgable. Well done!!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food. Authentic menu and super service"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The well trained staff at Caffe Bella Italia are warm and welcoming. Let them tell you their suggestions and take their advice. Everything they suggested was delicious. Homemade pastas, great breads, no corkage fee on Tuesdays, complimentary appetizers or dessert on Mondays, half priced-Pizza on Thursdays....what's not to like? We will be back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Ten of us celebrated my husband's 50th birthday. It was a surprise and our kids flew into meet us on our vacation for their dad's special day. Not knowing San Diego I gauged the reservation on reviews from others. We were not disappointed the appetizers were awesome (risotto balls and artichokes were a huge hit). The pasta perfectly al dente and tasted amazing. The service was beyond expectations for a large party and the chef even popped out to wish us well. We will make this a regular part of future vacations."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The server offered to customize when my wife couldn't decide between two specials. Great food warm and helpful service. We will go back soon."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I love Caffe Bella; we used it as your reception dinner location over 10 years ago and have gone every year since on our anniversary. For this visit, for my birthday, I invited quite a few friends who have never been here before and we absolutely enjoyed ourselves. Though I would recommend turning down the music slightly as we has to shout to hear each others conversation."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It was a special day for us. My better half in from the east coast, it was important that I planned a nice dinner for our third Valentines anniversary. Renato (GM) never disappoints. The entire night was lovely. The food amazing as always, but the service makes it special too. Great night for us. Thank you Caffe Bella Italia! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food and service, the only complain I have is about the restaurant running out of hot tea. How is that possible. The food was great but a little on the pricey side. I've eaten there before and the prices were not that high."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our Valentine's dinner was great as was the restaurant atmosphere. We love the place, have been there often and are never disappointed. We highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We often go to Caffe Bella Italia! We spent time in Sicily last year and the offerings are very authentic! Servers are so helpful, friendly and just fun!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day. The food and service were both excellent."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Service was outstanding and the patio seating was delightful. Food was just above average - I've certainly had better pizza. Happy hour wine specials and desserts were a bit disappointing. The crème brulee was cold and burnt on top and the chocolate lava cake that did not have a very gooey center. We'll go back and try other dishes."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The menu is magnificent. The flavor of the food was simply authentic...I was moaning through out my meal and so was my best friend. The service was spectacular. I will recommend Caffe Bella Italia to everyone I can. I was there on a Saturday evening at 5:30pm so I was happy that our meal was served at a reasonable time and we didn't have to wait for a thing the whole evening. Thank you for a lovely evening !"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The entrees are the real gems. Homemade pasta is incredible, gnocchi was delicious. Salmon was very flavorful. Dessert was so so on the pistachio gelato. Spinach salad was great, homemade bread is tasty. Service is very intimate lie a dinner party at someone's home. Love this restaurant!!!! Favorite Italian in San Diego"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Simply the best all around dining experience I have had in a long time. From the greeting at the door through our exit, our host was involved the entire time. He walked the perfect balance of attentive and interested while still allowing conversation and dinner to proceed on course. We were seated and discussing a bottle in moments and enjoying a glass well before we even had the chance to finish reviewing the extensive menu. The dinner was spot on. The panna cotta was among the best I have had. I would go out of my way to return here often."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Went out with the whole family and they were very accommodating for our larger party. The service was outstanding; the entire staff (not just our waiter) was attentive and polite. They have a variety of traditional Italian food and everything we had was delicious. The quality of the food stood out to me and I can't wait to go back and try more!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food, service, atmosphere, all top notch. Can not wait to go back again ."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a ladies night and found this place on yelp. They were amazing. Very attentive and we're really nice and helpful. Food was amazing and with 13 girls we had a good mix ter of food. All of us already have been telling people about this place."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Overall, I was happy with the quality of the food, wine, and price. It is a very reasonably priced restaurant. I liked the appetizers the best. We had the meatballs and bruschetta. For dinner, my wife had a seafood pasta, and I had a seafood soup. The soup was quite bland. The menu described it as having a spicy sauce, but I found myself tossing in some salt just so that I could have some flavor. The pasta was fantastic. Service was mediocre. The waiter was very friendly, but after we sat down it took nearly 10 minutes to order a glass of wine and then the bread came about that time. The noise level is also very high so it is not particularly romantic. I would go back again due to the quality food, wine, and reasonable price."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal! Everything was expertly prepared and served. The Staff is friendly and attentive. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I went to Bella Italia the other day. This restaurant has a great looking menu, a good location and friendly staff. All the requirements of a great restaurant. Unfortunately I was very much let down by the food. I ordered a kind of frutti di mare risotto and my girlfriend ordered the fish of the day. My risotto wasn't up to standard at all, especially at an Italian restaurant I except the risotto to be amazingly perfect, but this one was way to dry and way to warm. I guess that it had been standing for too long and dried out and that they just reheated it in a bad way before they served it to me. I talked to the manager about it and he gave us a desert - pannacotta - on the house. Won't visit any time soon though."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • ""Di mama" (as I was called that night) had a wonderful New Years Eve. This restaurant has that special Italian touch and a perfect personal service. The special menu was hard to choose from. Homemade spaghetti and farfalla, tuna tartare, perfectly made black risotto, fish soup.... They made a special Spaghetti aglio e olio for my son. We all tried a different dish and everything was just delicious."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This has become "our restaurant". We just love it. Every meal we tried so far has been great. Service and ambiance could not be better."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Booked NYE reservations using OpenTable. Arrived early to the restaurant to learn that they had been over booked by OT and that our table was out on an unlit section of the freezing patio. Screw that. At the very least, a phone call from the restaurant or OT, would have been a lot better than showing up for a nice dinner and finding out that we should have worn parkas. Thankfully Costa Brava down the street understood our predicament and went above and beyond to make sure that our NYE was awesome!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We made reservations here because it was close to our meeting spot for our NYE party. We were delighted by the friendly service and delicious food. We were seated outside, which was okay, until "our" space heater was relocated closer to another table. Also, the music was slightly loud. Other than that, we will definitely go again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This restaurant was amazing. So inviting whether you sit inside or out. Extensive menu with so many choices. Daily specials to die for! Excellent service, so attentive. My 10 yr old son loved his meal too. The food is so fresh and homemade. Unbelievable! Wish I lived closer, I'd visit often. Yum!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Our first time at the restaurant and it was all we heard it was. Delicious home made pastas and great appetizers."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times and always had a great experience. The food is traditional Italian and great for sharing in a larger party. The service is outstanding. We went back after 1 year, since we don't live in San Diego, and the waiter remembered us and our wine order. We have had parties of 5 and parties of 12 and had a great experiences. There is an outdoor deck with lots of seating and a large private room in addition to regular indoor seating. Every time we come to San Diego we eat here and are never disappointed."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "We took a friend for Christmas Dinner here and as always, the food as well as service were great. A restaurant definitely to return to often."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We have dined at Caffe Bella Italia on numerous occasions, the most recent being Christmas Eve. Like many restaurants a special menu was offered for the holiday, but this one featured many more choices than the typical "special" menu, providing choices for every taste. Despite a full house we were seated immediately, and service was prompt, courteous and extremely professional throughout the meal. Our entrees arrived perfectly prepared and delicious. Most of the pastas are made on premises and arrive at the table cooked to a perfect al dente. A veal dish and a steak were also outstanding. My wife and I have enjoyed Italian dining at many restaurants in San Diego, and this little neighborhood gem is one of the best."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great experience! Great service and good food. You'll feel at home at Caffe Bella Italia!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The good:Margherita pizza The bad:Calamari...bland...no salt.Linguini with clams should be called salty linguini with salty clams and extra salt. If my feet were swollen, I could have soaked it in the pasta sauce to reduce the swelling. The ugly: When we got the check, we were automatically charged 18% gratuity. Did I mention we had a party of 4? And two of them were kids...a 2 year old who ordered from the kids menu and a 3 month old. Plus, we ordered an appetizer, salad, two entrees, and two adult beverages. Maybe they were upset that my 3 month old didn't order anything and that her stroller was taking up too much space next to our table. In any case, an 18% automatic gratuity tells me that they dont want my business in the future."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "My husband and I ate here years ago after a trip to Italy, we took friends who were in town there and they loved it. Food excellent, the staff attentive but not overly so, felt like we were dining with family. I recommend this to anyone in search of delicious Italy cuisine."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We came from the east coast (mostly Boston and New York), and this place served food more authentic and delicious than any place we've dined in the states. The pasta, made on site, was simply amazing. Delicious authentic pizza, and wonderful wine, too. Simply a gem. We thought we were in Italy with such good food. My girlfriend loves Italien food, but I've always preferred other cuisines. This place changed my mind!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013