Caffe Bella Italia
Caffe Bella Italia

Caffe Bella Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caffebellaitalia.com/
  • Phone: 8582731224x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Organic, 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 8582731224x

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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Caffe Bella Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (21)kid-friendly (18)good for groups (18)romantic (17)special occasion (8)notable wine list (7)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • finefoodlover
    finefoodlover
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Extremely welcoming and gracious owner. Takes pride in his operation, and watches carefully to justify being classified as attentive and caring. Thoroughly enjoyable--a great neighborhood italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our 3rd visit. The food has consistently been excellent. The service was great the first two times, but this time the server never came back to offer more wine, even though several glasses were empty. We would have purchased more, I'm sure. He also did not refill water. No wine and no water was not a good situation. Outside was noisy, but that was to be expected on Garnet. Inside is better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    Oceangirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Perfect place for an excellent Italian meal. The service was outstanding! We loved the outdoor seating and overall ambience of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • to never forget
    cindiesueVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our most favorite neighborhood find for food and being treated like a queen. Pacific beach is normally known for a beer joints, tattoo parlors and jug wine.. and to find a gem like Caffè Bella was delight. Now we don't have to drive to La Jolla to dine and share a great bottle of wine. The staff make you feel like you just walked off a cobblestone street in Venice for dinner. We split our time between Texas and San Diego and will miss our dining there until our return in June 2015.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So friendly
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service was amazing. The chef and the maitre d' came by several times to make sure everything was great. When they found out it was my b'day, we got free desserts. The crab salad was delicious, and the pizza cappriciosa super tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy Place but great.
    Wukies
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and service were very good, nice portions. The host made sure that we were taken care of even it was a busy night. inside and outside eating areas were nice even though on a pretty busy street. the food would bring us back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfecto
    FoodLove480
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were in pacific beach from Phoenix for my parents anniversary... They wanted to be at the shore. My dad suggested a nice Italian place one evening so I searched the area and found cafe Bella Italia online as it was very close to our hotel but it turned out to be just wonderful. Our waiter had an Italian accent. Abc he was attentive and warm. We had appetizers ... The arroncini and also the pasta fajoli soup, and we weren't rushed. I had the gnocci sorrentina, dad had saltimboca (veal) and mom had spaghetti with clams. All were delicious. The gnocci could have been a little fluffier. And my mom found her spaghetti a little too a dente. But overall it was amazing and fresh. Tiramisu was melt in your mouth delicious and on the house!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This little Italian restaurant was awesome. It was quiet and the service was excellent! My gnocchi was delicious. My girlfriend said it was the best lasagna she had ever had! Thanks for the excellent dinner :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • little Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious! They import some of the meat selections from Italy. We felt like we were in Italy. The location seemed odd, but when we got there it didn't matter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Nick
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was very good and tasty. Service was excellent. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went to caffe Bella Italia for my fiance's 40th birthday. The service and food were amazing. The chef even came out to the table to thank us for dining with him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is yummy!
    SandiegoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Normally we love this place and would give all 5 stars. However we say outside for the first time. Service is much slower and flys are a bother.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Schoey1
    Schoey1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Charming little Italian several blocks off the beach. Food was ok not great but host looked after us
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and lots of room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Saturday night most places were 2 hour waits and they got us right in. Quality food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    victorialdc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love this restaurant. Have been twice now and enjoyed it thoroughly. Only negative comment - My son had the steak and said it was flavourless. The rest of us had fish or pasta and had no issues.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Caffe Belle Italia
    2foodloversVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was really busy and crowded when we arrived, but we did have a reservation and had to stand around for a while while they set up a table. The greeter immediately brought us a bottle of wine, but we didn't see a waiter for at least 15 minutes. The food came out promptly, but my eggplant was just warm, not hot. We've always had great food and service here, but I guess it was an off night. It was also strange that they were having a "paint nite" in the back room.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Corinne
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We needed a place that could accommodate 16 of us for a family reunion. This place was perfect! Great menu, everyone wants to go back to try their second choice, fresh pasta and organic ingredients. The owner and servers made us feel like family, even the two small children.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food only bested by service
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We absolutely loved Bella. The food is truly incredible but the service is even better. The entire experience is fantastic. Anytime we get back to San Diego we will make a point dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic italian
    happycustomer
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Well run restaurant with authentic Italian food. Will definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This place is GREAT! The food is awesome, it is family friendly, the service is great. The outside section is great for when the kids are with you and the inside area has
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    FoodieFinder
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very good place for family and friends with kids. They have a small kids menu but each choice is perfect.the Caesar salad was amazing! Calamari perfect. Everything was just right.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nickingreece
    Nickingreece
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food and very authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant was very quiet. A true local dining experience. Would definitely go back when in SD.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    From the moment we walked in to when we left Everything was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Doris
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was our 2nd time at this restaurant. We took friends this time. Absolutely wonderful food and we will go again and recommend this place highly. Parking is a little bit of a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find
    daoleskoVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I never write reviews but I wanted to say how amazing the food is at Cafe Bella. We ate there twice in one week. Everything we had was really great. The Ossobuco is one of the best I have ever had. My son loved the steak and the homemade pasta is awesome/ Great service and atmosphere. I would recommend it to everyone!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly Italian natives...
    Munchabuncha
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was very nice to find that nearly all of the staff were native Italians and they knew a bit about the region we had lived in Sardinia. The sardo specialty beers definitely were a great touch to compliment the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've been here twice now and both times both the service and the food were great! It seems to be a true Italian family run restaurant. The owner makes a point to come over and talk you in his Italian accent. They have daily special, even on wine, which we have tried and have been great. Most of the service staff are Italian so they are able to give good descriptions of the food and provide great recommendations. On both occasions, the Chef came out and talked to us. He is a big guy that makes jokes and makes you feel special while dining. The Orange Tiramisu is amazing! Also loved the fired artichokes (that aren't breaded). Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Keep coming back
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We are continually pleased with Caffe Bella, as we make a visit each time we are down in SD (from LA). Pleasant waiters and always delicious food at a price that doesn't break the bank!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 267 reviews are from the Caffe Bella Italia reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Mollygirl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Marvelous food and even better service. Great wine list. Don't miss this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego. The food has been consistently excellent and the service and friendliness of the staff is unmatched. They always have interesting specials and are happy to make suggestions. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Amazing!
    Katkurz
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Cafe Bella Italia is arguably the best italian eatery in SD. I have had the luck to eat at many amazing restaurants, and even restaurants in Italy. This resturant is as good as many of Italy's fine dinning restaurants. I will defiantly be coming back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place never fails
    EmgeeohVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This place is always my go-to whenever we return to Pacific Beach! I brought a couple of friends with me from out of town. Both were highly impressed with the food, the service, and attention to detail. Thanks for keeping everything about the restaurant authentic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    had a perfect birthday dinner, food was amazing and ambience was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vacation
    celebrating
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    everything was great; the food, service and ambiance. It was a lovely evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful and authentic
    Bruin
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were a little hesitant to eat outside with the traffic noise, but it turned out to be okay. Service was wonderful! The appetizer burrata was memorable with the parma and greens. I had the fish special which was delicious and my husband who is an opinionated lasagna lover had the homemade lasasgna which he loved. We both thought our wine by the glass was special. We would both recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great find!
    Christina
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My friends and I had a birthday celebration dinner at this wonderful italian restaurant in Pacific beach! The service was fantastic and they were all so sweet and friendly. The food was just superb. Highly recommend the black squid ink lobster ravioli.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    GregC
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We chose this because of the previous reviews and they didn't disappoint. We have a wonderful wait staff that were very attentive and prompt with all the activities of the dining experience. The food was fantastic and reasonably priced. We had an early reservation and as we left, it was filling up fast. It is off the really active part of the strip and that made it nice. Wine list was a little light but the selection we had was good and reasonable in the pricing. Would definitely revist and recommend.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The food was tremendous, and the hospitality was as well. I would highly recommend Caffe Bella!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place
    syzygymfl
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The meals are always very good as are ambiance and service. We highly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet