Caffe Bella Italia
Caffe Bella Italia

Caffe Bella Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caffebellaitalia.com/
  • Phone: 8582731224x
  • Hours of Operation:
    lunch: Friday-Saturday 12pm - 2:30
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 11:30am - 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Caffe Bella Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)great for outdoor dining (27)fit for foodies (22)romantic (21)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (12)special occasion (8)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
    2foodlovers
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 263 reviews are from the Caffe Bella Italia reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Surprisingly good
    2winosVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    FoodieforLife
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice Italian meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Mid priced but all a la carte. Good food. Lovely covered deck and outside deck.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    JamboVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    suziqVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed the food. Authentic
    BillH
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Really enjoyed the food. Authentic menu and super service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    VictoriaVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What an awesome night!!
    LaceyVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    James
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Caffe Bella; we used
    KC2u
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, the
    dulcifer71
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.