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Permanently Closed - Caffe Bella Italia

4.4
427 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. "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.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Organic, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 273-1224
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pasquale Corsicato
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Haines Street
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Parking details
9 dedicated parking spots along the side and alley. Free big parking lot at half a block, at corner with Ingraham.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Birthday was great

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Great food, great service, great experience!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Nice place in PB. Food was good excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

We hadn't been for a while, but it was so good that we'll be back soon

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Excellent food. And best service I have ever had. Outstanding Family owned restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Great service and food.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Waitress was average if that. The owner was very friendly. The food was fresh, copious, and savory. Excellent value. Maybe the rest of the wait staff makes up for the waitress we had...

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Our dining experience was fabulous! The food was great and the ambiance was romantic.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Truly exceptional meal that made me feel like I was at a family dinner in Italy. Most impressive: Telling the server what we liked and asking the chef to make whatever he thought would taste good. Result? Superb spicy seafood pasta! Outstanding. Looking forward to returning again soon. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2016

This visit was my second time at this wonderful restaurant. Three of us started with bruschettone and caprese, then moved to lemon chicken for two of us and salmon for the third. Everyone thought the food was delicious. After dinner, although we didn't need dessert, the waiter brought over a tray with a lovely selection of fruit and custard desserts. We couldn't resist.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2016

What a wonderful meal, one of the best in PB!! Terrific service , a very memorable evening!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Very good, very authentic food. The staff is very friendly and helpful without being over the top about it. Spotlessly clean! Totally recommend!

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3.0Dined on November 9, 2016

Very nice and romantic place for a date, very small portions for a high price, but ambiance made up for it to a point.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Excellent wait staff. Happy to accommodate special requests if they can.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2016

High quality, reasonably price Italian food in a sea of mediocre options. Been here regularly, and never disappointed. Good for families, romantic dinners, and dinner with friends pre-going-out. Super nice family owners. Staff is excellent, service the same.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2016

This is our go to restaurant. The food is amazing, everything is authentic Italian, just like being back home at our Italian friends and families house for dinner. The service is wonderful, we are treated like family every time we are there. Love love love this place!!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

My wife's steak was perfectly prepared (rare to medium-rare), which seldom happens at most other restaurants. Their seafood dishes are fresh, and delicious. Our server, Davide, is a true pro. This was our second visit during the past ear, and we have been very impressed both times. The staff exude an authentic warmth and sincerity seldom found. We will return the next time we visit the PB area.

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The salads are fantastic. The pasta was pretty good not fantastic.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2016

My daughter and son-in-law, who run a small store with a kitchen, were visiting us from out of state. We decided to take a day trip to San Diego. We enjoyed a tasting and tour of Ballast Point brewery, then a quick trip to Hotel del Coronado for a walk on the beach. We met up with my daughter's friend at this quaint Italian cafe in Pacific Beach. It was the perfect way to wrap up the day. Our server, Juan Pablo, was tremendous. He made some excellent recommendations in both food choices and wine pairings. From the garlic bread and soup to the gnocchi and veal dishes, all were expertly prepared and served. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2016

Papardelle with wild mushrooms, sausage and truffle oil was terrific as was the chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce. Wine list is very good and fairly priced.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Was ok for a casual meal. Honest food, correct service, nice place. Great for families with small children.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

Had an incredible lamb dish at this wonderful restaurant! The homemade pasta was exceptional per my adult children!

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2016

Food, atmosphere, ambience, date night, what ever you're into this place provide.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Love to go to this restaurant every time I visit San Diego!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Service was great and food was good. It was a pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2016

Caffe Bella is a hidden gem. We are so glad we found this place as being from Chicago, we know REAL authentic Italian food and this place has it!! From the delicious food to the amazing service, that treats you like family. You just can't go wrong. We LOVE this place!

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2.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Just a so so restaurant.sorry we wasted a dinner there. waiter was friendly but atmosphere was not very impressive. I had probably the smallest clams ever !. Hubby had spaghetti and meat balls..5 very little meatballs...Friend had the lasagne that could have fed us all!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2016

Great food and a great staff! We enjoyed the authentic me u and food.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2016

We had a small wedding dinner there. The food and service were exceptional!!!

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2016

I am an avid lover of real authentic Italian food...and I honestly would have rather gone to Olive Garden. Yes, Olive Garden. Soo ridiculously overpriced. Unless your drinking alcohol/wine, our server came over maybe 3 times the entire visit. Every other table though with bottles of wine were getting chatted up every few minutes. The look of this place is cool and fun, but everything else about this place is garbage.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Food was delicious and ambiance was perfect for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2016

We had been here before, but they have updated the decor and menu a bit since then. "Pask" (Pasquale=Chef) was most cordial, and visited our table and requested and accepted feedback. I said that the last time that we ate dinner, (before him??) the dressing we had was inconsequential for the simple salad, but the rest of the menu was fine. This time we had the Pomegranate Balsamic Reduction dressing and it was much more satisfying. This is 'nit-picking,' but the improvement on this subtlety makes a fine first taste. We had the garlic bread appetizer, salad, pesto ravioli, and the vegetarian pizza. All were prepared superbly, and presented and timed in fine order. Our waitress that evening was Bruna(?sp), warm, engaging and very responsive. We have put them back on our 'rotation' list of fine dining, for Italian cuisine. Highly recommended. Their menu had plenty for us to choose from, (lacto-vegetarians) but there was suitable choices for all other palates. Ciao

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2016

My husband and I were both very happy with the riccia salad we shared, as well as our pastas. I had linguini with a light tomato sauce and seafood and it was perfectly spiced and reminded me of southern Italy. The other pasta we had was the paparedelle funghi salsicci and it was delicious. Delightful waiter!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Fabulous as always. The food is divine, atmosphere delightful, service is excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Impeccable service! Great atmosphere and delicious authentic Italian food!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2016

Amazing experience ! Great food, and perfect service . Bellisimo!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2016

Delicious Food and Fantastic service makes you feel like home.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2016

No veal. My wife's steak was mostly fat. I ordered Italian seafood soup. The was no broth. I asked for more broth and it came out cold. Very disappointed.
Will not return.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2016

This restaurant had excellent food, good service, and a great location. From the garlic bread to the grouper to the berry tiramisu everything was very good. We will be repeat customers.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

We had a group of 12 on a friendly business group dinner. Service was outstanding and the food was fantastic. The antipasto with mozzarella is a must. Compliments to the staff and chef you made us feel at home our group had a great time.

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