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Operacaffe
Operacaffe

Operacaffe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.operacaffe.com
  • Email: info@operacaffe.com
  • Phone: (619) 234-6538
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday -Saturday: 110:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Patrizia Branchi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Operacaffe
At Operacaffe we are passionate about our culinary business and our customers. The reputation for excellent cuisine, top-notch service, the quality and freshness of ingredients are the reasons we are so proud of our brand new restaurant
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Diner Reviews
  • "It seems they do tag teaming with the wait staff. I wasn't sure who was my server at times. It just seemed like they were in a hurry to get me fed and out the door. Other than that, the food was very good. I had the Wild Boar Osso Buco with saffron risotto. Nice wine and selection and appetizers. I do recommend it while in San Diego."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We book a table at OperaCafe each time we come into San Diego to attend a performance at the music venues nearby. Everything about it is consistent: food, ambience, service. Moreover, if we tell them we have a specific time we must leave, assuming we have allowed an hour to dine, they make sure we're out of there on time without rushing us. This restaurant reminds us of several we visited in Italy. It's that good!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian food, some different dishes than the "usual," all served beautifully and in a lovely ambience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A true gem! Great food, ambiance and service. Just like in Italy! Must try!!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good food. Good service but not quite as good as the prices would lead you to expect."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent food. The best Italian food in San Diego."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A destination! Close to shopping mall and theaters. quiet and relaxing with good food."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Giacamo is an attentive, fun, delightful knowledgeable server. He took very good care of our table of (4) with patience and great recommendations of entrée selections. The porcini ravioli...to die for....and I've had a lot of porcini rav in Italy. Every guest fully enjoyed their meal and service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We booked a table early (5pm) for a light meal before attending the opera four blocks away. The cafe was not busy at that hour; we enjoyed our Operacaffe salads and tasty foccacia bread and were finished in time to attend the pre-opera lecture at 6pm."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great Italian meal. Great location for pre-theatre dining downtown."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I love this place, the food is flavored so great! I could eat there once a week and never get tired of it!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We eat at Operacaffe before the opera, before events at the Balboa Theatre, and when we have out of town friends in town. It is reliably good and very close to many places downtown."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Took the wife for Valentine's Day to Operacaffe because she enjoyed it so much the first time we went. We had reservations and arrived a few minutes early but were seated right away. Took awhile for the server to come to our table, but it was a busy night so not an issue. We ordered drinks and appetizer which came out quickly and my wife enjoyed a lobster pasta dish while I had the chicken parm. Everything was delicious and the portions were just the right size.. no room for dessert. Waiter was friendly and attentive and the bill and checkout was handled without incident. Would probably come here everytime I go to see a show at the Balboa Theater."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Chose because we are from Rome and like Florentine cooking and web sight spoke of owners being from there. But found service lacking mostly. No bread after 3 requests, then as soon as pasta arrived they came and took basket of bread? Are they counting the pieces? Had to ask server to bring it back. Plus too much salt in all our pasta's. My husband had to send his back, has diabetes. Also too quik to take plates away. If you stop eating or put your fork down someone is there to take your plate. My nephew turned them away 4 times. Just not a relaxing a dinner as we had hoped."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This was not my first time at Operacaffe and certainly not my last. I think that the food is consistently delicious and the server's recommendations for my appetizer and entree were spot on. My only disappointment was that the check came to the table without first asking about my interest in coffee or dessert! I did want coffee which was then served."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Homey environment, decent and well-priced wine list, ample but not overwhelming menu, and the food is good. Not a chain, not four-continent fusion, just good food. Not our first time there - we came back for a reason."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We were caught in traffic and had to change our reservation time which greatly limited our eating time since we had theater tickets. The staff was excellent and very accomodating for our situation. We still had an excellent meal. My only criticism is that the food was a little to salty for my and my friend's tastes. Next time I will request that no extra salt be added to the dishes."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "I loved my chicken pasta plate, delicious! The tiramisu was ok, good taste but a little dry.... I expected more since its their house specialty. My friend enjoyed his ravioli w stuffed mushrooms. I loved that the students sang opera, it was a nice change from a typical dinner experience. They of course get loud, but not overly loud. They sounded great. They don't sing too long either so you can still have a conversation :) The staff was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Our trip to Operacaffe in San Diego’s Gaslamp district was a pleasant one. The food was tasty, the mood was serene and the staff was more than friendly"
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Ate here for several reasons. Very convenient to Balboa Theater; good reviews on Yelp; 15% discount because we showed our theater tickets. Place is welcoming, a nice old fashioned look consistent with the Gaslamp district. We were seated promptly. A large party nearby was a little raucous but calmed down so that was not a problem. I had a delicious Minestrone and a slightly overdressed but tasty Salad Operacaffe. Wife had veal and loved it. We could very we'll return here."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Had bought a certificate for this restaurant in January and it never seemed to have much appeal, OperaCaffe? Much to our delight we stumbled on a real gem. The food was what we would call "gourmet Italian", excellent. The prices were reasonable, wine outstanding and the flavors in each dish made me of Julia Roberts while in Italy in he movie Eat, Pray, Love. Service was excellent, ambiance good and in a great location across from Horton Plaza. We don't go into downtown very often but will now be making the trip anytime we feel like great Italian food."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Must admit, I didn't think I would like the place as much as I did. My wife and I decided to try this place out before seeing a show at the Balboa Theater on Saturday night. We showed up right in time for our reservation and were seated immediately (with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating). We chose indoor because it was a little chilly out and we didn't see any heat lamps outside. Our waitress was very attentive, offering suggestions when we asked, clarifying menu items, and bringing our food and drinks in a timely manner. Our food was excellent and just the right amount (we didn't want leftovers). My wife had the spinach ravioli and I had the chicken parmigiana. My wife already wants to go again."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Operacaffe added that extra treat to a night of going to the theater"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Fabulous entertainment from Eileen Bowman. Great food and service. We will be back."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Well okay...the opera students only come here to sing once a month, but what a treat that was!!!! I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and would have even if the food were mediocre. But thankfully, the food was really tasty and I snarfed down every bite!! I had a lovely glass of wine, the pork osso bucco, and a baba au rhum....and some Sambuca....oh boy, did I leave there a happy camper!!!!! Reasonably priced too! A winner! I gave it a "quiet" rating, because without the opera singers it would have been very quiet. Diners appear to be too busy eating to talk much."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I found this gem of a restaurant on a google search. I reviewed the menus and MADD reservations right away. We were very pleased with the choice. The food was so incredibly delicious !! The service and hospitality were great. We had a really nice evening. I couldn't have picked a more special place to enjoy my birthday dinner with my boyfriend and his Son."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The Food was terrific and the service was great and if you show your theater ticket you get a discount."
    Dined on 10/12/2013