Food was good and our waiter
Food was good and our waiter was great. Always had water and bread refills before we could ask. I think the price was a little high $200 for 5 people for dinner with 2 appetizers and no dessert. Also they added 18% gratuity which seemed unreasonable.
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, that's for sure.
Great food, that's for sure. However, the waiting time for your food is sooo long that if you don't have an interesting conversation with your party it might seem like forever. Still, the food is worth waiting.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was DELICIOUS!!!
The food was DELICIOUS!!! Great for a date night!!!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pasta just right
We went as a group of 8. All but 1 of us ordered a pasta dish and all of us agreed that the portion size s were just right and cooked perfectly and not not over sauced. The 1 person who ordered the salmon said it was cooked perfect too. Would recommend this restaurant.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
OperaCaffe is always Superlative
OperaCaffe is consistently superior in food quality, service, and ambiance. I always book this restaurant when I want to take special friends to a special place.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Opera @ OperaCaffe
Student singers from Point Loma Nazarene Opera School performed while we ate a sumptuous feast. Couldn't have been lovlier! We will definitely make this restaurant our #1 place to go.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a wonderful place to dine. Great food and excellent service
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was very good and the
Dinner was very good and the ambiance excellent, and genuinely Italian. We'll certainly return!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good with Gluten and Vegetarian.
Awesome food as always, they handled our multiple food allergies well and made a custom dish for my five year old.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the Salmone Al Rosmarino,
I had the Salmone Al Rosmarino, a salmon, filet, shallots, spinach, white wine and rosemary. Lots of flavor, succulent filet, lots of flavor.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is extraordinary! It is like eating in Florence. The night we were there, there was an accordian player performing, which made it that much more authentic Italian. The service at OperaCaffe is outstanding.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet, but good
Went on Tuesday night @ 6:00.
Place was empty. We were early (6:30) reservation. Place filled up a little by the time we left.
Gas lamp district was very quiet, in general .
Here on business from Pittsburgh. Maybe whole area is more geared to
Late night. Food, service, both very good.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this reataurant, but
I love this reataurant, but very sensitive to the noise. We sat really close to the Opera singers and it really hurt my ears. :( other than that I loved it.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was expecting a bigger, fancier place, so was a little disheartened at first. I was also thinking there would be live music. They have a small stage w/piano, but there was nothing going on when we were there on a Friday night at 6:30 - 8. The wait staff were very pleasant & took good care of us. When the bread arrived, my husband & I agreed that we could make a meal just with that & the extraordinary balsamic vinegar and oil! Very quickly, our meals arrived .... outstanding! For dessert, we each had spumoni ice cream. It was by far the very best we've ever had (& we've had quite a lot). When we left, we were feeling quite fat and happy. (o:
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are big fans of pasta but it is not that easy to find restaurants that make ravioli from scratch. We had the mushroom ravioli with truffle oil and the spinach ricotta ravioli in spicy pomadoro sauce. Both were excellent. The mushroom ravioli could have been a one-note dish but had enough complexity in the sauce to keep it interesting. The spicy pomadoro sauce really did have vodka in it and the filling was not your pasty ricotta/spinach lumps but rather the fresh soft ricotta that they used on the quite excellent fresh salad. We will be back.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my 15 year old daughter
I took my 15 year old daughter to see the Tenors. It was easy to get reservations, great food, plenty of time to eat and see the show. We arrived at 515 and made the show easily at 730. Loved the food would have liked to know the entertainment schedule as we would love to experience the opera singers.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of best pasta ever, service was bit slow but it wasn't a 5 star dining anyway. We been to several Italian restaurants in Gaslamp area the night before the half marathon past few years and Operacaffe is far better than any other in the area. We are going back in Aug. for our next run. Order a seafood spagetti in red sauce, it was perfect & hubby's Rigatoni bolognese sauce was great too. Next time we'll try a tiramisu too.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food - Good Show
Both my wife and I were were dry pleased with the food the spaghetti sauce was fantastic as was the chicken parmesan.
The service was also very good and friendly. They had a live show featuring Broadway hits that was well done. We heartily recommend Operacaffé.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great place to go with friends who love great food and wine! OperaCaffe now has many music nights and this is a special treat. When I am asked what my favorite dish is there, I just start reading the menu out loud! Truly, every meal I have had there has been special and prepared to perfection.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you are looking for good Italian food, wine and desert this is the place. Excellent customer service combined with live acoustic guitar player. Definitely a five star restaurant.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Italian friend visited San Diego so, of course, I had to take her to OperaCaffe. She was very impressed with the food, ambience, and service and said that the red sauce she had was the closest she had ever tasted to her Grandmother's recipe - which made us both very happy.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best Italian restaurants I've ever eaten in, & I've been all over the country. A simple yet flavorful bruschetta started off the dinners, followed by a savory cream of tomato soup. A wonderfully succulent veal saltinbucca ala romana was the main course, outstanding in every way. Add a glass of red, your choice of a dozen desserts, & an absolutely memorable dining experience was created.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
The good was great and the staff is very pleasant. The bus boy/assistant servers were super efficient.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting Caprese. Good
Interesting Caprese. Good Buffalina, I had to ask for extra basil. They should keep it simple with basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic, and olive oil. The lemon chicken was very tasty but very small portion. Pasta bolognase was good and very generous portion. We also enjoyed a very tasty Chianti. Nice ambience. Very attentive service.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Service & Delicious Food
We were a party of four and chose to dine on the patio. Everything we ordered was delicious with beautiful presentation. We all started with a glass of wine and chose to have the calamari as our appetizer. I had the La Pera Pazza along with the Bruschetta Toscana (oh my gosh....you have to try the pear salad!), the rest of my party had the Ravioli Del Fattore, Spagetti Pomodoro, and the Salmone Al Rosmarino (all were fabulous!!). Our waiter was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return to this cafe on our next visit. I took some fabulous photos for the beautiful presentation. If I have the chance I will try to upload them on trip adviser.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, good prices
This quaint Italian restaurant has nice ambiance and good food. They offer gluten-free choices on pastas and pizzas. The service is good and it's a great spot for a date or a group of friends. Portion sizes are good so you won't come away hungry, and the prices are reasonable.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
True Italian style homemade pasta with great service and a great selection of Italian wine
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian food!
This is a yummy restaurant with traditional Italian food!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Food was terrific and the service was great and if you show your theater ticket you get a discount.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our trip to Operacaffe in
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
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Spectacular Italian food
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.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian food, and live opera
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!
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.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous entertainment from
Fabulous entertainment from Eileen Bowman. Great food and service. We will be back.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
a pleasant evening
Operacaffe added that extra treat to a night of going to the theater
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pleasant experience in Gaslamp
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.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food with Free Opera
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.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM