Operacaffe

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$30 and under
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Italian

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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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B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, with cheerful and attentive wait staff. All food dishes were good, except the pesto which was "disappointing" according to one of our group. But, we will still come back. Ambiance is enjoyable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food is soooo good, great wine selection, and the staff is incredibly attentive.

p
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre show dinner with friends - perfect location to balboa theatre. Right across the street. Everyone enjoyed their meals from chicken parmigiana to raviolis with truffle oil. Pear salad has a great presentation and flavors. We will return for sure.

l
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. It is a casual place with good atmosphere and is quiet enough so you can visit.

RA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and authentic Italian dishes and sauces. We always love this restaurant before Civic or Balboa Theatre shows.

NS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! This is our go-to place before the theater.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, love small family owned restaurants ♥️🍷

M
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety quick service excellent dessert choices

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good service and delicious food.I wanna try desserts next time!

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little intimate restaurant. We go there often and are never disappointed.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really good and the service was good but got slow as they had a big crowd for the show at the Balboa Theater and seemed to be short staffed. The busser was awesome! Despite that... our server was good and did her best with being so busy but we rarely saw her towards the end and that lost them a star. I would recommend.

JJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding and very well priced for the quality. The menu has many choices; something for everyone. We had good service on a weeknight. I only wish I lived in San Diego so I could go back and try something else! The mushroom ravioli that I had was excellent.

MG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A group of six dining before Balboa Theater ~ right across the street. Food and service was excellent even though they were overflowing with most everyone on the same departure deadline.

HR
Manitoba
43 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Pastas were excellent! The Calamari was a bit tough and Caesar salad lacked flavour and was just okay. The Tiramisu and coffee were delicious!

R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time my wife have visited this restaurant. We go to a new restaurant before a show, but my wife wanted to come back here because she wanted me to taste the chicken parmigiana. I got the Veal parmigiana which was INCREDIBLE! It was one of the top 5 meals I have ever had, delicious! The service by the owner was excellent, I applaud the ambiance and detail to service. This place is a must visit before a show!

LM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here. We are never disappointed, the food is delicious and then you can walk to your event near by.

CD
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salads and Desserts were great. Pasta entrees were 4+

H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice ambiance, great service, excellent value. Unfortunately the two different pasta dishes my wife and I had were heavily overstated out of the kitchen. Convenient to the Balboa theatre, but otherwise not a reason to dine there.

B
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent meal at Operacaffe. We ordered the daily specials (with black truffles!), and they were outstanding. We'll be returning.

OT
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We go every year when in town for a conference. Gluten free and vegetarian friendly!

JJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Second time there before a Civic Theater event. Excellent food and drink. Great service with no rush to turn tables.

JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portions large - easy to split - I hate food waste.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do you space was absolutely amazing all the winners to care of us as if we were family and I really appreciate everything that they did for us the food was absolutely amazing and also the waitress in the beginning helped us with our bottle of rose the experience was absolutely on touchable to any other Italian restaurant I have been in San Diego if you guys are looking for an amazing experience definitely come down to this restaurant they will treat you as if you are family and there’s nothing else more to say except the food is amazing and the drinks are also amazing and we really appreciate the courtesy of a tiramisu for the desert as a birthday gift to the customer that we were eating with thank you very much and we hope to see you guys again very

DD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is excellent-service was just ok. We felt very rushed by our waiter, we had a large group so tip was already added so he did not have to try hard

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, very delicious meal, although my pet peeve is a salad (the La Mista) I have to chop up myself in order to get into my mouth. But I really, it was fantastic experience and we will definitely return!

JD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food. Need more waiting staff tho. Had to remind about wine order. There was only one waitress on a Friday night.

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner before a show at San Diego Civic Theater. Just 5 minutes walk, we were able to park once and stretch our legs after dinner. Bucatini Mare e Monti ("sea and mountains" an Italian play on surf and turf) was perfectly cooked, with slightly spicy sausage and shrimp. Gnocchi was also great and the chicken parmigiana was tender, not overcooked, and well seasoned. Good reviews all around for our group!

KA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By far the best Minestrone soup since Italy! The pasta was excellent - cooked al dente.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

a
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow (server told us kitchen was slammed) and rude ( when we mentioned that we had theater tickets we were told “so does everyone else “. Food was fantastic and a great value.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My friend and I went there for dinner before watching a musical at the San Diego Civic Theatre. I had the Vongole while my friend had one of the raviolis. The food itself was good but we both agreed that it was a bit too salty for our taste. The biggest issue we had was the wait time; it took them over an hour for them to get our food ready for us. In addition, the waiters kept bumping into me even though I was just sitting down and left ample amount of space between myself and the other tables and chairs. Overall, it was an okay experience but I wouldn’t go again.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was such a sweetie! So nice. We come there often and she remembered us as "regulars."

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu features classic dishes and the food is well executed. The pasta and mozzarella tasted home made. This was easily the best Italian I’ve had in a very long time. If I lived locally, I’d make this a regular spot.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. I’ll be back!

BD
San Diego
1 review