Lady fingers soaked in espresso, layered with mascarpone cheese and dusted with cocoa powder
Homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in a light pink sauce with artichokes and lobster meat
add chicken $4/add shrimp $4
Sat outside and was really happy with everything. JC was an excellent server and recommended the linguine and clams. Wow. Hot, fresh and delicious!! Outstanding meal and service was top notch.
JC was the best!!! Great service and great food!
The atmosphere was very nice. we sat outside in the evening. The service was wonderful and the food was very good.
The place was great!!! Food was perfectly cooked and the price was right!!! We ordered the calamari for starters and I ordered a shrimp/clam penne pasta and the food was cooked to perfection- both the calamari and shrimp were not overcooked that they were gummy. Service was great!!! Enjoyed every minute of it and have been spreading the word.
I marked down ambiance because they are seating outside only. The inside in charming and we can’t wait until we can get back inside. Otherwise as always 5 stars!!!
Delicious food, the outdoor patio was not to shabby, salads didn’t come with the meal and our server only brought bread once.
We had a great experience. Had to be outside, but they accommodated it beautifully. The food was delicious and plentiful. The waiter recommended a wonderful wine selection to pair with dinner. Very pleasant/friendly staff.
We had an amazing experience. Our server, JC, was great and the carbonara and bruschetta were some of the best I’ve ever had! This will definitely be my new go-to Italian spot.
Operacaffe was very good and a very affordable. The service was great. It's located on a quieter block than the main street in Gas Lamp which was overly crowded. However, due to Covid, we sat outside in the area they set up in the street. It was set up very nicely but cars were speeding by the whole time and it was a little unnerving.
The food and service were amazing!
To be honest, if I had just walked by on the street, I would have chosen the restaurant next door. To me this place just didn't look very inviting. But I did choose it on Yelp through reviews and I am so glad it happened that way. Service was super super friendly and the food was oh so good! I had the gnocci with gorgonzola and blueberries - not a combination I thought was appealing, but after the waitress told me it was her favorite, I tried it and she was right!
My girlfriend and I visited OperaCafe in September. With COVID going on we were offered outdoor seating which was nice in San Diego in September. The food was outstanding. The portions were large and we enjoyed it so much that both of us ate a lot more than we normally would have.
Recommend the Truffle Ravioli and and Chicken Parm. Ordered a side of meatballs as an appetizer and they were good as well. Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino was great.
Fantastic pasta menu! I had the ravioli with porcini and truffle, so delicious!
Food was too salty but overall everything else was great!
Again, we had the best experience. The food was delicious and affordable. Treated my family to a lovely meal. It was worth watching them enjoy the food.
Amazing food!!!! Reasonable priced and service was fantastic.
Despite what we are going through with the new way of sinning outside, it was very pleasant. No issues at all! Food was outstanding and so was the service
The food was amazing! Loved the service, outstanding.
The only negative was sitting outside next to a busy street. The bread, oil, appetizers, salads, cocktails, wine, entrees, cappuccino, and dessert are all great. Our server was very busy but he did a good job too! I'll go back when we can sit inside away from car exhaust.
It's a great small restaurant with amazing food! Great service too!
The food was fantastic and authentic. Visited San Diego for a mini vacation and this was the first place I went! I made a reservation and found this place on Groupon!
This was a great place to eat. The food was great and the servers were awesome and very accommodating. It was great and truly would recommend this to a friend.
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.
I love this place! The food is soooo good, great wine selection, and the staff is incredibly attentive.
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.
The food and service were great. It is a casual place with good atmosphere and is quiet enough so you can visit.
Delicious and authentic Italian dishes and sauces. We always love this restaurant before Civic or Balboa Theatre shows.
Always great! This is our go-to place before the theater.
Always great food, love small family owned restaurants ♥️🍷
Good variety quick service excellent dessert choices
Very good service and delicious food.I wanna try desserts next time!
Lovely little intimate restaurant. We go there often and are never disappointed.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Always love it here. We are never disappointed, the food is delicious and then you can walk to your event near by.
Salads and Desserts were great. Pasta entrees were 4+
Operacaffe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Operacaffe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 234-6538.
Operacaffe is rated 4.7 stars by 835 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.