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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4.7based on recent ratings
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JoeG
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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KateraS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JC was the best!!! Great service and great food!

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CorinnC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere was very nice. we sat outside in the evening. The service was wonderful and the food was very good.

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MMartin
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, the outdoor patio was not to shabby, salads didn’t come with the meal and our server only brought bread once.

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Debbieandfriends
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLWCR
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing!

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vipkadidiac
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Pathfinder098
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipAmandaH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipMorgan
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Fantastic pasta menu! I had the ravioli with porcini and truffle, so delicious!

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KimberlyC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was too salty but overall everything else was great!

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AngelinaW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AryannaL
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!! Reasonable priced and service was fantastic.

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ReneeH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AngelinaW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Loved the service, outstanding.

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ALFREDC
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great small restaurant with amazing food! Great service too!

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EileenG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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BrandonP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBrad
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vippbfoodie
San Diego
35 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.

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lovetodineout
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.

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RenatteA
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.

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NancyS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, love small family owned restaurants ♥️🍷

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vipMargaret
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety quick service excellent dessert choices

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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JenniferJ
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.

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MarcyG
Orange County
4 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.

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vipHeatherR
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!

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Russ
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!

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LeslieM
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.

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CarlD
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salads and Desserts were great. Pasta entrees were 4+

FAQs

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.