About 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

835 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday 11:00AM-10:00PM
Friday-Saturday 11:00AM-11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00PM-10:00 PM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 234-6538

Website:
http://www.operacaffe.com/

Executive Chef:
Patrizia Branchi

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Operacaffe Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for a Date (14)
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Comfort Food (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Cozy (8)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Live Music (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Business Meals (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Waterfront (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I were seeing a show across the street and made a reservation for dinner at Operacaffe. The atmosphere was nice, it felt like a neighborhood trattoria. The waiter was attentive and friendly and the service was prompt. The focaccia bread was served warm with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and was delicious. We split a very nice salad to start with avocado and hearts of palm making it unique and the light dressing making it a wonderful beginning. We both ordered veal dishes, something we don't frequently order, and we were pleased with the tender meat and flavorful sauces. My saltimbocca alla romana was served with a wonderfully creamy risotto and fresh asparagus and my husband's veal parmigiana was served with tasty pasta pomodoro. We would definitely recommend this restaurant, especially if you are seeing a show across the street at the Balboa Theater.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Just average. Food was okay, wine list was below average.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This place was unexpected. This area of San Diego has a WIDE variety of people, so be prepared for that. The food was amazing. That was why we selected this restaurant. They claimed to make home-made pastas and the do!! The service was very good as well, and speedy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Such an amazing find! The food is fantastic! We had the crab ravioli and lobster tortellini and truly thought we were in food heaven! And the desserts were amazing too! We enjoyed the tiramisu! Oh so good! We also had a frozen chocolate dessert that was out of the world! I highly recommend Operacaffe.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wow what an experience everything was Amazing from service to food. I will recommend and .can't wait to go back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food here is amazing. I can’t wait to go again!!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious. Lots of food, we brought food back for the next day! Service professional and efficient. We will be back when we have another play at the theatre.
Thank you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Italian and chicken entrees were delicious. service was very resposive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

wonderful find in San Diego. Dinner was delicious and real Italian fare

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a fun evening after the opera. Walking to Opera Caffe for our first experience was smart. The food was taste and reasonably priced and the experience helped make it a great evening.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We ate here prior to a show at the theatre. It was wonderful! The food, the service, everything. We did not have the opera singers, but we came early for dinner. It certainly wasn’t a problem for us. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wonderful food. Started with the polenta with ham,mushrooms and Gorgonzola cheese. Highly recommend it. Tortellini stuffed with crab was to die for. Service started out good as it was not busy. As the evening progressed, the restaurant filled up and it was very unorganized. Perhaps they were short staffed. I was thankful we had allowed plenty of time before the show at the Balboa Theatre.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful food. Great, attentive service, lovely decor. Too full for dessert so will have to go back. Photo is of ravioli I split with a friend which restaurant was happy to do.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Home cooked food prepared by a husband-and-wife owner. We split the mushroom raviolis and cream sauce and found them extraordinarily good tasting. We plan to go back and explore the rest of the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food and service was great

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food and staff, could not ask for more or any less.

A great family restaurant business. I believe in family small business , our family have been in business for 40yrs.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

I found this place just walking down the street, looking for a place to eat with my sister and some friends after being told there was going to be a 2 hour wait at our planned destination. This is now my new favorite restaurant! The food here is AMAZING and everything that we ordered was delicious. I have since brought my family and co workers multiple times and everyone has loved it.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Sat at a table with a view of the creepy kitchen. Server was fine-food ok plus, paper napkins and cheap utensils and glasses didn't add anything. Made a reso on Open Table but I don't think I got credit.

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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Went to celebrate a birthday. Staff was very pleasant and attentive. We ordered appetizers and were offered the choice of adding an extra piece to each plate so that each person would get equal amounts. We each ordered different entrées and all were delicious. The lemon chicken with risotto was wonderful. They brought the birthday girl her very own tiramisu to celebrate the occasion. I'm looking forward to the next celebration!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is one of San Diego's hidden gems. The food and service are always excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Dad's 80th birthday with family

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good was great. The effort to get tips for the singers was off putting

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent Italian food. A little pricey, but very good quality. Most interesting feature was strolling singers performing opera and Broadway show tunes (at least on a Saturday night.) Great place for a date in a very happening neighborhood with a lot of entertainment options before or after a meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My family and I have been going here for several years, not only for the food but also the family feel.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Overall a great experience. Would be an easy 5 star overall rating but we felt a bit ignored by the waiter and couldn't fit in dessert time before leaving for a downtown show. Maybe it was an issue with being short staffed that night, but it's a great restaurant!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Waitstaff was attentive. Food was awesome!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I've eaten at plenty of Italian restaurants in my lifetime. In fact, it's my favorite cuisine. My wife and I chose this restaurant, because it was quaint, and while out and about in San Diego, we noticed how attentive the waiter was to the customers seated outside. Unfortunately, the food did not match the service. I had the chicken alfredo. The sauce seemed watered down, and there was minimal chicken. I forget exactly what dish my wife had. It certainly wasn't memorable. My wife and I both speak Spanish. We overheard the waiter tell the ladies seated near us, in Spanish, that if they didn't like the meal, they wouldn't have to pay. I wish he'd extended that offer to us. I might have taken him up. Hope this review helps. We live in Westchester, Illinois. So, there's probably not much of a chance we'll ever dine there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

As usual the food was delicious albeit a bit pricey. We enjoyed a salad with grilled salmon, which was excellent, a pizza, which was also thin as Tuscan pizza should be with a tasty crust, a beer and a glass of white wine.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Have had much better pizza in Little Italy but the mushroom fettucine was delicious and would be reason enough to go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Awesome food and great service!! Will def go back

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I came here with my fiancé and some friends and I loved it! Great service, great food, and reasonable prices! Definitely take a look at their dessert menu...it was delish!

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Love the food. Had the steak with balsamic glaze. Outstanding. Really enjoyed our dinner there. Staff very friendly. Would definitely be a regular if we lived in SD.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I have only found a handful of Italian restaurants in San Diego that can offer a meal as deliciously authentic as the ones that I left behind in New York. I think the Opercaffe is my new favorite. Every bite of my Penne Speperina was exquisite, the perfect blend of spicy sausage, cheese, pasta & sauce. My thanks to our waiter for his recommendation. My fellow diner was equally happy with her dinner. My chardonnay was lovely, as was our desert.
I'll be eagerly looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Wonderful experience! The food was outstanding with perfect portion sizes. Everything was prepared fresh to order and piping hot. The hostess was friendly and the staff hustled to make our dining experience memorable. Along with the food, the highlight of the evening were the opera singers. Very talented and enjoyable without being overwhelming.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Last Saturday, at 7 p.m., the place was packed, the food was excellent, and the opera singers delighted the guests with classic opera songs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The Operacaffe is my go-to restaurant when I'm downtown for an event. This time, a Saturday evening in July, it was quite crowded. Reservations were a must. Due to that, the wait staff was a little stretched, but they did a fantastic job. The food was excellent as always, and the opera performances lively and fun. I highly recommend this place for that romantic/date night downtown.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Another great meal went before the play and had great pasta, and the bread was out of this world.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Authentic Italian food! Definitely recommend

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Service was fantastic! Food delicious!! Cecilia was friendly, accommodating, & everyone was a pleasure. Can't wait to try the other recommendations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Absolutely one of the best Italian dinners we've ever enjoyed in the many cities are visited. If gnocchi is on the menu, you must try it. I couldn't figure out how it didn't float away. Service was attentive as well and we loved our visit.

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