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Operacaffe

4.6
514 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre (23)
  • Comfort Food (17)
  • Good for a Date (16)
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday- Thursday 11:00AM-10:00PM
Friday-Saturday 11:00AM-11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00PM-10:00 PM
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(619) 234-6538
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What 514 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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Debbie (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Love this place for pre-theater dining. Food is great and a varied menu. The hostess was especially sweet, helpful and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

As always the food and service was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Came here before Hamilton. Delicious food. Quick service. No problem making showtime and not overly stuffed. Split the Toscana salad and had the porcini ravioli. Wife had a pesto linguini. Would order them all again.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

The service here was delightfully attentive, friendly, and efficient. The setting is downtown, across from the Balboa Theater and 4'short blocks from the Civic Theater. Great for pre and post - theater. Nice atmosphere though casual. Delicious food, well prepared. Good wine selection. Recommended.

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vipIn2Food (San Diego)
4.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent food and service. Come early if you need to get to theatre as a lot of people come around the same time and then it takes a while to get your entree. The prices are a little high. If they included a basic dinner salad it would be a better value for the price.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

This was our second time to eat here. Both times the experience was great. The food is so delicious, the wait staff are very attentive and the price is a good value. We will definitely eat here again.

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MichaelP (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

This was our second visit. Both times were booked in advance of our seeing a show at the SD Repertory Theatre across the street. As the first time, we really enjoyed our dinner and would highly recommend this restaurant for virtually any kind of occasion. It is certainly a welcome relief form larger, less intimate restaurants. All of the food was really good, with special kudos to the desserts.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0
Dined on January 4, 2018

The service in OperaCaffe was excellent. My wife and I dined with another couple and had a fun time.My wife loved her filet mignon(5 stars) but my pasta with seafood was, in my opinion, bland with almost no taste(2 stars). The shrimp was bad and the scallops were tiny and tasteless. On the other hand everyone else at our table enjoyed their food.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

The food here was AMAZING. The atmosphere was just ok. The service was not good. We made a reservation on Open Table for New Year's Eve but were disappointed with the way we were treated from the start. The hostess took us to our table and before we could even sit down said "They probably didn't tell you this over the phone but tonight we have a $25/person minimum." We're from out of town and out for New Years Eve at a nice-ish restaurant - obviously we would be spending that anyways. But also I'm 99% she made that up on the spot because we were two young-ish couples. I didn't hear anyone else being told that as they were seated and the waiter never said anything. I thought this was odd, but let it go. Our waiter wasn't very attentive but was ok. The real kicker was when we left the restaurant. We were walking out and the hostess wished us a Happy New Year, literally right after we walk out the door, the couple we were with realized they had left their leftover pasta boxed up on the table. The turned around to hurry and grab it to find the hostess BLOCKING the door and saying "WE DON"T HAVE A PUBLIC RESTROOM!" we had literally just left and she'd already forgotten who we were. They explained they had just been there and were just getting their food and she let them by. She then sat down next to her coworker and said "they just looked like random people trying to get into our bathroom!" We're two young professional couples in our late 20's that were dressed nicely, although I was wearing a beanie because it was late and cold outside, so unless you're impeccably dressed and look like you have money - don't bother.

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vipSDFoodie (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to Operacaffe pre theater--we were seated quickly. Menu was very nice, had good variety--specials complemented the regular menu. Nice wine by glass and beer selection and good advice on the wines. We split the bruschetta which was very good. My husband had the veal parmesan--excellent. I asked the waiter if I should go with the veal or try one of the specials (Pasta with Eggplant and Mozzarella), which was less expensive than the veal--he said I should try the Pasta. His recommendation was great for two reasons (1) a lot of waiters would have picked the more expensive dish and (2) the Pasta was absolutely wonderful. We split the cannoli for dessert--they were wonderful. We will be coming back soon!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday- Thursday 11:00AM-10:00PM
Friday-Saturday 11:00AM-11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00PM-10:00 PM
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(619) 234-6538
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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