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Operacaffe

4.7
4.7
1043 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 234-6538

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Patrizia Branchi

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,043 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

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  1. e

    elizabethg

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Some of the most delicious pasta I’ve ever had. We had the smoked salmon farfalle and the lobster and artichoke ravioli.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular. Wife had the mushroom ravioli with truffle sauce and I had the seafood filled giant tortelli. Would highly recommend both.
  3. K

    Kidbonz

    San Diego

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had reservations at 5 because we had a play to attend at 6:30. We finally got our food at 5:45, had to wolf it down and almost missed the start of the play. It wasn't our waiters fault as he had too many tables to take care of. I guess this is just the state of restaurants in San Diego these days. My risotto was undercooked and barely edible and my wife's fettuccine was overcooked. My sister had a seafood salad and the lettuce was swimming in water. Not a great experience. We have eaten there many times before the theater, but all has declined the last three times we've been there and this will be our last.
  4. AK

    AmyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going to this restaurant for years-consistent and excellent food, service and wine. Love Operacaffe!
  5. w

    walterc

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Ate there on Tuesday night Nov 15th. Service was slow and inattentive. Food was OK, but not great.
  6. JP

    JP66

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Small cafe with a pleasant ambiance. Good portions and drinks, but I found the veal porcino had very little flavor. Chicken parm was excellent.
  7. j

    john

    Salt Lake City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here many many times when in San Diego. Still our favorite Italian SD.
  8. J

    Jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the service was quick and friendly.
  9. D

    Delightful

    Atlanta

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was searching for a spot that would be great for dinner before seeing Hamilton at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Opera Caffe is only two blocks away and right across from the Balboa as well. They are very well versed at getting patrons in and out before a show as well. The food is really fantastic! There are tons of Italian restaurants in San Diego, most of which IMO serve up Italian/American schlock. Reasonably priced as well. Try the Fried Burratta. Melts in your mouth. Some of the pastas are quite interesting as well. Highly recommend!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent. We've eaten here many times and have never had a bad meal!
  11. AB

    AliceB

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best! Everything we have eaten here has been amazing. The Main lobster ravioli, the crab and shrimp tortini, the Alfredo fettuccine with shrimp and broccoli. The I cocoli, all delicious.
  12. h

    happydiner

    Los Angeles

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately. The staffs are attentive and friendly. Every server there works hard and fast. Food is delicious and flavorful. Service is not rushed. Nice neighborhood spot. Price is very reasonable. Lovely place. Noisy because we have a big part right behind us. Will return.
  13. SH

    SyedH

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a Charming place on the outskirts of gaslamp Quarter. The food seemed very authentic Italian, very unique and delicious. Service was great as well.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    all the food we ordered are delicious🙂
  15. GH

    GH929

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to the Operacaffe. We were going to the Balboa Theatre for a show and wanted somewhere close. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff very nice and efficient. We had two entrees, 1 cocktail, 1 beer, 2 expressos and dessert. We still got out at $100 including tip. Awesome value for your money, Food is authentic Italian served piping hot. Highly recommend!
  16. C

    Chloe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!! My daughter ordered the Pollo Limon and I had the Ravioli Aragosta. The pasta was fresh and perfect. The balance of sauce, pasta, and artichokes was spot on. The waitress was attentive and made an great margarita. We were on vacation so we splurged on desert. The desert plates presentation was as great as the main dishes. We would definitely return to Operacaffe the next time we are in San Diego.
  17. BD

    BcDox

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had dinner for 5. Food was good. Service was excellent. Was not noisy and our group had a great conversation.
  18. BW

    BW80

    San Diego

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was great as usual. The bruschetta is out of this world. Everything was great as usual.
  19. O

    Omniguy

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at 5pm when they opened and were greeted by the hostess who gave us a brief explanation of the offerings since this was our first time eating there. We were serve water quickly and our server was prompt and attentive. We each ordered the house salad, La Mista, and one order of ravioli porcini in a creamy wild mushroom and truffle sauce, very rich and tasty. Other entree was a special of fettuccini in a creamy sauce with fresh truffles, yum! That was paired with a glass of La Scolca Italian white vino. For dessert, we shared a Belgian chocolate lava cake with ice cream that was more like gelato, creamy, yum! Overall the service and food was excellent! We shall return soon.
  20. DF

    DanF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food. Good service.
  21. AP

    AnneP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was like taking a quick trip to Italy without the jet lag! The maitre d' explained how everything is genuinely Italian! It's either made by Italians here or imported. The flavors were incredible. My husband is French and very particular and he said he never had a sauce so delicious! My salmon was incredibly tender. Service was excellence for our birthday group of seven adults. It seemed a little empty when we arrived at six but by seven thirty, the place was buzzing indoors and out. Arrive early to get in on the treat!
  22. KA

    KimberlyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD! We will definitely be going back! M-m--m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Took friends visiting from out of town. Mains were a little salty but that pasta was cooked perfectly. Flavor was very good. Service was great and server very nice. Would try it again.
  24. L

    Lizzy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very authentic and delicious Italian food. We enjoyed it a lot and felt very welcome.
  25. IR

    IngridR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A very enjoyable meal. Will definitely come again!
  26. MN

    MicheleN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't usually bother writing reviews but will do so in this case because I don't want Gaslamp visitors to miss this little gem. OperaCafee is not on the main Gaslamp street, but is just one street over. It is a charming restaurant with romantic Italian ambiance. The Hostess welcomed us and brought us to our table. She explained about Opera Cafe owners and their commitment to authentic Italian cuisine. The servers were wonderful without being smarmy and answered all of our menu questions. We had one pre-diner drink, a martini, and it was excellent!. Calamari appetizer, split a Caesar salad and each had an entree, Ravioli Aragosta and Pollo Limone, both amazing. Added bonus, portions are very generous. We've been hitting the Gaslamp for years but this year there was a noisy festival on the main avenue (5th Street) so we ventured over a block. So glad we did and will return to Opera Cafe for sure our next Gaslamp visit. So many other items on the menu we want to try. BTW, do not confuse OPERACAFEE on 4th Street with the Café de L'Opera on J street. Bon Appetit!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, very quick and attentive service. Will definitely be coming back.
  28. LD

    LDUB

    New Orleans

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I would definitely return. The staff seemed a bit overwhelmed when we arrived but the food was very good, service was quick once we had a server.
  29. SF

    SteveF

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always - a wonderful dining experience! Food, service and atmosphere is excellent! One of our favorites!
  30. SB

    SandyB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Always enjoy eating here.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden treasure! Everything was perfect and delicious! Can’t wait to go back!
  32. TM

    ThomasM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian restaurant food is prepared fresh highly recommend
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Super food. Really really lovely. A nice family feel restaurant.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good for the pricing. Cool little spot
  35. MH

    MikeH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautiful and tasty, service was great too. Very friendly. The prices are like a crappy chain restaurant but instead it’s homemade family delicious food. Highly recommend!
  36. RB

    RobertB

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was good, but service slow and not because the restaurant was busy. We had been wanting to try the restaurant because of proximity to theatre and menu looked interesting. But because of slow service, we had to cancel dessert.
  37. KB

    KeithB

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Revised menu with great options. Good and attentive service. Perfect place for meal before theater performance.
  38. WS

    WilliamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food! Love coming here, get the bruschetta!
  39. AD

    AnneD

    Baton Rouge

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. We ate outside and the noise level was fine. The food is excellent. There were 4 of us and we all enjoyed our entrees very much. The service was good and the meal was served fairly quickly. Great location if you are going to the Balboa Theatre which is just across the street and just a few blocks to the Civic Theatre.
  40. C

    Chezshannon

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food too salty.

FAQs

Operacaffe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 234-6538.

Operacaffe is rated 4.7 stars by 1043 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Operacaffe

835 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patrizia Branchi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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