Operacaffe

4.8
912 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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Nancy
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg the fooooood! Go here for amazing authentic italian!!!!

We had the gnocchi n ravioli with misto salad, pizza knot app and house red wine.

The quality of food and the taste was unbelievable.

Everything wAs so fresh and it all melted in youtr mouth with an explosion of italian flavor!

Graci operacaffe-we will be back!

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Kiran
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Restaurant. Delicious food. I had the gnocchi which was perfectly made in a sumptuous cream sauce. My husband had meat based pasta with a yummy truffle sauce. Our waiter was friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. We look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent.

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vipBW80
San Diego
87 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food were great. Don't miss the Spaghetti Carbonara.

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OliviaM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious, the salad, tortelli di granchio was to die for, the pizza was delicious, the drinks were perfect!!!!

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vipBergen116
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner before the show

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrate Birthday

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DebbieB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!!! Service was impeccable!!

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vipQueensTom
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and prompt, friendly service.

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vipKitKat
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was super salty. We couldn't eat the veal Parmigiano and pasta. Waiter was really good to comp us for the dish.

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GhettoBoy1179xD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was good food. Good cheese sauce with cheesy other stuff too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for a date night in San Diego

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vipTasman
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great time! Patrizia is a great chef and the staff are fantastic! They had a rush crowd before a show and did an amazing job. Highly recommended.

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vipcalliope30
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic place to grab dinner before a show at the Balboa Theater. Our wonderful server was very attentive and pleasant with recommendations. The food was delicious and timing of our meals was perfect to allow us to enjoy our time dining and not rush to the theater. I will gladly return.

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LeslieF
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, freshly made food with excellent service and convenient location!

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CraneA
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was disappointed as the quality of food was lacking; orders came fast microwaving hot!

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DBee
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food was outstanding. I’ll be back for sure.

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vipBreeze
San Diego
227 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this family-owned and operated Italian restaurant. The food is prepared by the matriarch. It is simply delicious. It's my favorite restaurant in the Gaslamp area.

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KevinW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Food was best I have had in a long time. We will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, good service

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MichaelM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was phenomenal, waitstaff amazing and was close to hotel.

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EllenJ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and great and friendly service. Ambience has changed and feels less European and cozy but still nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service close to civic center

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KathyD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Came here before a concert at the Balboa Theater, which is right across the street. We had requested outdoor seating, and sat in the open air structure in the street they have (heaters available). I had the special cheese stuffed gnocchi con pepe, which was very light, and delicious, while my friend had a squash ravioli which she enjoyed. They were very busy with other patrons of the theater, and it took a long time to get our food, but the staff kept us apprised of the progress, and provided a free amuse-bouche while we were waiting. Best to have reservations if you are attending an event at the theater, as this is very popular for such events.

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KaleyM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous ravioli!

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Susie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Lucky for me they made a mistake and first gave me the lobster ravioli instead of my mushroom ravioli. They were very apologetic and I got both. Both were outstanding!

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Dale
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Quality of food has suffered a bit during pandemic. Same with service. Food was not hot, but was pretty good. Will still return.

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vipMike
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Extremely long wait time (30 min for drinks/apps and 45 min for food) and food was sub-par.

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PaulaO
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great. We arrived early for our reservation and they seated us anyway. The outside dining was very nice. My friend got the bruschetta and thought it was very good. I ordered a salad and the meat lasagna. The salad was very good but I found the lasagna very bland. I didn't even finish it. If I go next time I will try something else. They did have a wide variety of choices on the menu.

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AshleyD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding!!! Everything is freshly made. Pasta dishes were phenomenal. Visiting from Chicago but will definitely return our next trip and recommend to any friends that come out this way!

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vipEasyDiners
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Would definitely dine there again.

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RayB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From an appetizer of carpaccio di manzo to main courses of filetto ciao san diego and cioppino plus desserts of tiramisu and the best canolli i have ever had, both my husband and i could not have been happier with our meal at Operacaffe. The lovely chef has a gift with sauces given only to a few.

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DanH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was very good. Friendly and personable. Food was good, reasonable but priced higher than what I would have paid. Deserts were unmemorable.

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vipKris
Naples
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter, thank you for making the birthday dinner special for our guest.
Another great evening at Opera Caffe!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - awesome food and service - thank you!!

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Babajean
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Operacaffee. Food was well prepared, waiters were friendly and efficient.

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Stadesmith
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I chose Operacaffe to celebrate my birthday. My husband and I flew into San Diego to share the special day with friends and I had heard many good things about this restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent. I had the carbonara and it was excellent. The only downside to the entire experience was the reservation process. Open Table and Operacafe had an account issue and Open Table cancelled our reservation several weeks before the dinner. After I received the email I had called the restaurant to confirm I still had a reservation. They assured me that it was only a temporary issue and the reservation was still valid. Unfortunately it wasn't. I had to contact Open Table myself and have them reinstate the reservation. And to add to the confusion, when I returned home I found an email from Open Table stating that the Operacafe reported we did not show up for our reservation. But as I stated previously, the reservation process was the only negative to a good dining experience.

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vipKris
Naples
46 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - outstanding cuisine.
Opera Caffe is a downtown gem!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Wonderful service and really good food.

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SusanP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional, the wine and drink selection were fine and the food was delicious. The Arancini special was truly amazing!

FAQs

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

Operacaffe is rated 4.8 stars by 912 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.