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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

5
4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (23)
Comfort Food (17)
Good for a Date (16)
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Authentic (15)
Casual (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Live Music (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fun (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

As always the food and service was fantastic!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 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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·Dined 5 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·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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·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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vip
 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Once again the food was amazing and the service was great. The bread is awesome and lunch on the weekend is usually pretty quiet.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This restaurant is outstanding! My friends and I have been here three times in the past four days. The entire menu, from steak to pasta to pizza, is truly delicious. They take pride in their amazing food and service. They treat you like family. Patrizia, the owner and cook, even recognized us from the day before and welcomed us graciously back. If you are looking for somewhere very special to dine, you MUST go to OperaCaffe! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, People Watching, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Business Meals, Healthy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was delicious, service was great and location was convenient for dinner before a show at the civic theatre.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious. Authentic italian taste. Wine selection was good. I give four stars because hostess was frazzled, and because our waiter assumed my boyfriend was tasting the bottle of wine we ordered even though I ordered it. Besides that our experience was great. Would come back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

To be fair... It was Xmas day. Maybe they were understaffed? My daughter spilled her apple juice and it took a long time before we could get help to wipe it. Didn't offer to replace her apple juice. Plus had to ask several times for more napkins and waiter kept forgetting. They also delayed in getting other things like sugar for coffee or extra drink.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food Was good but they don’t do anything for my wife Birthday

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Came here for an early dinner before seeing a play at the Lyceum Theater, with a friend. We also had a Groupon. My friend had chicken parmeasan , which was a large portion accompanied by spaghetti. I had porcini mushroom ravioli, which was very good as well. Service was attentive, but not overbearing, and the table nicely set, although with paper napkins where cloth would have been much more appropriate. We did not have dessert as we were both full from our entree.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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food4
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wow, the perfect Italian restaurant in San Diego. Took the family here after seeing a Sat. afternoon show of the Nutcracker at the Civic Theater. I highly recommend this restaurant with great service, excellent food, and cozy atmosphere. Make sure to leave room for dessert. We shared the cannoli and tiramisu. We'll definitely be returning.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our dinner at Operacaffe was most enjoyable. We met friends there for dinner prior to a show at the Balboa Theater which is right across the street making it very convenient! The waiter provided very good service and the food was delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My family visited Operacaffe following a symphony performance. We were seated immediately. We were offered bottled or tap water and drinks. Warm bread was also brought to the table. We ordered appetizers -- the calamari was just okay, but the rice balls were excellent. For my entree, I ordered one of the chef's specials which was Pappardelle with duck ragu and truffle oil -- I was surprised by the addition of some orange in the dish -- it was excellent! Everyone in my family enjoyed their order. We were too full to order any dessert. I would definitely recommend this place which I found to be a step up from most Italian restaurants in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a reservation for 6pm and were rushed out of the restaurant by 6:45 because they had purposely overbooked. They checked to see if we had paid 4 times while we were still finishing dessert in an effort to get us out. Poor service, which is a shame.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband and I had dinner here before going to the theatre. The food was delicious and great service! Thank you.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had dined here on our previous trips to San Diego. This time we brought our friends and the dinner was amazing as usual! Our friends were as impressed with the food and service as we have been each time we've dined here! Excellent food, excellent service. The server recommended one of the ravioli dishes to me and it was outstanding. All four of us had a wonderful meal that we talked about all weekend! Love the Operacaffe!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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