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“Good Italian Restaurant in the Gaslamp District” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Operacaffe

Operacaffe
835 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6121
619-234-6538
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Ranked #269 of 3,757 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: 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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“Good Italian Restaurant in the Gaslamp District”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Operacaffe was recommended to us by the concierge from Hyatt Manchester. This little restaurant reminded us of the family owned trattorias in Florence, Italy. Small and charming with good food. We visited on a slow night and chatted with the chef, who is also the owner and is from Florence. Of course, we discussed good food and lovely Florence. The service was good and we would come back again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Providence, RI
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86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beyond our expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We had a late lunch/early dinner here. There were only a couple of other tables which were occupied at that time but we had a groupon so we were going to eat here during our stay. Very pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the food. Service was excellent. The menu had a good variety of selections. On the main street of the Gaslamp Quarter, easily within walking distance from the major hotels.

Visited April 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice surprise in Gaslamp Quarter!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Operacaffe was a total surprise: ambiance was great and food was really authentic! One of the nicest restaurants (or rather a trattoria/osteria) in San Diego. Next time I'll be there, I will certainly return.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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“Reasonable but not outstanding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I went to Operacaffe on a very recent trip to San Diego. It's a very nice looking restaurant with a small outdoor eating area. I ordered the calamari and prawn fritti for a starter and then the fettuccine al funghi for my second. The fritti was a huge serve of calamari and prawns but disappointingly, the calamari was just a little tasteless. It just wasn't that fresh. The prawns were good though.

The second dish, the fettuccine al funghi was excellent, although just a little over-seasoned.

Again, I find myself where I wish I could give a 3.5 star rating.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fullerton, California, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Tasty Italian in the Gaslamp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Very tasty food in a nicely decorated spot at a reasonable enough price. I highly recommend the Duck Ragu dish, but it was all great.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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