835 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-6538

In an effort to keep our customers, guests, and staff safe we have created a seating arrangement that meets all California guidelines. We can accommodate the max occupancy of 36 seats which includes both indoor seating and outdoor seating.

Updated Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:00pm – 9:30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Open for Brunch Friday – Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Hours can vary and can be discussed with an Operacaffe Manager.

Operacaffe is closely following directions from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The State of California. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe. We look forward to seeing you soon.

On behalf of the entire Operacaffe Restaurant Family, we would like to thank you for your continued trust and support.

Operacaffe is located in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Experience authentic, award-winning, Italian cuisines that will make you feel like you’re dining in Italy. From the menu items to the romance of Italy that decorates the atmosphere, Operacaffe is the perfect restaurant for an authentic Italian experience.

The reputation for excellent cuisine, family friendly service, the quality and freshness of ingredients, are the reasons we are so proud of our restaurant.No matter whether you are a seasoned food lover, a curious beginner, or somewhere in between, for the love of food, give us a try! You are welcome – it is our pleasure to serve you.

Home of the fried Burrata

This is what makes our pizza dough so special

• We use no yeast, just a natural starter.

• We only use flour, salt, and water.

• We let it go through 48 hours of fermentation, so it’s easier to digest.


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  • Bruschetta
    Italian toast topped with chopped tomato, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. +Add Prosciutto $2 | +Add Mozzarella $2
  • Shrimp and Calamari Fritti
  • Tagliere Toscano
    Selection of cured meats and cheese (serves two)
  • Fried Burrata
  • I Coccoli
    Fried pizza dough with stracchino and mascarpone cheese, topped with prosciutto
  • Carpaccio Di Manzo
    Raw beef sirlion, lemon, arugula, shaved of Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Carpaccio Di Salmone
    Smoked salmon, arugula, oranges, and pink peppercorn

For the love of food™, Operacaffe is to serve AWARD-WINNING cuisine! Give us a try, you will feel better, we guarantee it!

Operacaffe Gallery

This is a Great Italian restaurant!

We found out about this place when we were in Florence Italy. We had lunch at Ristorante Tre Merli. We were there with friends touring Florence. As we were ordering we met the owner, we told him we were from California and he told us about this place in San Diego. The food is delicious! She enjoyed a chicken dish and I had a pasta and spicy sausage dish. The wine is top notch. Great food and Great Service. The chef prepared delicious food! I would recommend Operacaffe to anyone that wants Great Italian food in San Diego!

Michael S. Laguna Niguel, CA

Ever since coming back from Italy

I've been on search to find a place that serves food on par with Italy. I think I've found that place. The spaghetti with meat balls were amazing. The pasta was just superb, and the sauce and meatballs were made with basic, high quality ingredients. I should've ordered two entrees because the food was that good. Whenever I'm in San Diego again, I'll be checking this place out for sure!

Garrett F. Sacramento, CA

This is a cute little restaurant with great service & food!

The hostess and servers were all very attentive, making sure water was always full, and checking in regularly to make sure everything was tasting good! I love water so that's a big thing for me! Lol gotta stay hydrated. They had a wide selection of wines to choose from, but I got a Moscow Mule cause I love those... and they made it really well!!!! Very tasty and I definitely recommend it. I don't typically eat a lot of seafood but my friend wanted to try the calamari, it was actually pretty good too! Aside from that, I got the pear salad. It came out looking beautiful & tasting just as good as it looked. It was light and refreshing! My friend got the seafood pasta and quite enjoyed that as well.

Candace A. San Diego, CA


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