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

In effort to slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Operacaffe Restaurant will only be accepting takeout and delivery orders at this time. We are closed for dine-in until further notice.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 8:00am for pick-up and Uber Eats
Sunday: Closed


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.

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Enjoy dinner and a show, only pay $8 flat rate parking!

We offer $8 validated parking through ACE, for the Horton Plaza Parking Garage, maximum of 2 hours. Please ask our staff to validate your ticket when visiting our establishment.


  • Brushetta Toscana*
    V | Italian toast topped with chopped tomato, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. +Add Prosciutto $2 | +Add Mozzarella $2
  • Calamari Fritti*
    +Add Shrimp $6
  • La Piramide
    GF | Polenta, ham, porcini, mushrooms, gorgonzola sauce
  • Gli Arancini*
    V | Deep fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese
  • I Coccoli*
    Fried pizza dough, stracchino and mascarpone cheese, prosciutto di parma
  • Brodetto Vongole
    GF | Manila clams, garlic, white wine, parsley in a spicy white or red fish broth
  • Tagliere Toscano
    GF | Selection of cured meats and cheese (serves two)
  • Carpaccio Di Tonno*
    GF | Ahi tuna, endive, arugula, radish, citrus dressing
  • Carpaccio Di Manzo
    GF | Raw beef sirlion, lemon, arugula, shavings of parmigiano reggiano

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

Everyone knows that a good wine
can make or break a meal.