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Café de L’Opera

910 J Street #1, San Diego, CA 92101

Operating downtown ballpark in East Village, Cafe de l’Opera. Used to be up around A Avenue. A French chef and antique dealer teamed up. It had such atmosphere, and the best croissants in town. Pastry chef Thierry Cahez offered a genuine French feeling and food, in a pâtisserie with exquisite dessert pastries, breakfast croissants, and Gallic lunches like mini-pizzas and croque monsieurs (toasted cheese sandwich with ham).

They relocated to East Village around 2015, but it still feels old-school European. They have a big salad section listed on their sidewalk menu. Like the vegan — and gluten-free — Green Goddess, packed with organic quinoa, hummus, avocado, cucumber, tomato, cranberries, pickled beets, hemp, pumpkin and sesame seeds, kale and mixed greens, and a basil-tahini vinaigrette. Costs $9.50.

  • Prices: Lamb sausage sandwich w/bacon, cream cheese, cheddar, eggs, $7.65; Green Goddess salad (quinoa, hummus, avocado, kale, mixed greens), $9.50; Salade des Alps (blueberries, strawberries, goat cheese), $8.99; avocado toast, $8; chèvre and spinach quiche, $6.50; soup and salad, $8; half-chicken panini and soup, $9.50

  • Buses: 3, 5, 12, 901

  • Nearest Bus Stops: 10th Ave. at Island Ave (12, 901); Park and Market (3, 5, 12)

  • Additional Info

    Hours

    Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Restaurants details

    Cuisine
    Price range of entrées $4 - $6
    Delivery Yes
    Outdoor seating Yes
    Party room No
    Reservations accepted No
    Kids menu No
    Occasional live music No
    Payment options Accepts credit cards
    Comments
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    I absolutely love this place. I come here for my lunch break almost all the time, and it always amazes me. Their veggie ciabatta is delicious, the blended coffees are addicting, especially the dirty chai latte, and I recently tried the portobello baguette which was also tasty. The ambiance is adorable, not to mention the employees, who are extremely nice, I'll always be a loyal customer here.

    Sept. 3, 2011

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