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LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego

4.2
4.2
637 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
LAVO San Diego is located in the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring 235 seats and occupying a prime corner in the lively neighborhood, caters to locals and visitors alike. At LAVO San Diego, guests experience a boisterous, vibe-led dining experience of LAVO juxtaposed with a quintessential laid-back, yet chic, Southern Californian flair.

Tao Group Hospitality Chief Culinary Officer Ralph Scamardella has created a menu of LAVO’s hits like the infamous 1 lb Wagyu Meatball alongside brick oven pizzas and housemade pastas. The menu starts with Baked Clams Oreganata and a Chopped Antipasto Salad followed by Truffle Ricotta Cavatelli, Bone-In Veal, Chop Milanese and – of course – LAVO’s signature 20-Layer Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Mascarpone. And complemented by LAVO’s playful cocktails like the Bubbles & Berries with vodka, St. Germain, Strawberries and Frizzante as well as an extensive selection of new and old-world wines.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 762-5286
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chief Culinary Officer Ralph Scamardella
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    5th and Market
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 637 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

637 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We really wanted to like this restaurant. Unfortunately, the food was served cold and the taste was just okay. My wagyu meatballs were mushy and cold. The chicken parmigiana was ok, but not great. Even our after dinner coffee was cold.

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  2. bradfordw

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Outstanding appetizer. Immaculate service.

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  3. ArnaudC

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Why was the $50 3-course menu not available on a Wednesdsy? Our server couldn’t justify. The food was very poor quality. The garlic bread was very dry as if it wasn’t fresh. The pasta portion was ridiculously small and we had to request parmesan cheese since it was not even offered. The filet mignon didn’t come with any side. The only side on the menu were fries for an additional $16! To finish, the restaurant was out of tiramisou dessert. It was our second time there, and it was very disappointing. The food is not good and expensive.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow. Our server team neglected to clear entree plates and they sat for 15+ minutes until I had to ask for them to be cleared. Our server also did not communicate to the team about a birthday desert, we were served menus and plates so the suppose was ruined. And we waited even longer to get the check. What a miss - mostly because of service.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to Lavo before and we liked it so wanted to take my girl friends…we were a group of 8 girls….we ordered some cocktails…they were okay but came in really late…the food was not that great…the server didn’t come around our table to ask for more drinks or food or water etc …we wanted to order more drinks for sure . So everyone in the group was quite disappointed with the experience. We told the manager about it at the end and he took some items off the bill..which was a good gesture. But they really need to improve their service.

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  6. JerryK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere. And the food was great as well.

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  7. AllenO

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Focaccia is amazing, as was.the 1lb meatball. Also the service was great.

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  8. KristynL

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice Italian place. If you’re in San Diego, put it on your list.

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  9. Pink

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was unique, my family really liked the food everything was exquisite and the waiters was extremely polite and friendly. I loved the atmosphere of the place.

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  10. HeveenT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Kyle was the perfect example of what customer service should be like.

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LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego is rated 4.2 stars by 637 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego

611 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    5th and Market
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chief Culinary Officer Ralph Scamardella
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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