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Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge, San Diego, CA

Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge

4.4
4.4
80 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, Salvatore's uses the finest and freshest ingredients to create a California Cuisine with Italian influence dining experience unlike any other

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 87 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 11:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (619) 332-3140

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Brunch Party

    Multiple dates available
    Spend your Sundays at Salvatore's! Our venue offers delicious, unique, classic brunch favorites, craft cocktails, bottomless mimosas, and more.

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What 80 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    We were celebrating my boyfriends 21st birthday. I told informed the hostess & the server of this & she didn’t care. However there were other parties getting celebrated for their bday. It took us over 30 min to even get our drinks in. We were so excited to eat here but was super let down
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Food was super super good! Service was rough. They are all nice, but not organized or maybe understaffed I think. We went nearly 20 min without seeing our server one time after ordering our main course. Had my first drink with the appetizer. Wanted a glass of wine with dinner, but never saw our server again until after the entree was served and half gone. I would have eaten all my dinner before I got a glass of wine, but unfortunately they brought two of our meals out saying the third meal was coming right out. 7 min later it came out! We waited to eat until all three of us had our meal. Two meals sat getting cold….. and did I mention no wine? That’s the part that bugs me the most! Lol. I did finally get my wine, but I was almost completely done with my meal by the time it came. Probably won’t go back any time soon.
  3. BM

    BrendaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed my Birthday Celebration with my family. We ate on patio at 4pm on a quite Sunday.was perfect with a new born. The food was amazing. The staff was fantastic making my birthday very special. Thank you for the memories.
  4. OG

    OmarG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Service could be better. Exp.overall fair I like what it seems like an underground bar for a few drinks after dinner
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perthshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food was okay, pricey
  6. S

    Steph

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I made a reservation for my husband’s birthday requesting patio seating ( their system gives the option of choosing) and mentioning it was a birthday dinner. When we arrived we got seats inside, not even asking us for an option to go in the patio. Our waitress was very nice and very friendly. However we got our appetizer way before our cocktails. In fact we were done with the appetizer when we got our cocktails. We drunk our cocktails with the entrees, and my husband’s entree arrived 5 mn before mine. I would say they were overwhelmed with the orders. We still had a good time and the restaurant is very trendy. We loved the atmosphere and would go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Waitress was nice but service was poor. Took 2 hours to get our entrees and our party of 8 all got food at different times. Steak was over cooked and other entrees were way over salted. Nice ambience sitting outside and apologies for food served so late but they didn’t take anything off the bill. Do not recommend. Sorry.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family brunch. Sahil our waiter was great - friendly attentive & patient. Food was good especially the baked rigatoni carbonara & watermelon salad; Salvatore burger was was overdone & over spiced but French fries were tasty. Music from DJ was a bit on the loud side for Sunday brunch.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The place looked great, the fried gnocchi were amazing. It was way too loud though and the “speakeasy” was just another room where the music was louder. There was no bartender there, the door was wide open, there was nothing interesting about the speakeasy. The drinks were great! The birthday we were celebrating was only acknowledged by the hostess. But honestly we couldn’t hear each other and the whole experience was OK.
  10. GJ

    GraceJ

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The yellowtail sashimi is to die for! Drinks were good. Seafood pasta was a little salty. And I had one bad mussel. The ravioli was to die for.
  11. VG

    VictorG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    Great food but the noise is unbearable The guy running this business has NO IDEA how foolish it is to think the back ground noise makes it a more pleasant experience for me to go there for dinner. It's precisely the ridiculous back noise what will deter me from going there ever again
  12. SS

    SergioS

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food, definitely recommended
  13. ZG

    ZacharyG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was everything we expected it to be!! Looked even better in person!!
  14. AS

    AmandaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My brother and his girlfriend were visiting from boston and they absolutely loved the atmosphere and everything . It was beautiful and the food was amazing!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was disappointed with my order at Salvatore’s. Ordered a Caprese Salad and literally got 1 slice of mozzarella and the tomatoes were overripe and with center stems still left on. My chicken parmigiana was left way too thick and the crust fell off the chicken when cutting it. The best of pasta shells it comes with was good but sparse. Skipped dessert.
  16. JG

    JessicaG

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excelente lugar para ir con familia, amigos o oareja
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here! Beautiful restaurant, elegant design. Great for date night. I orde
  18. B

    Bosk

    Mexico City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Yellowtail crudo is a must
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing vibes and ambience, definitely a party spot so don’t be taken aback by the noise level. Servers are very attentive and the food and drinks are phenomenal! Will be making the hour and a half drive just for this bar/restaurant
  20. FL

    FrankL

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Nice ambiance but the only complaint was that the music was way too loud, it was too difficult to talk at dinner. Felt like a nightclub more than a restaurant, which is a shame as the food really was excellent.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I forgot the waitress’s name but she was great. She gave us a tour of the restaurant including the hidden room. She had great recommendations on the menu since it was our first time there. I treated my boyfriend to a birthday dinner because we couldn’t do it on his actual day. She brought out a bday cake with a huge sparkler. He thought it was cooler than having to blow out a little candle. I would come back here again but with a group of people.
  22. MR

    MatsR

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice Italian restaurant just a few blocks away from the busy gas light district.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Brunch!..DJ spinning the jams while u eat was a nice touch!
  24. BG

    BethG

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service. Kinda loud, but I liked the music. Overall, would come back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Perfect for Date Night
  26. JV

    JenniferV

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow is all I have to say! This was my first time here everyone was so nice!! Food and drinks were amazing! The portions were also very decent size and filling. My phone was dying and I asked our waitress if there was any way she could charge my phone and she was able to take it and charge it that was amazing service! I would definitely be back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I went to Salvatore’s to celebrate my birthday not realizing it was during ComicCon weekend. It was an extremely busy night. My reservation was for a party of 10. They made a few mistakes when placing our orders, which resulted in delayed food for myself and some of my guests. Staff was very nice, ambiance was excellent will definitely go back on a regular night.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun! Food was great!
  29. BG

    BrianG

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    This was an interesting place...far more club-ish than I expected, but it was pretty cool...very pretty inside with a variety of spaces and a nice vibe overall. When we arrived to check in, the hostess gave a brief tour offering us our choice among a few different seating options, including different bar spots (one of which we chose) and tables. Shortly after we sat down, though, I realized we had booked the "guitar experience" and when I asked where the guitarist was playing that night (trying to make sure we were sitting in the right section for that), we were told that the guitarist had cancelled. That would have been nice to know ahead of time, but for us, I can't say it was a huge impact. The blue-haired bartender at our bar seemed to have a very negative attitude and/or was having a bad night (complaining angrily about other customers to her coworkers). She seemed very put out by our request to see menus. Luckily, however, presumably since we were eating, she wasn't the person serving us beyond that point and the people who did serve us were very friendly and efficient. The food was decent; I don't eat wheat, so not a lot of options for that, which is not unusual in an Italian restaurant. I ordered the lamb chops...the server asked what temp I wanted and being an avid cook myself, I always ask how the chef likes to prepare a dish in a case like that, and I rarely contradict their preference. She told me medium to medium well, which surprised me, but I went with it. I felt that was a mistake...it was cooked to that temp, but I found it dry and overcooked for my taste and wished I'd gone medium to medium rare. That recommendation also makes me question the chef's confidence in the quality of meat they're using. The yellowtail crudo appetizer was very good, however. My friend seemed to enjoy his fried gnocchi and chicken parm just fine.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent!
  31. KD

    KirkD

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All 5 of us really enjoyed our food. Waiter had solid recommendations. Penne Arbiatta was excellent, but really more of a penne in spicy pink Voda sauce. Lamb chops, fried nocci, and sausage pizza were also excellent. The chicken Parmigiano was just okay though.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great the ambience and the food was great.
  33. CC

    CareyC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Our table wasn't ready since we were 20 minutes early for our reservation so we ordered drinks at the bar. The hostess approached us at our reservation time and we were still waiting for our drinks. The main dining/bar area was sooooo loud you couldn't even hold a conversation. Thankfully we got a booth in the blue room in back which was very nice except for a party of 8 young girls celebrating a birthday. They were extremely loud and didn't care about the other diners. Our waitress came over and we ordered our appetizers and main course at the same time. Our appetizers arrived about 15 minutes later which was fine. The fried olives weren't very good. The calamari was average. The main courses arrived about 40 minutes later. The first one arrived, then about 5 minutes the next one arrived and the third one arrived about 3 minutes later. Our waitress finally came back when we were almost finished our meal and asked if we needed anything. We told her that we hadn't seen her since she took our order and her reply was that she got distracted and that our table really wasn't in her serving area. REALLY. We then ordered some coffee and another person delivered them but without sugar, creamer and spoons. So we had to ask for them. Finally we asked for the check and it arrived very quickly. Surprisingly at the bottom of the check was the restaurants recommended tip percentages (20,22,25). What happened to 15%. Needless to say we know that the pandemic caused some discomfort for some working people but when you have a job do it the right way. We feel we were generous with the tip considering the poor service we received. We gave 15%. We will never ever go back to Salvatore's for a meal.
  34. BP

    BillP

    Tucson

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful time and the food was great. The server Peter was fantastic. Had a chance to speak with the owner Marco and he was quite engaging and passionate about this location and what they are doing at their other concepts. We will be back
  35. SJ

    SJLinTucson

    Boise

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This would be more appropriate for younger couples or groups. Modern, pulsating, electronic music instead of light, background music. We were celebrating a birthday so we wanted to take our time with before dinner drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert but we felt rushed by our waiter as if they needed to turn the table. This was on a Tuesday night with a very light crowd. We started with the cheese curds which were deep fried (seems most appetizers were deep fried). They were tasty but the small amount of marinara sauce didn't go far so I requested another one. There was an additional charge for that so I just made a mental note to subtract that from my tip. My wife ordered lamb chops that were very tasty but cold. It seemed as though the plate had been premade, put in the fridge and then served without heating it up. We are very reluctant to send food back but felt we had to. When the waiter returned with it it was at least warm but not hot. We weren't going to send it back again. I had the recommended mushroom pasta and shrimp. Mine was hot and tasted fine. Nothing to write home about, if I hadn't added the shrimp it would have been a dull dish. We ended the meal with a double chocolate cake that was tasty. We also ordered a glass of Bailey's Irish Cream which was a shot served in a large glass. The amount of Bailey's was lost in the large glass making it look like the leftovers from someone else's drink. We were asked if this was a special occasion, which it was, a birthday, but no one wished us a happy birthday or offered a free dessert so why did they bother to ask? There are lots of good places to eat and this could be one of them but it wasn't last night.
  36. TN

    TammyN

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went for a friend’s birthday brunch
  37. M

    Maria

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got a table inside and it was the best. The ambience was awesome, the food was tasty and so were the drinks! Our server was very attentive. We loved how everything was served Italian style, course by course. Would definitely come back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    My serving of fish was ridiculously small. I left hungry
  39. RS

    RichardS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the appetizers were so bad we did not stay for entrees and we will not be back until they have a different chef. The Brussel sprouts were overwhelmingly sweet and gloppy with a terrible presentation, almost unedibie but the grilled octopus was worse, 5 small pieces of dried out octopus, no sauce and bitter spices, presented on half a plate which was bizarre. Our server Jillian was the only bright spot, she was excellent.
  40. FT

    FrancoT

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Reserved for brunch. App said only time available was 2:30. We arrived at 2:30 to find the restaurant all but empty. Server told us we had to hurry with our order as kitchen closed at 3. So ordering was rushed. On the bright side, BEST breakfast carbonara I have ever had - highly recommend & their margarita pizza is excellent, perfect crust. Skip the "bottomless mimosas" too much stuff other than prosecco and the bubbly was disappointingly flat. . The manger came to speak to us re some serving hiccups, to apologize. They are courteous & the food is good value. Just seems like a place still trying to find its footing. We wish them the best of luck.

FAQs

Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 332-3140.

Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 87 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge

750 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101-6003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 11:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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