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Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge, San Diego, CA

Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge

4.3
4.3
193 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.

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.
  • Dinner on Fire - A Late Night Experience

    Multiple dates available
    Dinner on Fire Salvatore's brings you an elevated dinning experience. Reserve with us and live one of the best culinary encounters with live music and a fire show! The magnificent gastronomy and upbeat vibe brought to you by live entertainment will awaken all your senses. Change the way you celebrate and submerge yourself in a unique experience.

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What 193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. HC

    HappyCamper

    Toledo

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would come to the restaurant more often, but the music is ALWAYS too LOUD! It used to be a romantic place to dine
  2. MB

    MicaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a birthday celebration or any special occasion! Between the saxophone player, the fire dancing, and guitar player who take rounds on the floor - the vibe is fun and interesting. The service was really good and the food was delicious! I’m definitely coming back
  3. JN

    JohnN

    Central Texas

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is really good. The best Ravioli I've ever had. Fun atmosphere and the waitress was awesome.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    So we went for my husband’s birthday. I put specific instructions in the reservations that it was his birthday. It started out ok, we saw another table get a birthday celebration so I was excited for our turn. It didn’t come. The waiter came with the desert menu and asked if we were celebrating anything, I told him it was my husband’s birthday; which I wasn’t suppose to have to say anything that was the point of the preparation beforehand. We asked about a desert they no longer had and then he said maybe he could do something.. left and came back with a desert “he remembered they had in the freezer”. I appreciated the effort but you don’t need to tell your customers you went digging in the back of a freezer for an old icecream flavor you no longer serve (and honestly it tasted old). Anyways he came out with a light up plastic cake that said “happy birthday”.. not the same as the table before us, and waited there until my husband blew out the candle to walk away with it. It was an ok time but it wasn’t smooth and it didn’t feel “special” at all, more that he was scavenging to put something together for my husband’s birthday. Definitely much smoother and special elsewhere. I was disappointed.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful restaurant. Servers and even staff were very aware of us during our dinning experience. Everyone was very courteous and the food was amazing!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    felt like our table was ignored and overpaid for everything… but everything else was instagram-worthy
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Made a reservation for my birthday for 9 pm. They made my party wait outside for 50 minutes with the excuse that “there are a lot of reservations” and kept saying our table would be ready in a minute and then have us wait another 15 minutes before giving the same excuse, this happened 3 separate times. Pretty sure it’s not my fault that there are a lot of reservations, the point of making a reservation is to have a saved spot for when I arrive, not have to battle it out with other reservations… The hostesses had horrible attitudes and when they finally gave us our table they sat us in the very very back to where we couldn’t see or enjoy the fire dancers, which is one of the reasons I booked this place. The food and ambiance was good but the service was so disappointing that I don’t think I’ll return.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Our first time here , we were a party of 12. Loved the place, the atmosphere, and drinks, especially Golden Hill& its presentation.
  9. AC

    AraceliC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, great service and delicious food! Will definitely be back!
  10. DH

    DanH

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Waited 20 minutes for a server. The tables around me were all being helped. Very odd.
  11. FB

    FulviaB

    El Salvador

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Everything was fine untill the time to pay came. Server did not allowed me to see bill prior to paying, according to him was new protocol. They will only print bill after payment was processed and if requested by customer only, which a requested and did not received till a requested for the second time after trying to get the server attention who never came back to out table after I pay. To my surprise I had a charge for a Large Party/Auto Grat of (20%) added to my total. My party only consisted of 4 adults. I talked to a manager he apologize and did another transaction for the reimbursement of the 20%, which still don’t see in my bank account. By the way Julio G was our server
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday experience was great and fun!
  13. QB

    QuintonB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great about this place. Me and my date both enjoyed it, it was our first time here.
  14. S

    Sdrunnergrl

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    We came here this past Sat evening before seeing “Hamilton” at the San Diego Civic Auditorium. We had a 6 PM reservation which we thought would give us plenty of time before the 8 PM curtain call. Truth be told, we ran about 15 minutes late (my fault) however I called the restaurant and left a message and also left them a message through OpenTable. When we arrived they were very accommodating despite us being close to the end of their grace period and we got seated within 5 minutes. It was very loud but in a fun, energetic way, similar to how my husband and I remembered our San Francisco days when we were dating. The table next to us turned over twice with patrons who sat down only to determine it was either too loud or the table was in an awkward place (front corner of long bench). We ordered a few drinks (mine came out right away but my husband’s took about 7-8 min) and appetizers (burrata and tomato salad as well as the Brussels sprouts) which were both very good. However after we put in our main course order we waited, and waited, and waited. By 7:35, our food still hadn’t come out. We told our waiter that we would have to cancel the order but he said it would be two more minutes. The food did eventually come out at 7:37 pm, but as you can imagine, it didn’t give us time to eat it and enjoy the food. We took it to go. Granted it was very busy and they were likely short staffed. That said, I think it is important for the kitchen and the wait stuff to better communicate. My pesto linguine with chicken came out piping hot however my husband’s chicken parmigiana was cold but the side of fettuccine was warm - very odd. Perhaps it was just one of those evenings however the ambiance and the food was pretty darn good so we would definitely recommend Salvatori’s to people who are not in a rush and don’t mind it being quite loud with party type music. It’s a great place to go with a crowd or for birthdays but probably not a good place for a quiet date.
  15. W

    Watse

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute place. Smaller than I thought. Excellent drinks and food! Great experience. Would definitely come again. They play nice music. The only thing we could have done without is the lady that told us we only had a 90 minute sit time. Her energy wasn’t very nice. It put us on edge wondering if we’re gonna get kicked out or if we’re going fast enough. I think we would have enjoyed another round of drinks if we didn’t feel like we were being timed. I didn’t appreciate that but thankfully they didn’t kick us out after 90 minutes and we enjoyed our dinner. Nonetheless I will definitely be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cool amazing
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    We had a reservation for 2 at 7 pm, arrived at 7:05 and they told us our table would be ready in 15-20 mins so to go ahead and sit at the bar. We ordered drinks and at 7:40 they told us our table was just about ready and to close our tab. We asked the host to comp our (2) drinks and he asked “why?”. i said for the wait and he of course, I’ll send you shots too… the shots never came. The food was good, the ambiance was energetic, but the host was all over the place, the night felt messy.
  18. VA

    VicA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    The food was very good, restaurant is attractive but the music was far too loud and not really appropriate for an Italian restaurant. The service was excellent and the staff went out of their way to make our evening special (it was a birthday dinner).
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I will never come back again. This was our first time and we were celebrating my boyfriends birthday. We were so excited to try it and go big. I am indeed a woman, so I was shocked when the waiter came and called my boyfriend and I fellas. My boyfriend and I chucked at first and said hey it happens. When he came back he went to the table next to us and called the girls ladies and when he turned around and said okay fellas what are we having. I laughed and told him, “ excuse me but do I look like a man, because you called those girls ladies and he was like well there is a man at the table.. and i said okayyyy… so he rolled his eyes and said anywayssss.. what will you be ordering. He took our order and we decided to not let it ruin our night.. however, he never checked on us again, matter of fact someone else brought us drink and our food. When he finally came back, he said you two fellas doing okay and I said, “ yes girly can we have a dessert menu it’s my boyfriends birthday.” My boyfriend couldn’t stand how rude he was so he didn’t even want dessert anymore, he said let’s just go. The food has no flavor. Thank you for ruining my boyfriends birthday.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Giovanni, our server was amazing!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The tables for 2 people are way to close together there needs to be space you are pretty much joining the 2 parties. The food is overrated. It’s not bad but it’s not the most flavorful either.
  22. AG

    AmyG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Drinks were incredible.....over the top amazing. Food, meh... cannot add a single ingredient to a pizza?? Zero modifications allowed to food is simply weird. Maybe change the policy to allow simple add on's to pizza's if you clearly carry the requested item (arugula and or jalapenos/chili peppers).... I felt like I was ordering dinner from an airport restaurant where everything was set and not adjustable. Not fitting to this establishment at all. Either way, drinks great. Food was ok.
  23. AM

    AllysonM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the decor and ambience. Food and drinks were delish!
  24. DO

    DOTHAT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall ambience was good for my Wife's birthday. Multiple food items were prepared incorrectly (overcooked steak, eggs runny, etc). In the restaurant's defense they seemed slow/understaffed or had a disconnect with the kitchen. We were "compensated" with a birthday sign & the staff telling my Wife happy birthday. A little more attention to details will make Salvatore's a hit.
  25. MO

    MaryO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance and good food. Drinks were amazing!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Not Italian. Not a restaurant. Nightclub that serves poorly prepared overpriced pasta. My Grandma Capaletti would be aghast as I am sure the former owners of Salvatore’s are too.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Service was not the best. My guests and I were only impressed by the taste of food. One of my guests who came a bit late was lied to by a server. We were rushed to eat.
  28. CV

    ChulaVistaDiner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good food and very good service. Eating with the noise of boom, da boom da, boom da was not pleasant. Probably won't be back due to the noise level.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good was better than expected. Excellent gnocchi, lamb and pizza. Cool vibe and service was excellent. Recommend
  30. PP

    PionillaPlissken74

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Overall disappointed with the service and food quality. You prefer cheap customers that will pay anything for a drink and a DJ. Your food was pathetic and overpriced.
  31. D

    Deep

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We can’t judge where and what we come from especially working at a stressful job for long hours with living a balancing life. This night here at the restaurant was lived and well needed! We shall return! Just make sure spoons are served with meals to be shared. I bow down to our waiter who was a outstanding 5 stars all around! He honored us, taking care of each step of the way through the night. I vote to give him a raise. Thank you!
  32. n

    natalieg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my birthday and I had a great time with friends :) food was amazing as well
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very loud! Otherwise very good.
  34. N

    Noelle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience5
    Had a reservation at 7:15 and wasn’t seated until almost 8. We paid $40 for still water, although the extra charge was never disclosed at the time of ordering. Extremely overpriced for what you get.
  35. I

    Isabelv1124

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waited 45 minutes to get seated even after having a reservation.
  36. JN

    JessicaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect place to go for date night! Our server was outstanding and the food was delicious! Definitely will go back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The late night fire experience was not at all how it was advertised. Unfortunately I wouldn’t go back or recommend based on how we were treated either. It seemed like we were an inconvenience to the staff. We were really looking forward to it!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance! Brussels sprouts were 10/10 a must try. Fun cocktails but a little pricey. A fun date night.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Date night visiting from SFO this week. Areaa NC
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Our server had quite a few mess ups that I think should have been covered. For example - she forgot to put our order in, and then put in the wrong order. She then tried to say that we had ordered something different. She forgot our wine. We had our meals separately. And because we had to wait so long we were late to our movie. The food was incredible and the place is beautiful but our server really did a number on our experience.

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 4.3 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge

750 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101-6003

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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