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Il Sogno Italiano Fine Dining and Music - il Sogno Italiano, San Diego, CA

il Sogno Italiano

4.1
4.1
282 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
An unforgettable dining and musical soiree awaits you as we transport you to a Nostalgic yet modern Americana meets old world ambiance, perfect for any occasion. Our music program features world class entertainers and touring artists 7 nights a week, paired with an array of specialty craft cocktails and wines from across Italy and the California Coast. Our kitchen uses fresh sustainable ingredients and specializes in California Coastal Italian Cuisine with handmade pizzas, pastas, steaks and seafood. Our Mezzanine accommodates up to 100 guests and we offer a private bar, TV's upon request for private events and meeting spaces.

We look forward to hosting you at Il Sogno Italiano and Welcome you to San Diegos hottest place for fine dining and music.

Mondays: Martinis & Jazz w/Grammy Nominated Sacha Boutros and friends/Martini specials all night long
Wednesdays: Passport to Italy
Pop, Jazz, RnB, Motown and beyond every night of the week.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 380-2652

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Private party facilities

    Private Events: sacha.ilsogno@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Street Parking or Valet at Hilton on 4th and K Monday - Thursday for $10

  • Parking details

    Street Parking, Valet Coming Soon. There is Valet at the Hilton on the Corner of K between fourth and fifth.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Award Winning LIVE MUSIC 7 Nights a Week

    Multiple dates available
    Award Winning Musical Entertainment 7 Nights a week with National and International Touring Artists. We are a Modern Supper Club with focus on music and dining and a wonderful musical experience awaits you at Il Sogno Italiano.

What 282 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot spot

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  1. G

    Gary

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    They really need a wider price range for their wines; I saw maybe 2 Cabs that were less than $100 for a bottle. I know they want to appear high end, and for a lot of reasons, they are; but that doesn't excuse the wine-gouging. The food? It was only so-so. I'll try something different next time
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Service was great, food not so much.
  3. R

    Randy

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went for pizza, and we were not disappointed. We added Italian sausage to the Margarita pizza, and it was great! We will definitely be back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Came for New Year’s Eve pre-fix party. Table locations and environment was great, especially with the live band. However, we sat for nearly an hour before the first food arrived at our table, not even bread. The table was not set properly and we had to ask for cutlery and napkin linens after food eventually arrived. The main course arrived before the appetizers and then everything was there at once which caused food to get cold too quickly. Zero flexibility on customizing the menu options. The staff were very friendly, but the overall service experience level was horrible. With a final bill for two people exceeding $320 (only ordering 2 glasses of cheapest wine) it was certainly not worth the cost for the service level. Still food was delicious and ambiance was nice. Just too disorganized.
  5. BF

    BuckeyeFan

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unbeknownst to me the dinner on NYE was a set menu with choices that were less than good. Initial table was moved after staff ran into our table multiple times knocking menus on floor. After ordering the first 2 courses were delivered within 5 minutes. Food was average at best. Plates were not cleared. I have always enjoyed this place before but will not go back after a very subpar dinner and service.
  6. SL

    SLane

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Music way too loud, food served cold and way over priced.
  7. JB

    JannyB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Considering it was NYE, everything was wonderful! My only note to the restaurant is that whomever checks the dishes before serving should pay closer attention to plating, which was a bit sloppy and food could have been hotter. Our server was fabulous and the music divine!
  8. FM

    FarrahM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Didn’t like that there was a preset menu. On open table it said we had an option between the preset menu and a regular menu and I chose regular. But when we arrived and were sat they said it was only the preset menu, which to me wasn’t very Italian. The service was great though and a nice atmosphere.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Hysterically, we managed to eat a New Year's menu in about 60 minutes, get scolded because we asked for our wine and in total lost $600. I rarely complain and am by no means a snob but I would have rather spent $600 on Mc Donalds or better yet given them to charity. This restaurant is a joke! Hope the waitresses do a better job at their second job that they clearly wore the dressed from… //Sebastian Chef and food creator
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great dining experience, very cozy and good food in heart of gas lamp. But, the highlight was the music! They have live music 7 nights per week, and we especially went to hear Roman Palacios, who is awesome!
  11. a

    amyh

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the music. Had a really nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc not on the menu but a extra special selection Dinner was great. A very memorable Christmas Eve.
  12. DL

    DaveL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and music. The pianist played Christmas tunes and classics, took requests and mingled. He was excellent and had a guest singer. We shared a bottle of Pinot, lamb lollipops, pear salad, carbonara and veggie pizza and took almost the whole pizza home. The toasted bread and sauce served with the meal is also excellent.
  13. K

    Kris

    Naples

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!! Alex, our sincere thanks to you for making the birthday celebrations so fabulous -- great service! The meal was outstanding - every dish was perfect. Thank you very much - look forward to seeing you again! Cheers
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great place for an Anniversary!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The love music makes this such a fun date night! Delicious food and drinks as well!
  16. RG

    RudyG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have dinner. The music was perfect for a delicious dinner.
  17. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful restaurant with a nice Trio playing jazz, great food, and attentive service. We sat outside, enjoying the music while also people watching.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Hi William, We're so happy that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to having you in the future!

  18. NM

    NajuM

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous, classy ambiance with amazing live jazz music for our friends get-together! Drinks were made well & food was superb - ordered the prime rib, whipped potatoes, & cooked carrots. Service was on point throughout the entire night. Great gem in Gaslamp! Highly recommend, esp during live music nights! We went on a Friday night.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Hi Naju, Thank you so much for your kind review. We're very happy that you and your company had a great evening and hope to see you all again soon!

  19. JF

    JessicaF

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Everything is good but the service, the host was more helpful than our server

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Hi Jessica, Thank you for your review, I apologize that the service was not up to standards during your dinner. I ensure that next time you visit the service will be specular, so that you can have an all around great experience!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The music was the highlight of this evening. We will go back and sit at the bar to listen to the music. But the food was not impressive. Our waitress Erica was excellent ! I ordered the rigatoni Bolognese. Way too salty! My husband ordered the portobello mushroom ravioli- tasteless! Overall, 5 star music in a 2 star meal.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for your review. We're happy that you enjoyed your experience and apologize that the food did not match. We look forward to serving you again!

  21. ES

    EricS

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We went as a party of four for dinner prior to the Elton John concert. We had a dinner reservation at 6:30 PM and we got there at 6:30 PM. It wasn’t until 720 that we received a drink order. Took 20 min to get a glass of water. We ordered food but it never came. We had to leave or we would miss the concert. About five other tables did the same thing. The restaurant even had a special menu for the concert. Whoever owns this place oughta take a deeper look at it.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022I apologize for the slow service, we were not properly staffed for how busy it was and unfortunately not all of our customers got the service they deserved. I ensure that if you decide to dine with us again that you will have a wonderful experience and great service!

  22. R

    Rizzo

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We were seated and waited a while for someone to greet us. Ordered drinks and food. Drinks came in 15 minutes and food never came. We ordered the special 3 course meal. After another 20 minutes salad never came and noticed not many people were served. About 50 minutes after we were seated and no food served we told our waitress we were leaving. She apologized for very slow service and we left.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Hi Rizzo, I sincerely apologize for the slow service. Unfortunately we were understaffed for the night of the concert and were trying our best to keep up with the busy night. I hope that if you choose to dine with us again you will have an excellent experience and enjoy the food, service and venue.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I came the night of the elton john concert downtown and clearly management had set up this team for failure. With a full restaurant, one bartender, and maybe 3 servers (and I’m assuming limited kitchen staff), it was truly one of the worst experiences I’ve had. There was a pre fixe menu and it took an hour and a half to get our first dish. It took an hour to get drinks and the order was wrong. The only reason I gave 3 stars for service was because I knew my server was working his butt off. We ended up canceling our order to make the concert on time but this management should be ashamed of themselves for doing this to their employees.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022I sincerely apologize for your experience. That night we happened to be understaffed for an extremely busy night, and we have taken it as a learning opportunity. I ensure that if you decide to dine with us again you and your company will have a great experience. Thank you for your review.

  24. N

    Nancy

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Excellent location, lovely atmosphere and acceptable noise level but do not sit in front of the piano as that seems to be extremely loud. Our service was excellent until it got busy then they forgot about us, took 35 minutes to bring the final course and we had to leave before dessert because of a concert commitment. Also, added a $14 per table ‘covid’ charge which could not be explained. I would not go back if I was on a time schedule.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Hi Nancy, Thank you for your review. I apologize for the service not being up to par for your whole stay, and hope that your overall experience was enjoyable.

  25. D

    Diane

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were disappointed with our dinner. Food was just ok.
  26. C

    Craydeen

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the restaurant and live music! Our server Sarah, was very attentive and helpful. Our only problem was that the lobster ravioli was lacking lobster.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Hi Craydeen, Thank you for your review, we're happy that you enjoyed your dinner and service! Apologies on the lobster.

  27. F

    Foodie

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great service, good, atmosphere

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Thank you, we're very happy you enjoyed your time with us!

  28. M

    Mykidsarecool

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely dining experience. From excellent service by Erica. Each course was presented with perfection. Best espresso martini too

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for your review and we're very happy that you enjoyed your dinner!

  29. v

    vailsuz

    Denver

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious meal, wonderful live music nightly. Comfortable outdoor patio.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Thank you for your review! :)

  30. v

    vailsuz

    Denver

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food delicious..Patio seating away for the music is a must if you want to have a conversation.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Hi Vailsuz, I'm glad you enjoyed your food and found a great spot for conversation. Thank you for your service!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Pretty inside with nice music but the food was not like it used to be. Most of it was extremely salty and the menu was very limited. Italian restaurant with limited Italian dishes.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022I wonder if you did not receive our entire menu, as it has a lot of Italian options! Thank you for your review.

  32. KB

    KBPB

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was simply delightful with live music playing in the background. The food was delicious and plenty. The service was professional and friendly.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you very much for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your dinner and look forward to having you in the future!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Awful, salty food at a high cost. Bartender was awesome though
  34. CC

    ChristopherC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely incredible San Diego Restaurant Week experience. Hostess was so friendly and when I called and asked them to hold my table while my mom and I looked for parking, they were more than happy to accommodate. Hostess was so happy and friendly when we arrived. They had a wonderful jazz band playing and nice ambience at the tables with clean white tablecloths and cute little lamps at each centerpiece for extra romantic and intimate vibes. My mom’s Pear Martini was out of this world and had the subprime Grey Goose Vodka in it. My Da Vinci Mojito was out of this world and had amazing Bacardi Superior Rum inside and was garnished and presented impeccably. The polpetti with the mascarpone infused polenta was to die for and was very generous portions! The caprese appetizer was small but had a stunning presentation and was absolutely authentic and just enough. The shrimp fra diavolo was delicious and was a very generous portion. The lobster ravioli was absolutely to die for and had beautiful tri-colored raviolis and both entrees had a decadent saffron cream sauce. Felt like dining in Italy. The tiramisu was of such amazing and authentic quality, extremely moist and flavorful. The affgato was out of this world and came with a very generous portion of 100% pure Italian espresso on the bottom. The bartender Danny remembered us from when he used to work at our local trattoria Vittorio’s and offered us free limoncellos on the house! Felt so special that out of all the customers he gets, Danny remembered us! Wonderful gesture and experience. This was the bar none experience of restaurant week and we will definitely be back!

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Hi Christopher, Thank you for this wonderful review! We're so happy that you enjoyed your drinks, food, experience and service. We look forward to having you here again! :)

  35. JR

    JohnR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Food was mediocre and very expensive.
  36. S

    Sunny

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Eli as a waiter. The service was excellent. The wine list is AMAZING. We had the caprese salad, the eggplant, lobster ravioli and the cioppino. It was ALL very good. We were there early and didn’t stay for the music. It was quite. Beautiful ambiance and great music on the speakers- old 50s crooners. Spectacular. Thanks, Eli!

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Hi Sunny, Thank you for your review. We're very happy that you had a great experience and look forward to having you again!

  37. OM

    OliviaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service a little lacking. Maybe because it was SDRW. Servers were flat, not friendly. Other than that food was great!

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on November 30, 2022Hi Olivia, I apologize that the service was not excellent like it usually is. I'm glad that you enjoyed your food and hope to see you again soon!

  38. CB

    ColvertB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was very good and value was exceptional as we took advantage of Restaurant Week. Very nice ambiance especially with live piano music playing. Not too loud or obnoxious. Service was only fair. Not that our server was inattentive but the food just took so long to come out. Dessert took 30 min to come out after we were done with our main course. We almost thought about leaving without dessert but since it was a Restaurant Week Prix Fix menu, we decided to stay. The food was good enough that we are interested in dining there again especially since there were other items on the menu that we'd like to try. We'll just remember to bring an extra dose of patience.
  39. L

    Lisa

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was terrible, we were really surprised. Hostess put us next to piano, when we asked to be a bit further away she seemed stumped and reluctant even though the place was literally empty (and remained that way). Our waiter didn't crack a smile and was extremely short and unfriendly. Food was decent but due to service, I'd try one of the other very good italian places in SD.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo delicioso y ambiente muy agradable.

FAQs

il Sogno Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 380-2652.

il Sogno Italiano is rated 4.1 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for il Sogno Italiano

314 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6910

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Street Parking or Valet at Hilton on 4th and K Monday - Thursday for $10

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking, Valet Coming Soon. There is Valet at the Hilton on the Corner of K between fourth and fifth.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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