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Lounge - LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego, San Diego, CA

LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego

4.6
4.6
254 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • 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 / Gaslamp

  • 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

Experiences

  • $45 Prix Fixe

    Multiple dates available
    $45 Prix Fixe Menu All Night! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Enjoy a 3-course menu of Lavo Favorites!
  • Valentine's Day Booth

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    LAVO San Diego welcomes you to celebrate Valentine's Day! We will be open from 5pm-11pm and are offering our a la carte menu with specialty items from the Chef. Our Valentine's Booth Experience is catered to parties of 2 and carries a $50 fee to guarantee intimate seating. This fee is non-refundable & will not be applied to your food and beverage spend. Any taxes and gratuity will be collected along with your food and beverage spend upon finishing your meal. Failure to show for your reservation, as well as cancelling or modifying the reservation after Saturday, 2/11, will result in forfeit of the deposit. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Valentine's Day

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    LAVO San Diego welcomes you to celebrate Valentine's Day! We will be open from 5:00pm-11:00pm and are offering our a la carte menu with specialty items from the Chef. A flat fee of $25 per person is required at booking that will go towards your final bill. ( IMPORTANT: This is a deposit for your reservation and will be deducted from your food and beverage spend on the night of your experience. This does NOT include taxes and gratuity which will be collected along with any food and beverage overages upon finishing your meal). The last day to cancel or make any modifications to your reservation for a full refund will be Saturday, 2/11/23. We look forward to seeing you there!

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What 254 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. C

    Camilo

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Beyond my expectations. The appetizers, a dozen Oysters and three Jumpo shrimps excellent, fresh and tasty. Pastas; linguini Di Díavolo and penne a la Vodka, delicious, perfect temperature and penne al dente. Very good music and atmosphere. I’ll come back next visit to San Diego.
  2. s

    suzanned

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from start to finish was incredible. We had a reservation and was sat right away. It was still quiet when we arrived, but started to fill up as we were ending our meal. Our server Ty was incredible. She was friendly and knowledgeable and gave spot on recommendations. The bread was delicious, pizza was out of this world, and our pasta entrees were mouth watering good. Don’t even get me started on the cannoli for dessert. It was so good it almost brought me to tears.
  3. GF

    GFQueen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Lovely ambience and lighting and comfortable seating. Service was good, our waiter was not as friendly but the other waitstaff were great and proactive. I am gluten free and appreciated the rotating gluten free pasta option - had the pasta alla vodka with GF penne - fabulous! The Brussels sprouts were soggy, however. Would come back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brian was great. He took care of us. Definitely will return.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food with bottomless mimosa and bloody mary were great.
  6. AE

    AliE

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service, meatball and angry Maria pizza make great appetizers
  7. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent! best chicken parm I've had in a long time
  8. G

    doctorG

    San Diego

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, nice environment. Waitperson was very attentive.
  9. RP

    RobertP

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant in the gas lamp district! Food was outstanding!
  10. DB

    DaveB

    Jacksonville

    74 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    LAVO is big, noisy venue and not at all intimate or interesting. The pasta and branzino were good but not exceptional. Caesar salad was mostly the hard white ends (even though lettuce farms are nearby). The wine is very overpriced. The service was inconsistent at best - sometimes helpful and professional and sometimes oddly error prone. We were expecting much better.
  11. SB

    SBgem

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an excellent dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    What a disappointment. After patronizing Lavo NYC for years, we tried this location after moving here. My husband ordered the clams as an appetizer and spaghetti and meatballs and was happy with the meal. Our waiter mentioned he would be sending over focaccia to soak up the clam juice…. It never came… finally we asked busing service for the focaccia which was more of a bread not focaccia. Other tables were offered freshly grated cheese with their pasta… we were not… Our waiter recommended the sea bass Napolitano to pair with the Barbera that I ordered. It was absolutely inedible. The fish was swimmingly in the sauce which way too salty. I took 2 bites and left the rest. When we mentioned this at the end of the evening, the waiter was unresponsive especially since we were using a gift certificate we received as a thank you gift for hosting family at our home. There is a lack of consistency, professional, and quality of food and service. At $34 for a meatball…not supported by a quality dining experience, You can do better!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greta vibes and even better food. Highly recommend the vodka pasta!
  14. AM

    AnaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ambiance was great, amazing, efficient service provided by Brian. The food was delicious, in specific the wagyu meatballs. Thank you for that recommendation Chris! The negroni was tasteful and smooth. Great experience, highly recommend! Will return!
  15. DE

    DavidEsau

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Design was great, bar and service were on point and the salmon was delicious. The oysters (West Coast) and tuna tartare stack were subpar. Other than that, I enjoyed it.
  16. MA

    MaryanneA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation but only outside in the cold was available so we were left with bar top. Good thing we were able to seat three of us together but we were taken care of very well. The bartender helped us pick drinks and entrees. Even when one entree came out late staff was very apologetic the bartender made us shots for free and gave us a complimentary dessert. Great music and ambiance. Will come back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter that served us was phenomenal. The menu was easy to navigate and it made date night special
  19. FS

    FrankSFO

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and service were good, but not great. The portions were generous, and I’d like to give it five-stars, but it didn’t reach the wow level. If I’m in town again, I will probably visit because it was still a good experience.
  20. AM

    AlanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and celebrated my birthday at Lavo
  21. M

    1Moonbeam

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my parents to Lavo and had a wonderful dinner our server Kyle was great the drinks were great and the food was great too will be back again soon
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience the food was fantastic
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had such high expectations for this restaurant after hearing all these great reviews. Who knew this new restaurant would turn out to be a horrible dinner date venue. We sat at the bar and I asked two different bartenders what their favorite cocktail was and I was shocked at their response. They both said “oh I don’t know but you can ask another bartender” who even says that as a bartender working for an upscale restaurant. It sure seems like these people do not want to work here and are making the restaurant go downhill in customer experience. The one bartender who did help us had longer hair and was super kind and gave us great recommendations. I heard all these great things about the 1lb wagyu meatball so I went ahead and ordered it. I was so excited to try this appetizer and it honestly is the worst meatball I have ever had in my life! It had no seasoning and definitely needed more salt there is no good actual flavor in this $30 meatball. I find it outrageous that this is an item that is so hyped up and lacks flavor all around considering the price point. The meatball was so bad we decided to ask for the check once we had one bite we knew we had to go to a different restaurant if the food was this bad. The service lacks in many aspects and for this to be a new restaurant it seems like it won’t be sticking around for too long. The cocktails are good but not worth sitting in this restaurant with mediocre service and ride bartenders who clearly could care less if you are there. I definitely will not be returning to this establishment and if you are thinking of coming here please save yourself the money and find another place to dine it’s not the restaurant it seems to be how they promote it on social media.
  24. AN

    ArshiaN

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food was great!
  25. SB

    SammyBoots

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food come out fast, i had seafood pasta it was okay. My wife had the veal saltimboca it was taste less. For the price not impressed.
  26. AV

    AlbV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Occasion was Birthday dinner, place was very good, excellent food and service. A little bit pricey.
  27. JD

    JohnD

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server McKenna was outstanding and made some recommendations we thoroughly enjoyed. The Amalfi G m T was s perfect balance is quality gin and specialty tonic. The charred octopus was delicious as was the rest of our meal including the striped bass and the rigatoni Nonna. Lavo never disappoints. Great way to start OSS the new year
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve car experience was absolutely FANTASTIC!! The waiting staff was incredibly friendly and the bartenders were great!
  29. S

    Stephb

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time ringing in the New Year at Lavo. Thank you for a great night!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Worst service. Nothing like the West Hollywood location which is very well run. Server was terrible, host girls were short and rude. Won’t be back.
  31. PB

    PBSteve

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully prepared food and drinks served by attentive staff.
  32. M

    Meems

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Lavo's quality of food was too salty, waygu meatball did not taste like waygu, linguine pasta tasted like the purchased it from Barilla with no flavour, the cocktail was heavy in sugar. No no no... I left the restaurant feeling sick and unsatisfied.
  33. AL

    AleL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Farewell party
  34. RF

    RayF

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Muy buena comida, servicio más o menos, la acústica, terrible, mucho ruido, no se puede platicar. Pero al final del día, un muy bien lugar.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The $45 pre fixe was soo worth it. Everything was soo good and portion size were big too 😀
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything and also the music good vibe also loved our waiter Kyle and that we were not rushed in any way.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, wine was very expensive!
  38. SH

    SungHanL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The service is good, but all of our food are too salty. It was my first time to have a steak with too much salt and paper.
  39. C

    Chell

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was very good and we had a great time, just a bit overpriced. That said, it seems to be the most sought after dinner spot currently so it is not surprising. Downtown was a ghost town with this being the only packed restaurant that evening.
  40. FH

    FredH

    Washington DC

    122 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    If the hostess did not exhibit her biases, we’d go back. The restaurant was almost empty and she escorted us to the very last table by the kitchen. We had her change it and just a short while later, she seated a couple of Asian heritage at that table. We were senior citizens. The manager needs to counsel his minimum wage employees so the restaurant doesn’t lose business in what seems like trying times in the Gaslamp District.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 254 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 67 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego

611 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th and Market

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • 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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