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

LAVO Italian Restaurant - San Diego

4.5
4.5
191 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 62 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 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!
  • New Year's Eve A La Carte

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    LAVO welcomes you to bring in the new year! We will offer an early seating for dinner reservations from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Guests who dine with us at this time can order a la carte. We can accommodate a la carte reservations for a party size of up to 10. For parties of 11 and more, please contact the Special Events team at laevents@taogroup.com for availability. $50 per person deposit is required at booking time. Your reservation can be modified or canceled up until Wednesday, December 28th at 6:00pm with a full refund.
  • New Year's Seating

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    LAVO welcomes you to bring in the new year! We will be offering a New Year's Seating for dining reservations starting at 9:30pm. Reservations are set at $150 per person (excludes beverages, tax, and gratuity). Beverages will be paid the night of or guests have the option to purchase an all-inclusive 3-hour bar package at $75 per person. Full payment for dinner is due at the time of booking. Your reservation can be modified/canceled with a full refund up until Wednesday, December 28th at 6pm. Guests can also expect a live DJ performance, party favors and a midnight toast to kiss 2022 goodbye! We recommend formal attire & all guests must be 21+.

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What 191 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. m

    maryh

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Quite pricey for basic Italian. the mussels were excellent but portion small. Great to have clams oreganata on menu but too much breading. Meat balls were excellent.
  2. L

    Lance

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Anniversary
  4. FF

    FridaF

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and the service was great. Highly recommend it!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and delicious food!
  6. Y

    Yorker

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pasta dishes were excellent. The antipasti salad was filling and easy to share for two or more. The restaurant has a nice vibe but obviously caters to the out of town visitors. It lacked the personal intimacy you might get in a smaller restaurant. Overall excellent experience.
  7. RP

    RobertPL

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate at the bar and had great service. Food and drinks were tops. Will revisit.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Most of the food at our table was good, but the truffle pasta dish—which you think would be good at an Italian restaurant—was very disappointing. Not sure there were truffles even in there. The truffle pasta that one of us ordered at a steakhouse in the Gaslamp the following night was 10x better. Again, most of the food was very good, but I would not recommend the truffle pasta.
  9. A

    Alexa

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LAVO was great! Our server was really nice/polite, the food was super tasty and came out FAST, and the music choices were amazing. Will definitely be back!
  10. S

    Sandee

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The brunch menu and endless Mimosas were amazing! We especially liked the chicken and waffles and the Benedict a la Romana. I always take my out of town guests here.
  11. B

    Bridget

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday dinner for our daughter and we loved our sweeter Tai!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, service and ambiance! I will definitely be back! We had a large part for brunch and the staff did an amazing job being so attentive and welcoming. Delicious food
  13. g

    gabrielaf

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was really good, we went for the thanksgiving dinner, it was expensive though
  14. 5

    503roy

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Birthday and Thanksgiving
  15. JB

    JanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Reserved for Thanksgiving but ended up ordering from the menu and our food was excellent. Salmon and Asparagus were on point and my seafood pasta was delicious. I also love the ambiance with all the plants and open view. We will return!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving dinner!!
  17. CH

    CarrieHH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Disappointed!! Lavo Las Vegas has always been a favorite and we went everytime we visited. I was so excited when it opened in San Diego and planned my sons 21st Birthday dinner there. The famous meatball was served cold. Other dishes not hot. Daughters truffle pasta was bland and had NO TRUFFLE! The San Diego location is not worth the name.
  18. ME

    MEast

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I know-- I should have expected nightclub when I booked a table for 9:30 on a Saturday, but it was a bummer that I had to scream to be heard or opt to sit in silence. It's one big open space (just as its predecessor was), which doesn't help. They should have a room or a loft or an outdoor space where people who enjoy talking over dinner can be heard. Also, our waiter wasn't super warm or even very attentive. Oh-- and I saw a rat scurry in the front door as we arrived. If they're willing to brave a huge loud room full of humans, there must be a significant nest there-- be warned. Food's good, though. ;)
  19. CB

    CherylB

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meatball is the bomb!!! The Oreos are a must!!! Every dish we’ve had was delicious and the service goes above and beyond they’re all amazing great group they have! Thanks for another great dinner!
  20. S

    Sandiego989

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for a nice dinner! Definitely on the upper end price-wise
  21. BB

    BlakeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    From the host to the food runners to the serving, everything was fantastic. My girlfriend and I were celebrating an anniversary, and they welcomed us as if everyone already knew our reason for visiting. The service was quick, the food was amazing, the servers knew the menu and what to recommend and had very advanced knowledge that was extremely helpful. I will definitely be returning!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  23. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    the wait staff was very polite and informative. the food was great, and with a decent turn-around time considering how busy they were.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had a few mistakes on the food, but will definitely try again!
  25. l

    lyfgson69

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    With nobody there it still took quite awhile to get drink’s delivered. Could not imagine if it were busy. They were delicious I will give them that.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place
  27. K

    Kirchners

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Dined with my husband on a Wednesday evening. It was packed but everyone was probably going to a big concert in town. We started with a couple cocktails which were very good. Mine was infused at the end with smoke from burning rosemary. We started with the ahi stack. Was basic nothing special about it. I think they tried to put an Italian spin with finely chopped Kalamata olive, didn’t really add much. The waiter recommended the chicken parm. It is huge and disappointing. It came out barely warm, the layer of mozzarella on top had already congealed and no longer melted. The chicken was thin but tough. My husband had a seafood pasta which he liked but wasn’t blown away. Service was ok, they were busy. We wanted a glass of wine with our meal but the waiter didn’t come back to our table. We flagged him after and ordered. Both wines by the glass were terrible. We considered bringing a bottle but their corkage fee is $50. Outrageous.and barely any bottle for under $100. They are trying to be something they are not. This isn’t Vegas, know your city and the vibe. I miss seersucker. That was delicious and better value. We won’t be back here, but I don’t think we will be missed.
  28. SB

    SiobhanB

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great service. Food was excellent. Little pricey especially for corkage fee $50.
  29. k

    krisb

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner on a very busy night. Our server was awesome timing out our food and giving us exceptional service without making us feel rushed! And the food was delicious. Looking forward to coming back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Atmosphere and music were great. Food looked good but tasted horrible. Also, felt it was overpriced, particularly based on the taste. Service was slow too and it wasn’t even busy. Won’t be back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Celebrating a birthday
  32. D

    Dissapointing

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great - waitress was charming. The manager was hustling and working hard to keep everyone happy including us!! Thank you!
  33. MF

    MelF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, staff is very nice and attentive. Loved the ambience
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food.
  35. DS

    DeShawnD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food....but a bit pricey! $31 for a meatball 🤔
  36. T

    Tyler

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in, my wife and I were greeted with the most pleasant attitude by the staff. We arrived at 5:45PM and we’re promptly seated by the hostess team. Within a couple minutes of being seated, our server came over and asked us about drinks, gave her professional opinions on what we may like, and when she was told of one of our parties allergies, was able to immediately re-tailor all of her suggestions to fit the allergies described. Our dinner was immaculate, the water and drinks came to us as readily as we were able to drink them, all the food was not only promptly delivered to us at a perfect temperature, but if we didn’t want to finish something right away, it was promptly boxed up for us to take home if we should so desire. I chose this spot for my anniversary with my wife and both of us are immensely happy that we did. The staff is otherworldly and we appreciate them all for helping us make our night so special. -Tyler and Gabriella Hall
  37. AT

    AndreaT

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good! We tried both the fish dishes and the eggplant parmigiana. .Nice ambience. Extra special waiter Rodrigo! Very personable and friendly! An enjoyable meal!
  38. S

    Sandee

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. I have eaten here three times and it is always a wonderful experience. This is the ace to go to impress someone.
  39. J

    Jamie

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great experience at LAVO! The drunken pumpkin (espresso martini) was absolutely amazing. Our server Rodrigo was incredibly pleasant and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back!
  40. SL

    StefanL

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Nice location, interior and food. Lack of service, wine came after first course

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 4.5 stars by 191 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 62 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–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 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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