Salute E Vita Ristorante

4.5
893 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Salute E Vita, remains a home away from home for all lovers of food, art, wine, friends and most of all family, which is who we consider everyone dining with us to be. Our house made desserts, risottos, soups, pasta sauces and salad dressings are created daily. We are best known for traditional homemade Italian fare with fresh and delicious California cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for pasta or a magnificent entrée salad, fresh seafood or steak, you’ll find it here in our 100-year old Cape Cod Victorian that overlooks the marina waterfront with an elegant and welcoming fireplace dining room, an indoor veranda with stunning views of San Francisco or on our outdoor patio overlooking the Bay. We have a saying here, “at the table, no one grows old” So feel the passion for good food, beauty and friends and join us for lunch or dinner; we have your table ready!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM;
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday : 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM;
Friday and Saturday Dinner 3:pm - 10:pm.
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Phone number
(510) 215-0803
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Aguayo
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Private party facilities
Salute offers several options for those looking to celebrate or meet with large groups of friends or business associates. Please give us a call to arrange the details and menu for your special occasions or event.
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Private party contact
Traci McWain: (510) 215-0803
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Catering
Salute offers full catering services and event coordination. Our event team can provide offsite catering and event production at your home, office or other venue of your choice. From cocktail parties, corporate luncheons to sit down dinners and weddings, we are happy take care of every important detail.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Marina Bay Parkway
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Entertainment
We have Happy Hour everyday of the week including Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. $5 Wine tasting every Third Thursday of the month.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 893 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

As always Salute was a great experience. The food never disappoints. The cocktails are expertly made and the service is always terrific. It’s a wonderful place to go for drinks and appetizers or a nice dinner. I can’t wait to try things at their new location

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Went for a fabulous dinner for the 2nd time in 2 weeks. So sad this amazing place is closing. Everyone who works there is lovely, the food is amazing, the location is beautiful. Can't recommend it more highly.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent with great selections. We are very saddened that they will be closing and certainly hope they find a new place to reopen very soon.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent personable service and delicious food. We drove 30miles to have lunch there. Great marina view.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was our last meal at this wonderful restaurant as it is closing on July 6. Very sad as we have eaten here many times over the years.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love Salutes It is great with wonderful staff, owner and food

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Looking forward to dining with them at their new location. Hope it's view is as great .

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Amazing as always. Shame this place will be closing. Come here and enjoy a city treasure before it’s too late.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

I'm so sorry that Salute is closing! We live in Marin, and it's been our favorite restaurant to meet friends from the East Bay for dinner! I hope Aklilu opens another wonderful restaurant soon.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very sad to discover that Salute will be closing its doors this July. Very nice place, great staff and food.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great neighborhood gem!

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

My friend and I had a very disappointing luncheon experience at Salute on Friday, June 15, 2018. In the past, the service here has been slow, but this time it was impossible. Our server confirmed our order and then brought the wrong entree to my friend. It took a very long time to get the right entree to our table (it was a salad). By the time my friend was served I had given some of my pasta entree to her while it was still warm and so she would have something to eat. Our server was apologetic, but the extraordinarily long delay was simply unacceptable. The server did comp one dessert for our table. The restaurant did not seem to be overly busy. In the past we have overlooked the slow service because we like Salute's owner, the menu is good, and the location is great. Still, I don't know if we will go back.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I always love dining at Salute; it's the perfect place for meeting friends from the other side of the Bay. The food is always done perfectly, with lots of excellent choices, and the ambiance is lovely. More than that the service is excellent - waitpeople are more conscious, attentive and aware than I've seen in most restaurants. Menbere has really created a wonderful experience for her guests and her community, and I hope she can continue for a long time to come.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We love this restaurant and are so so sad to know that it is closing on July 7. We hope it opens soon in a new location in Richmond. The food is great, the service is terrific and the owner is a city treasure!

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The fish ravioli stank of spoiled fish. I could not eat but two. The bread was great. The sound level was too noisy. Poor acoustics. We ate in the bar and the bartender was our waiter. He was too busy making drinks to attend to the guests. The place is delightful, but the food is not consistently good. I will not return.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant, and my now grown children's. I have been living in the Bay Area since 1973, in Berkeley, Albany, Richmond View and San Francisco. Salute e Vita is the best dining experience I have had in all those years with one exception: the early days of Chez Panisse.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Always a treat! So welcoming and delicious. Great views!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Had a great meal - so sorry to learn it is closing in July.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We go there every year after my school’s graduation, held at nearby Craneway Pavilion. Great service, great food, and great management.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

LOVE Salute and Membe and her staff. Beyond upset that she has been forced to close by her greedy landlord :(

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We are so sorry we didn’t find out about the )ewell sooner ! From the moment we walked into this fabulous place we were awed by its beauty and cozy elegance . The food was delicious and so reasonable! The service was warm and friendly . The highlight of our evening was meeting the owner proprietor Menbe ! She is beautiful amazing soul that has graced the world not only w/ her culinary talents , but w/ her generous heart and philanthropy ! We are so sad the this incredible restaurant is closing in July due to land lord issues.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I normally love this restaurant, buy maybe Membre's landlord issues (she recently lost her lease) have affected the kitchen. The lettuce in the salad was tough and the fried calamari was greasy.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Probably the best restaurant in town. I’m sad they will be closing but I’m sure Menbe will find a new place to share her delicious food and her heart. I’d follow her anywhere.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Unfortunately this restaurant is closing July 6. Shameful that it is happening.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great restaurant. The owner stops to chat with customers. It's sad she is closing due landlord doubling her rent for the second time.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

It was a wonderful restaurant with great food, great view, and charm. I will definitely visit Salute more often

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The restaurant was beautiful, and the food delicious. We were there at 6:15 to eat before getting to the Craneway Pavilion to chaperone the Senior Ball at 8:15, and we had to quickly eat. We heard they were short a kitchen person and so that was why the dinner service was slow. Otherwise, the cocktails, appetizer and bread were all served in a timely manner. The staff was friendly, and even the owner came around to see how we were doing! Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Had the most wonderful time. Was the fourth time there. Even met the owner and she was so welcoming. Food was EXCELLENT! Can't wait to go back...

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

One of my favorite places great food and drink are wonderful

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Superb service (one of the top two over the last decade) and excellent food. Will definitely dine here again. The owner, who has a compelling story and an ethic of community service, has created a restaurant environment and culture in which she should take great pride.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Seated at reservation time in an auxiliary enclosed patio area. Only guests seated at one adjacent table after us the whole meal. Kinda felt weird. Especially since staff kept closing the door to the main dining area. Other guests came in 10 minutes after us, but got their meal served before us.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was slow and not always gracious. I think they were probably understaffed for Mother’s Day weekend. It was a long wait before we ordered. I asked for dessert wine. It came in small glass. Waiter slammed it on the table in a “drive by,” saying nothing and spilled part of the wine on the tablecloth. Food was ok, but not great. The restaurant has a reputation for good food, but would probably not survive in a more competitive restaurant environment, such as Berkeley, with lots of Italian options.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

First visit absolutely love the place and I can’t wait to go back. Great service & great food made it the most pleasant experience I’ve had in dining out in a very long time.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great location, excellent attentive staff, delicious inventive food. I plan to return often.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We went to celebrate Mother’s Day a little early. (Went Friday night). Everything was great except the server took awhile to take our drink and food order. It was probably 15 minutes until we got water and another 15-20 before our food order. Once ordered, things cam out fast. Other than that no complaints.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Love eating here. Love the owner. Big fan since 2005.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We met for lunch and everybody enjoyed their meal. My friend said the lasagna was the best she had ever had. The portions are ample and the service staff are exceptionally attentive without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food is always good. Service is good, but on a slow side. It took long time to get our appetizers so the dinner gets delayed as well.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Excellent service and menu. Beautiful views of the bay.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

I brought my friends to Salute's for her birthday dinner. It was beyond excellent, and our server was absolutely the best. We had a wonderful time, and we will definitely be back. Great restaurant!

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