Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

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Italian
Nestled in the heart of Downtown San Diego and just steps from the San Diego Convention Center, Salvatore's Cucina Italiana offers exceptional Italian cuisine, a variety of specialty cocktails and a wine list that features select Californian and Italian wines. Combined with its newly remodeled interior, Salvatore's provides an elegant, romantic atmosphere unlike anything else San Diego has to offer.

With a philosophy of hospitality over pretension, it is our mission that each guest be treated like family, with love and care at each and every step of their dining experience.

For parties of 15 or more, please email info@salvatoresdowntown.com

Benvenuto & Buon Appetito!
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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I took my husband here on Friday for Valentine’s Day and I was very disappointed. We didn’t even have a real waiter the bar tender assisted us. It took an hour and a half for our food to come and the bar tender was apologetic and he explained that his kitchen is very slow ..which I thought was kinda unprofessional. What made my husband mad was that people that were seated after us got their food before we did and they were actually eating exactly what he ordered which was the chicken parmesan and pasta. When My food finally came which was fish I was very disappointed .

k
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

While Salvatore's had excellent lasagna, I was disappointed in the high cost. Additionally, we were placed at a table that was literally in the corner of the back room. I was a little embarrassed because I made the reservation. Plus, I emailed Salvatore's in advance and asked about doing something special because it was my date's birthday. I received no response. I would not recommend.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, service, and environment. This restaurant is absolutely amazing! The food is consistently delicious and freshly prepared!

RC
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience and a wonder meal. I can't wait to go back next time we are in San Diego. delightful!

BT
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always fantastic! The bruschetta is the best I've ever had. Their salads are quite creative and delicious. I really love their bolognese and lasagna.

A
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Bar service extremely slow. We waited over a half an hour before drink order came.

PF
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent in every regard.

k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The osobuco was very very good.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

El Manager del restaurante fue muy grosero , despota y prepotente . Quisiera ser muy clara porque no quiero afectar a un restaurante con tab extraordinaria cocina por solo una persona. Reserve para censr el 31 dic 2019 llegamos puntual 8:30 pm , el restaurante tenia un hermoso ambiente en el salon principsl y hania 3 mesas desocupadas para 4 personas , yo solicite en mi reservacion una mesa en el salon principal, el manger nos llevo a nuestra mesa en otra area al lado de la salida de emergencia, le solicite el cambio de mesa a lo que me contesto gritando !!!!! Que esa era nuestra mesa y que era lo unico que nos podia dar y que si no nos gustaba nos fueramos, era fin de año se pueden imaginat la impotencia y frustacion.
Espero este comentatio llegue a las manos correctas , esta persona nos arruino la noche.

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SO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Hi,
We go often but NYE the service was extremely slow. Took almost an hour to get our cocktails. The red balloons were odd for NYE. We'll come back, but the waiter staff needed a little help.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and wine pairing recommendations were excellent! Nice ambiance. I’d go back for sure!

NN
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and a very romantic ambiance with lovely live soft music

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in san diego!

TP
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and for our first time we were stunned. Stunned by the warm greeting, the ambiance, the service and mostly by the food. We did not want to leave after dinner! I would love to give the ten stars.

OT
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Wonderful food—terrible service. It’s as if we weren’t even there

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Until they get the rabbit back, these are staple delicious choices :D Exceptional service with wonderful delicious food! :D

G
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location! Loved the food. Ambience was just perfect. Will surely come back.

m
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It's the service that is truly outstanding. A professional waitstaff that knows each dish on the menu, can discuss ingredients and flavor and in so doing help in the choices made. They watch their tables and check without ever becoming intrusive. Just a warm smile and gracious hospitality.

The food is prepared from 'scratch' and in the world of early prep, heating lamps and reheated dishes, Salvatore's brings fresh, home made dishes to the table. Outstanding.

It is my 'go to restaurant and though I live in the building next to their front door, I would go the distance for dinner at this wonderful Italian restaurant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Highly recommend the lasagna and ravioli. Harpist was playing on Saturday and completely matched the mood of the restaurant. Highly recommended!

D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best traditional Italian in the city, highly recommended.

G
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and quiet for conversation

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Experience for the most part was lovely but our server was given many tables on the other end of the restaurant which left us a bit abandoned. We had to go to the bar to get our check after being left along for about 30 minutes. Our server was lovely but management probably could have made a better call on what tables to make our server work.

MF
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Veal scallopini and they substituted angel hair pasta for vegetables. Just delicious. Staff was very helpful and friendly. My partners veal was outstanding as well. Highly recommend.

KY
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very welcoming and attentive. Food (butternut squash raviolis and veal) was divine! Good recommendation from waiter on food and wine. An excellent evening.

MI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Food and service were excellent. Highly recommend!!!

W
Manchester
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic place to eat. Not mentioned in many of the guides but everything about this place is first rate. I have been coming to San Diego for many years and eat here every time. Never had a bad experience. Goob food, great, service and great ambience. No TV and you can even hear yourself takl even when there is live music. This is a place not to be missed

SH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent extraordinary and flavorful culinary creations and impeccable service. You won’t be disappointed here. Parking is a breeze in the attached garage with free validation!

SM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a true gem!! The service was fantastic! Everyone was super friendly and attentive. The setting is absolutely beautiful, tastefully decorated. The piano player adds such a beautiful touch. It has a romantic and intimate vibe. Last but not least, the food was incredible!! From the bread to the desserts-amazing! Don’t miss this place in Little Italy, you’ll want to go back again and again.

MG
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four very satisfied diners. All entrees and sides were outstanding. Shrimp entree and pastas truly great. Chef made excellent casio y pepe even though it is not on the menu. Waiter was first rate — everyone was happy with his recommendations. He was totally unobtrusive and yet his attentiveness was truly first class.

RS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been looking for a lovely restaurant downtown for dinner before the opera and Salvatore’s was a nice choice. The dining room is pretty and serene. The night we were there a harpist was playing. Gracious service and delicious pasta in two sizes so we could choose to have it as our main course. A bonus was validated parking in a garage just behind the restaurant. I’ll go again.

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and live music!

S
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Beautiful place.

SN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

All they have to offer is ambiance.
The food was terrible and bland.
Only good food we had was a slice of cake for dessert.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Looking forward to returning

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was great but the food is way too salty.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic, Beautiful, Amazing food, Live music, an amazing date night restaurant!

m
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice and friendly

DN
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service incredibly slow because of too many diners. Don't take other reservations if you have a huge party. Or don't take a huge party if you have several reservations on the books. Dinner took 3 hours. Unacceptable.

RZ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chicken Parm was fabulous and my wife got the mussels with linguine. We shared a great bottle of wine and our waiter was very helpful.