Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

4.6
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$50 and over
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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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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
6 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
12 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
2 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.

L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean, nice and attentive service. I would definitely be coming back.

RW
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nous avons pris un souper d’amoureux et de fût très bien et très bon

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MA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love eating here. The food is top level, ambiance too... Live music is key to the enjoyment too... The only thing I could suggest is for the waiting staff to be more professional. Most of the time my dinner ticket after tip averages about $100 a plate. We are there to really spoil ourselves or impress visitors with the best Italian in San Diego..... SO.... I would like the waiting staff to be VERY respectful AND formal. I mean OVER THE TOP....Clean the crumbs and check EVERY detail. SERVE ME... lol. We have always come in early, so maybe that's it.....but I want the best service in San Diego too. We have been in a total of three times. Service this last time was more like "On the Boarder" than the GREAT ITALIAN Salvatore's. See?? Otherwise love the place, really top shelf. Oh... AND my mother is elderly and disabled.. The disabled parking is RIGHT out front. She loves that too. So its a natural place for us to go to treat her.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I added a special request and it was to print a picture of David Dobrik. When we came in, our host led us to our table with a picture of David Dobrik on one of the chairs! They are awesome! They were also very attentive and filled our waters constantly. The food was delicious, would definitely come back here again and recommend to our friends.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate our 13th Anniversary! Romantic and delicious!! Definitely going back soon!!