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About Salvatore's Cucina Italiana
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.
Benvenuto & Buon Appetito!
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jazz harpist Vicki McMaster performs on Saturday nights. Enchanting her play, is the harp, once belonging to Harpo Marx. He used the harp on his famous cameo appearance on the "I Love Lucy' show in the 1950's.
On-site underground parking, free with validation. Garage entrance located on 733 Union St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We proudly offer Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, from 5-7PM. Please note, 'Happy Hour' is served at our bar only.
Our private dining room can accommodate up to 65 people, and up to 90 for standing cocktail receptions. The entire restaurant is also available for groups of up to 175 people. Semi-private niches throughout the main dining room also allow us to accommodate a variety of seating arrangements.
Salvatore's Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews
This was very good food and the wine was reasonable. We had a very poor waiter that took away from our experience. All in all we probably wont give it another try due to the availability of restaurants in the area but I hate to see a business suffer because of a bad employee.
A friend suggested that my wife and I dine at Salvatore's Cucina Italiana during a visit to San Diego. The menu contained an excellent and diverse selection of Italian Cuisine. We ordered cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desert. We chose from the wine list a very delicious and reasonably priced Italian wine. The staff made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in the door and provided very help descriptions and advice about the menu selections and the wine list. Rarely have we encountered such a friendly and helpful restaurant staff. Our meal was accompanied by music provided by a fine pianist. We enthusiastically recommend Salvatore's.
The Lasagna was the best. A bit salty this time. The Oso Bucco was ok except for the so-called Risotto, not good. It was like eating dried rice. Not Risotto at all. I sent it back. The gay host did not want to comp the plate. Also, we brought our own wine, the corkage fee was $30 bucks.. outrageous.. this was my “go to” Italian place. Not anymore. This place has gone DOWN HILL. Not going back. Thank you very much.
Wanted to spend a special night with my wife. Looked up romantic Italian listings in San Diego and this was rated very well, and made a reservation. As soon as we walked in we were greeted warm heartedly, and was seated. The wait staff was very attentive and not intrusive, Very professional. They made us feel real welcomed. The food was amazing. We were reading the menus, and the waiter had suggested the specials, which sounded great. So I ordered the fillet special and my wife ordered the halibut. Everything was cooked perfectly. Will recommend this to anyone for a special night out with their special someone.
This was our first visit. The restaurant is very elegant with a distinctive European flair. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. It is pricey so it's a bit of a splurge but depending on what you are looking for it can be a very good choice.
The food, service, and ambiance was excellent. Our party of 11 truly enjoyed the dishes served and the wait staff was very attentive from the minute we walked in the door. The shrimp scampi was my favorite and had the best marinara sauce every tasted and I truly love Italian food. The wine and appetizers were delicious. Many thanks to the friendly staff at Salvatore for the wonderful dinner and for making our evening in San Diego a memorable event. Hats off to the chef!! We loved it!
Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! The owner of the restaurant seemed to be expecting us when we arrived. We were celebrating our anniversary and welcomed us with loving arms. The food was incredible and the whole experience was magical! We were given ‘the best table in the house.’
We cannot wait to come back to San Diego to visit again!
Pluses: allowed me and my wife to dine even though we weren’t able to stop at the hotel to change our clothes (I was in shorts). Quiet with nice atmosphere. Veal la limone was tender, string beans & potatoes very good.
Minuses: sauce of veal was underwhelming with no flavor, wife’s cannelloni was too cheesey. Worst though was that both entrees were overcharged. Menu $36 for veal, $16 (maybe$17) for cannelloni. Billed $38 and $18. Never saw dessert menu, but ordered creme brûlée and tiramisu. Charged $10 for each, but probably should have been less - in any case, neither were worth $10. Bill was hand written. I don’t recall the last time I got a handwritten bill at any restaurant, upscale or otherwise. Lastly, finished entree at 7 pm, but service was so slow that dessert & bill took an additional 40 minutes. Won’t go back, that’s for sure.
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