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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!

750 Front St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
G St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 544-1865

Website:
http://salvatoresdowntown.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
On-site underground parking, free with validation. Garage entrance located on 733 Union St.

Executive Chef:
Raffaella Morelli

Additional:
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.

Private Dining

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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (25)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (19)
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Authentic (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Business Meals (13)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Live Music (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food. Great service. Consistently, a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

Huge menu with choices to satisfy all. Amazing flavors carefully pairing different foods together. Excellent service. Live piano music during dinner was a pleasant surprise and added to dining experience. Pricey but you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was exquisite. 10/10 would go there again, and the people and atmosphere was amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love the food and the ambiance! Owner is really nice

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Terrible service and the food was as good as an Olive garden. The waiter was kind but probably was working on many tables at the same time. The place is really nice though and the owner had a really nice attitude.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service. Food was not so great

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 (Querétaro)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The best italian cuisine, nice ambiance, great service. Perfect dinner choice!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was beautiful, perfect, amazing! Can’t wait to come back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We go to Salvatore's at the end of the year with our entire family to celebrate the holidays. We have never been disappointed, and always enjoy our meal. We have a couple of vegans in our family and the service staff there is always very accommodating.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fabulous! is the appropriate word for this restaurant! We love Italian Food
and searched the internet. What a FIND...we like simple decor in white
and let the food be the star and it was!
We had two dinners there out of six days, they were closed the 24/25.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was outstanding. Definitely will be back to visit

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were celebrating our 28th Anniversary and the meal was exquisite! Wonderful restaurant, delicious food!

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing; the proprietor was warm and welcoming; and the ambiance was perfect for our special occasion!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food as always and thank you for making my birthday special

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food, authentic Italian, friendly service, convenient location

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

What a find. Not do be missed. We went there because of its rating. The food was fantastic. The greeting by Salvatore himself got the evening off to a great start.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My second visit. The Osso bucco is just outstanding. Have referred all my friends to this lovely spot

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely setting. Friendly, attentive service. Excellent food

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

From the personal handshaek on entering, to the beautiful live harpist, to the fabulous cocktails, and of course the great food - accommodated our allergies and preferences with grace. Really nice San Diego special meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very nice place with delicious food! So classy..great for friends get together.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always excellent. The lasagna is outstanding!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved it!!! Highly recommend! Was even greeted at the door by my first name.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Its really a little piece of italy in san diego , the quality of food its outstanding , please do not mease this treasure When you visit this city , the chef rafaella is the secret of this wonderfull place !!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing food! We had the lasagna and the Papa Sisto. Best lasagna I've ever had and the Sisto was one of the best dishes I've ever had.

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Visit Salvatore’s whenever in San Diego and have never been disappointed. Food excellent as is service and atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Lovely setting for dinner. The host was exceptionally friendly. There was live harp music. The food was outstanding..

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

David was very welcoming and friendly which is important because as a woman in a wheelchair I pay attention, and David went the extra mile. It was awesome extra special memorable Birthday celebration for my son and me.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great meal for wife’s birthday dinner date. Good ambiance, a little more noise than expected but great food and service. Would recommend.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was delicious! Great Ambiance. Definitely worth checking out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I have been here many times but the service was not good this time.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Pleasantly surprised. Great service. Pleasant atmosphere. Nice selection of authentic Italian and American favorites. Lasagna was great. Can go reasonable and simple or have long night of celebrating great Italian food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Really good place to dine
Who really recommend to friends and family

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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