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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (33)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (23)
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Authentic (22)
Business Meals (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Live Music (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Late-night Find (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very noisy and had to wait for foods forever.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great Restautant . Greeted right away .
Had a drink at the bar and escorted to our table .
Wonderful food and great service . Lovely spot .
Would return again !!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 24, 2017

First time here nd enjoyed it very much (though our large group was seated in an area where we could not see out of teh windows). Food was great and Jason did a fine job taking care of us. Will go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We first came to the restaurant over 30 years ago. It was excellent then and it has only gotten better. What a wonderful treasure to have in our neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Was my husband's birthday. He was not even offered a dessert. The wait staff was great but very disappointed that his birthday was not acknowledged. They knew because his birthday was mentioned by staff several times.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The waiter was very attentive, made good suggestions and was extremely accommodating. The food was delicious!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Casual Elegance remains the pedigree at this San Diego classic! I was immediately pleased to see that nothing has changed since my more frequent visits in the 90s...old San Diego class with friendly faces, exceptional cuisine, outstanding service, white table cloths, elegant china yet the air of casual sophistication. A true complement to the structure housing this gem, The Meridian...San Diego's only white glove residential tower.

We chose Salvatore's to toast what would have been my Dad's 67th birthday. Dad was a regular at The Paladion across the street (former upscale shopping center in between Horton Plaza), so we thought Salvatore's would be the perfect spot to reminisce.

We were immediately greeted by the host with a handshake & smile, then passed by the iconic harpist en route to our table. It was refreshing to see a mixed crowd of young & old, stylishly dressed yet classic...not trendy, not over the top, not sloppy. Our server was a youthful man with an old soul, embracing his service approach from a bygone era with how pleasant & knowledgeable he was! (So Refreshing!!!) He assured first class treatment from the moment we sat down until the moment we left. What a rare treat in today's world!

The food was DELICIOUS!!! Some of the best Italian fare I've had in a long time. Why did we ever stop coming here? Warm Bread with Olive Oil & Balsamic was immediately brought out while we perused the menu & ordered drinks. If you're going to indulge in bread, this would be the place to do it. The salads were top quality varieties of classics. The Triangoli Di Gamberi Ed Asparagi was INCREDIBLE!!! The house Lasanga was so light and flavorful...indulgence without that heavy feeling. Sadly, we did not leave room for dessert. There's always next time!

Thank you Salvatore's, for your commitment to being one of San Diego's BEST restaurants! Looking forward to coming back again soon!

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very elegant and the waiter was persistent. Great food, it was our first time here, & won't be the last.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

I took my friend here before our play at the Civic Theatre and we had a great experience. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. We shared the meatballs and a salad and we both had a pasta dish, a glass of wine and dessert and coffee. We were able to talk and catch up without feeling rushed, but still made it to the play on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Last night I and my boyfriend decided to dine here before the baseball game. Italian cuisine is my favorite so I'm usually a little bit picky about the place. I made a reservation at 5pm but we realized we couldn't make it on time. I gave them a call. They easily moved us to 5.30pm and gave us one of the best tables by the window. The person on the phone (the owner) was very polite to me even I called them a hour before restaurant opens. It was the best choice ever. Incredible service, extremely nice owner, romantic white decor, delicious food and sound of harpist playing made our night.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We were visiting here from Cincinnati and were so lucky to find this restaurant. The decor is beautiful. The service was great. The food was really good. I had the best chicken Parmesan that I have had anywhere else. Too bad we don't live in San Diego, I would definitely want to go there again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

way over reated . bad service , bad food , had better pasta at a cafeteria !!!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We are originals at this restaurant. Were regulars and then moved to East County so we didn't come Downtown. Went back the other night and if anything, its better than ever. David, the GM is wonderful and the food is perfect, classic Italian. Ambiance is incomparably elegant. The place to entertain or for a treat.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

After attending a performance of "Kill Local" at The La Jolla Playhouse, we drove to San Diego to celebrate our 26th Anniversary at Salvatore's. This is not only our favorite Italian restaurant, it is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the General Manager - David. He is the consummate host and always makes us feel very special when we dine at this restaurant. Also, from enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail at the Bar and then a fantastic dinner service, the entire staff is dedicated to insuring a special dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food and wine were both amazing! We were all surprised at how delicious yet not heavy. A lovely evening for our group of business associates /friends! Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Been to Salvatore's 2x. Inconsistent in appetizer preparation. Will try one more time

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