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Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

4.7
593 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 544-1865
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Raffaella Morelli
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
G St.
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Parking details
On-site underground parking, free with validation. Garage entrance located on 733 Union St.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We proudly offer Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, from 5-7PM. Please note, 'Happy Hour' is served at our bar only.
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

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.

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What 593 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious. We went at 5 on Sunday evening, we were the only people there. Wonderful service from Stefan, it's pricy but if you want a nice dinner then stop looking and make a reservation.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great pasta. Dave the host went out of his way to accommodate one of our requests. This restaurant is JFE (just fancy enough). Not pretentious but still a great place for a special day or an every day splurge. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Always delicious meals and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We stumbled across this restaurant while walking to the Gaslamp district. The experience was absolutely amazing, Great service, great food and very knowledgeable staff. Would definitely recommend anyone to go here for dinner. Best dining experience we had in SD

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great Italian food. Very authentic and all delicious. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine. The zuppa mariatta was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Everything was wonderful-the service, wine, bread, food and atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I booked a reservation for my boyfriends bday through Open Table and left a note in the app that it was his bday. When we arrived, the host wished him a happy birthday, sat us at a table near the live pianist and gave us each a free glass of prosecco to kick off the celebration. Then they treated us to any dessert off their menu at the end of the meal. My boyfriend grew up in Jersey and knows his authentic Italian food... and it didn’t disappoint! We’ll definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were greeted by a wonderful gentleman who made us feel very welcome. The staff were all pleasant and competent. The meal was delicious and we did not experience any issues during the service. It was a fabulous experience and we will definitely go back again.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Birthday DISASTER !

I think the kitchen lost our order for our main course. I had to go wandering around trying to find our waiter Patrick. By the time it finally came my Alzheimer’s wife was past eating, in tears, and ready for bed so we left the delicious looking food untouched. We were fully charged for the very expensive meal though and since we were staying in a hotel couldn’t practically take it with us.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

A restaurant that cannot do veal piccata al Limone has a major problem in the kitchen. The veal was breaded or at least heavy with flour, sautéed, and served without a decent portion of lemon caper sauce. No lemon wedges on the side or reggiano to give it a little more flavor. Very basic stuff. Might as well have been Veal Milanese. Staff friendly but not attentive. David is a sweet guy and very gracious, but didn’t come over to make sure we were ok once seated. Not very crowded. Living past it’s reputation??

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

High prices for ordinary Italian food.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Thank you very much! Excellent Food and Service! It was a nice restaurant!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very tasty Italian food in comfortable surroundings with excellent service. Close to convention center and less frenetic than many Gaslight district restaurants.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Good dinner with family, Master was so kind, I recommend anyone to take the restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Salvatore's provides fine dining in the downtown San Diego area. The food is exquisite and delicious. The dishes are expensive for very good reason from presentation to taste. My husband and I will return as we wish to try some of the other dishes on the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Fabulous as always.....our waiter was the best! Thanks for another great meal before a SD event!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Loved the ambiance - beautifully played live harp music, white tablecloths and formal waiters. The food was excellent. Every dish was executed perfectly and the seafood was so fresh! A treat. Unlike so many 'good' restaurants these days, the food was not rushed and we were not rushed out the door as soon as we had finished dining. A great night - thankyou, we look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was very good. A bit disappointed in the attitude of the server. He made one of my guests feel talked down to.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service! Loved Patrick! Wonderful harpist!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Have been going there for our anniversary for the past 5 years. Every time we are greeted and treated just like family. Waiters are very knowledgeable about the food and drink and make great recommendations for my picky eater wife haha. She loves it and I love it. Freddy never let's anything go empty and and is always there when something is needed. We will be coming back for many years to come.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great food great location and environment.
Very slow and poor service confusion Due to a large party in the back if the restaurant that seemed to have the entire staff consumed.
our group was the last to be served and we spent an hour plus waiting for our dinners. Very disappointing.
The owner or general manager never cane by to explain what was happening they could have been more aware and tried harder to explain and make our experience more pleasant.
We were with our top customer I was embarrassed as the host.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Amazing food and excellent service. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The food Salvatore's Cucina was great. Everything was fresh and tasted very good. The staff was on top of everything. My wife and I came here for Valentine's day and we enjoyed but we didn't get a chance to try the whole menu. So we came back and really had an opportunity to explore the menu. The lasagna was made perfectly and the steak that we ordered was special. we are definitely coming back to try more of the menu.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Everything was wonderful. We come often and it’s always the same consistent food, and service. We love the lasagna and get it every time it’s the best you could ever have anywhere .

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Salvatore's always has high quality, locally sourced food! You feel special from start to finish.

Cammie Ingram

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We had a fabulous meal and the staff was very gracious and kind

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Lasagna was UHHMAAZIIIING. I took my girlfriend (fiance now - YAYY me) to this spot and it was really good. I walked in and a girl was playing a live harp, and then I thought, "Wow this place is legit." I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We love everything about this restaurant!
The food, the service, the ambiance
It’s elegant.
We like a lot this restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

As always - a terrific dining experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The service was great 👍 I will comeback!! Thanks josh,

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great meal. Lovely food presentation.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I celebrated my birthday and I had a very beautiful night with my family.
The place is beautiful, the service is excellent as well as the food.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Refined experience the moment you walk in. David is a great host, the wait staff very attentive , polished and professional, the ambience is classy without being pretentious, and there’s noticeable attention to detail everywhere (quality of table cloths, fresh flowers on every table, silverware, etc...). And then there’s the food... very fresh ingredients, exquisite combination of delicate flavors in a balanced act of love from the chef Raffaella Morelli. From a delicious grilled seafood appetizer, the exquisitely thin layers in the lasagna, to the perfectly cooked fillet, a true lover of fine food will leave this restaurant completely satisfied.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was awesome. Great music! Pianist was on point!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good service, good food. The decor is elegant and tasteful. All the staffs were very welcoming and friendly.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service, good food and cocktails. Bar staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Pianist playing music was great for ambiance. Would come here again.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I took my wife to Salvatore's Cucina Italiana for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner and it was everything that I could have expected. I actually found it on YELP and booked my reservation over a month in advance. We arrived and were immediately sat. The reason I chose this restaurant is because of the raving reviews about their Lamb. Ironically, the Valentine's Day menu did NOT include the lamb, so I had to choose something else. I went with the vegetable lasagna, which I learned is only served once a year and on Valentine's Day. It was delicious. There was live music (a Harpist) and the ambiance was perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was great! Sauce tasted different than usual though

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The restaurant is a hidden gem in San Diego. I'm always looking for a good Italian restaurant. I think I found one here in downtown San Diego. My wife and I ate here for Valentines day and really enjoyed the food. We didn't get a chance to try the regular menu because they had a special menu for Valentines day. We will be back to try the regular menu but what we had was really good. The service was great. Our waiter was on top of everything.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Simply amazing! Food was fabulous and the ambiance was spot on for a romantic dinner.

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