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Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

4.7
568 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 568 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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vipTravelToEat (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 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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Darwin (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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Midwestboomer (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Very noisy and had to wait for foods forever.

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Dude72 (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 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 !!!

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vipSHarrelson (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 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.

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lulu (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on September 21, 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.

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vipSusan (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

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

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vipSnowTR (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 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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CAMB (Naples)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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vipRandJM (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 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.

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vipchefbobcat (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

Amazing lasagna with great service for special occasions

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

I went for my birthday. The food was exceptional. Service was attentive. Beautiful place. Thank you very much.

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vipDebbieB (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

Lovely atmosphere and extremely wonderful menu! Thank you very much!!

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vipBrianc (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

This is a wonderful neighborhood gem! Excellent selection and quality of meals and top notch service. Quiet and subtly elegant.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Absolutely amazing food. Beautiful restaurant, and a very nice staff all around.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

SO good we went for dinner two nights in a row! Best Italian restaurant in San Diego and I highly recommend it.

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Nico (Mexico City)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

One of the best Italian cuisine in USA!! The osobuco risotto was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

Delicious food, exceptional service and beautiful ambience!

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vipDoug (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Good food. Good service.

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TerriM (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Salvatore is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food, the people and the owner personally greets you and escorts you to your table. The service is excellent. It is always a great evening.

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