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Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

4.7
568 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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  • Romantic (27)
  • Special Occasion (26)
  • Good for a Date (23)
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
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WilliamA 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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LisaL 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

As always - a terrific dining experience.

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marioG 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great meal. Lovely food presentation.

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GlendaK 
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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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Californiaguy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was great! Sauce tasted different than usual though

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vipJavy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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TadC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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DianaA (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was amazing! The ambiance was perfect and the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

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vipBarrett (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent cuisine and service. Very welcoming highly professional , no rush environment. The quality never fails having been there dozens of times over the years

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Localdiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

great place for a quiet business dinner. and the good was very good quality

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JohnK (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service from Alexa. The lasagna was authentic with fresh noodles; best we have had since a visit to Bologna. The ossobuco over saffron risotto was perfect, absolutely falling off the bone. Silverware was refreshed as necessary. Dinner was not rushed. No one was trying to whisk away the plates or asked "are you still working on that." Homemade crème brulee was creamy and not too sweet--perfect and topped with fresh fruit. Wine pours were larger than typical, making the wine by the glass worth the price. Parking in downtown San Diego is always problematic, but in this case the garage was in the same building and our ticket was taken care of by the restaurant (i.e., free parking).

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and service. This is a wonderful spot for a special occasion. We both had a starter and smaller portion of pasta and it was plenty of food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous food, civil, easy to talk and a beautiful restaurant.

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vipchefbobcat (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

After my wife attended a seminar in downtown San Diego, we took advantage of being near Salvatore's and enjoyed a great Italian dinner. My wife ordered the spicy crab pasta (as she always does) and I had the restaurant's signature item of Lasagna. Both were very enjoyable and satisfying.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I love trying new restaurants, this place is a gem. We were celebrating my wives birthday and I was surprising her with tickets to a play after dinner so we were on a time schedule. When I made our reservations, I noted that. My wife was seated first as I parked the car. I was greeted by the Manager who informed me, my secret was mum. After I gave her the tickets, I told the waiter that the secret was out. He was releaved because he said he had seen this play and couldn't wait to tell it was a great play. They were all so friendly. Live piano music,..played lightly so it's not overwhelming. Food was fantastic. I will absolutely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We love it! The place, food, ambience is excellent.
We had a great time. The food was delicious.
The owner is an excellent hostess
They were very nice and friendly. The service was excellent in general
One of the best restaurants in San Diego

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DateNightDuo (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We booked the restaurant based on its positive reviews and the restaurant delivered! It was my 50th birthday dinner and the food was scrumptious. (Fish, filet and pasta all delicious-- the creme brule was fantastic and a perfect way to cap off the evening.) We had a great table with a view of the passers-by on the street-- the white tablecloth and fresh pink roses added an elegant and classy touch. We highly recommend Salvatore's--it won't disappoint.

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DaveMH (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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PandP (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

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Nightmare (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

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vipPatrick (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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