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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

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (26)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Authentic (18)
Cozy (14)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Business Meals (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Live Music (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Great meal. Lovely food presentation.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

It was great! Sauce tasted different than usual though

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 4, 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).

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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vip
 (San Diego)·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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tahoe)·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!

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 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·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.

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 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 5, 2018

Love the food and the ambiance! Owner is really nice

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service. Food was not so great

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 (Querétaro)·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 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 26, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 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 16, 2017

Food was outstanding. Definitely will be back to visit

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 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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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 4, 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 2, 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 November 30, 2017

Great food, authentic Italian, friendly service, convenient location

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 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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