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Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

#298 of 3,835 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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750 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-544-1865
17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Pasadena, California
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76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

A high quality Italian restaurant with a menu which includes many clasical italian dishes. The veal scalopini was very good and so were other dishes ordered by my partners to the meal. I tried the spritz - nice drink.

Thank GXR2013
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100 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

My family took me here for my birthday dinner..they know I love Italian, and my heritage is Italian. The food was excellent..and the atmosphere was upscale and lovely. Good service as well.

Thank flstpete
Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Salvatore’s is a fine Italian restaurant slightly away from the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. The main dining area is large, with many tables, but not placed too close to each other. A more intimate area is on a raised level where fewer tables are located but which provides views of the outside. Our server promptly arrived after we... More 

Thank ghsgrad
Des Moines, Iowa
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

A diamond in the city explains my opinion of this wonderful evening. As authentic as it could be the flavors of Italy couldn't have been more portrayed in the food selection. My Wife had lasagna which was amazing and I had the chicken parmigiana which is the best I have had in all my travels. Hats off to the owner,... More 

Thank Shawn W
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194 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This upscale Italian serves authentic dishes with a nice modern light hand. Good wine list as well. Service was nice.

Thank DASBarcelona
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a solid Italian restaurant, with a nice private room, very close to the San Diego convention center. The pasta was truly home made and serve al dente. I ordered the hearty red gravy with meat balls and both tasted truly home made. They have a nice selection of appetizers (great cured meat plate) and solid offerings in fish... More 

Thank BTortella
Jersey, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Possibly the best Italian restaurant in downtown SD. Upscale decor with a sophisticated atmosphere despite a modern building, plus attentive service from Josh. Struggled to finish the expansive Antipasta Italienne served on a huge wooden board and including several excellent meats and aged cheeses. Followed by sublime melt-in-the-mouth Veal de Re and an excellent Pasta Vongole. Gorgeous Calfornian and Italian... More 

Thank Chris M
Sheridan, Wyoming
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

From the first welcoming by the staff and bartenders this restaurant is a comfortable place striving toward excellence in all aspects. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, open, and as it turns out honest. The food for all eight of us was excellent from all perspectives. Make this place you downtown home, and say "Hello" to the staff.

Thank William C
Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Great Resturant, great Food. As soon as we arrived, David said "happy anniversary" and situated my wife and i in a great area of the resturant. The food is pricey but it is worth it. Great ambient and music. Romantic!

Thank thejusticeleague
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived as tourists and needed a nice meal after a long day of flying. The concierge gave us a tip so we walked down the street and wandered in for dinner. The food was delicious, the service was good, and the atmosphere was romantic. San Diego is lucky!

Thank 523sandrao

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 35 - US$ 55
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 750 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-544-1865
Raffaella Morelli, born, raised and educated in Rome, Italy, has been Salvatore's heart and soul, since its opening in late 1987. Deceivingly simple, Raffaella's dishes, using the finest and freshest of ingredients, find a delicate balance, only achievable through her many years of loving labor in the kitchen. In addition to its exceptional Italian cuisine, Salvatore's offers a variety of specialty cocktails and a wine list that features select Californian and Italian wines.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?