Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Diego
  4. San Diego
  5. Downtown / Gaslamp
Il Sogno Italiano Fine Dining and Music - il Sogno Italiano, San Diego, CA

il Sogno Italiano

4.2
4.2
250 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
An unforgettable dining and musical soiree awaits you as we transport you to a Nostalgic yet modern Americana meets old world ambiance, perfect for any occasion. Our music program features world class entertainers and touring artists 7 nights a week, paired with an array of specialty craft cocktails and wines from across Italy and the California Coast. Our kitchen uses fresh sustainable ingredients and specializes in California Coastal Italian Cuisine with handmade pizzas, pastas, steaks and seafood. Our Mezzanine accommodates up to 100 guests and we offer a private bar, TV's upon request for private events and meeting spaces.

We look forward to hosting you at Il Sogno Italiano and Welcome you to San Diegos hottest place for fine dining and music.

Mondays: Martinis & Jazz w/Grammy Nominated Sacha Boutros and friends/Martini specials all night long
Wednesdays: Passport to Italy
Pop, Jazz, RnB, Motown and beyond every night of the week.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 380-2652

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Private party facilities

    Private Events: sacha.ilsogno@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Street Parking or Valet at Hilton on 4th and K Monday - Thursday for $10

  • Parking details

    Street Parking, Valet Coming Soon. There is Valet at the Hilton on the Corner of K between fourth and fifth.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Award Winning LIVE MUSIC 7 Nights a Week

    Multiple dates available
    Award Winning Musical Entertainment 7 Nights a week with National and International Touring Artists. We are a Modern Supper Club with focus on music and dining and a wonderful musical experience awaits you at Il Sogno Italiano.

What 250 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Awful, salty food at a high cost. Bartender was awesome though
  2. CC

    ChristopherC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely incredible San Diego Restaurant Week experience. Hostess was so friendly and when I called and asked them to hold my table while my mom and I looked for parking, they were more than happy to accommodate. Hostess was so happy and friendly when we arrived. They had a wonderful jazz band playing and nice ambience at the tables with clean white tablecloths and cute little lamps at each centerpiece for extra romantic and intimate vibes. My mom’s Pear Martini was out of this world and had the subprime Grey Goose Vodka in it. My Da Vinci Mojito was out of this world and had amazing Bacardi Superior Rum inside and was garnished and presented impeccably. The polpetti with the mascarpone infused polenta was to die for and was very generous portions! The caprese appetizer was small but had a stunning presentation and was absolutely authentic and just enough. The shrimp fra diavolo was delicious and was a very generous portion. The lobster ravioli was absolutely to die for and had beautiful tri-colored raviolis and both entrees had a decadent saffron cream sauce. Felt like dining in Italy. The tiramisu was of such amazing and authentic quality, extremely moist and flavorful. The affgato was out of this world and came with a very generous portion of 100% pure Italian espresso on the bottom. The bartender Danny remembered us from when he used to work at our local trattoria Vittorio’s and offered us free limoncellos on the house! Felt so special that out of all the customers he gets, Danny remembered us! Wonderful gesture and experience. This was the bar none experience of restaurant week and we will definitely be back!
  3. JR

    JohnR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Food was mediocre and very expensive.
  4. S

    Sunny

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Eli as a waiter. The service was excellent. The wine list is AMAZING. We had the caprese salad, the eggplant, lobster ravioli and the cioppino. It was ALL very good. We were there early and didn’t stay for the music. It was quite. Beautiful ambiance and great music on the speakers- old 50s crooners. Spectacular. Thanks, Eli!
  5. OM

    OliviaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service a little lacking. Maybe because it was SDRW. Servers were flat, not friendly. Other than that food was great!
  6. CB

    ColvertB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was very good and value was exceptional as we took advantage of Restaurant Week. Very nice ambiance especially with live piano music playing. Not too loud or obnoxious. Service was only fair. Not that our server was inattentive but the food just took so long to come out. Dessert took 30 min to come out after we were done with our main course. We almost thought about leaving without dessert but since it was a Restaurant Week Prix Fix menu, we decided to stay. The food was good enough that we are interested in dining there again especially since there were other items on the menu that we'd like to try. We'll just remember to bring an extra dose of patience.
  7. L

    Lisa

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was terrible, we were really surprised. Hostess put us next to piano, when we asked to be a bit further away she seemed stumped and reluctant even though the place was literally empty (and remained that way). Our waiter didn't crack a smile and was extremely short and unfriendly. Food was decent but due to service, I'd try one of the other very good italian places in SD.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo delicioso y ambiente muy agradable.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and meal!
  10. GT

    GaryT

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Seated outside at our request. Food was okay to poor. Shrimp pasta over cooked. Service was okay. Note you are getting a Covid surcharge on your bill. I didn’t notice until today. Covid has been over!
  11. BM

    BrookeM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Piano was a little loud but food was great
  12. FE

    FoodExplorer

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good Italian food. The entertainment was a nice accompaniment to dinner. Service was friendly.
  13. T

    Tonya

    West Palm Beach

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The view was relaxing and a beautiful start to a dinner date, however the service was very poor and was not attentive at all. Slow service and the communication was undesirable. The live piano was well receptive and relaxing.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was my husband and I anniversaries and it was nice. I got the carbonara and it was good could’ve used more cheese. My husband gotta the pizza with pepperoni’s jalapeño’s and bacon he said it was spicy but good!
  15. MK

    MariaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was romantic. Service very good and friendly.food very tasty
  16. KP

    KurtP

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    Food and service were great. Love music awesome. Only issues is their outdoor dining. Tons of homeless people walking through. Taking food out of trash and trying to take patrons meals
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Struggling with staffing. Nice ambiance. Good food but very disappointed when our 83 year old mother made a simple request to have pasta with her salmon instead of potatoes & was informed “the chef won’t like that & wont do it”. C’mon!!?? Great music & entertainment.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was DELICIOUS and reasonably priced, service was great, and the ambiance of the live music made the whole dining experience awesome. Would definitely recommend coming here for nice italian in gaslamp!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, amazing entertainment, highly recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, staff polite and attentive. Piano/vocalist was very good and unexpected. Very nice ambiance. The cioppino was quite good but a different sauce than usual. We had several of the same dish, 2 of my friends didn't appreciate it as much as the usual sauce. Therefore the slightly lower than perfect mark.
  21. s

    shelleyw

    Calgary

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The mushroom risotto was good, the fig and pear salad was excellent. The chicken parmigiana was cold in middle and bland. The lamb chops were bland and a weird texture. The carbonara was very good. The service was excellent as was the atmosphere on patio.
  22. KJ

    KarenJ

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing and waiter was very knowledgeable of the wine options. The lobster ravioli and tiramisu were both excellent. The two who chose the chicken Parmesan option were disappointed because if was very dry.
  23. W

    Watsonjnp

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Joseph was wonderful and very accommodating allowing us to pay with several cards. Service was prompt and he was more than pleasant. Our food was delicious my only suggestion was to add a small green salad to the menu.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Below average eggplant parmesan antipasto. Good Halibut entree. About average Shrimp Fra Diavolo entree. Average service.
  25. RM

    RexM

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I have probably been to IL SOGNO eight times over the past two years and it has always been a very good experience. In fact, we often refer friends and family when asked where to eat in the Gaslamp area. This evening was not one that will make me want to refer people to or even return myself. - BAR service was extremely slow, and the restaurant was maybe 20% capacity - Our entrees were suppose to be staged so they didn't arrive on top of our salads - The entrees arrived about two minutes after our salads, we requested them to be returned to the kitchen. Our server said he would request that the be made again. When delivered about thirty minutes later, they had obviously only been placed under a heat lamp. The shrimp became over cooked, the pasta was dry and the meals were only barely warm. - Upon receiving the bill, which by practice they only show you the total and tip amount on a hand held device, unless you request a printed receipt - always get a print out and check the details. I found that they were charging $30 for corking, I have always paid $20 and had previously been told that the system always charging $30 unless the server overrides it. When I saw the charge I we requested to speak to the manager, that was a mistake. - he was not concerned with our issues - he said I was wrong about the corking fee and I must have spoken to the wrong people previously, but have only paid $20 previously, so go figure! - He ended up walking away and telling us to leave the restaurant. Our bill was $368 with cocktails, food, corking ($90), tax and Restaurant Covid Charge! I have always been at the restaurant and it is generally very busy, but not tonight, maybe some of the reasons are in the above issues. Something has changed, but not for the good. Lots of the places to take my business! I live locally and I am not a one time customer if treated correctly. I eat out regularly throughout SD County and have only taken the time to write this type of review!
  26. D

    Diego

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    This place has potential, unfortunately they’re extremely disorganized. If you want free tiramisu at the end of your meal, then this is your place. Food took over an hour to get and it was not busy. It wasn’t until we asked about the food that two minutes later it showed up. Ordered bone in prime rib, which was very good. Unfortunately the dish was supposed to have charred carrots and broccolini. Neither were charred. The vegetables were actually raw and cold. The dish also included a roasted bone marrow that never made it on the plate. We should have known there were issues to begin with. When we got there, the table next to us were being apologized to and were being bribed with free tiramisu for the mistakes during their dinner. To top it off, this place has live entertainment from 7-10pm. Unfortunately half way through the show the singer ripped her mic out of the speaker cord and stormed out of the place upset. Food has potential but it’s not worth going back or recommending it to anyone.
  27. SN

    SandyN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Great service and food! Atmosphere is great!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing . Staff was very friendly , food was perfect
  29. DC

    DaniC

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Had a wonderful time sitting on the patio with the noise level. We were previously seating inside and the music was very loud. Took almost 75 minutes for our food to arrive.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Do Not Go Here! It was some of the worst food and it cost us $350 for two. It started with the extremely over priced wine list. We paid almost $100 for a napa wine that retails for $25. We ordered the crab cakes as an appetizer that actually came about 15 minutes AFTER our salads were finished. The crab cakes were heavily fortified with breadcrumbs and there were no lumps of crab. The breadcrumbs on the outsides were over browned to almost burned. Again, these followed our salads which were alright. The entrees arrived about 1/2 an hour after the crab cakes or more. They were saying delays in the kitchen. My carbonara was dry not creamy and packed with these huge chunks of meat. Not the delicate, luscious you would expect from a "fine" Italian restaurant. My spouse had the Jandori Chicken that was dry and had little flavor. It was accompanied by a few green beans and a splat of bland mashed potatoes. Overall, it is just another "flashy" attempt to bilk tourists to the Gaslamp out of their money. The only thing Italian about this place was the loud singer who thought she was a diva, but sang songs in French.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Great meal while comic con people watching
  32. SS

    StephenS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Loved the food and drinks. The service was slow for some reason, but the wait staff was nice and easy to talk with. The jazz band was wonderful! We would go again.
  33. AC

    AdrinaC

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Noise level made conversation almost impossible. Food was good and service was very good.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Soggy pizza
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found this place last year and have been looking forward to going back. The live music is awesome! Can get a little loud if you are seated inside. The food and service is excellent. Will be back for sure.
  36. F

    Foodywithwine

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful table outside, and could listen to the music from inside. Our server was wonderful and the food excellent. We would highly recommend it. Picture of my Salmon Dinner

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on July 13, 2022thank you so much for joining us xo Sacha

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The people were great but it was seriously understaffed. Took about an hour to get our entrées. And the steak was completely undercooked.
  38. SS

    ShannonS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was great! The only thing we didn’t like was the music was so loud you couldn’t carry a conversation.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on July 13, 2022Thank you for letting us know about the music. We are a supper club and music based, next time just let the manager know if it is too loud. Thank you, Sacha

  39. AJ

    AlyssaJ

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such a great experience at il Sogno! There was a live jazz band and the vibes were immaculate. It wasn’t too busy so we had excellent service - everything came out very quickly. Espresso martinis were delicious and the salmon dish was INCREDIBLE. the portions were big and I would say worth the price. I’m so happy we chose to dine here and we will definitely be back!

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on July 13, 2022Thank you Alyssa, for the wonderful review. xo Sacha

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed both music and the food. Irving Flores was great. Driving from Orange County in the 9th again to see his band play.

    il Sogno ItalianoResponded on July 13, 2022Thank You and I will let Irving Know, he Is our Latin Gem xo Sacha

FAQs

il Sogno Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 380-2652.

il Sogno Italiano is rated 4.2 stars by 250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for il Sogno Italiano

314 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6910

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Street Parking or Valet at Hilton on 4th and K Monday - Thursday for $10

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking, Valet Coming Soon. There is Valet at the Hilton on the Corner of K between fourth and fifth.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo