About Us

Menbere Aklilu was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Italy where she worked with family restaurateurs in Rome. She brings her international experience and her own special flair to Salute e Vita. She is the recipient of the Contra Costa 2009 Business Women of the year.

As a role model in the community, Aklilu gives back by hosting dinner for the young women of the Delta Academy who do well in school. She also finances tuition for some girls to attend Northern Lights School in Oakland, a private school that caters to kids who would not be able to attend private school otherwise.

Salute E Vita, remains a home away from home for all lovers of food, art, wine, friends and most of all family, which is who we consider everyone dining with us to be. Our house made desserts, risottos, soups, pasta sauces and salad dressings are created daily. We are best known for fresh Italian cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for pasta or a magnificent entrée salad, fresh seafood or steak, you’ll find it here in our 100-year old Cape Cod Victorian that overlooks the marina waterfront with an elegant and welcoming fireplace dining room, an indoor veranda with stunning views of San Francisco or on our outdoor patio overlooking the Bay. We have a saying here, “at the table, no one grows old” So feel the passion for good food, beauty and friends and join us for lunch or dinner; we have your table ready!

Hours of Operation:

Brunch: Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday : 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday and Saturday Dinner 3:00PM – 10:00PM

Payment Options:

AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Outside dining, private dining, banquet rooms


Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

Dress Code:

Smart Casual

Accepts Walk-Ins:


Employment Opportunity

Experienced Servers, Bussser, and Hosts please send us a cover letter and resume at salute@salutemarinabay.com