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de Medici Cucina Italiana
de Medici Cucina Italiana

de Medici Cucina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.demedicisandiego.com
  • Email: demedicisd@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (619) 702-7228
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday–Thursday 5:00pm–10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm–11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Macias
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: F Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking
A word from de Medici Cucina Italiana
Make your next event a memorable experience in one of the Gaslamp’s most elegant and highly recommended Italian restaurants. Surrounded in an ambiance of old world charm, de’ Medici features the authentic cuisine of Italy, including a vast selection of Italian seafood specialties. Fabulous food, personalized service and attention to details are just a few examples of the high standards that set them apart.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We had the most delicious langoustinos I have ever tasted outside of my trip to Italy! The signature portofino sole was spectacular, as was the service. The best place for a bit of peace and truly fine food in an otherwise trendy, party neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went for dinner prior to attending a show at the Balboa Theatre. Food was great, good wine and nice ambiance. Little trouble getting waiter's attention after we were seated. Think maybe he didn't know we were in his station. Learned later that it was his first night alone after finishing his training. Owner worked the room most of the evening. Would go there again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The wait staff spoils you! The owner visits your table to ensure your satisfaction. A must go if visiting San Diego - better Italian than any spot in Little Italy section of town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I found de Medici on Open Table's reviews, and it truly was a joy to visit. The decor was classic, as was the service. It was a quiet Sunday night, so the place was not overly busy. Our server had several good suggestions, and he took very good care of us dunring our visit. I tried their signature dish which was sea bass, and it was wonderful. The rest of the party had several different dishes, and all were excellent. We are all fans of Italian cuisine, and we were all very pleased."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Kudo's all-around - great service, exceptional meal, solid wine and special dessert. Never been before and was a great late night find in the GasLamp district!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great time! The preselected menu (through a special arrangement made by the National Art Education Association for convention participants) offered good choices. Our waiter was very amiable and made our group dining a lot of fun - he was efficient, on target, and had a great sense of humor."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We ordered seafood...very tasty and delicious. The presentation of the food was impressive and amazing, nicely done. The staff was friendly, patient and helpful. The price is a little bit in the upscale, but the serving was more than you can eat."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "It was St. Patricks weekend and we went for a special dinner (spouse, 12 YO daughter). The food was excellent, the waiter Omar was amazing - even got my daughter to help him make the caesar salad! It was really quiet inside with the chaos outside - very sparse crowd but that made it even more special. Attentive service but not in your face. I'd go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have been here several times. The service is superb. The owner personally visits every table. It is old style Italian, with booths and white table cloths. Food is traditional and very good. We had caprese salad with scrumptious burrata cheese. The eggplant appetizer was ver good and the spaghetti and meatballs were traditional and tasty. Service is exemplary."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The steak was excellent. The server, Juan, was excellent. My out of town guest really enjoyed it. Thank you:)"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This restaurant appears to be a bit of a throwback, but the food is delicious and the waiters are trained professionals who are very polite and conscientious (no one will greet a couple with "how are you guys" in this establishment)."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We ate at this restaurant because it was walking distance from our hotel. The staff were very attentive. The food was tasty but not exceptional. We had a pleasant dinner out. It was a little pricey for what awas offered. The tab came to $100 for the two of us and only one of us had wine and dessert."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was good, ambiance very nice. Salads could have been better, somewhat bland."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The staff at de Medicis never fails to knock it out of the park. Great food and service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Came here last minute an they accommodated us like we were special guests. Loved them will come back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although we weren't even staying in San Diego Gaslamp District... we drove in from our hotel in La Jolla ... JUST to enjoy the Steak and Lobster ... everything is always fresh, meat is juicy and tender! The attention to detail at our dining table is always outstanding! The owner is always on hand with an "eagle eye" ... watching diner and servers alike! He makes sure his customers are treated well! Enjoyed every morsel !! But, no room for dessert!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "One of the best I've ever had! The onwer of the rest is there!, looking after every small detail is perfect.. Will be back for sure"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The staff and food was excellent. wife had steak and lobster and she loved it...it was her bday so she splurged and have a fantastic meal. The waiter helped my wife pair her wine and she is still smiling about the dinner. thanks"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "average food and they did not have their speciality on a Saturday night at 7:30pm! They said that they only make 7-10 per night and you have to reserve them. Please give me a break when is the last time you had to reserve an entree??? Maybe make some more???"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We were visiting San Diego and this restaurant was recommended by the cousin of the owner (Mr. Salvatore Vitali). We experienced a menu of Italian food that had many items we had never seen before. Mr. Vitali is from Italy and is a most gracious host. It was one of the most pleasant dining experiences we have ever had in 48+ years of marriage."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The restaurant is such an elegant place. The ambiance is relaxing and sweet. Perfect place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Great food with fabulous service and an owner maître d' there to help with selections and make sure everything is perfection. Really a fabulous experience!!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Great Food and Ambiance. Romantic yet nice for Clients too."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My husband and I sat outside last Saturday night enjoying our date night. James, our server, was fantastic - very attentive, but not over the top. He helped by providing great food and wine recommendations based off our comments of what we were looking for. The pastas were delicious - I was looking for a big bowl of pasta comfort meal and certainly got that with the Fettuccine Bolognese. The desserts were also fantastic. Great people watching outside! We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Michael our server was most attentive and happy to split many of our dishes as we wanted to sample as many courses as possible! Linguine Pescatore was particularly good as was the tiramisu."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Visited on January 16th, 2014. The Sea Bass and Sole were delicious. Service was excellent! The dining room was quiet on this evening but the tables outside were full. I would definitely recommend for a cozy, romantic dinner."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The other night we came in for a special dinner and when the waiter described your signature dish it sounded wonderful. Sole stuffed with lobster and shrimp. Being de Midici is considered a high end restaurant I wanted it. My wife advised me against it saying she had ordered it before that it was OK but........I ordered it and should have taken her advice. For what this dish cost (and I was more than willing to pay) I thought there would be lumps of lobster and shrimp. That you would see and taste lobster and shrimp. My opinion it was stuffed with a type of spread that I assume had lobster and shrimp. My wife ordered the veal and it was excellent."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Service by Juan was truly outstanding. We got handshakes upon arrival, a special Italian bread brought just for our anniversary, extremely attentive service and witty banter. We even got fancy touches like wine decanting and palate cleansers after the Caesar salad (best Caesar salad ever). Dinner was very good and the tiramisu was world class. Juan even comped our dessert. He knew we had a play to catch, so everything was brought out timely, but we never felt rushed. It was a perfect anniversary experience; made us feel very special."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The restaurant was under construction,but still pretty nice. Staff was pleasant and well informed. Food was good, but a little pricey for what you get. All in all, 3 stars seems about right."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We went to de Medici not expecting the best of service since it was New Year's Eve but went more for the food and ambiance. I was super impressed when the owner came to our table. He sold us on several items due to his expertise. We took our own Champagne (my favorite: Cuvee Rose Laurent Perrier Brut) and the restaurant originally told us there would be a $25 corkage fee, which was fine. After having the best conversation with the owner he decided to not charge us the fee, so we insisted that he come back and have a toast with us which he did. He added so much to our experience. The food was had the best flavor of any Italian food I had ever had. Our entire overall first impression was amazing and I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great menu, excellent food, attentive wait-staff. Great for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Service was friendly but the food was poor. Caesar salad was wayyyy too salty. Ahi tuna was poor - looked like it was from a freezer prepack. Pasta w/shrimp was just okay. Really enjoyed the wine (brought it ourselves) but the corking fee was too high. Definitely would not return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a seat on the patio which was fun to watch the downtown scene go by. Food was great, we split the veal chop and the gnocchi. Great martinis. We also used passport dining which was the main reason for going there. Our server was great and while there was one hiccup in the experience, the owner appropriately offered a complimentary round of drinks. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I always look forward to dining at De Medici when I am in town. Fantastic food and service. The Sole Portfino is amazing!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We arrived on time for our reservation and only outside sitting was available. So we had to wait to be seated. We sat there for at least 15 mins w/o any recognition or even water. I finally had to get up and ask the hostess for service. Even then, it took another 5 or 10 mins. Our waiter was pleasant , but he seemed to have a difficult time hearing us order and of course got my order wrong. I think the worst part of the whole experience was the fact that the "proprietor" stopped at the table and asked how it was going. I told him about our wait. He walked by later and I showed him that I had no food and everyone else had there food and he didn't even seem to care. He was probably the biggest disappointment. Food was however pretty good."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The restaurant was recommended by a friend for the food and service. We were warmly and graciously greeted upon arrival and got a great table. True to the reference, the choice of dishes was wonderful. Our veal dinners were fabulous and the Italian wines that were recommended to us were great also. The one disappointment was the service. It took a while for us to get our water and wine even though the restaurant was not full. We attributed that to possibly a new waiter. Next to our table, the four guests were well attended to by Juan. So, we will ask for Juan when we make our next reservation at De Medici."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "The food was great. Service staff was a bit over the top."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We go to this restaurant often and have never been disappointed. The Caesar Salad is the best you will get anyplace and although all the food is terrific the Veal Chop is superb. The booths in the back are somewhat private and cozy. We usually have Juan as a waiter and he can not be beat."
    Dined on 8/10/2013