de Medici Cucina Italiana
de Medici Cucina Italiana

de Medici Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.demedicisandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6197027228x
  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Macias
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), 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.
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de Medici Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (23)romantic (23)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (16)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Excellent Service
    PeruvianDinersVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner here and everything was great. The food was great and they even gave us a tiramisu to share that was delicious. But, the best was the friendliness of and service by the entire staff. Our waiter, Omar, especially made sure that we were taken care of all evening, and even when it was time to leave he very graciously went out ahead of us to get us a taxi to our next destination. Would highly recommend Medici to all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice menu variety, good food with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite Italian Restaurant
    downtowngem
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I love this place. The atmosphere is perfect, the service is fantastic, and the food is delicious! My husband always orders the chicken parm and I love the gnocchi with pesto sauce. Our favorite servers are Juan and Sardeno! They make our dinner experience fun and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest Italian in the Gaslamp
    echoracer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I just wanted a nice evening out, we decided to spend it downtown, after a movie at the nearby theatre we were impressed by the excellent decor and atmosphere. We started out with an excellent glass of white wine (my wife) and the best Rye Manhattan I've ever had. Don't miss out on the tableside prepared caesar salad, they even perfectly timed the delivery of the chilled forks. My lobster ravioli and vodka sauce was excellent, the server suggested a Malbec and it paired up nicely, my wife's Fussili Fra'Diavolo was excellent, I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a fine italian dinning experience in the Gaslamp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chicken piccata
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    chicken piccata was not properly prepared. spaghetti meatballs tasted like it came out of a can.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long time place for us to dine
    JohnM
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been going to this restaurant since the week it opened, about 20 years. The owner Sal has become a dear friend of ours. We have not been there for a few years, we moved out of the area. So, when we decided to go to San Diego this was the only choice for us to dine. The menu is still great, with all the items we like and some new ones that looked great. They do a Caesar Salad at table side along with a desert, Bananas Foster. This is something everyone should experience when dining here. We will be sure to dine here the next time we are back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time around was even better!
    dirtbikedad
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is my second trip to San Diego in as many years and this was one place that I wanted to experience a second time. We were not disappointed. Amazing and attentive service, fabulous meal and great ambiance inside and out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went here to celebrate our anniversary because it was the restaurant where we got engaged. They reserved the exact same booth for us, the brought us a complimentary dessert with a sparkler, and palette cleansing lemon ice. They were fantastic. Juan was a very attentive server.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This restaurant is wonderful. Everyone there went out of their way to be pleasant, food served hot and I had Steak Diane prepared tableside, which was so so so good. We will be back. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the couple with us was also celebrating their anniversary. Each couple got a cake and it was so thoughtful of them to do that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice atmosphere
    Renegadebb
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was very good, service was fair. Sat outside and that was very nice. Had the meatballs and friends had the Sea Bass which they said wax wonderful. Would recommend and would come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great San Diego Spot
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've been coming here for 9 years. The food and service is outstanding. One of the few places that makes Cesar Salad table side. If you can get there on a Friday or Saturday night, the Osso Bucco is to die for. But don't get there late it sells out fast. MR. AV is a very gracious host and although I on get there about once or twice a year he has a knack for remembering his guests, which always makes for a very special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Declining
    Jlrhouston
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have eaten hear numerous times. It's quality has really declined. Will not come back
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced food
    SfgirlVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I took my mom and aunt here for a birthday dinner on a trip to San Diego and we were so disappointed. The restaurant looks nice, but the food was pricey and mediocre. The lobster in my risotto was tough and rubbery, my aunt's steak was not flavorful and even the bread was cold. I found this place on Yelp but save your money and time! Olive Garden has better food! The two stars are for good service and the dessert.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great service and amazing authentic Italian food. Very impressed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is the second time I've been to the restaurant and the service was good and everyone's food was good except mine. I had the Scallopine alla Marsala and it was tasty but tough. Everyone else in the party enjoyed their dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware: They Nickle-And-Dime You
    Mtrades
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My mother asked to substitute the rice for spaghetti. She ordered the osso bucco, and prefers to eat it with spaghetti. The General Manager told our waitress she was going to charge for the substitution. Why would you charge to have that kind of substitution for a premium and costly meal? The general manager said it because the "Chef" made the rice to compliment the meal. So, what she is really saying is that we are being punished for wanting spaghetti instead of rice. There are plenty of other Italian restaurants in San Diego that would never do that; The Godfather, Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano, Charisma Cucina Italiana, and I could go on. I will never eat there again because of the idiotic reason and desperate way of making a dime.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience
    BritinNC
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    There are many great restaurants in SD, but this isn't one of them. Food is hearty but doesn't really hit the mark. Whole set up is traditional (some what old fashioned). Location is good for tourists, but if you are a foody there are many better options at this price point.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    PotluckVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This place was fantastic. The wait staff and (owner) provided an amazing dining experience. The corkage was a bit high. When in San Diego, I will dine again. Absolutely the best Italian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • partyof5
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Five of us went to dine here while visiting San Diego and were delighted with the food, the service and the ambience. We had the lasagna with meatballs, steak and lobster, lobster ravioli, and the divine sole Portofino along with the house salad. Everything was excellent. Fresh, tasty, hot, and served with great style. The service was fantastic, where we wanted for nothing but were not constantly bothered. The Owner of the restaurant came out and spoke with us and made recommendations. It was a great experience and we will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We dine here every visit to San Diego. The food is outstanding and owner Mr Vitale ensures that the experience is flawless. If you enjoy fine dining Scicilian style then this is the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 437 reviews are from the de Medici Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • Fantastic Food and Service
    Stevlan
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Absolutely best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. James (our server) is a credit to his profession and gave us all wonderful suggestions. Well worth the money every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live in San Diego
    madaboutdining
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We decided to go to dinner in the Gaslamp Qtr. and chose de Medici since we'd never eaten there. Started with table side Caesar salad (a splurge, since it was 14.95 a person). Our waitress was very professional and we enjoyed hearing how she was making the salad. It was about a 10 minute show which was fun. It wasn't the very best Caesar we'd ever had but we did enjoy it. My husband's Linguine di Vondole was delicious and my vegetarian lasagna was good. The quality of the food is very high here. The service is impeccable. We'll go back but I'll try another dish and hope it has a little more flavor than the lasagna. We were impressed overall, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class Place
    delasol
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I took my wife and son here for a pre-Mother's Day celebration and we were treated with 5-star service and food. The place is also kid-friendly. We will come back here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    Estevez
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I knew it was going to be a great restaurant right when i walked through the door. The food and service was amazing.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food
    sweetie10
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went for a birthday and was treated wonderful. The food was fresh and the best Italian I ever had.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice experience
    Jamie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We dined with a work group of 8 people and were well accommodated. The food from appetizers to dessert was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-rated
    Disappointeddiner
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Everything but the meals were above average. I would not return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    gkandkb
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner & show night
    alwaysreadytoeat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service!
    DD22
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great late night find in GasLamp
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Diego Trip
    StevieB52
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time and loved the waiter
    NAEA8
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food and amazing service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Italian restaurant
    MugsyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an oasis
    swimtag
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Gerg
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The steak was excellent. The server, Juan, was excellent. My out of town guest really enjoyed it. Thank you:)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italiana, Old Style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basic Italian food
    Cas9VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Evening
    Gary
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food was good, ambiance very nice. Salads could have been better, somewhat bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.