de Medici Cucina Italiana

4.6
921 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday–Thursday 5:00pm–10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm–11:00pm
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(619) 702-7228
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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F Street
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Street parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our restaurant is available for events that would require a private room or full venue buyout. The maximum dining room capacity is of 135 guests and our heated patio can accommodate 35 guests. A full venue buyout would include both dining room and patio seating.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 921 People Are Saying
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Tulsa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Would eat here every time I am in San Diego!

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Portland
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is charming and the waitstaff attentive. The steaks are outstanding. The chicken marsala however was tough and too sweet for our taste. It was also disappointing to one in our party that they did not offer a gluten free pasta. Overall, a good but not great experience.

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BN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Old Style Italian--the kind you don't find all that often, especially in San Diego. The food was perfect yet surprisingly reasonably priced--the kind of food you would find at a high end Italian restaurant in New York City or similarly pricey venue. The wait staff was attentive and charming. Get the Bananas Foster--made from scratch at your table.

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JN
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic delicious Italian cuisine! The service is exceptional and the food exquisite! We had a table of seven and we could carry on a conversation with the entire table. The music does not overpower conversation but transports everyone to the ambiance of Italy with treasured home cooked cuisine. They remembered that we mentioned celebrating an achievement during our initial reservation and surprised the two recipients with a special desert. Thank you, Sal, and your staff, for making everyone in our group feel like family!

"de Medici Cucina Italiana" was the culinary highlight of our trip to San Diego!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Veal, had the Osso Bucco and Veal Parm with a pasta starter. Great food, service was a little slow and we never had the specials read to us. Tad impersonal - but food was great.

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Naples
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We were visiting San Diego and met my nephew and his girlfriend for dinner here because it came highly recommended.

I had veal parmigiana and it was pretty good, so was the Cesar salad. Everything else was a disaster. My husband couldn’t even eat the calamari fra diavolo. I would never recommend it. It was a waste of $400.

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JN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love dining here. Both the food and the service are just outstanding. If you’re looking for authentic Italian cuisine you’ll find it at this restaurant.

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SH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is amazing , you feel like royalty ! Will be returning again and again!

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AV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

De Medici is one of my all time favorite restaurants in San Diego, they have great food, service & ambiance. I was celebrating my birthday and had a great time!

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here many times and it is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. I would normally have given them 5 stars but I think I need to be a little more critical this time. The service was excellent as always, as was the ambiance. The meal I came here for is the Cioppino which is normally excellent. This time I would say 90% of the Cioppino was made up of calamari with only a couple of shrimp, two small pieces of white fish and six small clams. The taste of the broth wa excellent but they really skimped on the quality this time. The one suggestion I would also have for them is to offer a bread basket with some variety. The buns they offer are nice but bland and they brought us two pads of butter, it was like going to IHOP. Where is the nice small dish of soft butter and seasoned olive oil dip? I have over looked this before but some updating would be nice. I’ll be posting on Trip Advisor as well as I am one of the top 2% of read posters in San Diego. Maybe a change will be made

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a
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter was terrible. Had to finish with another waiter. Won’t go back.

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CD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was not up to par with the prices they charge.

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MK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered a pasta dish and asked if I could have it with oil, garlic, white wine and calmari. The pasta arrived sitting in a bowl of liquid. Pasta was therefore too soft. Not much flavor as well. My husbands food was great however.

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San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere here is amazing. The drinks are tasty and it's a good price for downtown to get a double there. The lobster bisque, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, veal parmesan, and cannoli were all delicious!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service by Ravi

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GS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster bisque, seafood stuffed sole and tiramisu were delectable. Hearty portions, enough for dinner tomorrow.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate some family birthdays and had a great experience.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

食事は美味しかったのですが出てくるのが遅く全ていっぺんに出てきてしまい、料理ごとの飲み物に悩み苦労した。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for our 1 year anniversary. Her gnocchi was delicious and I ordered the filet of sole and it was the best seafood dish I have ever had. Only downside was the menu for sole said $29 and the bill for it was $40. I assume it was a difference of daily market pricing but was more than happy to pay that much for what the meal was so didn’t bring it up. Amazing date night location.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with our family & friends. Highly recommend this restaurant for an authentic Italian meal. Wonderful atmosphere!

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C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Repeated our order 3 times. Waiter couldn’t see and couldn’t grasp the English language. Had us point to the menu and still delivered the wrong dish. Told us it’s what we ordered and then charged us $6.00 more for what he brought than what was ordered. Absolutely ridiculous considering the bill was over $160 for two. Stay away.

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San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in the Gaslamp district.

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IK
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Italian food prepared very, very well. I ordered off the menu and the kitchen responded expertly. I'll continue to come back again and again.

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L
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ceaser salad was made table side. It was a fun experience. The meal was delicious.

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was so good!

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MR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

The garlic bread is not good at all. It’s soft and soggy. Could do so much better with good Italian bread.
We wanted to sit outside to celebrate our anniversary. The street is very loud with traffic but worse is that we sat at the end of the patio with a clear plastic divider between this restaurant and the fast food place next door. We had 3 Kids from the fast food place sitting in seats directly above us & facing us while we ate. Very weird. Steak was under cooked and lobster risotto was not very good. Risotto should be creamy, this risotto was harder, sticking to the lobster instead of a creamy consistency.
However, service was impeccable from the hostess to the waitstaff. Incredibly professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Very warm, friendly vibe.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely terrific dinner! From the moment we arrived until we left the service was superb. Our waiter Juan was very helpful with pairing wine for the dinner we selected and let us participate in the "aeration" of the wine. The cannelloni appetizers were delicious and not too filling to start with. The Osso Buco and Veal Chop Parmigiana was plentiful and tasted great with the wine. We had to save room for dessert to say that we tried all aspects of the dining. The Tiramisu and Gelato Berries was perfect with the dessert wine. Definitely a repeat experience when visiting San Diego and will tell all of this superb dining establishment.

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San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love dining here! The service was amazing, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere is wonderful. They even adhered to my request to get out of the in about an hour. They made the date night perfect!

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a charming, authentic Italian restaurant. The service is impeccable. The owner greets you and is happy to make menu recommendations. The food was delicious! Tiramisu was outstanding. The atmosphere is cozy and you can enjoy your dinner with conversation.

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San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This Italian restaurant on fifth street was fantastic. I ordered veal Parmesan with marinara sauce. It was so big I had to eat it the next day also and it was just as good. It came with a side of spaghetti which costed extra but was worth it. Our service was perfect. We had a great time and I give it five stars.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely!

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious traditional Italian food, romantic atmosphere, but most all, impeccable service! I highly recommend the lasagna bolognese (sub the red sauce for pink sauce for a special treat!), as well as the tableside caesar salad. We will definitely be making a trip back to Medici Cucina. :)

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ST
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, VEAL CHOP AL HERB SUPERB!!, HOW EVER WINE WASN'T STORED PROPERLY, BREAD DISAPPOINTING BUT NON FOODIE WILL ENJOY "GARLIC BREAD" , SWEET CARROTS NOT MY CUP OF TEA, PENNE ARRIBIATA NOT AL DENTE MORE LIKE MARINARA NO SPICE.. THE WAITER AND ALL STAFF WERE EXCELLENT, WITH REGARDS TO HOSTESS WE WERE INVISIBLE TO HER.. BECAUSE OF VEAL CHOP WE WILL GO BACK!!! IT IS OUR SECOND VISIT, MOVED DOWNTOWN IN JANUARY..

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SS
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good overall. A bit of inflexibility in the menu.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Make sure Justin is your waiter

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O
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Several years ago, after serving as an expert witness in a patent trial in San Diego, the defendant and I went to Medici for a decompression dinner. It was an excellent choice and I remembered it when my wife and I were there for a conference last week. Things had changed.

When visiting an Italian restaurant, we order the veal dishes because it's hard to get good veal in supermarkets and butcher shops. Although we had told our waiter that the dishes we wanted, but he came waltzing across the room with a pricey selection of Saran-wrapped chops. We declined.

For appetizers, we ordered bruschetta and carpaccio. The carpaccio was nicely done, but the bruschetta was a large mass of tomato on toasted bread without seasonings (no basil, no garlic, olive oil). In addition, the tomatoes were tasteless. With eyes closed, you bit into a wet mush.

The veal was excellent. The Veal Picatta was good. Nicely seasoned with a tart sauce. But the Veal Marsala was smothered with mushrooms that had the consistency of being boiled rather than sautéed, despite the waiter's assurances that they were sautéed.

Thing have certainly changed since my last visit. On balance, the Medici Cucina Italiana is not a restaurant we would return to.

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NG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around as always - food, service, ambience is awesome. New floors give it a “fresh” new look.

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C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We searched for a romantic, upscale restaurant for our anniversary and de Medici Cucina Italiana was a good choice. We were seated in the side room, which was quite loud with other energetic diners, so no romantic setting for us. Service was great, we were never rushed and enjoyed a long, leisurely meal. Started with a bottle of surprisingly affordable red wine (zin). We ordered the ceasar salad (must be for two peeps at $15 per person!) made table side and though the presentation was wonderful, the dressing was meh (for $30, we expected a creamy sensation, but were a bit disappointed and wouldn't order it again). For our mains, Hubby had the osso bucco and it was lean and tender, no fat, done to perfection, with risotto as the perfect complement. Asparagus side was delish. I had the Tortellini alla Romana, creamy creamy with pancetta and peas. Yummmm. Servings were ample. We were treated to a comp, shared slice of cheesecake dessert that hit the spot. There are some many other dishes on the menu we want to try there, we will be back.

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d
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food, excellent service! Frank Sinatra music in the background...

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K
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as always, see my previous reviews nothing has changed. I come here several times a year.

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