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About 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.

815 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday–Thursday 5:00pm–10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm–11:00pm

Cross Street:
F Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 702-7228

Website:
http://www.demedicisandiego.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking

Executive Chef:
Ricardo Macias

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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.

de Medici Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (26)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for a Date (22)
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Romantic (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (19)
Notable Wine List (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Although the reviews considered this an outstanding restaurant for San Diego, we found it only average. The menu was not particularly exciting, and the preparation was just so-so. Additionally, the Caesar salad made table side lacked anchovies and eggs.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Had early reservations before a theater event. Five of us ate there, and each loved her meal! Great wine suggestion, too. I will gladly return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined 3 days ago

Can’t say enough. Drive from No. County at least every few months to enjoy a special dinner out!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined 4 days ago

The foid is very nice, I love it!!
The place is good, agradável!!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

It was Valentines Day and I decided to take my family there for a special dinner. It was our first time there and we all really enjoyed it. I had the Lobster Ravioli and it was great! It’s definitely a must go to restaurant and I will be visiting again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Quintessential family owned restaurant. Mother’s recipes...great food...exceptional service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

We enjoy going here for special occasions. Service and food is superb.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

This place may have been very good 20 years ago. I did enjoy their food which, besides the old twice-baked potatoes was tasty and compently prepared. However, at the top level prices I paid for their best dishes , and the available alternatives in the sandiego scene, you'd be foolish to go here. The service was earnest but very young. The ambience was so very tired and in need of paint. Having a tour bus loitering outside with engines running made it feel like a Greyhound bus station. A bottle of champagne allowed us to enjoy our experience of dates American Italian cuisine, but honestly I'd leave it to the tourists. If the owners want to compete for locals, they need to put some money into the front of house.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Valentines

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Most delicious meals! Every dish is cooked to perfection!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

What a jewel! A bit higher up in the gaslamp district of San Diego, de Medici welcomes you with the ambiance of an old Italian home. Old photos cover the walls and line the shelves, graceful chandeliers spread a warm glow over the room, and semi-circular booth tables a harken back to a golden age. Bring an open mind and an empty stomach
You won’t be disappointed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Awesome authentic Italian food. Attentive service. Will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The food and service was outstanding

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Tired old Italian restaurant needs fresher ingredients and menu.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waiter was a delight & his service was excellent. Went for restaurant week menu and we were very happy with the choices and our selections based on our waiter’s recommendation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best sole portofino.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This was out 2nd visit. We absolutely love de Medici. The lasagna is amazing. The lobster bisque was by far the best we've ever ordered. If you come do not miss the stuffed sole. It is the signature dish.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 24, 2018

He proposed!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Restaurant Week brought us in as well as a strong recommendation from my son. Disappointing, will not go again. Nice interior but the staff was not very attentive in that during the meal, I started to pour the specially ordered Pellagrino water, then a person came over. I ordered 2 items during the initial drink order; a prosecco and a Chardonnay. Both again during our meal I started to pour, then a waiter came over to finish pouring for us and guests. We were in a booth closest to the kitchen, no excuse. Two of the four of us ordered “The House Special” top meal of fish stuffed with shrimp, etc was not impressed, portion was large, but lacked flavor and was served cold. The other two guests were vegans and had a very limited selection that we could have made ourselves. Did still leave a 20+ percent tip but it was not deserved. At one point I jested to Sarceno, our waiter, that I was going to get part of his tip since I was performing part of his servicing in a joking way, however, it didn’t change his attentiveness. Too bad . Desserts were great as was the cappuccino so we finished on a good note shaking Sarceno’s hand on the way out. Nice mints upon leaving helped to round out the exit.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The signature dish of Sole was delicious! So was the lobster bisque and dessert. Was a lovely atmosphere and great service. I would go back for sure!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a wonderful meal with excellent service. This was a short walk from the theatre and so very convenient.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The Calamari Fritti was delicious, cooked perfectly so that the calamari was very tender. It was served with marinara sauce for a perfect pairing and was generous enough for 2 to share. We ordered the Sole Portofino for our main dish. It was beautifully presented with the sole covering a seafood medley of shrimp, crab and lobster with exquisite flavor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was below par for Italian, awful bread served at table and the quality of the main dishes was average at best

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Service started out great but once we were served It appears Sarceno forgot about us and so did the other servers because husband to get up to look for someone to refill our water. In addition, my husband rated his steak at 2 1/2 stars and his lobster was over cooked.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The 10 oz filet mignon was melt in your mouth amazing! Service was impeccable!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is a really great Italian restaurant with wonderful service and delicious food. Been there 10+ times and ordered many different things . . . all superb. Their veal dishes are the best. Especially the veal parmagiana.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Delicious food and great service, really bice waiter and manager.. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We love it. The food was absolutely great. And the service outstanding. The owner was there supervising the service. A distinguished and very nice Italian gentleman.
After such great experience, inmediately we book a table for New Year Eve.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Owner was really nice and tentative, but the waiter was the opposite, im sure he noticed i hardly ate my meal because i didn't like it yet he didn't bother to ask if there was an issue with it, he just took my plate. the drinks were really good though and my girlfriend did at least like her food.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I had the linguine with clams (extra garlic) and it was delicious! My fiancé had spaghetti and he loved it! The cheesecake was fantastic! Highly recommend!

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 22, 2017

46th snniversary

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Fantastic experience, will most definitely be back again!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We absolutely love this restaurant and it is our favorite date night spot!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A noted above all was good. The only real nick on the evening was the cork fee. We were told upon arrival by Katy, after showing her our wine bottle that it was a $25.00 cork fee. Quite high, but as we were doing a double anniversary we let it pass. When we received our bill we were charged $50.00 and told because the bottle was a bit larger than normal it was double. When I complained, the server said he was sorry. It left a nick on an otherwise great night. Also, we had to ask for tea, coffee, water, and plate take away constantly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was a slow night and they treated us like we were really important people. Salad was unusual ingredients and a very light dressing....fabulous. Our entree was served beautifully
Really liked this place

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The best Italian food I’ve ever had. Both our pastas were super delicious and the champagne was great. The owner was super friendly and always made sure to check on guests. PLUS It was nice to see that all the pasta recipes came straight from his mother. Super authentic and lovely.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant that makes you feel taken care of with its very ample, comfortable seating, soft light, and elegant atmosphere. The food is solid and good but can use more imagination. It is a little too predictable, and one wishes for more panache in a restaurant in this price range. The service was also less solicitous than one would expect. They forgot to bring one desert and pointed out instead of apologizing they pointed out that they brought the second desert we ordered, which was not the point. All in all, it seems that they are getting a little complacent about their food and service and need more polish in both.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Incredible Italian cuisine with professional, courteous staff and fantastic warm ambience. Highly recommend for the complete dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was excellent. We were well taken care of by Juan our waiter, and received special attention from Sal the proprietor. It was a lovely evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food tastes great. Service depends on which waiter you get. Our waiter did not tell us about hidden charges with adding a sauce to a meal. Owner is great but some of his waiters should be coached on telling patrons upfront if there are additional charges for certain sauces or side additions.

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