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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.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday–Thursday 5:00pm–10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm–11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Our restaurant is available for events that would require a full venue buyout. The dining room capacity is of 120 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I just want to say that sir Sirceno was an absolutely amazing and super energetic and highly knowledgeable server! He made our experience in San Diego at the first dinner so exciting and the both of us cannot stop talking about what a sweetheart and how animated and jovial he is! He made our experience just that much more exciting and that we will definitely recommend the restaurant too many many of our friends and family and plan to return back when we visit San Diego again in the near future thank you again so very much for the wonderful time that we had during our five year wedding anniversary!
My husband and I were in San Diego for a conference and looked up restaurants in the area. DeMedici sounded great and we were not disappointed. The service, ambiance and food were all top quality. We were able to have a conversation without shouting above the crowd. Now back to the food-WOW! We both had one of our favorites, veal ossobucco, which was the best ever! The texture was perfect and the sauce was fabulous. The risotto was excellent. Nothing was left on our plate. And the accompanying wine suggested by the waiter was absolutely wonderful. We topped it off with an ice cream sundae- the end of a perfect meal. I would recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly and can't wait to go back!
A nice alternative to the other loud and new restaurants in the neighborhood. Old world service, excellent food; however would recommend they add Mount Gay rum to their liquor choices. It was nice to enjoy a conversation without yelling. Lasagna was delicious and quite traditional with the bolognese sauce, and quite filling.
We are always happy with our dining experience at De Medici. We make a special trip from Temecula to come down for one of their specialities which is the Steak Diane, made tableside and it is quite a show! On this evening, they were not featuring that on their menu but I requested it and our wonderful waiter, James, who also became our personal chef, made it special for us! It was just as we had remembered, delicious! He also made us a lovely Caesar salad tableside. Best Caeser salad we have ever had! We also ordered the special which was the Chilean Sea Bass...one word, WOW! Such good flavor and cooked perfectly! For dessert, their homemade Tiramisu and again, BEST we have ever had! My mouth is watering now thinking of all these delectable dishes!
There is not too many restaurants left in this town where you can get good quality food AND impeccable service! Every person working in this restaurant is friendly and gives outstanding customer service! They get 10 stars in our book!
This is THE restaurant if you want a superior dining experience. Perfectly attentive staff, warm, inviting ambiance, wonderful wine selection, impeccably prepared dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients. Our special evening out could not have been better.
The food was ok. The restaurant is outdated, seems like they haven't changed a thing since 1990.
Service was good until we weren't the only ones in the restaurant. Seems the staff can't handle more than one table at a time even though there were 4 people walking around. I still had to wait 5 min at least before I could wave someone over to order another beer.
Very disappointing, I took my wife here for her 35th birthday and thanks to this restaurant I look like I made no effort.
I would have gotten a better reaction if I took her to TGIF.
Seriously over priced food from a menu that hasn't changed for over 20 years and an uncomfortable dining experience.
My wife and I went there for our 24th wedding anniversary this weekend. We were impressed with the decor and classy style of the restaurant. My reservations were right on time and were seated immediately by a friendly host. The food was fantastic and the Ceaser salad prepared at our table was an awesome presentation. Best of all was our waiter, "Juan". He was a fantastic attentive waiter with a great sense of humor and friendly demeanor. Great experience and we will return with our friends for the Banana desert.
Thanks for the great night.
Excellent traditional Italian cuisine right in the heart of the Gaslamp District! The menu is a nice variety of dishes, with delicious appetizers, homemade pasta, and entrees of fish, veal, chicken and meat. The service was very good and the entire staff very accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for tasty Italian food in the Gaslamp!
In the San Diego civic theater area there are many many choices for dinner. We wanted Italian and looked at pics and menus to help decide. Great choice. We got it right this time. Great food, great service, and very friendly staff. The menu had many options, a great wine list, and it was very neat and clean inside.
Was amazing. I couldn't decide and the manager gave me a half pasta option so I could be an entree too.
Even though the boyfriend told them it was my birthday, unfortunately they didn't even say happy birthday or put a candle on the two desserts we ordered and paid for.
One measure of a great restaurant is to look around the room and assess the state of mind of the customers. If this is a measure of success, de Medici was very successful. Every table on this evening could be seen smiling, laughing, and engaged in vibrant conversation. No doubt this was fueled by the exceptional food and an excellent staff. Indeed, de Medici took traditional Italian offerings to a new level. Of particular note was the Caesar salad made table side, which was prepared with entertaining flare and resulted in flavors and freshness that made it arguably the best Cesar we have experienced. Equally noteworthy was the bone-in veal parmigiana - tender, full of flavor, impressively presented. Another sign of a great restaurant is the presence of a veteran waitstaff. De Medici was staffed by a crew of people with many years in the food industry who bring a passion for customer interaction and a pride in their restaurant. They worked together like a finely honed machine. Add a respectable wine list and inspiring Italian decor and there should be no surprise that every table in the restaurant was having a wonderful evening. De Medici is highly recommended.
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