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de Medici Cucina Italiana

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824 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Business Casual
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F Street
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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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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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What 824 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I had an amazing experience. It was my birthday and I went for a nice dinner for 2, I was out of town for a work conference. My kids made arrangements with the restaurant to surprise me for dinner and the staff and manager went out of their way to ensure the surprise and make it a night I will never forget. The martinis were AMAZING and the food was delicious!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing service!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great staff. Will definitely return.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

We were here early in the evening for dinner. My sole, a house specialty, was dry and tasteless. The potatoes piped around the platter were delicious. The asparagus was cooked perfectly, but the carrots looked and tasted like leftovers from the previous day. The waiter, service and ambience were outstanding.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food. Superb service. A truly excellent menu, excellent pasta and fish dishes. Service staff pay close attention to you and your every need. Love the finger bowls.
Michael and Marjie
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very enjoyable. Old school vibe, fine dining setting. Quiet. Spoke with owner (27 years) about a condiment in the lobster ravioli (his mother's recipe) - very tasty! Attentive wait staff.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

One of the best restaurants in the Gas Lamp. Great food and romantic atmosphere. Just make sure you ask for a table in the main dining room...the "special/private" dining room can be very loud when there is a table of 8 or more.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was top notch. Server was awesome. Will return. Very happy

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

De Medici was a mixed bag, and given the price, I give it 2 stars. The GOOD: the aged veal was excellent, the table-prepared caesar salad was delicious, and the asparagus were perfectly cooked. These factors suggest that de Medici COULD prepare one's entire meal to the highest standard. The service was also excellent. HOWEVER: 1) the twice-stuffed potatoes ($7 each) were flavorless, and tasted as though they had been kept (barely!) warm on a steam tray. The fulling was flat, flavorless, and the topping anything but crispy from the oven; 2) the veal chop marsala had canned mushrooms in the sauce. No $50 entree should EVER have anything but fresh mushrooms on the plate; 3) the "seasonal veggie" was baby carrots--though the asparagus on the plate were perfect, these were over-cooked and essentially grey colored--again, suggesting they had been kept on a steam table tray. Since our reservation was early in the evening (5:30 PM), I honestly suspect they'd been kept from the day prior. So all told, the meal was a mixed bag--and not of the quality and consistency one expects for the price. The carpeting in the restaurant is also looking worn, and I was told that the ladies restroom's toilet had its tank cover shattered. That's the sort of thing you expect to find in a bar that serves college students. I've had some very good meals here in the past, so I hope they get things back in order. If everything was as good as the great parts of the meal (service, salad, well-cooked asparagus and veal), I'd be giving 5 stars, not 2.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

For great meal out (expensive) -- great for special occasions or a wonderful night with friends -- everyone we've taken there have loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My wife and I went for our six month wedding anniversary after a referral from a friend. I was really excited because I am fluent in Italian and jump at any opportunity to speak with other Italians. When we got there, they greeted us and got us right to our booth. We sat down and to my surprise our waiter didn’t know Italian. Regardless, Juan provided great service. The Calimari was mediocre but the sauce and the pastas were exquisite.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lovely experience in all aspects! Our dad was a Marine stationed here 20 years ago and recommended it as the best Italian food, this is still true today. We loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

One of our favorite places. Great food, service, value, ambiance. The full package!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The Filet Mignon meatballs were to die for!!!! Wine list was admirable as well. Totally will recommend and brag about the best meal I had in the Gaslamp District all week.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food and service were absolutely outstanding. I had been looking forward to eating here and was not at all disappointed. I absolutely recommend this place. It's pricey, but totally worth every penny. My only regret is that I don't remember the waiter's name to recommend him. He was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As USUAL, excellent in all categories; from the greeting at the entrance, to our gracious hostess seating us at our favorite booth, to the farewell at the exit. Juan delivered outstanding service and excellent wine suggestions. The Cioppino Marechiaro and Sole Portofino (which I selected this time over the always savory Osso Bucco; and perhaps because the Portofino was my usual choice at the former Star of the Sea) were again excellent. Juan's selection of Tenuta Castiglioni was very drinkable. Everyone was very attentive but not intrusive. Always excellent; we return as often as possible when we are downtown. Wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Went on Sunday at 515pm, was not crowded and they had our reservation from this app. Great food, I had the Scampi Vesuvio and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge and my girlfriend had the Pollo alla Marsala, we both really liked what we ordered. The hostess who greeted us was friendly and our waiter was very attentive and informative about the menu. We waited awhile for our food but liked that because it felt they took time to prepare our food. We were there about 2 hours and never felt rushed to leave. We Would recommend this restaurant and would go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had an excellent meal. My wife had the Filet Mignon and I had the 16 oz NY York Steak. The meat was delicious. The wines were also reasonably priced. Overall, the meal was on definitely equal if not better than some very high end restaurants we have gone to in NYC.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The ambiance is really great but the food was really just so so. Wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This is a small and elegant restaurant with wonderful food. The service was great and we really enjoyed the experience. The sole stuffed with crab, shrimp and lobster was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great old-school Italian in the Gas Lamp district. Our family of 4 dined there during a brief visit in San Diego. It was highly recommended and they did not disappoint. All of the classic Italian dishes are available. Portions are large and they will accommodate your wishes. Sauce is sweet and fresh tasting. We highly recommend the table-side Caesar salad, the house specialty Stuffed Sole, and the Pasta Bolognese. The servers are experienced, friendly and very attentive.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food was very expensive for the quality. Calamari is one of my favorite things, but theirs was so overdone I almost couldn’t eat it. It was like breaded rubber bands.

The pasta was good, but adding shrimp added $15, for 4 shrimp. They were also slightly overdone.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food was fantastic. Cannelloni with seafood as an appetizer was divine. The veal chop was the best I ever had. The veal saltimbocca was very well prepared. Dessert of cannoli was a bit of a disappointment in that the shell was too hard but the filling was very tasty. We had a problem with the service. Our waiter was also assigned to a party of what seemed like well over 20 people. As such, he didn't attend to our table as frequently as would be expected. Management should take this into consideration. Would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We came to this restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. We were greeted by the staff who were very nice. Our waiter Berfilio, however was very unprofessional. He came over and was a bit curt and tried to break the ice by asking us if we wanted to do shots. I was very surprised by this comment as this is or was supposed to be a very nice restaurant and we were there for a nice dinner. We were trying to make light of this and just laughed and went with it. We didn’t order shots but we did order martinis. Berfilio tried to upsell
us every step of the way and once our food was delivered to the table, he never came back. There were not that many other guests so it couldn’t be that he was busy. If anything, it felt as though we didn’t meet his expectations of high end food items ordered perhaps. We did order several appetizers and entrees as well as premium vodka for our martinis. I found it odd that our glasses seemed so much bigger than other guests who had similar cocktails. We ordered one more martini but he brought two and made a snide remark about taking one off our bill so we just kept both and couldn’t even finish them. Once we received our bill I saw that what we were charged for large martinis. We were never given the option of small or large. If anything we believe we were taken advantage of by this waiter and his snobbery. The rest of the staff were so wonderful. Food was just okay. Have had better Italian food from frozen meals. We won’t be back! Not worth the $170

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our dinner was for a group of 7 and they seated us at a wonderful table for conversation. Some of the diners nearby were very loud. While the food was delicious and the service was wonderful, the prices make this an occasional restaurant only for most of us.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

What a wonderful experience ! The food, service and ambiance were outstanding. My husband and I were on a getaway weekend and wanted a quiet place with good food - and we certainly found it. We will make it a destination dinner place on our next visit.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good food. Extra great service. Great classic Ratpack ambiance. Bread needs work. Especially with the better than average food

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Sal and his staff were great! You must dine there when you’re in the Gaslamp

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Get the table side Caesar salad and filet of sole. Yum

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Best italian

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Fabulous meal and ambience!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I have had Italian food all over the world but this is the best. Have the Veal Parmigiana! It is out of this world. If possible ask for Juan. He is a 22 year veteran and makes an amazing table side Caesar salad.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

great booth seating + great service + exceptional Italian food = delighted customer. thank you and see you soon!

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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