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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 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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
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Authentic (16)
Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love this place. They make a point at making you feel special, and they do it well!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful food and service. We will be back next time we are in San Diego.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Could not have been a more perfect evening. Service and dinner was just superb.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food and very attentive waiters. I enjoyed my evening thoroughly. Amazing experience. Thank you!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had the signature sole dish. It was absolutely fantastic! The potatoes were to die for.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a great meal! The salmon was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were tasty. The tortellini with pancetta and peas in Alfredo sauce was light and tasty. The service was great, friendly and professional. We loved our meal.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

By far the best restaurant downtown San Diego. We always love to go here.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Birthday dinner for son

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

I rated the noise level as moderate because we were on the patio with the street noise. The service was top notch and the food was excellent. I will come back here again the next time I am in San Diego.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Bland linguini with clams. The salad was a more flavorful and satisfying dish.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.
Bruce

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

This Place was AMAZING!!!!!!
The food was FANTASTIC and the service was the best I have ever had!!!
I will go back eveytime I am in San Diego!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great restaurant for everyday average Italian food. The food was very good but the menu was dated. The wine list was inadequate.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great waiter, good food, friendly people will definitely go back

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vip
 (Yosemite)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Wonderful place to dine. Food was incredible. Service was outstanding! Highly recommend. One of the best restaurants we dined at in past 35 years!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 6, 2017

A go-to spot when we visit Coronado. Food and ambience was as great as always. Juan was amazing and took great care of us. His assistant was fabulous as well. Juan's Di-Juan mustard for the caesar salad was especially memorable!!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is a classic Italian restaurant with an extensive menu. Great food!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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!

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was served promptly, perfect temperature and delicious. This was our fourth time going here and will be back again

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great house special of stuffed sole that we both enjoyed. Sat outside because we like people watching and got an eye and earful of entertainment. Prices on the high side. In all an email enjoyable dining experience downtown.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Caesar salad excellent as usual, Oso Bucco was falling off the bone. Gelato and berries were fantastic.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Awesome as always

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went here due to good reviews... So disappointing, service was ridiculously slow, one steak overcooked and the other raw, and it was way too noisy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great place and great service.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The service was outstanding and the food was great, especially the Ravioli stuffed with Lobster.
The Veal Parmesan was the largest portion I've ever been served and very good.
The only negative was my son's steak was over cooked, but they replaced it immediately.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

We love dining at De Medici Cucina! Excellent server food and dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wonderful, great food , outstanding service.Really convient location to see a show and have dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A perfect place to truly dine and enjoy conversation with friends.The menu has a nice variety. The meats are cooked to perfection. Their fish dishes amazing. Two things you can't always count on in a high end Italian food restaurant.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was average italian. I was really hoping to get a great Italian meal in little Italy area. The eggplant parm was soggy like a stew. Over priced as well.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Ate there for the first time. Loved our meal. Two for Scott the veal scallopini piccata and they give you look very nice size portion meet was very tender the sauce was lemony perfect. The carrots had a sweet cinnamon flavor which were absolutely delicious and the broccoli was cooked perfectly. My husband and other friend got the fillet of soul and they also loved their meal. The Caesar salad was prepared at the table and was done beautifully. The field greens with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes was deliciously done with a very light dressing. We ate inside and had very quiet elegant area, yet we could be dressed casually. They also serve outside, which tends to be noisier for the millennials. I highly recommend going here especially if you're going downtown to the symphony opera or Theatre. Very conveniently located in the gaslamp near Horton Plaza.

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