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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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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.2

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Cozy (7)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Casual (3)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Bar Seating (2)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 10, 2012

Best service and decor of any restaurant in San Diegol

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 9, 2012

We had a wonderful time at de Medici Cucina Italiana. The restaurant is beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was outstanding. We will return next time we are in San Diego.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2012

Food was outstanding waiter was very nice and offered lots of suggestions. Only drawbacks were they were very busy so service was somewhat slow. Noise level was over load do to a prom party and bachlorte party in the same area as our table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2012

Delightful ! Great food! Great waiter ! One of our favorite restaurants !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2012

The service, wine, and ambiance were excellent but the food was just ok. My husband's take on it is that they have a fabulous chef and an inexperienced buyer. Even the best chef can only do so much with poor quality materials. He ordered the osso bucco, which tasted vaguely like lunch meat. I had the fettuccine Alfredo, which needed more parmesan. Over all I would come for the wine list and the fresh bread, but nothing else.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 30, 2012

Chocolate Martini followed by Caesar Salad prepared table-side, the Sole Portofino signature dish and Bananas Foster prepared table-side. All recommended on the website, excellent, well timed service made this a very pleasant experience and I will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 22, 2012

Honestly, I'm not sure why this restaurant would get a good review. It's very uninspired and pretends to be something more than it is. I had a salad, that except for the delicious arugula, had a flavorless dressing. My enttee, the veal chop milanese, was likewise lacking flavor and inspiration.
I didn't have anything that would make this a reataurant I would ever recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2012

If you get past the bar next door that utilizes their patio for "free lung cancer handouts" it's excellent!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 18, 2012

We come here every time we are in San Diego. The food and service are comsistently excellent every time. The sole portofino is fabulous even if you are not a regular fish eater
Quality matters and you find it here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2012

Every visit to San Diego, dining at de Medici is always on the schedule. We have been dining here for several years now and the quality of service, food, ambiance and overall experience is always exemplary. Beautiful restaurant, wonderful food and the BEST Tiramisu you'll ever find. Highly recommend de Medici's!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 10, 2012

Excellent service and food. Would definitely come back here and recommend to me friends for a romantic (albeit slightly pricey) date.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2012

Sadly, we arrived for an early dinner 5;30, and our waiter was much more focused on setting the tables or anything he could find to occupy himself rather that us. We waited for almost 30 minutes before he found time to bring water and take orders. He neglected to mention a single option or special (we hear the owner at a neighboring table later in the evening outline many options that sounded superb). We may try again, but this first visit was very dissappointing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 27, 2012

Superb service. 6 out of 7 items were really excellent. The one "off" item could have been a fluke and I didn't want to mar our evening by complaining as it was someones(me) main course and couldn't have been replaced without a major pause in the evening so I don't know how they would have dealt with it but prefer to think they would have made it up somehow.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 24, 2012

I am not from San Diego, if de Medici Cucina Italiana is not one of the top 5 restaurants in San Diego, I am really surprised. I have traveled and eaten in many excellent restaurants in my 69 years and this one is right up there with the best. The food was well prepared and well served. I will return and recommend highly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2012

upscale/traditional italian restaurante.the wine stewards breathe the wine at your table or at the table behind you if you don't order any. the chocolate martini was AMAZING! and so was the food. The osso bucco walked by and looked so good I had to get it and lucky me it was the last one they had. It is slightly expensive but well worth splurging on a good meal like this one. our meal consisted of the melanzane a la parmigiana and it was done very well..non breaded, fresh mozzarella, For our main courses we got the aforementioned melt in your mouth osso bucco and the also very delicious ravioli and caneloni with lobsters stuffing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 14, 2012

This is a great place to celebrate an occasion, especially for 2 people, however, a larger group is accommadated well. Good ambiance, good food (hot plates) and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 10, 2012

This was an outstanding experience - from the ambiance to the food. Even the tomatos in my salad were extra tastey! This restaurant gets the highest rating from my family and me. And my children are very picky.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 5, 2012

The food especially the petrale sole and the lobster raviolis were simply outstanding. One of the best Italian restaurants on the west coast!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2012

We have been here several times. The food is consistently excellent. The servers have been regret a long time and take pride in their work. The spaghetti pomadora was especially tasty, as it can be ver bland. We had veal Marsala swimming in mushrooms and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 23, 2012

Food was great, service was excellent. It proved to be a bit noisy than I'd hoped for a date, but it wasn't unbearable. I'd definitely eat here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 19, 2012

Steak was too fatty. Lasagna was poor

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2012

Service was good... reasonably priced wine and the serving was a nice touch. Much too congested in dining area.. layout is difficult. The manager was working the issues and that is always a positive. This is in a tourist area and some of the distraction are based on that. Food was alright but nothing especially well... the service saves the place and I would eat there again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 16, 2012

Client loved the place - was looking for an Italian place just like he used to go to in New York City. Every dish was well made. Osso buco and veal chops were enormous and tender.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 6, 2012

Food was good. Nice, busy atmosphere with multiple opportunities for table side service. Our server was a little off - obviously "trying" to be friendly. A bit difficult and inflexible. Someone at our table did not want the twice baked potato with the veal marsala, instead wanted pasta - no substitution, instead a half order of pasta for $9 extra - then - only marinara or alfredo sauce? Why not marsala sauce? Finally the waiter accepted the order and said he would see what he could do. Yes, side of pasta and extra side of marsala sauce - for a mere $9... There are other amazing italian restaurants in Little Italy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2012

Good basic food -- it's like going back in time to a restaurant in the 70's.
One of my daughter's favorite places.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 22, 2012

I have been twice, and would go back when back in San Diego. Great location, in Gas Lamp district. Walkable from the waterfront hotels. Good for tables of 2 or 4.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 17, 2012

Excellent service and food. Old fashioned Italian dining, very enjoyable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 16, 2012

one of favorites. Always good food and good service

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 16, 2012

I love this place for a few reasons. It reminds me of my favorite restaurants from when I lived in NYC. It has the old world feel with most of the staff seeming as if they have worked there forever in the sense that they are experienced, attentive and know the food so well. The ambiance is romantic and elegant without being the least bit pretentious. You can tell it is a favorite by the patrons who come in. It is not your typical tourist crowd but seems as if they have many regulars.
The owner Sal is wonderful and while dining there this evening my boyfriend and I were commenting how he clearly has a love for his restaurant. He greeted everyone and checked in with us and couldn't have made us feel more welcome and took amazing care of us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2012

I Love Medici. Me and my Girlfriend visit Medici often and we always have a great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Very enjoyable evening ! Everyone was very nice from the hostess, waiter, servers ! Would go there again !! Love the outdoor dining but not in the winter ??

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 12, 2012

High class all the way! Premium dining experience...both food and service. Vallet parking just outside so no worries about trying to find a parking place in the Gaslamp area. Very pricey...so we save this place for the most special occations.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2012

It is a classic Italian place, if you like that scene is perfect for date night.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2012

Food was very very good, not quite excellent, but the service was truly excellent in a city where the service is usually somewhere between awful and mediocre, and the waiter even brought me reading glasses! Menu seemed a just a bit pricey but that is par for the Gaslamp, always tad overpriced. Our guests had to order their fourth choice of wine as they ran out of their top three choices. They settled on Ruffino Chianti at $75 a bottle, again a bit pricey. The owner, Mario is a very gracious and amiable host who came over to schmooze. He bought us dessert, a fantastic Bananas Foster. All in all a solid 3+ out of 5. Not a loud place so we could all chat. Would definitely go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2012

Great food and amazing service. Caesar salad and Bananas Foster are prepared tableside and it makes for a nice show.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2012

Over all this place is the place and I can't wait to come back to San Diego to eat here again. The food was outstanding, service was wonderful,.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2012

Absolutely fantastic restaurant. The owner is constantly checking on how satisfied you are. Small space creates quaint atmosphere.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 5, 2012

We dine here every time we are in San Diego.The food is always wonderful and the service is top notch. The bananas foster is totally worth the extra calories!!Your waiter prepares it at your table and it is just sublime.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2012

The food was outstanding! The service was without a doubt the most attentive to detail I have ever experienced. As a traveler for work, I am used to dining out, all i can say about this experience is Fabulous.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2012

They have a wonderful veal chop and the pollo picata is the best I have ever had. Be sure to end your meal with the tiramasu. It's delightful!

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