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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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