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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

3 seating times available: 6:00 P.M., 8:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. Serving our regular dinner menu. Last seating to join us for dinner will receive complimentary champagne and party favors to ring in the New Year 2018!

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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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4.5

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (17)
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Authentic (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
People Watching (3)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 18, 2017

As usual, we loved our dinner here. Food was excellent. Staff was excellent from reception to waiter to water's assistant to manager stopping by the table. The only disappointment was the caesar salad. It did not have a great taste, as we have always had in the past. Realizing that the salad is prepared by our waiter tableside, we are in his hands as to how well he can make the salad. Frankly, we will probably pass on this salad next time we visit. At $30.00 for two salads it has been worth it in the past. But this time around it was a disappointment. They have many other appetizers to select from and we will gladly try another choice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Very overpriced - VERY. Food is delicious and wait staff wonderful - but be prepared to spend some $.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 14, 2017

The owner is exceptional host. Would definitely return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Husband and I love coming here. Service is outstanding. Old world charming and overall one of our favorite family dinner places for the Italians our family they say it's authentic.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 4, 2017

This authentic Italian restaurant is a true Gem. The service, ambiance, food & wine is impeccable. Our party of 4 enjoyed pasta specialties & a delicious sole stuffed with crab, shrimp & lobster. Oh My!

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The restaurant delivered on excellent service and outstanding cuisine. I will return whenever I am in San Diego

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The Insalate de Caesar prepared tableside is a special touch and the Veal Milanese is the best anywhere, Juan is a true gentlemen and one of the greatest waiters you will find... highly recommend and will return again!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent service. Waiter paced food arrival nicely. Great wine selection.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 23, 2017

As good as it gets for business dining...great food and good place for conversation...veal parmigiano, Cesar Salad... best ever

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 17, 2017

De'Medici was a nice, comfortable and enjoyable experience on a wet night in San Diego. With attentive but unintrusive service and good food we were comfortable and unhurried.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! Seated us ahead of scheduled reservation time. Phenomenal service, Juan was superb! The Ceasar salad, that was made from scratch in front of us, was the best we have ever had! A rose was presented to my wife as soon we were seated, this was just a small gesture on the staff's part but was a huge hit! Would definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants! We brought another couple here last year and now it's one of their favorites as well. On this visit, the food was excellent, as always! Never anything but perfect! However, on this visit, 2 things were not up to the high standards normally we experience here. One, the service was not top notch, as it usually is. It was adequate, but not great. Also, we ordered 2 classic cocktails, and they were not great either. They were both very weak and either the waiter or bartender wasn't sure of the contents of one, so our waiter asked us for that. When served, it didn't taste like what was described was used. Wine, with dinner, was very good. This place is on the high side, but normally worth every cent for a special occasion dinner out.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband and I use to love this place, so going there for this years Valentine's Day made us both excited. We walked in and the place looked amazing, but that was the end of our excitement. Food was bland, customer service was rushed and terrible. So sad because before we left for Japan 4 years ago I would have never guessed I would have come back to this. 😱😡😥

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great Valentine's dinner with girl

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 7, 2017

The wait staff was wonderful. But the food was not worth the price. Wine list was so-so, but the wines were reasonably priced. It wasn't a bad meal, but it wasn't memorable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2017

I was very impressed with the service and the amazing food. The ambiance was perfect for our date night. We look forward to coming back again soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2017

GREAT SERVICE and FOOD, but PRICEY. An outstanding and sophisticated menu with many unique choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2017

The menu is beyond reproach - of the four different entrees I’ve tried, each was among the best I've had anywhere and the abalone can't be found anywhere else. We greatly enjoy the quite ambience, and the superior service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2017

I was giving the restaurant a second chance. The first time a number of months ago was so-so. I decided to give it another try because I had a coupon. Our waiter was very attentive and personable. He recommended the signature sole stuffed with lobster, shrimp and crab. Wanting fish, I thought I'd give it a try. It came on a plate that looked impressive, but when I dug in, I noticed the mashed potatoes looked, felt and tasted like they had been pre-squeezed onto the rim of the plate MANY hours earlier and simply heated up on the plate when I ordered. The sole wrapped around the inside stuffing, but neither the stuffing or the sole had any taste. It wasn't well seasoned and could have been anything stuffed inside the bland thin sole. It also happened to be one of the most expensive dishes on the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was our first visit to a restaurant our friends had enjoyed before. We were not disappointed. Our food was delicious. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great food. Staff was very knowledgeable and treated us well. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2017

The food at deMedici is always wonderful. The wait staff is always very attentive to your needs. This is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. Enjoyed the Cognac show, heating the glass with fire and warming the cognac.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Great restaurant, excellent food, great wait staff, a bit pricey but overall very good place to eat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We've been going to de Medici for years and the menu never disappoints. The table side Caesar is a nice experience especially if you want to impress guests. There is an extensive wine menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2017

First time there, had the best food, bartender was awesome at recommending food, cocktails, everything. Entire staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the food was phenomenal!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 10, 2017

This restaurant harks back to the good ole days when you got table side salad service and flaming desserts!! The entrees were delicious as well with many choices. Showing you the types of meat cuts was pretty good as well.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great food and service. Be prepared for food prep taking 45 min + to arrive, even with half full house !

Tags: Good for Groups, Organic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Our server Antonio was great, he prepared the Caesar salad right before us...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Excellent spot for outstanding "old school" service, great food, and a memorable dining experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We took our parents out for New Year's Eve expecting great things (they are in their 80's). The food was fair at best. It was early, so crowds did not impact the quality of the food. We ordered standard lasagna, spaghetti and steaks. Again, we would rate this as "fair," but for the price we would never go there again. Disappointing to say the least. The only positive was Juan's outstanding service that night!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Excellent ambiance, attentive service, and food. The table side prepped Caesar Salad is a must. The homemade pasta is awesome, and fish and veal dishes we had were melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 31, 2016

very good service and atmosphere

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Excellent as always. We always enjoy this restaurant when in town. The waiters know what is good and describe the dishes beautifully.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2016

I felt completely ripped off. Horrible food. Wine list sucked big time. Grumpy waiter. Outrageously high prices. Dated decor. I would recommend not going here. The only reason we went was because my sister heard they serve Osso Buco

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We came here for a client dinner. The hostess saved us two different tables and let me choose which one I wanted, even on a busy Saturday night. Everyone from the hostess, waiter, wine steward and owner were lovely and friendly. The menu is huge and varied. There are family recipes from every region in Italy. The wine list was extensive. It was a lovely evening and our clients were impressed as well. We will definitely be back next time we are in town for a conference!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Service was slow. Owner/host picked and choose which tables to spend time at and give extra service too. Took 45 minutes for pasta dish and chicken parm to come out from time we ordered. Food was great. Odd red lights.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2016

For the final dining experience of our San Diego trip I was wide open to all the SD had to offer. I just got lucky picking de Medici from all the great options in the Gas Lamp district. It is a class white table cloth Italian atmosphere. Our waiter was prompt and very personable throughout. I chose the signature dish of the house - the Sole Portofino. It was delivered with the pomp and circumstance it deserved and lived up to its reputation. Dessert was excellent - as was the entire experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Excellent dining experience!
The authentic Italian menu items are delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2016

This is a really good place for dinner. The atmosphere is formal, but not stuffy. Service is excellent and there is a wide variety of dishes on the menu. The wine list is pretty good as well. This is the second time I was there and it was a good as the first time. I highly recommend the place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Delicious, great place to go for any occasion! Friendly and attentive staff, to die for spaghetti & meatballs, Sole was divine. Pistachio gelato was home made, creamy and very flavorful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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