Amici's Ristobar

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$30 and under
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Italian
Inspired by the owners’ experiences dining in Italy, Amici's creates an open and friendly place that would be perfect not only for a special date night, but also for a relaxed meal with friends and family. Located at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Amici's is a place for people to come together to have a delicious Italian meal in a warm atmosphere with outstanding service.

Trying to book a party of more than 8? For best service, call Amici's directly.
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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing food and service. We asked multiple times for items (bread, cheese, salt and pepper) and they were never delivered to the table. (The server actually laughed when we asked for bread the third time and said oh they gave it to another table). We finally stopped asking because we knew they wouldn’t bring it. Food was just ok, the veal was very greasy and fatty. The other items were ok, but nothing great that would have us going back again.

CD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Carmel Valley. It is in a league of its own.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us! We greatly appreciate the continued support. Please say hello the next time you are in! Best, Eric, General Manager

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KC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is exceptional - went in with no expectations and they blew my mind. I had the Angry Chicken which was exquisite and my daughter ordered alfredo pasta which is pretty basic usually and it was by far the best she's ever had - we'll be back and highly recommend this place

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi Kim, We are thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience with us at Amici's. Be sure to check out our monthly events calendar on our website for upcoming featured dishes! We hope to see you back in soon. Best, Eric, General Manager

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MK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good but the service left us disappointed. Our salads and entrees came out at the very same time, and, even though I had specified that we were celebrating our anniversary, they did not acknowledge at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a truly amazing experience. Probably the best Italian Food in San Diego (really). We also brought along a 2 year old who was welcome with open arms. The food, service and atmosphere is second to none. Put this stop on your Italian Food buckets list. They also have great craft cocktails and a wine list for every wine connoisseur.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience at Amici's. We work diligently to maintain our high standards and I am so happy to hear we met those during your visit. Check out our events calendar for upcoming specials and events. We hope to see you back in soon! \ Best, Eric, General Manager

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N
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Not good. Terrible food. Service mediocre. Place empty on a Saturday night and obviously the food and service have turned customers off from this place. Not going back.

L
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow service. Chicken parm overcooked and burnt. Mussels half empty. Calamari portion smallest I’ve ever had. Not that busy but appetizer and food Delivery extremely slow. Over priced for quality .

MK
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazingly quiet for a Saturday night so very enjoyable as we were able to talk without yelling! Excellent server and good meal as always. Not a fan of their bread...boring.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi Meredith, So happy to hear you enjoyed your weekend dining with Amici's! We appreciate the feedback on our bread choice and will be happy to review our offerings. We hope to see you again soon.

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CC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Mixed review as I had the Angry Chicken at the recommendation of our waiter and it was excellent. My wife, on the other hand, order linguini pomodoro with meatballs and the pomodoro sauce had an unusually strong smoky flavor (I tasted it and agreed) and the meatballs were a bit spicier than her liking. She’s a bit of a wimp when it comes to spice, but they definitely had a kick that was unexpected. Service was excellent and atmosphere was nice, but appears you need to be a bit more discerning on selecting your dish.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi Chad, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Our kitchen staff takes pride in their creations and this feedback is incredibly useful as we are always looking for areas to improve. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Eric

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was nicely presented but lacked in flavor. Both the pesto sauce pasta dishes and the tenderloin steak were greatly under salted. The tenderloin was ordered medium but was mostly dry with just a very little pink center.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi there, I want to extend a thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience with us. Please know this will be passed along in our team as our kitchen is always hungry for improvements. Feel free reach out if there is anything we can do to get you back in our doors! Thank you, Eric, General Manager

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S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy this spot for Italian food with lots of flavor and helpful servers.

EF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Great looking restaurant, but no healthy options. Pasta, pizza, lot of oil and cheese. Forgot to put chicken meat into pizza, but have fix a mistake politely. Great wine selection! Good service.

TW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening on the outside patio...can't wait to go back!

J
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good neighborhood feel. Staff is nice and food is tasty. Would recommend.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 15, 2019

Couldn’t agree more, Jimmy! Thanks for the high notes. Chef Rho is great when it comes to her daily specials. Cioppino Sundays are amazing!!

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EG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were seated and we were told that our waiter was on his way. We decided that 25 minutes was enough so we decided to leave.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Esteban, My sincerest apologies. I am aware of the situation and have talked with the teammates at the root of the miscommunication. Please contact me via email at robert@amicisristobar as I would love to invite you back. Robert General Manager

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved the food we didn’t have anything we didn’t like. Fettuccine Alfredo perfect, so was steak. Appetizers Excellent.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 13, 2019

So glad you enjoyed!! Chef Rho has the tenderloin dialed in. It is definitely one of the hidden values on the menu. Robert General Manager

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CD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessie took exceptional care of everyone at our table. It is becoming a tradition for us to celebrate a special occasion or even just an excuse for a fun night out we know we are assured a good time at Amici's. Thank you for always being the reliable choice.
Damian McKinney

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Mr. McKinney! Thanks so much for the great comments and the positive note to Jesse. I will be sure to commend him personally. Can’t wait to see you back. Robert General Manager

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TF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Regrettably, we didn't enjoy the food very much . The mussels were fishy, the spaghetti vongole was meh... on the positive side, the pasta(s) were cooked correctly and the wine was nice. But even eating from the happy hour menu, it was not good value and we didn't enjoy the food overall, so we wont return. Wouldn't recommend

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thanks so much for giving us the good with the bad. This gives us a chance to build off our successes and learn from our failures. We have a hungry team dedicated to continuous improvement. I would love the opportunity to earn your business back. Please feel free to contact me by email at robert@amicisristobar. Robert General Manager

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T
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Really nice looking place & great service. We had a wonderful cheese board, but unfortunately we didn't love either of our main dishes. I got beef tortellini that had little hard cubes of beef that just wasn't appetizing & the other dish was their special & the squid pasta looked like beatle bugs (very visually unappealing) & it was overly spicy & overly Al dente.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Tampas, I appreciate the compliment on the decor and service! As for the main dishes, I have shared your feedback with our executive chef as we are always looking for ways to get better. Thanks for taking the time! Robert, General Manager

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JU
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Terribly slow service. Especially considering there were only 2 tables outside and none inside. Just people at the bar. Took 45 mins for our food once we ordered and even our drinks took 10 mins. She never came back to check on us and I wanted a second glass of wine. Missed out on happy hour. Disappointing.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Jujussd, First, allow me to apologize for your subpar experience. We take these issues very serious and will be taking the adequate action to ensure correction. Thanks so much for your feedback and interest in seeing us improve. Robert General Manager

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h
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food
Excellent service

m
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love coming here for a casual meal during the week. A lovely neighborhood reataurant.
Servicers are friendly , good wine list and good food.

NM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The veal was burnt. Frutti di mare pasta was really bad. Won't go there again.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated Father’s day here and had a lovely dinner. All of the staff were really friendly, attentive, and helpful. The food was excellent- we had the meatballs and the octopus appetizers. Kids meals were great, and all the adult entrees were delicious. We skipped dessert, but I will definitely come back again for a cozy dinner or a girls night out. Thank you, Amici’s!

S
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Javier was awesome server and Omar at the Bar was amazing as usual.
Ro is always creative and the meals are consistently fabulous!
Great Fathers Day Dinner
Thank You

CC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for my daughter’s graduation and it is now her favorite restaurant!! Everything was fabulous with the exception of the walnuts on the cheese plate which had turned. The honey was my daughter’s absolute delight and our waiters hated that they receive it fresh daily. The braised lamb shank was beyond tender and the gnocchi ripani was light and delicious. My husband’s opinion of the pork minestrone soup was that it was the best he ever had! And he grew up in an Italian immigrant home so he knows of which he speaks. Unfortunately we did not have room for dessert but the wine list was impressive, the atmosphere was elegant and we will definitely be back for dinner and dessert in the future

IM
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A nice evening, but very pricey. A party of 7 was almost $450 w/o really being extravagant. Our server was fantastic and managed our medium-sized party well. Food is well-made but standard Italian fare, and included some vegan and vegetarian options. The pizzas were very good, and enjoyed by everyone. We were grateful for the complimentary dessert in honor of our daughter's graduation, too. Would recommend as long as the other party understood it will be expensive.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Ian, Thanks so much for the compliments on food and service! The constructive feedback on price/value is much appreciated as well. We promise to continually review our prices and stay as competitive as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any other needs/concerns via email at robert@amicisristobar Thank you, Robert General Manager

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h
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful -great place to unwind

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Looks like fancy restaurant, but serving fast food, tons of oil, waste of money.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Buffet Easter brunch had very limited selection.

A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food quality, great service. Would recommend.

SD
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding pizzas, lovely patio, pleasant service, nice wine list.

AM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food.
Nice setting.

m
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely neighborhood gem....lovely decor, good food , good service and nice wine list. A go to place
with a nice complete menu. Some gluten free things on the menu and something for everyone.

W
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This restaurant is highly over rated. Food was poorly prepared. Who ever heard of an Italian restaurant running out of bread? Microwaved Bruschetta - over cooked Brussell sprouts. We will NEVER go back

FT
San Diego
279 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Service. Fabulous Food & Wine. Great Meal. First Time to the Restaurant-It was a Hit! Homemade Pastas. Wonderful Salads. All-Around, 5-Star!

K
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal at Amici’s! The service and food were excellent. Our favorites were the Octopus appetizer and the bread pudding dessert. We will definitely go back.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 3

Blatant bait and switch. Advertised 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesday. That lured us in when we would not otherwise go out. When we ordered,our wine, they said no 1/2 price. They excluded (after-the-fact) all most popular wines. We were loyal and frequent customers. We will never be back. What a scam.

Amici's Ristobar
Responded on March 22, 2019

I am so sorry for your poor dining experience. We pride ourselves in a quality wine list and in our Wine Wednesday's, which is a fun promotion we love to offer this great community. The only way you wouldn't receive our promotion is if you ordered a wine we do by the glass, but your server should have communicated that with you before you selected a bottle of wine. I hope you are able to contact me personally at eric.k@amicisristobar. so we can make this right.

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f
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Salmon was salty and vegetables undercooked. Appetizers were just ok...

S
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

somehow the bar ran out of Jack Daniels
They said there was none. They didn't send someone to Rite Aide or Trader Joe's to buy some they just said no more Jack Daniels.
This is an awesome place. we love to come here. it is an awesome neighborhood establishment.
Bummer about the Jack!

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