Permanently Closed - Amici's Ristobar

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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Azdining
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

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vipTaylor
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I had reservations for our dinner with friends. I went in first while my husband parked the car. I reported to the front which had nobody manning it. I stood there. And stood there. And stood there for at least five whole minutes. Another gentlemen came in to pick up a to go order and said something to me like, ‘I’ll bet you haven’t been helped yet. We came in last week and had the same problem.’ The bartender finally saw us talking and said someone would be with us soon. This was the first recognition of my being there. Although he knew I had already been there for a while. That was a bad first impression.

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viphoneybee
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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RobB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner. Charge was $50 on a set menu. I like the restaurant but this was a money maker for them and I walked away feeling gouged. Nothing special with setup? How about some hearts. Set menu with a salad I ordered that felt like it was done early afternoon and tossed in fridge. Reasonable meal (fish) but small piece and nothing special. Dessert was a rip off - crappy selection of tarts that were not special. I have to admit... I expected more. Great time with wife and son, but meal was too expensive for value received.

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vipPdub
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Omar! He always takes amazing care of me no matter the occasion or size of the party!

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mojonana3
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had very slow service last night. The food was not up to usual standards. Salads greens were not real
crisp and food was not as hot as it should be.
We are usually very pleased but, not so much last night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Server was condescending; there was no acknowledgement of my husband’s birthday. No expectation of a special dessert, but neither the hostess or the server even said Happy Birthday to my husband which I had noted in my reservation. However the food was delicious!

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vipDebbe
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good but the noise level made it impossible to talk with our friends. It really ruined the evening.

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vipPeteH
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great surprise! We went here to meet our daughter who lives in Del Mar and were blown away by the food, service and especially the wine list and wine service. Few restaurants take the trouble to serve red wine at the proper temperature (no - it should NOT be served at room temperature). Even more surprising was that I ordered a glass of wine, not a bottle. Their food is wonderful, but I'll return for their wines which are both reasonably priced and impeccably served.

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vipMollyS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and outstanding service!

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zzzz
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

New Years Eve dinner. Large party was in the place so noise level I'm sure was louder than usual but was fun atmosphere. Pros of dinner were the Brussels sprouts, Octopus, Calamari and beef tenderloin were outstanding! However the lasagna was extremely dry inedible, one of the waitresses (not ours) quickly agreed and replaced the dish. The people in our party that ordered pasta would say it was just ok. Will definitely try again since most of the food was very good. Our waiter seemed stressed and not very pleasant but will chalk it up to a very busy New Years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Very bad service. Food cold when arrived.

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to inform us of our recent miss during your visit to Amici's. We pride ourselves in our traditional dished and exceptional services but I understand your experience did not reflect that. If you could please reach out to me directly at eric.k@amicisristobar, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to better understand what may have happened during your visits and to have you back in. Thank you, Eric, General Manager

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vipServiceAbominable
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We have been to Amici's before several times. Food is good, but this time the service was awful and the waiter seemed to have Alzheimers and nothing was right. Wrong food, kept forgetting things that were requested, and then billing issues. The waiter represented the special to my wife totally wrong and it was totally disappointing as it was nothing like she expected and was going to order something else she wanted and waiter convinced her the special was similar but better. Wrong. Nothing was right and very frustrating. The manager tried to make up by giving us more gelato which we already ordered and did not want, so big deal compensation for many mistakes. So lots of frustration, bad service and best compensation they have is to give us three extra balls of gelato that we did not want.

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
Responded on December 4, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to inform us on our miss during your recent visit. I am very sorry to hear that your experience with both our service and food was a disappointment to you. If you could please reach out to me directly I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to resolve this and have you back in. Best, Eric, General Manager Eric.k@amicisristobar.

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VeronicaH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and we would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the drinks were yummy! Our waiter was attentive and the host, Aaron was awesome! He even dropped by our table a couple of times to check on us. Will definitely come back.

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LindaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner in a private room. Perfect friendly service. If you don't like spicy be sure to ask that the red pepper flakes be left out.

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takisv
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We visited the place in the past and we liked it.
Not the same anymore. The bartenders are very serious, close to rude.
The food was OK but nothing spectacular
For Friday night the place was pretty empty and not warm as it used to be.
I do not think we are going to visit soon.

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hi There, Thank you so much for letting us know about how you feel your experience at Amici's has recently changed. Please know that we truly bring any and all feedback to our team. If you could please reach out to me directly at eric.k@amicisristobar.co(m) I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to get you back into our doors and better understand your experience. Best, Eric, General Manager

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DanC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter, Victor, was fabulous! The service was remarkable and the food, oh the food...delicioso!

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LynneL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our first time at Amici's... food was outstanding and our waiter was top-notch. We will definitely be a 'return customer'

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
Responded on October 22, 2019

Hi Lynne, It is wonderful to hear about your experience with us! Please say hi the next time you stop by and be sure to check our events calendar for upcoming specials. Best, Eric, General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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CaptD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
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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KimC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 - Permanently Closed
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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vipMichelleK
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 - Permanently Closed
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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vipNeighbor
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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.

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Lefty
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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 .

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vipMeredithK
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 - Permanently Closed
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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ChadC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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 - Permanently Closed
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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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 - Permanently Closed
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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Steve
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EkaterinaF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

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.

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TWdubs
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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vipJimmy
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
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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vipEstebanG
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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 - Permanently Closed
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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ShirleyS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Amici's Ristobar - Permanently Closed
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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CaptD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 - Permanently Closed
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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TuckFrump
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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 - Permanently Closed
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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vipTampas
San Diego
96 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

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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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vipJUjussd
San Diego
11 reviews