Amici's Ristobar

4.3
243 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday: 11am - 11pm
Saturday: 10am - 11pm
Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Happy Hour:
Monday 3pm - 10pm
T/W/Su 3pm - 6pm
Th/F/Sa 3pm - 5pm
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Phone number
(858) 847-2740
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Rhoelle Gabriel
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Catering
We offer custom catered menus that are created on a event by event basis. Please feel free to call Amici's and ask to speak to Nikole, our special event coordinator.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carmel Valley & Del Mar Heights
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Parking details
Self Parking lot in shopping center
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Public transit
Bus
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Special events & promotions
meetings, birthdays, anniversary, graduations, wedding rehearsals, and more
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 243 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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K
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service !

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T
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. We had tasty calamari and a wonderful beet salad followed with a beef tortellini and a side of cauliflower. The cauliflower was good but very strong flavored & pricey for what you get. We definitely recommend and we will return!

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San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Restaurant week and ordered from the $35 menu. I loved the octopus 🐙 appetizer, jerk chicken 🍗 and carrot 🥕 cake for dessert. We also got tiramisu and all was delicious 😋

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h
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, Great Service, and Best selection of wines
We keep coming back to try new menu items and our favorites
Wonderful Restaurant

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M
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

It was crowded and the waiter was slammed. Service was not great

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MS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately understaffed . The staff were doing their best but management is ultimately responsible

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P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was very good, however when I made the reservation on-line with Open Table a few days before the 6 of us showed up, it seemed they did not know we were coming. We had to wait a few minutes for them to scoot tables together and seat us. So call them directly to make a reservation in lieu of Open Table. It was probably an oversight, I'm sure, but the food was very good and the service was good too. The restaurant is clean and very well decorated.

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g
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Service was a little slow which was surprising since we went early and it wasn't very crowded. Would return for sure.

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s
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a nice brunch used to go when it was Dolce; does not seem that much different; will definately go again.

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JS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and spectacular pasta ! Add a great bottle of Chianti Classico and it’s a wonderful evening

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BS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

First time there. We had a reservation, but there was a line of people waiting to check in - and no hostess in sight. After standing there for about 10 minutes, the hostess gave us a very limited selection of tables, and walked away. We saw a few empty booths and sat down at one. After the waiter finally brought our bottle of wine and cocktail, the manager came over to our table and said there had been a mistake, and we would have to move to another table. We were stunned (and as a sidelight, the majority of the other patrons were very poorly dressed). I suggested to my husband that we just leave and go somewhere else. As we were getting up, the manager said "the problem had been solved," and asked us to stay. Food service was terrible. It took an HOUR to get some simple pasta dishes - the ones recommended by the waiter.

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h
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service
Delicious Food

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JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The brunch menu was appealing. I ate the pizza and it was delicious. Just the right amount. Everyone enjoyed their food. The only reason I’m not super excited is because of the service. Everything was super slow, from ordering to the food being delivered. Our waitress didn’t even remember what we ordered. I would understand if they were busy but the place only had three tables occupied. Again, the food tasted amazing and for that reason I would go back.

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CB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good, nice selection. The decor was cool and inviting. The service was impeccable. We liked this when it was Dolce at the Highlands, but with leaning more toward italian, we like it even more.

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NS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was so delicious!! We sat at the patio because it was slightly quieter than indoors. We had the bruschetta appetizer which was amazing! The tomatoes were juicy and sweet and the cheese was creamy and delicious. I ordered the Bronzino special which was pricy but so good. It was stuffed with crab and had squash to accompany topped with fried onions. My one son had the steak special which he devoured! The steak was cooked perfectly and the side potatoes were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. So good!! My other son ordered the pasta with clams. He wanted to compare the dish to the one in Italy and he said it was even better! Loved everything and will definitely be back. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and we were greeted with a smile. LOVED!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was surprised the value I got , food was excellent and an unexpected affordability. I’ll be back

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H
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostesset us with a smile and a hello; we were seated promptly. Server - Vanessa tool great care of us and checked in frequently to make sure everything was ok.
Appetizers (lamb, portobello, and octopus) and dinner choices were delicious.
Will definitely return.

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F
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was fair - food was okay.

Bus boy brought water to the table in a large bottle and did not offer to pour it.

Fish soup was ordered with mussels which were not in the dish - waiter said the chef was not including them
in the "soup".
Folks at the next table ordered pasta with mussels after our order was served. They got the mussels.

My friend got sick the next day - we both ordered the lamb chop starter. Not sure what made her ill.

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W
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Solid food and service. Beautiful restaurant, and a fun patio. Plus they have Allagash White!

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K
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is in the old Dolce building. Was surprised that Dolce closed and did not hear anything about this new place.
That said - all was wonderful but a bit expensive.
The food and service were excellent, most especially the fresh bread and fried artichokes!

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B
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had high hopes, but won't be going back. It was like they had never run a restaurant before - service was poor and nearby tables were piled high with dirty dishes. It took over 15 minutes to just get a glass of water, and when we ordered a bottle of wine, a single glass arrived. As for the food, it was average at best. Whatever you do, don't order the gnocchi. My 25 year old son could not even eat it and ending up eating half of my wife's tortellini.

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P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful bartenders. Very accommodating,good food. Lovely restaurant

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SV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza was amazing. Everyone in our party truly enjoyed their food.

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KW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, it’s not the same as before and not in a good way. I came here many times when it was Dolce, and the food was much better. Everything now is way too salty and what we received and ate, wasn’t worth the price. It’s trying to be a fancy 4 star restaurant, with the decor and ambiance, which is what it used to be, but the food reminds me of a 2 star restaurant. It felt like I was at a chain restaurant and based on the menu, like I was at Buca de Bepo.

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LL
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was my first time dining at this establishment. The decor and ambiance were very nice. I love the portraits of the beautiful ladies eating spaghetti. Very cute and charming! Our server was attentive and polite. My low stars are for the food. Our pizza was burned to a crisp. The crust, pepperoni and the bottom were all black. I couldn’t believe that a chef would hand black pizza to a server and that the server would actually serve it. My husband was polite and said they recently opened so maybe it’s a learning curve and he ate it! We also had the beet salad which was delicious. My advice is stick to the salads.

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GE
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere for a casual dinner with great food.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The starter salad was wilted . Food unimaginative

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n
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall would come again. Service was fantastic. Food was good and ambiance was there.

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OT
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

New owners, same menu. Food was very good and fresh except one salad which was wilted. However, wait staff seemed very confused. Waiter didn’t know the meals without reading ingredients, wait staff seemed confused. When asked to share a salad, came with no extra plates and when asked, came back with bread plates..., twice....
Selected a wine from the menu, didn’t have it and substituted another for it. Brought coffee and no cream (pretty basic stuff). Did provide a free birthday dessert for the table which was nice. Good food so will wait to see if they can solve the waiter training issues...

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AW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ladies night, awesome time! Sat on the patio enjoying live music on a beautiful summer night. Split a bunch of apps and you gotta try the “I Lean Martini” - a skinny girl ‘s delight ❤️ New owners are Killlin it!!!

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DL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Server did not provide us with recommendations despite us asking several times. He described the food and how it was made but didn't really help us navigate the menu. We had to request bread be served three times before we finally got it at the same time as our meal. We also asked for freshly grated Parmesan cheese (seems like every Italian restaurant should have this) but they only had a salt shaker with grated cheese like Pizza Hut. Pasta didn't seem to be made fresh in house, and our waiter told us the tortellini was store bought. Food was good, but nothing memorable.

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L
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The noise level in the restaurant was so high that it was challenging to have a conversation. The food was ordinary, nothing special. We are not going back.

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JS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Extremely high noise level, sitting at a table for four we were barely able to hold discussion. Frequently having to ask the person across the table to repeat themselves. But outstanding food

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M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The new management (recently changed from Dolce) was generous enough to honor my passport card because the old management used to. For the record, I would have understood completely had they denied it. But as a consequence of taking one of the four entrees off the bill they added a non negotiable 18% tip on the pre discounted total. Generally that's what I tip, but I did not appreciate having no option, and frankly, our service did not warrant it. Also, when asked, one of the four of us mentioned to the server that he did not care for his meal (it did seem different from the menu description) the server acted as if he did hot hear the remark. One of us had to ask for the wine she ordered well after everyone else got theirs. And my personal pet peeve: the server cleared plates before all parties were finished eating, leaving one person with a plate in front of them eating alone. Very uncomfortable.

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RF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant for taking our dog on outside patio.

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JS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Predecessor Dolce was excellent. Same chef, I am told, but the menu was dumbed-down and not as interesting. OK, but nothing like the original

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A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The refreshed dining room and menu are excellent.

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c
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent dinner great service-they didn't rush us at all. the new octopus appetizer was wonderful. loved the Portobello fries , too, nice pasta choices and excellent pizza. would go back in a minute. nice outdoor patio dining, too

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D
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and a place for lunch with friends!

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Unique wine menu.

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