Amici's Ristobar

4.3
291 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.
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JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was blah and service was bad constantly bringing out the wrong food order to us or next table. Went to take my wife for Valentines Dinner opting for the fixed meal but was so disappointed with everything we didnt even touch the dessert as it was as bad as the main course. Wont be back.

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SC
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We eat at Amici’s 3-4 times per month and have really appreciated the quality of service and food. Over the past week we have visited twice (last Saturday and this Friday) and have been disappointed.

First, last Saturday there were 4 of us. Two of us ordered the Lamb shanks and the server came back after 10 mins and announced they ran out; my husband ordered his standby- the angry chicken, which he loves and our guest ordered a pizza. The angry chicken came out 1/2 the portion size we’ve had in the past and the pizza was burned. When we complained about the burned pizza the server should have offered a salad or something while the pizza was being remade (three of us were eating) but we had to ask - disappointing especially since our guest was told they ran out of his first choice. Two strikes.


Tonight we had the portobello fries - terrible. My son didn’t know what they were (we always order the calamari, which is very good) and he said it tasted like watery mushrooms. He was exactly right. We didn’t say anything, but know never to order them again. For dinner we ordered lamb, lasagne and I had the tuna conserva salad, which I order regularly. The risotto the accompanied the lamb was cold when it was served. We complained and it came back somewhat warm, but not hot. We’ve tried the lasagna now three times hoping it would be better than the last time - not good. Nearly no flavor - we won’t order again.

We so appreciate the quality of service and used to enjoy the quality of food but the last two times it’s been a disappointment.

We really hope they can work through these issues and get back to the standards we enjoyed for the many months.

- A loyal fan.

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H
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is not bad. Environment is good but noisy. Expect to keep asking other at the table to keep repeating themselves. My table and the table next to us was wobbly, kind of annoying (I only checked the two). The service was good, prompt.

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SB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I was very disappointed with this Restaurant. I'd read great reviews and was expecting a great experience. Unfortunately this wasn't to be. The Entree's were good but we had to wait quite a while for our Main.
I ordered homemade Papadella Pasta with a spicy sausage sauce. My pasta was stuck together in one big lump. It was over cooked and the sauce was tasteless. It didn't didn't look very appetising.
My husband had a chicken dish that was dry.
I asked the Waiter to knock my course off the Bill which he did.
I wasn't going to leave a review as experiences are subjective and hopefully my experience was a one off.

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F
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food. Great ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A nice restaurant but average food and service was extremely slow.

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CM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time dining here and really enjoyed the ambiance as well as the meals. Service was very good at first but was lacking after meal was served.

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PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere

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JD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visited Amici’s for the second time in the past few months. Both times the food was delicious and the service was excellent. My husband is addicted to the pomodoro sauce, and their homemade noodles are amazing.

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JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Foods were served at right temperature. No rush. Appetizers and entres were all good tasting. This was fourth time and I was never disappointed

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was excellent. Lamb shank was delicious. Bolognese pappardelle was good but a bit dry. Will definitely come back when in the area.

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LJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was very good. I would recommend getting better bread. Good Italian food needs good fresh bread.

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BM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overall a disappointing first visit here. Our server Bob, was extremely busy-busy, got one order for salmon completely wrong - brought dried out chicken instead. The other three dishes were adequate at best. Returned after our entrees were finished and declared " ok, your options are, desert or the check" ! Really? We actually ordered another round of drinks. One positive, he took the chicken off the bill.

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m
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a casual dinner with friends. Enjoyed our food and had a nice table in the back.
Wishing there were more G/F options available.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Love the cheese plate!

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TT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fettucine with salmon was excellent. Chop salad was weak - not many ingredients that were advertised. Service was very good. A little pricey for every day meals.

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s
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in a couple of days ago on a Thursday evening, likely not a busy time for them. We enjoyed the evening, but had a couple of complaints. The focaccia bread has too much salt. :( and We had fried calamari, but it was dry and unappealing, I would not order that again. I like the fluffy potato gnocchi dish, but don't get it for the crab, it is miniscule. Other menu items such as the seafood linguini were commendable, the pasta made fresh, very good, mussels in the shell. We'll try Amici's again- service and ambience are nice, however, will try the other dishes next time.

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding in every way -- great food, comfortable environment, fantastic bar tenders,

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SP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service were wonderful as always! Had the grouper special and it was delicious!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was attentive and very nice. Had a great blackberry whisky sour. Will definitely go back!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas eve

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SC
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Once again Aminci’s is very good. The food is always excellent (angry chicken, tuna salad, and pasta this meal) and the service is very attentive. It’s definitely our neighbor favorite.

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m
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal and a really good waiter. A very, relaxing, enjoyable evening after a busy day.
Delicious food.

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SV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Amici’s several times and alwayd have a great time!

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A
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Living in the neighborhood my wife and I like to try new places in Carmel Valley and Amici’s is simply amazing.
The greeting at the entrance was warm and attentive. Our server and his service was spot on!

Our food was impeccable; the beet salad tasted perfectly dressed. The pappardelle bolognese was home made, very thin velvety and smooth tasting.
The Veal chop Parmigiana was tender and perfectly cooked.
Amici’s is a must any day. Casual dinner or a special event. I’m thinking next Tuesday just because.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant a few times now and the staff is so friendly, food is incredible and prices are reasonable. Win/Win

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service.

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F
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the third time I have dined at Amici. The food has been wonderful each time. There is energy in the room and the wait staff is very attentive. I will definitely return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

We had a 6:30pm reservation for 4 people and served our dinner at 7:50pm. Meanwhile we noticed tables of similar size who were seated later were served dinner much sooner. We were offered no discount on our dinner or appetizer due to the extreme delay in service. Based on this dining experience, we will never come back to Amici.

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LT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an informal office meeting here for 6 people, so got a table in a quieter location around the corner from the main dining area. Artichoke appetizer was AMAZING. Salmon kale salad fresh and generously sized. All enjoyed their meals immensely.

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t
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud. Waitress over-burdened, too many tables for one server.

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DW
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner and birthday celebration. Our server was very attentive. The table next to us had unruly children and the parents were oblivious. Certainly not the restaurant’s fault. The noise level was pretty significant.
Highly recommend Amici’s

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and mediocre food. Mgmt staff doesn’t know how to remedy when they don’t deliver on service or food.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service with good food. We would go back for sure.

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K
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service !

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MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service excellent, wine and cocktails extremely overpriced.

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h
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food
Great Service
Wonderful Ambience

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s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the appetizers, special note to the octopus which was perfect! Beautiful setting, and our server was really nice. Wines a little overpriced.
But everything else was great!

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CB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The decor is cool and the food was really good. We had the burrata appetizer, the meatball appetizer and the soup of the day- all delicious. Dinners were the bolognese (outstanding, super flavorful), the gnocchi (like little pillows of yumminess), and the fish of the day. All very good. The wine was nice. We split the tiramisu for desert - just okay, we would not order it again. Nice evening.

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IS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The salmon dish was amazing. Food has been excellent the 2 times we’ve been. The four stars came from the fact that when we arrived we were told by the hostess that we had to sit outside because we booked our reservation online. We felt like we were demoted for using their website versus calling. The inside has a much more romantic atmosphere which is why we chose this restaurant for a date night. The outside is very casual and doesn’t feel like it matches the ambiance one is looking for in a date night.

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