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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar
Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaenoteca.com
  • Email: cedelmar@urbankitchengroup.com
  • Phone: (858) 704-4500
  • Hours of Operation: Monday 5-9pm
    Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm
    Friday-Saturday 11:30-11pm
    Sunday 11:30am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Joe Magnanelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar
Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego’s award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca’s menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We have dined here 4 times and we will be going back often by ourselves, with family and with friends, it is that good. The unique perspective of the chef is matched by his talent. Every dish we have tried had a unexpected accent, every dish was wonderful. The service is exemplary. From the Wait Staff, to the Managers, to the Chef, everyone is there to make each dining experience feel like you are home. No question or curiosity goes unanswered. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant is eclectic and interesting, with a touch of whimsy. And I love their retail price wine concept. Cucina Enoteca is very popular. I highly recommend making a reservation during prime dinner hours. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I had heard that this was a good restaurant, but being in a former Chevy's, we did not know what to expect. We met Augusto while checking out the wine section in the entry area. His knowledge of their wine list was impressive. It was a pleasure talking with him to choose a wine for our meal. He even gave us a sample of one of the popular wines by the glass and told us of his favorite items on the menu. We followed most of his suggestions and had an amazing dinner. I also recommend all of the following: the beet salad, the stuffed zucchini flowers, the gnocchi neri with lobster, the polenta of the day and the duck pasta. They all went wonderfully with our Perussa Barolo. I can't wait for a return visit."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We decided to give Cucina Enoteca a try for our monthly Book Club meeting. The food was amazing, the service excellent, the ambience incredible but the noise level was extremely high, so we had to leave the restaurant after our meal and go to a coffee shop to discuss our books. However, I would certainly go back as the food was incredible,"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I brought my boss and two other coworkers here for lunch. The ambiance was comfortable inviting and very easy to Carry on a conversation and be heard. The staff was very attentive and friendly. I even convinced everyone to try squash blossoms and they loved them. My only critique Was the chopped salad was tasty but lack something. Croutons were nothing to get excited about I expected more. Definitely would recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Always have a great time here. The food is awesome w lots of great tastey gluten free options, awesome wine and cocktails, fun & lively ambiance. Great people watching too."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Went for a friends birthday lunch, it was such a great place to be, the décor is awesome!! Food is great! Cant wait to go back and try other appetizers and wine! Great place for a date and also to unwind with girlfriends!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The Cucina restaurants never disappoint. Had the short rib pasta and it was phenomenal. Great job folks!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Yelp reviews led us here for a birthday dinner and we were not disappointed! I was nervous that it might be a little stuffy considering it's in Del Mar but the decor was fun and refreshing, the service was top notch and the pricing was what you should expect of any worth-your-money Italian restaurant. Our party had pizzas, the short rib pappardelle, the ragu special with pork cheek and a potato mash, the squash blossom appetizer and tiramisu for dessert. Everyone was very happy with their food! We will definitely dine here again. One of the things that i really like about this place is that it can be whatever you want it to be; a casual stop for a bite, a sweet date night, a fun outing with friends...this place is worth stopping by :)"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "As first-timers, we liked that the vibrant feel of the restaurant did not get in the way of easy conversation. All 4 of us liked our meals - I really liked my Arctic Char over Kale in a delicious sauce and the Black pepper Orecchiette both with and without sausage was a hit. as was the lamb. Our waitress seemed very knowledgeable about the menu and was patient answering our questions. Will definitely return to try more dishes!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is, hands down, the best new restaurant in North County... not that I've eaten at all of them. I've eaten at Cucina Enoteca at least 5 times now, for both lunch and dinner, and every thing I've had here has been excellent. The service is always outstanding, too."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "First time there. The food was fantastic. The waitstaff was awesome. The wine the waiter recommended was really good. The whole evening was great. Definitely on my top 5 list."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great appetizers get lots of them to share and do not miss the polenta board it is the best. The pizzas are wonderful too!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Love this place, love the food, ambiance, service, drinks etc. Cracking up at all the plastic surgery in the bar area!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The crudo was the best thing they brought us - the entrees were either far too salty (Salmon Risotto) or too doused in truffle oil (rigatoni and pork shoulder special) to taste the actual ingredients. Service was solid, decor enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was very good. Their wine policy is weird. They charge a corkage on their own bottles. I think it would be much wiser to list the net price on the menu and cause patrons to question the policy. The table next to us had the same experience and complaint."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We loved Cucina Enoteca and will definitely go back for lunch or dinner. The food was really good and the menu was very creative, which doesn't always mean the outcome will be good. In this case, the food was very good. The combinations created interesting tastes. The staff were great and very attentive. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "What a star this place is. Service above and beyond on every level. Food was amazing and wine list very notable. Absolutely nothing negative to say about this restaurant in any way."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "If the noise level at night drives you nuts at Cucina Enoteca, try having lunch here instead. It's quiet, sunny and lovely. The food we had a lunch was more carefully prepared than our evening exoeriences here, probably since the place wasn't completely packed. Every dish we ordered was delectable, fresh and beautifully prepared. Beet salad, squash blossoms and Arctic char--all fantastic. Plenty of space for good conversation, and if you want an ocean breeze, try the upstairs veranda. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "the loud music and loud noise level made it difficult to enjoy a relaxing night out. I had to move our table to a communal table in the corner to find a way to have a conversation with my husband. We were seated between a loud party of 6 and a party of 4….Really? The food was fine but not sure I'd go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Loud, over cooked shrimp, poor service. mmmm there must be other choices in town."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food at this location was just as amazing as the location in Bankers Hill. The décor was country chic of sorts. Our server started out strong but then fizzled out service-wise. We saw the table attendants more than her. She only checked on us twice while the food was out. She actually checked in on us more when hassling us about the dessert order than anything (which I'm not sure was so important after she ignored us for the 2 hours prior). We ordered a mason jar with roasted garlic and burrata which was amazing. Then had the beet salad and shared a foraged mushroom pizza and the short rib parpadelle. All of it was very delicious. We also had their apple infused bourbon which was so nice and oaky, a perfect dinner drink."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I've had the good fortune to eat at Cucina a number of times and every time it's great. Normally after a restaurant opens the service starts to go down or the food not as good. Not so with Cucina Enoteca service consistently good, food from visit to visit, delicious. Atmosphere gets better and better. This restaurant has the blueprint for success."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant!! Thomas, Brennan, the whole group has really gone above and beyond every time I'm there. One of the best experiences at a restaurant. It helps that it's in my neighborhood, how lucky am I? One of my favorite GO-TO spots. Food is impeccable, service is amazing. Thank you very much team!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Nice looking restaurant and we had good service. My problem is that it had a menu with very little on it that I wanted. Pizza was just OK."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Our group of 8 celebrated 2 birthdays here. Food was excellent and our server, Katie F. was funny, efficient, and very knowledgeable about menu items. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great place for dinner with friends or late snack & drinks. Fun atmosphere, great wine and drinks list and fresh, fun, high quality food. Would not recommend for quiet, romantic or serious dinner scene."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place used to be Chevy's and you'd never know it! Beautiful make over. Delicious food. Amazing service!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Finally, an Urban Kitchen location in North County San Diego! Like Cucina Urbana, Cucina Enoteca doesn't disappoint! Ample wine list and terrific food! We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Frankly, not a bad thing to say about this place. Eat here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Unusual décor and different dining areas make repeat visits stimulating without monotony. I've enjoyed creative appetizers and salads for lunch, and will return for dinner with my husband, but noise level precludes a romantic meal. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable about menu."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent but service was so-so. Waitress came after sitting at the table for 15 minutes, came by infrequently, and we were often with empty wine and water glasses. Further, witnessed the management move a couple from their corner table to another table so another patron could have the desired corner table"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Coming from San Diego it is fun to try a new place and was a perfect choice before going to the North Coast Rep. We were the oldest group and thankfully we were seated in the least noisy area. I liked it better than their sister restaurant Cucina Urban. Excellent service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I had lunch at Cucina Enoteca with a friend this week. I have eaten there before, and as before, the food was good, the service was good, and the wine was good, albeit expensive. ($17 a glass). Unfortunately, the hostess seated two women with a baby and a toddler next to us, immediately after seating us. The children were cranky, whiney, loud, and the toddler refused to stay seated. Unfortunately, their presence pretty much polluted the entire interior environment of the restaurant. The experience for us, and I imagine most of the other diners in the restaurant, was not the best. Why should these unbearable children always be seated smack dab in the middle of restaurants?"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was very good. The atmosphere was standard for today's in places- industrial, modern, and hip. The only real problem was the noise level. We could not have a quiet conversation due to what has become the standard lack of acoustics in restaurants."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Enoteco had a creative and interesting menu. An artist in the kitchen with his flavours. Atmosphere is casual eclectic but still feels upscale. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals here."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Everytime we eat at Cucina Enoteca the service is outstanding. We have been in large and small groups and it is always excellent! The food is great and the waiter always has excellent wine recommendations. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "a hot spot with great food and terrible service! i had a 9:45pm reservastion and didn't get seated until 10:15pm. No accomodation - like a free drink - made even though there were a host of open tables. FInally, when we did get seated, we were placed in about the WORST table in the place. If the restaurant had been packed MAYBE just maybe i would have given the place a second chance. Terribly disappointing."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Just like Cucina Urbana, a must see. Very innovative."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious....Most notable the spicy Brussel sprouts"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Loved this place! Couldn't get a resie for 6:30--only 6 or 7. After being there for almost two hours, I noted 3-4 tables always empty. Suspect they keep tables for walk ins, so next time I'll arrive when I want to and not worry too much about a resie. Anyway, great good! I make fried squash blossoms a lot and these were divine--ditto their pancetta and brussels sprouts pizza. Just delish!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014