Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar
Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaenoteca.com/
  • Phone: (858) 704-4500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 5-9pm
    Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm
    Friday-Saturday 11:30-11pm
    Sunday 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food, Californian
  • 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
  • Catering: URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison Cupper at 619.239.2222 extension 2.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Andreas
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
297 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (213)notable wine list (169)hot spot (159)vibrant bar scene (149)good for groups (138)neighborhood gem (115)special occasion (107)great for lunch (75)romantic (60)great for outdoor dining (35)great for brunch (27)late-night find (25)kid-friendly (22)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Tastebuds where thrilled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The food, seriously made my tastebuds happy. Such unique and yummy flavors. Would highly recommend to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I simply love this restaurant
    gina
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Great Food and I love the décor. Our server Victoria was awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smeredithsVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We (group of 5) were there on a Wednesday night and it was pretty crowded (i.e. loud). We hadn't seen each other in awhile and were eager to catch up, but the noise level was not conducive to this. I will return for a 1:1 visit, but not a group. Food was good, service good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cucina Enoteca never disappoints!
    foodie21
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Love the ambiance. The wait staff is always very friendly and knowledgable - offering great food recommendations. The food is amazing - flavorful! This place is great for "girls nights", date night and any special occasion. I am never disappointed after a night out at Cucina Enoteca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I recommend sitting at the bar and ordering apps.
    RevDaveVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I asked for my pizza to be well cooked. I like a crispy crust and this was not. I ordered the sausage and fennel with pepperoni which would have been great until you add those sweet peppers to it. The peppers ruined the pizza. My wife's pasta dish was over salted.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun, vibrant atmosphere!
    Waldo
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Love this restaurant! It's our 1st choice whenever the whole family is in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    foodnwineatthebeach
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Busy venue with the staff doing an excellent job with service (i.e. selection on a bottle of wine while our group waited, letting us know when our table would be ready, attentive service at the table, knowledgeable staff on wine & food, etc. ) Hands down the favorite at our table was the pork osso bucco...amazing. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!!!
    SherlockVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Well back again to my favorite restaurant. Time and again the food as well as the great service makes for a delightful evening away from home!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dmfoodie
    dmfoodie1VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We have been to Cucina Enoteca many times for dinner, this time we had lunch which was excellent. We were given a complimentary squash blossom which was excellent. Service was excellent as usual. Enjoyed the more laid back lunch vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cucina Enoteca delicious every time
    JanielVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Try the meatball appetizer! I love love love the beet salad, the Kale Caesar salad, and Jidori Chicken. The pappardelle was truly enjoyed by my authentically Italian husband. Great wines and good prices there too. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kisfanVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great wine selection. Unfortunately, the noise level is so loud that it's hard to carry on a conversation. Food was so so. Good fries (without truffle oil). I wouldn't recommend the chopped farmers salad....boring and they loaded it with frisee which wasn't on the menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    ServiceAbominableVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    While I have been to Cucina Enoteca many times since they opened and have not written a review, after my experience this time I wanted to express some opinion. Typically the food has been good and value fine. The service has been average in the past and they do not seem to train people well or have very good service help. This last visit the service was truly horrific, from the minute we go to the reception to the time we left. The reception people were rude and very difficult as if they were doing us a favor to seat us even though we had a reservation. The waiter seemed like it was his first day and had no idea how to manage things. We had to ask for everything. The manager came to apologize but his only excuse was they are busy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Meet" Market
    BB4u
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very loud, not very friendly staff, clearly more concerned with serving alcohol to the pretty people than with serving good food. Tried to seat us at worst table in the house (regretfully common experience when using Open Table), then underwhelmed across the board. Go only if a single looking for companionship, as bar packed with hundreds of that type.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvcucinas
    Luvcucinas
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had another great experience and this was to celebrate my birthday with my husband. All went very well. Including...we had to bring our dog to stay in the car...and when parking with valet...he kindly said he would bring water and take good care of her. She was great and not stressed. It was a cool evening and the valet left the windows down a bit and she was very happy. Not your usual "recommendation" but was so great for us this time with a birthday to celebrate. Not wanting the valet to become a "dog sitter" as it would be impossible with the popularity of the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exciting - vibrant - fun!!
    Rondelmar
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had a great time. Food was excellent and the bar scene was intoxicating!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, wine, and fun
    SoCalEnthuVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is a great place for a dinner with family and friends. We enjoy sharing the Vasi appetizers and there is a wide variety of entrees to satisfy everyone in your party. Love the pizza, short rib pappardelle, chestnut-filled agnolotti, etc. There is an attached wine shop, so the wine list is extensive and very reasonably priced - you only pay corkage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't you hate it when.....
    BrianSanDiego
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    .......you return to a place to eat and they CHANGE THE MENU on you! Their frutti di mare | market fish + black mussel + squid + bouillabaisse, is no longer available for lunch/brunch. However, when I viewed the menu for the Del Mar location on line, both copies have the dish clearly listed from their web site. So after viewing the current menu on site, up and down 5+ times, we ordered 2 of the grilled octopus for both of us and two pasta dishes, short rib pappardelle, and bucatini. The octopus changes every time I show up, Used to be a whole tentacle, now they dice it with totally different toppings from a pict I took May2014. Portion is smaller than before. Their short rib pappardelle and bucatini, I can make real easy in the home.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Found the evening one to remember!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Never disappointed. Our waitress and the staff were outstanding. Every food item ordered was delicious. Look forward to enjoying another meal sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phone for a Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have dined here before and thought the ambiance was fantastic. However the ambiance of this experience was "fair" due to the occasion and where we were seated. I had noted in the reservation that we were dining for an anniversary, and the table we were sat at was less than ideal for a romantic date night out. We were in a long row of tables with several large and noisy groups, half of our table faced the bar section of the restaurant which was nice and the other half faced a McDonalds parking lot and some other un-attractive businesses. So my husband looked onto florescent lights and a busy street. If I were to book again I would call rather than booking online to request a nicer table, especially for this sort of celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mostly great flavors, too crowded
    vivgood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    the squash flowers were "meh", not bad, just flavorless. The gnocchi was excellent, spicy and perfectly done. orecchiette and a pizza- pasta perfectly cooked, and the lemon was wonderful, not overwhelming, but the sausage was undercooked and too big. pizza was excellent- crust was light and thin, but dense and chewy, the sausage was perfect. service was outstanding, we never had to wait for anything but never felt bothered. biggest negative was the crowd and the too-close seating. It was hard to hear each other speak, and the people sitting at the tables to our left and right had to practically sit on our table to get in and out. Most people need more room just to maneuver between tables. LOVED the plastic horses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great restaurant -- but every time that I have reserved a table through Open Table, they either cancel it or mark it as though I haven't shown up. Not sure what the issue is -- but probably just because they are always SO busy when we are there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's alright.
    Molly
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    It's not bad for sures. Out of the four of us, think only I really enjoyed my pasta dish, the orecchiette. The shrimp puttanesca was no better than other restaurants and our European friend did not like his risotto. Desserts were creative enough to order but not to die for. I would go back as a neighborhood restaurant especially for lunch or when it's less noisy but wouldn't go out of my way. The decor is kitschy cool. The place seems more happening than for a foodie with a discerning palate.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Patron
    Tinkerbell
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    In simple terms I found the cost in no way equalled the experience - high cost, fair experience. The appetizers were tasty, the pizza cool and thick rather than hot and thin crusted and for the price we could have gotten a much better meal elsewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner
    yumsnmytums
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was excellent! We started with some cheese and wine pairing which was phenomenal. And the main course was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The kale caesar salad, zucchini blossoms, and fig/lemon cake were incredible! Our server overheard that it was my husband's birthday and brought him the fig/lemon cake as a birthday treat. Really nice! We also like the way they just add a corkage fee to the regular wine price. We can drink really good wine with our meal without being ripped off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service and food in SD
    fecalsneeze
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The service at Cucina Enoteca is some of the best I have ever experienced and the food is equally as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • leeGVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The foood is good and the noise level is terrible at this rstaurant
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Place
    FountainFoxCooperVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Pork Belly was tasty and the hamachi crudo was excellent. Always enjoy their margarita pizza and the lobster with gnocchi and fresh pea foam, but the pumpkin panna cotta for desert was weak.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been Cucina Enoteca three or four times now. All of my prior experiences were great and very consistent. This last time however was a little different. Our server seemed less than thrilled to be working. She was not very attentive, seemed very impatient with us, and was a little bit on the snooty side. This made our dining experience much less pleasant. I hope this was a single isolated event and not the norm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mayz
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant is our new addiction. I love the Polenta board and the stuffed zucchini flowers and the Octopus appetizers. You can't go wrong. the wines are of excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One Word!!
    SherlockVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Just GREAT!!!! The food and service were beyond compare. We have been back at least 5 times this year, and love it every time we visit!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upstairs Patio Dining is Nice
    13platesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The breeze complimented our lunch time ambiance. The dining area upstairs is open air, cozy with cushioned chairs and benches, plants hanging and colorful. We sat at the bar, served by a wonderful young man, who was friendly and helpful. He fixed a cocktail to our recipe without a problem. The food is always good at Cucina. We have not had anything uncomplimentary. The people are pleasant and happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not living up to the hype
    Foodista
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very cool ambiance. Service started out slow then picked up. Menu is uninspired and limited and food was heavy greasy and salty from entrees to pizzas to appetizers. Wine list is good. Lavender lemonade bitingly tart and too strong. Basically the food just isn't good enough for a return visit. We've been there 3 times to date. I don't understand the crowds.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • something for everyone
    lovereds
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Extensive choices of food/wine. Lots of creative dishes that I haven't found elsewhere. Many offerings are fine for sharing at the table so "grazing" is easy. BTW, 4 stars is high praise from me because I reserve a 5 for absolute perfection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but too loud
    hiker
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. We sat in the room toward the west downstairs. The ambient noise was very high and it was challenging to have a regular conversation. The food was very interesting and tasty. My wife really enjoyed her calamari and stuffed zucchini flowers. I had the chicken which was well prepared. We had the rum tiramisu for dessert, but could not taste any rum. No recognition of my wife's birthday, even though I had indicated it on the reservation and they had asked when they called to confirm. Overall, I would go back to the bar but not the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    JenRoVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've dined here for brunch and dinner, and I'm never disappointed. The food is always amazing! The wait staff is great! Definitely recommend making a reservation, as it can get very crowded, but it's worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth checking out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    crowded, loud, long wait AND WORTH IT! Excellent menu and delicious food. The bar is big and energetic, great drinks and appetizers. Lots of fun, but be prepared to wait, and good luck finding a table at the bar before hand. But still WORTH IT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive serviceanddelicious food
    GimmeSomeSpice
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    In short, this place had high expectations and delivered hi marks, it will be recommended and revisited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try stuffed zucchini blossoms!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The stuffed zucchini blossoms are to die for - we get them every time we go. Today's soup, kabocha squash with star anise was absolutely PERFECT. My friend's pizza was beautiful and delicious. The only let down was the grilled zucchini pane - a bit skimpy on the filling and not much flavor, except for the chili flakes on the bread which about took my head off with the heat! And why did they take the "coffee and donuts" off the dessert menu?!?!? That was one of the best things ever! All in all though, CE is a great place for those who appreciate good food in a cool atmosphere. It's not fancy, it's fun, and the servers are quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Food
    urevwVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's the best food I've ever had. Friends come from out of town just to go there with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.