CUCINA urbana
CUCINA urbana

CUCINA urbana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaurbana.com/home
  • Phone: 6192392222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    SUNDAY | 4:30p - 9p
    MONDAY| 5p - 9p
    TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY | 5p – 10p
    FRIDAY + SATURDAY | 5p – 10:30p dinner | 10:30p – 12a pizza + vasi

    Lunch:
    TUESDAY - THURSDAY | 11:30a-2p
    FRIDAY | 11:30a-5p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Magnanelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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 at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 1.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from CUCINA urbana
Welcome to CUCINA urbana, a casual Italian American Neighborhood Kitchen and Wine Shop located in the heart of Banker's Hill. The menu highlights the cuisines of various Italian regions with a distinct California ‘farm to table’ flair for which the Urban Kitchen Group has become known. Chef Joe Magnanelli is excited to preview his Italian heritage and create dishes that are fresh, simple and seasonal. Items include: antipasti, artisan pizza, pasta and piatti. Enjoy wine by the glass or visit the Wine Spectator award-winning wine shop and select a bottle from over 100 selections at retail price ($8 corkage fee applies). The space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse. A focus on raw, sustainable material is evident with much product coming from recycled/reclaimed local sources.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
CUCINA urbana reviews from OpenTable diners
372 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (258)hot spot (196)neighborhood gem (192)special occasion (185)notable wine list (182)vibrant bar scene (119)good for groups (115)romantic (100)great for lunch (58)late-night find (33)kid-friendly (18)great for brunch (12)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Best meal we had in San Diego!
    healthyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Cucina Urbana was highly recommended to us, and I'm so glad we made it in during a recent trip to San Diego. The food was amazing, and was the best meal we had on our trip! We had some of the best prosciutto ever on the charcuterie board, and fell in love with the homemade jams served alongside the cheeses. Our mains (whole fish and rib eye) were cooked and seasoned perfectly. And the fig semifreddo dessert was so unique and tasty! I'll be back next time I'm in town, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Unfortunity the AC was not working well. Very hot inside. Food and servince was good as usual. Had trouble finding a non-Italian wine that was reasonalbly priced and decent. Will definitely bring my own wine in the future. Hopefully the weather will improve, and the AC will be working next time
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culinary excellence!
    ehb365VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our second visit to Cucina Urbana. Our server Antonio remembered exactly how I liked my cocktail without me saying a word. His suggestions and attentiveness was impeccable. Our guest were vegetarian, gluten free and one has a serious allergy to nuts. The staff made sure our preferences/food allergies were duly noted. The food was amazing, arrived at precisely the right time. Antonio's knowledge of wine and recommendation was spot on! I have pretty discerning taste. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Glad We Went Here!
    TheBostonAnthonyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our server, Sarah, was outstanding. She realized we were out of town, first-time diners, and she walked us through the menu, answered all our questions, and laughed at our jokes. She had impeccable timing, never let our glasses get empty or our table get cluttered... and it made for a wonderful experience! She was such a positive, fun local and we really appreciated her all-around service excellence. The ricotta gnudi and foccacia with rosemary honey butter were both show-stoppers. The pizza was good but to be fair we're picky about pizza. The sauce was oddly sweet, almost too sweet. Quality meat toppings. Great crust! My wife's green garlic tagliatelle carbonara was excellent. The lasagna looked and tasted beautiful - a melange of meats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vrey loud music
    Noisy2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The music is very loud and it is hard to have a conversation. The music is chosen by the staff and does not have the clientele in mind. It should be instrumental. When someone is singing it is very distracting. Most of the people at Cucina for lunch are business professionals. They are not interested in rocking out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually bad experience for Cucina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a couples major food issues... There were no tomatoes on our "heirloom tomatoe" salad and the milk on our latte was curdled and sour. The waiter resolved both issues but seemed bothered. We asked for a beer list mid way through dinner which we never received.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    You will thank your self for going here. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    James
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My only drawback is it took me two years to get here. Really like the menu and food was great. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were celebrating my wife's birthday. The food was outstanding, but the service was even more exceptional! The complimentary desert and flutes of champagne were an unexpected (and very thoughful) treat at the end of our night! Thanks for making my wife's birthday such a fond memory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • your Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I noted on line reservation that this is the surprise 40th birthday celebrations, we order to deserts you can't even put a candle on it. The restaurant manager walk passed us twice didn't even say hello. You did not make our party feel special at ALL. if you did, we would stay drink more wines. we had to rush out of their to go somewhere else. I will not celebrate any special occasion there no more. Your service is horrible!!!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always great service, and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food is so well priced and is always amazing. The service is usually on point and we always leave very happy with our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best
    fitfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My partner and I had visited Cucina Urbana a year prior to this visit upon a suggestion by a colleague while we were on vacation. It was quite possibly the best restaurant experience we had ever had and we could not wait to come back. A year later, it was just as spectacular. The food, ambience, service, everything is stellar. Now that we live on the west coast, hopefully it won't be a year before we visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to be
    Jules
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Really love this place. Always been told to try and finally did. I'm glad I did. Great ambiance, great food, great wine. Plan on goin a lot more now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    JPReviews
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always love coming to this spot for date night. The food and ambiance are great! I highly recommend Cucina Urbana!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, reservations are a must!
    Lucy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Cuccina Urbana is a hot spot here in San Diego, we were fortunate enough to get a same night reservation for 4 Friday night. We were seated right away, noise level is insane on a busy night but the ambiance and food is great. My only and biggest disappointment was feeling sort of lied to about the wine of my choice, I decided to start off with a bottle of bellacart brut and was told it was sold out...Well, it wasn't! I saw the bottles when I left and felt deceived by this as I was upsold to a different champagne. When I left I told a gentleman at the front how disappointed I was by it. Not sure if this is common for them to not honor their wine list in such a deceitful way. With that said, the restaurant has a great selection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • why would no one speak out?
    GrobeVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Going to SD and what a fun and exciting place. Everything on the menu rocks. Staff are on point as is the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cucina Exellente!
    dcapoVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing food, wine and great waiter/service. Love the wine pricing concept. Chicken liver pate' great and being gluten free got yummie crackers. The fresh fish was wonderful and simply prepared....Gluten Free pasta Amatratriaciana made me realize how much I missedDefinitely will go back when I am back in San Diego
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Friendly waiters, interesting menu, wonderful food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maloneka
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Exceptional and creative menu with fresh ingredients. Ecoxcellent service. Server well versed on menu and wine list. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for Social hour
    honey
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have found Cucina Urbana a favorite place to meet a friend for a Social Hour. The specials at that time are great and we never have trouble finding something delicious. The service is always great and very efficient. It is a bit loud for carrying on a conversation but we manage. We will continue to patronize Cucina Urbana. P.S. The chocolate Budino is outrageously good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious & reasonable
    Appreciategoodfood
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant and not too noisy. The food was delicious & the location, convenient. I was expecting it to be Italian cuisine but one of the chicken dishes sounded more Indian (the country, not native American) than Italian. There were 4 of us and we were all happy with our meals. I appreciated the fact that wine prices were not ridiculous. In fact, the price per bottle was what one would pay in a wine shop plus an $8. corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our server was great! Normally the food is perfect. However, this time the pasta came out cold and had to be reheated and half of the bottom of the pizza crust was burnt.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the waitress was rude
    Eva06
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    the waitress was not friendly. He seemed in a bad mood. and at the end she wonder angry that which was going to be his tip for their service...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    dinerK
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate at Cucina Urbana last weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the birthday of a friend. When I made the reservation, I mentioned those occasions. The person who seated us mentioned them, but the waiter did not and we received no little celebratory cake, which the hostess said we could expect. The waiter took our drink and appetizer order and then disappeared for 1/2 hour, until we finally flagged him down. He brought the drinks then, but the appetizer didn't come for 45 minutes! The main course arrived 1/2 hour later. We barely made it to our play at the Old Globe. I've eaten at C.U. before and was pleased, but this poor service made our special occasion very un-special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • place was jumping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great neighborhood place, food rich and tasty, great drinks, and wine
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoboVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A brilliant menu and outstanding meal! We ordered lots of different items to taste and share. The squash blossoms were as light as a feather with a delicate sauce; chicken liver pate with brown sugar shallots, Oh my goodness, delicious; and the whole Branzino which was cooked to absolute perfection. Can't wait to go back to San Diego and experience this wonderful find for us again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best tuna sandwich!
    enjoydining
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've had the tuna sandwich for lunch twice and it's the best one I've had in a restaurant. I recommended this to my lunch mate and he also agreed - best tuna sandwich in a restaurant. The other food is delicious as well, but that is my current favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Apparently this is one of the toughest tables to get in San Diego and I now understand why. A colleague and I went for lunch. The food is excellent and the service is impeccable. The burrata with prosciutto is the second best I have ever eaten. The rosemary focaccia is also great, as is the tagliatelle and the giant meatball. I am not typically a fan of tiramisu, but this had chocolate granola and was superb. Highly recommended.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, except WAY TOO NOISY,
    BigRVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food, knowledgeable and friendly service, but it was so noisy we couldn't hold a conversation and I just don't like shouting.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Amazing food, beautiful settings with outstanding service! You can't go wrong with Cucina Urbana!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Babymomma
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It gets better every time I go. The food is delicious and the wine list is amazing!!! If you haven't been make a reservation immediately:) kid friendly too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic time and time again
    SDWineGoddess
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I bring a lot of my clients to Cucina Urbana because I know the food and service will always be outstanding. As a wine consultant, I typically bring my own wine and the last time I dined here was no exception. The waiter told the manager I was in the industry and as a result, the corkage fee was waived, which I really appreciated. I had the giant meatball and polenta, both side dishes. Both were excellent and I could not finish either due to the portion sizes. My guest had the short rib pasta and it was also excellent with perfectly balanced flavors. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough and plan to return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hmmm ... it's changed
    ZoneDiego
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I haven't been here in 6 months but upon this return, I saw a difference in the food. The lasagna wasn't very special anymore and lacked vibrant taste. Salads very tasty but so small. When we arrived the very nice staff told us that it was Happy Hour for the next 2 hours and seated us at the bar until our table was ready. However, when we got the bill for our drinks at dinner, the waitress told us Happy Hour was only at the bar & not at dining. Huh? Why tell us AFTER dinner? This was stupid. The place is expensive & fun for a pic every once in a while, but the Happy Hour tactics of bait & switch kind of turned me off to this place. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Upon arrival, you are immediately greeted by the friendly staff, beautiful decor and the pleasant aromas from the kitchen. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and the extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointing!
    dsrtlvr
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've been to Cucina Urbana a number of times and it remains one of my very top favorites in San Diego for the exceptional food and the quality service. The noise level makes conversation difficult but that seems to be the case in all of the top choice restaurants of the day. The "Kale Ceasar" is fantastic, and the succulent Whole Fish I ordered on a bed of fragrant and flavorful Couscous was divine! Of course, I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Iheartpasta
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I heard about Cucina Urbana when asking around about if there is any good italian food in San Diego. My boyfriend doesn't even typically like italian restaurants, but both of us have nothing bad to say about the food. I had a pasta dish and he had the short rib burger and we will definitely be going back again to try something else. I do have some slight complaints.. I understand that it's tough to work in the service industry but I made a reservation weeks in advance. we got there 5 minutes early for our reservation time... I saw a couple people come in and get seated while we were waiting.. And then we got a table after almost 30 min of waiting. Then I ordered a red wine and got a white.. But the service was fine overall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstandingly good.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had been sitting on a gift card for this place since December. Finally went and man did we ever wait too long. Not too many places wow me with the food. But Cucina Urbana sure did. We had kale salad, an appetizer (forget the name), a pizza, and pasta dish and a meatball. All were very good in flavor. We will go back for sure. Dessert was the only thing that did not wow. They were good but not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous
    outwego
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been to Cucina three times since being introduced by a friend two months ago. Wonderful food and staff. Especially appreciate the assistance/training the staff does in assisting us while we learn about Italian food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Satisfied
    happydine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was a great Thursday night with great foods and wines. Grilled Octopus and truffle fries are wonderful choices for appetizers. Pizza and pasta are another wonderful chances to enjoy the night. Strong recommendation for delightful atmosphere and great foods.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Treat!
    Swimmom
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I made res for my birthday, took my husband and 23 and 20 year old sons. We had a ball; loved the food, the ambiance, and wine. Hubby has pizza ($7 before 6 pm), loved it. I had the short rib papperadelle, a popular item on the menu. It was delicious! One son had the "whole fish" and he thought it was very good, a bit too much saffron, perhaps, but good, and oldest had lasagne. It has a very "different" flavor, which was wonderful, but we could not put our fingers on what it was. We need to try it again!!! The wine was fabulous. We will be back! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic