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CUCINA urbana
CUCINA urbana

CUCINA urbana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaurbana.com/home
  • Phone: (619) 239-2222
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    SUNDAY | 4:30p - 9p
    MONDAY| 5p - 9p
    FRIDAY + SATURDAY | 5p – 10:30p dinner | 10:30p – 12a pizza + vasi

    TUESDAY - THURSDAY | 11:30a-2p
    FRIDAY | 11:30a-5p
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "As usual, excellent food, service, and ambience. There is a welcoming, yet 'exciting' feel to this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Good experience. Celebrated my bf's birthday and I booked a late night (9PM) reservation. Atmosphere was nice and service was superb! The waiter was attentive and helpful. Food was very good. For an appetizer, we had the stuffed squash blossoms and they were awesome. I had a rich pasta dish called green garlic tagliatelle and it was very good. Bf had a unique lasagne with 3 meats. No downside to anything. Good experience."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego. Inventive menu, delicious food, fabulous wine list and yummy desserts!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "we have been to this restaurant 4 times now and every time the food has been amazing, the service has been very good and very knowledgeable bar tender."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Nothing disappointed! Started out with 2 antipasti dishes: the Burrata & prosciutto and the suckling pig. Both were delicious! We also shared the Kale Caesar salad. It's not your typical curly kale, it's black kale and has a softer texture like spinach, rather than the typical tough curly counterpart. Yum! We shared the short rib pappardelle only because it was a fan favorite. It was delicious as well, but wish I went with my initial choice- the lasagna. Ended the night with the Nutella stuffed donuts, enough said there. Don't bother with the fruity dip. Oh, had a great wine called La Marea- a red wine that was light and smooth. Lovely dining experience, beautiful interior, great service and knowledgable staff to boot! We'll def be back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Delicious food, lovely decor, wonderful service. We have been here about 5 times now and it never disappoints. I highly recommend this gem! Try the short rib pappardelle and the polenta...I crave these n"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The good was delicious and unique. The pizzas are amazing and we loved the fig dessert! I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Antonio was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had a friend, who is not adventurous when it comes to food, but she became a fan of the polenta-mascapone chef's whim appetizer! Awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed my risotto and "burnt Brussels sprouts with spicy sauce."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My husband and I are working at the Old Globe (we live in NYC) and we had a friend come visit us here. We decided to take her out on the town and had been to Cucina Urbana once earlier. We had a BLAST...ate WAY too much...and the meal was wonderful! Our server, Serg, made wonderful suggestions (especially a glass of wine that I LOVED)! We will absolutely return when we're in San Diego next!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Cool but way to noisy. Very difficult to have a conversation. Some of the dishes I tried were to salty for my taste. Fairly expensive but I would like to return and try other dishes."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time celebrating my 3rd year wedding anniversary. The staff, food, and vibe was outstanding...."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Just when you think they can't get any better, they surpass your expectations! This is one of my favorites to take our friends from out of town! The service is amazing as always, Thank you Sergio and Kevin!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Our waiter, Kevin, struck that elusive perfect balance between attentive and friendly. The appetizers (polenta board with pork ragu, carpaccio), salad (arugula and heirloom tomato), and entrees were amazing...the desserts were only so-so, which is why they lost a star. Great atmosphere, lively without being a party place. We will have to try their location in Del Mar."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 9:15 and get seated early, which was nice. We had a spacious banquet table that was in the middle of all the energy. Nathan was our server and he was phenomenal. He made a very nice gesture to acknowledge the special occasion we were celebrating and we appreciated that very much. Everyone working was on point and paid attention to detail. Our food was delectable and every bite was filled with exotic flavor. We have dined here many times and will continue to as long as we can get a reservation! Thank you for a great night!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try Cucina Urbana for months and finally did this past weekend. Beautiful inside and wafting with delicious, mouthwatering smells. Although I did eat some delicious things, overall I was disappointed by some of the food, and by the waitstaff who seemed uninterested in feedback. My girlfriend's octopus appetizer was so overcooked, it barely had any moisture left in it! My suckling pig was fantastic however. Most of the entrees at the table were described as mediocre by those eating them. Overall, a very cool looking place with a trendy vibe and a great wine list. As for the food, the menu reads great but didn't always translate back to the taste buds that way."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Grilled Octopus, although just a tad chewy, we were able to get great char flavors. The whole fish I ordered was very tender and flaky.... delicious. I didn't find the cheese plate that amusing or even offering any rate finds. However the desserts we ordered were good. We would definitely be going back. ... May once every year or two."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Cucina Urbana is as great as ever! Food, ambiance, cocktails & wine list are all wonderful. Our group had the short rib pappardelle, pizza & the ribeye and everyone was pleased with their meal. Consistently great!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I have been dining at Cucina Urbana for quite a few years now and have never been disappointed. It is one of the few restaurants I will take the time to reserve a table for up to a week in advance for a weeknight dinner. Worth the wait, though! The service is always impeccable, the ambiance is great, and the menu changes just enough to keep it interesting while still letting you feel confident that you can find a couple of your favorites on there. Highly recommend for a date night dinner, small group, special occasion, such as a birthday/anniversary dinner, etc."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Cucina Urbana in 10 days and this time I invited two friends who had only had your pizza. I chose a salad, charcuterie board and two appetizers to accompany a bottle of your 2009 Barrua (my new favorite wine). They were blown away and still posting on FaceBook 24 hours later how wonderful the whole experience was. Outstanding service, scrumptious food and a great evening, thank you!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The place was a really good value - shared a homemade pasta and pizza, and both were really good - I don't think there's anything on the nemu over $20, and the place was packed at 9pm on a Wed night, and it's not downtown"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I celebrated her birthday at CU. The food was great although a warning could have come with the hummus that it was very spicy hot/ (Wasabi Hummus)...Kevin, our server, was great. You've got to be OK with a very noisy room....even for a Wednesday. All in all I stil give CU 4+ stars."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We have always had great food at this restaurant. It's our first choice when we go to The Old Globe. The restaurant not only provides valet parking, but they have a shuttle to and from the Globe, unless of course you choose to walk off some of your delicious dinner. No need to hassle parking at the park. It's a great service to their customers."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our first visit to Cucina Urbana was fabulous! My friend tried the Grilled Three-cheese sandwich with Truffle Fries and is still raving about it. I was so pleasantly surprised by the gluten-free variety of choices I asked our amazing server, Rochelle to just pick something and surprise me. She chose a pork sausage ragu over a mouth watering marscapone polenta and I ate every bite!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great food, our server Rochelle was knowledge and very friendly and service was excellent. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We enjoy Cucina Urbana. We are not from San Diego and it is always one of a few places that is on the top of our list to eat at when we are here. The food is is of the highest quality and we love the creative offerings."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding. Outstanding"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Made a reservation (a must!) because a friend suggested it and couldn't have been happier! Everything was more delicious than the previous thing... polenta board with daily ragu, mushroom pizza, kale Caesar... and then jhidori chicken with ricotta nudi (amazing), pappardelle with short ribs and the pork chop! For dessert the strawberry fragolata, banana cannoli and Nutella zeppoles (couldn't have skipped those). Delicious, delicious and pretty affordable!! $230 for 4 people with drinks! The only thing negative I will say is that our reservation was for 8:30pm, we arrived at 8:15pm and were not sat until 8:50pm... the hostesses were a bit rude but the food made up for it!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The appetizers were outstanding. The grilled octopus and the beet salad were good portions and delicious. Kale brussel sprout caesar was very good as well as the buccatino. Love the wine shop to buy retail priced wines plus $8 corkage."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I was looking for something different but appealing. I was pleasantly surprised by this gem. Food was spot on! The decor was perfect. Service was a little slow but the place was full so it's excusable. Plus the food, was perfect."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Best octopus I've had since Greece. Creamy polenta with ragu this day was a short rib ragu. Very excellent. I liked the sangria but the nonalcoholic fruit drink was excellent."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
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