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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
CUCINA urbana reviews from OpenTable diners
375 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (260)neighborhood gem (202)hot spot (195)special occasion (192)notable wine list (181)good for groups (114)vibrant bar scene (111)romantic (103)great for lunch (67)late-night find (30)kid-friendly (19)great for brunch (16)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
  • ScottythebeeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food here is always quite good if not excellent. The servers are usually polite and professional, but seem to disappear if you need another fork, or more water, or sweetener, or something other than what costs money to buy. On that note, really excellent establishments do not need to have their servers "upsell"-ever. At my Friday lunch, I ordered a salad and pizza to share/split with my guest. We were asked if we each wanted our own salad and pizza. We ordered dessert to share, and were asked if we wanted coffee and we declined. We were then asked if we wanted after dinner drinks (at lunch).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kiwi
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As usual, excellent food, service, and ambience. There is a welcoming, yet 'exciting' feel to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    simziff
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good for lunch and dinner too
    rioballard
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Can't say enough good things about Cucina Urbana. Love the squash blossoms. Yum! I never get tired of the menu here and it's a great place to bring friends when you want to show them a true San Diego dining spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego. Inventive menu, delicious food, fabulous wine list and yummy desserts!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome palce
    Nazli
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum, yum, and yum!
    Love2eat
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delightful
    Ekelly
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome vibes
    Rmccormack
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The good was delicious and unique. The pizzas are amazing and we loved the fig dessert! I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Antonio was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    nickelsworth
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a lovely night!
    fgalgano3
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!
    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
  • Hjay
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Great Service
    davspro
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had a wonderful time celebrating my 3rd year wedding anniversary. The staff, food, and vibe was outstanding....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One more time!
    2fromsandiego
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fantastic service
    vivgood
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable Experience
    Austin
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit of a let down.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best char in octopus dish?
    Lekh
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.