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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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "loved eating at Cucina, will be returning soon. Food was outstanding, ambiance modern and rustic. You must have the truffle fries and the arugula salad along with whatever entree you choose!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant from the location to ambiance to the wine "store" to the food and service! Our best dining experience of our trip to San Diego!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "the servers and bartenders are really helpful and know what to order! This is one of those places you can order anything and it'll all be amazing and fresh."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed this dining experience. Low point was the noise level"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "One of our SoCal favorites... Food is always great, service is awesome. We did have some hiccups when we first arrived (we were brought to a table at the same time as another group- after they'd refused their original table... they sat, we had to wait), but once we got to our table, everything was great. Try the polenta boards!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One of the SD favorites! Simply great food, service, wine. Check out Sun night no corkage fee...."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Cucina urbana. We started out at the bar while we waited for our table and were entertained by the skilled and entertaining bartenders (Good show, guys) and enjoyed a cocktail and a pleasant Sangiovese for Happy Hour. We moved to a table when it was ready and appreciated our waiter's recommendations. Some of the food was not to my taste but I thought charred Brussels Sprouts were fantastic. The Gorgonzola Walnut Mousse, Poached Pear pizza was too sugary for me, though it was overall tasty, just sweeter than I was expecting and not my favorite crust. The whole fish was very nicely prepared and very fresh and the couscous was a saffron lover's dream. The service was good, the table comfortable."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Brought a client, his wife and daughter to Cucina Urbana after hearing rave reviews about this restaurant from friends. We had a stellar experience. We were given a table away from the fray so we could converse easily. Our server knew the menu well and was attentive without being obtrusive. The martinis were perfectly prepared and I appreciated that the corkage fee was only $20 as I had brought three bottles of wine. The food was fantastic; we all shared and every dish was perfectly prepared. I plan to return in a few weeks with another client."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This place never fails to deliver. Every visit seems to top the last one."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My family group of 5 ate a Cucina Urbana at 5:45 before strolling over the Old Globe to see Othello. Food was delicious. We tried a number of dishes. Started with the squash blossoms and mini mason jar of cherry tomatoes. Both were unique and yummy. Favorite dinner entre of our group was the Agnolotti. Tender pasta with great flavor. Finished by sharing the Zappole Nutella filled donuts and Strawberry Tart. A great finish to a great meal. Our waiter and busboys were very attentive and the service was extremely prompt. The walk over to the Old Globe is about a half a mile and is very pleasant way to enter the theater complex."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have been here a number of times and I am never disappointed. The service is always excellent, from the host desk to the servers to the bussers and food runners. The food is outstanding. On this visit, amongst other things, we shared the veal sweetbreads and the stuffed squash blossoms. Fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have taken our friends there several times and everything is great we like to try different items on the menu and have nevver been disappointed. Great wine list and the cheese and meat sampler is wonderful."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "awesome, great food, great service one of our favs"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "While in San Diego I have to dine at Cucina. Food is delicious, service is friendly and knowledgeable. A casual yet elegant ambience makes this a "must go" while in town visiting family. My sibling and I discovered this place when it first opened and they are regulars. I would be too if I lived here!!! Yum!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing. So glad we went here! The food was great and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "When we got there it seems The music was too loud, but as we got used to it everything was fine"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I think they have improved the menu. It was good before but it is even better now. Our service this last visit was excellent as it is most nights. It is a happening place. It is not a quiet hideaway so be prepared for a bit of noise."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I visit Cucina Urbana pretty often. The food and the service are consistently great. Whether I have a server who I know or someone new, my party is always well cared for. This visit was to celebrate a birthday, and the server's thoughtfulness made the occasion extra special. The food, a a always, was perfectly prepared. Chopped salad was delicious. Peppers stuffed with ricotta, the market veggie, was amazing. Pork chop, burger, and a simple margarita pizza were all wonderful. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Very convenient pre-theater dining. Shuttle to Balboa Park. Modern, casual ambience with excellent service both times we've been there. Love the suckling pig appetizer. Portions generous, lite eaters can split an entree. We've enjoyed the sea bass, lasagna, and short rib papardelle (very rich). Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fabulous food and service. Must try the stuffed squash blossoms. Pastas are wonderful. Chicken was also yummy."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Very nice place, valet parking (always a plus), greeted well and seated quickly. All staff were friendly and attentive, but not overbearing. We started with the liver pate & the mussels for app's, then had the beet salad, spicy shrimp and pear pizza, all very tasty. For dessert we shared the Nutella/crème fraiche and cappuccinos...the staff were always around, but not pushy, they kept us well hydrated and answered every question with ease. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have to say i was skeptical about all the above average reviews, but Urbana. Innovative recipes and great integration of ingredients to old dishes make for a good surprise. This is not a classic steakhouse, so do not expect THAT kind of menu here. If you are into new tastes and something totally different than what you are used too, than try this place. It did not disappoint me or my wife. The prices match the menu and a great surprise that I did not expect nor have I seen in any other restaurant recently is that THERE IS NO MARK UP ON THE WINE! You pay for retail price of the bottle and uncorking. I will be back as soon as I get an opportunity, maybe for brunch or lunch just to try a different menu. Thanks for night out CU!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The menu selections were mouthwatering, very nice presentation, delicious."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Good food-a bit busy...a fun place to bring a date."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I loved the ambience of this place -- the rustic decor gave the interior a very relaxed feel. The food was a nice experiment in exotic combinations of savory and sweet. Our waiter, Kevin, was very attentive, polite and particularly helpful when it came to choosing from the menu and wine list. The Sangiovese was very smooth. The creamy polenta with mascarpone was amazing, and the ragu was a perfect accompaniment -- bold, bursting with flavor and rich-tasting. My tastebuds were truly delighted. If one were to chose anything off the menu, I doubt that you could miss."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our server was amazing. He was friendly and watchful, and really knew how to please."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Brought a couple from Illinois to Cucina Urbana on Sat night. Ordered a variety of food items, wine, desserts. Wonderful all the way around!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food at this place that doesn't look this amaxing from the outside."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I had my first visit here with my mother and husband. The gorgonzola vase with wine poached pears was wonderful. We followed it with the fried squash blossoms, arugula caprese salad, and entrees of the short rib pappardelle, carbonara, and funghi pizza with added fennel sausage. All of the dishes were wonderful! The service was friendly and prompt! Will return again for dinner soon."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Outstanding food, service and wine list. The Vasi-gorgonzola walnut mousse & poached pair, arugula & heirloom tomato salad and entrees of lasagna al forno and green garlic tagliatelle carbonara were nicely seasoned. Chocolate espresso budino dessert is decadent. The décor is lovely, even in the clean restrooms. Valet service makes parking a non-issue. Nice surprise to find wines at different price points that are not usually on wine lists but I know are good and have in my private collection. Our server always arrived when we needed him. The staff were great at clearing our dishes promptly, keeping our water/wine glasses filled. They let us linger after the dinner so we could visit and I never felt as though we were being pushed out."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We received a gift card for CUCINA urbana as a wedding gift - wow, what a great gift! This was a perfect excuse to try a new local restaurant. It was difficult to book reservation because of how quickly it fills up, but we managed to book an early 5:00 dinner. I received a text that day to confirm our reservation, which I was able to text back to say we would be few minutes late - so convenient! Our drinks were amazing and so was our appetizer, fried squash blossoms. I loved my ahi dinner and the truffle fries are great. My portion of ahi was a little small - it was so delicious I could have eaten more... but we had room to be able to order dessert. The "tiramisu" was different (pudding texture) but absolutely amazing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Made reservations to celebrate fathers day with my husband and 9 month old son. I've heard great things about this place, but was a little worried that it wouldn't be kid friendly. As soon as we got there we were greeted by the hostess and seated. Our server was great and asked us if there was anything we needed for our son. The food was delicious and we love the ambiance. We ended up having a great time and we will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Loved everything we tried at Cucina Urbana! The sweet corn raviolis were divine, and the pear pizza delicious. Everything tasted extraordinary. portions were on the small side, and the noise level is very high in the restaurant. It was hard to even understand our waiter. But we'll definitely return. Delicious!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent creative and diverse menu, described to us by our professional Swiss waitress. Reasonable wine prices and good selection. Every dish was enjoyed by our party of 4. Never saw an octopus tentacle so big before except at Birch Aquarium. Weird corner table resulted in busboy leaning over guest, putting guest's shoulder into busboy's armpit. Explained to busboy (obviously less experienced) that it's OK to ask diners to pass glasses, etc to end of table when no other access. Have decided we must return to try many of the other enticing menu items.Overall a good experience and reasonable value for the price, although if there were some way to decrease the noise level"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were late arriving due to traffic and staff was gracious to the couple who arrived on time and held our table. I felt a little disappointed at the curb. But wow, inside, the food is inventive, fresh, and every dish we had was well drawn but not over-fussed. The only disappointment was the sorbet sampler, which seemed watered down and not dense/ fruity enough. The nutella cookie thing is to die for however! The house made pasta, perfect, as was the whole fish. The ahi was very good, but not in the superlative range as were other entrees. The cheeses unique, and other appetizers, steller. The beet salad was excellent, but like a lot of beet salads. Overall, amazing dinner, well worth the $400+ for 5."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were not surprised that the meal and service was what we expected. We have eaten at the location in Del Mar and like there the meal and service was very good. We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Cucina Urbana is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The food never fails to amaze me. Reasonably priced and amazing. Their meatballs are cooked perfectly. I tried their lasagna for the first time, probably the best lasagna I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My fiancee and I went Thursday night for the first time. We had a reservation, but had trouble being seated. We had the corn agnolotti, the pork chop, the lamb sausage pizza, the foccacia loaf, and a risotto, which came out to $85. We really didn't care for the lamb sausage pizza at all, nor the foccacia loaf. The agnolotti was absolutely amazing, but a really small portion size, just to warn you. The food was okay/good overall. The ambiance is the real reason I would ever like this place - it was so cute! However, I would NOT recommend this place to anyone, and I will NOT be going back. Our waiter, Peter, provided HORRIBLE service. He was never around, my drink was empty basically the whole night, and he wasn't friendly at all."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "First time, which means there will be a second. Food was amazing. Wife and I ordered an appetizer, pizza and entree. Shared both, and it was enough. Overall ambiance of the restaurant is very urban, and hip. Huge wine selection. I would highly recommend. Within an hour the place was packed. I would make reservations or get there early."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food, service, and atmosphere were excellent! From appetizers to entrees to wine and dessert, I would recommend Cucina Urbana to anyone."
    Dined on 6/4/2014