Cucina

Cucina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cucinarestaurantandwinebar.com/
  • Phone: 4154542942
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jack Krietzman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer an enclosed patio area with heating that seats up to 30 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Donna Krietzman 4154541861

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tunstead
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cucina
Cucina Restaurant & Wine Bar is a great neighborhood place to enjoy one of our pizzas from the wood-burning oven, or savor our many pasta dishes and entrees, while perusing a vast selection of Italian Wine. Our wine list features 250 selections, focusing primarily on all the great regions of Italy, with some interesting Spanish and California offerings as well. We have our main dining room in front, with a great view of the wood-burning oven. We also have a cozy Wine Bar in back, where one can chose either a table or counter dining, for a quick glass of wine, or a leisurely dinner. In the warmer months, we also have a handful of tables outside on the wood bridge. Our wine bar is the perfect spot for a larger group of people, and can accommodate up to 16 people in a semi-private style. Come enjoy our local favorites of Tortellini al Forno, Carpaccio di Zucchini, Stuffed Artichokes, and Seabass Fra Diavolo. We serve pizzas every night except Friday and Saturday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Cucina reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (11)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (5)notable wine list (4)good for groups (3)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Rude waiter, mediocre food
    Kapster2146
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've eaten here several times and I always wonder why I go back. They have a delicious spaghetti Amatriciana which is what I usually order. This time I ordered a linguine with anchovies, prawns, olive oil and garlic. Either they forgot the anchovies or there were so few I couldn't taste them. There wasn't enough salt and pepper in San Anselmo to get any flavor in this dish. Our waiter was rude and arrogant. Practically throwing our dishes on the table and then rushing off. This restaurant is not cheap. Definitely not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Stasserw
    Stasserw
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    All of the staff was quite friendly and you could tell they wanted you to enjoy yourself. We all shared pizzas made in their brick oven. Very authentic Italian with thin crust. A classy place with a relaxed feeling. Good wine list although we all had beer .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood spot
    auds
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely meal catching up with old friends. Good food, great service and nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeeWeeVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Consistently a great place. The stuffed mushrooms are a favorite, as well as the Burrata!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Treat
    Aceblush
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Friendly vibe, attentive service, food was well-prepared and very flavorful. Complimentary garlic bread with tomato relish was excellent. Smaller room in the back by the bar is a little quieter than the main dining room in front.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 254 reviews are from the Cucina reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was very good. The salad with the fava beans, peas and asparagas was excellent. The food portions could have been a little larger or come with a small salad or some vegetables. We went early before a play so the restaurant was very quiet which worked out great for us. We had a party of six. The service was good without too much hovering. The wine list was a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Wonderful restaurant...great staff...best italian restaurant in town
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was just fine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Everything was just fine. A really great evening of good food. We have been to Cucina many, many times, and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable favorite
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Have been to Cucina many times over the years. Hadn't been in a while. What a great spot. Food is consistently good and the service is always friendly. A San Anselmo gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last to leave
    gillvdw
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Delicious food, good waiter recommendations, great friendly service. Salads were delicious and short ribs so tasty. We arrived at 7.30pm, met up with friends who had never been to Cucina and were the last to leave at 10.45pm. Fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we really like Cucina
    penster
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We've been to Cucina several times and each time the food is delicious. Service is consistently pleasant and helpful. The atmosphere is very relaxed. I will say that it's a bit louder than i would prefer…but the positives outweigh the negative. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cucina
    claudia
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    made reservation but on arrival place was empty..told them i had made a res through open table..seated immediately..by the time we left place was full thanks open table
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always love the food and ambiance
    WineandFood
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Always love the food and ambiance here! The toasted bread w tomato garlic they bring automatically to the table makes everything better! Good for kids or a date or whole family. Love the two room atmosphere...great place to take my boy who likes to watch the game but I can still get nice wine and food! Warm zabaglione is to die for.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was a disappointment
    Like2eatout
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Dinner was a disappointment . We have been there Twice before and have never been overwhelmed With the food. However this was the worst meal And last time we will go there. Dinner was Over $300 for 5 people and the only wine Purchased was $38. The prawns had about 12 Medium sized pieces on the order and they Were obviously from a bag of frozen shrimp. That's all that came with the order. Nothing on The menu indicated that the overpriced entree's Came with no sides. VERY OVERPRICED! I might add we had no coffee or dessert. So the cost Per person was almost $60 each for 1 bottle of wine 5entree's and 2 appetizers-and the food wasn't even good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bit loud... A bit overpriced
    ValentineGuy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was a bit crowded with wealthy families of locals who most likely don't cook much at home... and loud with their voices that were raised to talk and bark over the crowd noise. Didn't enjoy the experience and won't return anytime soon. Too many other good choices in Marin.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High quality food. Very good
    Foodforlife
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    High quality food. Very good service. Fit for foodies. Neighborhood gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Nice Evening
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We had a nice dinner here this week. This is a cozy spot and our food was good. We especially loved the Insalata Rosso. The spinach mezzaluna pasta dish was okay, but the bombolotti al sugo was quite good. The only negative was that several children there with their families apparently had no parents watching them. They were sitting in the back area but ran through the main restaurant several times and no parent ever came in. A little disturbing for the rest of us and the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local restaurant
    EMBEE
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    It had been a while since the last time we ate at Cucina only because we had cut back so far on eating out during the past year. The meal was delicious, service was good and we will return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    tishtash22
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We went to this place on Christmas Eve because it was close and was one of the only places open! Overall the people I went with enjoyed their food- it wasn't amazing, but it was good. I had the risotto, which was a little soupy for my taste but had decent flavor. The steak my husband had was cooked well and had good flavor, but it was just a steak on top of a bed of arugula- no sauce, no sides. One thing that I heard was delicious (but could not have due to having Celiac Disease) was the bruschetta. The rest of my group had it and they were amazed at how good the tomatoes were for it being winter. All that being said, I wouldn't not go there again- but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there another time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed bag
    Paleoman
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Convenient location in 'downtown' San Anselmo, Cucina is not a big place, but the bare, tall walls reflect all of the sound and it is quite loud. It's a friendly noise, though, and the place has a rather neighborhoody atmosphere. Some of the food was quite good—the bruschetta was tasty, and also the calamari; but the pizza and the pasta dish we had were under seasoned and nothing special. If I were in the neighborhood and hungry I might stop in and try something else on the menu, otherwise, I probably won't return. For the moderate prices, better meals can be had in central/southern Marin.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ask not to be in the back
    Deni
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Ask not to be in the back room.........service not as good - cramped tables
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    NapKin
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Started well with salads and apps. Good complimentary tomato bruschetta to start. Margarita pizza completely without flavor. Pastas were bland and uninspired. Server was helpful with wine suggestions ans tastes but we could not get his attention for most of the meal even when he passed by our table many times so we had to flag down others for help, check, etc. Won't return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Let Pedro pick your Italian
    MissSFVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Let Pedro pick your Italian red... He doesn't miss!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    johnny
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Very happy with this restaurant, very thing was great. Will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All of the food was good except
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    All of the food was good except my entrée. The linguine with scallops had only one sliced scallop and little sauce. A big disappointment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food!
    Golfer4Life
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    This little place is a gem - we'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The pastas are superb, spaghetti
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    The pastas are superb, spaghetti was wonderful and the gnocchi was very good. Flavorful bruschetta, fresh salads, and the most real Tartufo dessert you have ever tasted outside of Italy. Local San Anselmo ambiance with the flavor of italia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Great food and reasonably priced...wonderful ambience..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Anselmo’s new Chuck E. Cheese’s
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    When seated, we were told back room would be quieter. Wrong. Table of 12, 8 of whom were children, appeared as our meals were served. The children were unbelievably loud and misbehaved. We were no longer able to hold any conversation, packed our meals to go and escaped out the back door. Management refused to intervene, acknowledged the noise level in the small room was off the charts, and seemed to be begging for forgiveness of their inability to control the situation. If you expect management to take responsibility for your dining experience, this is not the place for you.
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  • Great neighborhood Italian
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food much better than expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cucina...almost but not quite
    Markosound
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    i was on a date with an exquisitely amazing woman. Cucina did not add much. I waited tables professionally for over 7 years. In nice places, just like this. I never served nor was served an entree without any sides...We ordered fish. And i was pretty taken aback to see two plates arrive with just the fish...no creatively prepared side dish to compliment the dish at all. And i am not cheap. But the price of each plate was near 20 bucks...and no sides???? seriously. And no mention of this other than the omission on the menu. i thought that perhaps it was going to just be a creative choice of the chef depending on what was available...not a stupid assumption given this is marin... not going back nor will i recommend. Sad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed. The only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Very disappointed. The only positive was the hostess who greeted and seated us. Hard to find anything appealing on menu and dish I ordered was bland, very skimpy on the meat. Waiter seemed inexperienced and inefficient.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cucina is a great little restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    I met a friend for dinner there on a Tuesday night. The restaurant is very small but we were able to get a nice table in front. We ordered an appetizer (eggplant) and an entree to share (snapper). Both were very good. My only complaint is that the wine by the bottle is very expensive (nothing under $40) so you may want to bring your own if you plan on having more than one glass. Not sure what the corkage fee is. Fortunately for us Tuesdays are 40% off wine by the bottle.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great!
    louise
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    At first thought it was a bit pricey- but once the food came thought it was worth it. The beet/arugala salad was awesome- so was the salmon salad crustini! Great presentation, ingredients were fresh and superb- loved the italian waiter as well. Great experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, warm inviting
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Excellent food, warm inviting ambience, great service, and an overall wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best bruschetta ever! Menu
    Kathy
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Best bruschetta ever! Menu changes every few days. Great Italian food. Knowledgeable and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fourth Time is Definitely not a Cha
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Our fourth visit to this restaurant... food has always been good; service has been hit or miss. Our 6PM reservation for a table was ready when we arrived. Through no fault of our own, our meal arrived at 7PM. We asked the waitperson as 7 o'clock approached where our meals were, as many of the patrons who had arrived after us were eating. She said they were "plating them up right now". I am sure they lost our order, but would not cop to that. We also received no apology for the lengthy delay. We have been going about every other week for the last two months. Time to take a break from this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cuccina remains one of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Cuccina remains one of the best spots in the bay area. The pizza is great and they have the best gnocchi anywhere. It's warm and hospitibale and the menu changes with the seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place and return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    We love this place and return often. Staff is great and so is the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our third visit. Food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Our third visit. Food and service were excellent. One woman at a table nearby raised the noise level; when she left, the restaurant exchaled and became so much more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic