Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar
Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaenoteca.com/
  • Phone: 8587044500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 5-9pm
    Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm
    Friday-Saturday 11:30-11pm
    Sunday 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Magnanelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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 Cupper at 619.239.2222 extension 2.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Andreas
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar
Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego’s award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca’s menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
346 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (218)hot spot (180)notable wine list (177)vibrant bar scene (152)good for groups (142)special occasion (139)neighborhood gem (130)great for lunch (94)romantic (66)great for outdoor dining (43)late-night find (37)kid-friendly (37)great for brunch (35)scenic view (14)Show More
  • Good lunch spot
    BLSC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my first experience and it was for lunch. There are many things on the menu that I would love to try so certainly will go back. Overall a really nice spot. If you love wine this is your spot!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a Visit
    MinouVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    What a great find. Food quality, price and variety was great - super wine list - ambience was perfect - thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place!
    Lovefood
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Came to celebrate a birthday with a party of 8. We were well accommodated, had a great time, and everyone equally enjoyed their meals. It does get a little loud, but other than that, great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trevor
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is very good. I had the Char for the first time and that was amazing. My husband had the pork chop and liked it. The restaurant is extremely noisy unless you are seated in the dining room which we were not able to get. The service the night we were there was very slow, which may have been due to a private party that was in the dining room. This is a good restaurant WHEN you can get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting dishes
    jbinleucadia
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Just had a enjoyable special occasion date at Cucina Enoteca. The decor and atmosphere was very trendy and inviting at the same time. I really enjoyed the wine list and pricing. We ended up with an Orin Swift Locations from Southern Italy. The server had excellent wine knowledge. We split a few of the small plates: fried squash blossoms (I'm gonna start eating mine from the garden), and lobster gnocchi with a green chili foam, my favorite! Even the foccacia loaf was memorable. For the main dish we had risotto with some sort of wild mushroom. It was very rich and almost too filling. I could have opted for more of the smaller dishes just to keep the experience going. All in all excellent night and highly recommendable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What all the raves were about!
    EmmaLVVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We went to Cucina Enoteca for brunch. The food is truly outstanding as is the service. The wine list has to be seen to be believed! We shared the chopped salad and the stuffed squash blossoms. Both were excellent, my favorite being the squash blossoms. We then had 2 different pizzas, the Margherita with sausage added and the pancetta. Loved them both, but the pancetta pizza is definitely more innovative. It was really too much food, we should have shared a pizza... Many reviews exclaim about the noise level, but at brunch it wasn't that noisy. I highly recommend this restaurant, we'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not that great...
    tonyvciVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Would agree with the reviewer who said food was average and service poor. They forgot our appetizer ordered and brought us our meal…when we sent it back we waited al least 15 minutes for the appetizer (brussels sprouts) and they were dry as a bone. Then it took us another 20 minutes to get our meals…a very frustrating evening. For the price…there at many others that serve much better food!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • honestly...
    SDBcruiseVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Want to love this place and have gone 3 times....however, the service is obtrusive and bad (how many employees does it really take to run a restaurant dining room????)...really wish it was as good as Cucina Urbana in Bankers hill. They also need to vary the menu and add a few more italian dishes (love the lasagna in Bankers Hill)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy
    Allergies
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Very much a 20s-30s scene. Very very noisy. Waiter ignored my first comment re: my nut allergy; I asked him to put them on the side. Said we 4 sharing all dishes. One pizza had nuts on one side hidden under the arugula. Didn't know it until I bit into it, to my horror. Waiter made excuses.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great except for the upsell
    Seenitalldiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything about this was as good a Cucina Urbana, except we has a waiter that reminded me of the pushy upsell style of so many chain restaurants. I was meeting a work colleague and we mainly wanted to talk knew what we wanted to order and didn't need so many suggestions for how we might order more things. Not at all the genuine friendly style I am used at their sister restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SDluv
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    No wonder this place was packed on a Tuesday night. Servers are very friendly and the food is very yummy. The only reason I gave it four stars was because it was very noisy and people were shouting to be heard. Overall a wonderful place to have Italian, and enjoy the ambiance without having to drive to downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    gmacVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Extremely noisy. Took the joy out of dining with friends. Same menu as Laurel Street location.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Experience
    Reggie14
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Messed up our order three times. Food was average and overpriced. Drinks were good. Wouldn't go back...way better places in SD.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms a Hit
    smiller007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    As we walked into the Del Mar Cucina Enoteca we were impressed by a hugh selection of wines that surrounded the entrance way to the dining area. The staff quickly seated us and informed us that Sunday there was no corkage fee for wine purchased from the restaurant wine store :-) ... we happily ordered the Stephanie Cabernet Sauvignon which was had flavors of Oak but not too over bearing. My daughter had dined with them before and ordered us the Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms as an appetizer which were out of this world. I followed up by ordering a Kale Salad which was very tasty and the Baked Artic Char for my main course which was excellent. My wife ordered the Chicken which was good and had a very flavorful sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mamameli
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great wine and great prices with welcoming service and ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummo
    Msstaci5
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Would have given 5 stars but the service is always slow there. Food is spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back
    AZfoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful date night here. Our server was delightful and perfectly attentive. The squash blossoms should not be missed and the lobster gnocchi was amazing also. We enjoyed everything aside from the foursome sat next to us. The quarters are close and their conversation was vile -- oh well. We still had a great time and will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The restaurant was fabulous from start to finish. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    JFdiner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great server excellent food lively atmosphere went for our anniversary and we were very pleased with our choice pizzas and pasta
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Franky
    frankyVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    In the past couple months the quality of food and service has gone down, your restaurant used to be a great place to visit, I am deeply disappointed in the turn of events, don't know if it is a new chef or the quality of food has gone down. hope things will change soon. I will give it one more try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cucina Enoteca Rocks!
    JMZo
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We had a great dinner, following the suggestions of our server, Izabela. We started with a chef's special appetizer. Avocado laced around spicy tuna, served with a compressed watermelon and cucumber garnish--in a word, awesome! The smoked salmon vasi was perfect and the server kept bringing us toasted bread as we scraped the jar clean. My guests had the steak and lamb rack, both very happy. I resorted to my favorite: spicy shrimp pasta puttanesca. We ordered a recommended Super Tuscan from Washington State, which turned out to be $9 less than the "average retail price" available on my guest's wine app! No room for dessert, but we lingered over our wine glasses through the evening. Outstanding dining at great prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dmfoodie1
    dmfoodie1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had reservations, however we ate at the bar. Server Angie was excellent, very attentive. We enjoyed the pizza, liver pate, and squash blossom. It has been our experience that the service is better at the bar than at tables, seems like more staff at bar!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upstairs Patio
    KBeeVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Intimate setting upstairs. .. quiet. .. felt like being in a BeauTiful backyard. Lovely. And great service by Brian and Antonio.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Someplace different
    Enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Stepping into Cucina is different from any other restaurant - pleasant hostesses; bottles of wine surround you as you are accompanied to your table all this before you have had the first taste of the delicious food - total experience every time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late lunch
    Bettyjane
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had a late lunch around 1:30 so the restaurant was very quiet for a change. The service was marginal Waiter took my drink order and then forgot to bring the ice tea. It probably took 15 min before I got it. Our food arrived shortly after & it was good, but the waiter Just about ignored us. He did bring me another tea after awhile. Overall food was good but the service was not.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LastMinuteFoodie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Wish I was better with names because I would recommend the wine guy that helped us with our selection. I do know he was recently engaged because the Cava we selected was actually one he celebrated with after he proposed to his fiance. Our experience was fabulous as always. We went on a Tuesday so we actually got a table in the dining room. The place is ALWAYS packed and this Tuesday was no exception. We started with the short rib parpadelle (always a favorite) and the giant meatball (a yummy starter for the 5 of us). Ordered 2 outstanding pizzas and the jidori chicken. Pizzas were a hit. Jidori chicken was not the flavor I was expecting but good. Our server (again I'm bad with names) was attentive and friendly. Great time again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect in every sense
    FogoFanVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food is amazingly simple and good! Prices are affordable, place casual and vibrant A must in sD
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Really loved it here! Super noisy, but very cool ambiance! Love their wine selection, too!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun atmosphere!
    Waldo
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great place to celebrate Father's Day with whole family. Loved the decor and friendly knowledgeable servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Unique and Tasteful experience
    Luxer
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our first experience at Cucina Enoteca and was wonderfully surprised with a delightful healthy menu and calm relaxing atmosphere. Great place to dine for any time of day. Easily sits twosomes or large groups (we were a family of 10). The menu had a nice variety of choices for all family members. Services was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative Menu
    Peppybarb
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was delicious The menu items were very creative. The portion sizes were very satisfying. Only rhing this Del mar restaurant was missing was an ocean view but we didn't miss it because we enjoyed the food so much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Normarita
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent food and service and the perfect place to share with family and friends for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First impressions were great-the style, decor, and overall vibe of Cucina Enoteca was outstanding. It felt fun, energetic and lively, yet once at our table, I didn't feel overwhelmed by the noise or other diners. It offers a ton of interesting decor to look at as well. Our server, Nadia (aka "Kentucky") was amazing! She offered the perfect recommendations, her personality was adorable, and she was great about giving our table time/space to enjoy the place and our conversation. The food and cocktails were beyond. We had a gift card, so we tried some things I wouldn't normally have considered such as the Octopus, the Pork Cheek w/ Polenta, and the doughnut dessert. Every single thing was delicious. Can't wait to come back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cucina Enoteca
    JonnyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Menu was very interesting, especially starters and the food was very good. However, the noise level was so high that conversation was difficult. Also,the air conditioning in the main dining room was not working properly and it was not comfortable. Overall, the dining experience was just mediocre, and we probably will not go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Enoteca
    SDYogini
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food, service, ambiance, wine list...I could go on and on. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service but too loud!
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Go early before the crowd or you will be shouting to your dinner partners to be heard above the noise. It is very loud!! Bar is a total scene with lots of older, single men looking for a date. Like I said, go early to avoid noise and bar crowd!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great appetizer
    swimmer59
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had the stuffed squash blossom appetizer, a zuccini blossom stuffed with ricotta cheese, then tempura fried, served with aoili and basil sauce, fantastic and memorable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent spread
    Seekinggoodfood
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was delectable. Expansive wine list. Attentive service. I cannot wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best!
    SDblissgirlVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Cucina Enoteca is simply amazing! The food is just gorgeous, simple but amazing quality and lovely combinations, always inspired! The wine program is genius, and the wine selection is impressive. The best staff I know of in San Diego County, they are on point and genuine, it is quite obvious that they care. We are truly grateful to have this restaurant in the neighborhood...bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Training Needed
    JimB
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I made my reservation through OpenTable. The day after my reservation I received a message from OpenTable concerning why I didn't show up. Fact was, I did show up, exactly on time as did my lunch guest. The food was excellent, table service was very good but the receptionist seemed lost. Had to search to find my reservation and finally did but failed to acknowledge that I arrived in their system so OpenTable didn't know I showed up as reserved. Then, when the receptionist took me to the table where my guest was already seated she couldn't find the table. Some training would be in order for the receptionist that was on duty at the time of my reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.