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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

4.5
2298 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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. Enjoy wine by the glass or visit the wine shop and select a bottle from over 100 selections at retail price ($10 corkage fee applies).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2298 people are saying
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Alex
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After living in a half dozen cities in the past 10 years, from NYC to LA, Austin to Miami... San Diego almost never fails to disappoint in the dining scene :(

Cucina Enoteca is a little oasis in the desert. A solid trattoria with reasonable prices, excellent, fresh food with healthy options, and a bit of a vibe. Usually these "hospitality group" restaurants are the worst, but in this case, one of the very few restaurants that we've made our "regular".

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vipLChessa
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was excellent & food was very good!!

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Lovetoeatout
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love all of the Cucina's. The menu is great, the food is excellent and served hot. They don't skimp on ingredients. Great service and atmosphere. Love the corner couch seating best.

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JohnE
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service, needed more menu selection. Nice ambiance but the music was loud in the indoor dining area. It was hard to have discussion with our dinner party of six.

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Alison
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely love coming here. The food is always on point. I love that they have a new park let but the wind whipped through and got a bit chilly, even with all the heaters. Still not bad for outdoor dining in January!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was bland. Waiter only checked on us once after we got our food.

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YasminJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and lively bartenders! Great food too

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Zoee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was really good. Definitely recommend!

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vipSteph
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special potato gnocchi was very delicious, the kids cheese pizza was very great and the price was reasonable, and the pastas are, as always, was great. Our server was really friendly and awesome.

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vipCeeCeeS
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town and Cucina Enoteca was highly recommended. They went above and beyond to accommodate date us inside on a rainy day.

Michael K. was exceptional! His service was above and beyond. We have been spoiled with his excellent service and attention to detail.

The cocktails, wine, and food were unique and delicious!

The meatball appetizer, Pappardelle Bolognese, and Branzino were wonderful.

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vipSolanaLocal
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Unfortunately, we were seated in the far corner by the bathroom versus the main dining area where I’ve eaten before. My guest were disappointed from the onset by this situation. Given the pandemic, the restaurant seemed short staff as most place are. The waitress really hustled table to table - forgetting a few requests along the way. All that said, the food was very good as always. I’ll return and be more specific where to sit.

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ChristyF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times but celebrated Christmas Eve this time. Fantastic service and food! Wasn’t over crowded which was nice for noise.

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Desertgal
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We’ve been here many times and either they are suffering from the labor shortage or there is new management. The restrooms were quite dirty. The food wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past.

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Thetruthnothingbut
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, very very small portions. Bummer

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Ruth
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great food, amazing service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Have us a bad seat. I asked to be moved . They took a while until they moved us. Food doesn’t taste that good for the price.

Only thing good was the wine ( Lopez de Heredia)

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ChrissyS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the server made our night fantastic - smart and fun! Our birthday celebration was a hit!

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vipMelissaH
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. The service was good and accommodating of our requests. Thank you!

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vipRobert
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I was there with 2 friends and we had to yell at each other because the noise level was so high…. This really takes away from having any kind of pleasant conversation.

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very loud environment and difficult to have a conversation. Also sounded like someone dropping large items upstairs. Food was cold when it arrived and my portion of pasta was small while my friends portion size was quite large. Left hungry.

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Namho
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and cozy mood was good for Family dinner.

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TBSF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many new restaurants have opened recently in North County, but the food just never wows us. Cucina Enoteca continues to be consistently awesome. Highly recommend!!

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JennS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib pasta is outstanding, even with GF penne (required for me). I would skip the octopus appetizer--portion size was too small and it was a little fishy. The lavender 75 cocktail was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was really noisy and they were out of some of the dishes we wanted.

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Terce
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoy the bar table top. Brussel sprouts were delicious! A little limited as I don’t eat red meat or gluten, but I was able to find some delicious items. Excellent martinis and red wine too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly. We were seated right away even though our party wasn’t complete yet. Food was amazing. Will definitely recommend this place to others!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

loved the food and service but i was almost knee to knee with the people sitting next to us. it wasn’t intimate at all for a date night i could perfectly hear each conversation next to me and had to compete to talk to my date.

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vipKimJ
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

To start off my reservation did request a table outside and the hostess was planning on seating us inside so we did need to clear that up. The outside area is great. There are heaters, the tables are spaced out appropriately it was great.

Our waiter was great. Helped us navigate the menu online, gave us recommendations for both appetizers and the main meal. The food was amazing and the portions were the right size.

The staff was all wearing masks feel completely safe. I would definitely come back here again and would recommend it to anyone.

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ChristyN
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy, great patio setup for those who are COVID-nervous like me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and servers are great.

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KimberlyA
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great. We had the chopped salad and a couple of pasta dishes. The service in the bar was good, but at the table was mediocre. It was hard to flag down the server and they kept trying to pull our plates before we were finished.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving family gathering

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful birthday celebration. Manager Cara made our visit so special by setting up a nice table outside for us to enjoy the beautiful evening. Service and food were exceptional as always. We look forward to our next birthday!

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vipGeorgeS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only problem is the noise level. It’s very hard to carry a conversation.

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RobertA
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very loud. Essentially unable to hold a conversation. Tables packed way to close together, especially considering we’re still not the pandemic. Maybe tables 18 inches apart Difficult for a larger person to sit down or get up. Server had a blasé attitude. Burger was okay but average. Pasta was served lukewarm. Would not go back.

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MaxR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great wine list.

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Alex
Cancun
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Definitely a very nice surprise. After living in NYC, Austin, LA, Playa del Carmen Mexico, Miami, and San Diego over the past 6 years... much as we love SD, it ranks dead last in terms of restaurants. We've been working our way through the top OpenTable rated restaurants in our area (La Jolla to Carlsbad), and while there's plenty that's "okay," we've been pretty depressed about the quality-- particularly in the more expensive places. You can get a great taco, but for a nice, sit-down meal, compared to NY/Miami/Austin, San Diego may as well be Lincoln, Nebraska.

Cucina Enoteca gave us hope :)

The food is really top notch and the prices quite moderate. The service is friendly-decent, which is fine with us. One complaint: The noise level in the dining room is ear-bleeding bordering on painful. Stone floors, low ceiling and glass walls. If you are not with children (we were), do yourself a favor and sit in the bar area (high ceiling makes a world of difference) or outside.

Highly recommend the squash blossoms app and the branzino as entree.

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PhilS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

You can just tell finding people is a challenge. We are used to having amazing service here, but not so much tonight. Food was 90% amazing but we had to send one of the dishes back as it came out cold with no sauce and missing ingredients. Other dishes were good but cooked very differently than when we've ordered them before. New cooks maybe?

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vipTLA12
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Why to nosey even mid-week. Service is sporadic at best. You need to go find them. Men's bathroom was closed much of the night. Menu you is very constrained and limited.

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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar is rated 4.5 stars by 2298 OpenTable diners.

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