Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

4.6
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$30 and under
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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 ($9 corkage fee applies).

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4.6based on recent ratings
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New York Area
64 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The less said the better. Which Italian region serves solid: buccatini with a poached egg on top?

LL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

s
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was awesome and a nice night

n
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Really disappointed in the taste of the food. Pretty bland.

CR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambience was great as always. The only down size is this place is extremely busy and you feel kicked out in a not very subtle way. Not by our server but an Asian lady perhaps a manager was not very courteous while removing settled check from our table and wishing us a “good night”

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the bucatini! Yum:)

H
San Diego
80 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday brunch about 1 p.m. and it was very nice. There was a large table with young girls when we got so the noise level was quite high for about a half an hour but then it was fine. The service was quite good and everything we got (3 of us) was very good. The 2 soft cooked egg calzone was a real treat. Been there several times and they overall do a very good job.

TM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great wine, food was not as good as it was the last few times we were there we were a little disappointed. Fries and burger were cold and overcooked. The roasted chicken is my favorite and it did live up to my expectations my husband’s osso bucco was A little dry and unremarkable.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food is excellent. All of it. This is the only reason we would ever return.

Our waiter was non-existent. It was as if he forgot that we were his table. It was painful. We (all 4 of us) even made a spectacle of ourselves at one point waving our arms frantically to get his attention.

The ladies bathroom was a mess. A roll of paper towels left on the sink for the customer to tear off what they needed. Toilet paper all over the bathroom stalls. NOT congruent with a restaurant at this price or location.

So my conclusion is that the back of house management is fantastic, but the front of house needs to be re-worked.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food came out quickly. I thought the servers were a little too eager to clear our tables though

BE
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This noise was unreal. Been here often. Always loud. But this was worse. They should tell large parties to hold it down for other guests.
Others near me also were not happy w some groups.
Main dining room needs noise “ clouds “ on the ceiling. Always too loud.

SA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Menu was not great for lunch.

OT
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was a bit on the salty side

j
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

new year’s eve dinner celebration

SU
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve, table for 4, great service from our waiter Ryan very knowledgeable with menu. Beverage Director Augusto paired us with great wine. Asst. Mgr. Jasica was very welcoming and attentive. Most of all the food was delish. The Osso bucco was outstanding won of the best I’ve tasted. Keep up the good work. Steve U.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes were delicious!

PM
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Food was overly salted and cold. Service was good and attentive.

SM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Del Mar and maybe even the whole area. Great food. Sophisticated menu. Knowledgeable staff. Love it!

SD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Food was great as always but service was worst ever.
The restaurant was much too loud!
We won't be back for a long time.

NA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently excellent food and ambience.

WB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Ryan was just perfect for the occasion. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and Ryan did an excellent job with recommendations ~ he was there when we needed him but gave us a quiet dinner that exceeded our expectations! Thank you!

BH
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent and so was the service. We’ll be going back soon.

C
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here. We ordered the Polenta + Ragu and Tricolore Salad off the Happy Hour menu and both dishes were amazing. I have to say that this is the best salad I’ve ever had. The Polenta + Ragu was fantastic as well and the Happy Hour House Red was fabulous. I’m not a fan of red wine, but their House Red was excellent.

The service, ambiance and decor were also excellent. Just went there again today, 1 day after my first visit. I highly recommend this place and will be a regular here.

CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always enjoy the squash blossoms and pasta dishes!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff personality and character. Excellent knowledge of menu.

FH
Jackson Hole
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I ORDERED A VODKA ON THE ROCKS AND RECEIVED AND (I BELIEVE) A GIN ON THE ROCKS ...I ALSO HAD MY GUEST TAKE A SIP OF MY COCKTAIL BECAUSE SHE WAS DRINKING A GIN AND TONIC....MY GUEST TO REALIZED MY DRINK WAS NOT VODKA .....INSTEAD...WHEN I CONFRONTED COLLEEN (OUR SERVER) HE BECAME VERY DEFENSIVE AND ...CLAIMING THAT WHAT I HAD ORDERED WAS CORRECT...AND THEN HE BROUGHT MY DRINK UP TO HIS NOSTRIL AND STILL CLAIMED THAT IT WAS THE HOUSE VODKA...MYSELF AND MY GUESTS COULD'NT BELIEVE HOW OUR SERVER HANDLED MY SITUATION
VERY EMBARRASSING INDEED
DINNER WAS AMAZING
TRIED TO MAKE AMENDS WITH COLLEEN BUT HE WAS VERY RUDE TO SAY THE LEAST
NEVER COMING BACK TO YOUR RESTAURANT ....I'VE BEEN HERE MANY TIMES...BUT THIS IS THE MOST HUMILIATING EXPERIENCE I'VE EVER BEEN THROUGH
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO MY MESSAGE
JUST MAKE YOUR EMPLOYEES TREAT PEOPLE BETTER INSTEAD OF JUDGING US
SHAME ON COLLEEN AND SHAME ON YOU
BEST
DIANA GARCIA

a
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Place is way too noisy

NM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great time.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan is the BEST waiter and always makes our experience at Cucina the BEST!

PB
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Hostess turned away our guests when they arrived- said there was no reservation in that name. Really we used the same name to be seated. Is Beverly are hard name to understand ??? Our guests went to their other location- a 40 minute round trip to come back. Thx cucina for making our wedding anniversary so memorable!

s
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had dinner here for my wife’s birthday. She loves Italian food and was over the moon impressed with the food. Most everything on the menu looked irresistible, including the appetizers and deserts. Our meals were fantastic including the pasta and fish.

It is a bit noisy, and there were numerous groups having their holiday celebration, which probably made it louder than usual. Our waiter was great, but I think he was overloaded because we noticed his service dropped off a bit when he started taking care of one of the large parties.

This isn’t the place for an intimate / romantic dinner; but if you want excellent Italian food at quite reasonable prices give Cucina Enoteca a try.

A
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I often meet my business partner here when I'm in town. The nice thing about this restaurant that sets it apart for me is I can request a specific area of the restaurant that's most conducive to our conversation and they ALWAYS come through. The service is attentive but not overbearing. The servers are great with pleasant attitudes, and the hostess desk is always greeting upon entry, but not in a monotone script mode! Thanks CE for always making this stop easy, convenient, and good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was relaxing and delicious

A
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. So noisy we could not talk to each other.

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was so perfect!! Food, service was more than o expected.
Only one thing, the receptionist was so disappointed, her attitudes was so rude even shows some racism issues with my company, Asian American. She should not stand at the front door. It makes everything bad impression.

DL
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What would be nice is the music was more a background than a conversation competitor. Also, light jazz or no vocals would be great.

RO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We've enjoyed the bar when dining as a couple on many occasions and enjoyed the dining room on fewer, mainly because the noise level makes it impossible to have conversation. This is especially true when we invite another couple to join us. We've had good luck with one particular table at a banquette that seems to provide enough separation from the main seating so that one can speak without yelling. My husband is hearing impaired which makes it even more imperative that we have the right seating.
When I made the reservation for Saturday, I asked for that specific table by number. I followed up with a voice message to reinforce my request and asked for a confirmation phone call that did not come. When we arrived with our guests, the hostess informed me that the table was unavailable due to a large party that had taken over the whole section. In fact there was a birthday party at the opposite side of the dining room, but not remotely near the table we requested. The hostess obviously didn't care to check or to be concerned that she was outright lying to us. We were seated at a table for four, with decibel levels that made it impossible to talk converse. We literally had to yell at each other to be heard.
We will not return again to the restaurant. We'll sit at the bar when alone but never again in the restaurant. Management needs to provide better training to the host staff, in politeness and truth telling at a minimum, and the restaurant in general needs to be more attentive to patrons with special needs.

KK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I thought that the food and service was excellent. It can be a bit noisy and the lighting was such that it was impossible to read the menu without a flashlight.

JM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was attentive. Food was excellent. We were happy diners.