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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

4.6
2271 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 2271 people are saying
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ChristyN
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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KimberlyA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving family gathering

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
3 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
3 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
6 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The carpaccio starter is the best in terms of freshness and flavor. The squid ink pasta was just okay for me. The tiramisu at the end definitely wrapped up the dinner well. Will definitely consider coming back in the future.

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BobP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your typical Italian restaurant...very nice menu and the dessert were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is stunning

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JuliM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hats off to the waiters !! We had a drink before we were seated at our table and both the bar waiters and our table waiter recommended outstanding!!
I will say the young girl (blonde) at the door where you check in was very rude - she couldn’t be bothered with people coming in … there were two others that were very nice and actually answered my questions …

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vipVanessaH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place gave me hope that good table service still exists! I used to work in the restaurant business in the '90's and know what good table service is. I can't remember the last place I went that cleared the table before the next course, topped off our glasses of wine, didn't rush us ordering, timed the courses to perfection, etc... The manager was there the entire time helping his staff, pre-bussing, refilling wine, etc.. SO REFRESHING! I ordered an off the menu item (affogato which is espresso and ice cream). A runner ran out the espresso and knew by our looks alone that this wasn't the correct presentation. He immediately took it back and brought out the ice cream and poured the espresso over. All without us saying anything. All of this and the place was packed. Food was really great too. The only negative is the cheese plate was less than average with two kinds of sliced cheese...no wheels or anything interesting at all. But other than that was amazing food!

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Strid
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining space and great food. Cocktails are OK

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Food was cold by time it got to us but took 30min after appetizer. Didn’t even eat it all.

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vipLarryG
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here in years. Nice to re-discover a delightful dining experience!

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SONIA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Too noisy, impossible to have a discussion
The pizza are tasteless…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful and friendly! Our food was great!

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Benethea
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina enoteca had top tier customer service and amazing food. We went to celebrate our anniversary and they made it very special for us. We will be coming back to this wonderful establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The table next to
Use had 6 people who were very loud. We couldn’t even have a conversation because of their noise level.

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vipJustinF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Dinner with best friends. We used to live in Del Mar and cucina was our favorite restaurant. Been there multiple times. Service was extremely slow and each course took too long. Food was great. Squash blossoms were incredible and polenta was good as well. Octopus wasn’t our favorite.

Overall we we’re pretty disappointed as our friends that live here suggested another place but we insisted on Cucina.

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TerryS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great restaurant but, like so many others, suffering from lack of help.

Our appetizer was served but we did not have any place settings. Luckily was finger food but had no napkins and couldn’t find help for over 15 minutes. Our water was not refilled, our place settings were partially taken after the salad plates were removed and then dinner was served and we had to wait for more place settings before we could eat.

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PaulB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good wine selection. Chris was very helpful.

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LizRodge
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was all impeccable, our server, Gerri, was wonderful, the wine was exquisite, and I wish I’d found this place sooner!

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vipDkamla
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

We ordered their bucatini with an egg added. Twice they delivered overcooked eggs, and then our dessert had a long hair in it (not from our table). Service was attentive and respectful of our dining pace, but the food was not up to Enoteca standards.

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Jane
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t let the shopping center location dissuade you. The outdoor seating set up is lovely with a fence to hide the view of the parking lot. They did a great job with decor and heaters to make the best of the covid outdoor dining situation. Food was fabulous. Family style amply feeds four. Service was wonderful and attentive. Very treasonable priced wine list.

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Alisen
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Urban Kitchen group- you all are amazing. It’s a great experience every time.

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8587563400
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on patio area, with a great heater next to table. Had great service, delicious drinks and the food was amazing. We shared 4 different small bite plates - perfect amount of food, even took some home! Will definitely be back!

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vipKevinM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, nice atmosphere ... food is good not great, but the overall experience is a good one

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vippkster
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place with excellent food! Heather provided excellent customer service!

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sandcraw
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was quite good. We had the chopped salad and the focaccia. We both chose the short ribs with pasta. We finished our dining experience by sharing a dessert called Pavlova.

The only downside was the ambiance. We were placed at a table where the sun was in our eyes. When we asked to have the blinds lowered we were told they couldn’t
because the cord was broken. We had an awesome server named Michael who moved us to an interior table which alleviated the problem. The other disturbing issue was how loud the music was. We were in the main dining room and we could barely hear each other talk.

Michael was one of the best servers I have ever had contact with. He was quite attentive, at times anticipating our needs. We are senior citizens and he was very respectful, which is not always the case.

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Rose
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was very mediocre - I expected more flavor. Everything we ordered was quite bland. The noise level was ridiculous. The interior is very interesting, and it was fun to look around.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend’s 50th over a very nice dinner. We had wonderful service and left very satisfied and full. Thank you.

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vipDavidB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome!! Love this place!!!

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DianeM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, we had a marvelous server. We dined on the roof and it was perfect. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The pasta was bland and the octopus starter tasted like fish. Service and ambiance was ok. Overall for the price, it was not worth it. Tiramisu was good.

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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar is rated 4.6 stars by 2271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.