Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

4.6
1689 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrating super Dads! Have brunches of fun at CUCINA on June 16, 2019 and enjoy a buffet of goodies along with a variety of breakfast cocktails | CUCINA enoteca Del Mar | 10 am - 1:30 pm | $49 Adults | $19 Kids 12 + under | + tax and service fee. Dinner | regular menu + hours.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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KE
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most of our food was great! Someone in our party ordered the burger and commented that there was just too much going with it. Too many competing flavors. Loved the pate!!! The skirt steak was also superb!! Great ambiance, a little loud but fun!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! But they forgot our cappuccino 😢 we got it after a while but still great overall!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day.

Food was ok

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BB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Mother's Day Brunch. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and courteous.

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B
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch I've had in years, delicious Pizza and everything tasted so good! Great waitress!

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F
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. The price was $49 for the buffet which was very reasonable as well.

2 small complaints that are not critical but could be corrected.

I was surprised when I say charges for coffee and juice added to the bill. It wasn’t the money but just not what the buffet should be. Alcohol I would understand.

Also, adding tip automatically to the bill for a party of 3 is unusual. I would have tipped the host more if they would not “force” the amount.

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LD
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch with 10 people. Service was seamless and food was delicious. Salads and pizzas (we shared a few) were so good. Best pizza I’ve had in a long time. The salads were fresh, unique and very flavorful. Others had entrees which they thought were great as well.

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C
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Harvey was outstanding. It was a busy Thursday night but he was very attentive to our family of 6; 2 teens, parents, and grandparents. Drinks and food were well paced and table clean up was prompt with silverware and plate replacement on point.

The food was great as usual. We started with the Squash Blossoms that we’re perfectly prepared and the bread service well done with garlic and olives to accompany the basket. A Tri-Color Salad was shared family style and then individual pizzas for our entrees with a side of Polenta. Salad quality was delicious and varied with multiple greens and the watermelon radishes were a nice surprise along with the lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Pizzas were tasty and crisp with a gentle touch of sauces and toppings. We had the Marguerite with fennel sausage, one plain Marguerite, one Build your Own, and a Date Ricotta. The Polenta was memorable, creamy, rich and well salted.

We are never disappointed by the food and tonight the service was beyond expectations. Thank you for a nice fun family meal. Cheers.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harvey is the best!

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M
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great experience at Cucina Enoteca! I took a friend from out of town there and she loved it!

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KN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here and didn’t realize they don’t open up the dining area until 5pm. That’s rather strange but they allowed us to wait in the bar area where we had some drinks and ordered appetizers. All the dishes we tried such as parpadelle, half chicken, octopus, brusselsprouts were all great. We were surprised that for a quality restaurant they used these paper placemats that just kind of ruins the aesthetic of the dining area but it was a minor detail. The waiter provided excellent service and was attentive.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

All the food we ordered was delicious! But the waitress seemed to be unhappy with her job.

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SB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great staff. We'll be back for sure!
(One thing, A bit noisy!)

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M
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Thanks for bringing back the beet salad but the portion is much smaller then before. Prices are a little high but that gets you great service. Will be back.

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NN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my favorite restaurant with incredible food, incredible ambiance and incredible service,

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CD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall Cucina Enoteca is an awesome restaurant. However, the short rib pappardelle is too salty. It is delicious and if they would just cut down a bit of the salt it would be so much better...half of my party agree.

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FJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service

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CN
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lively scene. Good for date night and get together. The food is great and the service was amazing.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We started off with fun cocktails and a few small plates. The octopus was one of the best I have ever eaten. The cocktails were delicious and we treated ourselves to more wine. Their wine selection is excellent. Our entrees were amazing and we got carried away and indulged in Tiramisu which was so good. The amazing food and wonderful service keeps bringing us back to this restaurant!!!

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TG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Yummy mimosas! cozy atmosphere! Thank you for an enjoyable bday lunch!

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l
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I really like Cucina Enoteca bar area and would recommend it - very social and energetic, and good drink selection. Dining was OK - the pizza was good/freshly made, but I expected more from the dinner menu for some reason.

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KL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Great place for lunch and dinner.

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NP
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Limited menu but the salad with salmon was very good.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server was extremely rude to us. My boyfriend, some friends, and I went to Cucina Enoteca to celebrate my birthday. Two of my friends have a few food restrictions, and when we asked what matched the food restrictions on the menu, our server was not accommodating at all. She told my friends that we came to the wrong restaurant and said that the kitchen will try to make something, but she has no idea what they could make. Dude, seriously? You are a server, your job is to work with customers and help them to have a nice experience at your restaurant. Go get another job.

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PS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have recommended it in the past because we have enjoyed the Easter buffet a couple of years in a row. But this year's Easter buffet was disappointing. No carving table, and the one meat option was not very good. Also, the pasta dish was bland and dry. Don't think we'll be going next year.

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DC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Easter brunch was okay. They freshly made omelets which were great. Our reservation was an hour after the buffet opened and by the time we hit the spread, food had been out awhile and was cold. Options were good so if they could execute keeping it warm and fresh it would be a great brunch option.

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LL
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Easter brunch. The food was delicious and the value was great.

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YK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We are a big fan of Cucina Enoteca and visit there quite often. This is the first time for us to have Sunday buffet but it did not meet our expectation. The foods were mediocre, nothing special and overpriced. We will be back to there fore regular dinner or lunch but not for Sunday branch buffet.

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RD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

You can not find more attentive servers. With smiles and grace, they are ever present to tend to your requests.
I have got to say, the noise level is so high, you can't have a conversation easily. I wish they could consult with a noise level analyst. There is no such thing as a 'quiet table' at CE.
Again, the servers are top notch.

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BH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was delightful. Overall one of my favorite restaurants

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VM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

We got seated by a super loud group, we decided to go here before the cirque de soleil show, the waiter was amazing but the service at the kitchen was really slow. Didn’t have the best experience, we ordered some ravioli and it came out by the time we had to leave! I’ve been here before and it’s always a great experience.

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for sure. Food and service both great. Wine list is pretty solid too heavy Italian. I recommend stuffed squash blossoms to start. We also had the chicken and pasta with short ribs. Both were very good! I would go back

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MM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible and personable server who made us feel welcomed the moment we arrived. The mushroom truffle pizza was absolutely amazing and the viper mocktail was so delicious with a kick to it! We enjoyed our time here for brunch very much and hope to come back soon.

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C
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No wonder this place is always booked. Delicious food and great service. This was my first time eating here. The house chopped salad had a nice zing to it- no more boring salads here! We ordered a family size salad to start for $30 and it fed all 6 people in our group. (I had 3 helpings and there was still some left in the bowl) Brussels sprouts, octopus, polenta and mushroom ravioli are definitely items I would order again. The pizza was also very good. Nice selections of wine by the glass. Service was attentive. The atmosphere was lively and cozy at the same time. I will definitely return. There were so many more things on the menu to try. Between the Pizza, side dishes and the huge salad, we didn't even get to the entrees.

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F
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was really great! The manager even stopped at our table to see if we needed anything! Never had to ask for water, etc. I enjoyed the food & ambiance. One of my friends thinks food there is mediocre and with no daily specials, etc. prices are reasonable too!!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great but service was not. It took 30 minutes for our waiter to take our order once we asked the gentlemen filling our water for him. We placed our appetizer order with a manager I believe. When I checked in I mentioned it was my friends bday and nothing was acknowledged. Disappointed in the service and the lack of acknowledgement from staff.

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D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Ambiance is great. Nice decor. A bit noisy but we loved it.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was exceptional!

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GV
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Receptionist was a little unwelcoming. The waiter who served us made up for the bad first impression.

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