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cucina sa

4.1
400 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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About

Cucina SA is a great neighborhood place to enjoy one of our pizzas from the wood-burning oven, or savor our many pasta dishes and entrees, while perusing a vast selection of Italian Wine. Our wine list features 150 selections, focusing primarily on all the great regions of Italy, with some interesting California offerings as well. We have our main dining room in front, with a great view of the wood-burning oven. We also have a cozy Wine Bar in back, where one can chose either a table or counter dining, for a quick glass of wine, or a leisurely dinner. In the warmer months, we also have a handful of tables outside on the wood bridge.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 454-2942
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donna Seymour
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tunstead
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1
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3.6
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4.2
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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

First time at the restaurant, service was great, everyone was friendly and the food was delicious. Will definitely return

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Good food and good wine list with very good service. Go early to avoid the noise. Recommend the frito misto, salads and the pizza, all sized to share.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Always a great meal, service is outstanding.
I love their stuffed mushrooms, even if they are not on the menu they make them for me

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Our go to Italian!
Great pizza (thin crust)
Great wine
Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

The best meal I've had at Cucina SA to date. One of the best meals I've had in Marin over the last decade. A very warm summer night. Greeted warmly by the owner, then by the server. Started with a couple of glasses of really nice Soave. My bride and I split three appetizers. Tuna Tartare - raw tuna chunks and avocado atop a light sausce I couldn't identify and finished with some housemade ranch dressing. Dandy on a warm night! We followed this with a Fritto Misto of shrimp, calamari, onion, and lemon each dipped in an incredibly light batter and quiclly deep fried, served with the ranch dressing on the side. I should have ask for a slice of lemn that's all it needed. We finished with a special arugula topped with toothsome pear and which i took as a very light ricotta cheese and I believe a lemon and olive oil dresing. We finished with something really really nice that sounds terrible - softserve vanilla ice cream with caramel and sea salt. Purrrfect!
And the whole menu really was tuned into both the season and moreover the temperature outside.

A plus is tht we noticed that they are now open for lunch. I've gotta try this out.

Kudos to the whole team - owner, server and the gang if wizards in the back of house. Take a bow folks!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

We dropped in on a Saturday evening for our anniversary. It wasn't too crowded at 7:00 p.m. but filled up while we were there. Parking is pretty easy on San Anselmo Ave at that time, and it was a nice evening for a stroll. Service was quick and attentive throughout the meal.

The layout is a little unwieldy, though; when you walk in you just kind of stand in the middle of the aisle and try not to get in anyone's way. The server accidentally backed into me and almost tripped when she was seating us.

The food is all-around great. They started with bruschetta, rather than just bread, which was a nice (and tasty) surprise. The Crostini di Burrata was delightful. The wife ordered the gnocchi bava and enjoyed it, and it was a heartier serving than I've seen at other restaurants. I ordered a steak-and-pesto pizza that was one of the specials; it was a good-sized pizza, and I was not disappointed. We also shared a bottle of Dolcetto. They have a fair-sized wine menu, and Dolcetto was on the cheaper side, but still pretty tasty.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was outstanding!!
Wait service was great but the bus service lacked in getting more water, etc.
Strange set up when you walk in to check in with the hostess. You have to walk thru the restaurant and are standing in the middle of all the diners. A bit hectic. Would highly recommend the restaurant regardless.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent Cuisine, excellent service and ambiance! We loved it and will return many times!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

Great neighborhood spot with good pizza plus interesting pastas and seafood dishes. Service is friendly and helpful. We especially like to sit at the space in front of the wood burning oven on a cool night and chat with the pizza chef.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2017

This is a nice, comfortable and convenient little restaurant . The food is consistently good and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. It's a great neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent as always. Best Italian in San Anselmo by far. Great service and ambiance along with a nice little bar scene. Never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

For lunch, the melanzane(eggplant) padini
was very good.
The bombolotti al sugo(rigatoni) was a little hard, should be al dente and the sauce was good albeit a bit spicy
Portions ample
Good service

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Always a good meal, sweet friendly staff. Overall wonderful neighborhood jem.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Consistently great food! Wine list is very good, too. The service is warm and friendly each time I've been there. It can get noisy so I tend to sit as a two-some in the front window which is nice and quiet! Definitely a neighborhood gem.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2017

it was fine. good local place to try. Not amazing, just good. might go back but not overly compelled to do so based on this experience...

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Food is always outstanding. The service was not very good this time. Unfortunately it seems as with other restaurants that if you aren't ordering wine or other drinks, you pretty much are ignored after ordering the dinner. The waitstaff was too busy, we had to ask for water a few times and waited for a while to order and for the check.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Fun place . Some more traditional Italian but some nice variations and specials. Brussel sprout chips awesome. Quite good variety for vegetarians.

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Booked via OpenTable for a Sunday lunch, only to find out that the restaurant was actually closed :( Not sure why the restaurant was listed as available.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent service delicious food

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Great food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Everything was great, as always. Only reason I deducted one star is because the sausage they're now using in my favorite plate (Contadino Misto) is way too spicy for me - and this time there was more sausage and less chicken, and a lot less garlic. Will have to mention this the next time I'm there - and there will definitely be a next time. They also have the absolutely best chocolate desert!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. We ate in the wine bar area which was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

The food was stellar -- every dish. The pancetta wrapped radicchio was crispy and flavorful from the pizza oven, and the bombolini was perhaps the best pasta dish I've had anywhere. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

We have come to Cucina for several years, through a couple of incarnations. The current one is the best. Good food, great wine list and but less than attentive service and a reasonably high noise level.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Love cucina! Been a couple of times now! Highly Recommended! :)

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

The new chef has made the food Really great. The flavors are terrific. Great great menu!! The new wine list is definitely an upgrade.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2017

Everything was great except for the noise level. We loved our waiter, Pedro.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2017

The spices on the entrees and salad were way overdone. Very salty and overwhelming.
Salmon tasted very old.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

One of my favorite places in Marin!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2017

My wife and I stopped going to Cucina a few years when the owners separated and the food seemed to have gone downhill. We went back recently after a friend mentioned it and this was a follow-up.

It's a lively neighborhood trattoria on charming San Anselmo Avenue where we usually see someone we know. The tables are a little crowded (you don't go there for the décor) but with the low ceiling the noise level is tolerable -- and you can sit in the bar in the back near San Anselmo Creek if you want something a little quieter.

This time we started with a stuffed mushroom special and the outstanding raw shredded zucchini with almonds and parmesan, which we can't pass up. Then I had a risotto special and my wife a pork with pappardelle dish. Portions are large and it was really good -- ho mangiato troppo ("I ate too much")!

The wine list is not as extensive as it used to be before the divorce (Jack has a marvelous palate but he's no longer there) but it's really good and still reasonably priced. This time we brought our own so we left a 30% tip but even then the total tab for 3 was under $130. Very good value. It kind of feels like the old crowd of locals from Ambrosia has moved to Cucina.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

I loved this place before the original owner sold it, and now that she has bought it back it is as good as ever. My new favorite appetizer is the arancini -- Italian risotto balls filled with cheese and proschutto. Fabulous little flavor bombs. In truth, everything we ordered was delicious. The beet salad was tasty and generous enough to share. The pastas were fresh and flavorful. And we split a generous portion of the very best warm zabaglione I have ever tasted. A memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2017

Excellent food, attentive and very personal service and overall great experience. This was our second visit to Cucina SA and I must admit I was a bit concerned that our perfect experience from our first visit could not be replicated as has happened to me at many restaurants. But not at this one. Very consistent and consistently great at that.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Love this restaurant, especially now that Donna is back - it's my go to place & never, ever disappointed.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Great food and service. Had for the second time wait almost 45 for our table.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Had a wonderful dinner with friends for New Years Eve. Food excellent. Service wonderful. Our server, Pedro, was very patient with us. Haha

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Consistently great food and service - well worth your trip!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

We had a calamari appetizer, salads for all and shared dessert. Each and every one of us thought our food was excellent. Would definitely return. Although we arrived with 4 people instead of 3, we had no problem with the reservation. We stayed for over two hours talking business, and the staff did not rush us out the door. I really appreciated that! Highly recommend for a business lunch.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

The food was wonderful (little meatball appetizer after their wonderful complementary bruschetta, a very creative salad, then pasta bombolotti sugo, and sole). We were there when the electricity failed mid-meal!!) due to a storm, and the staff, led by a cheerful, efficient Victor, managed us all with grace and humor! Impressive!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu , and so enthusiastic about the restaurant and food! The food was excellent! I will definitely return and recommend this restaurant!

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