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CUCINA urbana

4.7
4363 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Welcome to CUCINA urbana, a casual Italian American Neighborhood Kitchen and Wine Shop located in the heart of Bankers Hill. The menu highlights the cuisines of various Italian regions with a distinct California ‘farm to table’ flair for which the Urban Kitchen Group has become known. Chef Joe Magnanelli is excited to share his Italian heritage and create dishes that are fresh, simple and seasonal. Items include: antipasti, artisan pizza, pasta and piatti. 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). The space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch | Tuesday – Friday | 11:30am – 2pm
Afternoon Snacks | Tuesday – Friday | 2pm – 5pm*
Dinner | Sunday + Monday | 5pm – 9pm
Dinner | Tuesday – Thursday | 5pm – 10pm
Dinner | Friday + Saturday | 5pm – 10:30pm
Bar Only | Friday + Saturday | 10:30pm – midnight | pizzas + vasi*

*Walk In seating only, no reservations
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Phone number
(619) 239-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Magnanelli
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Catering
URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 4.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking & Valet available
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Public transit
CUCINAurbana offers nightly shuttles to and from the Old Globe Theatre.
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Special events & promotions
EVERY DAY 5-6pm Monday + Saturday | 3-6pm Tuesday-Friday | 4:30-6pm Sunday enjoy our food and drink specials.

drink | house red or white wine $7 | moretti draft $4 | seasonal sangria $6 | well drinks $6
food | burnt brussels sprout $3.75 | parmesan fries $3.5 | margerita pizza $7
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4363 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Cucina Urbana never fails us. So delicious. Great energy, wine and food. My entire family loves to come here. It is a birthday dinner must and fun with the gals too! Service is awesome from the minute you enter the door.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Order the gnocchi off of the starter menu; it is DELICIOUS.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The service and food was great!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We again experienced a delightful evening of excellent cuisine, fine wine list, and outstanding service. It just gets better there!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had an amazing time. Jessi, the manager, was amazing. She was so accommodating and went above and beyond for us. We’ll definitely be back next time we’re in San Diego!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful experience. Great service very energetic a little loud, but that’s the way we like it

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We love this place but this time our server acted like she already knew she was getting a big tip because of the guaranteed service charge and she ignored us a lot of the time.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Hicimos la reserva a la 1:45 pm. Llegamos a la 1:55 y nos dijeron que solo había lugares en la barra. Que ya habían salido los meseros.

Hicimos la reserva para comer en familia y nos querían sentar en la barra. Nos fuimos.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Kevin made our experience wonderful as we celebrated Nurses Week. One of the guests came quite late due to traffic issues and we were never made to feel as if we were taking up a table for longer than anticipated. Thank you for that.looking forward to next time.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Great food and service. Good for a casual dining experience or night out.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Comfortable semi- quiet environment. Good menu and wine selection. Great service.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Great service, excellent food, and great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The entire dining experience was perfect - decor, ambiance, service & background vintage Al Green (!). Food, Dessert & Coffee was sublime perfection.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Food was delicious and they had a great wine selection.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

I visited Cucina Urbana in 2013 when visiting San Diego for work. When I was informed I was visiting again San Diego, the first thought was that I was finally going to eat dinner at Cucina Urbana again. Love the ambience of this place and the food tastes wonderfully awesome.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The new gnocchi appetizer is outstanding. Pasta is awesome and the flavors are out of this world....a new fave.

FYI...bring back Spicy Shrimp Puttanesca (with the angel hair please....no on spagghetini)

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing all around

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Awesome experience.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The rib eye carpaccio and chicken liver pate were excellent starters. The rigatoni was flavorful with a lot of spice and buccatini was classic and delicious. Will definitely come back

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Todo excelente, nos sorprendió la cocina!! Excelente lugar, servicio y calidad de alimentos

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The appetizers we had were huge, and were each large enough to split. The main courses were slightly larger than average, and could potentially be split as well. Great food, excellent and interesting wine selection with unbeatable prices, as if you were bringing in your own wine from a wine store. We were just in San Diego visiting, but would go back to Cucina Urbana again!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Service was friendly and timely, great food, good wine.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I planned a date here based on the great reviews. The wine was fantastic, the cheese board was well put together, the pasta was out of this world. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun. The Service was exceptional, they accommodated me with a day of reservation change. Worth checking out for a night out with friends, or date.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Some very innovative touches to traditional Italian fare. A little noisy, but overall it has a great atmosphere & ambience. Our waiter was great at his his job. Not only to us, but to the 2 tables on either side of ours. Wish I knew his name to give him due credit.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

From beginning to end of my dining experience here, I was in culinary heaven. Great wine choice from our server who was excellent and friendly in a very appropriate way. The food was top notch. For a business meal, it was a great environment to keep the mood positive. I will definitely want to go back when I am back in town.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Amazing as Always service was a little slow but it was ok we were out for our anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Our server Jonathan was delightful!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Just great food and excellent wait staff. Nice wine selections and wine suggestions.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We made a reservation for a dinner date and we were seated promptly. All the wait staff were very professional and friendly. My only complaint is that there are limited vegetarian options. Other than that, this restaurant is awesome!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Fantastic food as always. We thought Brooklyn was an excellent host and server -- gracious, upbeat and provided perfect recommendations for vegetarian options (as much as I was tempted to spring for the short rib pappardelle). Wine by bottle is the way to go. Take some to go too. Why not?

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Waiter was friendly, helpful and didn’t rush us at all.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The ribeye carpaccio was out of this world. Everything was delicious. Very enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Always the perfect place for a nice dinner, or casual. Outstanding choices and good drink bar. Not easy to find a special Italian Amaro.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Loved the restaurant - food was amazing - service was outstanding - Bolognese is a must!!!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Came in for my sister's birthday and had an excellent time from start to finish. Our server, Kemper, was awesome. He was very attentive and charming and made our dinner even better. Food is always on point. Thanks.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Try their version of carpaccio, pizza, lamb triangoli, squid ink radiatore = MIND BLOWN!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The Buccatini was great- highly recommend it. However, the triangoli had extremely small portions-tastes good but not worth it. Also, the truffle fries were bomb especially the tomato sauce that it comes with. Rebecca was our server and was really helpful. Overall, I had a great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Bucatini and giant meatball excellent we had the honey crisp for a cocktail also very good

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I am never disappointed when I eat here! It doesn't matter if I eat in the dinning area or at the bar the food and service is always the best.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

It was an anniversary meal

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