CUCINA urbana

4.8
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 Tim Kolanko is excited to create dishes that are fresh, simple and seasonal. 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). 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.
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4.8
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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food was amazing and is always amazing. We make sure to make a reservation every time we’re in town. Our guests are wow’d every time. Kevin is the best server. Great flavors in every dish from appetizers to desserts.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had family visit from out of state. I made a reservation at 8:15pm to enjoy a nice evening. While the food and service was excellent, I am very disappointed we had to wait over an hour for our table even though I put a credit card hold to secure my reservation. The manager served us champagne while we waited but it was not enough and I was embarrassed my out of town guests didn’t get to eat dinner until almost 10pm. To make matters worse, I had to pay my babysitter extra to stay with my kids past midnight. The time waiting affected our mood during dinner.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere

m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and fantastic service from hostess and server

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had to wait an extra 20 minutes for our table, but the food was excellent. Couldn’t get dessert because of the delayed seating and I had to catch a flight.

TT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great but expensive for lunch

NR
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria was the best and the food was delicious, parole d’européen :)

L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing we enjoyed the octopus, beet salad, cauliflower and shared the mushroom pizza. It all was presented well and the flavors were fabulous! Great service all around - always a full water glass!

M
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, but on our last visit we were slightly disappointed with the pasta. It was severely undercooked (I like al dente pasta too). This was true for both the rigatoni and strozzapreti. The sauces were also sad, rigatoni needed more sauce and the strozzapreti's Lamb was tough. The small plates and appetizers were stellar (meatballs, polenta, gnocchi) and the pepperoni and cheese pizzas were good as well. Love the wine choices, and on Sunday's there is no corkage fee! Melissa the beverage director is wonderful at helping to recommend wine!

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation on time. Server was fantastic. Had her a few other times too. Great dinner, wine and we were treated with a glass of cava. Live your restaurant. My favorite place to bring guests too. Thank you!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Appetizers were amazing. Pasta was just ok. The atmosphere and location was fantastic

KP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint. Excellent, beautifully-presented food. Competent, professional wait staff. I learned something new this time: one can choose wine off the shelf (they have a huge and varied collection on display in a room just off the main dining room) and pay retail prices, not inflated restaurant prices. Can't wait to return to San Diego and dine there again.

OT
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent for pre theater. Neighborhood gem. Great wine selection

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Lovey staff and awesome experience! We love this restaurant. Each time we drive from LA to SD we make sure to stop here for food. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. Thank you for your wonderful service!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Ambiance is always great. Poor cocktail program for such a nice restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I made a reservation for 1030pm, I was told it was the last reservation available when I made it. When we arrived just before 1030, the hostess was extremely friendly and said there was still a small wait and invited us to sit at the bar while we waited. The bar staff were attentive and got us our drinks quickly. At 11pm we were sat with our waitress. I did not get her name but wish I did. She came to the table and asked if we were ready to order, we said we were ready and as we began to order she told us to hold on a minute she needed to go do something. I’m not sure what exactly it was but it took about 10-15 minutes, we sat with no water and no order placed. When she came back we placed our order and she said since it was Valentine’s Day we had to order something from all 4 courses if we wanted to sit at her table. We wanted a pizza for our 1st course, 2 salads, a filet and sea bass for dinner and a dessert. I didn’t understand the issue and no one else mentioned those rules to us but she told us if we wanted that we would need to go eat at the bar. So moved back to the bar. It was almost 1130 by this point. We sat at the bar and said we would like to place an order and they told us the kitchen was actually closed. The bartender went to talk to the kitchen staff for us and I head them upset in the kitchen over having to take an order. We didn’t want to get bad food so we said we would just get a pizza since they said that would be fast. The pizza came out with extremely burnt crust, raw dough, and the mozzarella was so raw it slid off the pizza in clumps. So we paid and left without eating. What I reserved as a Valentine’s Day nice meal with my wife turned out to be an inedible pizza and 2 drinks for 50 dollars. We drove from Oceanside to be at a restaurant with good reviews near downtown where we were spending our night and it was the worst experience I’ve had at a restaurant in San Diego.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We were very disappointed with our Valentine’s Day dinner. Cucina Urbana is our favorite restaurant and we made our reservations months in advance. We couldn’t wait to get our favorite pasta and pizza. However when we arrived we found a set menu for very expensive that had mostly meat entrees. There was only one pasta option which was goat cheese - which I dont like, and no pizza option. Since it was already 6:30 on valentine day we knew we couldn’t get a reservation elsewhere and decided to stay, being optimistic and hoping we’d like the food anyway. The set course food was not good. Half way through our meal my husband went to the bathroom and noticed other people had pizzas. When we asked our waitress she said we could order a pizza in addition to the set menu since we had already ordered it. We were upset this option wasn’t presented to use initially. Lastly it took 45 min between our salads (that we didn’t eat) before the entrees came. Overall it was very disappointing and not what we were expecting from a place we typically love so much.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing , food and service totally worth my time .

CA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing atmosphere in a busy restaurant is a joy. With delicious food (the charred cauliflower was out of this world), average prices and good service, this is a very good joint for dining!

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great. Everything he recommended based off what we liked was on point. My wife loved the place and so did I, definitely we'll be back, great for anniversary/occasions

S
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot before theater at the Old Globe. Shared polenta board, pate, and brussells sprouts. Delicious. Used the valet and the shuttle to and from the play.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is good and the servers are very good. I don’t like the seating where all 2’s and many 4’s are lined up against the wall, elbow-to-elbow with the table next to you.

The pours on the martinis are about 3/4’s what you would get in most other nice restaurants. They charge as much. They just don’t pour as much.

F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Loved the Brussel sprouts and the fresh pasta as well as the tiramisu!

MT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Only issue I had was with a 15-20 minute wait after I had reserved a space at least 1 week in advance. Otherwise, our waitress was fantastic.

KH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Server was on top of everything. Polenta board is still the best thing ever.

k
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in San Diego, based on great food and ambiance. This is the restaurant that feels "big city", which we really like to mix with the quieter spots. We haven't tried anything on the menu yet that wouldn't be considered a "signature" dish.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service. Dante our server was Awesome

TL
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening celebrating our son’s birthday!

S
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Have been before and recommended to others. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lugar muy agradable, pedimos un humus de entrada y estaba muy salado. De segundo plato una pasta con ternera, la pasta no tenia sal y la carne estaba muy muy salada, no pudimos terminar el platillo por lo salado

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food and ambiance was amazing. Lynne knows her stuff, great service!

V
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner! Our meals were excellent and the wines were superb. Our server Kevin is the best and so knowledgeable about the menu. He is the best waiter that you could have. I would highly recommend Cucina Urbana

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They treaded my wife so well on her Birthday!

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well. Great wine and dinner. Will be back soon

SD
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An neighborhood classic for many years is still a standout. We really love this restaurant and shall happily return in the next couple of months. In fact, my dinner was so good that I'll get exactly the same main dish again----the half-chicken with polenta. As someone who travels alot in the US and globally I've had my share of poultry dishes...but must say this rates in the top 2 ever! It's one of best tasting chicken dishes ever.

SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience -- the food and service never disappoint!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan and the Bartending staff was amazing. I will definitely go back next time I am in San Diego.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. San Diego restaurant week at the best restaurant in San Dieho

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

P
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience!! Everyone was so warm and welcoming, from the hostess who greeted us, to our server, and everyone else on staff. Our server was so fun and made us feel right at home. And the food! It was sublime. Cucina Urbana is the best restaurant in San Diego. I take all my out of town guests there, and they always love it.