CUCINA urbana

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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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was terrible tonight.

SC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun dining experience and very professional staff. Just too noisy to enjoy a conversation over dinner.

MK
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always first rate service and perfectly prepared and thought out dishes.

MT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High end but at reasonable price pointe. All food great. Great for date, special occasion, business meeting. Varied menu So
Something for everyone

MM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were all really good. We had the roasted red pepper hummus which and beef carpaccio as appetizers. They were both fantastic and plenty for 4 people to share. Entrees were a couple pizzas and the crab ravioli. One of the pizzas was lamb, which was fine but not something we'd order again just on a taste preference (and we like lamb). It wasn't spicy enough.

a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Becky was great! Grace under pressure when dealing with a difficult table next to ours, and super-attentive throughout the entire experience! Food was fabulous, as always - though disappointed that the described "hot smoked salmon" was in-fact COLD "hot-smoked" salmon, and not really a spread at all, but a bowl full of creamed cheese and little bits of salmon. The first unsatisfactory dish I've had there in over 10 years of dining on every visit to San Diego. I guess we all have a miss every once in a while! Over-all 4.5 ☆ Thanks for a great anniversary dinner!

PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and great friendly helpful service. Highly recommended!

TR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here at least 4 times over the past 2 years and have always enjoyed it! The food and service is outstanding, plus it's just 1 block from Balboa park. So, it you're visiting the zoo or museums it's a short walk away. I love their burnt brussel sprouts, charred cauliflower, and giant meatball. The pizzas are excellent and made in true neopolitan style - in a wood oven with excellent crusts. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous. Quite a consistently delightful restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and must go. However portions are small in pasta. Pizzas are fairly nice.

w
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find in a great neighborhood. Food and service were fabulous!

d
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Way too noisy. I return for excellent food!
Seating good at tables. Uncomfortable on stools- I was very fortunate to add one to our party , and still find a table.

OC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner option for a show at the balboa. Valet and walk over and pick up your car after the show. Awesome plant based options as well as delicious seafood and humongous steaks for carnivores. Exceptional service from our waitress who knew we were running late for the show! Thank you!!

EL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue for a business lunch. Food is great. Service is attentive but not annoying.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends kept feeling me to try this place and now I’m mad at myself for waiting so long! If you want homemade pasta with amazing flavor, come here! The food and service were amazing and the ambiance is perfect for any occasion. Can’t wait to go back. I had the bucatini - to me, it’s a twist on carbona, not SO much better. Would definitely order again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the meatball, must try.

p
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Octopus appetizer that was amazing! The pappardelle pasta was steaming hot cooked perfectly and the rib meat melts in your mouth. The ribeye is enormous and was cooked perfectly so delicious!
Our server was so friendly and full of energy, she was absolutely lovely! Definitely recommend Cucina!!

D
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love going here! I realized that I'm more about the appetizers and small plates than a meal. We had liver pate and beef carpaccio, which were amazing. Then we ordered pear and gorgonzola pizza, which I switched it up a little by getting mozzarella cheese instead of gorgonzola and red sauce instead of buschemel. It was ok, I realized they forgot the red sauce, but we didn't tell the waiter. When he wrapped up the rest of our pizza he realized the red sauce was missing and told us he was comping us for the pizza. That was definitely above and beyond for a waiter and we really appreciated that. I will definintely go back, but I will probably just stick to appetizers.

LW
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated hubby’s birthday & hit happy hour. Loved our meal and ambiance was perfect. Loved checking out the wines too!

P
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff worked hard to accommodate a late change in our registration and I really appreciated it. The meal was l perfect.

SD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and all around deliciousness. We ordered the burrata salad and 2 pizzas between 3 people. Great flavors, spaced perfectly. Fabulous wine list (ask your server for recommendations) and awesome desserts. When in doubt: tiramisu!

m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Obviously a Saturday evening dinner was probably the busiest time for the restaurant. It was full to capacity and very loud, so we were not able to enjoy much of a conversation with each other. Our waiter was very patient and helpful. The potato gnocchi was a bit too salty, but the squash blossoms were excellent. My husband enjoyed his pizza, as did others in the party.

F
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe
Great food
Great service

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! CUCINA urbana always brings great food, service and ambiance.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening with friends and family. You can never go wrong when choosing to dine at cucina urbana. This is our families go to place. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

p
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun and friendly. Food is good, some creative items. Service is attentive and just right. Wine list is impressive and you can find some really good deals on it. The noise level is a bit high and it’s hard to talk, but overall very nice !

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Overall, all the food was delicious. However, our server was extremely rude and made zero attempt to accommodate one person at our table who had a dairy allergy (even though we called multiple times prior to our reservation to ensure that modifications could be made for the one person that couldn't have dairy - which the staff had confirmed). We went on NYE so the restaurant only offered a pre-fix menu and again, while everyone else did enjoy all the courses, it was super disappointing how our server couldn't have cared less about the dairy allergy and whether or not everyone at the table was happy with the meal/experience. Especially considering the cost per person.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service during NYE dinner! Our waiter Lynn knew the pre-fix dinner menu as well as the wines in great detail and made our NYE dinner very easy going! Happy New Year!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a 4 course limited choice menu dinner for New Year’s Eve 2019. Every course (pictured is the ravioli appetizer) and every bite was absolutely delicious. Our waitress, Lynn, was the best. She was friendly, knew her menu well, was attentive but didn’t hover. She also has a great sense of humor. The wine pairing she suggested to go with the lobster risotto matched well with the food. It’s a restaurant well worth visiting any time you are in San Diego.

OT
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passing through Little Italy? Don’t pass up the opportunity to eat here! We booked for New Year’s eve and we were thrilled! What an absolutely gorgeous restaurant with authentic Italian taste! We have been to many parts of Italy and the flavors brought back fond memories.

We had lobster and crab infused with pasta and appetizers, the latte was excellent. The ambience and the service was fantastic! Modern Italy - satisfying all five senses!

d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

It’s been 4 years since I’ve been here, the quality of food and service has diminished quite a bit. Unfortunate, was a staple restaurant in San Diego for so long.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Very tasty.

Great service.

CT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating. We got there just as they opened and I had my therapy dog with me. They easily accommodated our needs

b
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was hands down one of my top 3 favorite meals of all time! Everything from the decor to ambiance to service to the food was impeccable. I literally kept telling the waiter that everything was unreal, so delicious!! Completely blown away. Highly recommended!!!

J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining

K
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Squash blossoms, rib eye carpaccio, pizza, pasta. Great service by Kevin.

SD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but wish they would add some specials. Haven't changed the menu much in the past few years. Wonderful place to eat before the theater because they have shuttle service to Old Globe.

C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Cucina Urbana. What a great choice. The food was delicious and Victoria gave us excellent service - including helping us pick a great bottle of wine. The evening was memorable.

3
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Holiday Lunch, Italian Style! We'll be back as often as we can.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait for our reso but it was worth it.

DC
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great room, excellent lighting (brightly dim yet still warm), with a nice energy and vibe.

The burrata was delicious but I question whether there was added sugar as it tasted sweeter than I would expect wth winter tomatoes.

The pasta dishes need some work. They don’t offer fresh pasta, and the sauces aren’t well balanced. I had the tagliatelle and it was so rich I couldn’t finish the dish.

Roasted brussel sprouts are great, but I wouldn’t order the cauliflower again.

If you want an excellent Italian experience with fresh pasta, try Terroni in West Hollywood or Toronto. Highly recommended.