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About CUCINA urbana

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.

505 Laurel Street
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
5th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 239-2222

Website:
http://www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-urbana-bankers-hill/

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.

Parking Details:
Street parking & Valet available

Public Transit:
CUCINAurbana offers nightly shuttles to and from the Old Globe Theatre.

Executive Chef:
Joe Magnanelli

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

CUCINA urbana Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (53)
Fit for Foodies (52)
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Creative Cuisine (51)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Notable Wine List (49)
Fun (48)
Bar Seating (42)
Casual (40)
Authentic (39)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Hot Spot (36)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Romantic (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Business Meals (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Cozy (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Healthy (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Seasonal (14)
Late-night Find (11)
Tapas (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
People Watching (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Organic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

On Sunday we had a wonderful and unforgettable dining experience at Cucina Urbana. First of all the wine list is expansive, especially if you are a lover of Italian wine like my husband and I. The price for wine is very comparable to Total Wine and BevMo. On Sunday the $9.00 uncorked fee is waived.
Jonathan was our waiter and the service he provided was remarkable, his recommendations were on point, he timed our order perfectly, and our glasses never reached empty.
Most importantly the food was exquisite. Every dish had a little something extra that set it apart from other Italian restaurants. We definitely recommend this restaurant and we will return.
CUCINA Urbana thank you for the hospitality.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner was great as usual! Food, drinks and atmosphere were all on point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was great !

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·Dined 5 days ago

Such an amazing spot, food was delicious and the service was great!

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·Dined 5 days ago

This is a lively and atmospheric restaurant with excellent food and service, but note that it can be very noisy at busy times.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We liked it so much we went back 2 nights later. In a city of too many less than average restaurants, this was an exception.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was top notch, zucchini blossoms phenomenal...We will be back

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Never have been disappointed with the food and table service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food was amazing - highly recommend the polenta board and farfalle. So yummy! Great service too. Can't wait to come back!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Exceptional service and awesome food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

It was a wonderful way to celebrate my husband's 89th birthday. Food, wine, service was terrific!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

As a new resident of San Diego, I wasn’t sure of what were some of the city’s best restaurants. After discovering CUCINA, I fell in love with the ambience and the decoration of the restaurant. Incredibly friendly and hospitable hosts/hostesses and waiters/waitresses. The food was great! My date and I ordered a great deal of food for just the two of us, but we managed to finish most of our dishes while having a box or two for leftovers. Very favorable portion sizes too. The only downside is that it’s a rather noisy restaurant so if you happen to eat during peak hours and nights, you’ll probably have a tough time hearing your guests speak.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vegan, Worth the Drive
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Archetypal excellent Californian style Italian. The food was original, inventive and yet retaining the essence of Italian tradition. Service friendly, knowledgeable, passionate and yet understated. Vibrant busy turbulent dining space...but with a rustic heart. A top pick so far in San Diego.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

They spilled champagne all over my clothes and hair and didn’t even comp my coffee. Easily one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had. The food which is usually marvelous was well below par. Pasta was cold and stuck together. I probably won’t be going back, which is sad because it was one of my favorite restaurants

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great dinner but pricey. Very warm and inviting atmosphere

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

From the hostess to Jason our waiter and the helping crew....WONDERFUL service!...the food was great, creative and well priced...and then the wine, FINALLY, a restaurant that does not rip off on wine pricing, rather, they sell the wines they serve at wine store prices...great concept?!?

We're fans...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The meal was not up to expectations set by repeated dining at Cucina Urbana over the past 3 years.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved it. Great service. Great food. Friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and service was excellent, but there was a table was to us that was very very noisy

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great Italian in San Diego. Service was fantastic, food was excellent, and unique, and the atmosphere felt right.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This is the third time that I dined at this restaurant and as always, it was delicious. The food is consistently good, the service was great, and overall it was a nice experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Slow but friendly service again. Food was fresh and well prepared.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Honestly some of the best service I’ve ever had! Working for a restaurant group, I’m picky about a dining experience...and the staff really blew me away with attention to detail and quality food. Keep up the amazing work! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in San Diego ...and Our server Jonathan was on point the whole night (and eye candy ;) )

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious - the lemon verbena pasta was wonderful. A bit rushed as they were very busy. Not surprising for a Friday night

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

first time in San Diego...LOVED it!! My octopus app. was amazing..Branzino was out of this world..Our waiter was incredibly sweet..And a special THANK YOU to our Host who managed to find our table even though my flight made us late..Thank you for accomodating us..Super friendly Great Night

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Cucina Urbana is one of our absolute favorite places to dine. The food is always on point, as are the craft drinks.
We got the octopus which is charred and delicious. The speck is easily removed from the greens for those that don’t eat pork. The bucatini is spectacular. My husband gets it as is, I get it without the meat and it’s still very flavorful. The poached egg on top is perfectly poached and divine. The dessert was warm and crumbly and amazing. Some sort of cranberry almond bread pudding. We each had an herb’n bourbon drink and it was strong delicious and unique.

Our server was cheerful, even at 9 pm, and very attentive. She treated us with such great sincere service and made my husbands 30th birthday dinner special.

Still our favorite place.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent service and fantastic food!! I will definitely go back

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Terrific location, great vibe. Prompt seating with reservation, most attentive wait staff. Food choices fun, most delicious.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very noisy. Wait for food was long. Management allowed some fairly rude guests to affect the dinning experience of other guests in the restaurant

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A nice vibe in the restaurant but very noisy and hard to talk
Staff is very professional and upbeat The dishes are sizable and easily shared
Great wine list

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was fantastic and ambiance plenty. The food however was average and overpriced.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Awesome!!!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Met a long time buddy out for casual dinner. waitress pointed out everything worthwhile on the menu. We had gnocchi, bucatini, triangoli, and the branzino.

Triangoli and bucatini were amazing, everything else very good. Cooked to perfection, interesting mix of flavors - showed skill and creativity.

Would come again. Incidentally I noticed the ambience would make for an awesome date experience - will bring a pretty lady instead of my bud next time.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a wonderful meal! We can always get in with a reservation and the service is great too!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Went for National Pasta Day with my daughter and two granddaughters. One is a vegetarian. Not a problem at all going off the special to something different for the vegetarian! So accommodating. Great, no, greatest service! Glad we went!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loooove this spot! Will definitely back! Amazing food, cocktails, ambience and fabulous service!!

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful experience and well priced wine selection to accompany the great food and outstanding service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had an amazing time and the food was wonderful. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was amazing and beyond expectations! Short rib pasta dish and lobster/clam pasta dish = d'lish. Squash blossom app is a must!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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