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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Street parking & Valet available
CUCINAurbana offers nightly shuttles to and from the Old Globe Theatre.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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?!?
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
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.
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.
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