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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, Cocktails, 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

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Good for a Date (51)
Fit for Foodies (48)
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Hot Spot (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Romantic (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Authentic (26)
Good for Groups (23)
Local Ingredients (23)
Cozy (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Business Meals (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Seasonal (15)
Healthy (14)
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Comfort Food (13)
People Watching (11)
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Late-night Find (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Organic (7)
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Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Music (2)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Cucina Urbana is my absolute favorite restaurant. I am always so happy when I visit there. My niece and I have dinner there often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour, Cozy, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a great experience, our waitress Lynn was awesome. Thank you again for a great time.

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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Appetizer: Ordered the meatball appetizer, the meatball was ok tasting, and it didn't seem fully cooked. It was pretty dark in the restaurant, but I still could see and taste the middle wasn't fully cooked.

The sauce that came with the meatball however was amazing. They obviously make this sauce from scratch. I loved it so much, I used it to pour it over my entree.

Entree: Pepperoni and sausage pizza, the pizza was good, not great. However, the meatball tomato sauce I used to pour on top of the pizza made it great!

Desert: The bread pudding, again nothing to write home about, it was ok.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Incredible menu of inventive Italian dishes - mostly meat oriented but vegetarians may find some options, less so for vegans. Friday night was bumping as expected - reservations highly recommended. Five star service, truly fantastic food, great cocktails & all the wine you can imagine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

so absolutely delicious. incredible atmosphere! great service and amazing food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, excellent service, great atmosphere!!

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Amazing food for a solid price, great service. The champagne was excellent and absolutely no complaints

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Average food quality with a below average service. Valet service guy left early and I had to look for the keys of my car.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice place for wonderful Italian food, the pasta and the appetizers are very nice, great cheese and beatutiful location

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Loved it all! Unique menu that was all delicious. Great service as well

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Fun, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (México)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food. Great environment. Food was excellent and the service is both efficient and friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our wait staff was attentive but not pushy, the food is Outstanding! We had the squash blossom and grilled octopus to start, red snapper and salmon for main and shared dessert.

Very creative cocktails
Reasonable prices for the quality of food
It is worth the effort to make a reservation
Go to Cucina Urbana

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service. Not too crowded or loud. Reasonably priced for a nice meal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a wonderful NYE dinner. At Cucina Urbana, you get to choose from the full menu and not a modified or pre fixe NYE menu. We come back year after year. We always get the same server and he is excellent. Always helpful with recommendations and very attentive. We sat near the wine cellar area this year and it was definitely more quiet at that part of the restaurant. We will be back again next year for sure if not sooner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We know when we come to Cucina Urbana we won’t be disappointed. We were extremely pleased that the did not have a pre-set menu, which has always been a turn off for us. Drink and food menu are always exceptional. Thanks for a great New Years Eve Dinner! Can not wait to return during the year and maybe make this a New Year’s Eve tradition!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We loved this place! The food was outstanding, the service terrific and the atmosphere was upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect for our foodie family!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always an excellent choice! Our server, Daryl, was helpful, friendly, and attentive. We celebrated our anniversary and were presented a complimentary glass of champagne. Appetizers were excellent - foie gras for my husband and polenta board for me. Dinners were the whole fish and the steak special - both prepared perfectly. So happy CUCINA Urbana was available to help us celebrate our day.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our dishes were good, but not great. The short ribs were stringy and were more like stew meat. The squid ink pasta was too chewy. Both of our dishes should have been served hotter.
The best part of the meal was the bread pudding dessert. It was served hot and had a nice texture.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Only complaint they ran out of dishes thy we wanted so we kept having to change order

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great waiter!!! Good food.Quick service

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was just ok. Not a good variety of food selections. I finally ordered a pizza.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was impeccable, and the food was absolutely amazing as usual. Cucina Urbana never disappoints. Truly one of San Diego's best.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food tasted delicious! Had the baked rigatoni. Cheese was very warm and crispy. Service was nice and comfortable. Would love to come back to try their happy hour. Only complaint is that we were seated right next to the stairs.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our holiday lunch was perfect and the atmosphere was great! Delicious food, outstanding service, and I loved the lavender lemonade! We were well taken care of in every way! Thank you!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fun atmosphere, excellent food, excellent service. Cucina Urbana is a must try in San Diego. I have not met one person who has not enjoyed their meal here. Is a bit expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We stopped for a quick dinner before a flight. After telling Kirsten, our waitress, that our flight was scheduled to depart in two hours, she did an exceptional job of getting our meal expedited. We ordered a bottle of wine, shared a salad, and finished our main courses, and paid our bill in less than an hour! The wine cost was very good, and our tagliatelle bolognese was superb.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Too noisy. Food is mediocre. Convenient. Pack dinners in. Popular.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and service every time. Loved the grilled octopus and polenta board.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Everything was perfect. The sommelier was very knowledgeable, the food all arrived at the same time, attention to detail was as expected. Good job all around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Love visiting CUCINA Urbana whenever possible! My collegue asked where she should take her dept for their holiday lunch...of course I said CUCINA Urbana! Always a great menu, great service and such a relaxed environment. Definately worth the drive from Clairmont Mesa to Hillcrest. Love that you can make reservations as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fun, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

My friend and I had the BEST lunch ever! The Rib Eye Salad is new and a terrific addition to the already- awesome menu. The meat was perfectly grilled to medium-rare and the different tastes and textures of the rest of the ingredients were a perfect compliment. My friend had the Beet & Pink Grapefruit Salad - a beautiful plate that tasted as good as it looked! The service was excellent - attentive and not rushed. Oh, and we shared a Raspberry Lemon dessert that was silky-smooth and a lovely way to end our lunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Simply amazing!
Let me start with the amazing vape this place has ! creative and specious very comfortable bar perfect for dinner or just for drinks . High top tables including one with direct view to the pizza oven ! I had the chance to watch how my delicious pizza was made ! Comfortable tables perfect for romantic date and long tables for big group of friends all decorated so beautiful for Christmas.. the place looked magical! But lets talk about food ! I have been to many many upscale expensive and very high reviewed restaurants but honestly Cucina Urbana is in my top 3! Starting with the Vasì ! highly recommend whipped goat cheese and the chicken liver portion is big dont get fooled by the price :) 1 to share is plenty for 3 people! The the burata ... so creamy perfectly combined with prosciutto arugula and balsamic .. the squash blossoms delicious!!! Octopus one of the best i ever had! Steak cooked to perfection! I can not miss the amazing servers ! Everybody was super nice and helpful! I highly recommend! And i will definitely come back!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at Cucina Urbana and the Fig, Bacon pizza was amazing! Also, my son (3), ate his whole "Green" pizza!
The only minor negative was there was no Wifi, which is not a big deal, but makes waiting for food with a 3 year old a tad bit easier!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food! Pasta was homemade and tasted great, our server was fabulous and total staff was very attentive

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Caught an early dinner [with a reservation] and worked our way through a flat bread three cheese appetizer that was very good along with a a glass of Sangria. For dinner we ordered the whole red fish and the baked pasta, both were well seasoned, cooked correctly and most importantly - hot at the table. I wish we had skipped desert but the bread pudding sounded great - and it was, no will power at all.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very nice and attentive staff. They also let us change tables so my girl and I could sit side by side.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Awesome food . Loved it!!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Loved this restaurant. The layout is really visually appealing and it felt so cozy with the dim lights and all of the winter/holiday decorations. The menu had a great selection that could satisfy my family and I (all with very diverse palates and preferences!) We were surprised the place had a good buzz going even though it was only a Tuesday. Everything was delicious. Service was great. The best time we’ve had in a while. I will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Healthy, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The service was fantastic! Kevin was incredible in recommendations on the menu.

The Nutella Bombolini is a MUST!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great service. I always make a reservation to avoid disappointment as they do fill up. Delicious food and cozy but elegant funky spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
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