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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Good for a Date (45)
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Notable Wine List (41)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Fun (37)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Romantic (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Bar Seating (30)
Casual (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Cozy (25)
Authentic (25)
Hot Spot (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Business Meals (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Healthy (13)
Seasonal (12)
People Watching (12)
Tapas (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Organic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great creative food and great service. We kept the menu.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We went here for a late Valentine’s dinner and the server was so pleasant and accommodating since I have multiple food allergies; everyone in our group
Enjoyed their dishes; and the non alcoholic drinks were great too; great vibe and great service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vegan, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Monterrey)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, reasonable wine prices, lively atmosphere.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service! Hipster Italian with good bar and great wine selections! Highly recommend for lunch , dinner or happy hour!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Kevin was great! Table was tight but the restaurant warned us in advance. Love it there

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Went before the theater and the traffic was bad, we were late, they were nice, were able to sit us right away, facilitate the ordering and serve the great food and got us to the theater on time. Service was professional, personal and yet was fast. Well done, Cucina Urbana!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Everytime I go to CUCINA urbana I always get something different and I LOVE IT. The environment is fun but can be very loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tapas, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Overall excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I celebrated my wedding anniversary there and it was great. Food is delicious and different from other Italian restaurant in the city.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful food and great service from our waitress Danielle and from the other staff bringing food and clearing table. We’ve been back several times and never disappointed. A little pricey but flavors and service were worth the price!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server kevin was EVERYTHING...AMBIANCE, EVERYTHING, ATMOSPHERE, EVERYTHING...VERY PLEASED

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was excellent, and the appetizers were particularly tasty. The service was also fantastic. It was a little dark in the restaurant, but overall we had a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was my husbands birthday and we have Always Loved Cucina Urbana. Our wait staff was Excellent, our meals were over the top Delicious.
Cucina Urbana is consistently great! We will return soon. Thanks CU!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We arrived later than our reservation time, coming directly from the airport. The restaurant honored our reservation and seated us with class and hospitality.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Rock solid...never disappoints! Always a great meal at CUCINA Urbana. Squash blossoms were excellent...great lemon marinade. Octopus was flavorful and burata was creamy. Really enjoyed bucatini...subtle spice in sauce left me wanting more. Great service too.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server was fabulous! I wish I could remember her name. Fantastic smile with great energy. Food was equally fantastic. Our son lives in SD. Wish we had a CU in NY!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great staff and amazing food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Date and bacon pizza is so good! The grilled octopus was perfectly cooked and service was great!

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Friends visiting from out of town.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

The best restaurant in America... I say that without reservations (pun intended!) And I live in the SF Bay Area with all the crazy foodies so this is saying a lot :)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Super yummy, service was great. Will definitely return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great service and pretty good food. Wine was a great deal. Can buy wine from their wine shop with a $9 corkage fee. Their pizza was the weakest course, only fair. Great pasta and appetizers.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

Loved this restaurant when we were vacationing with friends in San Diego!
Great cocktails, great food, great wine and great service!! The restaurant is lovely as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great place, we love it and go often. I highly recommend it

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was exceptional. Noise level was higher than use it. Meal was very good, not great, but priced for quality and originality.
We will likely go back for drinks not meal.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing food, environment, and staff! Highly recommend the Pizza. Huge Pizza lover, and i can proudly say they have one of the best pizza i have ever tasted.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was really good, but it was unbelievably loud.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service, specially by Matt at the bar. Made us feel special.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Birthday for new boyfriend! He loved it!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Service, food and atmosphere were all excellent and wine list was extensive and very reasonably priced. Will definitely visit again!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This has always been one of our fav restaurants, but it had been 1 year since we were there. the reason I rated the value a 3 is that my husband said his soup (1st course of the RW $30 special) wasn't very tasty at all. When my friend and I received the only vegetarian dish on the menu, it was an appetizer size and it cost $19 per!! Thank goodness, it was quite good. My husband enjoyed his date, bacon pizza which was the 2nd course of the $30 RW special. It was a large pizza and he generously shared some with the rest of us. The restaurant was very busy Sun. evening and we waited 30 min between my husband's soup and the next course for the rest of us. The wait never checked on us or gave any info about why things were moving slow. The prices have gone up considerably in a yr, the portions have gone down. We will give it another try but maybe not during RWeek!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is always great at Cucina Urbana, though the closeness of tables detracts from the experience as the place is almost always crowded unless you wait till past 10 PM.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

very good food and a great selection of wine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Good as always! They were very very busy (rightly so) so the service from the bar was pretty slow. But my goodness was the food amazing. The squash blossoms can't be missed. The polenta board is always a winner. All the in house pasta is great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Interesting menu. We both had the beet salad, which was wonderful. We then had two of their pasta dishes that were also very good. The wine was the star of the meal so much so that we bought a bottle to take home with us. This is our first visit to this neighborhood spot across the street from us and we resolved to avoid the weekends from now on in hopes of missing the overly exuberant millennial / young professionals that contributed to the din inside. Our waiter had an amazing knack of showing exactly when we wanted to order something.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best restaurant I have EVER been to hands down! I was raving about every aspect of this place! Can’t wait to come back!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We enjoyed our meal very much. There was a mix up with one order; however, staff was so gracious in taking care of it, that I still give 5 stars for service. The manager came by to apologize and an extra dish was provided We will return, for sure.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was great!! Waitress new the menu, it was our first time there. Everything she recommended was great!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great Food and wine as usual!

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