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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vipNOLAmidwife
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable wait staff expertly depicted what would come our way. The food was delicious! Great wine service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The parpadelle was not as delicate as I recall from previous visits. Rather, it was a thicker variation. Seems like the pasta was overworked or otherwise not made properly. Props for serving fresh pasta, I just wish the execution was better. The tricalore salad was underwhelming. My partner had the burger, which was good but the fries could have been better. My cousin probably had the best dish of the night which was rigatoni, I think. Drinks and wine were excellent.

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LinB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cucina is so pretty and fun.The menu choices are a bit limited and the specials few, but everything is delicious. It feels special to dine here. The noise level is always high enough to make conversation difficult to impossible, so keep that in mind.

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nataliel
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Food was very very disappointing. I dont understand all the good reviews. We got the most popular dishes ( pasta with some egg and lamb pizza and appetizer according to the server and yelp reviews) but it was nothing special. In fact it was really just mehhhh. Never coming back..

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vipFachoy
Orange County
60 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu offerings, creative cocktails mixes and fine wine selections are so good and to top it off, the service is exceptional. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Kevin is their top server who always provides excellent dining and wine recommendations. With fears of the COVID-19 pandemic possibly forcing closure of restaurants, we had the urge to visit our favorite place to enjoy a wonderful dinner. Hoping to be able to dine at CUCINA urbana again soon.

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CORREDOR32
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buen lugar, buen vino y buena comida
Es punto de referencia en San Diego

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LizK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is phenomenal and The service provided by Lynn and Mario was exceptional. They have a vast wine selection. We had the chicken pate and octopus starters, they are both a favorite. For our entrees we had the steak and the short rib pasta. You can’t go wrong with either. If you’re looking for a nice evening out full of delicious food and wine you will not be disappointed.

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Eat2Live
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. We always enjoy the chopped salad and the soup of the day was excellent.

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vipTheCoCoGal
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. We went a bit early for dinner so the place wasn’t “hopping” yet, but there was a large group near us who were pretty loud. It wasn’t terrible, but noticeable.

Definitely will go back when we are in the neighborhood again.

DM
vipDanaM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - nice start to vacation!

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FerB
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good over the years, octopus was superb, great wine list.

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RayD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service.

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Tony
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cucina Urbana is always a safe bet for a nice dinner in a nice setting with a great staff. We attend a lot of plays at the Old Glode, and Cucina Urbana is always our "go to" place.

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SDbk
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin is the best! We had a fabulous evening , great friends, amazing food and drink, and wonderful service.

Thank you

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vipKP123
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ordered several small plates and entree to share. Everything was great

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vipMarcK
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared two small plates, a salad and two mains among three diners.
Every dish was just wonderful. Carefully prepared, served hot (except the salad).
The servers are always friendly and attentive. Served efficiently so we could make
our theater time with ease. Always a great experience here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional lunch- charred brussels,cauliflower and the Chicken salad were incredible!! My salmon was cooked to absolute perfection!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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christine03
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the inside gave us a quieter locale. The food, service and atmosphere were a great. Cucina Urbana was spot to introduce our U.K. visitors to wonderful food and great atmosphere of the area.

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sarae
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my husband and I visit San Diego CUCINA urbana is always a must! The food and drinks are always amazing and if you’re unsure of what to order, the wait staff is ready with suggestions. Can’t go wrong.

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Cazzie
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely but rich meal here. Great location and options!

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vipGeorgi
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very delicious dinner and our server Cayley was terrific! This restaurant hits all the right notes and is such a gem to have in our neighborhood !The manager and hostess staff make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in. This place does not disappoint !

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lizar
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very cool and hip. The service was amazing. The wine selection was very decent and not expensive. The food I would rate as pretty darn but not perfect good.

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vipAndrewN
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service!

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vipDaveJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the squash blossoms. Home made pasta was delicious!!!

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, outstanding. We actually did without the zucchini flowers for a change and had the gnocchi with duck sausage, which was great—the gnocchi were very light. Stuck with our other old favorite, which was the polenta board with ragu. My brother-in-law, initially horrified by the waiter’s recital of the ragu ingredients, which included KALE, scarfed his portion right down. I love the wine list too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food and service! Will definitely go back!

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vipRVfoodies
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Would highly recommend a reservation - this is a very busy place. We were seated after 3-4 minutes. I had roasted chicken on polenta with broccolini. It was hot, moist and perfectly prepared. My wife had roasted whole branzino, fava beans and blistered tomatoes. Again the meal was hot and perfectly prepared. They have an excellent wine selection by the glass and bottles. We plan to go back and try their pasta and pizza. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Love2visit
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food was amazing and is always amazing. We make sure to make a reservation every time we’re in town. Our guests are wow’d every time. Kevin is the best server. Great flavors in every dish from appetizers to desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had family visit from out of state. I made a reservation at 8:15pm to enjoy a nice evening. While the food and service was excellent, I am very disappointed we had to wait over an hour for our table even though I put a credit card hold to secure my reservation. The manager served us champagne while we waited but it was not enough and I was embarrassed my out of town guests didn’t get to eat dinner until almost 10pm. To make matters worse, I had to pay my babysitter extra to stay with my kids past midnight. The time waiting affected our mood during dinner.

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vipFoodie4
San Francisco
174 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely popular place for good reason! Friendly staff, delicious pastas. Only complaint is that the tables are very close together.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere

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matt
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and fantastic service from hostess and server

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had to wait an extra 20 minutes for our table, but the food was excellent. Couldn’t get dessert because of the delayed seating and I had to catch a flight.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loved it!!
Thank you for making the dinner gathering great for our guests

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TroyT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great but expensive for lunch

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NadiaR
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria was the best and the food was delicious, parole d’européen :)

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Lalar
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing we enjoyed the octopus, beet salad, cauliflower and shared the mushroom pizza. It all was presented well and the flavors were fabulous! Great service all around - always a full water glass!

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vipMackenzie
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, but on our last visit we were slightly disappointed with the pasta. It was severely undercooked (I like al dente pasta too). This was true for both the rigatoni and strozzapreti. The sauces were also sad, rigatoni needed more sauce and the strozzapreti's Lamb was tough. The small plates and appetizers were stellar (meatballs, polenta, gnocchi) and the pepperoni and cheese pizzas were good as well. Love the wine choices, and on Sunday's there is no corkage fee! Melissa the beverage director is wonderful at helping to recommend wine!

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Lovefood
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation on time. Server was fantastic. Had her a few other times too. Great dinner, wine and we were treated with a glass of cava. Live your restaurant. My favorite place to bring guests too. Thank you!

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