Cucciolo Osteria

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444 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Cousins Jimmy and Julian Kim welcome you to Cucciolo Osteria Durham! A sister restaurant to the original Cucciolo Osteria in Seoul, Korea, offering modern Italian cuisine with a twist.

We are located in the same building as the Amtrak train station, just opposite side, next to West End Wine Bar.
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucciolo never disappoints! It has quickly become our favorite Durham restaurant. The food is sublime! Make sure to order the truffle tajarin and butter chicken. My husband and I think that the butter chicken might possibly be the “perfect” dish according to Samin Nosrat’s book “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat”. Love that they change the menu with the seasons but keep some of the firm favorites. Atmosphere is lovely with the perfect lighting and low noise level. Do yourself a favor and go dine at Cucciolo. I promise you’ll return again and again.

K
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and surpassed our expectations! Service was impeccable. Will definitely be back!!

SF
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit! Hostess very thoughtful in choosing a table for us that was perfect for our needs. Server Allison was great - and the wine, appetizers main courses and desserts superb. We will be back soon!! Thank you!

KP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and they brought us complimentary glasses of Prosecco. Very gracious and welcoming!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Quality of food is amazing and all dishes are really perfect ... quantity maybe a bit more especially for pasta... also a chocolate cake should be a must in the menu ... dessert list is poor ... again food excellent but service last night was miserable... 3 mistakes in a row ... wrong dish first , meat arrived that we were not done with pasta and was left in front of us , had to wait several minutes to get some oil

CW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS & DELIGHTFUL

LH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and absolutely divine pasta. Literally you cannot go wrong with any of their dishes!

S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience and place to go in durham for some great food and drinks. We live in durham and have been freuqenting here since they first opened!

B
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Had pasta bowls that were too salty and had too much fat. The dish needs to be more subtle.

The service was fine except they made a point about the two pastas they made there and we ordered one dish that had one of their pastas, and asked for a small taste of the second one and they refused.

The ambience is nice. While I would not return immediately I did tell a friend about the place and suggested that they give it a try.

g
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food, with a wide variety for those with food allergies

SH
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great pasta. Great bruschetta. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. A little loud if you’re talking across a table to a group but my husband and I had no trouble having a nice evening of conversation and cuisine. The pastas (Primi) were all great. The Secondis were good but not needed to have a great meal. I will definitely return.

T
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Excellent The meal was excellent and fabulous wine selection. We’ll definitely be returning

CH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The staff was quite knowledgeable and offered suggestions for sharing plates among three couples. A wonderful evening!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grazie! Era buonissimo!!

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MQ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and had great advice on food and wine from the bartender.

M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food (best in Durham so far) for a native Italian customer! A delay in serving the table with entrees at the same time was corrected with apologies and a full dessert for two on the house, very much appreciated. The place is a bit noisy but the atmosphere was happy and energetic. The service was frequent and pleasant. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and reasonable portion size. Great flavor and our waiter Alllison was great!

DS
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

They will start losing as frequent customers unless they Change up the menu a bit more

S
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great and my girlfriend’s bday was special! Happy customer!

JI
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second trip to Cucciola, this time for our anniversary. The food, from beginning to end, was exceptional. The only problem was making a selection from the menu.

TL
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been meaning to try Cucciolo for a while and finally got the chance to go for a girls' night out with a friend before a show at DPAC. It was crowded (Saturday night) so we sat at the bar for dinner. They were great about getting us our food in a timely manner so we could make our show. The food was amazing and so fresh, with several vegetarian options.

V
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent and high quality. Wine list really top , service is a bit strange I would say but overall is great food and location . Is a must try

EN
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I'm glad I finally tried this place, but I don't feel any need to go back. I appreciate the homemade pasta (perfect texture!), but overall I felt is was moderately to very overpriced, paired with a rather unexciting food menu and an even less exciting wine menu. My biggest gripe is that there is no pasta with a protein option - you either have to just settle for pasta or shell out $40 for a plate of meat with a sad salad... there's no in between. In addition, their "famous" tiramisu was flat-out wet... perhaps it's famous for just being bad?

T
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We will definitely go back.

m
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very authentic Italian food

TB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

All of the food was overly seasoned. Would have gotten 5 stars if not for the salt.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome dinner and I can't wait to return.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was just OK. Nothing special. The noise level was quite loud and the child sitting at the next table kept bumping into me and my chair. The menu was very limited. That was OK, but the menu for non-alcoholic drinks was limited to a few Coke products. I originally asked for iced tea or cider which they did not have. The waiter seemed to be a bit on the snobbish side. When I made the reservations, I was asked if the dinner was for a special occasion. I told them that the dinner was to celebrate a birthday for one of my guests. I noted that it would be nice if a carrot cake were offered. Nothing about the birthday was mentioned and only the two desserts on the menu were offered at the end of dinner. I was greatly disappointed. It is not likely that I would return to this restaurant or recommend it.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I loved the bar setting, and the service at the bar was very good. The food, on the other hand was so, so. I had the walnut pesto dish that was modified to be vegan. That means the cheese was left out. It was bland. If you take out a key ingredient in a dish, you might need to put something back instead. Seems that the chef would know that.

d
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food, fantastic service and wine! And a special attention due to the occasion. Kudos to the staff!

AR
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food served by a caring staff..The pasta choices are varied and authentic.The wine list is fairly priced.And the 30 foot ceilings make you feel like you are eating in Europe.

SE
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing. The truffle pasta and carbonara pastas so good. Really tasty bites of food across the board. Will be back!

A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good bruschetta and excellent pasta in thoughtful simple sauces.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good location, nice staff but portions of food are very small including the $38 steak with the side of arugula not pasta. We had 2 very small apps, 2 very small bowls of pasta. We were still hungry so we ordered the steak. The flavor and quality of everything was great but just not enough.

SP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Entres are a little over-priced. $38 for steak or red snapper. This is Durham, not NYC

DM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Everything was delicious and my boyfriend and I have decided to go every Friday night now !

DJ
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic dinner, the fresh pastas were terrific and we tried 5 different ones for three people! The Tagliatelle with Walnut Pesto was amazing, followed by a close second - Cacio e Pepe. Would like to have tried more Appetizers, thought that menu section was light, and with such great food would like to have enjoyed some amazing bread . But overall it was one of our best dinners in Durham all week. Tiramisu was a grand finale!

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