Cucciolo Osteria

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491 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic experience dining at Cucciolo for the first time, do not miss out on the house limoncello!

OT
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint! Amazing and knowledgable staff- amazing food- food comes fast. So so good.

f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was my first time eating at Cucciolo and I was hoping it would be nice as we were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. I was not disappointed! The staff was excellent - attentive, but not overly so, friendly but not too casual, ready with recommendations that highlighted the menu's range and variety. For me, the highlight was the food. Really flavorful and the serving sizes were reasonable... not too much but also not too precious. I will definitely look forward to going again and bringing friends. It was a lovely evening.

FF
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ragu Bolognese Tagliatelle was mouth watering and was. exceptional The butter chicken should not be missed.

AB
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Only negative was we felt hustled our after dessert. No refills on water provided after the main course even though we shared a dessert. Food was awesome.

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Best Italian I’ve had in the triangle BY FAR. Excellent food and accommodating/attentive staff though they aren’t on top of you all the time. Perfect balance.

j
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is fabulous! Waitstaff fantastic!
Seating is tight though.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been here 3 times and always an excellent dining experience! Food and service spot-on. Pork chops with kale chips was stellar especially with the celery root puree sauce. Kale chips were a bit too salty for my liking though but despite that, a great dish all around! Definitely a rotating restaurant to go to on my list!

JP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our first visit to Cucciolo Osteria. We ordered 2 of the bruschettas, the basil tomato and the burrata hazelnut. Both were delicious, but if you are looking for interesting flavor, I would go with the hazelnut. I'm anxious to try the goat cheese one on our next visit. Our table had 3 of the pastas: Ragu Bolognese, White Ragu Tajarin and the Truffle Tajarin. The Bolognese was quite good, but the White Ragu and the Truffle Tajarin were exceptional! I've been dreaming of the truffle dish ever since. I only have 2 suggestions for management. One is to increase the portion sizes of the pastas; they are on the small side. All 4 of us left the restaurant feeling not fully satisfied. The waiter mentioned that we might want to order a dish with protein or split a Secondi in addition to our pastas, but those who got dishes with a protein still thought the dishes were too small. Perhaps the restaurant should consider offering two different portion sizes. The second suggestion would be to offer more than two dessert options. Their dessert menu was limited to a tiramisu and a panna cotta. We were celebrating a birthday and would have liked a few more options. Other than that, the restaurant is very good and we will absolutely return!

c
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and food! Plus, the service was exceptional. Highly recommend!

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great service!!

e
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, delicious, perfect food. I want to eat it everyday.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent al sentence pasta, wine and service. The only menu item that was a disappointment was the mushroom appetizer. It was just so so.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garret was a great waiter!

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is really good , we go pretty often and every dish is tasty and great quality.

t
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a special family member to supper. Meal was delicious; servings not to heavy and generous. Presentation and taste were great. We had tagliatelle with bolognese sauce and a salad

DL
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for our weekly date night and this was our second time for dinner.
Excellent pasta and appetizers

J
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was exceptional. From the antipasti list, we tried the creamed mushrooms and spinach arancini. For pasta, we tried the cacio e pepe and the spicy vodka rigatoni. All of it was delicious. The ambiance was great for a date night, and all the staff from the hostess, waitress, and manager were very friendly. We were even provided complementary panna cotta, which was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has become one of my favorite local restaurants. The food is excellent and so is the service.

My only critique would be ambiance for the back half of the restaurant, if you sit facing the rear. In that area/direction, there is little visually appealing - the walls are white and blank, and with direct view into the bathroom when the door opens. Yet, if you turn and face the front, it is warm and inviting. Not enough to keep me from going back many times, but worth noting if ambiance is important to you.

SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent specially the truffle pasta, pannacotta and espresso coffee. Our server Liza was excellent too!

MR
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and smart, diligent server. Manager was also attentive.

A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious And great service

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This would have been a five star review - except that we ordered the fish at “market price” and we were charged twice the price of other entrees! It was only flounder, some kale and cherry tomatoes. We expected to pay more than other entrees, but double the price made us feel like we were being taken advantage of.

DT
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything we ate was great, although I continue to have particularly strong feelings about the bruschetta with burrata, truffle and hazelnuts. If I could change anything, I’d make the dining room a little less bright with a few banquettes for a little privacy. Not an urgent problem.

DZ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustic ambiance with delicious pasta. Everything about it was great - a little noisy though

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

There was no dairy free options! The menu has all these vegan, gluten free etc and then nothing for lactose intolerant with all the sauces even basic tomatoe sauces, containing cheese and they couldn’t do much about it or offer anything besides pasta and olive oil. I’m Italian and cook a lot of Italian food and this just seemed ridiculous and thoughtless that a high end Italian kitchen couldn’t/wouldn’t make a basic cheese free pomodoro sauce. I had to specify to add some tomatoes to olive oil and then it came souses in cayenne pepper and incredibly bitter. A total disappointment. The waitress was also obviously annoyed by my request which is usually met with no issue and is a true allergy!

MD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mushroom appetizer was delicious- rich and creamy with just the right amount of garlic and spices. The bolognese and white ragu were pastas were excellent

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very attentive, and also very accommodating for our anniversary dinner. Would definitely come back.

BD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants around. Their pasta is exceptional and has not disappointed so far.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good food, cold waiter, need to add more vegetables / healthy options

BA
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Delicious food! Can’t wait to return!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!!!

TG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid choice for classic but elevated italian. Bread wasn’t great which disappointed. Drinks were excellent. Wanted more fish options. Beautiful dining room.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING. We definitely look forward to dining here again!!

WH
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian I have ever had!! There were 3 of us and we all LOVED everything we order. The roasted grapes, creamy mushrooms, and beef carpaccio were AMAZING.

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant is very spare with few design elements. I always appreciate modern, but this just felt stark and uncomfortable (wood bench seats.)The food was good, but nothing special. The prices were good, but the portions are small. The tiramisu is really good.

SA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about it. Food was wonderful.
Bruschettas were fantastic, especially the burrata, honey, hazelnut one. Homemade pastas are delicious and the chicken is superb. Service was impeccable, answering all the many questions we asked. 3 of us sat at the bar because there were no tables available when we reserved. But it was still perfect and we had plenty of space to sit back and talk.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Visiting son

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the greatest Restaurant, the food was superb, we had pork chops, pasta, and roasted grapes. You may need to reserve ahead of time though.