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Cucciolo Osteria, Durham, NC

Cucciolo Osteria

4.8
4.8
1040 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (984) 243-8744

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jimmy Kim

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is due to open soon! For inquiries, please contact us via email at info@cucciolodurham.com or via phone at 984-243-8744

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cross street

    601 W Main St.

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Cicchetti

  • Prosciutto di San Daniele$7.00

    mozzarella mousse, gnocco fritto

    • Rustic Tuscan Pâté$7.00

      with fresh sage + baguette

      Bruschette

      two pieces each

      • Basil Tomato$7.00

        with house-made ricotta

        • Roasted Grapes & Walnut$7.50

          with goat cheese

          • Burrata & Roasted Hazelnut$9.50

            with truffle honey

            Antipasti

            • Creamed Mushrooms$13.00

              Sauteed crimini, shiitake, oyster mushrooms, congac, reggiano, multigrain toast

              • Italian Salad$10.00

                Bibb lettuce, radish, fennel, red onion, balsamic herb dressing, reggiano

                • Pesto Arancini$8.00

                  Calabrian chili aioli

                  • Roasted Beet Salad$12.00

                    Roasted red and gold beets, grapefruit, orange, goat cheese, toasted almonds

                    Primi

                    • Linguine Alla Carbonara (the Roman Way)*$14.50

                      Guanciale, pecorino, egg yolk

                      • Truffle Tajarin$18.50

                        Fresh black truffles, truffled paste, reggiano

                        • White Ragu Tajarin$15.50

                          Beef and pork ragu, reggiano, thyme

                          • Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Rigatoni$14.50

                            Vodka, plum tomatoes, ricotta, basil

                            • Lasagna$15.50

                              Beef, Pork, tomato, Bechamel, Reggiano

                              • Tagliatelle al Pomodoro$14.50

                                Cherry Tomato, Garlic, Basil

                                • Tagliatelle Alfredo$14.00

                                  Blue cheese, Fontal Cheese, Herb vinegar

                                  Secondi

                                  • Butter Chicken 'Sostanza' Style$21.00

                                    Lightly battered, butter roasted chicken breast, lemon arugula salad

                                    • Ribeye Steak*$34.00

                                      Celery root purée, pickled Jalapeno, heirloom cherry tomato

                                      • Fresh Catch of the Day

                                        • Market Price

                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                      What 1,040 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.8
                                      4.8 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.8Food
                                      • 4.7Service
                                      • 4.7Ambience
                                      • 4.5Value

                                      NoiseModerate

                                      Loved For

                                      • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

                                        Italian

                                      • Durham

                                        Best Overall

                                      • Durham

                                        Best Food

                                      • Durham

                                        Best Value

                                      • Durham

                                        Notable Wine List

                                      • Durham

                                        Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                      1. T

                                        Taitum

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I loved Cucciolo Osteria! The food was amazing and our a server was attentive and helpful. The bruschetta was fresh and absolutely delicious as was the pasta! It's a little pricey compared to basic restaurants, but it is totally worth it for a special occasion or a nice dinner!

                                      2. SF

                                        SueF

                                        Western NC

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Didn’t love the music, but everything else was great!

                                      3. A

                                        Argenti

                                        Raleigh

                                        20 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        20 reviews

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall3food5service5ambience4

                                        Very good! Service was good a bit slow if trying to get to DPAC. I would allow for at least an hour 1/2 Kitchen was very accommodating to my needs as I had yo send my entire back as I was unaware it was sprinkled with red pepper which I can’t eat right now. The Wait staff friendly I will try again

                                      4. MM

                                        MargaretMary

                                        Raleigh

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall3food4service3ambience3

                                        The food was very good. Due to a private party the restaurant was hosting and that many of the patrons, myself included, were attending a show at DPAC, the service was stretched and the kitchen was backed up. We enjoyed the food and they did accommodate a substitution I requested in a pasta dish.

                                      5. M

                                        Mesqweeta17

                                        New York Area

                                        10 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We are regulars at Cucciolo Osteria. The meals are always impeccable and The Wildflower drinks earned high praises from our guests. For any first timers, make sure to get the Butter Chicken, the Basil tomato bruschetta and the white ragú tarajin. You can thank me later!

                                      6. SJ

                                        ShaunJ

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Wonderful food and service! The portion sizes are perfect! Would definitely recommend for date night or any special occasion.

                                      7. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall3food5service1ambience5

                                        The restaurant itself is lovely and food was truly delicious. The service was lacking. After ordering our drinks 3/4 of us received them…after 20 minutes we asked what happened to the fourth and we’re only then told that they had run out of it. Then we ordered appetizers, which were served in a timely way. However after they were cleared we still waited another 20 minutes and had to flag down the waitress to order our main course. The food was good, but I wouldn’t go back because of the overall experience.

                                      8. f

                                        flevy

                                        New England

                                        14 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        14 reviews

                                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        By far the best spaghetti carbonara my wife and I have ever had. I emphasize Ever.

                                      9. EE

                                        EECC

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall3food3service3ambience2

                                        We had the graduation 3 course special for 80$/person. The food was a bit too salty and overpriced. The location was also a bit cramped. Overall, it was just ok but we won't be coming back.

                                      10. M

                                        Momof4

                                        Raleigh

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        What can you say? Cuciolo is just always a wonderful experience! The food is incredible and the service impeccable. We return again and again.

                                      11. CB

                                        CristinaB

                                        Washington DC

                                        6 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall3food3service5ambience3

                                        Service was excellent. The food was delicious but the portions were ridiculously small for the price. We each had an appetizer and an entrée and were not satisfied after eating. The restaurant should serve bread as part of the meal, and the portions need to be increased. Because of how small the meal was, and the fact that we were still hungry after spending $40 per person, we don’t think this restaurant is a good value, we don’t recommend it, and we won’t go back.

                                      12. G

                                        Glock

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 25, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I always enjoy eating here. The food, wine, and the service never disappoint!

                                      13. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Josh is a wonderful waitor and food recommender. I asked him to select dishes for me, and he didn’t disappoint. The dishes had subtle, nuanced seasoning and a smart blend of texture and freshness. I can happily recommend Cucciolo Osteria and its excellent service!

                                      14. EB

                                        EarlB

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        My group of four has been trying for 10 years to get a Sunday evening seating at Cucciolo Osteria. We finally were successful yesterday and boy are we happy that we were. We will try harder in the future.

                                      15. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Miami

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Cucciolo’s never disappoints. The food was great, as always. Our server, Moe was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I only wish Cucciolo’s could sort out their parking situation better.

                                      16. N

                                        Nancy

                                        Minneapolis

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Great place, great service, great food. Would definitely come back.

                                      17. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Thoroughly enjoyed my visit and meal. My server was especially careful and helpful. Everything was well prepared, especially the linguine all’amatriciana. Looking forward to my next visit!

                                      18. MI

                                        MattfromILM

                                        Wilmington

                                        21 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        21 reviews

                                        Dined on April 18, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Located in the West End of Durham, in the same building as the Durham Amtrak station, but entry is on the other (west) side. Parking is usually a bit of an issue but once inside Cucciolo Osteria is a neighborhood gem. The staff are very nice and know the menus very well. Quality and attention to detail are spot-on from the cocktails to the desserts. In good weather there is outside seating and there is bar seating and some high-tops as well. This area is walking distance from hundreds of apartments and hotel rooms downtown so it stays booked, for good reason. Catch of the day yesterday was Sea Bass on Chard and it was amazing.

                                      19. CC

                                        ClaireC

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 18, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food is exceptional, not to mention the wine selection. We will be back soon.

                                      20. PE

                                        PatrickE

                                        Greensboro

                                        10 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        This was our first visit, and my wife and I enjoyed it very much. The service was friendly, informative, and paced just right. The food was inventive, delicious, and friendly to my gluten free wife. The pistachio gelato was outstanding. All in all, a great meal, and I am sure we will return for a second visit!

                                      21. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Incredible food and wine. Highly recommend

                                      22. GK

                                        GraceK

                                        Raleigh

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Rich, delicious pasta. Beautiful presentation for bruschetta. Expensive but worth the quality

                                      23. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had an incredible experience. The food was killer and we were taken better care of than could ever be expected. Ask for Maggie. She was fantastic.

                                      24. A

                                        Amanda

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 13, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        The best place in the triangle for fresh pasta! :)

                                      25. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Best in Durham I’d say

                                      26. D

                                        Durhamdining

                                        Raleigh

                                        9 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Drinks were great. Server was nice and attentive. Appetizers were creative and delicious. Most of the food was fantastic and if you ask, there are some pastas made with fresh pasta and those were extra delicious! I did not care for the beef shank - just wasn’t my thing, but my husband thought it was good. No room left for dessert. Overall very satisfying and will be back.

                                      27. CD

                                        CaseyD

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent service and the food was outstanding! Thank you!

                                      28. FB

                                        FrancoisB

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent genuine Italian food with excellent service.

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Service was amazing

                                      30. MC

                                        MichelleC

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Wonderful service.

                                      31. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 4, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        The food was as good as I’ve had anywhere. The wait staff were very attentive and polite and informative. Excellent menu selections. The service was efficient and the drinks from the bar were top notch.

                                      32. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                        Great food, atmosphere, and service! The only downside on this visit was that one dinner came out a lot later than everyone else’s, and everyone else was almost done eating when that person was served their meal.

                                      33. CP

                                        CPBarney

                                        Raleigh

                                        125 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        125 reviews

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                        First Time dining at Cucciolo. Great location if you can find parking nearby. Parking decks are a fun short walk away though. Upon arrival you may wonder if this is really an Italian restaurant. The ambiance, and contemporary minimalist decor isn't exactly what you'd expect from an Italian Eatery. However, that's where the differences end for me. The food was excellent, and so was the service! Best part is that mostly everything is completely sharable.The portion sizes are not too small, and not too large. This allowed me to enjoy many different courses without feeling like I was stuffed, or need a box because I couldn't finish everything. Our knowledgeable server guided us through our entire meal. He kept a close eye on us without being overbearing. I wish that I could highlight one particular dish, but everything we ordered was delicious. I left very satisfied, and cannot wait to return!

                                      34. ED

                                        EvanD

                                        Raleigh

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Best restaurant that we have been to in awhile. Incredible food and service.

                                      35. BH

                                        BrianH

                                        Pinehurst

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Thanks!

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I took myself to try something new. I sat at the bar with Carl, he was such a vibe. Made sure I was always okay, and answered all the questions. Gave the best recommendations off of accuracy rather then production/price, to run up a ticket sale. Which as a previous restaurant industry employee was refreshing to see. He made a wonderfully crafted La Louisanne (I think) for me to begin with. It was delicious! Such balanced flavors! I then ordered the Buratta and Hazelnut Bruschette and it was so light and so refreshing - honestly it wouldn’t be a half bad dessert, it still worked for an appetizer though. Then I had the Linguine Alla Carbonara. That. Was. DELICIOUS! Super creamy, pasta well cooked with the perfect bite of al dente. Yum! Then I finished off with a Panna cotta for dessert, that was pretty good too. When I first arrived I saw another woman at the bar (which I found out later was also an employee) she was drinking and iced coffee, which I asked the bartender about and he said it was a staff drink but made one for me anyways and that gesture was just phenomenal- he really went above and beyond! Definitely a positive first time visit, it made my only two issues seem small. The issues I had: -When I first walked in the hostess was on the phone, but didn’t even bother to look up to motion just a moment. Just. Nothing. Then she eventually said hello. Hmm. I am not sure, but a motion gesture would’ve been welcoming and accommodating. -My next issue was, about 15 mins into my visit, the host seats a group of 4, at the bar. There were 2 children at least around the ages of 10-12, with a couple. Now - the parents were fine with it but I looked around and counted at least 5 tables that were not seated on the floor and yet they still chose to sit children at the bar. That very much threw me off. I felt that the family shouldn’t have been sat at the bar. For my sense of comfortability at least. Other then those few things, I’d say I had a great dinner!

                                      37. CH

                                        ChuckH

                                        Greensboro

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Everything on the menu is fabulous, great place to eat when visiting Durham, NC.

                                      38. JK

                                        JeanK

                                        Western NC

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 31, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had a wonderful evening at Cucciolo! The staff was and service were excellent. There aren’t so many menu options that it takes a long time to decide. The appetizers were fabulous. We shared two pasta dishes, tagliatelle with pesto and one with truffles. Both were fabulous!! Drink and dinner service was very quick, we never waited for any long period of time. Make a reservation, the place filled quickly even on a Thursday night!

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food and everything was wonderful

                                      40. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was fantastic! service was great.

                                      Safety precautions

                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                      • Physical distancing

                                        • Limited number of seated diners
                                        • Extra space between tables
                                      • Protective equipment

                                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                      • Screening

                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                      FAQs

                                      Cucciolo Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (984) 243-8744.

                                      Cucciolo Osteria is rated 4.8 stars by 1040 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Booked 1 time today
                                      Google Map for Cucciolo Osteria

                                      601 W Main St. Suite C Durham, NC 27701

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        601 W Main St.

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Durham

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Italian

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        Private Lot

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive chef

                                        Jimmy Kim

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (984) 243-8744

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        Our private dining room is due to open soon! For inquiries, please contact us via email at info@cucciolodurham.com or via phone at 984-243-8744

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