Cucciolo Osteria

4.7
319 reviews
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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 train station, just opposite side, next to West End Wine Bar.
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JS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, feel of the restaurant was fun, service was exceptional. We will go back again. Too ban there is nothing like this in Chapel Hill.

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

Some of the best pasta since I've been back from Italy!

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O
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding house made pastas

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a
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT!!!
THE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN DURHAM

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SL
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great. The food by Chef Kim is phenomenal, as close to being in Italy! We loved the bruschetta and truffle pasta. Good cocktails, the hibiscus martini was incredible as was the cucumber basil cocktail. This will be our “go to” restaurant!

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C
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucciolo Osteria has claimed the title belt for best restaurant in Durham.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service.

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SP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our experience at Cucciolo. It is easily our favorite restaurant in Durham. The cocktails and wine list are top notch. The servers/waitstaff are courteous, knowledgeable and attentive. The food is excellent! We have never been disappointed.

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AL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambience was excellent, pair it with the food & drinks I give it 2 thumbs up! We will definitely make a return visit soon!

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LH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such an excellent restaurant. Great service and the food is delicious! Best pasta/Italian restaurant in Durham.

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Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious hand-made pastas - especially try the pasta with truffle sauce and the carbonara1

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KJ
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best Italian restaurant I’ve been to outside of Italy itself, Boston, and New York. We had house-made pasta which was wonderful, and the grape and goat cheese appetizer was amazing.

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K
Raleigh
79 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit. We keep bringing different friends with us. The butter chicken is my husband’s favorite. I love the rigatoni with white rags and truffles.

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OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were excellent.
The A/C was very strong and even though I had a sweater, I froze.
The parking situation is not good. Not nearly enough spaces. We parked in the train station gravel lot, which I am not sure is allowed.

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EC
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Parking was a challenge. Recommend the butter chicken and any of the pastas.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Highly recommend. My only challenge was I wanted to switch out my pasta for one they made in house with the White Ragu and the chef disagreed. Meal was still great but was not impressed by the pasta since was under cooked I not homemade. I did try my friend’s dish with the homemade pasta and it was delicious! I recommend to ask the question to ensure you get the homemade pasta on your visit!

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DJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Cucciolo: menu choices, wine list, cocktail options, and fine service. The book was uniformly delicious. A memorable evening!

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AG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a particularly demanding group, but the staff was so pleasant, and the food was amazing! I wish all their pasta dishes were made with their homemade pasta, but that's my only nitpicky complaint!

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KF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Best Italian Restaurant we have visited in the Triangle. Service was exceptional.

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SP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manager went out of the way when we had to wait longer for lack of a table for 4.

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AB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Cool place and delicious food! Service for bar seating started off slow -- took a while to place drink orders-- but steadily improved.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and fresh. Cocktails and wine we had were spot on with our food. The service was professional and friendly. The overall experience was smooth and very enjoyable. One of the nicest dinners I’ve had in Durham in a while. Thank you!

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AL
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the most delicious restaurants in Durham. The atmosphere, service, and food quality are all impeccable. The homemade pastas, appetizers and the butter chicken are the best around! Would highly recommend!

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KM
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection, as usual!

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j
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, strong wine list -- the best Italian restaurant in the Triangle!

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Listen. If I could have picked up the plate and licked it I would have. We had a flounder with kale and cherry tomatoes and it was fantastic. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. I cannot wait to go back.

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service! Good portions.. Everything from the rice balls to the walnut pesto was so well done and above all really fresh.

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KS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The only disappointment we had is that our pasta course was served at the table only about 10 minutes after we received our salad course. As we were four people at a small square table in the back, the table was full of plates and drinks, and our pasta dishes just sat there getting cold while we hurried to eat our salad dish. The person who brought out plates to the table so early, without waiting for us to finish our first course may have been the owner. He was not a waiter. Whoever he was, he was brusque and appeared impatient with us. He tried to start clearing our table for room for the pasta plates, and we had to ask him to stop because we were still eating that first course. I strongly suggest that Cucciolo not rush customers, and observe the progress of their guests eating a first course before serving pasta, as our pastas all got cold before we had time to begin them.

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HW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was outstanding. Double butter chicken dish was superb.
Noise level was quite high. I thought $14.50 for a glass of Pinot Noir was over the top.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Durham hands-down. I have been there three times and I have chosen different dishes each time and been very happy. Girlfriend keeps picking Truffle Tajarin because she insists its the best pasta dish she's ever had.

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HF
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave restaurant in Durham!! Keep up the good work team!

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FL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall a great place. Prices are a bit on the higher side, but if you know that going in-it’s not too bad.
I had the black truffle pasta and my husband had a covia fish special. Both were great. I will def. return for more!

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PM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, very nice experience and evening. Will definitely go back.

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s
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t have any food pics but we had the bruschetta and spicy vodka sauce pasta with delicious red wine. Loved this little gem in downtown Durham !!!

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DC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place with a creative chef. The food is so delicious!!

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L
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! I love the truffled pasta dish. My friend really liked the flounder special.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

I go here every two weeks, and I’ve noticed that every time I do, there’s something that goes wrong with my experience. Either they run out of the pasta I want, mess up my reservation, or refuse to serve alcohol. I don’t know if I’ll continue to go here because I’ve realized that their service is terrible.

Cucciolo Osteria
Responded on April 22, 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your feedback and we apologize for the lapse in our service. We have had more customers than we anticipated over the weekend, and we unfortunately ran out of fresh pastas towards the end of the service. As for the alcohol, we are obligated by law to check ID and not serve alcoholic beverages if a guest cannot provide a proper form of identification or appears intoxicated. Thank you for your understanding.

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Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time diner here. Made reservation a week in advance for a weekday dinner and best I could get was a 5:45 at the bar. Kudos they at least put our party of four at a corner so we all could b in on the conversation. Be advised, book well in advance.

Not a big menu or wine list. Service was great. Food very good. IMO, everything a little overpriced but given the crowd they are getting it is what it is.

Be advised, this is not Olive Garden Italian dishes, very different but also very good.

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B
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is thoughtfully prepared, interesting and delicious. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The staff was slightly flummoxed because we were eating so early and were the first customers to arrive. This was a pre-DPAC dinner and we had an early reservation to allow plenty of time to make curtain. The music was too loud, but a staff person turned it down for me. I really like to be able to hear the person I am dining with. Overall, it was a lovely experience and I will definitely go back.

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Dinner & service was good.

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