Cucina

4.9
72 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Cucina, in Salt Lake City, offers full dinner service. An unforgettable array of foods including desserts and pastries are prepared fresh from scratch. Small plates include daily house made pasta, candied almonds, crab cakes and much more.

You can also enjoy an assortment of main course entrées such as the bison burger and bistro filet at Cucina. Deli service is also available, creating an assortment of gourmet specialty sandwiches like the grilled vegetable medley, portobello mushroom and Tuscan grilled chicken. Drinks on the menu at Cucina include imported, craft and domestic beers as well as an extensive selection of wines.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance - as always!

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CD
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Valentine’s dinner with my wife. Nice place tucked in The Avenues neighborhood. We had the charred cauliflower and the prawns appetizers. Both were good. Then we both had the Ahi Tuna Steak which was amazing! We finished by sharing the Lava Cake which was OK. The service was fantastic. Food came quickly, glasses stayed filled, and our server was very friendly. The owner visited with us multiple times which we enjoyed. At the end of our meal they gave my wife a beautiful long stem rose. Nice touch! We will be going back. It’s a nice locally owned quant restaurant with good food and great service. I would recommend it to anyone.

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CW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina has become one of SLCs top dinner spots. Excellent menu, great wine list.

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

Fantastic...cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservation online for daughters 23rd birthday the day of which was easy. Smaller slightly lower table was pushed together with 4 top to accommodate our party of 5. Greeted immediately by owner Dean who noticed made quip about just getting us in on time. Then as guest of honor was late Dean recognized the family comparison and led her to our table. Ben was server and he was exceptional choosing several small plate dishes for us along with my entree (pork is so). Later when we inquired about the coffee he went to the back and returned with exact blend details. Over and beyond.

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and the staff is wonderful. The owner, Dean, a wonderful man who walks around And says hello. He does a great job running the restaurant.

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SZ
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina's was perfect for our group! We expected to have a group of about 10 guests total, after a one-day conference. We had invited our out-of-town speakers, as well as the organizing committee. We were seated in a side room with an oblong table that enabled all of us to see and hear each other. The food and wine were delicious, and the service was friendly at at exactly the right tempo for a relaxed dinner. Thank you!

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j
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place for dinner. The ahi steak is to die for!

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I
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The Chef is creative and the service wonderful. The owner, Dean, is always around making sure everything is perfect. It says a lot when the owner or manager is ever present to insure that your experience is the best ever. It’s cozy but not noisy, comfortable but too informal. The variety of choices of food and wine is amazing.

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W
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. We loved the ambiance. Our server was really fun and accommodating. We had the Ahi Tuna appetizer and it was off the chart good. Beef tenderloin and ahi tuna entrees were very good but the appetizer was the star of the show. I recommend giving them a try.

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BS
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every element of our meal was memorable. Already plotting a return visit.

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Z
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My compliments to the chef, the servers, and the owners. What a wonderful restaurant!

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N
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great; really enjoyed sharing multiple dishes with our dinner guests.

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OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was especially excellent. The owner is very friendly and committed to good food and dining experience. Wine selection is excellent.

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t be put off by the deli lunch. This turns into fine dining at night. Amazing menu and cozy atmosphere!! We loved it!

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T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love going here. Great chef who can adapt for vegetarian. Gluten free already on manu. Excellent wine list. Good servers

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C
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming atmosphere. Creative and delicious menu. Risotto was to die for. Recommend everything except the apple tart.

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JJ
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Servers were wonderful. Did not appreciate being seated at a vet small table for barely 2 of to the side in the back. Restaurant wasn’t full. Had to place our drinks on a wall ledge to make room for our food.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

A few thoughts, On a cold winter night served cold rolls and cold butter--impossible to eat and not appetizing. Ordered the rack of lamb and it was just like warm with no green vegetable or starch on the plate. It was a lonely piece of almost cold lamb.

On the upside, this is a very neighborhood friendly restaurant. I hope the meals get better with more food on them and the server nicer.

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SM
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Try the small plates!

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun, high energy spot dinner spot. ( we had previously only come for lunch. Lily, our server, suggested that our party of 4, share entrees!! What a fun idea!! Dean is the gracious, hilarious host. We’ll be back!

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C
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Friendly & informed service which was attentive but not intrusive. The menu is smallish but the offerings are well-prepared & beautifully presented. A lovely way to spend an evening!

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a
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We LOVED Cucina. Although we feel the ambiance could be improved, the food was fabulous, and the service just wonderful. It was a very quiet Monday night, so we were treated especially well, and enjoyed our evening immensely. I imagine the patio in the Summer is just lovely. A few touches in the interior would make it seem much more special (ie lighting, arrangement of tables, music, maybe a great folding screen in front of the bathroom door) and the prices would seem more commensurate. Nevertheless, we will definitely go back for another marvelous meal!

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine are both fantastic! The service was also great.

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TL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina is a great little restaurant. I have visited several times now and always the food is excellent. I have to particularly recommend the fried avocado in tamarind curry sauce - unexpectedly good - outstanding in fact!

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great creative seasonal menu with a phenomenal wine list for by the glass and bottle selections. The pasta never fails and if Chef Joey is featuring a dish with wild mushrooms you should not miss it!

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KS
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Unique flavors and well thought out ingredients. The staff was super nice - we spoke to the chef as well as what seemed to the be the owner. Definitely will be back. Recommend to all who love fine food.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. I appreciate having a menu with smaller portions available and the willingness to make changes to the existing menu. The online reservation app worked well, and the food presentation and flavor was excellent.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Ambiance was OK only, the noise level was very loud. My wife and I nearly had to shout at each other to have a conversation. Bar was pricey with $9 glasses of house wines.

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, great and unique food...wonderful service! We enjoyed the jazz musicians that were on the marquee. Will be returning!

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Neighborhood gem is a great discription. Staff and owner very friendly but food took way to long while locals got served ahead of us that arrived even after we ordered Food was up and down. I would not recommend the baked risotto. Hard on the corners. I would give it another try.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Owner helped with wine choice

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service & superb menu. Not to be missed!

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p
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always, though we moved off the deck because we wanted to talk instead of listen to the Saturday band. Imaginative food, well thought out and prepared, again, as usual. Also interesting wines, as usual.

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S
Salt Lake City
47 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous relatively new menu. The Chef is a star. Try lots of the small plates. This is one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City in my opinon for a GREAT menu.

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C
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had ahí tuna, crab cakes and risotto; all of them were exceptional. Just watch out for the avocado in the ahí tuna, it was too "green" (not ready to be used) and almost ruined a great plate.

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N
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dean and his staff took excellent care of us. Delicious wines and unique flavors that left us wanting to come back for more. Mellow ambience and easily accessible in the Avenues. Being out on the terrace on an August evening felt like being in Tuscany

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Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal, great staff. The owner is very personable. The dishes are very well thought out, very unique flavor profiles. Not necessarily mind blowing, but very good. We will be back!

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ML
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was really great. Our appetizer was slow. The Frozen Rose was excellent. Service was great. Ambiance was lovely on a summer night.

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