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CUCINA urbana, San Diego, CA
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CUCINA urbana

4.7
4.7
6092 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are a wine shop inside of a restaurant | Dining and design form the perfect union at San Diego's highly acclaimed CUCINA urbana, a California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop, located in the heart of Bankers Hill since 2009.

The restaurant boasts comfort and familiarity, welcoming diners to a country farmhouse with the added whimsy of a contemporary art installation.

CUCINA urbana is the originator of the CUCINA retail wine program where each dedicated shop allows guests to hand select wines at a retail price, either to enjoy with their meal for a minimal corkage fee or for purchase to-go. The wine list is comprised of many familiar labels as well as rare and small-batch gems, with an emphasis on Italian varietals.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tim Kolanko

  • Catering

    URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 4.

  • Private party facilities

    From birthday celebrations and corporate dinners to graduation celebrations and wedding receptions, our space is perfect for your dining event. Our Wine Shop offers an intimate semi-private space for smaller functions, while larger groups are welcome to host their event using our entire restaurant as a private venue. We offer: wine specialists, who will design pairings for your meal, personalized printed menus, table decorations, specialty to-go gifts, and more.

  • Private party contact

    Tiffany Tassano: (619) 239-2222 ext. 4

  • Neighborhood

    Banker's Hill

  • Cross street

    5th avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor seating is not overly comfortable/spacious but the delicious food and excellently-priced wine fully made up for it!
  2. LH

    LindaH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Colleagues recommended this as a terrific option for gatherings. The ambiance inside was terrific but we dined outdoors on the sidewalk. Our server had great energy and made some welcome recommendations for our impromptu “family style” meal. Starters included the fried tomato on mozzarella with caramelized onions which was delicious! The octopus was tender and complemented with chickpeas. We ordered the brussel sprouts which were lovely even without the sauce. For entrees we tried everything from the short ribs to penne and pizza! We thought we had too much food, but everything was so flavorful, we didn’t leave a morsel uneaten. We even found room for the lemon panna cotta, a hazelnut torte and two scoops of delicious ice cream. For wine, the house Chardonnay came in a lovely old world bottle that could be a collectible. This was overall a fantastic meal and a strongly recommended option!
  3. GR

    GaryR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Pizza very good. Fried squash blossoms unexpectedly delicious! Curbside ambience inviting and relatively quiet. But waiter incorrectly described 2 beer options and I did not get what he described. It was citrus-y & I sent it back. Also asked for printed charge card receipt, but did not get one. Both minor, but they keep it out of the 5 stars category.
  4. MM

    MargaretM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was excellent but just average on the trout and short rib pappardeli. Squash blossoms were very good.
  5. C

    Caroline

    London

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always Cucina Urbana!! Fresh and lively choices. Thank you!
  6. DD

    DavidD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was flavorful, the presentation was great, our waiter was personable and helpful, love the decor of the restaurant and we will be back.
  7. RS

    RSTB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The server was excellent, but we needed to wait for a hostess before seating us even with a reservation. The food came out very quickly and was good, however, the portion sizes were very small and the prices very high. Also, the bathrooms were right off of the kitchen which was less than appealing.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been a while since we’ve been to Cucina Urbana & so glad we did last night. There is always a fun energetic vibe here which is fun. Our waiter went out if his way to find the bottle of wine we wanted & it was a delicious Bandol rosé! Our waiter Kevin was professional, friendly & attentive. He really added to our enjoyable evening - a true professional & warm enjoyable person. The food was exceptional - I brought my visiting nieces here & they had fun trying some new things. Squash blossoms appetizer was great! We all enjoyed the unique but very tasty Stracciatella Green Tomato/burrata appetizer. And fabulous entrees - we enjoyed the bucatini & rigatoni - delicious!! Great job Cucina Urbana!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Rebecca was FANTASTIC! She was professional, attentive and detailed oriented. We had questions regarding some of the food choices presented . Rebecca was Also knowledge about the menu. She’s a great asset to your establishment.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre Old Globe meal
  11. C

    Cascabel

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely perfect in every respect. Indoors was a little noisy, but we were seated outside, where it was pleasant and quiet.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was fantastic. She has worked there for several years and knows the menu and wine selection. We will be back and it’s all due to her charisma and knowledge.
  13. g

    greypoupon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    Service could have been better, but great food, 10/10 would recommend
  14. LR

    LauraR

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner. Loved the decor, food was exceptional and our service was above and beyond. Helpful and knowledgeable waiter! Would highly recommend!
  15. JM

    JoMarie

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Nicole was terrific -- knowledgeable about the wines and food and attentive. Excellent wine and cocktail selections. I enjoyed the ahi crudo and my husband the lamb sausage as starters. He relished the chicken with polenta as a main course. I am lactose intolerant and was disappointed at the lack of choices. I ended up with a pasta dish that was not at all special. In the past, I had several choices but this night they were out of options.
  16. JV

    JacquelineV

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love homemade pasta with just tomato sauce. It isn't on the menu but my waiter had no qualms about getting it for me. He was also very responsive to my questions about the wine list. I love the food here and love that you have kept the outdoor seating.
  17. DV

    DebbieV

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was not good
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Outstanding service especially from Dani and Jason. It’s styled as a modern twist on Italian cuisine but Bucatini all’Amatriciana should be made with bucatini (not linguine)in a simple sauce which includes guanciale but does not include onions, carrots, garlic or peppers. Grated pecorino should be optional!
  19. SD

    SanDiegobag

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Superb service. Good for pre-theater. Our server gave excellent suggestions for wine and food.
  20. SH

    SilviaH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a great experience with a great waiter and great recommendations.
  21. RR

    RRSS

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Only come here if you want to drink , food is not great. The servers will not like you if you don’t order a bottle with your food, we ordered a glass of wine each and the server never came and asked how our food was or if we needed anything.
  22. JA

    JonathanA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and terrific vibes! Would recommend to anyone visiting SD.
  23. j

    joy456

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a good restaurant with a nice vibe, italian chopped was good, short rib papperdelle pasta really good and the pizza was ok but i guess being from nyc were spoiled!
  24. KG

    KathyG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Our servers were OUTSTANDING. The food...not so much. We had gnocchi with lamb peices that were overly seasoned with nutmeg, the vegan pizza was lifeless, no seasoning at all. The rigatoni was good. I love the DelMar location and food. Sorry 5th Ave & Laurel did not meet my expectations.
  25. J

    Jenny

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pizza was delicious. Squash blossoms and chef’s ragu is always delicious.
  26. K

    Kr100

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived on a Tuesday at 5:30 and did not have to wait. Loved the Giant Meatball with Polenta!
  27. J

    Juliah

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a perfectly wonderful evening at CUCINA Urbana! Delicious dinner, great service and we loved eating outside on the patio. Highly recommend the squash blossoms and beet salad. Look forward to visiting this gem of a restaurant again soon!
  28. TP

    TracieP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there after seeing a play. Love the everyday happy hour from 4-6 and no corkage fee on Sundays with in-house wine purchase. Great service from Bob the bartender and our server Jason. We'll be back!
  29. TN

    TiffanyN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never once I have bad experience at this place. Everything is exceptional.
  30. M

    Mackenzie

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went there with my baby- was surprisingly seated inside and the noise level was that of a club. My baby lost his mind and they were so kind to move us outdoors (even with a few snarky looks from some women enjoying a few drinks). The food is alright. Not very impressionable flavors, and the corn pasta dish was sad. Five pieces of pasta that couldn’t feed an elementary school kid. I really liked the flavor of the pasta but it left me more hungry than when I arrived. It seemed like other dishes had alright portions, so maybe they were running out? Either way I will not be back (high price small plate- I get that this is a thing at higher end restaurants but this was not it). The noise level is not worth bringing a date or any kids whatsoever unless specifically eating outside. The building is low so the noise will carry like a cave. What would get me to return is the wonderful staff. I can not thank them enough for kindly moving us after our drinks were at the table and we had already been sitting a while. I am sure that was a pain for them- so I am thankful.
  31. C

    Colt

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was fantastic, but it seems like our waiter was assigned too much work and took very long towards the end of our meal. Definitely will be back again
  32. d

    debbiet

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was great but please do not add a service charge of almost 4 percent and the tip minimum is 20 percent. People want to go out but stop this now. It’s now a 25 percent tip on top of food prices.
  33. WC

    WendiC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding as was the food!!! Wait staff is knowledgeable!
  34. H

    Housen

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Went there on a first date for drinks. It was great to be able to select for outdoor seating, and it was ready immediately when we arrived. The cocktails and wine were excellent - the cocktails were well balanced in flavor, and while they don't have an extensive wine list, they have excellent quality at good prices. Propane heaters were available for all outdoor tables, and the wait staff was responsive but not intrusive. We stayed as they closed down (good first date!), and they got a little distracted with that when we were ready to pay, but no big deal. The noise is as good as you could hope for being street-side.
  35. JK

    JohnK

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Wrong order delivered twice, branzino was disappointing. Better value and service elsewhere.
  36. JM

    JessicaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lynn was an awesome server. Our back waiter did a great job too. Food was excellent. Got lucky with parking.
  37. AF

    AndreaF

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! Delicious. Smaller portions (other than the pizza) but delectable.
  38. C

    Cantina

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellently prepared food with quality ingredients, local and organic when possible. Wait staff is knowledgeable about preparation and can accommodate folks food food allergies. We try to eat here every time we visit San Diego.
  39. MB

    MikeyB

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Amazing Dinner in the neighborhood of Bankers Hill. Started the meal with the Brussel sprouts which were grilled to perfection and served with a side of Frank's red hot sauce. The octopus also was cooked to perfection and served with a delicious bed of veggies to accommodate. The main dish was the short rib papperdelle, which stole the show. Delicious tender, short rib with a generous portion size of noodles, creating a perfect combination. Our waitress recommended the gianduja chocolate torta for dessert and it was amazingly delicious. If you're a fan of ferrero rocher chocolate, then this is the perfect way to end your meal here. Can't wait to come back and order everything else on the menu!
  40. B

    Banana

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter JASON was outstanding INCREDIBLE SERVICE

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from CUCINA urbana using the Order Online button. CUCINA urbana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 239-2222.

CUCINA urbana is rated 4.7 stars by 6092 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for CUCINA urbana

505 Laurel St., San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Banker's Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Kolanko

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-2222

  • Catering

    URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 4.

  • Private party facilities

    From birthday celebrations and corporate dinners to graduation celebrations and wedding receptions, our space is perfect for your dining event. Our Wine Shop offers an intimate semi-private space for smaller functions, while larger groups are welcome to host their event using our entire restaurant as a private venue. We offer: wine specialists, who will design pairings for your meal, personalized printed menus, table decorations, specialty to-go gifts, and more.

  • Private party contact

    Tiffany Tassano: (619) 239-2222 ext. 4

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