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CUCINA urbana

4.7
5808 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 5808 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
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JessicaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! Definitely going back. The food was great and the service was amazing!

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JosephS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Highly recommended. Classy ambiance, very good food, and the service was excellent.

LH
LindaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Cucina Urbana but will only visit if I can be seated in the atrium or outside. The dining room is excruciatingly loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was my husbands birthday and he LOVES this place, we were on a tight schedule and we manage to have a superb meal and they gave us a little dessert! we had a blast

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating. We were late for our reservation and they were really nice and understanding. Food was great. Beyond expectations. Sweet and efficient server

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers recommendations from cocktails to appetizers to wine and main course were on point. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Hobart
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine shop within the restaurant completes the picture for this hidden gem. Its as hip as any Little Italy bar with indoor and outdoor views on the upscale Bankers Hill neighborhood on the route to Balboa Park. The menu includes excellent appetizers (try the squash blossoms), awesome pastas and robust large plates. I have never understood how American restaurants get away with charging 3-4 times the retail price for a bottle of wine. Not so here. For the the price that usually gets you a mediocre Costco bottle you can enjoy a world class wine to complement the wonderful food.

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vipIsabelH
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not as good as I remembered. Food was overpriced, service was ok, and room was incredibly loud. Will not be going back.

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JenS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was so good and atmosphere was great! For the happy hour you need to sit at the bar.

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Florence
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Everything was fine but the noise level. You could barely carry on a conversation without shouting.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often eat at Cucina Sorella, one of their sister locations. Since we had tickets at The Old Globe, we decided to try out Cucina Urbana and it did not disappoint. The menus are a little different which gave us the opportunity to try a few new dishes. We are always happy with our choices at Sorella and were equally impressed with everything we ordered at Urbana (Burrata to start, butternut squash pansotti & half chicken fra diavolo, finished with the Pavlova). We sat inside and the atmosphere was very appealing.

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EncinitasEater
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, staff and food. Close to Balboa Park

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Jean
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent entrees to select from. Desserts were divine. Celebrated my birthday with friends.

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StevenB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Mixed bag:
- The staff were nice, but there were far too few of them.
- Some of the food was very good (beet salad), and some was poor. They added the odd element of lemon ricotta to an already mediocre bolognese!?
- Reception was strangely inflexible. The restaurant was open from 4pm, and we arrived at 4:55 for a 5:00 reservation. Our table was already ready, but they made our 88 year and 86 year old mothers wait standing until they assigned a server to the table. They could have easily seated us at the already assigned table rather than making two elders people wait standing.
- The noise level went way beyond energetic, to needing to shout to have each other heard. They need some acoustic treatment to make the noise level bearable.

With so many better choices near the same area, we won't be going back.

MP
vipMadeleineP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

pre theater early dinner, our server was awesome, the restaurant was very busy

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Sharklady88
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service, and great location. The meatball and polenta are the best things other menu!

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from Jason, great ambiance and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were all so gracious and professional. My husband and I look forward to more visits with more great food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters birthday

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vipWilliamS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Popular modern Italian with excellent service, a quick kitchen (especially thanks to the wood fired pizza oven), and great cocktails and wine. We were a large group including young kids that needed to get to the theater...they understood and got us fed and going. I wish we could have stayed longer!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice decor , ppl very polite and helpful. Guys you doing great job

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MegF
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience here. The new design feels fresh and clean, and having more light now in the space is appreciated! Food it’s always amazing as ever!

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vipWestCoastFoodie
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything at CUCINA was great. Kemper is a great server (and knows the wine list well.) Food was perfect. Outdoor seating remains the best in the City.

CA
ColleenA
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Noise level a little high.

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Serahsch
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, i just hope they stop changing their menu😂. I always come back for a specific dish and find out its off the menu

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Andrei
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An exciting place! Inventive food and a good cellar.

CR
CrepesRule
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, came here for a first date two years ago and came back for our 2 year anniversary ! Great service, great atmosphere, great food, and a bit of gifted champagne to help us celebrate! Thanks Cucina for doing it right.

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SaraR
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and great service, the food was good, not great.

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drh5252
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really nice place. Great food and service. What I am bothered by is the 5% surcharge meant to cover the increased wage imposed on the businesses so to give workers a living wage. I understand the need to share the cost but do so in your prices. It insults me to make me think you prices are cheaper when in reality, they are higher. Target or Vons does not do this...etc. This is why I stopped going to Cohn Restaurants and any other restaurant who adds a surcharge...and this is why I will stop going to Urbana Kitchen Group restaurants. Show me the real price on the menu and I will return. Until then, best regards.

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vipKseniaS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and always great service! One of my favorite Italian restaurant in SD. The only issue I have is that it’s very noisy inside. I wish they can fix it.

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Timbo
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We've been coming to Cuchina for decades, but not in the last couple of years. It seemed to us that the food was not as good as we remembered. We were able to get a last-minute reservation, and that may be why.

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hpvz
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good and service. Perfect place to celebrate a friend’s birthday!

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vipmiker
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Cocktails are a short pour for $15. Though they claim it’s a whopping 3 oz!

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SeanC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like a Roman emperor. Service from Jacob, wine and food were all amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very good food... bad service and too much noise.

HK
vipHowardK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite SD restaurants , Our server, Lynn, is wonderful --one of the reasons were frequent CU

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vipYolo
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. Sitting inside is noisy so we will try outside next time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Matt was great! He gave a great recommendation for wine and his service was excellent. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. It was a memorable evening and we plan to come back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server made all the moments even more beautiful!

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AnitaG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! Pretty much everything we ordered was great except for the shrimp pasta. Service was good... my only complaint is that we waited at least 15 min btwn getting our cocktails and the server taking our order for appetizers. Other than that everything went very smoothly. Highly recommend this place.

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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 5808 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.