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CUCINA urbana

4.8
5587 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 5587 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaulinaJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, just go here! You won’t regret it. I have been here plenty of times and always have outstanding service and outstanding food!

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drblue
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, the waitstaff, and the vibe! Will definitely be back!

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OmarB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

This review was based on a pre-fixe Mother’s Day lunch. Service was slow and they forgot to put in one of the orders. They were kind enough to comp the meal. I expected the food to be better.

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JasmineC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I attended the restaurant's Mother's Day Brunch, which was very good! It was a three-course meal, and each course was excellent and flavorful!

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RobNiday
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mother’s Day brunch

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SteveS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. Mother’s Day brunch and the selections and the the quality was amazing. I’m not cheap and a big believer you get what you pay for. My only issue was $10 mimosas, for what looked like less than 6 ounces and $13 bloody Mary’s. And my kids non alcoholic drink that was the same price. So almost $70 for five drinks two of which had no booze. So my $49.00 per person brunch with some 3.5% fee and well worth it 25% tip brought my Mothers Day brunch for three to almost $400. 00. Just beware. It’s good but you won’t get out for less than well over $100 a head.

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vipMichael
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu for Mother's Day Brunch was spectacular. And each dish served to us was even better. This was one of the great brunch meals of all time.

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RichardN
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried Cucina Urbana for Mothers Day brunch. Food was simply outstanding. We had a 3 course prix fixe menu so we tried 3 different items (picking the waiter's recommendations) for the first (strawberry/greek yogurt; blood orange muffin; and carrot raisin walnut bread) and second courses (onion bacon fritter; burrata/snow pea/asparagus; and ahi crudo) and shared. All were simply amazing. Main courses (prime rib; prosciutto benedict; and bucatini amatriciana) were just as good and desserts continued the consistency. This was probably one of the best brunches we've been to in a LONG time!!

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vipJenningsH
West Virginia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Great prices on wine. Our server Chris did an excellent job. All of the staff were friendly and helpful.

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sarae
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time my husband and I travel to San Diego we have to have dinner at Cucina Urbana. It is the most amazing restaurant. The food is always really good, staff is amazing, overall really great place. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very diverse and well crafted menu. Outstandingly well curated wine list w/o pretentiousness. Wait staff very attentive w/o doting. Very pleasant ding experience.

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AntonioP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!! The food is very special, fresh and delicious
Everything is amazing

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KelseyA
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Squash blossoms are amazing!!! Can never go wrong with a tasty pizza and some of the crispy brussel sprouts. Nice spot to go and eat

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RachelM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lynn was amazing, helpful, and very friendly! The manager was around and very engaging with the tables.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Came here for my birthday and was very disappointed. Server was inattentive and the food was sub-par. Says a lot when the highlight of the meal is the bread...

For my entree, I ordered the bucatini and it was way over salted and lacked flavor. With over 4K reviews on Yelp, I think this place is way overhyped and I would not return here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing host Olivia !

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vipFreddySan3
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was great food and very nice cocktails. the server was fantastic.

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JennyT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The family size pasta was off the menu... but the regular size was really small compared to before pandemic. I get the not encourage to share but cutting down the size of single serving sort of sucks too. $25 for single serving pasta should fill you up not a 4 bite dish.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

May1, 2021

We have been clients well before the pandemic before the current chef.
We have enjoyed being outside when Urbana first reopened and had a wonderful meal.
Unfortunately they fell short on this occasion. Octopus appetizer was a bit chewy and very salty. Special carpaccio was great but hummus just so so.
Approximately an hour or so after our dinner we just couldn’t drink enough water .
Oh well. Maybe it will be better next time service was very good.

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Briac
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really impressed with food quality. Service was fun and detailed. Overall atmosphere was great, we sat by entrance so felt a little excluded, but made for good people watching. Def be going again!

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BrendaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite SD spot!! Their wine list is superb and the food is *chefs kiss*

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JoshuaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. As an SD local this is my favorite spot to dine and I ALWAYS bring my family and friends here when they are visiting from out of town! Great food and kind service.

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vipLorenC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. great food and excellent service.

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vipHappySDeater
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food was great as usual, but it’s hard to justify the price when you’re eating on the sidewalk. Wanted to sit inside since we were celebrating our anniversary, but was told they could not accommodate that request. It was just an OK experience.

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YollyV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I like the food & all the server they're all nice.

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Sean
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for me and my wife!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chopped salad and burger!

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TaraE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The remodel looks great. Patio dining was awesome.

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DavidF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avoid Duke’s in La Jolla. Overpriced food based on a view. Stay in San Diego.

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BrionM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was the bomb!!! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipYolo
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food made for a wonderful dining experience with friends!

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Alejandra
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. I wish I knew our servers name but the attention and recommendations were excellent. Definitely recommend and don’t skip dessert and bottle of wine. Definitely will be back.

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MichelleL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal was good but definitely not as good as I remember when I went years ago. The salad had very little dressing and wasn't very impressive. Lettuce, a couple of tomatoes, some almonds, a few beans, and the portion wasn't very large. The meatball/polenta appetizer was good but not exceptional. The mushroom pizza was good but not exceptional.
Perhaps I've been spoiled by Point Loma Italian Restaurants, Cesarina, Old Venice and Pummaro have superior tasting dishes and food portions.

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vipLorenC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cuccina Urbana does not disappoint. We were very happy the restaurant reopened.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! All of our meals were incredible. Would definitely recommend!

MM
MarjorieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It bothered me that they added a 22% tip which you had to notice to decline. We would have paid about that much but don’t like being fooled into doing so.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Service was ok - long periods of time the server was MIA. Food used to be so good, maybe it was just an off night. Both pasta dishes lacked salt and seasoning. Wouldn’t be in a rush to go back.

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AmandaK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing as always! The drinks were fantastic and the service was top notch.

My only complaint was the temperature; I was freezing the entire time and we were sitting *inside!* I can’t imagine the poor tables outside.

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KseniaT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the restaurant. The food was top notch. Our server was amazing - he explained how the wine choosing works, explained the menu and was extremely attentive to our kids. We had a special occasion and it was treated just exactly the way we requested. Absolutely amazing place. Highly recommend.

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Mindy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation here based off a friend’s recommendation and absolutely loved Cucina. The food was amazing, the wine was delicious, and the staff was absolutely wonderful. I’ll definitely be back whenever I’m in San Diego.

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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 4.8 stars by 5587 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.