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CUCINA urbana

4.7
5844 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 5844 people are saying
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Tklugh
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Love the creamy polenta board.

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MassimoT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing good, the service even better. Amazing wine list

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vipWestCoastFoodie
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.
Matt rocks!

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JessLS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CUCINA is our favorite neighborhood restaurant to walk too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waiter Kevin was just fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food is always amazing!

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AnujaV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was meh. No longer the quality it used to be. The menu is stale at this point.

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vipzakE
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Always deliver quality dishes i

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food. I will absolutely be returning.

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Vijay
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience5

please ditch the chopped salad ..... if the idea was to somehow transport the guest to a cheap cafeteria ... then this salad did its job .....

we had previously tried the stone fruit salad and that was a masterpiece , the fruit was just a canvas, the dressing was the star ..... please use that as a measuring stick for all salads ...... i generally do not order salad when i eat out, but after trying the stone fruit, i wanted to try another salad at cuchina .... was disappointed with the "chopped Italian "

As usual the pasta and the squash blossoms were wonderful

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vipMarciaB
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt our server outside was excellent, the food was excellent also.

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vipAbeU
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a favorite when we are in San Diego. Cucina Urbana delivers consistently.

Great wine selection and frankly incredible value is you opt to enjoy a bottle with your dinner and take home one.

Menu has not changed much over the years. Pizzas are outstanding. We typically share a pizza, a salad and an entree. Lately skipping desert unfortunately. We miss the mussels as they have not been on the menu for a while, presumably, another COVID casualty.

Cucina offers bar, high table, community table, traditional seating and patio dining options. The interior decor has been completely updated to a tasteful modern Italian decor. I must point out that the original aged wood look was exceptionally elegantly done also.

Cucina Urbana is highly recommended. I would also recommend their sister restaurants in SD and OC.

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WhittneyB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina urbana never fails to deliver great food and service. My go to place for q great dinner.

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SamanthaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. Great good; ambiance and will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve dinner! Food was delicious and ambiance was so lovely. Perfect night out.

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CarrieP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our New Year’s Eve dinner at our favorite special restaurant. Our server was wonderful and the food, delicious as always!

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Fernando
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and good was excellent. Prices were reasonable and the ambiance was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Originally was a prefix menu for New Years, showed up and it was changed without notice. Also the sommelier was moved the day to a different location, was also not told of that until seated.

Server was very helpful in assisting with wine selection. Wine was good. Food was just average. My date said her entree lacked flavor.

Third time coming here and definitely not up to standards.

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Karidf
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! It started with our awesome server she’s worked there for 15 years. She was attentive and very personable. We started with the squash blossoms which were amazing and also the bureaus. For dinner we had chicken, Branzino and short rib pasta. We all loved our meals and will definitely be back.

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DanutaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from food to service. But it is a noisy place.

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vipEatsOuttaLot
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service from a friendly, polite, knowledgeable server. Great attention to detail regarding both the service and food. Food exceeded expectations as well as the wine selection and prices. They claim no markup, only a corkage fee of $10. Would recommend and would visit again.

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Patty
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time eating here. Our server Kevin was great, attentive and such a joy.
We will finale come back!

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mauricioh
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, the place is really nice with good ambience and the location is great!

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ErinM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot we will definitely be back again!

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Brian
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Very popular restaurant with mostly youngish crowd of noisy people who obviously enjoy this place.
Food is quite good. Service also.
But I measured 92 decibels on my sound meter! Hard to talk across our table of three without shouting. Most annoying. One huge space with no sound deadening materials anywhere to be seen. And no booths of course.
A perfect restaurant for deaf people.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We sampled food across the menu with big hopes to relive our first visit to Cucina from 4 years ago. we had the octopus, steak, sausage pepperoni pizza, and the shrimp conchiglie. unfortunately our second visit was a big disappointment. the best dish was the pizza and the worst dish was the conchiglie, actually it was gross. the conchiglie was a lost dish that lacked balance and an anchoring flavor and tasted like a food experiment gone wrong that should never be served to anyone. the octopus recipe was changed and lacked flavor as did the steak and left us confused as to how off the food was when compared to our first visit. Not sure if we will be returning to cucina since there are better options at the price point. The ambiance is exactly what a great restaurant should be like so i would recommend it for drinks but dine in at your own risk.

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prabalikag
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Worth the Michelin recommendation. Loved every dish and the presentation

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als029
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Really like the atmosphere and decor. Service was excellent. Food was so good! I really like that almost everything is made in-house. The dishes were very good size-even shared an entree cause it was so much food!

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2018milo
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time ever, the service was beyond amazing, kind, and warm. We had the best meal ever. We are so lucky to have spent the evening there. We love you cucina Urbana.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Awesome dinner, italin chopped salad and goat cheese w/ onion, mushrooms, and truffle oil was absolutely delicious!!
Staff was attentive and pleasant.
Only drawback is the noise level in restaurant, big space, no sound deaden ing...
Thanks!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place for great food and service.

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Rowester
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and nice ambiance for a reasonable value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food here have been to this restaurant several times while visiting my son who lives in SD. Service was excellent we sat outside and were comfortable with the heat lamps, but the food is the star!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Christmas family gathering

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Vonn
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was wonderful except the noise level. The remodel made it so much louder.

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vipHeatherY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was so sweet, informative and helpful! We can’t wait to come back just to see him! Every single thing we ordered was delicious, thank you for a beautiful evening!

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JocelynR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and ambiance was amazing. The servers were friendly and helpful. Overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was phenomenal, very nicely decorated. A little on the loud side because it was so busy

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KaylaL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I had very high hopes for this restaurant as the reviews are outstanding. The first interaction with the hostess was not great, as they said they had seated another party under my name. Even though the mishap happened, we still were able to get our table outside. The hostess said she would turn on our heater as it was chilly outside. She never came back to turn it on, the waitress ended up doing it about 5 minutes after we had been seated. The waitress then took our drink order, about 5 minutes rolled by still no drinks, but two tables that sat after us had already received their drinks. Another waitress even came by to see if we wanted to order drinks, but we told her we already ordered and were waiting for ours. Our waitress then stopped by our table realizing we still didn't have our drinks and went inside to grab them. She then began to tell us that a large wedding party just arrived and that we should get our order in so we aren't waiting too long for our food. We ordered and our food started to come out very quickly. Almost too quickly, as our food was cold when it arrived at our table. Sadly, our waitress never came out to check in on us. I believe a manager came out to see how things were going and I ordered another drink with him, which came out within minutes of ordering. Finally, our waitress came to clear our plates, and I ordered a final drink, she began to tell me "let me get this in, as our bar gets backed up." She wasn't lying because it took probably 20 minutes for that drink to come out. For us to then wait another 20 minutes for us to get our bill. I appreciate the waitress being honest with us, but it seemed like she was making a lot of excuses for herself. The other waiters were having no issues with the bar or service as my family and I were seeing them run around and our waitress was nowhere to be found.

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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 5844 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.