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CUCINA urbana

4.7
5642 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 5642 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Monique
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Matthew was beyond amazing! He was kind and very informative about the menu and drink options. Thank you so much for the amazing service and excellent food!!!

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Claudia
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back! As always, food was delicious and service in point ♥️

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TA2021
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience and the food was wonderful. We also had a super lovely waiter (Matt), he was excellent. Highly recommend

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Zwlsn
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love your creative and delicious dishes. Service is great. And looking forward ti another enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here, after hearing so much about this place. It didn’t disappoint.

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MeganS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Looking forward to going back again!

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NicholasA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was amazing!!
Pizza was cooked too perfection!

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vipBkstar
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for Happy Hour. Enjoyed wine and everything on the Happy Hour menu.

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Peter
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always, definitely going back.

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vipTheHub
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant and our dinner was fantastic. Our waiter was awesome too. We will be returning for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina Urbana is better than any Italian food in Little Italy. Love this place

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ManuS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the one of the best meals I’ve ever had, Matt was the most amazing server ever

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None
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive and delicious courses. We enjoy sharing multiple items and bring the great tiramisu home for later.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I come once a year for a special dinner while on vacation. We have always had such a great experience and amazing food. We love Kevin also!

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ipse
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great in all the ways you might hope. The food was also excellent and creative.

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KirkS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply, everything was great!
Taste, quality, service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine were great and Jason was the best server!

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JamesW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wine, ambience, and service!!
We had such a wonderful time.
Love the outdoor dining... hope you keep that around after COVID!
Thank you!
James W

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vipLiyaS
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcoming friendly atmosphere comforted us. The dinner menu attracted us. We ordered several appetizers tha we never had before. They were very tasty. The main dishes were very good too.
Steven, our waiter was helpful and polite.

BP
vipBogsPop
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CU was simply fantastic! They have lovely seating outdoors, the cocktails were amazing, the octopus a delight as always. I was shocked at how quickly we licked the platter of burrata clean. I cannot believe how good the chicken was. Who orders the chicken at a place like this with so many other great choices? You do if you have any sense!

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Otilia
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my GOD! Phenomenal! I had been here once before and I don't remember it being so remarkable. Not sure if it's because I haven't been out in nearly 15 months, but every single thing we ordered was perfect. From the zucchini blossoms, giant meatball, the chicken fra diavolo. Superb, I will be back sooner than later! Oh, and the tiramisu, WOW, a layer of caramel, and chopped hazelnuts and chocolate pieces for texture, amazeballz.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kemper always provides the best service at this restaurant. I love the polenta, the chicken is to die for, the paparadelle was cooked perfectly and the bucatini i’m talk texting so I apologize for my grammatical Italian mistakes but the food was so good and I highly recommend the Pavlova

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MichaelP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

arrived early for our reservation and we got seated immediately. Food was very good and service was fast.

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vipsaral
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, awesome service, delicious wine, friendly staff.

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RicardoM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food good service creative food and alcoholic beverages.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! We are not from San Diego and are visiting for the long weekend. Wow we were truly blown away by the ambiance, food and PLAYLIST! Great spot - will come again :)

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great pastas. Perfect for us family of 3. Our 4 yr old son devoured the kids pizza.

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KellyB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Cucina Urbana. Our food was delicious and service was excellent. The heat lamp kept us plenty warm.

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AlliyahK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! I went there for my prom dinner with friends. We order an area of stuff I would say my favorite drink was the ginger beer and my favorite meal was the short rib pasta. The waiter was amazing that was the first time a waiter asked me if I had any food allergies or limitations. Which for me was helpful because I'm actually kosher so she proceeded to explain to me the things I couldn't have on the menu which made it so much easier. Just an overall great experience and I'm excited to go back again!

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DavidS
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have always enjoyed Cucina Urbana and look forward to continuing visits. Our service person was terrific, the food (of course) marvelous, and getting together with friends, priceless. Thank you for weathering the storm...

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service was Outstanding! I hate octopus but it was brought to our table and smelled soooo good that I tried it. TO DIE FOR!!! I'm a fan of it but will only eat it there. Our server (I forgot his name) was Superb! All the appetizers and entrees were delicious! I will be back as soon as I can.

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PilM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a nice place to un-wine after a graduation ceremony

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Sd.

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vipWill
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Family get together…

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StephanieB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my sons college graduation at Cucina:
Lovely and attentive server and nice atmosphere
The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Graduation

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

worst italian restaurant i’ve been to. overpriced and not enough food. wasted my time and money. should’ve gone to little italy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!!!!

JM
vipJoMarie
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The short rib pappardelle was scrumptious -- just the right balance of flavors and sauce.
The meringue on pavlova was too crunchy compared to the melt in your mouth one I had last time. The waiter forgot to bring the wine book and had to be reminded twice. And while it was great to see the restaurant crowded given the last year and a half, the noise level made conversation almost impossible.

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 5642 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.