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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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
ceci bean + roasted pepper + celery + salsa verde + lemon yogurt
pizza port | 'chronic' amber ale | san diego
fried squash blossoms
lemon aioli + herb vinaigrette
Great and beautiful place.
Excellent appetizers and cocktails! And perfect location for going to a show at Balboa Park before or after.
Great food and awesome service. Recommend the squash blossoms, mushroom pizza and the short rib papardelle!
Great options for vegetarians. It is pricy and service is slow. But very tasty food and kind servers. They check out each person, one at a time, at the table, which is annoying and intrusive. The portions or pasta are small but delicious. Quite pricy and the interior definitely needs to be updated.
This is our favorite restaurant in all of sd. The food is outstanding but the service, from server to bt to Busser etc is absolutely precious.
Our server was excellent. Great personality
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Delicious! We especially loved the meatball with polenta and the panna cotta for dessert. Highly recommend!
menu was pretty small and the food was avg. don’t know that i’d pay the price again for it. service and scenery was top tier tho!
Great food, service and ambiance!! Wine and cocktails were also delicious.
Managment really pushes the fact that CA voters decided to raise minimum wage for their staff and as a result the customers are paying for it. Then they also set the default tip percentage to 22% so you look like a jerk while the wait staff is standing at your table watching you if you change it.
Best pasta EVER EVER EVER
We love the food. The octopus is so delicious. We sit at the bar 95% of the time. The bartenders are super friendly and know their wines. Highly recommended.
Kevin was our waiter for the evening. He is very attentive but not pushy or overbearing. He let us enjoy our time together yet seemed to know when it was time for the next taste treat. The food was delicious. We tried a side of Polenta this time and it was addicting. The menu offers a nice variety of tastes and the cocktails are perfect.
The food was not as good as it used to be. General feeling at the end of the meal when we got our check = Wow, this much money for what we got??? Eh…
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!!!
So happy to be back! As always, food was delicious and service in point ♥️
We had a great experience and the food was wonderful. We also had a super lovely waiter (Matt), he was excellent. Highly recommend
Love your creative and delicious dishes. Service is great. And looking forward ti another enjoyable dinner.
It was our first time here, after hearing so much about this place. It didn’t disappoint.
Food and service was great. Looking forward to going back again!
Food & Service was amazing!!
Pizza was cooked too perfection!
First time back in a year and a half (because Covid) and had a wonderful dinner! The wait staff did a fantastic job, the food was incredible, and we always love their wine shop and wine selections. We had the Octopus appetizer and it was so incredibly good, I wanted more. Then the Italian Chopped Salad, Branzino and Ricotta Spinach Agnolotti. All were fantastic! We will be back soon!
Wonderful place for Happy Hour. Enjoyed wine and everything on the Happy Hour menu.
Great food and service as always, definitely going back.
What a great restaurant and our dinner was fantastic. Our waiter was awesome too. We will be returning for sure!
Cucina Urbana is better than any Italian food in Little Italy. Love this place
This was the one of the best meals I’ve ever had, Matt was the most amazing server ever
Inventive and delicious courses. We enjoy sharing multiple items and bring the great tiramisu home for later.
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!
Our server was great in all the ways you might hope. The food was also excellent and creative.
Simply, everything was great!
Taste, quality, service.
Food and wine were great and Jason was the best server!
Wonderful food, wine, ambience, and service!!
We had such a wonderful time.
Love the outdoor dining... hope you keep that around after COVID!
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.
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!
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.
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
arrived early for our reservation and we got seated immediately. Food was very good and service was fast.
Amazing meal, awesome service, delicious wine, friendly staff.
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 5658 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.