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CUCINA urbana

4.7
5658 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 5658 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great and beautiful place.

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LMG206
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent appetizers and cocktails! And perfect location for going to a show at Balboa Park before or after.

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TiffanyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service. Recommend the squash blossoms, mushroom pizza and the short rib papardelle!

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UTAustin
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

LM
vipLaneM
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLinaP
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. Great personality

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our server est

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Megan
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We especially loved the meatball with polenta and the panna cotta for dessert. Highly recommend!

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AlexaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance!! Wine and cocktails were also delicious.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta EVER EVER EVER

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dawn
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Susie
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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…

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Monique
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NicholasA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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bayparkgirl
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipBkstar
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
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 on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always, definitely going back.

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vipTheHub
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ManuS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
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.

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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.

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 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.