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CUCINA urbana

4.8
5520 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 5520 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmandaK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Mindy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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Susie
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great at Cucina Urbana. The service was attentive and the food was delicious.

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billb
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Ii was disappointed , the steak was over cooked and so were the sides of peppers and potatoes. The pasta was tough and not enough sauce to go with the meat .

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back since Covid. We’ve been going for 10 years now and it felt great to be back!

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DianaP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location!

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JulesB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and exceptional service. They have done a great job with their outside seating. It still felt secluded and lovely even thought we were out on the sidewalk.

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lagunameg
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad they are back! Great food, excellent service!

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JoannaC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were spectacular. Even the outdoor eating was very enjoyable.

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vipBlakeB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lynn our server and her helper Greyson were fantastic. They were on top of everything, we brought our toddler whom is great at restaurants but has a time limit and the ladies were incredible at anticipating our needs. We had a great dinner in were in out before any major meltdowns!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I have been a happy customer before, but this time, the restaurant was closing, we didn’t feel welcome and they were putting away the outside tables so they left us eating alone in the sidewalk. If the restaurant needs to close they should take reservations at that time.

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vipKellyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

There was a pre-fixe menu but our service was still very slow despite not being very busy. 1st and 2nd courses were great, the 3rd course was unremarkable. Pretty expensive meal for poor service while sitting in a parklet in the sun. Probably won’t go back.

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LizTheWiz
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter dinner was just delightful

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PERCYB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

When I made reservations online, I was asked if I wanted indoor dining and I acknowledged that was what I wanted. When I arrived, I was directed outside and when I informed the hostess I requested indoors, I was told they were at capacity. The hostess never even told us if there was an opening indoors, she would offer us an indoor table. Not until the rest of our party arrived and discovered we were outside that we requested an indoor table. Fortunately, Jason, our server was immediately able to accommodate us. Other than the hostess not offering options, the rest of the dining experience was excellent.

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Lisa
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food service etc

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vipPBSteve
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderfully seasoned and perfectly cooked. We had a great Covid19 adjusted table with very attentive and capable wait staff.

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deliciousbiscuit
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent, our server was especially friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was fantastic. Our server, Lynn, was great. The food and wine was delicious.

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freespirit512
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I have been dining here since they have opened and the dining area has gone through 2-3 remodels and always getting better.

Fabulous experience, our waitress Olivia gave us outstanding service.
They made the best outdoor space they can to utilize the space for Covid regulations.

I had the bronzino fish which was delicious thou I didn't like it paired with lentils, so I asked to substitute with their creamy polenta.

Thank you Cucina Urbana for your delicious food, excellent service and overall lovely dining experience.

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vipCandiceC
Adelaide
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we love about this restaurant is back-even better with it’s beautiful re-designed interior that is fresh and fun. Fantastic meal, great, reasonably priced wine and impeccable service.

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Henry
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was ok. Shrimp was over cooked and pizza was ok. Great service from the servers though

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Was a bit disappointed with this place. The food was not bad but not great. Service was good with the restaurant not being too busy. Unfortunately would not come back considering all other options.

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vipobjim
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, everything is good. I like the fried zucchini, like everyone else.

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vipNathalie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our dishes came out cold. They took it back and had a new one out to us in minutes. Had a great experience .

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EllenO
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. Pre-Covid I frequently went alone and sat at the bar, and I brought all of my out of town visitors here. This was my first time back since the fall Covid case increases and the state stay at home order.

It was a wonderful experience! The outdoor seating is nice and well built. The food was excellent as always. I can highly recommend the octopus app and the pappardelle with short ribs! The chocolate dessert (can’t recall the name) was terrific, and big enough to share. Yum! The bar staff and servers were excellent! They are well trained, friendly and attentive (but not overbearing). Just the right combination.

I can’t wait to eat indoors and enjoy the new atmosphere from their recent remodel. It looks great.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner.
We arrived and they surprised us with some champagne and we ordered a wonderful three course dinner.

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mwoods
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, gracious place to gather alfresco or in the fabulously decorated inside. Service was beyond great! Food and wine perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

They seem to be running a smaller menu, and I would say the food wasn’t as good as it used to be, but still enjoyable.

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vipKittycatkb11
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner with Kevin our server for many many years. He makes the experience great

JD
vipJeanD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had such a great night and Lynn was an excellent guide. Thank you.

For three of us, 2 apps, two entrees and 2 desserts was more than enough.

So happy to enjoy a night out at Cucina

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vipAnne2215
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I adore this place...lovely ambience albeit a little loud but that is Italy anyway! The squash blossoms were marvelous and my half chicken Fra Diavolo was fantastic....our server recommended wonderful wines...

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vipPattyS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, beautiful remodel and good food.

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MonicaH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back for the second time in 2 weeks to your outdoor setup! Server Jason was great and had good recommendations. The heater per table was awesome on a chilly day! Thanks for bringing my favorite restaurant back to its original location....we will be back!

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JerryBallas
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve created an amazing outdoor dining experience that I hope survives long past the pandemic. Brings some life and variety to the area!

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SDFOODIE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Kevin is our favorite! We always come here when we are in town! The food is spectacular! The new design is beautiful. Try the blossoms and the Bolognese.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Cucina does not and will not disappoint. Excellent service, beautiful and clean interior and the best Covid menu around.

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CarloB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Get italians to cook is the Only way you going to improve the taste

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic and fun, great service.

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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 5520 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.