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CUCINA urbana

4.7
5713 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 5713 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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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLHfoodie
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I’m from LA but the food was not great.

AJ
AlysonJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great- Jason gave us some awesome suggestions from the menu and wine list. Food was delish and satisfying.

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Lawreen
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cucina is one of our top favorite restaurants and still is. The servers or employees there treat yo like family. Our favorite among them is Lynn amd Kevin who's always so welcoming and gracious. We love both of them and the added outdoor seating was perfect for SD weather!

NF
vipNadoFoodFan
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious innovative Food, impressive wine list, outstanding service.

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jjkkk90
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. The bucatini and pizza were perfect. Our waitress Josie was also super nice. The downside was the seating. At first they seated us right next to a group when the restaurant was fairly empty. Considering the pandemic and a fairly empty area, I would have appreciated if they spread us out. We asked to be moved. It also looked like several other groups asked to be moved too. It’s a small but important detail. If there’s space, there’s no need to seat everyone nearby.

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amaingo
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we had an amazing time. The fried squash blossoms and grilled octopus were really good but the short rib pappardelle was the winning dish of the night. The service is an example of great customer service. Jason, our waiter, were friendly, available, attentive and quick to take care of us. We wanted to have the truffle fried more crispy, he quickly took care of it. His expertise on wine guided us to a great food/wine pairing experience which we did not anticipate having at CUCINA urbana. We will definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Negroni! Will definitely copy yummy squash blossom presentation at my next dinner party. Corn Agnolotti was out of this world. Rich but worth it. Pizza’s are always a great choice and good for sharing. Staff was lovely and very accommodating. Can’t wait to go back.

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LBHospitality
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We've enjoyed CU before and were looking forward to coming back to celebrate a special occasion! We requested indoors to experience the new decor. Food was outstanding and service was even more impressive!
New decor would appear nice in a magazine, but for dining we preferred the coziness and charm of previous restaurant. Deal breaker for future was the noise level!!!! It was difficult to even have a conversation. The new stylized glass, metal, concrete (while trendy) provides no intimacy or sound absorption. If we return, we'll probably request outdoor seating - or perhaps a high top in the front.

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Howard
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and prepared with care. Several creative combinations of ingredients. The service by our waiter and the staff was smooth and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service !

Definitely I will back again 💯💯

Amazing the short rib pappardelle

SK
SaraK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very personable and informative, giving our family of 4 an awesome experience! Food was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

CA
CarolineA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Enjoyed the burrata appetizer and bucatini pasta with egg.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing!! Our server provided an amazing experience. Can’t wait to come back again

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action
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food, loved the service but it is LOUD inside! If you are planning to have a conversation at your dinner table it's going to be a challenge.

EV
EdgarV
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

nice place
to much noise
excellent food
great variety of wines

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here and they made me feel special with a complimentary bday moose desert! Loved my waiter!! He was incredible and so attentive. When they were closing up, he didn’t rush us, asked if we wanted desert during the fact and didn’t give me the receipt until I asked for it. His recommendations were awesome and you can tell he’s passionate about the restaurant!

JW
vipJasonW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocina Urbana always does it right!

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vipChowhound
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food, service and wine was fabulous and reasonably priced. Acoustics are horrible

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vipagrnbrg
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and love the new decor

SV
ShylaV
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, but bring a full wallet!

NM
NadaM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice seating and service with really great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kevin was beyond amazing! Food was great, ambiance really nice!!! Love this spot.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great customer service and food, but their menu is limited since opening back up again and they are sold out of a lot of the wine selection.

RC
RhettC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service!

CZ
ChuckZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant enjoyed the patio dining outside

DK
DillonK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Italian Italian Cuisine. Modern atmosphere. You don’t have to struggle to find parking. Located right next to Balboa Park…

JA
JesseA
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I very much recommend this place, the food is amazing and the service was great. My Fiancé and I sat in the outside seating for our date, which was great but it is right next to the street so we had to deal with the city noise. When I go again I would select seating inside. Other than the city noise the ambience was perfect for our date night. I highly recommend Cucina Urbana.

JK
JessK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious but we had to wait 45 minutes for our main dish

HD
HollyD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The menu is smaller probably due to COVID, but we enjoyed splitting the Brussel sprouts, a salad and a pizza. Delish!!

KA
KirstA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great wine & coctails and good service! Overall a wonderful experience

GT
GregoryT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere.

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AnnC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat outside so noise was not really a factor. But, when going inside to bathroom, the noise level was horrendous. I love the food and service but if you have to give up the Parklet or it gets cold or rainy, I would not want to sit inside. I would have thought you might have worked on improving acoustics during Covid. My friends felt the same way and I would never take my family inside as we coudn't carry on a conversation.

I would recommend to a friend because food and service is good, but only if they could sit outside.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and our servicer was funny and on top of everything. Can’t wait to go again!

SL
vipSLM2
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic from our appetizers (octopus. Brussels sprouts, and squash blossoms) to our main entrees (Diavolo chicken, bolognese)! Jason was an excellent server! Definitely our best meal in San Diego!

CG
CathyG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We had a fabulous meal and the waiter was divine. The only downside was that loudspeakers were loudly playing a radio station with excessively stupid ads. I find this completely baffling! Why? I don't want to hear a silky voice at full volume saying "Neutragena, for People with Skin..." while I'm trying to enjoy dinner out. But the food and service were truly outstanding.

YT
YvonneT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. I was very impressed with the attentive service we received that day from Kevin, our server.

AZ
vipAZDiner
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience.

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Devanha
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a family meal here. First thing that struck us was the atmosphere - very buzzy in a good way. Servers were attentive. Food was delicious and impressive and wine offering very good. Would definitely recommend!

MI
MelinaI
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we were not disappointed! Our red was super friendly and gave awesome recommendations for drinks and food. The food was amazing!

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 5713 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.