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CUCINA urbana, San Diego, CA
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CUCINA urbana

4.7
4.7
6316 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tim Kolanko

  • Catering

    URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 4.

  • Private party facilities

    From birthday celebrations and corporate dinners to graduation celebrations and wedding receptions, our space is perfect for your dining event. Our Wine Shop offers an intimate semi-private space for smaller functions, while larger groups are welcome to host their event using our entire restaurant as a private venue. We offer: wine specialists, who will design pairings for your meal, personalized printed menus, table decorations, specialty to-go gifts, and more.

  • Private party contact

    Tiffany Tassano: (619) 239-2222 ext. 4

  • Neighborhood

    Banker's Hill

  • Cross street

    5th avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at CUCINA urbana

    $72.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebrate Love Join CUCINA urbana for three course prix fixe dinner from Executive Chef Frankie Becerra. Full menu available at cucinaurbana.com

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What 6,316 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was good but not sure of the value. $85 and didn’t have drinks.
  2. LC

    LowellC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, a casual fine dining experience. Food, quality, service, and ambiance makes an overall great dining experience for a large group.
  3. CC

    ChristyC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was excellent.. our waitress was knowledgeable and efficient. She made great recommendations and knew the menu very well . She was super friendly from start to finish . Highly recommend this restaurant.
  4. AG

    AdrienneG

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have always really liked Cucina Urbana, the food is always on point and like that they change the menu so that regular patrons don’t get bored. This last time that we visited our table wasn’t quite ready yet so we went to the bar to grab a drink. This is when my 4/5 star rating went down. We ordered 2 kettle one dirty martinis and what we got was 2 half filled glasses for $38. We were shocked! And very disappointed. We made a comment to the bar tender and got a very rude explanation that she gave us 2 ounces of vodka and 1/2 ounce of vermouth! Of course we will be going back because we love the food but beware of ordering cocktails at the bar!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    The inside was way way too loud, we sat outside even though it was a bit chilly. They should consider working on reducing the loud noise.
  6. G

    Gingeeeeee

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We looked forward to this dinner. It did not disappoint. We ordered the blossoms- yum try them, the meatball - average the short rib pasta OMG so yum and the margarita pizza best we ever had. Service was above average but no ideal. We got our main course before an appetizer. I had a migraine earlier in the day so could not drink, which was a bummer for me who loves wine. As soon as they heard no wine it seems the were disappointing about lower tab and were a bit “left on our own”.
  7. J

    Jose

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was Lynn and she was great!
  8. CW

    ChonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and great food. If you are not dining with kids, you will not be offered this kid’s menu favorite, Mac & cheese. It is the best Mac & cheese I have ever had. It was quite a big portion, my 5-yr old could not finish, so I finished the rest and oh boy, that was yummy! The rest of the other food was great, pizza was good and the other pasta we order was good. For sure I will go back if I come in town again next time.
  9. AT

    AndreaT

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in San Diego, everything was delicious specially the ribeye carpaccio
  10. M

    Mugsy

    San Diego

    143 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. We had heirloom tomatoes salad and margarita pizza with extra veggies. Ample portions. We split. Delicious.
  11. PO

    POPOJIJO

    New England

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fresh crisp great food. Wine equally strong Quite noisy when busy Would readily return. Do not miss
  12. AG

    AmyG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was wonderful. I can’t wait to go back. : )
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service: very attentive and made our anniversary special. Also the server was very helpful with my dietary restrictions. The food was great too!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! To die for…Don’t remember the names of the dishes because I was so into how yummy it was.
  15. m

    micaelar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, amazing service, and great atmosphere! Definitely will be back here.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My rigatoni was one of the best pastas i’ve had! This is a fantastic place! Can’t wait to go back!
  17. O

    Oaklander

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Richard, our server, was excellent! Everything was outstanding! We definitely will return. Thank you for a lovely evening and experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I will go back to try other stuff.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall really nice evening. Our server and the rest of the staff were attentive and friendly. Food and wine recommendations from the server were appreciated and on point. There was a group seated near us that were loud at times, so it was tough to hear conversation at our table.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    The food was good as always. But it was the first time after their remodel and the noise level was intolerable. We were a table of 5 and could barely hear one another. The echo must be controlled. They need to install carpet or sound panels. I don’t want to return given how loud it was. And this was one of our favorite go-to restaurants
  21. SD

    SanDiegoRegularDiner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We are long time Cucina Urbana clients and have dined here more times than we can count. This newest iteration of its menu is a little less "farm table," which is not a good thing. My pumpkim tallegio ravioli was not hot. Bizarre! It was room temp. I don't know what to think. Go back to your menu before this menu. This is also the third very expensive remodel in less than ten years. Why? Who had that much cash for chairs and decor?
  22. J

    Jake

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, great atmosphere and very fancy
  23. RW

    RicheleW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the waitress was helpful and friendly. The wait wasn’t long at all. The burger is a must and the beat salad was also delicious.
  24. C

    Catlady

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza. Cute decor. A little noise. Had to talk very loudly to be heard.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. You have to get the Brussel sprouts. The sauce is the bomb.
  26. JM

    JennieM

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!!
  28. k

    kingmike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was fire. People were really nice and the food was pretty good
  29. l

    lisac

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Restaurant is beautiful with a nice ambiance. Food on the other hand was not impressive. I wouldn't return.
  30. j

    jane

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Un must en San Diego. Imperdible Extraordinaria comida
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at Cucina. Cucina is our go to for anyone visiting or any occasion.
  32. C

    Christina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere - will be back again!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting with our adult children
  34. JB

    JordanB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing and the food was delicious!
  35. JA

    JANETB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The appetizers were wonderful but the salad was odd and our two main courses were disappointing. The beef cheeks were quite fatty. The service was adequate but lackluster. Our previous visits have always been exceptional but this NYE dinner missed the mark.
  36. AM

    AndreM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The foccacia bread was tasteless, blend and just a basic piece of dough and very grease. The pasta bolognese had barely any meat and was very blend. The pizza had very little ingredients and again no flavor. While the waiter was good, the dining experience was very poor and nor worth the trip.
  37. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food, great drinks, friendly staff! Amazing Tiramisu.
  38. AE

    AudreyE

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Cucina Urbana is a nice restaurant with good service. The food itself was decent but definitely failed expectations a bit given all of the rave reviews on Yelp.
  39. CM

    CharlieM

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s right in our neighborhood so we go quite a bit but not just because of convenience. It’s really good, especially the Burrata and tomato salad and the service is always great. A really good mocktail too.
  40. C

    Cathy

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice ambience, good food. We sat at the hightop table in the front, not in the main dining room. Not as much atmosphere and very uncomfortable. They should replace the high tops with some cozy bistro tables instead.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 6316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for CUCINA urbana

505 Laurel St., San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Banker's Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Kolanko

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-2222

  • Catering

    URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 4.

  • Private party facilities

    From birthday celebrations and corporate dinners to graduation celebrations and wedding receptions, our space is perfect for your dining event. Our Wine Shop offers an intimate semi-private space for smaller functions, while larger groups are welcome to host their event using our entire restaurant as a private venue. We offer: wine specialists, who will design pairings for your meal, personalized printed menus, table decorations, specialty to-go gifts, and more.

  • Private party contact

    Tiffany Tassano: (619) 239-2222 ext. 4

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