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CUCINA urbana

4.8
5779 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 5779 people are saying
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kv1992
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience! Food was great too! We had a really loud table next to us, apart from that , everything was perfect

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vipMissionHillsLocal
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Our server Kevin was excellent! Super attentive, a total professional. We enjoyed our night out but not because of the food. Hummus appetizer, Brussels sprouts, pizza, pasta, burger were the entrees, and chocolate semifreido dessert. None of it was wow. It was all just okay, "fine", totally average food. We wouldn't go back on account of the food. Also it was pretty noisy on Saturday night at dinnertime. To be expected, but louder than most restaurants we thought.

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vipBennyA
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this San Diego classic. Food & wine selection is great.

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EricaO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our anniversary and the waiter gave us complimentary champagne which was a lovely touch. The hostess seemed to be training someone else so we stood there waiting awhile before anyone greeted us, but they accommodated our indoor seating request. The food is always excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Next time we are visiting San Diego we will be back.

JM
JayM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a first date here and it was absolutely fantastic. The food was delicious. It was just the right setting and quiet enough to have a conversation without hearing everyone else. I highly recommend the Squash Blossoms to start. Will definitely come back again.

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vipGabrielC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated in Outside seating. The chairs are a little uncomfortable if seating for hours. Food quality and taste was mixed. Some plates like appetizers, Pizza and Filet were excellent. Salad was good, but not up to par with the other options. Service and waiter was excellent, very curious, efficient and all our food and drinks came out as ordered. Thank you

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vipShabuqueen
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re from the Bay Area and we loved our server, Matt who got us on a bad habit - GSM wines. We’ll definitely be back for Matt and the food. Great flavors and awesome service. I will highly recommend to my friends ❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food

JR
vipJenniferR
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Chicken dinner was very good. Disappointed in chopped salad. Background music a little loud for our taste.

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DanaG
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonder birthday dinner. The waiter was so accommodating and helpful. Food was delicious. Heaters made being outdoors very comfortable.

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RayI
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming here always means getting consistently good food and service. A great special occasion restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of attention from the servers on our anniversary

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LightsDiT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful! Our waitress was amazing, and she really helped make my boyfriend's birthday extra special. The food was amazing and their wine selection was fantastic! My only hang up was the noise level, it got pretty loud by the end of our dinner, but it was still a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a top rate experience ! Our waiter was fantastic and guided us thru our wine selections and means! We went in with a flexible mindset and we left pleased and passionate snoot our choices and palatal flavors !

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KristinaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious but the in house made pasta was amazing! Also very tasty cocktails. Our waitress knew the menu very well and was very helpful in picking the best dishes.

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CiskoM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my lady here for her birthday & everything was amazing! They’re accommodating & friendly, & the food without a question is worth every penny. Can’t wait to come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Our server was one of the best I’ve ever had. Super accommodating and friendly. Definitely will be back.

MR
MaiaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good overall but not a huge dinner selection. Would recommend.

SC
SallyC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gorgeous presentation & quality food. Great service by professional woman

MK
MadeleineK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, our favorite place to eat in San Diego.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastas and pizza were delicious! I will definitely return if I'm in the area.

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vipMela526
Chicago
398 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you are in San Diego you must find this place. It is in the Bankers District.( Away from the touristy areas) I cannot tell you how glad you will be if you go. I went after looking online and saw it's reviews. it sure surpassed them. The buccatini pasta I had was wonderful to say the least. My husband had pizza which he said was good but not great(we live in Chicago though). Celebrated our anniversary and were greeted with complimentary champagne. Would go back in a heartbeat. It really was worth going out of your way and so nice to see a beautiful "neighborhood" in San Diego.

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SherryM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason, our server and the staff were great! Food and desserts were excellent and we would definitely go back!

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vipSandyM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

8 of us for dinner and it was outstanding . Food was delicious . Waiter was attentive and warm. Loved the ambience . We would all return on our next trip to Sam Diego from phoenix . Favorite restaurant of our vacation .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Tiramisu we have had in a long time. Moist with just enough amaretto.
Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was slow. Pizza was excellent.

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vipSusieSD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating on the sidewalk. Excellent service with food coursed out perfectly though it seemed that perhaps the pizza may have sat under heat lamps a bit so my hubby didn’t love it. It was a bit overcooked yet soggy in the center w too much cheese. The other dishes were amazing as usual. Excellent salad & veg starters. And very much enjoyed the homemade pastas. Great wine list with amazing pricing - only $10 over retail. Enjoy!

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TerryW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came here before seeing Hair at the old globe. We sat outside. It was a lovely experience from start to finish! I want to try the pizza next time!

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RishiS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and ambience. Loved the wine options as well! Only issue was that it was super loud inside, which wasn't great. But overall, fantastic!

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glen
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good for pre-theater dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

it’s a great place before going over to the old globe!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated a friend’s engagement! The food was yummy and the dessert was great!

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JimM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. The Burrata small plate (with Prosciutto) was great! Wife loved the Corn Agnolotti. The Rigatoni in my Rigatoni Bolognese was a bit too, al dente (it was chewy). But the Bolognese was pretty tasty.

MJ
vipMaxJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I have been here before and the food was very good, but this time the food was mediocre.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I always have an outstanding experience. This has been our absolute favorite place to celebrate all of our fun and special occasions for many years. They are consistently awesome every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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Neige
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The restaurant had a tremendous number of high schoolers attending Homecoming and there was not enough servers to manage them and the rest of the diners. The service was very slow and the meals were to the brought to the table randomly and what seemed like every 15 minutes.

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RhiC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good but it wasn’t great and not worth the price. Dinner for 4 with 3 drinks, 2 appetizers came to over $200. Seemed steep for some pasta and a glass of a wine.

MC
MoisesC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really liked the service and the food. our waiter was very helpful

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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 5779 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.