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CUCINA urbana

4.8
5575 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

Featured specials

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Cucina Urbana will be featuring a three course $49++ per person menu from 10:00am to 2:00pm. We do require a CC to secure all reservations and have a 72 hour cancellation policy. Feel free to view our menu here: https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-urbana-bankers-hill/menu/mothersday-brunch-2021

What 5575 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very diverse and well crafted menu. Outstandingly well curated wine list w/o pretentiousness. Wait staff very attentive w/o doting. Very pleasant ding experience.

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RachelM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lynn was amazing, helpful, and very friendly! The manager was around and very engaging with the tables.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Came here for my birthday and was very disappointed. Server was inattentive and the food was sub-par. Says a lot when the highlight of the meal is the bread...

For my entree, I ordered the bucatini and it was way over salted and lacked flavor. With over 4K reviews on Yelp, I think this place is way overhyped and I would not return here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing host Olivia !

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vipFreddySan3
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was great food and very nice cocktails. the server was fantastic.

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JennyT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The family size pasta was off the menu... but the regular size was really small compared to before pandemic. I get the not encourage to share but cutting down the size of single serving sort of sucks too. $25 for single serving pasta should fill you up not a 4 bite dish.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

May1, 2021

We have been clients well before the pandemic before the current chef.
We have enjoyed being outside when Urbana first reopened and had a wonderful meal.
Unfortunately they fell short on this occasion. Octopus appetizer was a bit chewy and very salty. Special carpaccio was great but hummus just so so.
Approximately an hour or so after our dinner we just couldn’t drink enough water .
Oh well. Maybe it will be better next time service was very good.

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Briac
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really impressed with food quality. Service was fun and detailed. Overall atmosphere was great, we sat by entrance so felt a little excluded, but made for good people watching. Def be going again!

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BrendaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite SD spot!! Their wine list is superb and the food is *chefs kiss*

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JoshuaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. As an SD local this is my favorite spot to dine and I ALWAYS bring my family and friends here when they are visiting from out of town! Great food and kind service.

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vipLorenC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. great food and excellent service.

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vipHappySDeater
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food was great as usual, but it’s hard to justify the price when you’re eating on the sidewalk. Wanted to sit inside since we were celebrating our anniversary, but was told they could not accommodate that request. It was just an OK experience.

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YollyV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I like the food & all the server they're all nice.

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Sean
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for me and my wife!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chopped salad and burger!

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TaraE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The remodel looks great. Patio dining was awesome.

DF
DavidF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avoid Duke’s in La Jolla. Overpriced food based on a view. Stay in San Diego.

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BrionM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was the bomb!!! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipYolo
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food made for a wonderful dining experience with friends!

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Alejandra
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. I wish I knew our servers name but the attention and recommendations were excellent. Definitely recommend and don’t skip dessert and bottle of wine. Definitely will be back.

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MichelleL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal was good but definitely not as good as I remember when I went years ago. The salad had very little dressing and wasn't very impressive. Lettuce, a couple of tomatoes, some almonds, a few beans, and the portion wasn't very large. The meatball/polenta appetizer was good but not exceptional. The mushroom pizza was good but not exceptional.
Perhaps I've been spoiled by Point Loma Italian Restaurants, Cesarina, Old Venice and Pummaro have superior tasting dishes and food portions.

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vipLorenC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cuccina Urbana does not disappoint. We were very happy the restaurant reopened.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! All of our meals were incredible. Would definitely recommend!

MM
MarjorieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It bothered me that they added a 22% tip which you had to notice to decline. We would have paid about that much but don’t like being fooled into doing so.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Service was ok - long periods of time the server was MIA. Food used to be so good, maybe it was just an off night. Both pasta dishes lacked salt and seasoning. Wouldn’t be in a rush to go back.

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AmandaK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
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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KseniaT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the restaurant. The food was top notch. Our server was amazing - he explained how the wine choosing works, explained the menu and was extremely attentive to our kids. We had a special occasion and it was treated just exactly the way we requested. Absolutely amazing place. Highly recommend.

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Mindy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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billb
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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 on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location!

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SDGal
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated 18th birthday as a family. The foods were so delicious and best quality of ingredients.

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JulesB
Austin
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
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad they are back! Great food, excellent service!

JC
JoannaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BB
vipBlakeB
San Diego
5 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
2 reviews
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.

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 4.8 stars by 5575 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.