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CUCINA urbana

4.8
5768 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 5768 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fabulous! Outdoor seating was great and our server Olivia was awesome! We shared and loved it all, truly. Such a great night.

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FussyCustomer19
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Its been a couple if years since my last visit so the place, menu etc has changed quite a bit. The renovation of the interiors is quite nice and the place doesn’t feel as crowded now, but my visit was on a weekday. The quality of food unfortunately seems to have dropped a bit

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum yum as always

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GailL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Great management of all the challenges of the day. Food and service superb.

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LisaP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Cucina Urbana prior to going to the Old Globe. The food was good, service was great. The lettuce was a bit brown...but the squash blossom appetizer was divine. The giant meatball appetizer was great, but we didn't care for the octopus. We ate outdoors and it was very pleasant. We thought the $25 corkage fee was a bit steep. Overall it was a nice meal. Matt was a good waiter.

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TonyaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I loved the ambience. I loved our waiter he was so kind and from Georgia. The hospitality was great. The food wasn’t warm or even hot.

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Shontay
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh we had the best server I wish I knew his name. Great food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great. Made sure we were out in time fir our play without feeling rushed. Fab experience.

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GloriaR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations and were seated quickly upon arrival. The waiter was super friendly and helpful. We for the giant meatball and Focaccia bread. It was so delicious. We did get to cocktails but they were extremely strong and tasted okay but we went for the food. I got the short rib pasta that was amazing. I will definitely be coming here again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a bachelorette party. The food was delicious

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Alisen
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always happy to be back. Food and customer service excellent as always.

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KristinM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am SO glad that Cucina is back and fully open. It is one of my favorite restaurants and this didn't disappoint. The food and drinks were high quality and the new renovations make the place feel more bright and open. The additional seating outside is also nice. If they could turn the music down just a smidge it would be a little easier to carry on conversation but otherwise its a fabulous place.

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vipPattyK
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Rebecca was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and so was the food! We’ll be coming back, for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful! Delicious food & fantastic ambiance

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

Everything from service to customer was perfection. The meatballs!

We will be back.

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MarylW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

portions were small for the price but our server was great.

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Griff
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! We decided to eat outdoors. Great service! Food and drink was superb!

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SochiataV
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Highly recommend for delicious Italian food.

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JoeyS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Loved their appetizers and drink specials during happy hour.

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KristinS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Loved the food and the service, this is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Had an amazing evening celebrating our anniversary, they took great care of us. The food is so good!

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MichaelC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, service was great with lots of recommendations, good wine/prices ... will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Service was great! The only reason for 4 stars for ambiance was it was very hot where we were seated (near pizza ovens).

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server, Nicole, was great. Small bites were very good. Really liked the Burrata. Main dishes were okay, nothing I’d go back for. Cocktail wasn’t as refreshing as I thought it would be but their Tiramisu was yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

50th Anniversary

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vipWestCoastFoodie
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. From the glass enclosed parklet table to the service from Olivia to the always amazing food, there's no improving this dinner.

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JoshL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish was outstanding. I wish this restaurant would open a branch in my hometown of Los Angeles. The service was terrific as well.

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josec
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Location was great and food was tasty. Sitting outside was fine.

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vippcfchick
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, amazing cocktails, super service! Only complaints - parking is a nightmare. I recall a valet service years ago - would love that back. Also, it’s very loud. Not a quiet romantic meal but a delicious, fun, and lively meal. Highly recommend.

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SDFOODIE007
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in San Diego hands down. Idk what they put in their pizzas and pastas but WOW

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food taste and quality was no better than average. Service was excellent. The noise level inside the venue is harsh. Outside, on the street--the noise level was much more accommodating to conversations.

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Susie
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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Katykat
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Fast Service, almost too fast. Felt very rushed. Waiter was a little rude at the beginning. My dish was too salty.

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StanA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. Definitely be back. Pizza was one of the beat I’ve had

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vipOli321
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Short rib linguine is excellent. Flower blossoms are kinda meh. Very reasonable prices and fun, nice atmosphere. Slightly noisy. Fairly easy to find parking in the area.

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kathleenpn
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All went well except for the fly that adopted us. Have always liked this place and their food.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Branzino was perfection.

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We opted to sit outside because it was nice out. It wasn't overly loud but the ombionce inside looked great.

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DeannaR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

He to ask for clean plates and refills. Food was great!

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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 5768 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.