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CUCINA urbana, San Diego, CA
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CUCINA urbana

4.7
4.7
6234 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 73 times today

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

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What 6,234 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for fine wines

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  1. MS

    MichelleS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were waited on by Jason and I can’t say enough nice things about him! We came with our two daughters: 8 and 6 years old. Jason was patient, understanding (when the kids changed their minds about food choices), and so helpful! He didn’t rush us, but understood the kids needed to eat first. He was so so so nice! Everyone should be waited on by a Jason once in their life. We’ll be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Richard was amazing. Thank you for a great time.
  4. FA

    FromAFoodie

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Three or four salads and they all have bitter lettuce so no salad for me as they were unable to substitute lettuce. The salad my friend ordered was so tiny It was not worth the money. If you’re going to charge that much for a salad, at least put a little bit more lettuce in it. Overall, it was about four bites. The pizza was good but overall I probably won’t be going back there. The service was great!
  5. DK

    DanaK

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cucina Urbana came highly recommended by someone local in San Diego and it did not disappoint. The meatball, gem salad and bolognese were all delicious and the wine wall was fun to browse. We ended our meal with the chocolate torte recommended by our server and it was the perfect way to end a great meal and experience!
  6. MD

    MariaD

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short rib papardelle so good we went twice in a week
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin was an awesome server. He was friendly, kind and knowledgeable. His recommendations were perfect and he made sure we stayed on schedule to make it to the theater.
  8. B

    Beatrice

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sitting outside made dining quiet. The heat lamps for each table ensure a comfortable temperature.
  9. ER

    EdwinR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing! We decided to order multiple items and share them among our party of 4. As in the past, the squash blossoms were incredible. We also had the appetizer gnocchi, heirloom tomato salad, mushroom and goat cheese pizza, bucatini pasta dish and the bolognese pasta. All excellent. We did add the egg to the bucatini and found it to not really add much to the dish. Adding burrata to the heirloom salad, however, was a great choice. We couldn’t even say which dishes were our favorites because they were all so delicious. Service started out wonderfully. Our waiter was a wealth of info and let us know about favorite dishes and about the great wine bottle prices. It’s true, the wine prices are really great! You can purchase bottles to take home or purchase one to open at the table for a $10 corkage fee. When we didn’t order any wine, however, our service seemed to drop off drastically, including time to receive our check and then processing it once received. It was just disappointing and so noticeable after such a stellar start. Ambience was lovely. We chose outdoor seating and even though there was fairly steady street traffic, it didn’t bother us at all. The outdoor heaters have a directional topper on them so our table was nice and toasty. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful but we have yet to dine inside. Overall, we had a wonderful experience at Cucina Urbana! Will definitely be repeat customers.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local’s favorite. Hands down my favorite restaurant I’ve ever been to. Every single menu item is amazingly delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Wish they offered white sauce pasta
  13. PL

    PatrickL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal and our waiter was spectacular!!!
  14. EL

    EvangelinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had not visited since before the remodel. CU has a very modern feel now and the food and drinks were delicious. Our server Lynn was exceptional. She helped us make excellent choices and made us feel very special. We continue to consider CU as a place to go when the evening needs to be perfect!
  15. CH

    ChrisH

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food. Gluten free options. The pork chop was delicious.
  16. JD

    JenniferD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Short Rib Pappardelle - Delicious Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza - Flavorful Parmesan Truffle fries - Good, but unnecessary as a side other than w/just a burger)
  17. B

    Brandon

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Server was a bit forgetful and inattentive, could have just been an off night. Everything else was great.
  18. H

    Heather

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! I highly recommend the lamb sausage and gnocchi!
  19. C

    Cascabel

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, impeccable service. Inside can be a bit noisy, but outside is comfortable and quiet.
  20. a

    anag

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant and delicious. Will come again and again and again.
  21. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    You be been here in the past, around when they opened. It was excellent. This must recent experience was less than. It was very noisy. The lighting was horrible and the food was just, ok.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My parents took me and my roommates out! Such a wonderful place. We had three courses, wine and cocktails and every bite and sip was delicious. Such a great atmosphere.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food is amazingly good. Most restaurants use too much salt for my taste, but this restaurant season food perfect. All sauces are creative and taste delicious!! We sat at the bar, but I believe there should be another person to take care of all bar sections. There were at least two times that we had to look for the person who takes care of our seats. Other than that, everything is perfect. It is cheap for the food they serve and great wine collection. We will definitely go back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, starting with the host
  25. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Great menu. Excellent service. Warm heaters outside. Not excessively priced. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting San Diego who wants something off the tourist route. Matthew, our server, was full of great recommendations and ideas for enjoying the city. Get the squash blossom. It stole the show.
  26. S

    Soulcalkid82

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food: superb. Service: Richard was fantastic; great attention to detail, personable, great recommendations. Appreciated how he checked on us and kept us posted on all things necessary to know. Sat in a high table booth. Perfection. This is what I don't mind tipping well for. Folks, great experience and time. We left satisfied, appreciated for coming, and will definitely be returning.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    It was my birthday and I put it in the reservation and they didn’t bring me anything but I watched many other people get dessert with a candle brought to them. I even put in the notes. The food was extremely salty. I had to stop eating because I started to feel sick. Waiter was ok. Not very personable. Just a boring experience when it was my birthday was expecting something more special. I’m upset that I picked this place to spend my birthday.
  28. o

    openion

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CU there! Cucina Urbana never fails to impress in all categories - food/wine, atmosphere and service.
  29. KC

    KevinC

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are many reasons to visit this Restaurant. Food, Service, Ambiance and Location all enter the mix to having a successful evening. What strikes me the most is the the house wine is a good and reasonably priced. Pizzas are quite good if not excellent (try the Magherita), the pasta dishes are fresh and there are numerous appetizers that can be enjoyed in a group setting.
  30. C

    Chris

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Food was ok but overpriced. Server was not very attentive and did not give off a friendly vibe
  31. RD

    RichardD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, wine and service, loved it all, wish we had one @home
  32. DS

    DarleneS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, as always. One of my favorite restaurants.
  33. z

    zcustom1

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food is very good. They have an extensive wine list. Navigating it would benefit from having a sommelier who can get into the nitty gritty in helping select the right wine for the meal.
  34. JF

    JanetF

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Three of us really enjoyed our entire dining experience. As two of us are hard of hearing and the inside of the restaurant is very noisy, we opted to eat outdoors. We were very happy eating there as the heaters made the area very comfortable. We all agreed that we will be returning to eat here in the future.
  35. MD

    MyneishaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall ambiance was great as well as the service. The short rib pasta was good but needed a tad bit more salt. The Rigatoni bolognese was simply perfect. Would return.
  36. AS

    AlishaS

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great! We enjoyed ourself celebrating my husband during Veterans Day! Thank you for great service
  37. C

    Chlo

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Overall, I enjoyed Cucina URBANA enough! I think it was a bit overpriced for what it was, but me and my partner had a really enjoyable date night here. Cocktails were delicious.
  38. VC

    VanidaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I arrived a little early for our reservation. We started off by hanging out at the bar area during happy hour and ordered the giant meatball and some fries. It was delicious! The meatball and polenta dish is a must try! The service was also great.
  39. BH

    BriandaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere was superb! 10 out of 10
  40. D

    Danica

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CUCINA Urbana is our go-to restaurant for any birthday or anniversary dinner. The food is incredible and the service is always top-notch. Last night's dinner was hands down our best dinner yet!! Our server, Lynn, was fantastic - She was kind, attentive, and engaging. If you need a perfect spot for a celebratory meal - This is the place! And be sure to request Lynn as your server! We will definitely be back again soon.

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 6234 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 73 times today

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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