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Cucciolo Osteria, Durham, NC

Cucciolo Osteria

4.7
4.7
1210 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Cousins Jimmy and Julian Kim welcome you to Cucciolo Osteria Durham! A sister restaurant to the original Cucciolo Osteria in Seoul, Korea, offering modern Italian cuisine with a twist.

We are located in the same building as the Amtrak train station, just opposite side, next to West End Wine Bar.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 46 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (984) 243-8744

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jimmy Kim

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is due to open soon! For inquiries, please contact us via email at info@cucciolodurham.com or via phone at 984-243-8744

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Cross Street

    601 W Main St.

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve Menu

    US$85.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    For Christmas Eve we will be doing a 85$ 4 course menu. Guests will choose one item from each course. Appetizer: Polpette, Creamed Mushrooms, House Green Salad Primi: Lasagna, Spicy Vodka Cream Rigatoni, Truffle Ragu Rigatoni, Blue Cheese Alfredo Tagliatelle Secondi: Butter Chicken "Sostanza Style", Almond Crusted Rack of Lamb, Catch of the Day Dessert: Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Sorbet, Gelato

Popular dishes

What 1,210 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Notable Wine List

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Durham

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Chris

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    came for the carpaccio. Obviously, the chef is not familiar with this dish. Italy rimes with Olives and Parmesan. Didn't see any Basil is also one of the most important ingredient in the Italian cuisine... would love to have fresh leaves on brochutto. Overall we enjoy the place and the service but can't really applause for the recipes.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a great find. Small, so you will want reservations, and the food is great as well as this original cocktails.
  3. A

    Audrey

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Haven't been in a very long time - it's just how I remember. Food is always so so so good.
  4. CK

    ChristopherK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food again and amazing service !!!
  5. RP

    RPDurham

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service (thank you Kailin)! Food was delightful. La pasta era perfetta!
  6. PM

    PeterM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love!!! We’ve been regulars for a few years now. Highly recommended!
  7. N

    Nightout

    Raleigh

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive service and delicious food!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service and perfectly prepared entrees. The roasted beet salad is a "must try." Reservations are highly recommended. The ambiance is early warehouse but it doesn't detract from the food, the food, the food. This is a restaurant that you will want to visit again and again.
  9. P

    Peternc8

    Louisville

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great Pasta!
  10. MO

    MissOpheliaRose

    Raleigh

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, and the service was excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a wonderful dining experience! Food and service makes it perfect for a special occasion or romantic date night!
  12. EB

    EmB26

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant, perfect for a date night, food was amazing!
  13. a

    alisonp

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  14. MB

    MichaelB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Another great meal. Perfect flavor with both specials. Lamb and Snapper.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Our server, Mo, was amazing and so helpful, would recommend!
  16. l

    lizzz223311

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    It was alright, service was rude. Food was good
  17. D

    Delicious

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Very limited dessert menu. Only ice cream/gelato or Creme Brulee (they were out of Tiramisu which was disappointing). Pretty noisy. Difficult to hear the servers. Drinks came out at different times (one was quite delayed). Food was great though. Loved the lasagna! Attractive setting with nice bar. Would definitely go back.
  18. AB

    AnneB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place. Everything from the cocktails to the salad to the main dish to the dessert was delicious!
  19. CR

    tacCRNA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, bar, service, and ambiance! You will love it!
  20. E

    onjaEats

    Raleigh

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent ( Gf pasta was perfect). Service was spotty. After appetizers, they took our cutlery and forgot to bring us replacements. Then they served the entree and we asked for forks and waited … entrees we’re cool by the time we got any. Everything else was good and they provided a free desert for the birthday girl.
  21. L

    Lindee

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time they called to confirm the reservation to the time we left, everything was outstanding. As always, the food was delicious. It’s hard to choose what to order since everything sounds so good. The burrata and roasted hazelnut with truffle honey was a great way to start the meal. The white ragu tajarin is a personal favorite, but the lasagna was also exceptional. The beat salad tasted as good as it looked. It was the perfect place to catch up with a friend visiting from out of town.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Key word here is consistency. I've never had a bad meal here, or poor service. The pasta is always amazing, really nothing to complain about.
  23. b

    bfnc

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there and definitely not the last. Had the arancini, carbonara, snapper special and creamed mushrooms. Fish cooked perfectly, pasta just right and the arancini light on the inside and very thin crunchy crust on the outside. The pana cotta was perhaps the best I’ve ever had. Incredibly smooth and light. 6 stars
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great, food was excellent. A little cold inside, but everything else was perfect
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chill Italian vibes, great starters and pasta dishes. Solid wine selection
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was lacking, apps were okay but main courses were delicious! Would come back if we have another show at DPAC but will be trying other places in the area before we return.
  27. AD

    AllenD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Somewhat small space with close tables and bar. Hard to find entrance.
  28. TP

    TanyaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service We will be back I noticed some people complained about the portion sizes, but for us it was perfect!!!! Make up your own mind
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebrations and we enjoyed it!! We will be back for sure
  30. JH

    JamesH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic authentic Italian food with great service in a great atmosphere. Will come back often!
  31. ES

    EduardoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a fantastic dinner here. Great wine, great service and while everything was outstading -the beet salad, the beef short ribs with polenta, the tiramisu and the pannacota, the one dish above all for me was the pasta amatriciana. Amazing!
  32. o

    oysterlover

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience3
    We arrived on time for reservation and ordered cocktails, appetizers, entrees, a full bottle of wine, and dessert. We paid the bill including a very generous tip. We were then told abruptly that they needed the table and we would need to leave. There were spaces available at the bar and at outside tables. Our reservation was for 5:30 and it was just after 7 pm. I would suggest for the future that the manager and server might have just a bit more patience as we were ready to leave anyways. I will think twice about booking again.
  33. B

    Brian

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Pasta, appetizers and wine were phenomenal. Service was prompt and pleasant. Highly recommend
  34. HH

    HappyHazelnut

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything about our visit was good. We arrived a little early but were seated right away. We weren't rushed. Our waiter paid just the right amount of attention to us. Food was delivered timely and was really good. I highly recommend the burrata and hazelnut bruschetta.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary. Great food. Good service! Wonderful experience. Truffle pasta & tiramisu & wonderful wine list!
  36. IE

    IllinoisEaters

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely experience at Cucciolo. While the room is loud, we were able to converse. Service was very good, although our server noticeably lost interest in our party as the meal progressed. Food was outstanding, though I was surprised that I needed to order an additional entree as a salad and pasta weren’t enough. Overall, very enjoyable meal. Would definitely return.
  37. N

    Nanna71

    Italy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Buon servizio e buona qualità del cibo. Non sempre puntuali con le prenotazioni
  38. NY

    NYCdiner

    New York Area

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and service. We loved the mushroom ragout appetizer and for entrees, the butter chicken and red snapper.
  39. JH

    JHes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it! Sat at the bar and it was perfect for us. Great food and the bartender was very nice.
  40. KC

    KCLJAR

    Raleigh

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Cucciolo Osteria. It's in the heart of Durham, very close to the DPAC and DBAP. It had a rustic look to it like it used to be a ware house but it was decorated nicely. First I have to complement the staff, when we made our reservation, only hightop tables were available, so I had requested a regular table when I made our reservation since my wife can't sit comfortably at hightops and they were able to accommodate that request. We were seated quickly and drink orders taken. When we first arrived, there weren't a lot of people there, but that changed shortly after we arrived and by the time we left, the indoor seating was full. We started our meal off with the tomato and basil bruschetta, it was very fresh and delicious, but, were surprised when there were only 2 slices that bread that were cut in half. For the main course my wife ordered the White Ragu Tajarin and I ordered the Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Rigatoni. Both meals came out quickly, were steaming hot and were delicious. I had read in previous reviews about the small portion sizes and I would tend to agree. I'm rarely able to finish a meal when we go out to eat, so the few times I am able to finish, then I know the portion size was lacking a little bit. The were two other things I noticed, most Italian places offer fresh grated parmesan cheese to add to your meal, that was not offered here. Then lastly there was no bread offered and when you have a meal with gravy (sauce), I love having some bread to sop up that gravy. So, if your in the mood for some very good Italian food, Cucciolo Osteria is certainly worth the try.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cucciolo Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (984) 243-8744.

Cucciolo Osteria is rated 4.7 stars by 1210 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 46 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cucciolo Osteria

601 W Main St. Suite C, Durham, NC 27701

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    601 W Main St.

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jimmy Kim

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (984) 243-8744

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is due to open soon! For inquiries, please contact us via email at info@cucciolodurham.com or via phone at 984-243-8744

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