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CUCINA urbana

4.8
5770 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 5770 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lots of attention from the servers on our anniversary

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LightsDiT
1 review
Dined 2 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 3 days ago
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 !

KB
KristinaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

CM
CiskoM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
396 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.

SM
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!

SM
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.

SS
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!

TW
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!

RS
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!

JM
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.

JW
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.

OT
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.

RC
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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KimO
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. Service was great and food was delicious!

RK
RaymondK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

The outdoor dining was great if you like to stop talking to your table mates while the bus stops for a read light. We have enjoyed many trips to Italy. The pizza was not up to snuff. The canned bear was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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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CassidyP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is by far one of the Best restaurants in San Diego, no question. Every time I eat there the food is EXCELLENT. I love the squash blossom app and the squid. Their tiramisu is to die for!! Thank you for a great experience every time.

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FussyCustomer19
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum yum as always

GL
GailL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
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.

TK
TonyaK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
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 on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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You can order delivery directly from CUCINA urbana using the Order Online button. CUCINA urbana also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 239-2222.

CUCINA urbana is rated 4.8 stars by 5770 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.