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CUCINA urbana, San Diego, CA
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CUCINA urbana

4.7
4.7
6151 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 82 times today

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  • 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 6,151 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

    Notable Wine List

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  1. JT

    JaquelineT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! The food is consistent every time and great service!
  2. MD

    MDinSD

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Love the ambiance of this place but the music was so loud it was challenging to talk. Ive been here many times before and did not experience this issue. Wine was good, salad was well made but added protein (in my case prosciutto) was scarce ..
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was the sweetest, and really made our experience great. Food was perfect. Best pizza in San Diego! Brussels are a must! wine selection is so great!
  4. GW

    GraceW

    Sacramento

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place! Although it can be expensive for a first date
  5. KC

    KarolC

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin was THE BEST♥️
  6. LE

    LindaE

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine with friends and start out with their pizza and then their delicious full menu in their relaxed atmosphere. Love this place.
  7. LP

    LaurelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food, as always - the wild mushroom pizza was an umami-fest and escaped the pitfall of blandness that a white pizza can fall into. Delicious. The Italian chopped salad was a bright, fresh delight. Our waiter (Cade?) was attentive and knowledgeable, and the streetside dining was fun too. Less noisy than inside the restaurant. Rigatoni bolognese was great as well - creamy and tasty, with a nice al dente bite to the pasta. We will be back (again - we love this place)!
  8. KM

    KathleenM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here! We have wanted to dine here for a long time, and we finally did! We are so glad we did! This is our new favorite! Our dinner plates were all suggestions by our waiter Derek. They were fantastic! Cucina Urbana has a lot of choices on their menu. This will definitely keep you coming back for more.
  9. DW

    DanW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ashley was super! She knew the menu and made great suggestions. Pacing of service was real good as well and her assistant was very attentive as well. We always love when the food runners present the dishes and do a thorough description which they did with every plate. Great dishes all! Only wish the the portions on the octopus and corn agnolotti were larger. Quality was awesome!
  10. h

    helinou

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The experience is great! Food delicious and fresh ingredients. Went there two Friday in a row
  11. KK

    KatieK

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good ambiance and we had a lot of fun. I was surprised that the food was not that great, especially after reading so many good reviews. The apis and desert were delicious, but the main course pastas left a lot to be desired. One dish was missing salt and the other was much too salty. Disappointing for food, though we did have an over all good time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food/drink recommendations. The seasonal fig, squash blossoms and octopus was delicious. Everyone enjoyed the pastas and pizza. Matt was awesome. We were well taken care of for a birthday celebration.
  13. A

    Apprec8

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful pre-theatre meal thanks to the expert guidance of our waiter, Jason, and other staff members. The restaurant itself offers several seating options. We chose a high-top table near the front entrance because it seemed quieter. We were encouraged to order things to share and decided upon a sausage and pepperoni pizza, chopped salad, and seared chicken. Everything was excellent. Jason stayed true to his word and delivered our check at 7i pm so we could make it to the theatre on time. Highly recommended!
  14. A

    Aria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We were eating and our server was great with good attitude. However, there was a woman that was thin with curly hair that would come in and out of kitchen and she would just come and ask us questions and not the other people. I thought she was passive aggressive and kind of rude because she would ask us every 5 minutes if everything was good and I had to respond with my mouth full. Also she wanted to take our plates when we still had food. Not a good thing to witness this person only doing this to the only Latinas eating here!! I’m thinking they thought we could not afford it and she probably thought we were gonna leave without paying bill. I’ve been to Michelin Star restaurants before so it was insulting the way this woman treated us.
  15. NS

    NanciS

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great. We sat outside so there was a little street noise. Inside seemed noisier.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  17. MN

    MichelleN

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service and experience was great up until the point we were served our entrees and I received a bowl of uncooked pasta. There was visible flour still in between the pasta, and it was sent back. However at the end, our receipt showed an extra order of the pasta. One of our other dishes were also overly salted.
  18. CG

    CG4dinner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin is an asset to the company. Excellent service!
  19. SC

    SummerC

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service and delicious food. Will definitely visit again! Eat the short rib pasta!
  20. L

    Lindseyanne

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great and delicious food. Service was super slow, insufficient staff.
  21. LB

    LisaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside which was lovely. Inside was attractive but noisier. Service was attentive and helpful. The food was very tasty. I had the spinach and beet salad and bucatini pasta. Both were excellent. My husbands lamb and gnocchi appetizer was rich and tasty as was his pappardelle snd shortrib. Other appetizers were very good also. If you are looking for a tasty and solid Italian meal this place is an excellent choice. We walked to the old globe to see the show after dinner which worked perfectly
  22. LT

    LiveToEat

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Derek our waiter was just great. The food was fab - the fig and prosciutto appetizers were to die for.
  23. PS

    PeterS

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    A mixed experience at Cucina Urbana. Food was excellent, decor is cool & trendy and service very polite and friendly. However an unfortunate incident occurred with the wine list. The wine I wanted was not available - 2 alternatives were presented. The one I selected was represented to be a Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and was priced as such, but was not - it was a regular Brunello. I pointed this out to the staff who checked over the phone with someone knowledgeable and confirmed my understanding was correct. They made an adjustment to the price, but only relatively minor and upon checking online I would say the wine ended up being overpriced. Why is this such a big issue - because this restaurant puts wine at the center of their offering claiming to function first & foremost as a wine retailer and state the customer will pay only a small markup over retail price to drink wine with their meal. To have no-one present on a busy Friday evening who actually knows their wine list in detail is very strange. They need to reconsider how they operate. A shame because otherwise this is a very nice place.
  24. N

    Nellie

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cucina Urbana never disappoints. We like the food and wine and our daughter loves celebrating her birthday here, and the staff is always going the extra mile.
  25. KW

    KristlW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cucina Urbana has been a favorite place for our family for years. In fact we have had our favorite waiter there and he has watched our girls grow up. Tonight was our youngest daughters 18th birthday.The ambience is lovely and the food always delicious. Thank you
  26. S

    Sean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Food was cold and way too expensiveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely time at Urbana. We’ve been several times and the food and service are great. It is a little noisy though! Well worth a visit!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Great spot but way too loud
  29. EW

    ElainaW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was fairly slow but the server was very considerate. The pasta we ordered was undercooked, and the goat cheese in the salad had an odd funk that didn’t seem normal. Overall the meal was overpriced based on the quality of the dishes we received.
  30. j

    jackb

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Convenient place to have dinner pre-show for the theaters in Balboa Park. Food is good and portions are reasonable.
  31. e

    emss

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    we sat in the dark outside and waited over an hour for our food, the service was not great and the food wasn't great either
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Limited menu with excellent choices
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, great ambiance and low noise level. Server was helpful and once he realized that we were going to the theater after dinner, he made sure we had our dinner asap and we weren’t late. It was also nice that we were all able to hear each other and it wasn’t too noisy, like some restaurants.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food great…service slow
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good,,,, all eyes on service
  36. PH

    PeteH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heard good reviews and it lived up to the hype. Took my mother here and we had a blast
  37. P

    Piquis12

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, service and wines ! One of the best in San Diego
  38. MJ

    MelissaJ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the squash blossoms and the ragu and polenta. Great ambiance, awesome service!
  39. JT

    JohnT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Jason, was fabulous!! He made our dining experience a special treat!
  40. RR

    RebeccaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Servers are very detailed oriented about dishes and personal preferences.

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 6151 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 82 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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