About CUCINA urbana
Welcome to CUCINA urbana, a casual Italian American Neighborhood Kitchen and Wine Shop located in the heart of Bankers Hill. The menu highlights the cuisines of various Italian regions with a distinct California ‘farm to table’ flair for which the Urban Kitchen Group has become known. Chef Joe Magnanelli is excited to share his Italian heritage and create dishes that are fresh, simple and seasonal. Items include: antipasti, artisan pizza, pasta and piatti. Enjoy wine by the glass or visit the wine shop and select a bottle from over 100 selections at retail price ($8 corkage fee applies). The space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse.
Italian, American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch | Tuesday – Friday | 11:30am – 2pm
Afternoon Snacks | Tuesday – Friday | 2pm – 5pm*
Dinner | Sunday + Monday | 5pm – 9pm
Dinner | Tuesday – Thursday | 5pm – 10pm
Dinner | Friday + Saturday | 5pm – 10:30pm
Bar Only | Friday + Saturday | 10:30pm – midnight | pizzas + vasi*
*Walk In seating only, no reservations
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Street parking & Valet available
CUCINAurbana offers nightly shuttles to and from the Old Globe Theatre.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
EVERY DAY 5-6pm Monday + Saturday | 3-6pm Tuesday-Friday | 4:30-6pm Sunday enjoy our food and drink specials.
drink | house red or white wine $7 | moretti draft $4 | seasonal sangria $6 | well drinks $6
food | burnt brussels sprout $3.75 | parmesan fries $3.5 | margerita pizza $7
CUCINA urbana Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful and great atmosphere, the wait ...
Beautiful and great atmosphere, the waiter was excellent and kind and the food extraordinary.
This restaurant has great reviews so wan ...
This restaurant has great reviews so wanted to try - food good but not anything spectacular. Good value for the cost. Great wine list. Very loud.
Short rib pappardelle was delicious!! Th ...
Short rib pappardelle was delicious!! The decor and presentation was very rustic chic, and the prices matched the portions and quality. My daughter has a blast making her own pizza, which was a nice menu offering for kids. The happy hour menu is nice if you're looking for small bites or starters for an early meal. Try the crunchy brussels! Two minor hiccups- Drink service was slow and a lot of the specialty cocktails had floral notes; mine was tasty, but my husband didn't care for the ones recommended by the server. Overall we had a great dinner and we will return when in San Diego again!
I love it! Would be nice if the food qua ...
I love it! Would be nice if the food quantity is a little bigger though.
Our Special occasion was made more speci ...
Our Special occasion was made more special at Cucina Urbana. thanks for the great food, excellent service and happy times Cheers!
Food was wonderful & so was the service! ...
Food was wonderful & so was the service! Will definitely be back!
We enjoyed our reservations a Coasterra. ...
We enjoyed our reservations a Coasterra. We had reservations for 7:30 and at that time the parking lot was completely full, but because we had a handicapped person with us, we were able to get parking. We walked in and our table was ready even though people were waiting to be seated. Our waiter was wonderful and even brought us out some very HOT sauce. There was a little wait for our dinners, but we were told ahead of time that would be the case. No problem. We would go back again, but probably for lunch instead of dinner.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN SAN DIEGO!! Great ...
FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN SAN DIEGO!! Great customer service!
Everyone was friendly the minute you ste ...
Everyone was friendly the minute you step into the door. They were welcoming and very helpful when it came to service. The waitress explained the menu thoroughly in which we were very pleased with our choices. The polenta and veal dish she recommended was by far the best one we tased. Our glasses of water were never empty and the gentlemen who served us always had a smile on his face. The environment was very relaxed and the staff was very accommodating in regards to my little one. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. My husband had an amazing father's day thanks to you guys!
Great food, Amazing service, lovely rest ...
Great food, Amazing service, lovely restaurant. The only thing that bugged me was the long wait for the food. The people at the next table sat down at least 15 mins after us and got their food at least 15 mins before us. Other than that it was a lovely experience.
one of our go to restaurants in San Dieg ...
one of our go to restaurants in San Diego...never disappoints...service was great...we tried polenta board for 1st time and it was awesome
Not elegant or refined--a "hot" spot and ...
Not elegant or refined--a "hot" spot and all that entails. The food was pretty good, but overall the place seems a little vulgar. We won't go again; it's not our scene.
We made reservations but seated in an un ...
We made reservations but seated in an undesirable area. No one came over to wait on us for a long time until the manager noticed us sitting there. She the attended to our needs and service flowed smoothly thereafter.
Really nice place. We went there for our ...
Really nice place. We went there for our anniversary and they made it a special night for us. Started us off with complimentary champagne and at the end of our meal they complimented us with dessert that wasn't even on the menu. My wife couldn't stop talking about the night and how good the place was. Service was really good.
Usually superb service but it was very s ...
Usually superb service but it was very slow in the kitchen....
Fantastic menu selection, happy hour pri ...
Fantastic menu selection, happy hour prices that apply to dinning tables, and excellent service are all pluses which complement the excellent meals that the four of us had.
Fantastic service. Excellent food. And g ...
Fantastic service. Excellent food. And great wine selection. A true neighborhood jewel!
Rarely does one get such attentive, know ...
Rarely does one get such attentive, knowledgeable service. We were eating at Cucina Urbana before going to a Old Globe performance. Our waiter kept that in mind throughout our meal and keep our ordering and food on a great schedule. We were even asked if we wanted to take their shuttle to and from the Old Globe. How did I not6 know that before. The food was fantastic as were drinks and wine. Since we were first dined at Cucina Urbana and Cucina Enoteca they are a favorite. But the stellar night we had last Sunday topped the cake. Bravo!
Kevin did his usual superb job of enligh ...
Kevin did his usual superb job of enlightening us about new menu items, clarifying ingredients, suggesting new wines, overseeing the service, and tempting us (unsuccessfully) with desserts. If you haven't tried Cucina Urbana, you're missing a lot.
Our server was amazing!
Besides having a fussy baby we had a really picky eater so the waitress that served us on Friday night should get a raise!
Our table was ready when we arrived. Si ...
Our table was ready when we arrived. Since this was our first nite in San Diego we wanted to make it memorable. Our waiter was very knowlegable on the menu and drinks. He answered all our questions and made some excellent suggestions. We had fish, pasta and steak. There sauce is very tasty. It was a little loud in the restaurant but that was made up for with fine food, drinks and desserts. There were 3 of us and with the tip our bill was just under $300.00.
Back to Cucina Urbana, my old stand by, ...
Back to Cucina Urbana, my old stand by, my cheers, and my seat in the atrium near the hostess station so that I could aggravate the staff. I got there a little early was greeted by the hostess and had a glass of wine at the bar until they began seating. The bartender suggested I try the Remole, an Italian Super Tuscan, Sangiovese actually, that was their happy hour special. I liked it, bold and earthy. I was seated as requested and my long time server Antonio was right there for me. He asked if I was going to the theater and if I was riding their shuttle and when it was departing . I sipped on my wine and finally order their Wednesday happy hour special the polenta board with chef’s ragu, which this evening was a creamy mascarpone polenta with chives and the ragu was cinnamon braised lamb shoulder with carrots and leeks in a veal sugo (sauce) and, oh yes, another glass or Remole. Outstanding as usual and the presentation I actually videoed.
The portions were generous considering they were the happy hour specials. Our main course was a bit on the salty side. I had to drink plenty of water to wash out the salty taste. Service was good and the food came out fast. It's worth a try, but I probably won't come back.
Went here to carb load for a big race. The food was tasty but portions weren't big compared to the price paid. The sangria was delicious but also overpriced in my opinion. Had the squash blossoms for app and the artichoke pizza. Both were pretty good.
This is my favorite restaurant in San Deigo
This restaurant has the best food in San Diego, amazing service, and a fantastic wine list not to mention the wine room where you can select an amazing bottle for cheap.
Great food and service!
I continue to be impressed with each dining experience ! the last four times I have eaten here it was for a friend's birthday celebration. I requested a table in the atrium area as it is more intimate and cozy. Each time I requested an atrium table my request was fulfilled. I truly appreciated the accommodation!!! the food, ambience, service and atmosphere were fabulous!!! I will continue to dine in this neighborhood gem! thank you for providing great food and accomodations for every bday occasion!!
Good Food. Inconsistent Service
I come here for lunch about once a week and enjoy the food which is always well-prepared. Very good wine list as well. The restaurant is best at lunch if you want to have a comfortable conversation. In the evening, it is on the noisy side and energetic. My only issue is with the inconsistent service. More often than not, it is slow, even if the restaurant is not very busy. Some days it is fine, other days not so much. If you are on a tight schedule, I would not recommend. However, if you have time to enjoy some good food in a neighborhood type of restaurant, this is the place.
Excellent experience, as always. The foo ...
Excellent experience, as always. The food was delectable and the service was professional and top-notch. The gentleman who was our server (I unfortunately forget his name, Kevin perhaps?) has taken excellent care of our group on previous visits and this evening was no different. One of the best servers I've experienced, not just in San Diego, but nationwide. This was our first visit during the week, as all previous excursions had been on busy weekend nights. The noise level was definitely reflective of a slower evening's service and was appreciated as our group was able to converse without the need to raise our voices above the chatter, although we very well may have unknowingly, after all we are Italian East Coast transplants, sometimes we can't help it! From start to finish, another excellent visit. It's the dependability and consistency of a top quality dining experience that has kept Cucina Urbana at the top of our list of favorite San Diego restaurants.
Service was top notch even though I aske ...
Service was top notch even though I asked for some special requests. The food was off the chart! I had the spaghetti and my wife had the rabbit ravioli. The wine choices were very! nice also. A super two thumbs up. Ask for Jonathan! Great waiter.
Attentive professional friendly service, ...
Attentive professional friendly service, book ahead or wait for bar. Either way great night out combining vibrant ambiance, nuanced menu preserving ingredient authenticity. Squash blossoms and Squid took the accolades from two discerning diners.
Phenomenal in every way!
We came here for the first time to celebrate my boyfriend's 40th birthday, based on the recommendations of several friends who had eaten here before. We were not disappointed! The ambiance was warm and charming. The service was attentive, but not smothering. Every dish we ordered was skillfully crafted and full of amazing flavor. After dinner, our server (I think his name was Kevin) brought out a special dessert and a champagne toast to celebrate the occasion. It was the perfect end to a perfect meal!
Interesting menu, though the execution wasn't great. I was happy with the fried zucchini flower (not easy to find in US in general). The pappardelle with short ribs were good, but missing some seasoning.
Excellent food and service. Pasta that suprised me
Fancy interior that makes the room space and cosy in a smart way. The pasta was extraordinary as well as the grilled octopus .
The food was delicious as usual. Our ser ...
The food was delicious as usual. Our server David was top notch. We love this place!
The ambiance is great! Food was delici ...
The ambiance is great! Food was delicious and server was awesome.
Perfect place to dine before enjoying th ...
Perfect place to dine before enjoying the theatre....and a lovey walk across the park afterwards. Both the food and the service are outstanding!
The vasi was delicious as always. Our pa ...
The vasi was delicious as always. Our pasta wasn't to my taste but it was well made. Dessert that we ordered was delicious. We were also celebrating a birthday and the complimentary dessert was amazing! I wish they had it on the normal dessert menu.
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