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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the ev ...
Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the evening at the restaurant. Service at the bar during happy was excellent. Both bar tenders were very friendly and professional and worked well together. The hostess was super sweet!
David our server was excellent. Food was delicious. All around a very nice evening before we went to the SD Civic Theater for a play.
Cucina Urbana delivers on a wide variety ...
Cucina Urbana delivers on a wide variety of well-made Italian dishes with great service. The options are both traditional and yet inventive, and solidly made - the presentation and service were also top notch. The polenta board is not to be missed, neither are the fresh made pastas, or the meyer lemon white pizza. Wine list with both affordable and classic high end wines, full bar and great for both a date and a large family. Can't recommend it enough.
Great service. Pizza crust was one of th ...
Great service. Pizza crust was one of the best I've ever had, however some of the toppings were just okay. Pear and Gorgonzola was too salty and Margherita was missing the basil. Pappardelle with short rib was delish. Gelato sampler was also very good.
great atmosphere with food to match. we ...
great atmosphere with food to match. we enjoyed the pizza with pepperoni and sausage, the beet and avocado salad and my son's both had pastas which were yummy too. the whole branzino was tasty but a little bit overcooked. it was nice that they deboned the fish and left it very in tact- would definitely go back again
Kevin was Fabulous! Exceptional service. ...
Kevin was Fabulous! Exceptional service. We always love the octopus appetizer but it was super salty and had a pretty random set up with proscuitto and citrus yogurt sauce. Hmm. BUT, love this place everything.is always a special treat! Thanks Kevin!
I have eaten here many times and I reall ...
I have eaten here many times and I really like it but with one big caveat-Sodium. Every item is so salty. I am not on any sodium restriction and love salt but the food surely could be prepared with less salt. This is the third time in the last 2 months I have eaten there and I had different entrees each time. By the time I get home I am chugging water just to neutralize. All the guests comment the same each time.
Service was great, very fun place, and food choices good.
Fourth or fifth time to CU and each time ...
Fourth or fifth time to CU and each time has been memorable. One of the small percentage of places where we are not left thinking that we could have out-cooked the chef.
Inside decor is interesting, including integral wine "store"/cellar. Knowledgeable, efficient and friendly staff offer the most consistent level of service of any restaurant we have been to more than once. Danielle rocks! The polenta/ragu board, beet salad and octopus entrees were all delicious and suitable for sharing. Entrees (pizzas, pasta) were equally well-prepared with emphasis on flavour and texture. Chocolate budino is a great finish - save room.
Hubby took me to Cucina for my birthday. ...
Hubby took me to Cucina for my birthday....I got to pick the restaurant. Have been here many times and it's always a meal I look forward to consuming. I had a great (new to me) drink...starts with a 'Z' and had gin, cucumber, jalapeno....very refreshing. We had the stuffed squash blossoms as an appetizer and enjoyed them very much, but there were only three. Seemed kind of stingy. For dinner I ordered the veal and my husband ordered the sea bass. Both entrees were fine, nothing notable though. For dessert I asked our waitress to forgo the usual scoop of ice cream because we wanted the sorbet/gelato sampler. I'm always interested in what flavors they come up with because it's something different every time. My favorite this time was Nutella, though they were all delicious.
The only semi-negative of the evening was being seated right next to the stairs. I guess we've always gotten lucky in the past and been seated at a table a little further into the interior. My husband found it extremely distracting.
As always, CUCINA URBANA, urban food kit ...
As always, CUCINA URBANA, urban food kitchen and it's chefs never disappoint. From small bites to desserts, this place has it perfected hands-down. We always look forward to our dining experiences at this particular location and enjoy the latest changes to the menus. Most folks will overlook the fact that the restaurant charges store prices for their wine, making it very affordable, and a small corkage fee.... This makes everyone feel like family and at home. The food is beyond delicious the desserts are nothing short of amazing. Bravo !!
The food never disappoints. We were del ...
The food never disappoints. We were delighted with the multilingual staff who could translate into Italian and/or Spanish for my guests. The wine list is superb and the staff was very knowledgeable. My guests really enjoyed the pizza. I loved the pasta. A tasty pumpkin flavored tiramisu for dessert. All, in all a lovely evening for my foody guests from Barcelona.
The corkage fee of $25, is ridiculous. I ...
The corkage fee of $25, is ridiculous. If you order a bottle of wine there you have to pay a $9 corkage fee, which I have never heard of. The food was ok, a little bland. Me and my family ordered a bottle of wine and normally they bring an ice bucket to keep your wine chilled, but that was not the case. They took our bottle of wine away, which was really inconvenient because when we were wanting to fill up our glass we would have to ask multiple people. Also our server was trying to up sell us, which I hate. I am a server at a fine dining restaurant and we were taught not to up sell but to share the items that are most popular and that are our personal favorites, not $30 dishes. Also you would think that on a Wednesday night it wouldn't be super crowded but the restaurant was extremely loud, I could barely hear our server or my family sitting right next to me. Overall my first experience there was terrible, I would not go back or recommend Cucina urbana to anyone.
Came out to enjoy my wife's birthday wit ...
Came out to enjoy my wife's birthday with friends. Table was ready pretty close to our reservation time, so I was happy with that. Everyone had a great time there and enjoyed their food. Portions are not very large compared to what you spend on certain menu items but it was enough. I was a little disappointed the lasagna was no longer offered since that was my favorite thing to order (lunch menu only item apparently) and I'm a regular food eater who's a bit picky so its tough for me to find things to order on menus that I want to eat (this place is no different). I had the Pappardelle which was really good and we all shared a few plalenta (spelling?) appetizers which was amazing... so at least we all enjoyed what we got. They even brought out a little dessert for my wife for her birthday (nice touch). This is my wife's favorite place to eat at and they didn't disappoint her.
I have been here for dinner and loved it ...
I have been here for dinner and loved it so I decided to take a client for a business lunch. I had the chicken salad and it was quite salty and too much dressing. I also bit into some chewy pieces of chicken. I was on a business lunch so I didn't say anything to the server. I hope this was just an off day as I am not sure If I will go back.
An opportunity for late lunch after a Mi ...
An opportunity for late lunch after a Minghei show found us walking to Cucina Urbana just across the street from Balboa Park on Laurel. A wonderful young female server welcomed us and explained fulsomely the delightful, if complicated, menu. With a glass of wine in hand, I enjoyed soup and sandwich for vegetarians, my friend a carnivore's delight of assorted meat and cheese.
There was so much that tempted us. We really must return.
The ambiance was great for a couples nig ...
The ambiance was great for a couples night out. Everything we ordered was excellent from the cocktails to dessert. I suggest asking for suggestions from the waiter or bartender. They were knowledgeable and did not steer us wrong on anything.
This place is awesome! Our first time t ...
This place is awesome! Our first time to eat at Cucina Urbana and we were very impressed. Would definitely go again to try something different. Everything sounds so good and what we had was great! The decor is amazing! The service was attentive but not overly-attentive. We went right when it opened and it filled up quickly.
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