About CUCINA urbana
San Diego, CA 92101
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 ($9 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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
Two couples, pre-theater dinner. An appe ...
Two couples, pre-theater dinner. An appetizer to share was yummy. Meals arrive, food is quite tasty but the portion size is very small. The two men asked for more bread as they were still hungry after their entree. Never like leaving a restaurant feeling hungry.
Great food and good atmosphere. Loved ...
Great food and good atmosphere. Loved the selection of drinks and food. Hear my out before you judge, try the burger, it is worth your time. The pasta is a bit above average but nothing to write home about. The only big down side was out server, but other servers were great, we just got a giant dud.
This was my first time to this Cucina lo ...
This was my first time to this Cucina location - I have been to the location in Del Mar Mar on several occasions. Both location are the same for me. If you are going out with friends and looking for a place with a fun atmosphere and not concerned about the food, either location Cucnia is a good option. It is not that the food is bad, but it is okay. I just would not pick this restaurant if my primary focus for the evening was the food.
I must admit that I had low expectations ...
I must admit that I had low expectations. Dinner at 8pm on a Monday night? We expected to hear crickets or something. I was totally wrong. Fortunately, I had reservations or we would not get in. Excellent food, great prices and a good wine list at a reasonable price.
Food was really good but it was way too ...
Food was really good but it was way too noisy. I was barely able to hear my girlfriend sitting across the table from me. I had the short rib parpedelle and thought it was pretty amazing. Also ordered the friend squash blossoms as an app.
We have been to Cucina Urbana at least t ...
We have been to Cucina Urbana at least two dozen times. (Including the night of our engagement.) This restaurant was special to us but it has increasingly gone down hill in the past year or two. They have gotten rid of staples of their menu that we loved. (Gorgonzola Vasi and Jadori Chicken, which they had for YEARS.) The sea bass was under whelming to be kind, the burger dull. It was terrible. Used to be a restaurant we took everyone to for group dinners and out of town visitors, not anymore.
The food was disappointing. I came 2 yea ...
The food was disappointing. I came 2 years ago and the flavor was much better. The veal was undercooked, over breaded, and veggies just dumped on top. Portions are small to medium and overpriced.
Service is good as well as atmosphere. However, food is what counts most. I'm not going back, better choices in little Italy.
Food was very good and presented well bu ...
Food was very good and presented well but unfortunately the service was very, very, very slow. Since this is the first time I've encountered slow service, I'll chalk it up this time to just a bad night. Will go again next time in town.
We went for restaurant week and really e ...
We went for restaurant week and really enjoyed our meals. The special menu was very limited, so we both had to get pizza entrees. They were good, but this place has been recommended to us by several people, and I don't think that that was for the pizza. I would like to go back sometime to explore the regular menu, but it would have to be some time that I was willing to pay their prices - date night or special occasion. Parking was really hard to find, and after circling a lot we finally settled on using their $7 valet. The atmosphere is very unique and cool; I enjoyed being in there. The Samoa bread pudding was my favorite part.
out of everything i've experienced in th ...
out of everything i've experienced in this restaurant, the service was outstanding! Someone would always pour water for us before we had to ask, servers are very gentle and nice, and no one rushed us during our meal. There are many tables and chairs so some people would consider that as 'crowded' but I sure didn't think so! Would definitely come back for another meal!
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