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 ($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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego.. always good. However this time I was disappointed. Made the reservation for my Birthday and when arrived I mentioned it was my Birthday and there was no special attention shown because of it. Gotten free champagne once for an Anniversary or a cupcake with a candle for someone else but for me absolutely nothing! Was actually surprised. Asked for Rebecca as our server and we didn't get her either. Although I certainly would go back I was surprised this time around.
Menu has been changed from my last visit and frankly took all of our party at least 20 minutes to choose something to order. We even discussed leaving and go somewhere else. In our party of 4, one had a pizza, one had the veal and two of us had the lobster clam pasta dish. We both stopped eating the clams after 2 or 3 as they were not cleaned and full of sand. Both of us with seafood dish were up most of the night with "intestinal issue". Feeling completely drained today. Will never go back.
We are so grateful that they were able to squeeze us in on a busy weekend- hubby and I miraculously had a free Saturday night together and he botched the reservations. They helped me sort things out and we were able to celebrate a milestone with dinner at our favourite restaurant!
We have been here a handful of times, and absolutely love it every time.
The food is excellent- great flavours, creative dishes, served appropriately when expected, and the service is fantastic. From the minute we walk in the door, the hosts are helpful (the entry can be confusing) the servers are great, the assistants are on point, the wine service is great.
We drive 45 minutes to go here- gladly. There are other places we want to try- even other Covina locations... but this one has yet to disappointment so it's tough to branch out.
Highly recommend it. Make a reservation!
Everything clicked at Cucina Urbana... from the shoe lasts on the steps going down to the hostess stand to the awesome server's stand in the middle of the room to the great wine list and excellent menu. Wine is served at retail plus a very modest corkage fee. We had a great sangiovese that opened up beautifully as we made our way through the burrata with roasted garlic vasi with a nice assortment of flatbread and bread for spreading on followed by the tasty burnt brussels sprouts. We shared everything and were delighted with fresh plates and silver for each new item. The Stuffed Squash Blossoms are marvelous. At our server's recommendation, we had the lemon verbena fazzoletti along with the pappardelle we picked on our own. Our server was refreshing and helped guide us through the menu - she always had time to answer questions - and even gave us a list of restaurants for us to try the week we are in San Diego.
We would go back in a heartbeat!
I know I rave about Cucina urbana way too much but I've been here many times only to find they are consistently exceptional with their food, beverages, service, and ambiance plus a shuttle van to and from The Old Globe Theater.
I had a new server this evening, Brooklyn, who truly knew his stuff and I let him lead me astray with a cocktail, entrée and wine suggestions. I only chose a salad on my own.
The cocktail was a new one they’d recently concocted to use their huge purchase of white peaches. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, called the “Peachy Keen,” gin, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry, muddled white peaches and an ice block, they called a cube, on which they had drizzled apricot balsamic. It was so incredibly refreshing, dangereously delicious, I wanted a pitcher.
I started with my standard, the chopped salad with escarole, radicchio, casalingo salumi, caciocavallo, shishito peppers, cherry tomatos, ceci beans, castelvetrano, croutons with an oregano vinaigrette. The best salad hand’s down and could be shareable. I brought half home.
I broke with tradition again, at Brookyn’s suggestion, and had an entrée, the bucatini pasta with guanciale, cabbage, tomato, chili, pecorino cheese and topped with a poached hen egg. With that he recommended a glass of Fornacina Rosso di Montalcino from Tuscany. Wowza what a pairing and what a meal.
I have been to CUCINA urbana now on a number of occasions and I am sad to say that each experience has been slightly worse than the last. My biggest complaint about this place is the service. The majority of the staff here treat you as if you are an inconveniencing them by showing up at the restaurant. Interactions are extremely forced and come across as being highly unprofessional and rude. My partner and I made a reservation and dined at the restaurant on Tuesday evening when there was only a handful of tables and the hostess stand was clear. We approached the stand where the hostess was engaged in a personal conversation with an another employee, she looked at us, I stated my name, and then she went immediately back to her conversation. We waited a couple of minutes for her to finish and were ushered to the table. Once at the table we waited and waited some more for our server to appear. We ordered a simple Margharita pizza and the burrata + prosciutto 'caprese' minus the proscuitto. The pizza came out correct, however the first time the burrata came out it had proscuitto and had to send it back. Second time it came out it had no proscuitto, but also had no burrata and once again sent it back. This time it was clear that our failure to just eat was placed in front of us was frustrating the expediter as he stormed back into the kitchen. We finally get our correct meal and have a decent meal, however no one in the restaurant would have known this as the floor was completely empty of staff and our waiter did not come back to check on us once. On a busy night I can have some understanding and understand that the team may be slammed, but when the restaurant is basically empty and your server only has one other table this is definitely not justifiable.
I want to preface by saying that I eat out 6-10 times a every, every week for business. I've been doing this for over 4 years now and couldn't begin to tell you all of the places I've eaten at. But what sticks are memorable meals. Cucina Urbana goes down as one of the most memorable. From the atmosphere, to the service (Kevin was OUTSTANDING and knowledgeable), to the wine shop (RETAIL PRICING!) to the food, it rates as one of the best meals I've had in the last 4 years. I can't wait to come back to San Diego so I can go back.
We had a table of 4, started with the octopus, the their pepperoni and fennel sausage pizza. After that Kevin recommended a family style chopped salad which was lights out. Once we had that each of us got a different pasta dish (all homemade pasta, delicate and beautifully tasting). Personally I had the Buccatini which, besides Marea in NYC, is the best pasta dishes I've ever had. After our pasta dishes we couldn't try dessert or a main dish. That being said, you can't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes. PLUS, as a reminder, the wine is retail. So you can have high quality wine without the typical 1-300% up charge.
I could go on and on about this place. But I'll leave it with you're missing out if you don't go there, truly. I can't wait to go back.
From start to finish our meal was fantastic. Service was prompt and attentive, informative and appreciated! Food served piping hot and the pasta perfect al dente with just the right amount of sauce. The stuffed squash blossoms are a great starter, and most small plates sized to share. I highly recommend this restaurant.
I love to visit Cucina on every trip to San Diego which is about every 6 weeks. It has great atmosphere, amazimg food and drinks. The staff are fun and make you very welcome. My two favorite members Arie and Rebecca were off , hoeever Ashley and Chelsea. are now on the favorite list too.
Amazing job well done
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