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
We had an excellent meal with our daughter & her boyfriend while visiting San Diego. In fact, it was the BEST meal of the entire week, and we are picky "foodies". I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a delicious, high quality meal in a classy setting.
Café Urbana is upscale Italian in all the right ways. The ambience is a little on the casual side, but sophisticated. Totally fine for a special night out. Noise level is moderate to loud. The dishes are authentic Italian yet with enough of a twist in ingredients to keep the flavor profiles fresh, interesting, not trite. Antipasti were inventive yet approachable. Everything we ordered was excellent with some teensy missteps. The ground lamb in the ravioli was too coarse. Gave the little pillows an awkward flavor and texture and the pappardelle were cut a little too thick. Service was knowledgeable and congenial. Our server suggested family style options for various dishes which made our meal more festive. They had a terrific wine promo that evening (perhaps standard practice?) buy your wine from their adjoining retail market and they serve it only charging a corkage fee of $9. You can be a bit more adventurous without breaking the bank. Overall a good value for the experience. I'd definitely go again.
Excellent pre/post theater!
The food and drink menus were very creative. Presentation and "narration" of cheese plate was friendly and well done. The osso buco was amazing and the lamb filled triangular raviolis were so unique and delicious. As mentioned the wait staff was very friendly, but might want to mention that clanging the empty "sharing" plates is rude and disconcerting.
It was so wonderful to see so many of my peeps still working especially my great server Antonio when I stopped in for a pre-theater bite.
I started with my favorite cocktail the Il Zenzero, gin, Canton ginger-flavored liqueur, jalapeño, cucumber, basil and lemon. It’s so pretty and just that perfect burst of freshness.
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. It is one fabulous salad full of super fresh ingredients and it’s definitely shareable. I brought half home.
I had the pasta entrée, the special of the evening: ricotta filled agnolotti pasta with bay shrimp and crispy salume in a burre blanc sauce and topped with, fresh today, Susie’s Farm flowers and shaved vegetables.
Antonio recommended this incredible white wine, hard to describe but wonderful, I’d could buy a bottle or three, “Etna Bianco” Benanti Carricante from Sicily.
I chose a dessert to pick up after the theater to take home: the caramel budino with espresso meringue and devil's food cake crumble. OMG the velvety creaminess caramel made me want to bury my face in it and lick the ramekin. This is the best budino I’ve had since the butterscotch at Pizzeria Mozza back in the day.
Great spot for a special occasion or date night. Great wine list and bottle shop in restaurant. Delicious craft cocktails, and good appetizers. Their main sizes vary, and you may need to order a side with things like fish or chicken. Pastas are a good size.
The atmosphere is fantastic! Beautifully decorated and a unique look. Wine and signature cocktail list are impressive . That's where it ends for me. We had an 8:45pm reservation and felt our waitress was phoning it in at that point. We were served wine and salad and watched bread served to surrounding tables . Waitress nowhere to be found. Needed to ask the young man clearing out salad plates for bread. Entrees beautifully presented. I ordered the chicken fra diavlo it was so fatty that I could not eat more than a few bites, the broccolini was so undercooked that I could not get a knife through the long stalks. Our second entree was the Mediterranean Sea Bass delicious but a tiny amount of sea bass . Overall would go back only to have a glass of wine and a salad
The ONLY restaurant that has fun and creative non-alcoholic drinks. One of the best service mentality in San Diego and that is hard to find since the industry here lacks expediency and attentiveness while not being overbearing (I worked as a server for 10 years here in SD). Excellent food, excellent service. Best place to dine for everything. Period.
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