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
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.
Lucky find ! Our first time here and it was an absolutely a great experience. The food was excellent, as was the service. The décor is also very nice. The only drawback is that it is noisy. But when you have a restaurant that is so popular because it is so good and so many people like it - it's bound to happen.
My wife said her pasta dish was one of the best she's ever had.
I am on a special "boot camp" diet and had special requests for both the appetizer and my entrée. I was impressed when they each came out perfect the first time.
Highly recommend it.
Vastly overpriced for small relatively insubstantial dishes. Expected a plate of beet salad, say, and got a tiny bowl. Pizzas thin crust. Cheapest wine by glass at $10 was good, but also overpriced. Paying for lively, friendly ambience and creative, tasty cooking.
Visited for the first time to celebrate a friends birthday. It was a busy Saturday night and the place was crowded. The staff was very friendly and energetic. They provided friendly professional service.
We started with a formaggio mista plate. We enjoyed the mix of savory and sweet dried fruit, nuts, cheeses and prosciutto served with a variety of breads.
The flavors of our entrees were well prepared and the presentation was very nice. I would say we quite enjoyed our meal. My only negative was the proportion size. My friend, who is a petite woman, and I both left feeling hungry. Even after enjoying dessert.
I wouldn't describe this restaurant a good value for the money. I certainly would recommend this restaurant for the flavors of the food, the ambience and staff. They also have a great wine and cocktail menu. I would encourage my friends to eat here, but don't go if they're really hungry.
Would come here again, but order differently. Octopus appetizer was not as spectacular as hoped for. Braised shot rib pasta was incredibly rich; too much for one person. However, whole branzino was beautifully prepared, loved quality and preparation. They fillet it for you. Stuffed with yummy Peruvian potatoes, citrus and other things. Wonderful dish! This is a great place to go if you are into wines. The wine prices are extremely reasonable and there is a wide variety. Service was very good.
We found Cucina Urbana on Yelp and decided to try it on our visit to San Diego. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. We LOVED our whole experience at CU! The atmosphere was super cool, the bartenders were incredible and knowledgeable, our waiter Kevin was fabulous. Everyone took great care to make sure we had a perfect experience. Best of all, everything we ordered was fantastic. This would be a great spot to go with a group so you could try a lot of different things, because everything is wonderful.
We loved this place, especially the delicious food (oh, those brussel sprouts and the beet and avocado salad!). The wine selection was excellent and the desserts we shared were heavenly. The place is very attractive, with a hip, urban feel. We dined early before the noise level started to rise, so we were able to enjoy good conversation. But some noise reduction efforts would be nice once the place fills. That would be my only small criticism; otherwise it was terrific. I already look forward to returning.
I hadn't been here in a while, and was delighted to find that their quality had been maintained. Their polenta with Ragu of the day is always delicious. The pizzas are superb. Their sandwiches are excellent. The only negative, is they seem to have jacked up their prices quite a bit.
Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. But what took the cake, was the atypical kids meal that I ordered for my toddler son. The most beautiful plate of roast chicken and vegetables I've ever seen off of a kids menu, that was actually seasoned and tasted delicious. My son scarfed it down. So impressed that they took such care. Thank you!!
Antonio was our server on the night of the 24th. He was very friendly and patient with our table. Himself and the staff were incredibly attentive to refilling waters and/or champagne. They also made a mistake on my order and they immediately took the plate back and had a new one out in five minutes (literally). Within those five minutes, three different people came by and apologized, which is completely unnecessary (one would suffice) but definitely appreciated.
The drink menu here is absolutely amazing. The cocktails are crafted with fresh ingredients and made to perfection.
We were also celebrating a 30th birthday and they really made it special.
5 stars, would give more if possible.
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