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 went on a Sunday and my husband really enjoyed getting to pick out a bottle of wine at retail pricing and the corkage was free. Great value for a great bottle of wine. The gluten free pasta was very good. The salads were fresh and delicious. And the squash blossom appetizer was yummy! It is noisy but not so noisy that you cannot chat with your friends. The service is amazingly fast and friendly. Leftovers are boxed and put in a refrigerator behind the hostess stand for you to pick up on the way out - very fancy!
I was so looking forward to get back to Cucina Urbana to visit with my peeps and enjoy smoe great pre-theater bites. They saved me the last table in the Atrium adjacent to the hostess station so I could keep an eye on everyone coming and going, lol, I’m nosey like that.
I had Brooklyn as my server again. I love it when the staff is on top of everything on the menu and off the menu. It was great to meet and greet some of the old friends still working there . They are all a great bunch.
I asked if they’d used up all the white peach infused liquors and Brooklyn said he’d check but he said the newest concoction or bar whim, called “Life’s a Peach” was amazing. They'd just made a haul of those white doughnut shaped peaches, I think called "Stark Saturns," from the farmer's market. The cocktail was made with peach puree, gin, sweet white vermouth and lemon crowned with egg white foam and garnished with an edible flower. Lprd help me! It was incredible, so fresh and the peach flavor, wow.
I started with 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 enough to be shareable.
I decided since it was throw back Thursday I’d have a long missed item, the polenta board, literally a wooden serving board schmeared with a more than ample portion of creamy mascarpone polenta where the server runs a tablespoon back and for to make a moat for the chef's whim ragu. Tonight’s whim was sumac braised pork shoulder with fennel, onions and kale. Again a knock out of the park dish with everything so melt in your mouthdelicoius. I accompanied this lusciousness with Brooklyn’s recommendation, a glass of Montalbera Ruché di Castagole Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy, perfect with the ragu.
Best Branzino anywhere. The very first time I tried Branzino, it was at Cucina Urbana. It was just the most amazing, delicious fish I had ever had. It was packed in salt and baked. That was a couple years ago. I've been to other restaurants since then and ordered their Branzino. None of the others ever came close. Alas, I was back at Cucina Urbana on Thursday and had the Branzino again. It was prepared differently, AND EVEN BETTER than before. I know they don't have it on their menu all year, but if it's on the menu when you go, I can highly recommend it.
Average food, and slow service! I had chicken with polenta and it was okay. My friends had trout and pasta bolognese and theirs was average. We were attending a performance at the Old Globe so we had 5 pm reservations. It took 45 minutes to receive our entrees so we had to rush. It ruined the meal. And it was my friend's birthday, so they rushed out a dried up cupcake with no flavor. Over all a very disappointing dinning experience. We will not be going back!
Loved this place when we went there in April. Food was unique and excellent. Our server was outstanding. But was a bit disappointed when we went there last week. Food wasn't as good and the server was decent but not interesting and unique and informative, like the first time.
Our waitress was truly wonderful - she guided us to her favorites which matched our
preferences. Everything was delicious - from the starters through the main course to the
final gelato selections - superb in every way. This was our first time at Cucina Urbana, and
we will definitely be back - soon. The added convenience of a shuttle service to take us to
the Old Globe theater was terrific - we had a phenomenal evening, all in all, in San Diego!
Thank you all for the fine experience you are providing your customers!
Mike and Pam Sanderson
I made the reservation through OpenTable and wrote at the reservation it was a birthday celebration! I was expecting a good, sofá, nice by the window, table. But they gave us the worse located table from the restaurant.
I had been at this restaurant other times without a reservation and had a way batter located table!
And the food, this time, was not the best.
I had better days in this restaurant...
The place and the food were both wonderful. The service was un-attentive and not the waiters fault. She was charged with two large parties and several other tables along with ours. Come on, it's not cheap here, hire some help. Nobody wants to be the diner who's waving his hand
because no one brings another bottle of water or the finished plates have been in front of you
for 20 minutes. It's called hospitality for a reason.
It was our Anniversary. When we were seated they brought us two glasses of champagne and cider for my 9yr old. Our waiter (Philip) was awesome and very knowledgeable about menu and wine selection. The food was delicious and over all experience was great. Made my wife very happy and that's what I was shooting for. Thank you and look forward to my next visit!!!
We went here before a play in Balboa park. The wait staff knew this, the Hostess knew this ( I had stated it when I reconfirmed the reservation). The wait staff was not engaging. The food was slow to arrive after ordering. They were non-communicative when we asked several times about our meals. The food was good but nothing to write home about. I love the cucina enoteca in Del Mar and will be going up there even thought I live much closer to Cucina Urbana. At least the staff there cares about your experience.
Cucina Urbana is my go-to restaurant whenever in San Diego on business or pleasure. The food is excellent and there is always a great vibe. We've gotten to know server Kevin over the years and look forward to his recommendations for wine and food, not to mention friendship. Great experience overall.
Cucina Urbana and their other restaurants ALWAYS provide superb service and excellent food. The wine list is extensive, and though they used to have more wines by the bottle from Italy, they still have one of the best and most interesting lists in San Diego. Whenever I look on open table and find they have availability, I book and go have a wonderful time. I wholeheartedly recommend Cucina Urbana and any of their other restaurants. Try the vasi of chicken liver and also of Burrata. They are delicious and enjoyable. The pasta are incredible and the pizza quite nice and authentically italian.
I came here with my boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary and we had an amazing time!! We were greeted very warmly at the door and our server Philip gave us complimentary champagne on the house and made us feel taken care of. He was never in a hurry and took his time offering suggestions. We were extremely pleased with the quality of the food and the attention and pace of the service. We will definitely be coming back and recommending Cucina Urbana!!!
Food went down hill. The polenta was amazing! But the short rib pappardelle was burnt, so it tasted bitter. I should have sent it back but was so hungry. The lobster and clams pasta was very weak as in not enough flavors. We used to come all the time but not recently... seems like it went downhill!
Dining at Cucina Urbana is always a great experience. From the great ambiance to the amazing food (I'm not a pizza person but theirs is incredible) to the unbelievable service (the hostess remembered me from dining a month earlier and I don't even live in town). CU is always on my list of top restaurants when visiting San Diego.
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