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 ($8 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
My favorite restaurant in San Diego! Eve ...
My favorite restaurant in San Diego! Everyone that works at Cucina Urbana from the hostess and bus people to servers are so friendly and attentive to your meal. Can't wait to return.
Service was excellent. Food very good.
Service was excellent. Food very good.
Ambiance was nice, a little bit loud bu ...
Ambiance was nice, a little bit loud but ok, not for romantic date , food was cold, service was good.
Took my girlfriend here for her birthday ...
Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we both thought it was great! Excellent food and excellent service. Very good modern Italian cuisine!
We loved everything about this restauran ...
We loved everything about this restaurant except the noise level. This was a dinner with an old friend that we had not seen in several years and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. I would dine at this restaurant again but not if the main reason was conversation. I realize that it would be difficult to make it less noisy but I will be more careful in the future if noise will affect my experience
My waiter never checked up on us, it too ...
My waiter never checked up on us, it took about 25 min to wave him down for the check, it wasn't even busy. I wanted dessert but I was so annoyed that he never came around so I gave up and took my party to have dessert elsewhere.
Great food. Service was good. Will go ba ...
Great food. Service was good. Will go back again.
We went to Cucuna Urbana for a graduatio ...
We went to Cucuna Urbana for a graduation celebration. We were a party of 8 and had super night. The food, ambiance and service was impeccable. David was our server and was a lot of fun. No complaints from anyone! We wish there was a Cucina up in Northern California. We will definitely be back
Loved the food and the service was great ...
Loved the food and the service was great. Highly recommend it.
Really good service. Amazing food! Spec ...
Really good service. Amazing food! Specially the pizzas and the beet salad.
Wonderful, as usual.
Thoroughly enjoyable though the experience would have been better had the sound level been a bit "less energetic." Service was perfect: available but not overly hovering.
Great service and even a friendly shuttl ...
Great service and even a friendly shuttle to athe Old Globe. Noise level was on the high side. That was the only negative.
I would recommend Urbana Cucina to anyone. It will now be my "go to" restaurant.
Their staff, and level of service, was s ...
Their staff, and level of service, was second to none!
A hit with out of towners
Great place to take an out of town friend who appreciates good food. The stuffed squash blossoms are always perfect. Although a bit noisy, it is only because it is so popular. Attentive service.
I discovered this place a month ago and ...
I discovered this place a month ago and have gone back twice since then. Amazing food and reasonable prices.
The service was good, but we were disappointed that the Hostess or the waiter forgot to wish my daughter a happy sweet 16. We told the hostess, but no acknowledgement of her special birthday. I would of complained, but my daughter said "don't worry". In hind site, this was a special birthday and I should of walked over to the hostess station to speak to the manager to express our disappointment. Sadly, this was not a memorable evening for a sweet 16 birthday.
Outstanding service and food. Would gladly have gone back another night if my trip had been one more night.
great service, great food
We were celebrating Mother's Day. After a visit to the Mingei museum, this was perfect for dinner. Our server, Brooklyn, could not have been better. He was great with us, and also with every other table he was taking care of. In addition to the great food and wine, he really did make the experience a special one.
This is an excellent place for dinner!
This is an excellent place for dinner!
Good ambiance (can be noisy), excellent ...
Good ambiance (can be noisy), excellent food. Service is OK. Secure option for a good dinner.
Fun and live atmosphere. Very good food ...
Fun and live atmosphere. Very good food and service!
This was my 4th time here and I was was so disappointed in our entrees. We had the rabbit ravioli (meat was dry), short rib pappardelle (noodles were undercooked) and the lamb shoulder (veggies were fridgerator cold). On the positive, the appetizers we had were amazing. The grilled octopus, polenta with ragu and cheese board! The zeppole dessert was delicious too.
Great food and service
Great food and service
Service lacked, waited over 20 minutes b ...
Service lacked, waited over 20 minutes before being greeted by our server, set a bad tone for the meal.
CUCINA urbana is my new favorite!
Staff is fantastic! Friendly, attentive, provided good suggestions. Rigatoni sounds simple, but was outstanding. Lemon Mascarpone Agnolotti was really tasty, but the portion was smaller than expected. Chicken Liver Pate mini mason jar was so rich and good. Cocktails were excellent too. Highly recommend and will definitely come back, especially to try happy hour.
Great atmosphere, great wine, great food- enjoyed a great date night w my husband !
We wanted to lick the board.
The Chef's Daily Ragu never fails to please but this night it was Lamb Shank with some vegetables and kohlrabi - it was amazing. All four of us looked at the board and wished we got it as an entree. All of our entrees were great but this night the Papardella was not quite up to par. The Char and sauce was perfection. The wine was fantastic if a bit pricey.
The food was amazing like always, plus t ...
The food was amazing like always, plus their cocktails are great.
My best friend flew in from Pittsburgh to celebrate our 29 years of friendship. I made reservations for us at Cucina Urbana because it is one of my all time favorite restaurants and I wants her to have the "Cucina Experience". We were in love with the atmosphere and the food was absolutely amazing. Our waiter found out we were celebrating 29 years of being best friends and brought us two glasses of bubbly to honor our friendship. The night was just perfect. Thank you Cucina Urbana for making a memory we won't forget! Much love!!!
Cucina Urbana offers a great mix of tale ...
Cucina Urbana offers a great mix of talented, interesting, helpful, friendly staff (Caroline, Kevin, Christian), great food options, and a selection of diverse wines and spirits. Try it and you'll return again and again, as we do..
Perfect yet again. Went for my wife's b ...
Perfect yet again. Went for my wife's birthday and received a glass of champagne and dessert on the house.
We always enjoy Cucina Urbana when we ar ...
We always enjoy Cucina Urbana when we are in the San Diego area.
Excellent selection of appetizers. We m ...
Excellent selection of appetizers. We made a meal of it. Small but interesting wine selection. The food came very quickly. Our server was attentive. Definitely worth going back.
Wonderful food, delightful staff.
Our waiter, Antonio, was charming and so helpful. He recommended a delightful wine that went so well with our delicious entrees. We will definitely be coming back!
Ate at the bar. Bartender,despite being ...
Ate at the bar. Bartender,despite being jammed, was as friendly, attentive and knowledgable as you could get.
Polenta was amazing, everything deliciou ...
Polenta was amazing, everything delicious! Great service!
Incredible food & wine experience. Best ...
Incredible food & wine experience. Best ever.
Divine as always! Every dish was perfect ...
Divine as always! Every dish was perfect, and the wine list is infallible and a good value as well, especially Sundays when there is no corkage fee. Dine here!
I had a delicious pasta dish that had a lemony sauce. I believe it was agnioli. The price was about $23. and I did not feel it was a sufficient portion size for that price. I really would have loved to have more. I do love the fact that I never feel rushed.
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