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Cucina Urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
+1 619-239-2222
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Ranked #26 of 4,118 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Organic, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 5th Avenue
Description: CUCINA urbana is a California inspired Italian Kitchen and Wine Shop. Owner Tracy Borkum's flair for combining great ambience, award-winning cuisine and unparalleled service are once again starring components in this Urban Kitchen Group creation. The restaurant is being heralded as the leader in the new regime of affordable dining in San Diego and has been the subject of praise from numerous local and national publications. The restaurant's interior evokes a modern kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse. A touch of home, splash of bohemia and many objects new and old attract the eye. A focus on raw, sustainable material and reclaimed local material is found throughout. Discarded fence boards recovered from San Diego county wrap columns, walls, service stations and the back bar. Chef Joe Magnanelli's menu offers affordable selections of vasi + antipasti + boards + insalate + pizza + pasta + piatti + dolce. His whimsical expression of Italian classics coupled with the use of the freshest local produce, and organic and sustainable products comprise a diverse menu with all items at or below $20. Whether dining traditionally or 'family style', guests have become hooked on favorites such as stuffed fried squash blossoms, ricotta gnudi, braised black cod and veal piccata. Wines of 'The Americas,' including California, Washington, Oregon, Argentina, Chile and Italy are among the major wine-producing regions offered in CUCINA urbana's retail priced Wine Shop. Guests are invited to visit the restaurant's retail area to select a bottle for lunch or dinner (a corkage fee of $8 applies) or purchase wine to go. Additionally, CU plays host to a monthly 'Winemakers Series,' where guests are invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, taste a variety of wines and mingle with a winemaker in a casual, informal setting. - Strong commitment to seasonality + sustainability - organic + local product used whenever possible - wines from the Americas and Italy - sold at retail pricing - special discounts for cases of wine to go! - Local artisan beers + italian favorites - housemade infused liquors + specialty cocktails
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south carolina
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299 reviews 299 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Reservations are a must. We were there during restaurant week and had limited selections of a three course meal. Would rather visit another time. Our food was excellent though as well as the handcrafted cocktails. The zucchini blossoms were very good.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Our family was in San Diego after Christmas and this restaurant had been recommended by a friend. We couldn't get reservations, so we went early and were fortunate to get enough seats at the Community table. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere is great, the service fantastic, and of course the food was delicious. Don't leave without enjoying the chocolate... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My husband and I went to this restaurant on Christmas Eve for dinner and it did not disappoint! We truly enjoyed everything we ate and the staff goes above and beyond to make you comfortable and happy. Try the Zucchini blossoms! It will change your life!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We wanted to eat here so badly and were unable to get a table. For two days they were completely booked. There are two community tables of 8 that are first come, first serve. We hung out at the bar waiting for a spot to open up. When one did another group jumped in before we could get to it.... More 

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San Diego, California
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216 reviews 216 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This restaurant is a popular place in San diego. I ate tartar once and found the food to be good, but I am not a personal fan of noisy places that the hip crowd seems to like.

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Bend, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Based on Trip advisor reviews had dinner here on Christmas eve. This was an excellent decision. Food was outstanding and service was even better. Great wine list at retail wine store prices. Very busy and energetic. Made for a wonderful festive atmosphere.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We visited the restaurant during restaurant week and ordered one of the semi-set menus. We didn't have a reservation but got one of the shared tables. Service was very good. They have a great selection of beers and the food was great, except for the desserts that were average.

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Oxford, Wisconsin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

So I will be honest, the food is fantastic. Absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, when my husband and I arrived for our 7:15pm reservation at 7:15pm the two hostesses barley acknowledged us and waved us off to a corner. We were told us they would get us seated at 7:15. I could see it was clearly very busy and everyone was running... More 

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san diego
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very nice interior...hip setting. the menu has some interesting elements, although their margarita is their in -house version, and not to my liking at all: very bitter. sent back after the first sip.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

One of the best Italian restaurants in US. Has a wine cellar where you can pick the bottle and pay corkage. Also order a cheese plate before your main dish.

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Additional Information about Cucina Urbana

Address: 505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
Phone Number: +1 619-239-2222
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Organic, Wine Bar

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