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Cucina Urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
+1 619-239-2222
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Ranked #35 of 4,044 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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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. - Most menu items $20 and under - 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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Denver, Colorado
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122 reviews 122 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Was visiting from Denver and thought this place looked good after looking around on Yelp. The hostess was rude when I asked if people brought their kids there. She hesitantly said "yeah", but she meant "no, and we don't care for them". Definitely made me feel less welcome. She was right in a sense, though, because the setting was not... More

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Pleasanton, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My wife and I tried this place after it being recommended by goods friends. It has a really fun atmosphere which lends itself to the hustle and bustle of a crowded place. The menu offers a nice selection without being overwhelming. The service, while a bit slow, is extremely friendly and helpful. The food is well worth the wait (... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Fun place to dine or have drinks. The place was alive with people. Definitely not the place to go for a cozy, quiet time. Crowded bar, crowded restaurant, but fast service and great food. Lots of creative dishes to choose from. I would recommend this place to others.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

we dined here this past week and really enjoyed the food and wine. Bottles of wine are priced wholesale with a corking fee which made for a reasonably priced wine list. The food was delicious starting with the kale salad and stuffed squash blossoms. However, our wine didn't come till after our appetizers were out! I had the short rib... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I met my girlfriend here for dinner during restaurant week and we had an amazing dinner. Very interesting flavors and the service was wonderful. Eclectic and inviting atmosphere and great wines that can be purchased at store prices. I would highly recommend trying this place!

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

I had been living in San Diego for two years and finally got to eat here. Was everything I had heard and then some. Great service, creative menu, good food and overall dining experience. One of my favs.

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Vista, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The atmosphere is urban, but very warm and friendly. We sat in the area by the windows on the bench seats and it was very cozy and easy to hear each other. As everyone dug in to their meal, the response was an immediate Mmmm! So we all had to taste each others food. All great. The meat just melted... More

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Augusta, Georgia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Cucina was a real Treat. Fresh on steroids!! Food was amazing and very Cool setting. A must do while in San Diego. Yum!!

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you like the unusual but want good taste this is the place for you. The food is yummy, the dishes unique, the atmosphere is vibrant and staff engaging. Great place to have dinner.

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Columbia, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My wife and I were very excited to spend our anniversary evening at Cucina Urbana. We were seated within 5 minutes of arriving (we had reservations). The beet salad appetizer, pork chop, risotto and tiramisu dessert were all average italian food. In my opinion I would not return to Cucina Urbana for any of these dishes nor recommend them to... More

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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 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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