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CUCINA urbana

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505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634 (5th Avenue)
+1 619-239-2222
11:30 am - 11:59 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:59 pm
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San Francisco, California
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92 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go for the expertly crafted cocktails, stay for pizza, pasta, and the sorbet sampler. Lovely interior, too.

Thank Lindsay D
Tel Aviv, Israel
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Italian food, service and atmosphere. Menu for kids as well. Not cheap. We really enjoyed it with good Pizza and great homemade pasta.

Thank roi_sc
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My spouse and I met up with another couple from out of town. The service was pretty quick. We were slow to decide, but waitress continued to check on us until we were ready to order. The drinks were a nice size pour. Their wine is reasonably priced and the corkage fee is added on to the retail price. The... More 

Thank Klawonn
Lexington, South Carolina
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an all around fantastic experience. The food, service, ambiance, and wine selection were all fantastic. Doubles as a wine shop and you can pick out your wine at shop prices and just pay an $8 corkage for table service. Highly recommend!

Thank Susie1473
Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

CUCINA Urbana comes highly recommended. Located in San Diego's upscale neighborhood of Banker's Hill, this is the place to be, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. I had the pork chop dish and this was literally the best cut of pork I have ever tasted. The wine, cocktails, appetizers were also superb. My only reservation here was the noise... More 

Thank ONepenthe
San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had dinner here with the family while visiting from SF. The waiter was incredible. I think his name was Bobby (?). The food was delicious. We had everything from Octopus to pizza. You can't go wrong with anything you try there. We were there on a Wednesday night and it was quite busy. Afterwards we ended up at Extraordinary Desserts... More 

Thank L R
San Diego
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great for casual dining but pricey. There are options of sitting at the bar or the community tables. We enjoyed the frites and several bottles of wine with several of our friends. Main courses were all over the place for our group but I had the short rib!! wonderful

Thank BobbyD6363
Johnson City, Tennessee
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was by far the best meal we had during our five days in San Diego! The atmosphere, food, wines and service were flawless. Our party shared the Stuffed Fried Squash Blossums, which were fantastic. My wife and sister-in-law ordered the Rigatoni with bolognese and ricotta. They enjoyed it so much that they joked about ordering it again for dessert.... More 

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Thun, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely awesome!! GREAT, attentive service from the moment you get in till you leave. Delicious food, superb wines ( loved the Russian River chardonnay!) Cool decoration! 5 out of 5! The best in USA ( West Coast) so far!DONT MISS IT!! You get to go there ! DONT HESITATE!!

Thank Venkito
Clovis, California
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188 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

I love their burnt Brussel sprouts and sauce with a kick. New eggplant appetizer is a homerun. But the grilled bronzino, completely boned is the best fish I have had in over a year, anywhere in the world. The agnolotti was also quite good. Great wait staff, good wine list, nice desserts.

Thank golfkat

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Wine Bar, Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:59 pm
11:30 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
    (5th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-239-2222
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?