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CUCINA urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
+1 619-239-2222
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“polenta” (40 reviews)
“pizza” (121 reviews)
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Wine Bar, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice, modern setting. That wait staff is very friendly, and I never felt rushed. I had the Maccheroni, a vegetarian restaurant made with oyster mushroom, a bit of tomato, and a corn almond pesto. The mixture of textures in the pesto was quite delightful....More

Thank worldtravlr c
Reviewed 1 week ago

GREAT place, great food, great service, great atmosphere. our party must have tried almost everything on the menu ( well, not everything, but a lot) it was all fantastic. not a dud in the bunch. Service was friendly, prompt, knowledgeable. Wine list is excellent, not...More

Thank Garry W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and service here are exceedingly good. Was really impressed with the knowledge of our server, the quality of her recommendations, and the kitchen's ability to execute each dish beautifully. Really enjoyed their take on polenta with ragu and the tableside preparation makes you...More

Thank FJPinLA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to Cucina, wanting to try a new restaurant for us and also for the Tripadvisor reviews. We came on a Sunday with an Open Table 8:15 reservation for 2. I will say it was packed. Upon entering the restaurant we overheard a party...More

Thank akdeepdiver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked this on the ratings of other Trip advisor reviews, wasn't disappointed! Really lovely fresh and interesting food, with very good service.

Thank lizziesurrey40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great dinner with 9 people. Great food. Staff was very nice to love our reservation around several times. Nice wine list. My only knock is the pasta entree portions were a little small. But the food was terrific.

1  Thank hh695
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Astrid, the manager at the Kimpton Palomar recommended this restaurant to us and we are soooo glad she did. After a trip to Balboa Park we arrived at the restaurant at opening time and there was already a queue. They managed to squeeze the two...More

Thank MikeandWendy01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoy eating here for a few reasons. First, the wine - they have a really good selection and sell their wine at retail plus a small mark-up. Not 3-4 times higher like many restaurants. They also have gluten free options for diners that need...More

Thank mishywishy2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First comment is to make sure you have reservations! We didn't but it was just 2 of us so we were able to eat at the bar, and the bar tender was more than knowledgeable on helping us choose food! We both got pizza and...More

Thank Melissa P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was my wife's pick for anniversary dinner. Great food. Hostess asked if we were celebrating some occasion. Server brought complimentary champagne when he was told it was our anniversary. We both had entrees that had freshly made pasta. Combination of great service, amazing...More

1  Thank Darren D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
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, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
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
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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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