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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” (41 reviews)
“pizza” (122 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
Wine Bar, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
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1 - 10 of 711 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had our post-wedding ceremony dinner here in the wine room last weekend and everything was beyond amazing. Tiffany, their event coordinator was helpful, responsive, and easy to work with. Our server was one of the best I have ever had, he made sure that...More

Thank Megan H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow, what a delight to come across Cucina Urbana while mixing a bit of family in on a recent business trip to San Diego. We were celebrating my niece's 32 birthday and did it with style. Each of our four courses was paired with an...More

Thank mkurtz14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an incredible meal. We spent the day at the Zoo and walked to the restaurant. The staff was top notch. We were there on a Sunday. Wine was at market prices and no corking fee on Sundays. Perfect cap to the day.

Thank 16by16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lynn is a amazing server, she was very attentive. Love this place, the food is amazing and the atmosphere is great. This is a must place for anyone wanting great food and great service!!😉

Thank Ruben A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must go at least once! Too many GREAT restaurant's in San Diego to get to (even for a local). This one has great ambiance, food, service, etc...

1  Thank cindywinter67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a nice dining experience before a show at the Civic Theatre. Decided on Cucina Urbana. We did not have reservations but we were early- 5 PM. There was a table but would have had to leave by 6:15 so opted for...More

Thank DDB51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Family night out dinner and a play, this restaurant is one of San Diego's best, great food and service. Easy to find next to Balboa park, a must visit

Thank John R
Reviewed 18 July 2017 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 13 July 2017

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 11 July 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:59
11:30 - 23:59
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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