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CUCINA urbana

€€ - €€€, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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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Wine Bar, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Dined here last fall with a group of 10. Great service, incredibly well priced wine list, and lots of dining selections. Would definitely return next time I'm in San Diego

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked before holiday following a recommendation from a friend who had recently visited San Diego. He said it was the best restaurant that they ate at in San Diego and he was not wrong. The restaurant was full on a sunday night which probably said...More

Thank NeilHAnlaby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place never ceases to amaze me. I live 45 minutes away and dining here is always wonderful. Everything is worth noting from the exceptional service to the phenomenal cuisine. This occasion, we tried the burrata as an appetizer...there was complete silence to the last...More

Thank JetsettinDiva08
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely restaurant with fun vibe. Had absolutely fantastic meal and our server was outstanding! She knew everything about the menu and really helped us narrow down our choices. The portions are large!

Thank morey922
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Food was absolutely delicious and service was also on point. Very surprised to learn that u have to request bread if so interested, especially being an Italian restaurant. Located downtown so parking alittle difficult but don't hesitate going it's very well worth it.

Thank Sherpa776908
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The food is always great, the only complain would be it is always crowded for dinner, but worth the hassle.

Thank Guille2101
Reviewed 12 August 2018

A solid 4 star experience, yet again. This remains one of our favorite restaurants in SD. It's a casual upscale eatery, delivering very good food, with attentive service. We've dined here numerous times, and most recently we dined in their quarterly "Beast Feast", which is...More

Thank Lawrence C
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We came here for dinner and drinks and had a reservation for 8:15. It was odd that I had to repeat my name several times (a common name), and once everyone else got seated, they came to us and again asked me my name. We...More

Thank travybaby
Reviewed 31 July 2018

This place was highly recommended!. Great authentic italian food, in a hip, modern style. Great bar, great setting too!

Thank alicegrey2018
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Business n family friendly casual restaurant Amazing u can pick out your own wine n bring it to the table Huge portions n very good service

Thank henryunger2016
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24 March 2018|
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Response from SalinasReviewer | Reviewed this property |
It was busy so a little noisy but well worth going
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
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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