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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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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“squash blossoms” (30 reviews)
“pappardelle” (38 reviews)
“pasta” (74 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 3 days ago via mobile

We have been in this restaurant two time during our stay in SD. The choice and the taste were perfect. Location is very convenient (you could go for dinner just after a walk in park or zoo). There are good wide selection of vine (with...More

Thank Артем Г
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

business dinner--place was packed on monday night everything really tasty and fresh pastas all homemade pizzas looked great will return next time we are in san diego for sure

Thank weasiewoo
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a popular spot for locals and out of town guests who like to deviate from traditional Italian food. This place just outside of Balboa Park area has pretty good food with moderate price. On this week night just barely after happy hours time we...More

Thank IVegas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a quick weekend getaway found this cute place. Definitely recommend reservations, especially for a Saturday night like when we went. We did not have them but were able to get super lucky and get four spots together at this community eating counter/bar top. Atmosphere...More

Thank Corine M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding. Not your typical spaghetti and meatballs place. Ambiance was unique. Wish we lived here because we would frequent it.

Thank Doreen412
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we were in San Diego, a friend said you have to go to Cucina Urbana. We are so glad we dined there. The place is charming and the food is outstanding. We loved all our dishes especially the desserts. You will be delighted if...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We had two dinners here. All food was great, in particular the pasta with short rib ragu and with the pork cheeks. the one with veal and pork Bolognese was a bit too sweet for me. We like that our kids good compose their own...More

Thank AnGr2013
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We showed up without a reservation and dined at the communal table. The food and flavours were amazing. Grilled Octopus - we shared this appetiser. The octopus was soft and succulent, grilled just enough to char the outside without drying the meat. It set a...More

Thank JocelynT852
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Very good food with interesting combinations of flavors and ingredients Order the squash blossoms! A nice variety of European and Californian wines

Thank World_Traveler_DR
Reviewed 20 August 2017 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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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
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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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