CUCINA urbana

CUCINA urbana

Italian Restaurant, Bar, and Pizza Place
505 Laurel St (at 5th Ave), San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Closed until 4:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 4:30 PM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

CUCINA urbana is a California inspired Italian Kitchen & Wine Shop located in the heart of San Diego in Banker's Hill.


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  • What you need to know
    Jersey H.
    Try the polenta board - it's basically always amazing.(6 Tips)
    Ruben F.
    Try the polenta and the short rib pappardelle!(5 Tips)
    Willis Allen Real Estate
    Hip & happening downtown restaurant, steps outside Balboa Park.(4 Tips)
    Sukhjit G.
    Try the Bittersweet Chocolate Budino - #nom(2 Tips)
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127 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • polenta
  • wine
  • short rib pappardelle
  • pizza
  • desserts
  • bittersweet chocolate budino
  • lasagna
  • balboa park
  • pasta
  • good for dates
  • octopus
  • trendy
  • lively
  • fennel sausage
  • cocktails
  • branzino
  • zucchini flowers
  • cod
  • healthy food
  • burgers
  • Suhaib R.

    Love everything. starting from appetizers to desserts

    Suhaib R. · 6 days ago
  • Jose A V.

    Bugatini ! Just amazing

    Jose A Valencia-C · 1 week ago
  • Roger M.

    You can never go wrong with their pizza!

    Roger Ma · April 8
  • Maile K.

    Shortribs are Delish!

    Maile Karris · March 31
  • Rima

    Sat at the bar since it was super busy and still had a great experience. Bartenders very friendly & attentive. Get the sorbet sampler for dessert -- was AMAZING.

    Rima · March 15
  • Carla E.

    Order the polenta. It's out of this world:-)

    Carla England · February 10
  • Divya M.

    Amazing place! We had made reservations for a group and pre ordered a fixed menu. It was delicious. Go for the pizzas, wild mushroom cavatelli and short rib pappardelle. The tiramisu is to die for!

    Divya Mulanjur · January 31
  • Alëx C.

    De los mejores restaurantes de comida Italiana

    Alëx Cæstneda · December 15, 2014
  • Luke W.

    Get a family sized platter of the bolognese and pick out a nice big Zinfandel from the self-serve wine racks. Everything is delicious but if you're short on bolognese expect fork battles.

    Luke White · November 30, 2014
  • Jasper T.

    Tiramisu & pasta

    Jasper Tempel · November 10, 2014
  • E L.

    Loved the atmosphere♥ we came here for wine. cheese & salumi board and *truffle parmesan fries* were so good. late night num nums ;P

    E L · October 7, 2014
  • Ashley J.

    Ragu polenta is so good

    Ashley J · September 16, 2014
  • Gary R.

    Everything on the menu

    Gary Roberts · August 30, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Paul McCabe, chef of T Cooks, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Grilled mediterranean octopus. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Djordje G.

    The polenta lived up to the hype, and the octopus antipasti was grilled to perfection. Cocktails are quite delicious as well, especially their many takes on a negroni

    Djordje Grkovic · August 22, 2014
  • Maya A.

    Asparagus risotto-pizza-pappardelle..delish!

    Maya Asterix · August 12, 2014
  • Michael N.

    Short rib pappardelle is excellent. Also great shrimp puttanesca and my favorite wine pricing method!

    Michael Newton · August 10, 2014
  • Ileana R.

    Squash blossoms. Oh my.

    Ileana Rivera cedeno · July 18, 2014
  • Letty Z.

    Delicioso papardele con short ribs

    Letty Zetune · June 3, 2014
  • Rachael G.

    Stop here for a glass of wine before walking into Balboa Park.

    Rachael Green · May 19, 2014
  • Rachael G.

    They've changed the gnuddi to an arrabiati sauce, but you can still request it old school style with brown butter sage sauce. Yumminess!

    Rachael Green · May 19, 2014
  • Rachael G.

    Save yourself $8. No corkage fee on Sundays.

    Rachael Green · May 19, 2014
  • Jason H.

    Get reservations ahead of time. Great wine selection at retail prices, so no added markup. The lasagna was amazing!

    Jason Hughes · April 16, 2014
  • Lorna J.

    Great wine list and they sell at cost and charge corkage so you can have some really great stuff. We had the Barolo. Several bottles ...

    Lorna Jacoby · April 6, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Chocolate Nutella Zeppole - Wow. Filled with chocolate too.

    Mike Chau · February 14, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Chocolate Espresso Budino

    Mike Chau · February 14, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Chicken Meatball Parmigiano Hero - So good

    Mike Chau · February 14, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Truffle Parmesan Fries - Amazing

    Mike Chau · February 14, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Pepperoni And Fennel Sausage Pizza

    Mike Chau · February 14, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Farro And Brussels Sprouts Leaf Salad

    Mike Chau · February 14, 2014
  • Bella S.

    While the evenings maintain a fun, celebratory & raucous mood, I recommend visiting during the day to enjoy the food & decor among a relaxed atmosphere that allows for conversations sans shouting. :)

    Bella S. · January 11, 2014
  • Justin E.

    Order the grilled octopus. Lip smackin'.

    Justin Eckhoff · December 18, 2013
  • Christanna H.

    Sit at the bar, get some Italian wine, eat squash blossoms and enjoy the man candy that shall take care of you. No, seriously, great service. And lots of amari.

    Christanna Honer · December 12, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    The pizza is always a good bet at this Italian restaurant close to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.

    Serious Eats · November 6, 2013
  • Kimber B.

    Wow.... Amazing ambiance, hip place, food awesome, service great... Love, love, love the polenta!!! I will definitely be back and plan to make this a regular stop on my future San Diego trips!

    Kimber B. · November 5, 2013
  • Errol L.

    Lasagna all day long

    Errol LeBlanc · September 9, 2013
  • Inga I.

    Get the Rosebud cocktail! It's like drinking a refreshing, juicy watermelon drink spiked with a smooth vodka. SO good!!

    Inga Intriago · September 9, 2013
  • Steven Y.

    Wine bottles at retail plus $8 corkage fee; mushroom and fennel sausage pizza with truffle oil, short rib tagliatelle, strawberry tiramisu are awesome

    Steven Y · September 7, 2013
  • Allen S.

    Everyone comes here for the short rib pappardelle, but it's CU's apps that make it a SD favorite. Get the polenta board, gorgonzola mousse, squash blossom, and the gnudi (order 2, they're that good).

    Allen Shiu · August 22, 2013
  • Lisa S.

    Chase ATM across the corner. If you are coming with a big party, hit up the ATM before you come in. Happy hour at 5:00 pm and opens at 5:00 pm

    Lisa Suzuki · August 12, 2013
  • raymie

    Great place! Definitely try the suckling pig.

    raymie · August 10, 2013
  • Ruben F.

    Try the polenta and the short rib pappardelle!

    Ruben Flores · August 5, 2013
  • James L.

    Mediterranean octopus is amazing.

    James Lee · July 19, 2013
  • Kate

    The new wheat berry kale salad is amazing. I killed it in about 2 minutes, and even ignored my beer so I could keep shoveling bites into my mouth!

    Kate · July 18, 2013
  • Bill

    grilled octopus, squash blossoms and roasted branzino are not to be missed

    Bill · June 16, 2013
  • Beth C.

    By far the best meal I've had in San Diego! The service was amazing even when sitting at the bar. Make sure to get the polenta of the day - you will not regret it! Love the decor too.

    Beth Callan · June 6, 2013
  • Patrick P.

    Remember to try everything on the menu. I know you have you favorite, but step out of your comfort zone. You'll discover something else just as fabulous here.

    Patrick Pina · May 25, 2013
  • Paul C.

    If you're not in a hurry, order dishes one by one. My second dish arrived before I'd finished the first.

    Paul Clark · May 9, 2013
  • Eater

    Three years after opening, this is still one of the toughest tables to get in town. The shareable, Italian-inspired menu is modern and accessible. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · April 23, 2013
  • Kate

    Beet salad is amazing. It's also small which is nice if you're saving room for your entree.

    Kate · March 25, 2013

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