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San Diego Restaurants

Cucina Urbana

  • 505 Laurel St. Map It
  • Italian
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/16/2014

Fodor's Review

Proprietor Tracy Borkum's casual and stylish Cal-Italian spot remains one of the most popular tables in town. Everything is reasonably priced, and diners can pop into the retail wine room, select a bottle, and drink it with dinner for a modest corkage fee. The ricotta gnudi bathed in brown butter and fried sage are the best yet; fried squash blossoms sing; and polenta boards mixed tableside are creative and satisfying. Also good are the lasagna, the short rib pappardelle,

and the mushroom garganelli with goat cheese fonduta. Sit at the cozy bar and watch the chefs turn out bubbly, thin-crust pizzas topped with wild mushroom and taleggio cheese or pancetta and brussels sprout leaf, or find a spot at the main bar for a clever cocktail crafted from seasonal fruit and Italian liqueurs.

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505 Laurel St., San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch Sat.–Mon.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 05/16/2014


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Oct 13, 2005

A makeover that turned a great restaurant into a bad one.

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in SD. Great Duck, delicious side dishes, crunchy french bread served throughout the meal. Since it has undergone its makeover to become a hip, avant garde spot, the food has deteriorated, the decor looks cheap and clashes and the ambiance has gone down. The one thing they should have fixed was the noise which unfortunately they didnt so if there is any sort of large crowd you cannot hear the waiter nor

your dinner companions across the table.

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Jun 5, 2005

Perfect place to celebrate a wedding anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Laurel. The superb service and the delicious meal made it one of the most romantic anniversary celebrations to date. The waitstaff spoiled us silly and the food was excellent. We have decided to make it our special anniversary spot each year.

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