San Diego Restaurants

Cucina Urbana

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

Known for

  • Vasi appetizer platters
  • Seasonal polenta with ragu
  • Ricotta-stuffed zucchini blossoms

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Twentysomethings mingle with boomers in this convivial Bankers Hill dining room and bar, one of the most popular restaurants in town. Country-farmhouse decor that mixes rolling pins with modern art looks and feels festive. The open kitchen turns out innovative Italian food with a California sensibility to enjoy traditionally or at communal tables. Many dishes are under $20, including crowd-pleasing short-rib pappardelle, fried stuffed squash blossoms, creamy mascarpone polenta, and thin-crust pizzas. At the in-house Wine Shop, purchase reasonably priced bottles from California and Italy opened tableside for a $9 corkage fee. End the meal with espresso sipped between bites of gelato, tiramisu, or a caramel budino.

Restaurant Information


505 Laurel St., San Diego, California, 92101, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch Sat.–Mon.

Published 07/06/2016


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