Urban Kitchen Group at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park

After a comprehensive 3-year renovation, Mingei is now the home to ARTIFACT at Mingei, opens for lunch Wednesday, November 17, 2021 and CRAFT CAFE open daily at 8:30 am as the newest additions to the growing Urban Kitchen Group portfolio. Both will be located in the free and welcoming Commons level, a new “living room” for Balboa Park featuring cutting-edge design, exhibitions and dynamic artist installations, all rooted in Mingei’s mission to celebrate folk art, craft and design from around the world.

The two venues are the latest addition to pioneering restaurateur Tracy Borkum and Executive Chef Tim Kolanko’s CUCINA family of restaurants. Beloved in the San Diego region since opening the iconic Kensington Grill, Borkum is known for presenting exceptional food and superior service in imaginatively designed environments, including CUCINA urbana, CUCINA sorella, and CUCINA enoteca Del Mar, Newport Beach and Irvine. Urban Kitchen was also recently named the premier food partner at the highly anticipated San Diego Symphony’s new Rady Shell at Jacobs Park bayfront permanent music venue.


Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego CA 92101

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ARTIFACT at Mingei
craft cooking inspired by ancient methods + spices + botanicals

lunch service  11:30 – 2:30 pm
bar open from 11:30 – 5 pm

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Open Daily 8:30 am – 5 pm
Dark Horse Coffee I PARU Tea
sandwiches I pastries I salads I smoothies



Breakfast + Lunch Daily