La Urbana
La Urbana

La Urbana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laurbanasf.com/
  • Phone: 4154404500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Fri-Sat 5:30 pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Benjamin Klein
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grove
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Urbana
The symbol of the neighborhood Cantina is an integral part of Latin American culture. Cantinas have been cherished by local communities for generations, providing a neutral space where all people can enjoy outstanding food and signature cocktails with their families and friends.

At La Urbana, we hope to respectfully reinterpret this time-honored tradition by using sustainable ingredients in a contemporary way that represents our Latin roots and global culture while continuing to push the boundaries of modern Mexican food.

¡Salud!
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La Urbana reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (39)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (24)special occasion (21)great for brunch (9)romantic (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Modern mexican
    AntoVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    modern mexican food. classics updated with fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was good but the bar service was backed up which made our meal far too long. We received our appetizer before our cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, bad timing
    smm12
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we really liked all of the dishes we got, but the timing of them (and time to get a drink) was a bit off. I'd definitely recommend the Clover Club cocktail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Different, very good
    toomuchwatchy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything was awesome at La Urbana. At 8pm on a Friday we were seated right away with our reservation via OpenTable. The menu provides a different take on your average Mexican restaurant, but everything we had was amazing. Extensive drink menu with many wines available, as well as a plethora of house-made cocktails. Most of the menu items are excellent for splitting/sharing, which is fortunate considering you'll want to try as many dishes as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blown away every time
    sdjakovi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The menu is always changing and evolving. And I continue to be blown away every time. Food is fresh, flavors are unique, presentation is beautiful. Dishes are truly a modern urban take on traditional Mexican food. Amazing. Only downside is that drinks and food can take a while dice they are always so busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not my favorite brunch spot...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    la urbana looked interesting from a visual perspective. this spot has serious potential given the nice atmosphere & design, however brunch was hands down awful. the menu is complicated, lacks variety and they really missed the mark on the basics. how about offer a basic brunch item like an omelette or french toast? when we asked for iced cofee or iced tea we were told neither were available. really? typical overly complicated san francisco restaurant.
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  • Rude service
    Industrywise1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived for reservation and it wasn't on their books so we had to wait a while for a table. Once we were sat, we ordered drinks and wanted to wait a while before ordering food. Our server came back and told us that if we weren't going to order food right then that we would have to give up our table and go stand at the bar. It was a completely embarrassing experience. We will never go there again.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great cocktails. Noise reduction would help. Baffling on the ceiling?????? we will be back, though Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's all good
    Hallie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Three for dinner, trying to understand menu, shared plates, portions, etc. so asked waiter for assistance. Got a mumbled, "It's all good and depends what you like." No help at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise nearly blew my eardrums
    MangebienVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food is great, staff are very nice, but noise level was painful. Better to avoid Thurs-Sat if this is a sensitive area for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much to choose from
    FoodiieinsfVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Wanted to like this place. Nice space. Attentive waitress. However, the food was very mediocre. Octapus was rubbery and salty, pork carnitas was again too salty. The entree chicken was horrible. The sauce tasted like doctored catsup, sugary and salty. Food is way over priced esp for Mexican food.
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  • Service could be better
    SfoDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It took 10 minutes for our server to come to our table and ask what we would like to drink. Also gave them the entire order for the meal including three starters. One appetizer arrived first still with no drink. Drink arrived a couple of minutes later. Two other starts arrived 10 minutes letter after they asked if we had received them. Big lag time between that and our entree (15 minutes). Staff was pleasant but not efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Margarita in town
    rocinkokoVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Best mole ever. And Paloma was our waiter and she was terrific. This is Mexican food taken to the highest level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    Geos
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    It was a slow day. Our group of four and a few other couples were the only ones there. The service was terrible. It literally took 18 minutes to get a beer even after gently reminding them we ordered drinks. They eventually came over and took our food order and once the food was delivered, after a very long wait, that was the last we saw of the servers. They didn't refill the water bottle or give us the opportunity to order more food and drinks. Walking zombies that hate their job. This place has received great reviews but we couldn't figure out why. I can't imagine how bad the service would be if they were busy. I don't recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review of Food
    pingVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The experience was beyond expectations. The eating implements provided were detailed, the presentations were thoughtful and well executed (the mole was poured from a pitcher by the server), the posole, farro and green peas were tasteful and emphasized the textures well, the eggplant entree was new and the churros were memorable. To be expected the dining room was full of 30-somethings shouting as their ordinary table conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, overpriced
    SF123VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went from brunch and the food was good but definitely overpriced. I liked the vibe and ambiance but wouldn't go back, don't think its worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Chef Julio is amazing and creative, loved every bite, if you have a chance to try chicken skin tacos, do it
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, better ambience
    AstorgassonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My wife and I dined at La Urbana on Thursday night and enjoyed it very much. The plancha de avocado was excellent and we loved it; our entrées (the Mexican squash and the steak) were good, but not spectacular. We had churros for dessert and, although they were very tasty, I don't think they come anywhere close Rosa Mexicano's. Probably the two best things La Urbana has to offer are the ambience (which was great) and the mexcal menu. They have a lot of options and they all look great. Their cocktails are also very nice. So if you're up to a fun dinner with a great atmosphere, great drinks and nice food, make sure you try La Urbana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pricey and pushy
    omnivoreVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    over-hyped and overpriced. very small portions for the prices. my short ribs were good, not great, and definitely a small portion (1 piece); my husband's fish was overcooked and bland. our waitress was extremely pushy especially when it came to cocktails, drinks. kept trying to get us to go for their "flights" and we had to finally say can we have some time to think about what we want. she also was trying too hard to be friendly and it felt very artificial. the staff bringing us food were much more pleasant than our actual waitress who took our orders.
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  • Better for carnivores
    SFknitter
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The options for vegetarians are very limited. There was only one vegeterian entree on the menu. The ambiance is energetic but loud -
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but not terrific
    MarinDiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Starters were enjoyed the most. Not an ample menu. Expensive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, excellent drinks.
    ReliableVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We shared the octopus, ceviche, chicken, and corn. All were very good. We also had three cocktails between us, each of which was excellent. Seriously, the bartender here is a wizard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mescal
    AdventurousFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Arrived before the dining room opened so started with Happy Hour in the "garage". Popcorn was super, we kept loading up. Cocktails were yum and the ceviche was the best. Dinner items were a little disappointing. The octopus was good but not great. "Tamale" on the vegetarian dish was way too firm. Vegetables so-so, not much flavor. Short ribs was also good but not great. We had to ask for salsas and received very small cups of a habanero and tomatillo salsa. Both were good and helped flavor the short ribs. Our waiter was very good and made some good mescal suggestions. Next time will stick yo Happy Hour and order some tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Mexican at a Price
    MLFranklin
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food at La Urbana is exceptional. Some restaurants pretend to feature top shelf Mexican dining, but this restaurant pulls it off beautifully. The flavors and presentation are excellent. The portions are artfully presented, and sized in moderation, so you can enjoy all the courses. Their selection of Mezcal is surprisingly large, too. Service? A little cranky. Prices? Expensive. The atmosphere is busy, loud, neighborhood San Francisco bar, but the food prices are what you would expect at a much fancier place. I took business guests here who are Chinese and were interested in trying Mexican food in California. It was the perfect experience for them, and work picked up the rather shocking tab for three people. All good!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not exceptional
    Fantastic
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Hostess was lovely and welcoming. Server courteous but slow. Food was very good, but not exceptional enough by San Francisco standards, to merit the price. Ambiance fun and lively but very loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Appetizers and cocktails were delicious. Entrees were just good. Cocktails were great. But way overpriced. I don't think we'd go back unless friends convinced us.
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  • Fun to try..
    DC10VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    .... wouldnt go back. Tried to come here a few times before and the parking was so tough i gave up. Now I've checked it off my list. Food was ok.
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  • Great food & service
    Samr
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food and service was really great, but the noise level is something they have to address, you can't speak or hear what the person next to you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Cool spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    great drinks and great Mexican food...portions on the small side..but this is not your typical Mexican taqueria food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Ambience
    Dahlia
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I really like the location and ambience of this restaurant but I didn't love the food. The food didn't really match up to the price. Beautifully presented but missed the mark on being truly high end cuisine. This restaurant is new so I'm hoping they improve.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    La Urbana is my new favorite San Francisco restaurant! Thank you Joel and crew for making our night. xoxo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • adult contemporary
    Chandelle
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was good, especially the smoked steak and homemade salsas. Octopus was fishy and awful. Beer was nice and cold. Dessert tasted like a 50/50 bar in the best way. Our server was amazingly sweet and helpful and we thought the hostess was cool and accommodating. I wouldn't go back because the look of the place, the clientele and the wretched music were all so middle-of-the-road/middle america. This place was full of rich-looking people who thought they were slumming it by eating in an "interesting" neighborhood, then off to bed by 10. That music -- oh my god -- it was like generic "techno-bistro" sound stylings -- so retail and 90s. Why go back?
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    overpriced for what you get...small drinks w/too much ice and small pours.
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  • Delicious
    ck17
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The Octopus alone is worth coming here. Short ribs and scallops were also delicious but tgere could have been more scallops on the plate. Get a side of the roasted corn as it is not only incredibly tasty but a hearty helping. The only down side- be prepared to wait for your entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    WalnutCreekFoodieGirl
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Table for 4 arrived at 11:15. Around 11:30 we ordered our food. 30 minutes go by & still no entrees came out. We asked the waitress what was going on. Another 30 minutes went by & she seemed to be avoiding us. We finally grabbed her attention after multiple tables had eaten & paid their checks. We asked her what was going on & she said that the kitchen staff wasn't listening to her. What does that have to do with our food? After over 2 hours my friend grabbed the manager, told her what happened & that we were leaving. She said the waitress didn't fire our food for some reason. After almost 2.5 hours we left. Horrible customer service, no communication & the worst part, they still made us pay for our drinks! $62 we spent on cocktails!
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  • 1st time @ La Urbana
    VikTorEAh
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Definitely solid and legit, although not as vibrant by way of ambience as I expected. But what lacked in excitement the great service made up for. Made for a relaxing, enjoyable delish meal experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm drinks, cold food
    megregVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    While the food was pretty tasty, our entrees would have been much better had they been served hot from the kitchen, instead of barely lukewarm. But, after waiting a fairly LONG time between first course and our mains, we were not inclined to send them back and wait even longer.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Took forever, they messed up one of our orders and it too the entire meal for them to get it out. They weren't very apologetic about it either. Doesn't matter how good the food is if the service is awful.
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  • Awesome!
    ijiwaruinu
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The place is very charming and wonderful. Staff - incredible!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 109 reviews are from the La Urbana reviews archive.
  • Flight and Dinner
    ajdadiva
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was good, though my main course was too much Mole not enough fish. My partner's meat too seemed overwhelmed by other flavors. The Tequila flight was a nice way to start, the salad was amazing, the rest of the meal less so. Service was not wonderful, not bad but I think the large table near ours got the kitchen's attention while we waited quite a while for our dishes. Dessert was also ok, perhaps I was just burned out from the ocean of mole sauce on my fish.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic