Try the beef cheek
It's like butter. Unbelievable. Don't really need to say any more.
12/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
Yummy food and nice ambiance.
Yummy food and nice ambiance. We will definitely return in the future!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Solace is Excellent
The food at Solace is fantastic! A fresh and bright tasting arugula salad was accented with grapefruit, hazelnuts and a bit of goat cheese. Beef cheeks were absolutely wonderful! tender and flavorful, in a rich brown sauce, with creamy mashed sweet potatoes and smoked tomato jam--every component was just delicious. My dining partners had salmon and scallops, both top notch. For dessert, 3 of us shared the coconut cake, also wonderful. Service is friendly and professional and atmosphere is casual. An excellent dining experience.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
From the moment we walked
From the moment we walked in , we were totally taken care of. Everyone had a smile on their face , and made us feel like special guests. We went for Sunday Brunch, and the menu was awesome. We ordered a Pork Belly Benedict, and WOW! Perfect and creative. Served on a Cheddar Biscuit with Ancho Chile Hollandaise. The dish just worked. We also ordered a Endive/Radicchio/Arugula with Goat Cheese and Avo. Simple fresh and Delicious!
I really enjoy this place. Has a good vibe, and I will definitely come back again.
Chef Matt Gordon has it goin' on! So glad he showed up in Encinitas!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is phenomenal and
The food is phenomenal and the service is superb! Want to come here every weekend!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Matt Gordon and Jeff Apodaca,
Matt Gordon and Jeff Apodaca, had created a great place once again, the setting, staff and menu are amazing. It all start with the personal, people seem just happy to be there and make your experience memorable. The oyster bar is super abiding, the Dude would be so proud, beside they offered a lot more than just white russians, they have great selection of on off the grid spirits and wine. The make the ordinary special and the special extraordinary. Can't wait to visit they're next venue 'Fish & Smoke' at Del Mar, coming soon. Thank you
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food menu
The food here is pretty darn good. They definitely try to keep things fresh and homemade. The tomato soup was amazing! Ambience isn't great, but that's not the most important thing to me when dining out.
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The cheese and meat board
The cheese and meat board is a must have, and the appetizers are large enough to share.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
You must check out Solace!
Had a great time! Food was delicious and service was great. I love and am very appreciative of the concept. Organic, grass fed, low carbon footprint, etc! We need more places like this! I will be back...I knew that before the waitress even came to the table.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tight dining room downstairs
Tight dining room downstairs but nice ambiance. Service is very friendly. Cheese boards are fun (build your own), with lots of wine and cocktails to choose from. Although, the night we went, restaurant was out of two meats for meat and cheese board as well as the specialty cocktail we wanted). Grilled cheese with tomato soup packs a hearty punch to the gut! The sandwich is huge! Jidori chicken was tender and juicy with great sides.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was intersting... which I like that it's a little creative and at the same time had a hamburger for my husband to enjoy. They don't have diet coke because they make their own soda.. I'm not to fond of that. I did like the interesting touches like jars for glasses. The coconut cake was "knock your socks off amazing". I don't even like coconut cake and I couldn't stop eating it!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch was delightfu
Had been there for dinner before, but never for brunch. Brunch was tasty and creative and satifying. Buiscuits were very rich. The steak and asparagus with poached eggs was amazing. We just had a lovely time. Kids enjoyed the griddle cakes and oatmeal. We'll be back.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is a must- I drive from PB to come here, my son loves it yay so I know if I NEED to be treated to a nice and delicious meal my son will be pleased with his choices as well~! Go eat!
P.S.- be sure on the weekend to order the sweet roll- It'll change you!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a fantastic experience
We had a fantastic experience here! Dinner was fantastic, portions were aplenty, the food was tasty & came out at a good pace. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and the guy who gave us the dessert menus had fantastic recommendations! We wanted to grow a second stomach to do it all again.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best of both worlds
The Moonlight Lounge upstairs has a lively bar, big outdoor balcony, and occasionally live music. The Solace dining room downstairs is quiet. Service was great all around, though paying our tab upstairs took a bit longer than it should have.
Drinks and food were outstanding.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Brunch in Encinitas!
After reading the reviews, we had to try the cinnamon roll with the pecan sauce - we all shared one as an "appetizer" and it was everything they say it is. Fresh, Flaky, Rich, Creamy and Decadent! The guys ordered the Kitchen Sink which is Cheddar biscuits with bacon, sausage, sausage gravy and eggs, served with a side of fruit. My daughter had the Butter Pecan french toast, which was tasty, but a little too sweet. I had the egg white scramble with asparagus, tomatoes and feta cheese and it was really great - healthy but still really good. I'm glad that the Rock-n-Roll marathon made us find a place north this morning for breakfast, because we really found a great spot!
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chef goes out of his way
The chef goes out of his way to make sure we get the dish we want. We really love this restaurant and the service we receive.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Parking was a bit challenging due to a local special event. Food was great, server was appropriately attentive and was able to make recommendations that met our interests. This was my second visit & my guests first, we will both be back!!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beachy Vibe Good
Innovative menu and casual atmosphere. Dine downstairs where it's quieter or upstairs for a more beachy vibe with bar and music. Service with a smile was outstanding and not intrusive. Lots of choices in Encinitas - this one's a winner.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey but Tasty
We went to Solace on a Saturday night at six. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. Some members of our party had trouble finding our table through the hostess, who said she didn't have my name listed (even though I had made my reservation through Open Table). Our waitress was kind, friendly, and made some great recommendations, but also needed to be reminded about several drink orders. Everyone really enjoyed all that they ordered, but for three couples, our bill was close to three hundred dollars. Granted, we ordered drinks, two desserts, and a few appetizers, but it was definitely pricey for the portions you were given. I would go back here, but for lunch as the crowd is quieter and happy hour prices are better (3-6 PM).
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always very good but the rest room facilities are challenging....not enough of them. The servers are always friendly and full of personality. Rebecca was no exception...she was great.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a find
Its great living in an area & finding that cool new spot you didnt know about.
Thats what this was.
Went on my Anniversary & was not disappointed.
Nice food, great location, friendly staff. Sit upstairs & outside if you can, great view. Bring sunglasses if its dusk though.
Loved the cheese & meat platter.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noisy and slow service
Went on a Tuesday night. Very busy. Noisy, slow service. Overpriced
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great :)
We ordered the chop chop poke type appetizer which was great. I ordered the beef cheek and past reviewers are correct, it is amazing and melts in your mouth. My husband had the hanger steak and it was also very good. A nice treat that went with the hanger steak were these deep fried blue cheese and potato balls? Yummo!
Next time we go, we are trying the pork belly :)
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday fried chicken!
Absolutely lovely waitress, knew each dish well and was happy to rearrange our side dishes for us. Gotta go on Sunday nights for the fried chicken!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was superb and waiter was knowledgable, pleasant and efficient. It's wonderful to have a high-quality, neighborhood restaurant.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our server was great! Was attentive but not overwhelming. She let us have our girls brunch time and still made sure we were taken care of. The food was great and the cinnamon roll was a crazy amount of sugar, but a great treat (in small pieces).
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small but fun deck, good scene
Small but fun deck, good scene and great food. There was a room in the back with a large family that could be fun for a large group/celebration. Waitress was great and they have flights of champagne!! Try the Hamachi tartare - super yummy!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite go to restaurant when we are in Encinitas. The food is so good! It never fails to impress us!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location for my husbands bday dinner.food was great
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Friends
I came without a reservation and the hostess upstairs was very helpful. There were five of us total. Overall the experience was great. Service was prompt, the server was very friendly and sharp and the food was very good. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. I had scallops, which were excellent and those that had the burger thought it was great as well. Will return.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming my Favorite Place to Eat
My son recently took me to Solace for lunch. He always raved about the biscuits and tomato jam. Now I know why. The food here is creative and of the highest quality. It has become one of my favorite restaurants. The coconut cake is amazing and I can't get enough of the smoked tomato jam and cheddar chive biscuits. The pork belly sandwich is excellent. I am anticipating my next visit and what I can try next. The food here is very unique and absolutely wonderful!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had been to Solace before for dinner but tried it for brunch this time around. The menu is rather large and everything sounded good. The squash blossoms to start were amazing, and their biscuits never disappoint. My dish (cheesy eggs with bacon and grits) was a little too buttery for my preference but I definitely ate most of it anyway. ;)
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and delicious
This is a great looking restaurant with really delicious food. Upstairs the bar scene is really hopping on a Friday night, lots of fun to get a drink and mingle.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Late night dinner after theater. Food quality was fine, but there was no agonizing over what to order. No must haves. Waitress was being trained, but she was friendly and competent. We sat inside upstairs, outdoor was very inviting. Would try that next time.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love dining at Solace!
We dine at Solace whenever we are in Encinitas!
We love how they create wonderful and tasty
Dishes using a wide variety of ingredients!
Always delicious! They have a fabulous
Drink and wine menu and their desserts
Are absolutely delicious!!! The servers
And wait staff are friendly and helpful and very
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here for my birthday. Made a reservation and the cab was late but the girls at the restaurant had bo problem with us being 15 min late. We were seated quickly in a great table. Our server was very attentive and very helful when ordering the cheeses and meats. The drinks were amazing! I ordered the cuke mule and my friends got the new drink called rosemary something...delicious. Everything has so much detail that I wont pass another chance of visiting. I also got some ice cream to celebrate my birthday.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A few of us met for brunch on Sunday around 10:00 AM. It was a very quiet, lovely time.
We tried the Hot Hot Mary with the serrano infused vodka. It was delicious. My husband had the "Kitchen Sink" and I had the cheesy eggs with grits. Everything we had was great. Service was attentive. We would definitely return here for brunch!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
creative and fabulous cuisine
Chef Matt Gordon offers an incredible menu that is unique in every aspect. He takes what we think we know and adds a twist that makes each bite a new discovery. You will probably recognize most of the many items but will be pleasantly surprised at how different they are from your expectations.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good place to meet up with friends
Great at atmosphere. Lovely to have the cool bar and terrace upstairs and nice cosy restaurant downstairs.
Great place to meet up with friends for a drink and a bite to eat.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific Sunday Brunch!
The food (butter pecan French toast & the "kitchen sink") was amazing, the service right on and the ambiance very nice. I really appreciate that they try to use all-natural ingredients and source things locally. It increases the price a bit - but so worth it!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Atmosphere + Great Bloody Mary!
First time visit was food-driven (great looking online menu) and proximity to a friend's home; what we found was a fun atmosphere with two large groups (about 10-14 ppl) gathered for birthdays. We ordered (on the server's recommendation) the cinnamon roll (which we devoured), a mushroom benedict (eggs perfectly poached) and the Kitchen Sink (pork awesomeness). I also ordered their Bloody Mary (not spicy/hot) and what I got was a hearty, peppery Bloody Mary deliciousness. Their accompanying potatoes were just okay (I'm finicky). I'd come back to try other menu items, have another bloody mary, and enjoy the cool vibe. Definitely recommend.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Received a recommendation for this restaurant from the staff of a hotel in Carlsbad. Passed by it on the sidewalk when we got into town and decided to look around --- just in case their were other options (again, not being familiar with the area). Every shop that we went in and asked for a restaurant recommendation was the same --- Solace & The Moonlight Lounge. Thus, our decision was made --- and we couldn't have been happier. The food was great, the service was spot on and the atmosphere was lively. We sat on the upstairs patio and although the view is of the neighboring rooftops, there is still something special about seeing the sun set on the horizon. We made it in time for Happy Hour which is a great buy. We wil be back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great girls' night
We went here to celebrate a friend's birthday with a group of girls. Solace had a great vibe in the bar. The food and service were excellent. I will definitely be back!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went there for a birthday dinner. It was wonderful! A few of us are vegetarian and they have a section on the menu for it. Most places just have salads that are vegetarian. I had the quinoa burger. It was really good. A bit dry but for having it on the menu I was happy. Their kale salad was amazing too! Sweet with a kick to it. I can't wait to go back again!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
this favorite never disappoints both in quality and uniqueness of food and service. Amazing flavors i.e. blue cheese biscuit, tomto jam, watermelon salad, smoky flavored burger, kale salad, too many favs, YUMO What more can I say...try it you'll like it.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met friends from Del Mar and they commented that they should get North more often. Didn't realize what they were missing!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Feel good food, falls short
We have been going to the north park original urban solace for a while. The Encinitas version disappointed only by the absence of some of the items in urban's menu. The duck was soft and moist, served on a tasty bed of celery greens (unusual but very good). My sons farro was wonderful, just as at urban's. The stroganoff (served with a poached egg) and its fishy cousin version were tasty. A good, not too overpriced wine list and good selection of beer.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've only gone to Solace twice, but both times extremely enjoyed the experience. The food is always amazing. I recommend the cheddar biscuits and the steak (but really everything appears to be great). On Sunday's they have live music which is nice. I'd also suggest the port and dessert to end our night with. Service has also been excellent.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM