Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge

Solace & The Moonlight Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatsolace.com/
  • Phone: 7607532433x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Brunch on Saturday: 10:30am - 3:30pm and Sunday 9:30am to 3pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Matt Gordon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Sunday evening entertainment in the lounge. Please see our website for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vulcan
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: SD Coaster commuter lot on the corner of E Street & Vulcan located behind the restaurant. There is also a garage below us with the entrance being off of F street behind whole foods. You are welcome to park there as well.
A word from Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge is situated in Pacific Station, a LEED silver certified mixed use project in the heart of downtown Encinitas. Just off of historic Highway 101 and near Moonlight Beach, we bring our creative blend of classic and modern American Cuisine to Coastal North County San Diego
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (38)great for brunch (22)special occasion (21)great for lunch (18)good for groups (16)romantic (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (12)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (8)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Well-prepared and fresh dishes
    Mike
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Though the service was a little spotty given the number of people working the house (which is a management issue, not a staff issue) I thought the food was outstanding. All the starters and salads were very well executed, fresh and flavorful. Great wine and beer list, too. The San Diego County dining scene keeps changing for the better every year. Good for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25th bday
    DidYouSaySteak
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I took my girlfriend here for her 25th birthday. We brought our own bottle of wine and paid the $15 cork fee which is perfectly reasonable. Started out with the mussels and tilapia tartar, both of which were amazing. Then I had the hangar steak and she had the salmon, both were cooked perfectly. I'd definitely recommend this place for a special occasion. It was romantic, not too loud, and had excellent service. I'd eat here every week, but most dishes are about $25 so we'll be coming here for future special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Delicious food, great service! Look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Brunch
    eat2wellVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Solace provided a creative brunch. Everything was tasty and well prepared. Prices were quite reasonable for the food quality and portions. Service was relaxed, but attentive. The outdoor balcony is great on a sunny day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great stuff
    Jimmy
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Great experience all around. We'll be back. Nice not to have to go to 30th street from North County for farm to table food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    cjstud
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feel good food, falls short
    Benhqet
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eric
    Eric
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Met friends from Del Mar and they commented that they should get North more often. Didn't realize what they were missing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunching ladies
    Clvs
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Mg16
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great girls' night
    Happydiner
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    Greg
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Atmosphere + Great Bloody Mary!
    OCAnnVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing
    Surf
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Solace seemed like it would be a great restaurant with just the right mood. Unfortunately, like a number of restaurants these days the food was not executed well. Got the cheese and meat board to start- they barely give you any cheese; however, the meats were generous- a miss on the starter. I got the salmon, and it was underwhelming- with little to no accompanying sides- and my girlfriend got the Scallops- 3 small scallops, it was such a small serving that even she thought it was small. My advice - go there for the upstairs bar and the grilled cheese sandwich, for dinner go somewhere else- Cheers- Surfer
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Sunday Brunch!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place to meet up with friends
    Fayebe
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    happytobethere
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The squash blossoms, biscuts, scallops, hamburger, fish, and drinks were delicious. The warm spinich salad was just okay (too rich and greasy tasting) - with all the other yummy choices on the menu, I recommend you skip the spinich salad & go for something else. Also, when you're with a large group (8-10) people, be prepared to wait a long time. However, the overall vibe is good, cool looking interior, good place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative and fabulous cuisine
    Christine
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch!
    TLCSoCalVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome spot
    Fernanda
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love dining at Solace!
    Foodietoo
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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 Attentive!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food small portions
    MarK
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Loved our food, but the portions were small. That pretty much says it all. We wanted to sit inside but the temperature in the place was colder than the cool weather outside. Probably wouldn't go back since it isn't much bang for your buck. The couple next to us had a burger and it looked really good and a good size. But the portions for plates were small for the price you pay. With that said..... very yummy though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Late night
    CookingPartnersVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Not up to the standards of Urban Solace in North Park. Our entrees were quite good (lingcod) but the salad and appetizers were good but not exceptional. The service was rushed - one course was on top of you as the other was served. We had the definite impression that they were trying to turn the table and they did not listen our request to slow down the service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diggin' Old Encinitas
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    The food is good, with focus on "no additives" but not necessarily conducive to a "healthy lower fat or lower calorie" option. Menu is creative cuisine. Wine is lovely as are the alcoholic drink concoctions! Will have to try dessert next time, as we were full after a good veggie burger and the grilled cheese with tomato basil soup, both coming with crunchy fries. We sat on the lower level on a Tuesday nite, and there was a slow but steady parade of very interesting "characters" walking by- that was entertainment in itself! We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Brunch
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    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. ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Great location for my husbands bday dinner.food was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    jomo
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming my Favorite Place to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    This is our favorite go to restaurant when we are in Encinitas. The food is so good! It never fails to impress us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small but fun deck, good scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl's Brunch
    KarenHynes
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food.
    Bert
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Food was superb and waiter was knowledgable, pleasant and efficient. It's wonderful to have a high-quality, neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday fried chicken!
    cheeseman
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Went on a Tuesday night. Very busy. Noisy, slow service. Overpriced
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great :)
    tapas
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The music is way too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    The music is way too noisy allowing for NO conversation..............
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find
    Maddog
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    kisfanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate