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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (42)great for outdoor dining (34)special occasion (23)great for brunch (21)great for lunch (18)romantic (14)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (14)scenic view (11)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (7)notable wine list (7)Show More
  • Ecclectic Menu
    sashaBVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Something for everyone at this restaurant. Innovative. Quiet downstairs - if you want to hear one another! Upstairs is the bar and noisy open room. It's beachy, yet well put together. We've been there before and will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We celebrated my birthday at Solace & The Moonlight Lounge and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great, the drinks were wonderful, and the food was phenomenal. The service was out of this world - probably the best service I've ever had at a local restaurant. Our server knew the menu, and made suggestions as to what she enjoyed and made the whole experience very personal. We will definitely be coming back to Solace VERY soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food and Drinks
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great experience here. The martinis were perfect. Clam chowder better than Pacifica. Scrumptious salmon. Visually appealing restaurant with great service. The wait staff did not hover but was there when we needed them. 5 stars, and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We enjoyed both the food and drinks: innovative and tasty. The hostess, waiter and chef were especially accommodating to our group, seating us outside in our "private" space and making a special dish for one of the kids who is a picky eater. We very much appreciate that they went the extra mile for us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for Brunch
    RONSVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    On Saturday or Sunday and enjoy all they have to offer. Lemon ricotta pancakes, breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict with a twist. Good service, cool space, really enjoyed Solace and will go back for dinner during the week
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gatorgirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Hostess staff and server were most friendly and very accommodating to our needs. This was our first visit, so I can really only respond to the Brunch which was very good. The Raw Bar will be the next we try. Great location for this neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two servers--both super!
    Sprknzdtch
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tara and Lindsey took care of us (shift change) Friday night. They were both totally engaging and helpful. Recommendations we're right on. We love going to Solace for special occasions--friend's birthday celebration this time... Price is right. Ambiance is great. Servers are our favorite in Encinitas. Food and drinks awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    trala
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a great addition to the Encinitas food scene. Everything was fantastic and I loved the sparkling wine flight to start off! They made it a great birthday for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint Anniversary Dinner
    BykViking
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We decided to celebrate our 10th Anniversary at Solace and were not disappointed. While it wasn't overly fancy or posh, it was just right for a Thursday night dinner away from the little one (even though a small baby was sat right next to us). The drink menu was rather extensive and well thought out. The service was attentive and food delivered quickly. In fact we were surprised that we were only there just over an hour. The portions were fair, and the fish was well cooked, something that's often hard to find, IMO. We'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Makes The Meal
    BreesoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our server Jason was excellent - knew the menu, took pride in his craft and greatly enhanced our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cinnamon bun & mussels, enough said
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The cinnamon bun and mussels were TO DIE FOR!!! We also had the salmon benedict and mushroom bennie, they were ok. I would go back for Cinnamon Bun & Mussels in a heartbeat though - both so over the top delicious! Service was slow, although everyone was extremeley nice who worked there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming encinitas restaurant
    rioballard
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great experience! Loved the outdoor deck. Park at the adjacent Whole Foods if you can. Street parking is challenging!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mix
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Solace really "has it all." The food is perfectly prepared, there are excellent wine and draft beer selections, the service is friendly and helpful and the ambiance is upscale beach. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What a nice brunch menu. I really enjoyed our brunch and they were more than accommodating with a gluten free menu for my husband. We will be back to try more menu items. The service is top notch and the food is expertly executed. Very attentive and professional staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    aunttotwo
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I love the care and quality of the food....very fresh and nutritious. There are lots of choices, including gluten free.The burger with all the trimmings is wonderful. The tacos are great and gluten free. I recommend this!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    alovett
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Solace and the Moonlight Lounge has become one of my favorite brunch spots in Encinitas (or San Diego for that matter). Prices for brunch are very reasonable and they have quite a variety on the menu to please even the pickiest of eaters. Staff is always very attentive and quick to respond to any needs. I highly recommend this restaurant! It's one of SD's finest!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carol O
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great creative menu. Started with selection of raw oysters and moved on to ahi tartare and main course of sole with veggies. Very well prepared.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The prices are fair and the ingredients are well-sourced but the food is just "okay." The bread pudding was dense and grainy, the burger had great beef but lacked seasoning, the bibb wedge salad had bland dressing and a lot of brown/bruised lettuce, and the sweetbreads were prepared to the texture of warm ricotta cheese in a dish filled with many other mushy items (braised kale, pickled beets, and soft chewy bacon). There's potential in a lot of the food, as the flavor combinations are very interesting and, again, the ingredients are high quality, but the chef needs to take the next step and think about how textures interact, how to properly season every part of a dish, and other subtleties that would take the food from decent to great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative, fresh, best ingredients
    pandt
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first experience at Solace! Appreciated their care with ingredients and local sourcing, as well as the veggie options on the menu. I chose the Sea Bass - which came out overdone and dry. :( They cheerfully took it back with many apologies, and it came out perfectly done. That experience confirmed their emphasis on friendly, customer-oriented service. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food!
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We frequent this restaurant often and the food has always been delicious. The biscuits are a must. The specialty cocktails are unique and tasty. Good sized portions. Staff is always friendly and attentive. I would highly suggest eating at this restaurant and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service sets the tone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Came for Father's Day and had great food and drinks but our server was slow and not friendly. The other staff (people who brought our food) were wonderful. I've read from other reviews that service hit or miss, with more misses. They need to address this issue. Don't plan to return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The only complaint was I asked for an outside table 15 minutes before arriving and got the stock "we can't commit" and are "really busy today". When we arrived nearly all the outside tables were open so we got one. Just thought they'd have a better handle on what was going on at the time I called.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Love2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Good food. It is a little cramped. Service was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    RickOceanside
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our waiter, Mica, was the best. He knew everything about the menu and the wine, and very attentive. Solace has a great employee. The food was exceptional and excellent ambiance. We celebrated 2 birthdays that night and they helped make it special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Service was a little slow, especially for a non busy weeknight. Food was so-so. No one raved about the food they ordered. Prices were also a little high for the quality.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • won't be back for a while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Two salmon were dry and overcooked. Fingerling potatoes were hard as a rock and not cooked. Kale had been mixed with something very sour and was inedible. Sauce on sea bass had been under the heat lamp too long and was baked onto the plate. Tuna tartare was ok but the avocado was brownish in color. Maybe made ahead of time. Watermelon salad was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • encifoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We live down the street, rarely make reservations but they are always amazing about accommodating us. We always prefer to sit upstairs as they usually have a live band and its more social up there. But on those romantic evenings, we'll grab a table downstairs in a nook somewhere. Either way the food is always amazing :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new addition to our dining places
    GatewoodEater
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Farro Saute was a new dish for me. I was very pleased. Two folks at our table had the salmon which was a bit too done, but the flavors were good. The sea bass selection was good. The sole was very good. I liked the crunchy ricotta cauliflower. Others thought it was OK. Good beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    Mbird
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've been to Solace several times, but we've never had such a great experience as we did on Mother's Day! There were lots of attentive servers, the manager stopped by our table to say hello, there was a special menu available in addition to the regular, and the food was perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    PickyEater
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Just visiting California and read about this restaurant in USAIR magazine. Met friends who live near Encinitas and we all loved the place and our food. Great service, very friendly and efficient staff. Our friends are now going to recommend to others and they are planning to return. We just wish we could go more often ourselves. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to the usual
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We visit Solace every few weeks for brunch and usually enjoy ourselves. This time, our server was not happy and it soured the experience. She didn't smile, didn't look us in the eye and barely brought us the basics. For example, I had no spoon, sweetener or milk for my tea--or even a plate/napkin to take the tea bag out once it was ready to drink. Our food was OK, but like our waitress, seemed a little lackluster compared to the usual here. For example, 2 sections of orange and 1 piece of melon does not a fruit salad make. Hopefully it was just an off day, because they are usually better than this.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Del55
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food, friendly service! Fun place I love having lunch with my girl friends at Solace
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best!
    Duke
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Probably right up there with the finest we have ever dined at. We have been all over the world. Nothing surpasses Solace. We are going back tonite as it is our last night and what better way to consummate a fabulous vacation then with a spectacular culinary dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 308 reviews are from the Solace & The Moonlight Lounge reviews archive.
  • Great Brunch!
    Holley
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The brunch is always great at Solace. I have also enjoyed lunch a few times. The service has also been great and very friendly. Just the right amount of service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at Solace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Excellent mimosa's by the carafe. I had the EBLT (eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato) with avocado -- comes with fries. Excellent! Would get it again. My wife had the scrambled eggs with bacon and toast. She enjoyed it. No room for dessert, but there we many good options. Great customer service! Waitress was very friendly. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!!!
    Connie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Solace is awesome. This was one of the Best brunches I have ever had. There were three of us and we all traded tastes of each others' meals and we all agreed that everything was YUM!!! And we are very picky. We sat upstairs. The view of Encinitas is lots of fun. The service was just right. Attentive without being too pushy. A hip crowd but still comfortable for a granny. My only suggestion would be to offer something other than pork bacon...like maybe turkey bacon. We don't eat our friend the pig so we were a bit limited as to what we could order. But all in all it was a hit. We can't wait to come back in the evening to try it again. Maybe for vegetarian night!!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SDCreole
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I had chosen this restaurant off of Yelp. MISTAKE! The restaurant is very dark once sun went down, the wine list is horrible, the wine we chose was awful so asked the server for another choice, Manager came over and was argumentative! Really?! What happened to anything to make the customer happy? I would stay away from this place, no kidding. The food was good, but unfortunately the experience was so insulting, I'll get my food elsewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reilly
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This was my third time dining at Solace. I absolutely love this restaurant everything is great food, service, music, and vibe. Will be back soon
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed that the service staff
    Jane
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Enjoyed that the service staff painted a lovely descriptive picture of the food. They were knowledgeable about it and made wonderful recommendations. We will be back to try more. It was our first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy spot for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I met with friends for brunch & we dined upstairs. The food was very good, an upscale menu & my rosemary, grapefruit vodka cocktail was a delight for 2 out of 3 people. The menus (food, cocktails, wine) were intriguing & we will return to try the dinner menu based on the successful choices we made on the brunch menu. The upstairs is a little noisy but had a view. The downstairs would be less noisy for an evening of conversation. The service was friendly & the servers were knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.