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Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge

Solace & The Moonlight Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatsolace.com
  • Phone: (760) 753-2433
  • 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: American, Comfort Food, Seafood
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good food. It is a little cramped. Service was good too."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great food, friendly service! Fun place I love having lunch with my girl friends at Solace"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We eaten here multiple times and gets better every time, we love it! Solace has everything you would want in a restaurant: incredible food, amazing service, and great location!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We took out of town visitors here - very nice - fun experience"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Solace and the moonlight lounge gets it right. They always do a nice job preparing good quality food with very nice ingredients and skillful presentation. The wild salmon dish is exceptional and I highly recommend it. Great FLAVORS Nice plate!The menu is filled with good selections that they deliver on. Very good restaurant and nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Enjoyed coming here for our get together, great food, great service."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Consistently good! Great atmosphere, was a little loud last time. Always a great choice."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a 4 adults, a toddler, and two infants for Sunday brunch. The wait staff was very accommodating, in particular with our toddler which can sometimes be a challenge - which really allowed us to enjoy ourselves. Have been here for dinner in the evening with adults only and had a great experience also. Only downside is that the brunch menu is a little light on the number of entrees to choose from if you don't want breakfast food."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My husband and I chose Solace for a rare date night as he was in the mood for oysters. We sat on the downstairs patio which was very nice except for the very loud patio heater that kicked in every 10 minutes or so. The appetizers were excellent and that's all we ordered since the entree selection was not very appealing to either of us. We shared 4 appetizers that we really enjoyed. The service was really good. The whole team was all hands on deck to clear plates, bring food, and pick up the check. My only complaints would be the loud heater which kills the ambiance as well as the limited entree selection."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We came to celebrate my daughters birthday for dinner. First she wanted to seat us next to the kitchen- no way. Then we sat outside which was niceer. Our female server was not friendly and not courteous. We did not feel the vibe to come back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had such a great time. Service was very good and friendly. My wife's favorite place to eat."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "As a foodie, this was our kind of lunch! We ate as many starters as possible, beginning with the infused vodkas and oysters and ending with cheese and desserts. Everything was fabulous! Only suggestion would be to add a texture to the scallop crudo dish:) Service was spot on and we will return for sure."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great service as usual. The burger is a draw for us...the meat is such high quality and the tomato chutney/jam makes it the best burger in town. We brought a friend from Texas with us...jus to prove w have good beef here too. She declared it the best burger she had ever tasted. So many lovely things n the menu, but we continue to return for this burger. Medium rare...just do it."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "WOW, I was totally surprised here, I was recommended here and had the burger and it was out of this world good, cooked perfectly with just the right amount of everything. I will be back for sure"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Apps, biscuits, drinks, dinner - it was all good. I had tomato soup and bibedge salad then the hanger steak. It's the second time I ordered that steak and I don't regret it. The flavors were so bright and delicious. The s'more dessert wasn't my fave, it was a little difficult to eat and was a little too sweet. (can't believe I'm saying that because I love desserts). We had wonderful service and refills kept coming. I loved it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014