Urban Bar & Grill
Urban Bar & Grill

Urban Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbanbarandgrill.com/
  • Phone: 6192358700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun - Thu: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat: 4:00 pm - 12:00 pm

    Happy Hour ALL day EVERY day at the bar!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between F & E
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: San Diego MTS Trolley:

    Blue Line, C Street

    Orange Line, Convention Center
A word from Urban Bar & Grill
Urban Bar and Grill Gaslamp is all about fresh contemporary cuisine at a great value for everyone. Our entire menu is created In-House with the freshest ingredients to ensure a fantastic dining experience. From delicious starters and fresh salads to inventive burgers and sandwiches to pizzas, pastas and grilled meats to mouth-watering seafood, our skilled culinary team promises something for everyone to enjoy!

Our Staff prides itself in the selection of Craft Cocktails made with the Finest Ingredients like Freshly-Squeezed Juices and Flavorful House Infused Spirits mixed in Timeless Classics & Pre-Prohibition Recipes. Our Elegant bar carries an astute collection of Locally brewed Beers & offer a great Happy Hour. Guests enjoy our Window Tables and Patio for the view of the enchanting National Historic District and the Gaslamp Quarter’s busy nightlife.

We feature Intimate or Group Seating & Private Dining Options for groups up to 40

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Urban Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)special occasion (13)fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (12)romantic (12)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • WOW
    kima
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I was so pleasantly surprised at the superb meal. Great variety on the menu and the service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoyable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fourth time coming here and yet again received above and beyond service! Staff is very attentive! Food was amazing! Tried the fried calamari and it was good (never tried it before). Suggestion: maybe there should be A/C (was a tad warm).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Convenient to the Civic Theater. Attentive service. Good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal
    Fantastic
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our second visit to Urban Grill. It was fantastic, comparable to the first time. The Swordfish special was excellent. The seared ahi was about the best we have had. I definitely would recommend a visit to this restaurant. Sit on the patio and enjoy the people watching!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will definately return
    Dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great prices and selection for Happy hour for downtown gaslamp area. Jose was a great server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone!
    RealtorDan
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The menue has a wide selection from land to sea, great selection for everyone and great location!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Can't go wrong here. This place is an old faithful! Good food, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GroupofSeven
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of my favorites spots in the Gaslamp but the food was subpar on this night. I am going to chalk it up to one bad night and will definitely be back to give them another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Slow service. Odd decor.
    SDSchulzey
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Perhaps it was that we got there at 6pm & the Gaslamp doesn't buzz until 9pm, but the service was slow. Honestly felt like they consistently forgot us, but we didn't see servers running to the other tables. But good service when they were there & the water guy was always on top of things. Maybe something was up with our server as someone else brought our adult beverages and then about five minutes later, he brought them too. Our server also didn't finish the evening with us. And the cost was about what I expected. The food is pretty good and unique, but I'm not sure it's $170 for 4 good. But I would come back for the food. The decor was odd. Seemed stuck between styles and not sure if it's a high end restaurant or nightclub.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Gaslamp Find!
    screwyladyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    When I say scenic view I don't mean great sunsets or ocean view which you generally mean when you use that term in San Diego. I mean a great people watching vantage point from the outside seating on Fifth in The Gaslamp. Never a dull moment people-watching there! The Kobe beef hamburger was awesome and they have happy hour from 4 to 7 EVERY day of the week. We all enjoyed our meals and "happy hour priced drinks". Will definitely be back to try some different items on the menu. P.S. the service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    JeNaRiLe
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was good, but nothing special. Service was really good. It's overpriced, since is in the Gaslamp, but we had a restaurant certificate and decided to give it a try. I would recommend other places over this one based on the food and prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HalibutVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We sat outside and enjoyed watching the people watching! Great service, attended to is and backed off when we enjoyed talking and enjoying our dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good value, great service
    gjrosa
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Our waiter was extremely helpful and gave just the right amount of attentiveness. On a Thursday night, there was no wait and we could have made it without our reservations. Not one complaint about the food. Although it's not cheap, I thought it had better value than other nicer restaurants in the Gaslamp district.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Was not good food or service. Seemed like waitress was new and felt bad for her. Table of 4 and table of 8 before we were seated waited long time for food too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsiderate of Patron's Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have dined at this restaurant several times before for pre-theatre meals. However, this time we had a dinner party of six and needed to complete dinner by 7:45PM to attend a play. We placed our appetizer and entrée orders at 6:45. The calamari and meat/cheese board appetizers were fine. The ahi poke tacos smelled and tasted bad and were sent back. At 7:10, our server informed us that our meals would be up shortly. At 7:30, I finally asked where our food was and 5 minutes later it was delivered. Our entrees would probably have been fine, but we were rushed to eat them and did not have time to thoroughly enjoy them. This was a $300+ dinner that was not satisfying.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was very nice decorated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The drinks were good specially the Caipirina Love it congratulations on a great spot
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oops, we're closed.
    HungryInSD
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Despite having a confirmed reservation, when we showed up the restaurant told us that they were closing. I asked how that could be when we have a reservation, and was told that sometimes they close "if it's a slow night." Certainly I understand how much it must take to run a restaurant when it's slow, but I absolutely do not think they should be allowed to accept AND CONFIRM reservations when the restaurant is not 100% prepared to be open.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food wasn't as good... Took a while to get our food. The food is not worth the price. Place is nice to have a drink and may be appetizers.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We went tp happy hour as well as ordering off of the main menu. food and service were both great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always solid
    Atman
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Braised short ribs were insane! Good service, good food, good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gaslamp locale
    Billydabiker
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great dinner spot. We sat at a table outside and were treated to a vibrant nightlife. The food was outstanding as was our server. I would recommend this restaurant to all. Great drinks and good beer. What more could you ask for!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and great location
    rittreview
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Our entire meal was delicious. Drinks.appetizers. meals. And dessert. Ah I tuna tacos amazing..wassup mashed potatoes even better. Corn and kale stuffed chicken wasmoist and ccooked perfectly. Steak cooked to perfection. Creme brulee cheesecake to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Happy Hour or Date Night!
    Krista8523
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I've been to Urban a couple of times for both Happy Hour and Date Night with my hubby! The food is great and the service is always excellent and attentive! We'll be back again soon for sure!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HalibutVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Excellent service and tge food was every good! We sat outside and watched all the action
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 262 reviews are from the Urban Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    They stayed open late for us for my friend's birthday -- all of the food was delicious, the wine was good and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • STEAKS AND WHISKEY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Best steaks in town along with a great beer and whiskey selection Great service to be noted
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation method very irritating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I find it ludicrous that I had to go to the internet to make a reservation. I should have been able to talk to a person at the restaurant to make the reservation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Food was good at a reasonable price. We will definitely go back. So many choices on the menu. Everyone can find something they like!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gaslamp Spot
    GMay5000
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Great service and attention to detail! The steaks a great, preparation is to request. Wine list is a little on the light side for the Gaslamp however the selection is enough. Definitely worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • People watching-good, food-bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We sat outside on a holiday wknd for dinner. The people watching was so much fun. Otherwise nothing else was good about this place. The service was TERRIBLE. The waiter basically forgot about us. The drinks were expensive and small. The food was forgettable. Defnitely not one of the gems you find in downtown San Diego. Sorry Urban Bar, you missed the mark.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had mussels/appetizer, scrumptious
    kaitland
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Had mussels/appetizer, scrumptious rosemary lamb dish, Alamos malbec wine, and delicious chocolate mousse for dessert. EVERYTHING was delicious. Server was great - attentive and friendly. Atmosphere lively but not boisterous. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and drinks were great
    ORMel79
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The unique drinks were fantastic and my food was great. The service was ok. We sat in the bar area and the waiter was also busy with the bar so service wasn't great. I would go back but sit in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Got there at 5:30, sat inside, although outside would have been nice in the tables by the door. Service was very attentive and friendly. Great music, not too loud. Good menu, nice variety. We had the citrus spinach salad - good, rigatoni with sausage (very good), and the filet (not the best I've ever had, but not bad) with the truffle/bacon Mac and Cheese (yum). Grilled brussel sprouts with bacon were GREAT! I hear it's great for lunch as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table Reservation Issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    They lost our open table reservation. It appears that they didn't add our reservation to the combined list. They scrambled to accommodate. Dining there was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    mford
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food is wonderful and often easy to find, what makes this place the best is the service and out particular server! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Csena
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Server was great. Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I won't be a repeat offender!
    mamatVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Was looking for a dinner place for 5 on Valentines' Day and the reviews were mixed but decided it worked for location and timing before a show at Balboa Theater. Honestly the food was delicious but took a full hour to get to our table. Water was never refilled. There were no apologies or excuses. We can't possibly come back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 7PMValentine
    GoodTaste
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed our experience. At the time for our reservation, we had a choice of inside or on the street outside. We chose inside, across from the busy bar in the high stool tables. Our waiter seemed to have that whole side of the the place for awhile but he was very 'no problem' attentive to us, knowledgeable of the menus; cocktails, wine and food, and enthusiastic. All off the Valentine special menu, my husband ordered the pear and gorgonzola salad. He said it was fantastic. I had the spinach and orange salad - it was nice but not more then that. Husband also had the scallops cooked the best in a long time, tender not chewy. I enjoyed the salmon plate. We passed on dessert. The staff seemed to be working very hard, and found their rhythm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Randall
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was unbelievable. My wife had the sirloin and I had the roasted airline chicken breast. Superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • URban BaR and Grill what???
    Dank215
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    like the food but could not use my 50$ gift card on valentine day they said it was a Holiday since when in valentine day a Holiday ??? so paid full price will be back to use the 50$ gift card on a none Holiday but won't really go back due to they said no to me on a non/fake Holiday ... what happen to the customer being right...Valentine day is not a Holiday...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.