Urban Bar & Grill
Urban Bar & Grill

Urban Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbanbarandgrill.com/
  • Phone: (619) 235-8700
  • 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
34 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (11)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (9)late-night find (6)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great location. Best short rib sliders!!
    NIkki72
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    If staying at the gaslamp, this is the perfect location for dinner. I would recommend the rib eye sliders. They also serve bread which was delicious. Only problem I had encountered was my filet mignon was cooked medium well instead of medium. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go again.
    lakelifeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our dinner was not good. Kobe beef burger ordered medium was tough, dry and well done. Polenta crusted chicken was very dry and no flavor. No one askeed us how our food was and by the time they came to clear the dishes, we were over it. It was a slow night, restaurant almost empty. Very disappointing for the price and expectations from reviews read.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre
    LocalDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had a nice seat outside by the sidewalk. Not fancy at all, like a pub really. Food was really mediocre, well below what you would expect for the price. Service was ok but nothing special. Definitely not recommended.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • let down
    Meli
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a couple times before but the last time was over a year ago. We had some friends coming in from out of town last minute that wanted to visit the Gaslamp quarter for some American food. We opted for Urban as we had always enjoyed the food and were able to get a last minute reservation. All started well and we ordered our drinks and a bottle of wine, after that it went down hill. The server was non existent and after 20 min we flagged someone else down for a soda refill.who promptly told us he could not do that for us and to tell our server. It took 1 hr to get our food and my husbands salmon was cold. A nearby table that was seated after us was finishing up by the time we were served. TERRIBLE experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took care of everything!
    Megsays7
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a very small wedding, and came as a group of 12 to Urban Bar and Grill. We brought our own wedding cake, and they were nice enough to hold it for us until our dinner was over. Our waitstaff attended to every party in our group and left is wanting for nothing the entire time. The food was good and came out in a timely manner. Seriously impressed with their attention to everyone we came with!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Spot Near the Theater
    PaulaL
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My dining companions enjoyed the spare ribs and sea bass special. I heard a couple of them say it was excellent. I had seafood pasta which was fine. The brussel sprouts were a little to firm and could use more seasoning. Our server Crystal was super friendly...In fact it was very good service. Right in the heart of downtown action so quite a fun little spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Davidan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great breakfast and Bloody Mary. Service was solid and timely. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly and great selection of local beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner at Urban Bar and Grill. We ate outside. Lots of people waking up the street (it is in the middle of vibrant Gaslamp district). Service was very efficient and food well seasoned. We would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Joodabelle
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We chose this spot because it was new, it had good reviews and the menu looked great. First thing I notice is hostess who seated us was wearing bootie shorts not dressy shorts mind you but work out shorts. Not impressed from the get go! Service was good and our food was good. Before leaving went to the restroom...what a mess and an obvious afterthought for a nicely decorated restaurant! I felt like I was in some dive bar. Urban is obviously managed by a man who thinks sex sells in the restaurant business and restrooms don't matter. We did find out before leaving the restaurant's for sale which is too bad as too many come and go downtown as it is. This place has a good thing going it just needs some fine tuning to get a decent crowd!
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  • Just OK
    urbanite619
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We enjoyed this place well enough. It was just unremarkable. The specialty cocktails were very good, but the appetizers and entrees were just good. To be fair, we dined the night of the Paul McCartney Petco Park concert and the staff was exceptionally busy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed.
    eat2live
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From all the Open Table reviews I expected a different experience. Service was good. However food, ambiance, atmosphere were just "eh". Restaurant felt dated, and bathrooms were dirty. In my opinion bathrooms are a good judge of the whole experience. Spinach salad with salmon tasted like it had just come out of the freezer. (salmon was delish, salad was way too cold) My date loved his salmon entree. I don't like to say negative things in reviews, but just wanted to be honest. Would not go again. Too many other great choices in the vicinity.
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  • delicious food
    MsMelissa
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food here was delicious and thoughtfully planned. I was a little disappointed that they brought out my entree and appetizer at the same time. They held our entrees though and they stayed warm. The servers didnt stop by to fill our water glasses or wine glasses (we purchased a bottle)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    went there based on Open Table and Yelp reviews and so we would be in the Gaslamp district. I wasn't impressed. Our party of 5 was seated in the back of the restaurant (which was mostly empty). I would have preferred to be seated outside ... particularly since we had a reservation and the restaurant was almost empty (at 7 on a Friday). scene was BLAH. food was ok ... we quickly decided to just get a drink and apps and move on.
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  • Great food, ok service.
    Norcalgirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Party of three for a girls weekend and we got sat next to a large party of 20+, we could barely carry a conversation or hear each other. Dining area was not full at all so we were surprised to have been sat so close to a large party. Service was a bit slow (we ordered after the large party) but the food was amazing! Filet mignon quesadilla was 5/5! A favorite of one of my friends. Tuna tacos were good (we ate at nobu the next day so not a fair comparison) and the scallops wrapped in bacon were another great option. Only good complaint was the wasabi mashed potatoes in the tuna taco dish and scallops dish were cold. Otherwise excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    jondia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    After doing my online research my husband and I took a chance on Urban Grill. We had the best experience! It was my granddaughters birthday and they took good care of us. The food was fantastic. My husband had the lamb chops and said they were the best he'd ever had. I loved the tuna taco appetizers. The fish was fresh and creatively prepared. We will be back next year when we visit Dan Diego!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    seanc623VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food and service are very good here. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    LyndaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    After reading many reviews, I decided to take three of my French coworkers here for dinner. The first booth we were offered had torn seats on both benches. We were told that kids jump on them and tear them up! We moved to another table. The menus were brought and they we were worn and dirty. Our server took our orders and brought our wine and water. After our plates were delivered, we never saw a person until we asked for our check. My fish we just "ok". My coworkers ordered salads, because we were told they were large portions, and when they arrived, they were small dinner salads. No one stopped by to see if we were happy or needed help. I will not return and would not advise anyone else to stop and eat at this restaurant.
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  • Bad experience!
    michelleVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate dinner here on Saturday night and we were very disappointed. The service was very slow, the food was not tasty, and they did not have all the drink selections that they offered. I would not go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A-Mazing!
    Ariana
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We decided to go here for my 21st bday since it's downtown and to be honest because it was within close distance to all the other places we were going. However, it quickly became a huge highlight of the night. I got a strawberry vodka drink that was yummy and not too horribly priced for booze in downtown, and then there was the FOOD. Oh my goodness! I got the salmon dish and seriously I would eat that meal for the rest of my life and never get tired of it- I had to stop myself from wanting to lick my plate clean. My friend got a steak dish that was also just as fantastic. On top of this, the service rocked, outdoor dining was the perfect place to be if you want a little less noise and enjoy people watching and the price was epic. Just GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Convenient to the Civic Theater. Attentive service. Good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 284 reviews are from the Urban Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • right in the heart of downtown !
    RockitliveVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    fun place with good food! we are always in town for comic con ... and being that this restuarants is right in the middle of town it's great for people watching too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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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  • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.