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Wild Note Cafe
Wild Note Cafe

Wild Note Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://wildnotecafe.com
  • Phone: (858) 720-9000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Izzy Balderas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available.
  • Entertainment: Available next door at the Belly Up.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are located in the heart of the Solana Beach Cedros Design District, within walking distance of the Amtrack Station. Also, just two blocks off the 101, Wild Note Cafe is located near a bus stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking andoff-street lots are available.
A word from Wild Note Cafe
As part of the world renowned Belly Up, The Wild Note Café is a neighborhood bistro style restaurant with exceptional atmosphere, exciting food & excellent service.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was great just struggled a little with service..:)"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "It was lovely, and I recognized my server from when I moved to town in 1997, but I've been gone, so she didn't recognize me, hence I was marked as not showing up..."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is the only sit down dinner venue on all of Cedros Avenue. Unfortunately that means the monopoly beats all quality and parameters for proper rating."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My friend and I had dinner at The Wild Note before a show we were seeing at The Belly Up. We arrived nearly two hours before the show- plenty of time. We had to ask the bus person for our waitress twice... Once to order after sitting for over fifteen minutes waiting for our wine to be brought to the table and to order, and again for our bill. The Calamari appetizer was good. The Caesar Salad was very bland and actually tasteless, unfortunately. We finally received our bill barely ten minutes prior to show time. We were never asked whether or not we were trying to catch the show, which I would think would be one of the waitstaff's first questions there, particularly since the restaurant is a part of the Belly Up."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The Belly Up can sellout and parking in the area is at a premium. Go early, have a dinner and have some wine at the Wild Note. Good food, fair prices, side entrance to the concert. Very Convenient !!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Wonderful place to go before a concert at the belly up. Good food and a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food was good, but a bit overpriced for the quantity you get in return. The mahi sliders were tasty, but small and not filling enough for dinner."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Booked the a Wild Note after reading reviews here, they didn't hv a child's menu but staff very accommodating. They provided half portions if they could and offered pasta & few plain choices! From 3 course $35 menu, ahi mango roll & Caesar salad. Bacon wrapped scallops, crusted chicken, kids had tandoori chicken & sliders, every dish was presented beautifully & was absolutely delicious.banana chocolate fudge cake & my cheesecake, delish! I totally recommend this place, the food and service is top notch, Go there if you are in Solana beach! Ooh and just to add there is a music venue next door adds a bit of atmosphere but not so noisy !"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Wild Note Cafe is a great place for dinner before seeing a show at Belly Up Tavern.One can feel the excitement in the dining room about the upcoming showl."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Four of us decided to hit the Wild Note before a Belly Up concert. Although service right after we were seated was VERY slow, once things picked up we were extremely pleased with our decision. The appetizers were very tasty (although not huge or really suitable for large groups/sharing. All four of us raved about our main courses; in particular, the sea bass was FABULOUS as was the salmon. We will definitely return to this wonderful place."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Small and tucked in next to the Belly Up Tavern it provide a place for food and quiet conversation with limited outdoor seating. There is a substantial gluten-free menu with a number of great selections."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We always eat here before a show at the Belly Up. The food and service are great."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Service was very prompt and friendly. Went with the lobster mac and cheese, and the wife had the mixed seafood grill. Hers was small, but great. With mine, the lobster was plentiful, but the mac and cheese itself wasn't as good. It was very runny and thin and the flavor wasn't very cheesy...almost seemed like they diluted it with milk. I guess I prefer my mac and cheese to be gooey and brimming with cheese. More of 3-1/2 stars, but I'll round up to four overall."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Food was good though the last time it wasn't quite as good as usual. Wine list was overpriced and you're better to stick with beer. Nice little neighborhood gem with some unique items on the menu. Enjoyable and would be good for most anyone."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "It's great for a good glass of wine and dinner before seeing a show at Belly Up. Food was so yummy and they have a great selection of wine. I love the outdoor patio (when it's not too hot). It's a small place, but worth it. Lobster dumpling appetizer is awesome. When it gets busy it is very loud because it's such a small place, so the patio is perfect seating."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "Great place before you hit the Belly up for a concert. The food is good and the servers are super nice. No complaints!"
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "Had the Tandoori Chicken (recommended by our server) as well as the Edamame. Everything was yummy and perfect for a pre-show meal! The service was great - made sure our water glasses were full and very friendly without being pushy. We spent quite some time sitting and enjoying our wine and never felt like we were being rushed out."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "Must make a reservation before a show. Food is good, our waiter was fantastic. He had a great attitude and was very cheerful. It is the only way to see a show at the Belly Up."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "I've enjoyed many wonderful lunches at Wild Note Cafe, this was the first time I've been there for dinner. I messed up my OpenTable reservation, made it for Thursday instead of Friday, but amazingly when we showed up a little after 7 they were able to accommodate a group of 6, very impressive. Everyone loved their meals, I had the shrimp and lobster enchiladas which were to die for. Service was efficient and friendly....all good!"
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "Connected to Belly Up Bar which has great concerts. Food was great"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "The special was fish and chips. Dry. Service not great Pricey for quality of food Just convenient to Belly Up"
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "Food was excellent and very well priced. Love that the corkage fee is only $15.00. Will go back for that reason!!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "I made the mistake of ordering tandoori chicken-what was I thinking? this is not an indian restaurant and no tandoor oven in sight. Basically chicken breast with some curry spice. Average meal. The restaurant was busy as is normal when a band is playing, it is a loudish restaurant. Nothing to get excited about."
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "A lovely spot to compliment the following concert at the Belly UP Tavern. We split a salad and generous sized "sliders" and enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine. Dessert topped off the delightful dinner and we were pleasantly set for the evening concert. We will be back again with friends! Servers were warm, helpful and very welcoming."
    Dined on 3/18/2013
  • "I always enjoy Wild Note. Perfect location in Cedros Design District for daytime shopping stop, or before a show at Belly Up. The food offerings are unique and always tasty."
    Dined on 3/13/2013
  • "If you're going to a concert at the Belly Up, it's a great spot to have a bite to eat before the show."
    Dined on 3/7/2013
  • "Great food and pre- concert hangout venue! We took a bit to decide on what to order. The waitress had come over a few times but when we were ready to order couldn't find her and had to get another waitress? She was attentive after that!"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We have eaten here several times and enjoyed it. We were hoping for a quiet, romantic dinner, but the rock music from the theater was deafening, and the quieter patio was closed off for a private event. The food is very good, but the stress from the noise detracted from our ability to enjoy or even taste."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "cute restaurant, good food. Very convenient if going to the Belly up for a concert"
    Dined on 2/4/2013
  • "We've eaten here before heading into a show a few times, and it seems to be a little better every time. Definitely worth stopping through, even if you are not headed into the BellyUp."
    Dined on 1/26/2013
  • "we were actually quite disappointed, unfortunately. the beet salad was the highlight and was very good; the crab cakes were also good. things went down hill from there. the pork wellington entree was overdone and dry. the chicken stack entree was also over done and the chicken was very dry. the corn cakes were actually burned on the bottom and inedible. when i pointed out the burned corn cakes to the server, there was no response whatsoever. the key lime pie was rather flavorless. needless to say, we will not be back, even though we live about 4 miles up the coast."
    Dined on 1/23/2013
  • "The Cafe is attached to the club next door, which gives an interesting vibe. The food was wonderful and very creative. We attended for restaurant week and loved some of the new items which we hope are placed onto the regular menu soon, such as the roasted beet salad and the pork wellington. The roasted beet salad (with almond crusted goat cheese, spinach, and warm bacon-dijon vinaigrette) was the best version I have had in a long time."
    Dined on 1/13/2013
  • "We made a reservation as we were heading to a show at the Belly Up. Since there was a group of 4 we decided to order a few appetizers and the special entree to share. While everything was good the table favorite were the Ahi Tartar Tacos served in Crispy Wontons. We even ordered a second on those. Access to the club was easy and when it was time we just lined up in the corridor and didn't have to bother standing out in the line with everyone else. Prices were reasonable and I would definitely recommend it! I know I'll be returning again!"
    Dined on 12/23/2012
  • "Stopped for dinner before attending a concert at the Belly Up. Patrons get to line up t get in the venue. the food was really good and the perfect portion size. And reasonably priced. Wine and beer list was good."
    Dined on 11/10/2012
  • "Super for a pre-concert (BellyUp)meal!! The menu offers variety with veggie options. Service is very good and attentive --glasses were regularly refilled. Recommended!!"
    Dined on 10/22/2012
  • "This is a nice little spot. Good food and service."
    Dined on 10/6/2012
  • "Delicious food! Our party of four each enjoyed a different meal and all agreed it was delicious! Had tickets to the Belly Up next door and found it so very convenient, not extra parking and being able to go in the back entrance. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 9/26/2012
  • "We were pleasantly surprised at how yummy the food was. A little small but that added to the ambiance. Fun music.Will go back when we are in the area"
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "The service was super!!!! It is very low key. Really a neighborhood restaurant. I was not expecting it. But the food was good."
    Dined on 7/16/2012
  • "I've been here several times, and this is the first time I've received service that was not up to par. Our waitress never checked back with us and was practically M.I.A. the entire evening but we saw her tending to other tables and it almost seemed like she was trying to avoid eye contact with us. Fortunately, the other waiters, waitresses, and bus boys checked in on us (because our hands were raised for their attention) otherwise we'd be waiting until the morning. It wasn't THAT busy, there were some empty tables, there were so many people working, and yet our waitress never really came around. I will still go there in the future before my concerts at the Belly Up but may request a different waitress if I see her again."
    Dined on 7/14/2012