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Permanently Closed - La Urbana

3.9
269 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Feast on modern Mexican cuisine at La Urbana. Its casual atmosphere offers a welcoming setting for families and friends to dine. La Urbana creative dishes are prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Guests can begin their dining experience with ceviche, asparagus drizzled with a citrus-cilantro dressing or grilled octopus. An entrée of braised beef short ribs, pork carnitas or roasted cast iron fish will satisfy the palate.

La Urbana features a full service bar that offers cocktails and other libations. It provides brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. This restaurant hosts parties with a prix fixe menu and other celebrations. It also offers carry-out for individuals wanting to dine at home or the office.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm-12:00am
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
La Urbana can be rented out with customizable menus for large parties and is available for dinners with prix fixe menus, Monday through Sunday, with a minimum of 72 hours in advance booking.
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Private party contact
Lula Tilahun: (844) 210-5446
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Cross street
Grove
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
4.0
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3.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on November 15, 2016

The sidewalk outside was nice. Sadly they hadn't changed their name to "permanently closed" when I made my reservation. I was joined outside the restaraunt with other would-be patrons. I went to another restaraunt to get my taco fix, I think they're permanently open.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Food and service was timely and excellent. Waitstaff went the extra mile to make it. A great experience, I was especially happy with the drink recommendations and the special touches our waiter added to them.

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2.0Dined on October 15, 2016

I would not recommend this restaurant. The food was not good or poorly executed (Ceviche with little to no fish in it, stale chips, pazole with so much fatty pork in it that I didn't eat it). The drinks did not seem to have alcohol in them (Agua fresca). The noise was over the top.

The maitre d, however, was terrific and friendly and responsive.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2016

I thought the food was pretty good, but over-priced. The cocktails were great. I also enjoyed the carnitas was excellent.

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Food is mediocre for the price. Ambience is interesting. Felt like we paid a lot to just eat different forms of avocado.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Super fun, chill restaurant. The service was wonderful-they accommodated a drink that was not as expected and were great about suggestions for courses. Loved it!

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2016

The food quality was very poor and way overpriced. Dozens and Dozens of better options within a mile.

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2.0Dined on September 27, 2016

So rude. And to expensive. They didn't help us with anything. We had a kid that was allergic to almost everything and they refused to help us

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Delicious all around! The guacamole and churros are irresistible:)

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3.0Dined on September 13, 2016

Good was good, but way overpriced.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Delicious creative reinterpretation of Mexico City/Oaxacan dishes, awesome mezcal options, and stylish setting...music too loud and not interesting, given the food and trendy crowd. interior is fun and eclectic, waiters need to do their homework though. I'd go back!

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2016

While I thought the décor and ambiance was nice but the portion size was so small vs the price that I could have spent my money elsewhere and be full when I left. Instead I didn't order dessert for the fear it would be a very small portion

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2016

Fabulous meal and service! Probably some of the best service I've had over the past few months.

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2016

My fish dish was barely warm and not very flavorful. I had to ask for hot sauce and lemon to make it taste better. Also our server was not friendly.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2016

They have raised there prices since my last visit . Overpriced for what U get rather go to Nopalito instead

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2016

A bit pricey but the food was delicious! Both the black bean soup and the roasted corn were exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Amazing cocktails and awesome food.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Too expensive

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2016

Fun and yummy but really really pricey. We knew it wasn't your corner taqueria, but still, we didn't expect entrees in the mid-20's. The trenditudieness wasn't worth that much.

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2016

Excellent Margaritas, too much chili powder food served in Masson jars -really unappealing and stupid to deal with SWupposed to be cool, my 14 yr old niece tells me.

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1.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Food is really not good, and it's expensive. With so much great Mexican food in this city, this should be your last pick. On the plus side, the service is good, although I feel sorry for the waiters, given the number of tables free on a Saturday night.

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1.0Dined on June 5, 2016

Been here few times before but had really bad experience this time. The brunch menu was really limited and service was bad. One of my friends ended up ordering egg and bread and they charged $6 just for the bread. When we asked them to revisit that they came back and said there is nothing we can do about it. Very poor service

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2016

Food was solid but way expensive for what it was.

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2016

Beautiful space. Unfortunately, the food and beverages here don't rise to the occasion and are astronomically overpriced. La Urbana will stay in business because of the fabulous location and because people have to eat, but the only memorable thing here will be the insane price of your check. On our visit we had one salad, two entrees, one beer and one margarita and the check came to $125. Also, word of caution to anyone with allergies--the servers don't know the ingredients even though they say they do. I'm celiac but easy going/low maintenance. I asked for anything that would be 100% gluten/cross contamination-free and was given a list of several options. Surprise, surprise, had the fun experience of a full-blown allergic reaction for the entire night after eating here.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2016

The portions were smaller than we expected and they did not have a large variety of vegetarian options. But all the food we ordered was delightful!

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2016

Food was decent but service was awful. Constantly ignored, practically had to beg for a drink. Asked various waiters if we could order and they would all pass us off to someone else. For 100 bucks for two with drinks there are a million better places in San Fran.

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2.0Dined on May 22, 2016

Kind of a bore, only the chorizo was really good... everything else was mediocre at best and portions were tiny. I got a $30 steak that wasn't satisfying, the ceviche didn't have too much flavor, the chicken mole was dry even though the sauce was decent. Just a meh place, I don't feel like I should get my money back but I doubt I'll go back again.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Miss this place

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2016

I am a diehard Mexico City lover. I so wanted to love this restaurant but i just couldnt. The waiter was surly and impatient. The food was so very expensive. $19 for 3 small tacos of very chewy poor quality beef. The first wine bottle that arrived was clearly corked, the waiter was incredibly irritated and made us feel terrible. We did not over order, we had one bottle of wine and 2 desserts- the tab was almost $90/pp! For Mexican street food. Such a shame. The mezcal marg was great.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The ambiance, the service and the quality of the food is unmatched for the neighborhood. Each time I ask my daughter where she wants to go for dinner on her birthday she always ask for Urbana.....

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2016

Just not enough food for the cost...was hungry after a $200 date night dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2016

We chose La Urbana to celebrate a friend's departure from the city. Overall, not a great experience overall. The food was lackluster and the service was okay. We waited over 20 minutes to place drink orders and around the same amount of time to receive our drinks. For the amount of our bill, almost $200 for 4 people, I expected to at least leave with a full stomach. One of the dishes was undercooked and the other dish was around $15 for literally half of a sliced avocado and a few tortilla rounds.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2016

I've been to La Urbana numerous times with different friends and groups of people. I was looking forward to taking an out of town friend there last week. Not sure what has happened to this place, but SF is a pretty fickle town so who knows. Instead of being full and a great buzz, only about half the tables were occupied. The service was pleasant, but so-so at best. It took for fucking ever to get our drinks, and then our food: appetizers, and main dish all came at once.
If this place goes under, it really will be there own fault. They had a great place and concept and it's being left to run into the ground. Sad.

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5.0Dined on February 29, 2016

Overall food was delicious, service was attentive without being overwhelming. Pretty amazing list of tequila and mescal. A cool ambiance that also allows people to talk without shouting. I recommend and I'll come back

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2016

The service, food and facility was great. The food was a little pricey but you do get bottomless mimosa's for $19. I recommend the omelette and churros. Great for small groups or brunch.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2016

Drinks were good but the food was overpriced for what you get

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2016

Be Prepared! While the location,food and physical plant of La Urbana are solid, be prepared to pay dearly. A plate of 3 small tacos goes for $24! Though very yummy, this translates to $2 per bite, without tip or taxes. Try to eat slowly to get the best value - that way you won't get ahead of the service which grew increasingly sluggish as tables filled.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I like La Urbana. However, I was not as happy with my experience as in 2015. The server brought our drinks after the appetizers. He then brought out our main course before we had finished our apps. It felt like we were being rushed although the restaurant was half full the whole evening. Lastly, when the server brought the check, he placed it face up, so my date, whom I was paying for, saw the bill. I would have appreciated it if he had not assumed we were splitting the check. The food was good but not for the raised prices . Also - no prix fixe on Valentine's Day like in 2015. Seemed a little lame.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was hit and miss. The staff was extremely friendly. Strong on the greeting and ending not so much the middle. Dining room was cold without a sweater. The Pork Belly Tacos are worth the trip alone.

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3.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Great atmosphere, nice decoration and so on. Had dinner here with a group of 8 people. Food was only ok had much better Mexican food in SF, nothing special but by far too expensive. Would not come back here

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