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Urban Bar & Grill

358 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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Come for the taste of American cuisine at Urban Bar and Grill. Its elegant interior is decorated with modern lights and artwork to create a contemporary upscale atmosphere.

Urban Bar and Grill serves wakami tuna tacos, beet flatbread, eggplant and mozzarella rolls and other starters. Its main platters range from gourmet lamb, veggie or beef burgers and sirloin steak to seafood linguini, kale and corn-stuffed chicken breast and bacon-wrapped scallops. Guests can also order roasted pear and gorgonzola salad, as well as other salads that can be supplemented with chicken, filet, salmon or shrimp for a more filling meal. Urban Bar and Grill’s patrons can choose sides like truffled mac and cheese with bacon, wasabi mashed potatoes and grilled herbed seasonal vegetables alongside the entrées.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Sun - Thu: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Happy Hour 5-7pm
Live Music - Friday & Saturday 7pm to 10pm
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Phone number
(619) 235-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
The Urban Bar and Grill offers a Private Room, a Lounge Area and the full facility for group functions. The Private room may be booked for groups up to 40 Guests and our Lounge is perfect for Cocktail Parties. Our venue is sized for completely Exclusive Dinners or Luncheons and we offer optional AV
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (619) 861-6631
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Cross street
Between F & E
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Parking details
San Diego MTS Trolley:

Blue Line, C Street

Orange Line, Convention Center
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Live music every Friday & Saturday night from 7 to 10pm with singer, song writer, guitarist, Zac Hays
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 358 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pirouette (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

We loved this restaurant. We sat outside under the heat lamps and enjoyed our meal as we watched people passing by. The live music was a wonderful plus. My husband had the scallops and loved them. I had the arugula and beet salad and I was very happy with it. The creme brulée was out of this world!

vipsallen (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 5, 2015

Four friends dined here together at the end of an extended vacation. We had a pleasant and relaxed send off meal. We all enjoyed our entrees. Very good beer and cider.

vipJGSD (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

The food was tasty, but not significantly better than any other moderately price bar and grill. The lighting was a bit too bright for ambience.

vipTableForTwo (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

We had a party of 10 and our waitress was GREAT with us - seriously, she was AWESOME. The food was another thing.. I ordered the 'surf and turf' special for the night, along with one other friend at the table. We ordered medium/rare and medium and received WELL done steaks - like very well done.. I didn't want to make a fuss so I didn't send it back, but I was very disappointed when I got the bill to see my very overdone steak and 3 scallops cost $60... super over priced for the dish I got. Had I known that in advance, I would have definitely sent it back.

Side note - the drinks were delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Ate here before seeing phantom of the opera at civic. Bartender was attentive and open to letting us sample some wine before buying. Love that. Seated us outside for ample people watching. Both of us had pasta dishes which were good. I would go again.

cellolady (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

We were looking for a place downtown to have dinner before a show. Found Urban Bar & Grill after scrolling choices while in the car on the way. The menu looked like our kind of place, interesting food, good prices. We were able to make a reservation through open table before we even got there. That helped a lot. We weren't disappointed. The food was excellent, sat a nice side walk table. We told the server we had a show to get to and they made sure we got our food in plenty of time. Will definitely go back, so many wonderful choices on the menu.

KimB (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

I went to dinner here with a friend on a Saturday night. There was live music, which was great. The restaurant was pretty dead though. And the service was still very slow...I'm not sure why. Our server ended up offering us some happy hour priced drinks because things were slow, but it was still bizarre. We ordered a fig flatbread to share as an app. The toppings were delicious, but the flatbread itself was overcooked. For mains, we ordered a chicken dish, salad and a side of roasted vegetables. The veggies were awesome. Salad and chicken were decent. With all the restaurant options out there, I wouldn't return here in a hurry.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

We shared the Surf and Turf with bacon wrapped scallops and filet mignon, which was amazing! Our service was exceptional.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

The restaurant needed some work. Broken lighting fixtures, some held together with tape. Staff was excellent and attentive; food was good. I had the Asian stir fry noodles and my husband had the Kobe burger. The sweet potato fries which came with the burger were amazing. But, there were few customers in the restaurant. At first glance, I would not have come in if I had not reserved the restaurant, sight unseen. The owners need to clean up and fix up. Very old feeling.

lafs (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

we had tickets to the civic on a Tuesday arrived at 5:30 pm service was great very attentive but it was early for them so no one really there food was good but nothing spectacular