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Urban Solace & Bar Solace - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
2262 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Welcome to Urban Solace and Bar Solace! We are a chef driven, sustainable and seasonal restaurant where everything is made from scratch. Our delicious brunch is available seven days a week from 8am to 2pm. We also serve dinner nightly beginning at 5pm, featuring American Coastal Cuisine and a fantastic selection of sustainable boutique wines, craft beer and a full selection of artisan spirits and cocktails.
We are located in the heart of North Park, near bustling the neighborhoods of Hillcrest, South Park and University Heights, just north of Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park. We are famous for our “Bluegrass Brunch” every Sunday - live music is played from 10am - 2pm and home of the "Best Cinnamon Roll" in San Diego.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Sun-Thrus 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri -Sat 4:00 pm–11.00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 295-6464

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Gordon

  • Catering

    We can come to you! www.urbansolacecatering.com

  • Neighborhood

    North Park

  • Cross street

    University

  • Parking details

    Generally there is plenty of street parking available as well as the North Park parking garage directly across from the restaurant. Entrance to the garage is on 29th Street just south of University. During the weekdays the garage is 50 cents per half hour and $5 flat fee in the evenings.

  • Public transit

    We are located at the transit hub of 30th and University Ave.

  • Entertainment

    We feature live Bluegrass music every Sunday for our famous "Blue Grass Brunch", from 930am to 230pm - limited reservation are available on this day, for the inside restaurant only.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Veg

  • Enoki Mushroom Fritters

    Gochujang Dipping Sauce

    • Charred Broccolini

      Feta, Almonds, Chili, Burnt Orange Vinaigrette

      • Smoked Beet Skewers

        Onion Ash, Herbed Goat Cheese, Basil Salsa

        • Roasted Celery Root

          Veggie Demi Glace, Brown Butter Aioli, Mache

          • Ricotta Gnocchi

            Delicata Squash, Apples, Hazelnuts

            • Hand Cut Kennebec Fries

              Chili Aioli

              • Winter Chopped Salad

                Root Veggies, Broccolini, Romaine, Arugula, Feta, Almonds, Citrus Vin

                Meat

                • Jerk Chicken Wings

                  Mango Habanero Coulis

                  • Chicken Liver Pâté

                    Fig Jam, Pistachio, House Mustard, Fig Bread

                    • Wondra Fried Chicken Thighs

                      Tamari-Mustard Sauce, Fennel Pickles

                      • Pork Belly Pancakes

                        Corn Blini, Crispy Spiced Belly, Maple-Pork Butter

                        • Hanger Steak Skewers

                          Chimichurri, Warm Potato Salad

                          • Hand Cut Steak Tartare

                            Sunchoke Puree, Warm Bread

                            Sea

                            • (2) Seared Sea Scallops

                              Celery Root, Sea Beans, Lemon Gremolata

                              • ½ Dozen Oysters

                                Pickled Mustard Seed Mignonette - Please allow extra time, as we shuck to order

                                • Black Mussels

                                  Seasonal Preparation

                                  • Wild Blue Shrimp

                                    Heads On - Chilies, Garlic, Lemon, Brown Butter

                                    • Yellowtail Crudo

                                      Pomegranate, Lime, Cucumber

                                      • Caramelized Black Cod

                                        Mushroom Broth, Garlic Mushrooms

                                        And

                                        • Blue Plate Special

                                          Chef's Seasonal Entrée A.Q.

                                          • Creekstone Natural Beef Burger

                                            Egg Bun, Smoked Tomato Jam, House Sauce, Bibb Lettuce, White Cheddar

                                            • Quinoa-Hazelnut Veggie Burger

                                              Egg Bun, Lemon Aioli, Bibb Lettuce, Tomato

                                              • Cheddar-Chive Biscuits

                                                Orange Honey Butter, Smokey Tomato Jam

                                                For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                What 2,262 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                4.4
                                                4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.4Food
                                                • 4.4Service
                                                • 4.4Ambience
                                                • 4.2Value

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                                                1. AB

                                                  AlmaB

                                                  San Diego

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 14, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I'll miss this place so much. Thanks for the tasty and fun memories.

                                                2. OB

                                                  OBLady

                                                  San Diego

                                                  18 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  18 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 14, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Will be greatly missed after 12 years! Food coming out of Matt Gordon's kitchen was always brilliant. Look for him to helm another kitchen somewhere soon!

                                                3. T

                                                  Tastetheworld

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 12, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Absolutely perfect experience from start to finish. We were hosting a large group (12+) and the Urban Solace team was nothing but accommodating, flexible, and patient. The ambiance and food were spectacular.

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                  Food was good, cheddar biscuits and fries, and salad all amazing... the cod not so much. I also had a cocktail with rum and ginger beer really good...the service was AMAZING

                                                5. b

                                                  bbritt

                                                  New York Area

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 9, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great place for lunch with my sister after shopping! It’s a charming and friendly atmosphere. Lively, but not so loud that you can’t have a private conversation. The food was delicious and the range was wide enough to suit a carnivore like myself and a vegetarian like my sister. Our server was polite, helpful, and attentive but didn’t hang out with us. It was my first trip but will not be my last!

                                                6. DR

                                                  DianeR

                                                  San Diego

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 5, 2019

                                                  overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                  I have been to Urban Solace so many times over the years. Went back to find a new "tasting" menu . While I was disappointed to find no duck on the menu (one of my favs) I tried two items off the new menu. I would not order either of these again. Not sure I will be back, what a shame.

                                                7. R

                                                  Ramc

                                                  San Diego

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 3, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                  The Veggie burger needs better construction. It crumbled in my hand as i was eating it. The taste was ok though. Maybe a bigger bun ? The waiter was very friendly and courteous. The service time could be definitely improved.

                                                8. NH

                                                  NHeights

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 2, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                  Pros: The atmosphere was great and being able to sit outdoors during a rainy evening was very nice. Location is wonderful, right in the heart of North Park. Cons: Reservation at 7 and we're seated until 730. The drink order was incorrect. One plate never came out and had to be reordered. The plates are TINY and at $10-15 a plate, don't expect to leave full unless you're willing to pay a hefty sum.

                                                9. PM

                                                  PianoMan

                                                  San Diego

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 24, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Love this place; from small groups, to larger groups (as with this visit), to just solo for lunch at the bar - it's always the same: outstanding food, relaxed and casual atmosphere, and a staff focused on courtesy and service. US&BS set up a table for 10, on a Sunday morning. The usual Bluegrass next door outside that provided a nice music backdrop and still able to keep up good conversation while inside. Service was impeccable as always - ask and you receive, with just the right amount of attention that you don't feel neglected, but given enough space to enjoy the meal and your company. Food was up to the usual standard, with the Bennys and Salmon bowls almost perfect. The Croque, while outstanding in taste and flavor, was a bit "messy" - guess I was expecting a tight-collar French presentation. Maybe it was Urban Solace's take on it: comfort food - but ultimately, the presentation didn't matter as much as the eats - it was completely finished and very satisfying. Oh - and "This is for Rosa": it has become my favorite morning cocktail, and on my personal list of "guilty vice pleasures" :-). Thanks again, Urban Solace crew - I will keep coming back!

                                                10. c

                                                  cmack

                                                  San Diego

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 23, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                  We have eaten at the sister restaurant “Solace” in North County many times and have always been satisfied. Unfortunately, our experience at Urban Solace was disappointing. I ordered the veggie burger and fries. The burger was good but the fries were soggy as if they had been reheated in the microwave. The restaurant was almost empty on a Saturday at 1:30, yet the waiter, though friendly, rarely appeared. We had to go up to the bar to retrieve our own drinks. I will not be returning.

                                                11. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hawaii

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 23, 2019

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Great wine and food. Staff was very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding us to exactly the wines we were looking for.

                                                12. NY

                                                  NYCFoodie11225

                                                  New York Area

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 18, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  It's been two years since I last went to Urban Solace. While the menu changed to a small plates style, the food was no less inventive and delicious! I had the chimichurri steak, roasted celery root, and a small 3-item charcuterie board (a sausage with two cheeses) and thought they were all very good. I definitely recommend this place to foodies.

                                                13. MA

                                                  MARY

                                                  Chicago

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 17, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The service was excellent, food was interesting and fresh and the blue grass band was awesome!

                                                14. K

                                                  Kathleen

                                                  Baltimore

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2019

                                                  overall3food4service1ambience2

                                                  The food is very good but not worth the wait. We had a 730 reservation and didn’t get our food until between 930-10pm. The restaurant wasn’t even full so I’m not sure why it took so long. The waitress was very rude and wanted to argue. She didn’t mention anything about the menu like the plates are small- but I asked because the prices seemed too low for a full entree. We had a party of 6 and was seated at a booth for 4 with one of us on an uncomfortable wooden bench and the other sitting out in a chair. Overall I was not impressed and will never come back.

                                                15. MB

                                                  MicheleB

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2019

                                                  overall2food3service3ambience1

                                                  I specifically said in my reservation that it was a celebration for my son's 21st birthday, and that we both work in the industry. Upon arrival there was no birthday wishes nor throughout the entire meal. Most disappointing was our selected table- directly across from the restroom, and right next to a server terminal. Because we both work constantly, going out is a rare treat. I wrongly assumed my reservation note would be enough for some sort of special treatment. The meal itself was very tasty, but would have actually been able to really enjoy at a quiter table.

                                                16. DA

                                                  DennisA

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2019

                                                  overall4food2service5ambience5

                                                  Everything seemed AOk, I really like this restaurant. The only complaint I had was... knowing that these were small plates, the order of scallops was the definition of a small plate. Should have been, maybe, 6 scallops or may 3 very large ones. It seemed pricy and ridiculous when it arrived at the table. Everything else was fine.

                                                17. JL

                                                  JulieL

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 14, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Lovely. Cooked beautifully. Nice service and ambiance.

                                                18. SM

                                                  ShannonM

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 14, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I love the new menu - the mushroom fritters and smoked beets were delightful. And the lemon tart! So. Good. I love that there are so many plant-based options and they're clearly labeled on the menu. Staff was wonderful, and were able to accommodate my request for a quietish spot so my hard of hearing dad and I could chat easily.

                                                19. MW

                                                  MarcW

                                                  San Diego

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Met up with friends from out of town for brunch. It was so awesome! There was a blue grass band playing. Tons of families and locals. Food was superb!

                                                20. CB

                                                  ChristineB

                                                  San Diego

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                  Urban Solace is one of my husband's and my favorite restaurants. We have been many times and always loved the food and drink menu. We returned for my birthday and to try the new small plate format. Drinks came out immediately, and so did the charcuterie and cheese plate we ordered, which we always enjoy. We ordered about 5 small plates and a second round of drinks next. For some reason, they got behind on tickets and food was slow, we were finishing our drinks and still no food. Without even having to ask, we got a free round of drinks and a free dessert as food was so slow. It felt nice to be so well taken care of; we understand sometimes the kitchen gets behind for various reasons. Running a restaurant is not an easy thing! But when the management can recognize a mishap and make up for it shows true customer service. As for food quality, all was very tasty, save the broccolini which I think they rushed out (it was not charred as advertised). The lamb meatballs and the pork belly pancakes were REALLY good and worth the wait. Overall, this is still one of my very favorite restaurants and I plan to return again soon. Thank you Urban Solace!

                                                21. AB

                                                  AndrewB

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  the food was good. our server knew which wines to pair with what food on the menu.

                                                22. SD

                                                  SanDiegan

                                                  San Diego

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                  Fun meal with friends - enjoyed the new small plates menu!

                                                23. JB

                                                  JessicaB

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 9, 2019

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                  This place was so delicious!! The cinnamon bun definitely lived up to the hype I read about before going. The drinks were also delicious. Serve was slightly slow, but we are NYCers so perhaps we are just used to a faster pace then usual. Overall, great place!

                                                24. j

                                                  jlchianese

                                                  San Diego

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 9, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food and service never felt rushed and was attended to perfectly!

                                                25. GS

                                                  GregoryS

                                                  San Diego

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 4, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great transition to small plates. Excellent service.

                                                26. RW

                                                  RobertW

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The best caramelized black cod ever! Oysters fresh, waitress helpful and friendly but not intrusive.

                                                27. w

                                                  woobelle

                                                  San Diego

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 21, 2019

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  Had a lovely evening. Sunday night of a Holiday weekend, it was pretty quiet. Everyone in our party (8), thought the food was excellent. My only negative would be, very poor selection for Vegan diets. Also a couple of the dishes were small.w

                                                28. AH

                                                  ArtH

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  25 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  25 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 20, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Awesome brunch and great service.

                                                29. BS

                                                  BradS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 20, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious Sunday brunch with live Bluegrass starting at 10am!

                                                30. ES

                                                  EmilyS

                                                  Chicago

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 20, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Urban Solace was amazing for vegetarians. There were so many choices: the gnocchi and the broccolini standing out by far. The cocktail and beer selection is extensive and very good too!

                                                31. PK

                                                  PamK

                                                  San Diego

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 20, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Love the new dinner menu of small plates! We had a very filling and affordable dinner with six plates. Loved the gnocchi, chaired broccolini, black cod and biscuits especially and wish I’d gotten the mussels, too, because they smelled amazing at the table next door.

                                                32. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 19, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                  Overall we had a nice meal and time together. It was brunch time and the place was busy. A few suggestions. A restaurant can not run out of simple off the shelf items (coconut milk) Hot drinks should not be served in glass, they look amazing but not functional, finally food should be served hot or cold. Nice job on service and table cleanup.

                                                33. E

                                                  Ellie

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 15, 2019

                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                  service was a pain tomato soup was a thick marinara

                                                34. MA

                                                  MandyA

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 13, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great, came for brunch with my folks and everyone loved the food and the live music. Service was excellent. Will back soon to try the new dinner menu.

                                                35. L

                                                  Lulu

                                                  San Diego

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 13, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service1ambience4

                                                  Service was very poor. We waited an extraordinarily long time for drinks, appetizers, everything really...The Manager was extremely apologetic and said that this was due to many large parties at the same time and a new menu that week. He accommodated us by comping everything, which was unexpected and very nice. However, the food was just fair to good at best and given our experience, even with the kindness of management, I am not sure that I would return.

                                                36. PM

                                                  PianoMan

                                                  San Diego

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 12, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  There's a reason why Urban Solace has been in North Park so long - they know what they're doing and are very good at it! Came from a small casual group brunch on a Saturday. Moderately filled with people, we were sat down immediately for our reservations. Food was excellent: eggs benedict (Pork Belly Benny), a skillet hash, and comfort food: biscuits and sausage! "This is for Rosa" was a great cold brew/vodka alternative to the mimosa, and the ambience is always pleasant, elegant, quiet - but casual. I'll keep going back!

                                                37. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 12, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                  They changed the dinning experience to more of a tapas style. The food was ok. We all preferred to old menu and dinning experience.

                                                38. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 9, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                  Not sure the new menu is fully refined yet. And oddly, the move away from urban comfort and towards CA small plates makes it less unique, rather than more.

                                                39. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 6, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Our new favorite local food spot. We fell in love with everything, can’t wait to try their brunch menu.

                                                40. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 5, 2019

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                  Great food, but need to vary menu.

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                                                Urban Solace & Bar Solace - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 2262 OpenTable diners

                                                Permanently Closed

                                                This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                • Cross street

                                                  University

                                                • Neighborhood

                                                  North Park

                                                • Hours of operation

                                                  Brunch
                                                  Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm
                                                  Dinner
                                                  Sun-Thrus 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                  Fri -Sat 4:00 pm–11.00 pm

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Parking details

                                                  Generally there is plenty of street parking available as well as the North Park parking garage directly across from the restaurant. Entrance to the garage is on 29th Street just south of University. During the weekdays the garage is 50 cents per half hour and $5 flat fee in the evenings.

                                                • Public transit

                                                  We are located at the transit hub of 30th and University Ave.

                                                • Payment options

                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Executive chef

                                                  Matt Gordon

                                                • Entertainment

                                                  We feature live Bluegrass music every Sunday for our famous "Blue Grass Brunch", from 930am to 230pm - limited reservation are available on this day, for the inside restaurant only.

                                                • Additional

                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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