Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank

4.3
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$30 and under
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American

Urge American Gastropub is a restaurant and whiskey bar in the Oceanside area of San Diego. Modern lighting fixtures and décor create a unique and exciting eatery. Beside the main dining area, there is also a large bar and lounge room where anyone can relax and have a drink of choice. Urge American Gastropub is a good place for lunch or dinner as a family, but it also has excellent nightlife vibes in the evening.



Burgers, sandwiches, creative appetizers and classic American meals like meatloaf and wild whiskey pork chops are all on the menu at Urge American Gastropub. Guests can choose to enjoy some smaller plates to share over drinks or order an entrée to fill themselves up with great food. The beverage menu is extensive, with large selections of traditional cocktails, wines, beers and whiskey.


What 63 People Are Saying
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FM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service; if you're going to include bratwurst, at least have a recipe that's better than what one can do at home.

C
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I realize they were closing permanently this weekend, but considering they have other locations, I thought there would be more effort to give a great final dining experience to their local Ocranside patrons. Service was poor, took nearly 20 min. to place a drink order and our food was not even prepared to our order (well done burger when we asked for medium rare). I doubt we will visit any other Urge locations following that.

KG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like urge! The food and drinks are good and the service is good too. I wouldn’t say the menu is anything special but for my husband and I’s weekly date night it is a favorite :)

m
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent Sunday brunch. Food was excellent and ambiance is nice. Service was spotty with water glasses not being refilled for too long. That did not detract from nice experience.

TS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but we all like our waiter, he was nice , sweet, & very kind, we enjoy it very much

GA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome night! would recommend it again and again

S
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Colin I think, was great. He was very personable, attentive and friendly. The music was too loud for us and he had it turned down. 👍

RE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there for a birthday celebration. Had a good time the food was excellent and so was the waitress.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome laid back feel with amazing drinks and food! Easy and fun

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service great waitress

K
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music was pretty loud and the AC duct was leaking on our table. But that did not matter as service was outstanding. Food was incredible and I love the Whiskey pours🥃🐱. My favorite restaurant in Oside!

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my boyfriend birthday! Had the best time! Kicked butt at Jenga and the Connect 4 games. The staff was friendly, the serves was awesome and food was FABULOUS!

LP
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved spending a Saturday afternoon on the patio! Servers are very attentive, bartender was fantastic (the craft cocktails are excellent), and the food was super delicious. I highly recommend the poutine!

L
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow but the manager gave us free dessert which was nice. Food was OK
Nothing compared to some of the other restaurants we’ve been to in Oceanside.

AP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family birthday dinner

RM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly and polite people. Menus are rather limited but tasty nonetheless. Great scotch and beer selections. With a very good old fashion.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating! The food was outstanding!

JB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really nice Father's Day lunch with the wife and parents today. Tri tip sandwiches they had on special were great. Will continue to patronize here and their other locations.

AB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our only complaint was there was only one waitress as far as we could tell, so she was amazing but very busy and that slowed service down.

VM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, drinks were delicious, but service was slow.

F
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They have a beet and goat cheese salad and if you add ahi tuna...it is absolutely delicious!

CT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large whiskey and beer selection, paired with great food and friendly staff.

ER
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Chose Urge because it had open reservations for Mother’s Dat and it did not disappoint! Food was delicious, $5 mimosas, they even gave both moms in our party roses. Service was attentive and although it wasn’t cheap it also wasn’t a special Mother’s Day gouge like other restaurants do! We will definitely be back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, excellent whiskey flights

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was INCREDIBLE and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back!

K
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just ok. Fried pickles and calamari were tasty and the high point of the meal. Sandwiches were disappointing—one of those, good-ingredients-can’t-tell-because-too-much-bread casualties. Server was nice but we went half the meal with empty drinks and couldn’t find her soon enough. I don’t need to go back.

KP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Bar was “backed” up so beers took a while.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great vibe and the food was excellent. We will definitely return!

WJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was for 5:30 and we were promptly seated. The table was adorned with rose petals for Valentine’s Day and my wife received a single red rose by the hostess (a classy touch and much appreciated). The dinner menu was special for the evening and we enjoyed an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Overall the price was reasonable, the service good, and the evening turned out to be very gratifying! We had never been here before, however we plan on returning soon and bringing friends with us! Thank you Urge for a memorable evening!

l
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, great food! Friendly staff!

L
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we were very pleased with the food, service, wait staff and environment! We started with appetizers of wings, Brussel Sprouts (which by the way are delicious) and calamari and finished with their hamburgers. All of the The food we ordered was very good! We will be going back 👍👍

KL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor quality food and horrible service. Have been here many times and not sure what has happened or if it was an off day. Won’t be going back anytime soon. There are too many other awesome restaurants in the area to waste money here.

JZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was delicious! We had a great time! Brussel sprouts are amazing!

CT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Servers & food were average. We ordered drinks from our server but our server disappeared for 20 minutes. We had to ask another server to get our drinks. We also ordered 1 of the 4 “featured” whiskey flights only to be told the “whiskey bar” was out of those whiskeys. Here’s some help...either tell customers when seating them that you’re out of a product OR don’t run out of a featured product. Not sure if we will be back.

B
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service. Excellent choice for a sports bar. Food is just ok

T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We(3) ordered a bottle of wine. Waitress poured into glasses. She had run away by time I noticed that my glass had lipstick lips on it. Looking for her to replace it, she never came back so I went to the bar to get a new glass.
I ordered the chicken cutlet that was smothered in spicy mustard on top of mashed potatoes. When I tasted the potatoes, they were cold. When the waitress came back to ask how it was, I told her. She offered to bring it back to the kitchen to heat the plate up. I declined since I didn’t want my chicken to be nuked. Waitress shrugged her shoulders and departed.

WD
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

With a reservation and the restaurant about 1/3 full, it took the hostess 10+ minutes to seat us, a party of 2. We never figured out what the issue was, or why she couldn’t figure out what party to put where, at what table. She had 4 parties backed up waiting to be seated while she tried to figure out where to put people in the restaurant. The job seemed way too difficult for her! That issue unfortunately set the tone. Although our server was very friendly and efficient, and the food was very good, we just were less than impressed overall.

BG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had Sunday lunch at Urge. There were 4 of us in the party and each of us really liked what we ordered. We started with the hot soft pretzel while figuring out what to order. This was easily split between the 4 of us. The burgers were huge with lots of sauce and extras. The wedge salad was very good. The dressing was just right. One person in the party ordered the brussel sprouts. They were a meal in it self.
A wide choice of beers and a nice menu of crafted cocktails. All and all for what we ordered, including drinks we were out the door around $130 for 4.

D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The noise level was out of control. People were playing drinking games and literally screaming and shouting. Not just one table, many others. Party atmosphere wasn’t right for my occasion but could be fun under the right circumstances. Service was generally slow and inattentive. Food was good but nothing special, the items are not any different from numerous other gastropubs in the area. Cocktails were delicious.

F
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This last time we went, they were understaffed or something... Food was undercooked and/or sitting up there for a bit. No one likes coagulated fried cheese curds, especially when I crave them sometimes and came for them and told my friends who joined us about them! Waiter was not familiar with babies... our friend had some needs for her 1 year old and they weren't met. For example, the baby spilled some water and he didn't offer us a towel or help clean up, or even give us extra napkins when we used ours for the spill. Just kinda annoying when sometimes families who come may need some extra attention. My 5 year old daughter accidentally dropped a slider patty and he picked it up and said "did you throw this at me?" She was confused if he was joking or not... so was I.

Anyhoo, we usually love this place but attention to detail and great food should be top notch, even when busy/not busy, staffed/understaffed. Especially when you're paying high prices for pub food. We live local, so we'll of course go again, but hopefully someone from Urge O'side reads this!

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