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About Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge is situated in Pacific Station, a LEED silver certified mixed use project in the heart of downtown Encinitas. Just off of historic Highway 101 and near Moonlight Beach, we bring our creative blend of classic and modern American Cuisine to Coastal North County San Diego
Encinitas, CA 92024
American, Comfort Food, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Brunch on Saturday: 10:30am - 3:30pm and Sunday 9:30am to 3pm;
Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sunday evening entertainment in the lounge. Please see our website for details.
SD Coaster commuter lot on the corner of E Street & Vulcan located behind the restaurant. There is also a garage below us with the entrance being off of F street behind whole foods. You are welcome to park there as well.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Solace & The Moonlight Lounge Ratings and Reviews
Great restaurant! We love it. Local. Friendly. Downtown. Great for lunch as well as dinner. Fun vibe. Easy to get to. Staff are engaging but leave you alone to enjoy your meal and visit with friends or family while keeping an eye on you as they pass.
Truly a gem!
Waitress Julie was on point. Food was solid and husband thoroughly enjoyed his meal. He had the pork chop while I attended to the chicken. I substituted the potatoes for the grits which highlighted my appreciation for some of my southern background and it was spot on. Cocktails were perfect. Appetizers were great, had the biscuits(ordered two additional to compliment our entrees), beef tartare, hamachi and oysters. Actually ordered 3 more amethyst oysters because husband enjoyed them so much. I'm allergic but they were beautiful.
Each and every time I dine at Solace I am fascinated by the menu and truly amazed by the meal.
As always, I was not disappointed this time when our server suggested we try the Mac & Cheese entrée as our appetizer. The Trout as the official entrée was perfectly prepared. Finishing the meal with the Coconut Cake with salted caramel was outstanding. Sunday night live music was a bonus.
Highly recommend trying Solace if you have not already. If you have, go back and enjoy.
Overall a very pleasant place with good food. We had the aguachile and the cauliflower dip as appetizers. The latter was perfectly seasoned and served at a really good temperature. The aguachile on the other hand was a poor attempt at a fairly simple dish, it was bitter and lacked salt. For main dish we ordered the vegetable hash and the pork belly Benedict. Both very good with eggs perfectly poached.
Food and service always good here...BUT...was terribly disappointed to learn that one of my favorite entrees, "Beef Cheek," is no longer on the menu. This has been my main reason for dining at Solace over the years. It was always wonderfully prepared. Please consider adding this back to your entrees!
Was looking for a place close to the beach on my way to the theater and came upon a review of Solace. When we drove by we were questioning our choice from the outside but once inside we realized we found ourselves a gem. It's California casual with windows open to the outside and rather laid back while still looking sophisticated. The food...ah the food! Absolute deliciousness. Our server was attentive and very helpful. On the downside, we had made a 5:45 reservation. The "hostess" lead us to our table but it was a hightop which was uncomfortable. The table right next to it was a regular table but the hostess told us the table was reserved. Seriously??? There were LOTS of other tables available and we also had reservations. I hate attitude and that's what she gave off. In retrospect I realize I should have spoken with her manager about her attitude and lack of customer service. Hopefully, this will be brought to managements attention.
We decided to celebrate Mother's Day by having Sunday Brunch at this restaurant based on good reviews. We ordered some 'starters' that included the Jerk Chicken Wings and BBQ Basted Pork Belly with creamy grits. The starters were good. We enjoyed them.
For the main course, most of us ordered Bennies and our son ordered the Cuban sandwich.
The poached eggs in all of our Bennies were waaay over-cooked. The eggs were completely solid and one of them was almost cold. Breakfast potatoes servings were generous on one or two plates and meager on the others...no consistency. The 'Cuban' was just a so-so sandwich that bared no resemblance to the famous Florida sandwich it is named after. Our son was even okay that it was on French bread, but said they could have at least pressed it to make it resemble an actual Cuban sandwich.
Summary: The food was just okay, nothing spectacular, at least not for this Brunch. I considered whether to give an overall rating of Fair or Good, but when I asked my wife if she would like to dine here again and she said 'No', the rating became obvious.
Others may have had a better dining experience than we had, but to us, this restaurant is not likely not get a second chance to make a first impression.
We sat upstairs and the large doors were open which made it very cold which concerned us because we had a 7 month old baby. We moved tables to try to get warm but it didn't help so instead of slowly enjoying our meal and ordering more food/drinks we rushed through our meal so we could get out of there.
Food is creative, ingredients are great, service is friendly and attentive. Went for Mother's Day. The only downside (and reason I did not rate it 5 across the board) was the side patio seating on the second floor---It's right next to a massive air conditioning condenser unit and rather loud. Other than that, great experience and nice little foodie gem in downtown Encinitas.
I was excited to try Solace after reading the reviews and hearing great things from friends. It was even more exciting that was able to get a reservation for Mother's Day with less than 24 hours notice. The hostess and our server had lacked personality, and our server rarely checked on us. The food was good, and so was the coffee - I wish that I was given the option for a refill. I like my mimosas with mostly champagne and a splash of OJ, but I got the opposite and paid $8 for OJ.
Tasty food. Had an issue with table though, my 80 year old mother not able to climb up to the high table, so we got moved to a table that was by the garage style doors that were open to let in the "fresh air" but it was soooo cold, we were misrable. We were told repetitively that we couldn't move because of resturant was busy but there were literally only a handful people eating. Finally went back to original table and boosted my mom up. Staff was nice enough trying to help us but would have liked them to understand the limits of older guests more.
I liked that they opened at 10:00AM for brunch, so my girlfriend & I had extra time together. The food options were unique & delicious, plus they customized a salad for me, which made it perfect. They also make a great Bloody Mary! Depending on where you sit & the weather, it can be a little breezy, but the staff was fabulous about letting us move to our "Goldilocks" table, so we were comfortable. I/we will definitely return often. (Also, parking in train lot across the street made access very easy.)
This restaurant does not provide bread with the purchase of an entree ( which are not cheap!) unless you specifically ask and there is a separate charge. There is one bathroom downstairs for everyone ( men and women) and one bathroom upstairs that is also unisex, so there was a long line all night long for both. Very strange. Not sure how that passed zoning. My food was tasty ( trout) even if there was not much else on the plate.
The food is always fabulous. The menu is seasonally inspired and exceptional. Have never been disappointed with the food here. It can be a bit noisy and the downstairs seating ambience is very generic and lacking so I always request to be seated upstairs as it is a bit more spacious and less claustrophobic feeling. If you love yummy desserts anything they offer is amazing but I highly recommend the cinnamon roll. This is something I dream of. If heaven had a dessert on the menu this would be it. They really know how to do food here, the seasoning, mesh of textures and flavors is exceptional.
The service was very good. The wait staff was very helpful with meal selections.
The ambiance was true coastal chic. The open air feeling made the experience relaxing and casually elegant.
The deserts were decadent. Quite possibly the best Coconut cake EVER!!
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