Urban Solace

4.6
2137 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Join us at Urban Solace Restaurant, featuring New American Comfort Food and a fantastic selection of West Coast wines, handcrafted beer and a full selection of liquor.
We are located in the heart of North Park’s “Restaurant Row”, near bustling neighborhoods of Hillcrest, South Park and University Heights, and just north of Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park. We are open seven days a week - reservations are recommended. Please specify on your reservation if you wish to be seated inside or outside on our heated and covered patio. We are famous for our “Bluegrass Brunch” every Sunday - live music is played from 10am - 2pm. Reservations for our Bluegrass brunch are limited, and are for the inside restaurant only.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Mon, Tue 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Wed, Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am–10:30 pm
Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 295-6464
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Gordon
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Private party facilities
We do have limited availability for larger groups. Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University
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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
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Public transit
We are located at the transit hub of 30th and University Ave.
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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, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2137 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I brought my mom & dad here to celebrate my mom’s 76th birthday (which I noted in the reservation). I was concerned about the noise level since my dad has a hart time hearing (and refuses to use his hearing aids!). I was pleasantly surprised first by the staff greeting my mom with a friendly “Happy Birthday” and also by the noise level. The live band was playing on the patio & we sat inside and were not bothered by the music at all.

The staff was great, our waitress was super friendly and informative and attentive. She even replaced my dad’s decaf coffee since she wasn’t sure if the last person who refilled his was serving decaf. He really appreciated that!

We all totally enjoyed our brunch and the experience was perfect. We will be back!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great place for date night. Good food and nice, attentive servers. I had the sea bass. It was very good and cooked perfectly. Oh and they can make handcrafted cocktails. The Saint Diego is awesome!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was fantastic. We sat on the patio. There were TOO many flies!!! Food was not that great. My veggie burger was good but ithers didn’t like their hamburgers which tasted too much of Worcester sauce. My bloody Mary was tasteless and I had to ask for more mix.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

This place was nice, the food was good. The only issue is my father got double charge for the meal, still trying to get the money back from the extra charge. I would recommend checking your bank statement after your visit here.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2018

Lovely ambiance, good service, very good food, truly comfort dishes with a a modern tweak that make them just that much more enjoyable. Caveats portions are not Californian, but rather more substantial, more NOLA...in sync with the type of food and the building

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1.0Dined on August 12, 2018

So disappointing in about every way. When people make brunch reservations, the restaurant should clarify if it's for the music and attempt to accommodate. Beyond that, the entrees were very disappointing. The "Beef cheek" hash was corn and potatoes; not a bit of meat in it. The Salmon on the Benedict was dry, the spinach tasteless, and don't bother with the mushroom option. The server never once checked on us. With so many options in San Diego, I won't be supporting this place again.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The chicken was the best I have ever had. Our waitress was sweet and friendly and the drinks were good. Will definitely be going back for more date nights and specially for that chicken.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great food and service. Have never had a bad meal here. The sea bass was a little over-salted. The yellowtail tartare was refreshing in that it wasn't a citrus/acid bomb like many fish tartares and felt more savory and balanced (even though I love citrus).

You have to try the Black Velvet Cake. Chocolatey, moist, with a little crunch from cocoa nibs sprinkled on top and delicious cream cheese frosting. One of the best restaurant slices of cake we've had.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

I really enjoy Solace - I ended up at Solace in Encinitas not downtown. It was fantastic!!!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great brunch and way better service than most places nowadays. They didn’t skip a beat - brought ketchup right when I was about to ask for it, great food, friendly staff all around. They’re keepers!

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Overpriced. Not much protein, and really greasy...almost no hollandaise on the Benedict, not much flavor. Cinnamon roll was good. Service was good. Disappointing overall.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Excellent no problems would go there again

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Urban Solace is a San Diego gem. Their creative menu is outstanding and the service is always first rate!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Everything was delicious, from the cocktails to the food, it was all YUMMY! Loved the ambience

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

They're food was delicious. Service was very fast. Loved our waitress!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I live in the neighborhood and have many choices of where to dine. This is my favorite North Park restaurant. The food is so tasty and the service is professional.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Just beautiful! The meal and Rosé was amazing! Will go again!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Very mindful of Gluten Free and careful of cross contamination. Be sure to check in with your server about food allergies.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Ordered the shrimp and grits...omg! I will be eating here again. Also, the cheddar biscuits are so good

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We had lunch outside where it was quiet. The food and service were good, especially the beignets.

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Overpriced and entrees entirely too salty. Food took 45 minutes to arrive.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Delicious food and drinks. Nice ambience. Great service. Would just recommend cushions on outdoor seats, as became quite uncomfortable after just 15 minutes.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Love the bluegrass brunch!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

It was great!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Our server and all of the staff was helpful, timely, and very friendly. This was a much needed date night and the staff and ambience made it perfect! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Urban solace never lets us down! Great food, great wine list and awesome staff. This is one place that I will always bring out of town family for a great experience.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My friend and I ordered the vegetarian dish with Farro. It was nice and cheesy but every bite was loaded with corn. The arugula salad I ordered was quite ordinary. Arugula, some pepitos, a couple slices of grapefruit and the dressing was unremarkable. At $13 I was expecting something delish. We ordered the cheese board for 4 people and it came with 4 small pieces of bread. Our server did bring more bread so we could enjoy the rest of the cheese with bread if we wanted. All in all, I was expecting more as it was recommended by more than one friend. I love to leave a new restaurant and think that I can't wait to go back. I did not feel that way about Urban Solace. The atmosphere is lively and our server was great!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food and service were more than acceptable, but the noise level was so high that one needed to shout to be heard. Definitely NOT a relaxing experience.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Ordered the biscuits, the pate, the sea bass and the beef cheeks. The plate presentations were nice although the food was surprisingly tasteless. I probably should have stuck with the mac and cheese. Can't go wrong with that, right? The service was good, knowledgeable, friendly. 6: 45 on a Sunday Eve.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Service was very slow. The Steak Cheeks and their fries were good, but no one else in my 7 person party enjoyed their meal.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Everything was great about this place the food was spectacular and i dont use that word lightly.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Met a friend for dinner, it was my first time dining here and it was wonderful all around.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Read about this place on Eater. Had good vegetarian options. Made a reservation (for 1 haha) but wound up sitting at the bar. Nice place, good atmosphere, friendly staff. Only problem was that they brought my main out less than 5 min after I got my app. I had maybe half of a biscuit and then the main arrived. Don't like that - plan better in the kitchen to give diners a chance to enjoy their app, drink, digest a bit and then bring the main. It wasn't packed, nor close to closing, so no reason for the rush.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Waiter was helpful and attentive.
Food was delicious.
Shared appetizer was a good value.
Reserved table was ready upon arrival.

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Disappointing compared to all the other times I have been here.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Just lovely!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

This was just a lunch with two friends who both share their love and mine too for the awesome watermelon salad. It is the best one we have had and maybe the first time years ago when we had it. We keep coming back for it during the summer because it's so refreshing. Of course, I had to get the duckaroni to go, can't pass that up at all. So delicious. One of our friends had a birthday and our sweet server even brought over some ice cream, very nice of her.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

the food really blew us away! don’t pass on the charcuterie and cheese platter - exceptionally arranged and really special options to choose from. the beef cheeks are not to be missed! so tender and perfectly cooked, every bite was as good as the first. service was a bit awkward - our server dashed off as soon as we finished saying we wanted the charcuterie platter and promptly disappeared, without taking the rest of our meal and drink orders until much later. the pacing of our meal wasn’t great because of this; however, the food more than made up for the small glitch in service. would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Bluegrass brunch on Sunday was so lovely! Good was delish and atmosphere was so much fun for our birthday celebrations!

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