Urban Solace

4.6
2158 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 2158 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I came here for brunch. Highly recommend getting the biscuits and the kitchen sink biscuits and gravy. So good!

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OV
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular!! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something slightly different in the North Park area.

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f
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Brunch is good, but over priced. Hipster interpretations of various cuisines which could use more flavor and presence. Presentation is good, but again over priced. Cocktails are average. Outdoor ambience is mediocre at best. Good service.

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C
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Been for brunch and for dinner. While brunch wasn’t bad, dinner is by far the better choice.

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OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Small restaurant, nice patio area but we opted to sit inside because the bluegrass band was really loud on the patio. Started with the biscuits and the tomato jam that accompanied them was delicious. I ordered shrimp and grits which were a good sized portion, five big shrimp and super creamy and tasty grits. The men ordered the biscuits and gravy and wondered why the gravy was more sauce-like and didn't include sausage. Bacon is super sweet. Someone else in our party ordered the cheesy eggs which was a small portion potatoes, a bowl of grits and scrambled eggs. She said she was underwhelmed by the dish and told the server the potatoes were so salty that they were inedible. The service here is extremely conscientious. The waiter relayed that information to a manager who came to our table and apologized and took the meal off the bill. The staff works hard to make customers happy. Cute building, looks like a house you'd find in New Orleans. Street parking but loads of parking lots nearby.

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super awesome brunch. Definitely recommend the lemon poppyseed and blueberry pancakes. The music was fun and the staff was very attentive. A perfect place to finish off the weekend.

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seeing a friend and converse

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ET
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with friends that I hadn’t seen in 20 years. Great food and atmosphere. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to catch up with old friends.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and delicious craft cocktails!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience! Hats off to Melanie for the excellent service!

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JD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Been here several times and food is always outstanding.

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D
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place!!!
Food amazing. We had all the Tuesday New Orleans specials for our Anniversary dinner. Perfect shrimp and grits. Fabulous gumbo. My husband had the chicken and dumplings and was very happy.
Sazerac is a favorite of my husband and I and tho I normally avoid hurricanes the one Urban Solace mix meisters created was fantastic, fruitfull but not too sweet, refreshing and citrusy with passion fruit!

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GA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is of high quality. We had the sea bass and the chicken and dumplings and we we're both very happy. The artichoke dip and smokey tomatoe spread for the biscuits were very good as well.

I also loved the cuke mule. A bit on the sweet side but tasty.

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C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the service and the food was phenomenal. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing
Even my stepmother, who has celiac, had a vast array of choices.
Thank you for a special day!

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BL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good, special and very enjoyable food. Very cheesy though.

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W
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a wonderful first experience at Urban Solace. They easily catered to Gluten Free needs by having a full menu to chose from. Our waitress (Melanie - I believe) was lovely, very helpful and friendly. I will certainly dine here again.

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l
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends before a show at the Observatory. We had eaten here before so were hopeful that our past good experience would be repeated. We were not disappointed. Alison took great care of us. Service was prompt and attentiveThe menu choices were interesting and we each tried something different. My crispy duck confit was excellent. The duck was tasty and tender with nice crisp on the outside. My wife had the pork belly which was also excellent. Our friends had the (not your mommas) meatloaf and chicken dumplings respectively. All enjoyed their choices. We will return!

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AD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, great food. The AC was too cold otherwise it was great experience.

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E
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was top notch. Interesting food ideas- all of which (ordered) were prepared wonderfully. As happy with the experience as one could be. Definitely recommending it and would definitely go back for more.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AmaIng food as usual. I can always count on this place to impress my out-of-town friends!

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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G
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

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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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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i
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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H
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

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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SG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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CT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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KK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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f
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent no problems would go there again

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JV
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TX
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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