Urban Solace

4.5
2202 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Welcome to Urban Solace Restaurant! We feature a delicious breakfast and brunch menu seven days a week from 8am to 2pm. We also server dinner nightly beginning at 4pm, featuring New American Comfort Food and a fantastic selection of West Coast wines, handcrafted beer and a full selection of handcrafted, artisan spirits and cocktails. .
We are located in the heart of North Park, 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. We are famous for our “Bluegrass Brunch” every Sunday - live music is played from 10am - 2pm.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 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
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GG
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service for our group of 8. Our appetizers and salads came out pretty promptly but our main meals took a little longer, I'm thinking because there were a couple of other big groups there as well. Servers were very sweet and kind, refilled drinks constantly and answered all of our questions. I love this place and will definitely come back!

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F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was friendly and offered excellent service. Food was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Appreciated the uniqueness in everything from environment to food and beverages. It was my first visit to Urban Solace and definitely will not be my last. Thank you all for such a special and memorable experience.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely service. Had beef cheeks which were very fatty and Seabass that was good but nothing special. Overall solid food but nothing that would make me come back

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JM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting from Nebraska and dining with our daughter. Second time dining here. Fabulous best-ever cinnamon roll, egg-scramble, and quinoa bowl! Stellar service and ambiance!

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WW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Misfired burgers, cold fries, and well done rare ahi - our party of 6 all agreed Urban Solace is ending on a weak note. Lot's of great memories here - we celebrated signing our mortgages here, celebrated here when we heard we finally had an adoption match, and dozens and dozens of dates at the bar over the years and so we wanted to eat at US one last time before they reinvent themselves. We were sad at this news, but now realize a reinvention is perhaps in order. We'll try them again in their next phase and wish them the best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Took forever for the main courses to come out. We were waiting more than 45 minutes. The chicken and plate was slathered in a gooey, sweet sauce that overpowered other components on the plate. The meatloaf was dry.

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p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was one of the best meals we have had in months! Simple but top shelf preparation. Loved the server too - informative and helpful but not intrusive.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

My girlfriend and I decided to spend her birthday dinner here. After much excitement, we were very disappointed by the value, and especially the food. We were greeted by our waiter, and happily ordered a tomato soup, cheese platter, and quinoa grain bowl along with two glasses of wine. We were soon told that one of the cheeses on the platter was not available and that we'd get extra of one of the existing cheeses. Once the cheese board came out, we noticed that the layout was off. The balance of cheeses to the other ingredients on the board was not right and did not meet the expectations we had of Urban Solace. We got our glasses of wine, a tempranillo and pinot noir, and both seemed like very poor quality compared to a wine of less than $3 we buy at Aldi. The quinoa grain bowl was over $20, so I expected a high quality dish. I could not be more disappointed. It was bland, and the dish seemed like it was a meager attempt at putting something together so they could charge a very high price. My girlfriend got the tomato soup, and while it tasted good, it was cold. We were happy to be given a complimentary birthday muffin to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday, but overall food quality was very poor. I do not recommend coming here for food given the very high price that is charged.

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JJ
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Restaurant was good, but not great this time around. My food wasn't served very hot (Shrimp n' Grits) and lacked salt. I rarely salt my food, but had to on this occasion. I have dined here in the past and the food has always been great. This time it was just a little off. I would still go again and chalk it up to be an off day.

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VE
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is generally real good, great starters. Enjoyable ambience, good music. The sour note is on the Duck Confit, overdone and super salty, confirmed by a French patron, such a big miss seems odd.

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DW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. This visit lived up to the standard I would expect from them based on my history.

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AD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, good music, quick customer service

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Second time dining here. Once for my mother’s birthday in July and again yesterday. Identical experience both times, restaurant is very poorly managed. Made to wait over 20 minutes with a reservation and more time after we were seated before being greeted. We wanted a bottle of wine with our meal (or at least a second cocktail), but by the time our initial cocktails arrived the meal was practically over. Food arrived slightly cold but not unappetizing, so I didn’t send back for a warmup. Management neglected to step in to assist service staff during our experience, who were busy with larger groups. There are so many other places with similar seasonal menus — I will probably skip this place in the future. If you live in the area I’m sure it’s fine, but I’ll head elsewhere next time I’m in San Diego. And if you are looking for higher standards in your dining experience, I recommend you look elsewhere too!

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AW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Sunday brunch hangover cure. Live music was fun. Service is a little slow. Ambiance is great!

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AL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Urban solace was a nice place. Food was amazing and service was great. Very small restaurant - we went for an anniversary and it was perfect.

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k
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

The out door patio feels like a prison yard dark dingy the floor should be painted light grey paint the ext brick wall white get rid of the sad mural !

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with girlfriends on a Monday holiday for lunch and were able to be seated on the patio. Excellent service and the brunch menu was excellent. No complaints from anyone and we had a really nice time. Cinnamon roll is always a necessity to start.

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CN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

my only disappointment was we made the reservation, confirmed with a return phone call. Checked in early, our third person checked in by reservation time and told them we were at the bar. I had requested a table on the patio with the phone call to Urban. The hostess never came to seat us. when we finally went to her ( many empty tables) she went to seat us in an indoor corner table- worst in the house. I complained and eventually got seated on the patio- 5 minutes wait only. Did get a lovely free appetizer and the food was great, our waitress was amazing. The Hostess needs to take her job seriously and do it, maybe stay off her phone or chit chatting with the other hostess.

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GC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always love eating here, it's become one of our favorite because it's dependable for food quality, service, atmosphere, etc.

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M
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Dinner is better than brunch. Depends on whose in the kitchen cooking. Our brunch was subpar.

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D
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family get together was very pleasant. Food tastes delicious and the service was great. Great place and a wonderful experience.

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SF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was exquisite and the servers were excellent.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Reservation was set for 1100. Arrived at 1040 and was seated at 1055. Place was half full on the inside due to a large party and out side had two small tables seated. Waited 15 minutes because the restaurant opened at 1030 but the servers weren't ready until 1100. Food took approximately 20-25 minutes and arrived warm. No salt was added to our food during preparation so I did it myself. Food was cooked well but had no flavor. Ordered eggs benedict with a pork belly as topping.

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CH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I wanted to like this place better given all the hype. It was very over-priced, small dessert portions for the price, and food was OK. I was really looking forward to the chicken and dumplings, but honestly, I make it better myself! Only saving grace was the excellent customer service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great—friendly, knowledgable, good recommendations. Food was flavorful and well presented. Had the duck confit on a bed of curried grains. Date had the scallops. Both very pleased with our meals. Biscuits and pate appetizers were really great.

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F
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omigod I can't express how much I loved this place. It was a really good find.

Parking is street or in the lot across the street for a few bucks for the hour or so you'll be there.

Pretty popular brunch spot on weekends with live bluegrass every Sunday out on the patio. I arrived right as they opened at 0930 and thought it would be more crowded but the gal up front said it starts around 10am when the music starts - there were still plenty of indoor seats when I left at around 11am.

You can walk around North Park after brunch to explore and shop and walk off some carbs if you'd like as it's pretty well located in the middle of it all.

The vibe is southern friendly and the menu has lots of gems of southern cuisine like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls with butter pecan glaze, Benedict's with hollandaise and much more.

I chose a hot black tea with cream and sugar (served to me with white and brown sugar cubes), the cinnamon bun add the butter pecan glaze, and the salmon Bennie. All were delicious, service was warm and friendly as I tried another drink that I didn't like which we swapped for tea.

The live music the day I was there was on point - I was afraid it would be too loud out on the patio but the four fellas playing soft comfortable bluegrass tunes were enough so that you could easily still hear talking and have a conversation over their music. Very pleasant and they played some songs I've heard and popular tunes as well as old classics.

All was well from start to finish with service - and several of the servers were friendly and greeted and spoke to me because I was dining alone.

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RI
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is delicious. A great place for lunch with my friends.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great always is. I should have been more specific in reservation. Where we were seated we could not hear the live bluegrass band. That was one of the reasons we chose the restaurant.

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t
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

loved the Blue Grass music band that played and give them 5 stars. The cinnamon roll did have a nice cream cheese icing but it needed more gooey softness inside but it did have a crunchy exterior. The eggs benedict with the pork belly was very good. The only improvement would be to have another option besides white bread that came with it and offer an organic whole wheat or multi grain bread and instead of potatoes offer fruit cup instead. Just looking for healthier options. The coffee was very good and they did have stevia sticks on the tables and half and half in a nice container on the tables.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Delicious food and easy to have conversations

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here. The biscuits are to die for! And the spreads for the biscuits are even better. We've never had a bad thing here. Always great food!

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HF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

A little disappointed this time around. We were really looking forward to coming here. We moved out of state and this place used to have great brunch. Big portions, good food and fabulous cinnamon rolls. Our experience this time was completely a let down. The hostess wasn't very welcoming. Our server was nice, but didn't refill waters or coffee unless asked several times. We waited a lot for pretty much everything and it wasn't very busy. Food was mediocre and the portions were small. We waited a long time and our dishes were cold by the time we got our food. The cinnamon roll used to be the best part, warm and gooey, but what came out was cold with even colder frosting. I'm sad the restaurant has declined so much. Not worth visiting again.

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RP
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal. Even my 14 year old was impressed. The food was gourmet quality and well worth what we paid.

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome. Pork cheek was phenomenal.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening and meal. The prosciutto wrapped ahi was amazing and the creamed ancient grains were simply divine! The artichoke dip starter was a little slow getting out of the kitchen but totally made up for it with flavor. The service was impeccable. Really a great experience.

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l
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Especially on a quieter weekday night, Urban Solace is hard to beat for solid comfort food style dishes in a comfortable atmosphere.
The menu is relatively small but all dishes are well prepared.
Friendly, attentive unhurried service, good wine selection by the glass or bottle.
Great spot for a good meal and good conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was subpar at best....not worth the money AT ALL. Disappointed.

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MB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most friendly servers and hosts - always very accommodating and helpful! Thank you.

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EC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations in every regard! Absolutely loved everything we ordered. Quality, portions and flavor were on point. Cocktails were great too. Prices were very reasonable. Will definitely be back.

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