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Wild Note Cafe

4.5
4.5
277 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
As part of the world renowned Belly Up, The Wild Note Café is a neighborhood bistro style restaurant with exceptional atmosphere, exciting food & excellent service.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 720-9000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Izzy Balderas

  • Catering

    Catering options are available.

  • Neighborhood

    Solana Beach

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and off-street lots are available.

  • Public transit

    We are located in the heart of the Solana Beach Cedros Design District, within walking distance of the Amtrack Station. Also, just two blocks off the 101, Wild Note Cafe is located near a bus stop.

  • Entertainment

    Available next door at the Belly Up.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 277 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. G

    Grundie

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always experience good food and good service when we go. This time we had our server named Damien… She was wonderful!
  2. BS

    BryanS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Totally underestimated this restaurant. Food was great. And fairly reasonable. Went with a friend. Plan to go back with my wife.
  3. m

    mshames

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The real benefit to eating at the Wild Note is access to the BellyUp shows. The food is fine. The wine selection is quite good. But, IMHO, there are better restaurants in Solana Beach. It's really all about getting early entrance into the shows. The food isn't bad, it's just not the main show at Wild Note.
  4. WS

    WesS

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good service from waitress and staff. Tables were close together. Guy at next table talked so loud it was hard to converse at our table. Food was good and ample, and arrived with good timing.
  5. SP

    SamP

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great way to enjoy some food before the show @ the Belly up Tavern. Helps you get in towards the head of the line, and their food is great.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cant say enough good things about the staff. This was our 1st time until the restaurant ahead of seeing a band next door at Belly Up. The staff were great to us, made a special night out of the fact we were from Scotland, comped a desert and helped us get into the gig early enough to bag a table and chairs. Awesome!
  7. e

    eatandbeeaten

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fancy free waitress plus good eats prior to a show. Can’t get any better than that. Great job Wild Note/Belly Up (as always).
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sisters date night
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and attended the Lady Blacksmith Mambazo concert next door at the Belly Up. The only disappoint aspect of dinner was the steak medallions were fought and too raw even thought the request that the steak be cooked medium. We won’t order those again. There service was good and my friend enjoyed her key lime pie desert for her birthday.
  10. K

    Kennyg

    Phoenix

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great energetic neighborhood vibe, and a good meeting place. A little loud, but the American menu and courteous, helpful staff were excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Concert at the Belly Up next door.
  12. m

    momodesign

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was great, nice wine selection and good food. Lobster and shrimp enchiladas were tasty and nicely presented. Appetizer of chicken quesadilla was perfect for four. Tortilla soup had great body and flavor, though I prefer it with a more garnish (cilantro, crema, strips)- mine came with almost none. Scallops were very well prepared. The real star was our server, who went out of her way to get us into the show on time.
  13. V

    Verp

    San Diego

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are absolutely hooked on the enchiladas suizas! Now if we could just get the woman at the next table to stop talking so loud. ;-/
  14. TW

    ToniW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am never disappointed. Innovative menu, delicious food, generous portions, reasonable price, friendly wait staff, always a pleasant and relaxing experience.
  15. EB

    ElaineB

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best before a show. Love that Brie burger!
  16. JJ

    JoJoGirl

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here often before a concert at the Belly Up. Good is always good and so is the service!!
  17. D

    Doreen

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a fabulous lunch there a week ago and took my husband and friends back for dinner. We all have great meals. Will definitely go back soon.
  18. A

    Annie

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pre concert eating and meeting place!
  19. DP

    DavidP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy to come eat here and see a live show. I cant wait for the next one.
  20. SC

    SharonC

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food- lovely wine- good service- very loud/ prelude to amazing Aaron Neville concert! Great night!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  22. l

    luv2eat

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Been here many times. Overall, good experience. However, this time food was not up to their usual standards. Two of us ordered the scallops over linguine, but they were overcooked and rubbery. Seemed like they were boiled, not sautéed at all. They were is a very oily sauce with some chopped asparagus, but other than that, not much flavor. They definitely could do better with this.
  23. DS

    DebiS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot before a Belly Up concert! Have a nice meal instead of standing in line outside...
  24. F

    Fishlovinsue

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful staff! Love this place pre concert!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always nice to grab a bite before a show at the Belly Up.
  26. EJ

    EricJ

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always good food and service but they could use some acoustic treatments as it is really loud and hard to have a conversation due to the noise level
  27. JH

    JanineH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently excellent food, a bit noisy at times. Wait staff seems to be overworked.
  28. MK

    MeredithK

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Soup came followed immediately by entree. Unusual as it was not crowded.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  30. CS

    ClausS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat if you are going to a show at the Belly Up!
  31. CD

    CaliforniaDude

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Energetic restaurant. Good food, good service, good value. Way too bouncy.
  32. F

    Foodie

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We prefer sitting in the covered terrace since inside it is too noisy. The service by Damian was superb. The food was good and with fair prices. You have the privilege of being able to enter the Belly Up first before the outside line enters. That alone is worth dining at the Wild Note Cafe !!!
  33. j

    jerseygirl

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I ordered the spring rolls not thinking they would be fried. My husband ordered the sliders and they weren't very good either. Service was very good and everyone was very nice.
  34. MM

    MarciaM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot and great service! Perfect if you're going to the Belly Up for a concert.
  35. BC

    BunnyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    we like to eat at the Wild Note before a concert as it makes life easier and there is a good choice of dishes. The waiters really hustle and we like to eat outside because it is quieter.
  36. M

    Marty

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Better Location next to Belly Up!!! Will be back!!
  37. LH

    LindaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent and prompt service, nice selection of healthy foods on the menu.
  38. CB

    CathyB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, especially for pre-concert dining. Service was excellent, food and wine were delicious. We enjoyed!
  39. SP

    StephanieP

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were able to accommodate last minute guests that joined us. The server, Caroline, was excellent and very attentive to our requests. We will be back!
  40. PR

    PattieR

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always top notch!!

FAQs

Wild Note Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 720-9000.

Wild Note Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 277 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Solana Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and off-street lots are available.

  • Public transit

    We are located in the heart of the Solana Beach Cedros Design District, within walking distance of the Amtrack Station. Also, just two blocks off the 101, Wild Note Cafe is located near a bus stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Izzy Balderas

  • Entertainment

    Available next door at the Belly Up.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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