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About Wild Note Cafe
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.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Available next door at the Belly Up.
Catering options are available.
Street Parking andoff-street lots are available.
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wild Note Cafe Ratings and Reviews
The food was good and service was fast. We enjoyed visiting with our friends. It was not quiet the night we were there but that was because there were a lot of people going to a concert next door. We were all doing the same thing so it was ok that it was loud and energetic. The food all around was tasty and everyone enjoyed their entrees.
The Wild Note Cafe is next door to and has a back door entrance to the Belly Up music venue in Solana Beach. As such it is an excellent choice to enjoy a nice dinner before the show and get decent seats afterward without having to wait on line outside with the rest of the crowd. The cost is moderate, the food is good, and you can bring any leftover drinks from your table into the Belly Up. On the night Jeff Bridges and the Abiders were at the Belly Up, we had bacon-crusted whitefish on a bed of risotto with wilted spinach. Yum. For an appetizer try the lobster wonton pockets for two. Delish.
My husband and I went for dinner. It's a small restaurant attached to the Belly Up, a local music venue. I didn't care for the type of music coming through the open door, but it wasn't too too loud. That might deter me from returning for dinner another time, but lunch will not have the live music. And hopefully I will enjoy what they do play.
My husband liked his lobster and shrimp enchilada meal and thought the rice and refried beans were very good. He said the lobster taste wasn't very strong. I think that's pretty typical when lobster is mixed in with other foods. To me, lobster is best on its own, or in a lobster bisque.
I had the salmon salad with fruit. It was delicious, but the salmon was very scant. Should be called fruit salad with salmon garnish! I had four pieces of salmon, about an inch and a half long, an inch wide, and thinly sliced. I had about six small bites. Someone else could eat all the salmon in three bites, easily. Not enough salmon for a dinner or for the price.
I'd like to see more gf items offered, too.
Had reservations prior to the Belly up performance of Sergio Mendes. Service was outstanding and the items we selected were perfect and not too heavy. Charbroiled edamame to start, the Mediterraean platter (Yum) and the Lobster Dumplings. Definitely would recommend to anyone before a concert performance.
We sat outside which was very quiet. The only disappointment was all of the smoke which traveled our way from their nightclub which is attached to the building. It's not part of the restaurant- it's just owned by the same people. Would have been 5 star had the smoke not been so overpowering.
So, upon arriving there was no greeting. The first thing said out of the woman behind the bar and when I say behind the bar, I mean between the wine & beer bar and the kitchen was "do you have reservations, if not you have to sit at the bar." Well, we did have reservations. We were seated. Mind you we were there for a show which was sold out in the adjacent venue, which this restaurant is part of. Three hundred people showed up for this show. Now not all of them had dinner at the restaurant.
This restaurant is on the small side, maybe 16 seats on the patio, another 28-30 seat at tables and perhaps 6-8 people at the above mentioned bar. When we were sat, the restaurant was 3/4 full. Our server was personable and knowledgeable, but clearly in the weeds. If you want a cocktail the server has to go into the adjacent venue. Due to the layout and distance this takes the server off the floor for too long a period of time. We asked for water from our server, then the food runner and finally from someone who I wasn't sure what their position was.
Enough about the service. Food was very good, the menu I would call limited, but well executed. My Poke Tuna appetizer and Salmon entree was very good. My wife's Brie Burger was good. she wasn't too happy with her appetizer.
On a personal note a pet peeve of mine is "auctioning off the food upon arrival at the table." Each time the food runner came to our table with food he had to ask who had what.
Something that I don't understand, when I made this reservation through Open Table there was a comment box. I entered the note that we were celebrating my wife's birthday. Apparently no one reads the comment box.
Overall I think that on a busy night, this restaurant should staff up. Would I go back? Yes, if I was attending another show with the full expectation that if the show is sold out service will be limited. Would I go back to this restaurant as a destination restaurant, no, only because I live in LA which is a 2 hour drive.
My wife and I had reservations set up for us as a generous gift by her aunt along with show tickets to the Belly Up. The restaurant was full but not too overwhelming. The food was great, I had the brie burger, juicy, delicious and very satisfying! My wife got the pressure cooker chicken tacos. She loved them! The server was fun and prompt and the bill was very reasonable considering the quality! The great thing about Wild Note was easy access to the Belly Up afterwards. Great place!
Decided to eat at the Wild Note prior to the Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top fame) concert and was not disappointed. Good food, good wine and good service was really all you can ask for. Bonus points was being able to get in through a back door to the club. Highly recommended to dine at any time before a Belly Up concert.
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