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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.

143 S. Cedros Ave.
Suite T
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 720-9000

Website:
http://wildnotecafe.com/

Entertainment:
Available next door at the Belly Up.

Catering:
Catering options are available.

Parking Details:
Street Parking andoff-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.

Executive Chef:
Izzy Balderas

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great place to go before a concert at the Belly Up Tavern. Service is great and food is very good.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Staff is fantastic

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Right next to the famous Belly Up. If you have plans to go to the Belly Up, the Wild Note Cafe is a must!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Had the sea bass special - OMG! Also tried the shrimp and lobster bisque - delish! We all had great meals and will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Great restaurant with well prepared selections, great service and a full bar. Physically connected to the Belly up, so it's a great place to eat before the concert!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Always delicious, reasonable prices, great place to eat before seeing a concert!

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Great way to have a pre-concert dinner and enter the Belly Up Tavern from a back door for concerts.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Great food at good prices! We had a very fun evening and will be back!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2016

We brought some friends from Brazil to see Sergio Mende and have dinner and it was a delightful evening. I loved our waitress. She was so wonderful and helpful. Will be back the next 2 months and look forward to it.

Tags: Live Music, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Tapas, Quick Bite
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Always like to come here before a show at the Belly Up

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Excellent meal before seeing a show at the Belly Up. Had salmon with lemon Burre blanc, Israeli couscous, etc. Delicious

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Great way to grab a bite before the show. Loved our waitress! The only complaint we had was that the lighting was on early bright.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Great Place to get some food and a drink before a concert at the Belly Up...Staff is friendly and food is good. Not a large menu but makes sense.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Appetizers great to share. Service always friendly and very helpful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Great food and service. Connected to the Belly Up Tavern, so a great place to eat pre-concert!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Perfect before Belly Up concert to meet friends and have dinner and a drink. Service was excellent and food was terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Great to eat at Wild Note before a concert at Belly Up!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2016

AHI SLIDERS ARE GREAT BUT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU GOT 3 OF THEM

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Wild note is an excellent choice especially when you are attending a concert at Belly Up venue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2016

The Wild Note has evolved into a top-notch restaurant. (We went when they opened) Kudos to the Chef. The wine was good, the lighting was dim (not to dark), tables were situated to allow for for conversation. We would DEFINITELY go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Great place to eat before seeing a show at Belly UP! Food very good, quick service and nice ambiance. Also outdoor seating.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 19, 2016

Perfect place to dine before a show at The Belly Up. There is something for everyone.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 25, 2016

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2016

Fresh salmon and excellent dishes. Service was great and everyone was friendly. Cool atmosphere as it is attached to the club next door. Outdoor seating too!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2016

Everything was great, we especially enjoyed the brie stuffed burger.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 17, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 7, 2016

Even better than we remembered. Great spot for Belly Up pre show nibbles!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 25, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2016

This is a great place to grab a meal before a concert at the Belly Up. The food is delicious and you can enter the Belly Up through the restaurant entrance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2016

We had tickets for Belly Up and had dinner here beforehand to celebrate my husband's birthday. Our waitress was fantastic, and the food was delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2016

We found both the food and the done list to be excellent and the server was superb. The ambiance was very nice as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We love to eat here before going to the BellyUp! Wait staff is fabulous, so helpful and very cool. We really enjoy our food every time :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2015

This is a fantastic spot for dining before a show at The Belly Up. The food and service are great. Have never had a bad meal here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2015

This is a good place to have a drink and appetizers while waiting for the belly up venue to open! Excellent service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2015

I ordered the ancho chili salmon with a side of veggies. The salmon was overcooked, actually tough and crusted in the bottom. I had to cut it with my knife. The veggies were great and our server fabulous! They also have Pegu wine by the glass!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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