Urge American Gastropub
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
2.88/5 rDev -35.7%
The only urge I felt after spending about half an hour here was one to flee as fast as possible. I have to admit to great disappointment after much anticipation derived from other reviews. Perhaps it is just not my vibe. The location should have served as a warning. The GPS brings me to a nondescript mall but the precise location of Urge is a total mystery. After much fumbling around I finally find it. The second warming should have been the plethora of plasma screens; places should make a decision as to what they are: beer destinations or sports bars; the two don't mix in my view. I am perhaps too old for this, but settling down at the bar sandwiched among tanktop-wearing youths shouting at basketball games is not conducive to pleasure.
I cannot deny the selection and I gave this aspect a fair rating. Certainly some I would never find back home in Chitown. The first barman was polite and prompt in his delivery. Then it all went downhill. I was contemplating a second, but the next barman was way too concerned with chatting with his tanktop buddies to notice my dwindling glass. Then it was taken away without any enquiry as to my needs. I even had to demand to settle up.
I cannot speak to the food as I did not try it. This passes itself off as a gastropub. I don't believe it for a moment. For one thing it is a chain. At best moderate I would guess; but I am unlikely to ever venture to find out.
04-24-2011 22:45:39 | More by AylwinForbes
3.88/5 rDev -13.4%
Whenever I’m in North County San Diego I always make it a habit to stop by Urge Gastropub. While it’s located in a strip style mall, don’t let the exterior fool you – inside lies a true beer bar with approx. 50 taps and a decent bottle selection. Plenty of local San Diego micro breweries are represented along with tons of others from just about anywhere you could want a beer.
The food is excellent and always tastes fresh. I strongly suggest the Beer Cheese Fries (don’t skimp – add the chislic); the short rib sliders are also outstanding – all the burgers are solid. For desert – get the deconstructed smores; the wife is always a huge fan of this one.
There is never quite enough seating though and often the wait can be a bit long, so I try to go during off hours. The bar has some tv’s if you can’t miss your game.
The service staff is hit or miss, some actually know a thing or two about beer, but the average server here will be unable to help you select a beer.
05-27-2011 21:31:23 | More by gerrick
4.13/5 rDev -7.8%
A good selection of draft beer. The selection varies from standard bar offerings like Guinness to more unusual ones like Allagash Curieux or Rodenbach Grand Cru. This doesn't even go into the bottle list.
Most of the staff has a good knowledge of the beers that they serve.
Now onto the food. It may be a bit more expensive that average pub food but it is not average. Take you usual hamburger or hotdog and go a completely different direction. A couple of my favorites are the Hasenpfeffer Hopper or the Footlong "Urge" Dog. Which are a rabbit hamburger and a half pound all beef hotdog.
Luckily I live only about 2 miles from Urge so I go there often.
02-26-2011 03:59:27 | More by hawkmage
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
Atomsphere was classy but not intimidating. I wore jeans and a T, but would have been comfortable in nicer clothes as well. Rock walls, clean and simple decor.
The quality and selection were very good. I had a SeaMonster Stout, Dry hopped Lucky Bastard and a Sculpin. I ordered a Old Crustacean but blew the keg, got to dink it still but not charged for it. The had a great bottle selection that included The Abyss and other special releases. The place is obviously beer savvy.
The food was very good. Price comparable to a restaurant like yardhouse or similar but every bit as good.
Most half pints of special releases and bigger beers were $4 and a pint of year round offerings was $6. The bottle of Abyss was $19 which isn't too bad for being in a bar, the half pints were the only thing I thought were a little pricey.
03-04-2011 03:27:28 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
I live in Carlsbad, so this place is a bit of a drive, but it was well worth it. A friend who was down for the weekend wanted to check this place out, so we made the trek over there.
The place looks unassuming enough. It's in a shopping center, tucked behind a grocery store and a few other businesses. If you don't drive right past it, it's well worth checking out.
The food was really solid and the tap list was equally good. I don't remember exactly how many taps they had, but I remember being pleasantly surprised. If you happen to be in the area, check this place out.
01-03-2012 06:22:35 | More by notchucknorris
4.3/5 rDev -4%
It is what the name says it is. Good food, good beer, a solid establishment.
Napa valley nouveau: stone, concrete floors, high ceilings. Like many things in Rancho Bernardo, Urge is located in an upscale strip mall. Not the easiest place to find once you get to the address (approximately) but worth the trouble. The food is upper end pub food, well prepared, tasty, and possibly a bit on the pricey side. The local seafood appetizer in beer was excellent. The shellfish were fresh and the broth was very good. Unfortunately, no bread was provided to soak up the left over liquor (I'm sure if I had only asked, I would have had some). The rabbit burger was excellent. A nice balance between the rich and savory rabbit, smoked gouda, and slightly sweet bun. If you get it, make sure to ask to have it done no more than medium. Any longer cooking might render it dry and less appealing. Service was excellent, although a better understanding of the beers would have made for a nicer experience. The beer selection, while not the biggest or best, was very passable. Plenty to choose from around the SD area and a few CA and other standards. The biggest problem Urge has is that it's located in a part of San Diego County that is out of the way. Far enough from greater SD to make it a bit of a haul, and just south of Escondido and San Marcos. Regardless, if you're close by, it is worth a trip.
04-22-2011 22:18:28 | More by LittleDon
4.38/5 rDev -2.2%
This was my first visit to Urge and I was pretty impressed to find a cool beer bar in this part of San Diego.
We ate in the dining room area which was nice but I feel werent that many tablse if it were to get busy. The bar area looked nice and there was a lot of noise coming from it due to the Charger game.
The beer selection was pretty good and it was a Lightning brewery "Keep the pint" event with a special Amber Ale on cask.
We had the beer can chicken and a burger and both were very tasty although the chicken seemed to be a bit overpriced at $16. The burger was around $10.
I will definately be back and am glad to have a cool hang out in the Rancho Bernardo area.
11-08-2010 00:57:37 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.48/5 rDev 0%
A - Nice atmosphere. Clean, pleasant, and upscale.
Q - Very good quality food, drink, and location/atmosphere.
S - Service is good. Good staff.
S - Very good selection of beer.
F - Good food.
Value - Beers are too expensive.
I always have a dilemma whether or not I should come here. The beers are expensive, yet they sometimes have some hard to find beers on tap...
07-02-2014 18:46:54 | More by mabermud
Urge American Gastropub in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.