Urge American Gastropub
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Taps: 51 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
2.88/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
The only urge I felt after spending about half an hour here was one to flee as fast as possible. I have to admit to great disappointment after much anticipation derived from other reviews. Perhaps it is just not my vibe. The location should have served as a warning. The GPS brings me to a nondescript mall but the precise location of Urge is a total mystery. After much fumbling around I finally find it. The second warming should have been the plethora of plasma screens; places should make a decision as to what they are: beer destinations or sports bars; the two don't mix in my view. I am perhaps too old for this, but settling down at the bar sandwiched among tanktop-wearing youths shouting at basketball games is not conducive to pleasure.
I cannot deny the selection and I gave this aspect a fair rating. Certainly some I would never find back home in Chitown. The first barman was polite and prompt in his delivery. Then it all went downhill. I was contemplating a second, but the next barman was way too concerned with chatting with his tanktop buddies to notice my dwindling glass. Then it was taken away without any enquiry as to my needs. I even had to demand to settle up.
I cannot speak to the food as I did not try it. This passes itself off as a gastropub. I don't believe it for a moment. For one thing it is a chain. At best moderate I would guess; but I am unlikely to ever venture to find out.
04-24-2011 22:45:39 | More by AylwinForbes
3.88/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A good selection of draft beer. The selection varies from standard bar offerings like Guinness to more unusual ones like Allagash Curieux or Rodenbach Grand Cru. This doesn't even go into the bottle list.
Most of the staff has a good knowledge of the beers that they serve.
Now onto the food. It may be a bit more expensive that average pub food but it is not average. Take you usual hamburger or hotdog and go a completely different direction. A couple of my favorites are the Hasenpfeffer Hopper or the Footlong "Urge" Dog. Which are a rabbit hamburger and a half pound all beef hotdog.
Luckily I live only about 2 miles from Urge so I go there often.
02-26-2011 03:59:27 | More by hawkmage
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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 -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I live in Carlsbad, so this place is a bit of a drive, but it was well worth it. A friend who was down for the weekend wanted to check this place out, so we made the trek over there.
The place looks unassuming enough. It's in a shopping center, tucked behind a grocery store and a few other businesses. If you don't drive right past it, it's well worth checking out.
The food was really solid and the tap list was equally good. I don't remember exactly how many taps they had, but I remember being pleasantly surprised. If you happen to be in the area, check this place out.
01-03-2012 06:22:35 | More by notchucknorris
4.3/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was my first visit to Urge and I was pretty impressed to find a cool beer bar in this part of San Diego.
We ate in the dining room area which was nice but I feel werent that many tablse if it were to get busy. The bar area looked nice and there was a lot of noise coming from it due to the Charger game.
The beer selection was pretty good and it was a Lightning brewery "Keep the pint" event with a special Amber Ale on cask.
We had the beer can chicken and a burger and both were very tasty although the chicken seemed to be a bit overpriced at $16. The burger was around $10.
I will definately be back and am glad to have a cool hang out in the Rancho Bernardo area.
11-08-2010 00:57:37 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere: Modern Pub, welcoming, friendly, the kind of place you want to have a beer and dinner
Quality: Very good quality in both food and beer.
Service: Everyone is friendly and knowledgeable, and very good at being attentive even when busy
Selection: Beer selection is mind boggling. I never even considered the bottle list because 51 taps is guaranteed to have what you are looking for. Food selection is shorter and more to the point, but still likely to have something to please
Food: Excellent quality, tastes great
Value: Reasonably priced for the area. Never felt I got away cheap, but never felt like I overpaid.
Overall, if you are looking for somewhere to eat and try a new beer, this is a great place to go. It can get a little crowded, but I never had to wait for a table. When crowded, it can be hard to get a seat at the bar though. Highly recommended in the Rancho Bernardo area.
11-21-2013 05:49:47 | More by MadCat
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
What can I say? I wish I had an Urge to visit on the east coast. 51 beers on tap, they go through over 40 kegs a week. I visited Urge 5 times in the 8 days I was in Rancho Bernardo. Each time there was at least 2 new killer beers on tap that I needed to try. I was lucky enough to try fresh pours of 2010 Abyss, Oaked Yeti, Speedway, Mikkeller To Via From, Young's Double Choc on nitro, Matilda, Yakima Twilight, Victory at Sea and many more. Unlike some other SD bars which have mostly Cali beers, Urge has a good mix of beers from each region. Meet the owner and he was very cool and a huge stout lover. The bar area has about 6 high tables, a nice long bar with several TV's. I was happy to catch some of the nfl games while meeting Naven there for lunch. They also have a very extensive bottle selection nicely listed in a menu with abv, style, location and price. Only thing I had that was not on tap was the Maui Coconut Porter in can. They also offer tasters of each beer on tap. Most tasters are only $2 and they give you a nice pour, at least 3oz. One day I stopped in and tried 6 tasters of 6 different brews on tap and the bill was only $14 with tax. I was able to try a few beers that I have in bottle at home but haven't wanted to crack open. So for $2 I was able to try the beer and keep it in my cellar.
Food is a bit pricey and I only ate there once but everything I tired was excellent. This is a beer destination although there was a 45 min wait for a table at 6pm on a Thurs night, so someone is going there for the food. During my last visit Jack White and his gang where in the dinning area enjoying some food and drink. Only complaint I have is that while dinning at the bar I didn't get any silverware until 5 minutes after my food arrived. While this was annoying, i was drinking Black Market from cask at the time so I was entertained with the beer. This was by far my favorite place to drink while in San Diego this trip.
Value should be $$ for the beer and $$$ for the food.
01-03-2011 19:21:27 | More by acurtis
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this place and have been there many times. The beer selection, both draft and bottle list, is great and so is the food. All the menu items have beer integrated into the recipe in one way or another and I really enjoyed their Fahrenheit Burger. Also Also, the chicken and waffles is amazing. It's always clean and I like the modern design. The service was great and best of all the prices aren't bad. Got a pint (20 oz) of Sculpin for $6. Overall, an awesome beer fan eatery and if your in San Diego I would check it out.
08-20-2011 19:23:41 | More by madpentzer
Urge American Gastropub in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.