Urge American Gastropub
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Taps: 51 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
It is what the name says it is. Good food, good beer, a solid establishment.
Napa valley nouveau: stone, concrete floors, high ceilings. Like many things in Rancho Bernardo, Urge is located in an upscale strip mall. Not the easiest place to find once you get to the address (approximately) but worth the trouble. The food is upper end pub food, well prepared, tasty, and possibly a bit on the pricey side. The local seafood appetizer in beer was excellent. The shellfish were fresh and the broth was very good. Unfortunately, no bread was provided to soak up the left over liquor (I'm sure if I had only asked, I would have had some). The rabbit burger was excellent. A nice balance between the rich and savory rabbit, smoked gouda, and slightly sweet bun. If you get it, make sure to ask to have it done no more than medium. Any longer cooking might render it dry and less appealing. Service was excellent, although a better understanding of the beers would have made for a nicer experience. The beer selection, while not the biggest or best, was very passable. Plenty to choose from around the SD area and a few CA and other standards. The biggest problem Urge has is that it's located in a part of San Diego County that is out of the way. Far enough from greater SD to make it a bit of a haul, and just south of Escondido and San Marcos. Regardless, if you're close by, it is worth a trip.
04-22-2011 22:18:28 | More by LittleDon
4.55/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.81/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
A- Nice atmosphere, good bar seating, and a nice outdoor patio area. Being that it is in So-Cal the outdoor area is pretty much opened year round.
Service- Great, the managers all the way down to the bar tenders, they are all friendly and knowledgable.
Selection- Great selection of both beer and food, and the menus are always rotating.
Food- AMAZING!! Wild Boar Burger, Homemade sausage corn-dog lollypops (yes you read that right), seriously great eats.
As I travel a lot for work, I am always on the lookout for a great gastropub. There are few places I've been that compare in food quality/selection, and beer selection. Urge really is an incredible place.
06-11-2013 22:09:25 | More by vfgccp
4.28/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
2.88/5 rDev -35.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
The only urge I felt after spending about half an hour here was one to flee as fast as possible. I have to admit to great disappointment after much anticipation derived from other reviews. Perhaps it is just not my vibe. The location should have served as a warning. The GPS brings me to a nondescript mall but the precise location of Urge is a total mystery. After much fumbling around I finally find it. The second warming should have been the plethora of plasma screens; places should make a decision as to what they are: beer destinations or sports bars; the two don't mix in my view. I am perhaps too old for this, but settling down at the bar sandwiched among tanktop-wearing youths shouting at basketball games is not conducive to pleasure.
I cannot deny the selection and I gave this aspect a fair rating. Certainly some I would never find back home in Chitown. The first barman was polite and prompt in his delivery. Then it all went downhill. I was contemplating a second, but the next barman was way too concerned with chatting with his tanktop buddies to notice my dwindling glass. Then it was taken away without any enquiry as to my needs. I even had to demand to settle up.
I cannot speak to the food as I did not try it. This passes itself off as a gastropub. I don't believe it for a moment. For one thing it is a chain. At best moderate I would guess; but I am unlikely to ever venture to find out.
04-24-2011 22:45:39 | More by AylwinForbes
4.38/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
Urge American Gastropub in San Diego, CA
96 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.