Urge American Gastropub
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Taps: 51 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
4.3/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
It is what the name says it is. Good food, good beer, a solid establishment.
Napa valley nouveau: stone, concrete floors, high ceilings. Like many things in Rancho Bernardo, Urge is located in an upscale strip mall. Not the easiest place to find once you get to the address (approximately) but worth the trouble. The food is upper end pub food, well prepared, tasty, and possibly a bit on the pricey side. The local seafood appetizer in beer was excellent. The shellfish were fresh and the broth was very good. Unfortunately, no bread was provided to soak up the left over liquor (I'm sure if I had only asked, I would have had some). The rabbit burger was excellent. A nice balance between the rich and savory rabbit, smoked gouda, and slightly sweet bun. If you get it, make sure to ask to have it done no more than medium. Any longer cooking might render it dry and less appealing. Service was excellent, although a better understanding of the beers would have made for a nicer experience. The beer selection, while not the biggest or best, was very passable. Plenty to choose from around the SD area and a few CA and other standards. The biggest problem Urge has is that it's located in a part of San Diego County that is out of the way. Far enough from greater SD to make it a bit of a haul, and just south of Escondido and San Marcos. Regardless, if you're close by, it is worth a trip.
04-22-2011 22:18:28 | More by LittleDon
2.88/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.38/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was my first visit to Urge and I was pretty impressed to find a cool beer bar in this part of San Diego.
We ate in the dining room area which was nice but I feel werent that many tablse if it were to get busy. The bar area looked nice and there was a lot of noise coming from it due to the Charger game.
The beer selection was pretty good and it was a Lightning brewery "Keep the pint" event with a special Amber Ale on cask.
We had the beer can chicken and a burger and both were very tasty although the chicken seemed to be a bit overpriced at $16. The burger was around $10.
I will definately be back and am glad to have a cool hang out in the Rancho Bernardo area.
11-08-2010 00:57:37 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.81/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
A- Nice atmosphere, good bar seating, and a nice outdoor patio area. Being that it is in So-Cal the outdoor area is pretty much opened year round.
Service- Great, the managers all the way down to the bar tenders, they are all friendly and knowledgable.
Selection- Great selection of both beer and food, and the menus are always rotating.
Food- AMAZING!! Wild Boar Burger, Homemade sausage corn-dog lollypops (yes you read that right), seriously great eats.
As I travel a lot for work, I am always on the lookout for a great gastropub. There are few places I've been that compare in food quality/selection, and beer selection. Urge really is an incredible place.
06-11-2013 22:09:25 | More by vfgccp
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been here twice, had fantastic burgers, I like the Milk burger the best. The beer selection is top notch. Just had the LIfe & Limb this past week. In November for a Stone Tap takeover they had a great selection, including a few vertical epics. Bonus points for service tasters of beer as well. Good service, great food, and great beer. Sounds like an easy formula but many fail where Urge delivers. The bar area is spacious and not cramped, unless there is an event, and the seating areas are nice.
08-11-2011 20:44:24 | More by dhartogs
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Atomsphere was classy but not intimidating. I wore jeans and a T, but would have been comfortable in nicer clothes as well. Rock walls, clean and simple decor.
The quality and selection were very good. I had a SeaMonster Stout, Dry hopped Lucky Bastard and a Sculpin. I ordered a Old Crustacean but blew the keg, got to dink it still but not charged for it. The had a great bottle selection that included The Abyss and other special releases. The place is obviously beer savvy.
The food was very good. Price comparable to a restaurant like yardhouse or similar but every bit as good.
Most half pints of special releases and bigger beers were $4 and a pint of year round offerings was $6. The bottle of Abyss was $19 which isn't too bad for being in a bar, the half pints were the only thing I thought were a little pricey.
03-04-2011 03:27:28 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
3.88/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Whenever I’m in North County San Diego I always make it a habit to stop by Urge Gastropub. While it’s located in a strip style mall, don’t let the exterior fool you – inside lies a true beer bar with approx. 50 taps and a decent bottle selection. Plenty of local San Diego micro breweries are represented along with tons of others from just about anywhere you could want a beer.
The food is excellent and always tastes fresh. I strongly suggest the Beer Cheese Fries (don’t skimp – add the chislic); the short rib sliders are also outstanding – all the burgers are solid. For desert – get the deconstructed smores; the wife is always a huge fan of this one.
There is never quite enough seating though and often the wait can be a bit long, so I try to go during off hours. The bar has some tv’s if you can’t miss your game.
The service staff is hit or miss, some actually know a thing or two about beer, but the average server here will be unable to help you select a beer.
05-27-2011 21:31:23 | More by gerrick
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.