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Urban Plates

#202 of 3,835 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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12857 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130-2001
+1 858-509-1800
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Orem, Utah
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

If I could give 6 stars I would. Oh my-this place is journey for your taste bud. Home cooking -but too crazy good to be my home cooking. We ordered the free range chicken plate with brussel sprouts, sweet potato and zucchini side dishes that knocked our socks off. The coconut lemon cake was so moist and hearty-if that's even... More 

Thank Daphne N
San Diego, CA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Great food. No wait. Always a good meal. Salads are great as well as the cooked food. Also the drinks are terrific. Never disappointed.

Thank 2Costaricanfans
Alexandria, Virginia
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Great presentation. Amazing variety. Simple restaurant. Loved this place. Had various options for gluten free and vegetarian

Thank KDB21
San Diego, California
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298 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Lots of fresh, organic, free range choices. Try the turkey club on ciabatta with brown sugar smoked bacon -- delish!

Thank Vacationers62
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We did take out, but the place is so cute and has a nice atmosphere- although sitting outside seemed like it would be a bit blah because it's in a strip mall. Their desserts looked amazing! But their portions were large enough that I had no room for dessert. I had a plate with steak and my two sides were... More 

Thank taykaz
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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476 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is still my favorite salad place in the world. Perfectly mixed greens and spices make this salads amazing adding extra protein of your choice such as salmon, beef or chicken. The whole concept of this restaurant is amazing having something good for every taste.

Thank AlbertoMay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome! The variety of healthy items plus amazing desserts will amaze you! Visited multiple times and the service is as good as the food!!! Highly recommended!

Thank Laurie C
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

More than I expected. While no table service--you go through a line to choose and customize your food, the dining spaces where very comfortable and good spot for talking with many options inside/outside/fireside/intimate/large group. As advertised the ingredients were very fresh and tasty. We were in La Jolla for a wedding and this restaurant was close to our hotel; we... More 

Thank Susan K
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

strongly recommend this american new style cafeteria, we ordered beets salad and wild albacore sandwich, even the side dish are very fresh and delicious.

Thank Li Z
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Their bbq chicken salad is awesome. I usually make a few substitutions and the staff is always accommodating.

Thank Anand G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12857 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130-2001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-509-1800

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?