Urban Plates just launched in La Jolla, around 2 weeks ago. We’ve been to the Del Mar Urban Plates, and it’s refreshing to know that there is one much closer to us. Urban Plates is right on the corner of Nobel Drive and Villa La Jolla Drive. We arrived there around 7pm on a Friday. Since they recently launched, the line was pretty long (it’s an order, pay and find a seat type of restaurant). There was ample seating available despite the fact that this was one of the first launch weekends for the La Jolla Location.
The menu is very close, if not the same as the other Urban Plate location in Del Mar. I ended up getting the steak plate with sides of brussel sprouts and mac and cheese. My wife got the grilled chicken, with sides of quinoa and brocollini. The steak they said was medium rare; but since it was half chunk of meat we got a combination of well done at the end and medium-rare towards the other side. Overall, prepared quite well given that they serve you while waiting in line.We ended up sharing a Kombucha tea, which was quite refreshing.
We sat at the end of a long table in the middle atrium, which had high ceilings, and had quite a nice ambience. This area, which gave the feeling of being half outside and half inside had an open feel and we didn’t have a sense of being crowded at all. This area was about half full between 7pm and 8pm. There were heat lamps in this atrium, but they were unnecessarily for this evening.
Here are a couple shots of the interior. By the time we were on our way out (around 8:30pm) the line was already empty. There are about 6 or so tables in the center of the room.
As mentioned, overall a great restaurant, and this location looks amazing. Looking forward to frequenting this location the future.
8707 Villa La Jolla Dr
San Diego, CA 92037