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Verbena Kitchen, San Diego, CA
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Verbena Kitchen

4.5
4.5
123 Reviews
$30 and under
American
.: NEW ALL DAY BRUNCH ON SUNDAYS 10AM-8PM :.

Bustling North Park Eatery located at 3043 University Avenue in the heart of North Park across from Seven Grand and next door to Target and North Park Fitness and the Yoga Box, comes the first solo venture from Chef Ronnie Schwandt (formerly of Blue Bridge Hospitality + Trust Restaurant Group) and event powerhouse Jillian Ziska of To Be Designed. The two hospitality veterans have come out of the pandemic with fresh ideas, designs, and recipes for their forthcoming restaurant concept, Verbena Kitchen. Verbena Kitchen will operate Wednesday through Sunday for happy hour and dinner plus brunch service on the Weekends.

Verbena Kitchen, in its opening months has been featured as a top cocktail bar and hot new restaurant in San Diego by Eater and is featured in Locale, SD Mag, Thrillist and Eater. Verbena is full early on the weekends, reserve your seat today on Open Table!

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-5776

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran, Women

  • Catering

    Bring the wonder of Verbena Kitchen to you! Our event team can assist with planning and catering events ranging from 10-200 guests. You can choose from our wide range of exclusive venues, design a custom food and beverage menu and enhance your experience with custom furniture and florals for your off site experience!

  • Private party facilities

    Verbena Kitchen offers private events any day of the week! Our chefs and our mixologist will curate custom menus for your experience and our events director will ensure your occasion is planned and executed flawlessly. Florals, custom furniture reservations and table top decorations are also available!

  • Neighborhood

    North Park

  • Cross street

    VK is East of the Target on University Avenue near Grim Avenue.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Verbena Kitchen Happy Hour ***SEE DETAILS BELOW

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Sat - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Verbena Kitchen offers Happy Hour specials from 4-6 PM on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday & $1 oysters, $5 beers, $6 house wines and $8 cocktails!! On Thursday evenings, we offer these prices all night long from 4-9 PM!! Now that its summer, we have our patio fully decked out and ready to enjoy on the warm summer nights! Don't miss out!

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What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. HB

    HarrisB

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Brunch was delicious, but menu was rather limited. Drinks were solid. Friendly service, but as restaurant got busier, our server was less attentive.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Underwhelmed with flavors of food
  3. PC

    PriscilaCarmo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In love with this place! The food is really amazing and the staff, they are perfect!
  4. L

    Love2dine

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Our server, Liz, and the hostess were the only positives in our experience. Both Canadian bacon and house made sausage were very overcooked. Coffee, made in a French press, was so weak, you might have thought it was tea. Prices were ridiculously high for what we received.
  5. P

    Paige

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food and yummy drinks. happy hour is awesome too
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Great service, just not a lot of food options.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here randomly on a date night and could not more pleasantly surprised. The portions were modest but so deliciously prepared it was perfect. I had the ceviche starter, the seared tuna, and the peaches, OMG the peaches. I am so happy this little gem landed a few blocks from my house. See you soon Verbana Kitchen
  8. N

    Nicki

    San Diego

    143 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Overall, a great happy hour spot to try several items & cocktails. The wine pour is on the small side (sad). The service was excellent by Sasia. The food was good - ceviche was excellent, minus the sad, crumbs of chips served with it (she did bring us whole chips after asking, but really, what chef serves a sad sack of bottom of the bag chips with a delicious ceviche dish?). That was our only complaint. The tuna crudo was also excellent!
  9. SB

    StephanieB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasty and attentive wait staff xo
  10. o

    ohloveleia

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    This was my first time to Verbena Kitchen. I made a reservation for 2 and were seating at a great table on the wall in the middle of the restaurant. The server was attentive and helpful and the ambiance was lively. We both ordered cocktails and the crab Benedict. The Benedict had a very small portion of crab, which was disappointing. The dish was very tasteful, just lacking in the essential elements. Would love to go back and try other dishes!
  11. SH

    SamH

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was very excited to try this restaurant, but I have to say that the food was disappointing and overpriced, and the service was very slow. I wouldn't return.
  12. FF

    FidgetFritz

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were delicious! The service was also great!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was fairly impressed with my experience at this restaurant. The ambience was bright and welcoming and the food was very tasty. Everything we ordered was very flavorful and had a great presentation. Portions were reasonable. Service was great. Would definitely be coming back.
  14. MV

    MichelleV

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    food is great. Awesome happy hour, $1 oysters. The naan is a MUST. Had the pork loin this time and it was perfectly cooked and just the right portion. The peach dessert was a bit off balance and the drinks are just ok.
  15. S

    Sunny

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent happy hour-all day on Thursdays. Loved the atmosphere!
  16. s

    sdla19

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch experience overall! Food was delicious. Even the notoriously picky eaters in our group had only glowing things to say about each meal enjoyed here (classic bfast, chilaquiles, croque madame, blt-ish, cinnamon roll). Thank you for a great brunch!
  17. o

    omnivore

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was great except the cocktails. Both the gin and tonic and the VK poloma tasted of nothing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff went above and beyond. They even gave us a diaper since we forgot one
  19. D

    Dipti

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our first culinary adventure here and can't wait to come back! Had a fabulous seafood feast: oysters, shrimp ceviche, tuna were all spectacularly flavorful and beautifully presented. Also enjoyed a couple of the excellent cocktails. We ate outdoors and loved the space they have created outside for dining. Fun, lovely, excellent service. All around a fabulous date night for my husband and I.
  20. B

    michelleB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had an enjoyable night out. The space is very enjoyable and the service was outstanding!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This place is great. I really enjoyed the food and ambiance. :)
  22. LE

    Love2Eat

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was tasty, but presentation could use some work. Good service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious! Bring back the deviled eggs please.
  24. TW

    TeresaW

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great! We stopped there for happy hour the previous evening and liked it so much we went back for dinner the next day!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! The food and service was awesome.
  26. AL

    AdrianL

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Limited menu which was overpriced for the amount served. Service (Dana) was wonderful though.
  27. NP

    NPfanatic

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been about six times now and each time the fresh menu is such a welcome variety! Service is top notch each time as well! Sasia and Dallas were so inviting and professional!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Too overpriced with little vegetarian/vegan options.
  29. f

    franssiela

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Verbena it's a new cute place for brunch. We ordered the chilaquiles, french toast and cinnamon roll. Overall the food was good. Good coffee too. I will be back for the mixology.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on August 6, 2022Thank you for the fantastic review! We can't wait to have you back!

  30. s

    sjcjst

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really terrific foodie gem. Service was great. Meals were creative with artful and complex flavors. Well done.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on August 6, 2022Thank you! We are proud of our restaurant and can't wait to see you soon!

  31. CB

    ChrisB

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic spot! Service was as outstanding as the food.
  32. f

    flbigdog

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp & Grits were awesome. Would be perfect if it came with 6 shrimp instead of 4!
  33. AM

    AshleyM

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food, ambiance and service were wonderful. We were pretty hungry when we arrived, and portion sizes could have been a little larger (it’s a good thing when my only complaint is that I wanted more!). Some dishes seemed small for the price, but we had a great time and our server was attentive.
  34. A

    Andy

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3rd time and as always, truly satisfied by the delicious dinner and our fun visit with the staff that is super friendly and attentive to all their guests. Fun easy going spot for a lovely time.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on August 6, 2022Thanks for the fantastic review! We are excited to welcome you back for a fourth time ;)

  35. MG

    MissG

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The oysters were highly salty that we should have sent them back to the kitchen. The service was disappointing, we were celebrating that night, and seem none of the staff made an effort to make sure we were going to have a good experience considering it was our first time. I don't remember much of the dinner because everything was either too salty or not worth mentioning. It seems nice, clean, and cute inside but it seems everyone was ready to tap out at 9 PM.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service, always!

    Verbena KitchenResponded on August 6, 2022Thank you for the love! We can't wait to welcome you back! Cheers!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We’ve been to Verbena a few times and really enjoy it for the food and interior style. That’s why we keep coming back. However, each visit got progressively noisier, and the crab meat on the deviled eggs get progressively smaller. This time we noticed that Verbena attempted to reduce the noise level bounce back by adding ceiling absorbers, but to be honest, it didn’t work. Especially so with a large party of over 10 people at the center table. Hubby was prepared with ear plugs. But it was so unbearable for me. I think I’d have to bring a set of ear plugs for myself. Come for the food, and bring a set of ear plugs. Skip the deviled eggs though….super disappointing because you barely can see or taste the crab meat at this point. Crabmeat is half the size of your baby pinky nail. Guess it’s the inflation, but it sucks.
  38. NP

    NPfanatic

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this spot! Keep coming back for more! The seasonal menu and fresh beverages are perfect for the warm summer months!
  39. J

    Jess

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem in North Park with fresh, delicious, and original small bites. We shared several plates of food and enjoyed the sangria, beer, and mouthwatering cocktails. Diamond in the rough.
  40. C

    Carfemme

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The burger was embarrassing. It was a frozen patty and cost $18 with no side. Extremely loud people screaming inside the restaurant. Many other better choices in the area.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Verbena Kitchen using the Order Online button. Verbena Kitchen also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Verbena Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 269-5776.

Verbena Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Verbena Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Verbena Kitchen

3043 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Additional information

  • Cross street

    VK is East of the Target on University Avenue near Grim Avenue.

  • Neighborhood

    North Park

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-5776

  • Catering

    Bring the wonder of Verbena Kitchen to you! Our event team can assist with planning and catering events ranging from 10-200 guests. You can choose from our wide range of exclusive venues, design a custom food and beverage menu and enhance your experience with custom furniture and florals for your off site experience!

  • Private party facilities

    Verbena Kitchen offers private events any day of the week! Our chefs and our mixologist will curate custom menus for your experience and our events director will ensure your occasion is planned and executed flawlessly. Florals, custom furniture reservations and table top decorations are also available!

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