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Verbena Kitchen, San Diego, CA
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Verbena Kitchen

4.6
4.6
75 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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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Booked 16 times today

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-5776

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Ronnie Schwandt

  • Catering

    Executive Chef Ronnie Schwandt brings 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! Executive Chef Ronnie Schwandt 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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    American

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  1. NC

    NancyC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous except for the loud table near us!! Food and service was spectacular!!

  2. R

    Roberts

    San Diego

    55 reviews

    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Enjoyed ambience, very nice decor. Friendly staff, manager was very nice. Have a happy hour daily, was nice to have for a Saturday. The small plate of deviled eggs was very good. Disappointed with our entrees. The pork loin was good, but salty. Pork was on a bed of couscous, very small for the price. Nothing else on plate, no veggies. Value not great. Spouse had pasta with pork bits. He also said salty taste, and overpriced.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious and the staff was very knowledgeable!

  4. GC

    GinaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was good but small portions. Tasty but limited cocktail menu.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and Dallas was very attentive to our table. This was greatly appreciated and made for a wonderful brunch with friends.

  6. S

    Skibby

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My wife had the salmon toast and I had the Chilaquiles with Chicken and both were terrific. Good price and I couldn't finish the Chilaquiles. Get the hot sauce, if they bottled it I would have bought a few. Great location and fun store around Northpark.

  7. J

    Janet

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is excellent. The service is very good. Outdoor seating is available. We will definitely go back.

  8. NS

    NatalieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Dallas the manager looked after us and did a great job with suggestions! I had a great meal, the shrimp and grits! It was awesome! Some of the meals were better than others, the cinnamon roll was to die for as were the deviled eggs!!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food. Attentive service. Sat outside on in “parklet” seating off University Ave.

  10. CM

    ClayMB

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really quiet night so we got good attention. Food was excellent and ambience was great.

  11. SJ

    SJ123

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    First things first, just order the cinnamon roll TRUST ME. This new spot was lively and beautiful in service and aesthetics. The brunch menu was brief but not disappointing in variety. There were a few different brunch items such as the egg salad sandwich and the "not" avocado toast which I found to be interesting. However, my risk in food choice did not pay off. The egg salad sandwich had one note only: horseradish. The flavor of the egg salad was sadly an affront to the perfectly soft and buttery croissant it was served on. I also tried the chilaquiles with added chili braised chicken. The black bean addition to the dish felt a bit confused but since the chili braised chicken was so delicious, I was able to overlook that. The real star as I mentioned earlier is the cinnamon roll. Well worth the price, and definitely warrants a return to the restaurant.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on June 1, 2022

    That cinnamon roll is bomb! Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. MA

    MichelleA

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We loved being there but the noise level made it very hard to have a conversation without shouting. Next time I go, I will choose a quieter time than Friday early evening.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on June 1, 2022

    We are working on the noise level, thank you for the review!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Their food is amazing and the drink options were excellent. I highly recommend it!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything about it!!

    Verbena KitchenResponded on June 1, 2022

    Thanks for joining us!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible food and drinks!

    Verbena KitchenResponded on May 28, 2022

    Thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

  16. F

    Fabio

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    The food is amazing but it is hard to enjoy any company because the place is so noisy it’s hard to talk without shouting.

  17. L

    Livy

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Very loud music. No hard alcohol. Menu does not have a cohesive theme. Very nicely decorated. Parking miserable on Friday night.

  18. MA

    MichelA

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great bartender service Dallas. Tasty ceviche!

    Verbena KitchenResponded on May 28, 2022

    MichelA, hope to see you again soon! Dallas sure is an amazing GM, we are so thankful for him every day!

  19. JH

    JackieH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visit was great. From the hostess to the bartender (we sat at the counter) to the food and drinks. Could not have been better!

  20. e

    elizabethm

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for Mother’s Day brunch and it was as amazing! The cocktails and food were so good! We had the Morning Buzz—very good and served in a cool glass, the Canadian BLTish and the shrimp and grits. I’m pretty sure I will never forget the shrimp and grits..the sauce, the perfectly seasoned and cooked shrimp and those grits. OMG they were the best I’ve ever had. We all gobbled it down. It was the best start to our day!! The employees were all very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

  21. S

    Seeley

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely brunch here on Monther's Day. The hostess, waitstaff and bartender were all super friendly and service was quick. My mom and I shared 3 dishes and all the food was outstanding; the shrimp and grits was the unanimous favorite, probably the best shrimp and grits I've had! The restaurant is small and the ambiance is really nice, it feels classy without being fancy or stuffy. I look forward to trying their dinner menu!

  22. ML

    MarL

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great as always!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible staff. Delicious, meticulously prepared food.

  24. SS

    SpencerS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Happy Hour is great and sitting outside as the day cools was perfect with the slight breeze. Seating is a little tight, but worth it to be outside and see all the dogs and people walking by. Definitely going back.

  25. AW

    AWSD

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Verbena! As locals, we come here very frequently and enjoy it every time! Dinner time is always delish and the cocktails and so fun and yummy!

  26. E

    Elisa

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were delicious! We especially enjoyed the French toast with whipped Nutella and the Burrata Toast.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 25, 2022

    Thank you Elisa!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious brunch not avocado toast.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 25, 2022

    So glad you enjoyed the "not avocado toast!" Great take on a San Diego classic!

  28. K

    Kevin

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Peter was great. We were searching for the bottom of our “Bottomless Mimosa” but never found it. Well done. Food was great, my bride had the basic breakfast with fried eggs cooked perfectly. I had the salmon toast, a worthy rival to any east coast deli bagel and lox. And all right here in San Diego! On our list for date night soon.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 25, 2022

    Thank you for the recognition of great service from one of our team members! They work hard and your affirmation is a welcome reward! We look forward to seeing you again for date night soon! Wednesday is Wine Wednesday with some great pricing on our curated wine list and Thursday is happy hour all day!

  29. A

    Abp222

    Portland

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Outdoor area is too noisy, on major street with bus traffic stopping right by your table. We had to wait a very long time for check. Food was good, but value wasn't there with sitting outside. Servers were friendly.

  30. CC

    ChoupChoup

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Long wait even though we had a reservation. Service is unfriendly and not professional. Every step of the way we had to wait so long from the drinks to dessert. The food could have been good, it's fresh and nicely presented. However it was cold (the 3 steaks from our table were cold, not even lukewarm) and overly salted. Disappointed I really wanted to like this place. None of our group of 7 enjoyed thier food.

  31. U

    Uniquebeat

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cocktails are great! Food and service was good.

  32. S

    Sohraab

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED RESTAURANTS IN SAN DIEGO. If you want the fine dining experiences with affordable prices, come here. I’ve recommended this place to multiple friends and they’ve all loved it.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 23, 2022

    Sohraab, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time at VK! Our team puts great effort forward to make every diner comfortable. Thank you for the recommendation to friends and for the wonderful feedback!

  33. C

    Cocktailor

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Extremely friendly staff felt very locking. Cocktails were exceptional and original. All the food was delicious from naan to ceviche to unique beef tartare with fermented mushrooms.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 23, 2022

    Thank you kindly! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our May newsletter.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service. Unique menu. Nice Presentation

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 23, 2022

    We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Stay tuned for our May newsletter and be sure to make your reservation for Mother's Day Brunch!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Really yummy food and great service for brunch. I think the only negative was it was slightly smoky in the restaurant.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Enjoyed brunch here on Sunday. Nice vibe and decor as well as impeccable service. It was good, but could have been better. I had chilaquiles with stewed chicken - second best I've ever had. Wife had French toast, which was nothing really special. She would have loved American bacon on side, but alas they don't do that. Mimosas were very tasty.

  37. A

    Ashley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great date night spot. Cocktails are creative and tasty.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 24, 2022

    We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Stay tuned for our May newsletter!

  38. FM

    FeebleMcjackson

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the drinks, food was excellent, and service was fantastic.

  39. C

    Caroline

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic dinner! Our server was also great, as was everyone else we came in contact with! Would highly recommend!

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 24, 2022

    Thank you Caroline! We hope to see you back soon to try our new spring/summer seasonal items!

  40. n

    none

    New England

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    we ate outdoors on a Friday evening - our food was great and our server was wonderful but eating outside means you are sitting on a very busy sidewalk, with people coming and going from the businesses nearby, and traffic zooming by right next to you. Because the food is really good, I really recommend you eat inside so you can focus on enjoying your meal.

    Verbena KitchenResponded on April 23, 2022

    So sorry for the traffic issue. It is a beautiful time of year to be outside and we are working to redesign a new outdoor patio dining area that is within city requirements and offers a bit more separation from the busy University avenue. We are, however, very glad that you enjoyed your food and service! Keep a look out on Instagram for when we launch our new patio set up!

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 4.6 stars by 75 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.

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Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

Accepting orders for today at 10:00 AM

Start takeout order

Delivery

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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, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 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

  • Executive chef

    Ronnie Schwandt

  • 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

    Executive Chef Ronnie Schwandt brings 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! Executive Chef Ronnie Schwandt 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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