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Real Food and Spirits

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124 S Solana Hills Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2003
+1 858-793-7325
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Oceanside, California
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327 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

Located in the back of a strip mall, Real Bar & Bistro is a hidden gourmet gem. The inventive Wood Fired Octopus with pickle purée and sunflower seeds was delicious. The Hamachi with almond and radish was sublime as was the Sweet Potato and Marscapone Ravioli with bolognese. The super talented Chef William Eick is a rising star in the... More 

Thank CoastalCruiser27
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

The only reasons I'm not giving this restaurant before is because the service is a little bit slow and the large screen TV takes away from the ambience. I think they should stick with one TV over the fantastic bar and get rid of the large one. That being said the Caesar salad is excellent; it used to be uninspired... More 

Thank MrD1956
Level Contributor
120 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

We arrived at 7:30 on a Sunday eve. Not a soul in the place. We were hungry so asked for bread. For $5.00 we were given two dried up pieces of focaccia for 4 people. I've said this before, if your bread is not fresh, do not serve it! Service was very very slow but staff was nice. Cocktails were... More 

Thank Margoes
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 September 2015

There are not too many places around like this, It's very pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. These guys make everything amazing-from their mixed drinks to their truffle fries-never had anything I didn't like. If you catch the happy hour-its even better-all the drinks and appetizers are 50% off! I always feel so fancy when I visit,... More 

Thank Taniya R
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

I had no idea such a nice bistro existed in this strip center! The food was fresh and delicious- they even make their own cheese! We had cheese ravioli, the fresh catch (sea bass) and soup of the day (excellent). Great service and one of the owners comes around to check on your experience with the food and service. We... More 

Thank GeorgiaDutro
Solana Beach, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 May 2015

Service is friendly and attentive. I feel like they are so close, just not quite there with menu selections. Nice atmosphere, and again, good service. Not a lot to choose from on the gluten free side, which is a bummer, so, I stop in for a cocktail now and then.

Thank askdana
Level Contributor
46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

I tried 3 times. Father hovers over entire restaurant. Son who thinks he created pizza argued with me that he created a pizza I have been making for years, I didn't really care but he was such a jerk. In a strip center, $20 something for a personal/so-so pizza. No thanks!!!!!!!!

Thank 553sharik
Encinitas, California, United States
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370 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

This restaurant is hidden in a strip mall, but the food is first rate!. We started with the Fritelli appetizer, then the three of us ate Duroc Pork, Steak Frites and I had the amazing Lasagna with a Bolgnese sauce. If you don't finish with their great desserts you can always snag a gelato on the way out the door.... More 

Thank Marti R
Encinitas, California, United States
Level Contributor
370 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

There was a new menu since we had visited, some of our favorites were gone, but the additions are nice. Everything here is fresh and 'real'. For dinner we split a minuto mozz, hubby had the Duroc pork (was undercooked at the beginning), and I had the lasagna. with 2 sodas the bill came to $64. My lasagna was the... More 

Thank Marti R
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is known for its hamburgers and pizzas and also has a nice pasta dishes as well. It has a few televisions that show sports and also has a huge screen that shows classic movies. It's fun for both couples and families.

Thank Scottmahlberg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 S Solana Hills Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2003
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solana Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-793-7325

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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?