As humans we are innately curious creatures, and more than anything, we crave connection. Through valuable interactions we meet, we find and we discover, and that is the exact essence of the Spanish verb encontrar. Derived from this very word, and bringing this spirit to life, is the restaurant Encontro North Park. This new community hub is where discovery, connection and craft food get real. Here is where you will find fast, simple, authentic food complete with 21 rotating craft beers.
To execute this new vision and successfully redefine classic American craft food, Encontro knew it had to do something different. The fare includes flame-grilled meats, hearty salads and unique a la carte side dishes. Enjoy one of their specialty home-made sausages, an arugula salad with Scottish salmon and their famous portobello fries. Their lunch, dinner and brunch menus are exemplary of Encontro’s deep appreciation for quality food. For drinks, choose from 21 craft beers on tap, a hard root beer, or pair prosecco with a vibrant fruit juice of your choice. Non-alcoholic beverages include Living Tea Ginger Kombucha on tap, craft soda, or treat yourself to one of their sought-after handmade Hammond’s ice cream shakes.
Food is served in a causal, counter-serve style, with a walk-up window available to quickly satisfy late night cravings. Want one of their hand-crafted meals but can’t get to Encontro this time around? No worries—just order online and have an authentic meal delivered right to you.
Encontro’s masterfully crafted interior and exterior is the final product of designer Paul Basil, who successfully created an inviting ambiance while reinterpreting common building materials. This industrial-chic space captures the essence of both a craftsman’s dream garage and a chef’s dream restaurant. Basile used recycled construction scaffolding planks, concrete forms, cedar plank LED pendant lights, hanging plants, copper and wood accents and chandeliers to bring you an incredibly unique space and dining experience. Enjoy spacious seating on the inside or outdoor patio, perfectly equipped for you and your friendly four-legged companion.
Encontro is located in the heart and soul of North park on the corner of University and 30th. Stop by any day for lunch or dinner, to witness the new restaurant that San Diegan’s are raving about. Satisfy your curiosity, your need for connection and your desire for good food at Encontro North Park.