Kindred

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1503 30th St (at South Park District), San Diego, California, USA, 92102

A cocktail bar that serves brunch, bar snacks and vegan cheese, some meals, kombucha on tap, craft beer handles. Decor is French gothic inspired with skulls, demon wolf mascot, bare-chested shock rocker art. Plays psychedelic metal on the sound system. Est. Dec 2015. Open Mon-Thu 4:00pm-12:00am, Fri 4:00pm-1:00am, Sat 10:00am-1:00am, Sun 10:00am-12:00am.

Categories: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine

26 Reviews

First Review by Mike Weinberg

one and only Bar Kindred - Edit

I love this bar! The food, people, atmosphere and awesome decor make it a must for anyone visiting San Diego. You don't have to be vegan to have a great time so bring your non vegan friends too.

Ps, get the cinnamon roll if you have a sweet tooth like I do.

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This place is my inner vegan - Edit

So not to get too deep here, but I had a revelation last night at this restaurant. At first I was like what a cool unique totally different restaurant, then I was like wait, what if this restaurant was the true representation of what a vegan is? The pink wallpaper and pictures of cats and romantic ceilings are what vegans are on the inside, loving and caring about all living creatures and doing right by them. And the psychedelic metal and four eyed wolf with snakes is what we are, warriors trying to defend our living equals that are manipulated and abused. Like I said a little deep. Now on to the FOOD.
This place was no short of incredible. The most opposite of a vegan restaurant you could guess. My non-vegan bf kept asking me, so this place is ALL vegan?? I’m like YAAS!! So the cocktails were just amazing. We stuck to the October specials menu, which was more rum inspired where as the normal menu was more gin and bourbon inspired. The names were delightful and fed my inner punkster. Really good selection of wines and beers as well, got a Pilsner and it was a really really tasty beer.
The food was just amazing. I got the soul crush, because it was screaming my name. Mashed potatoes, broccolini and Mac and cheese? Like that touches my soul. And swear this place has the best fried pickles I’ve ever had. This place was a delight and needs to have deviant sister restaurants pop up across the country so all can enjoy the very romantic, punk, whimsical restaurant this place is. Just come here.

Pros: Ambience, Outdoor seating, Awesome door window

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Great food and vibe - Edit

Multiple people recommended Kindred for vegan food, and the food did not disappoint. I had the BBQ jackfruit and fried pickles, and they were great.

What WAS a little disappointing was the service. Everyone was nice, but the service was slow to the point I was concerned they forgot about us. It was a busy Friday night, so I’d cut some slack for that, but unfortunately it still detracted from the overall experience.

Overall, the food was great and the ambiance was cool, so I had a good time except for the unexpected delays.

Pros: Good food, cool vibe

Cons: Slow service during peak hours

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Amazing and original - Edit

We have been there for dinner and even though the choice may seem a bit limited everything is fantastic and the staff is very helpful as well.
The food is very tasty and very original.
The skewers are very recommended.

Pros: Tasty and original food, Staff, Honest prices

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Best Pancakes Ever - Edit

I've literally been dreaming about these pancakes since last week. So fluffy, with a butterscotch icing, caramelized bananas, coconut whipped cream, and walnuts. I died of happiness. I want to go back and try their other dishes, but I don't think I'll be able to resist the urge to just order the pancakes again.

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Amazing - Edit

Everything here is delicious! We had the palm tacos and jackfruit barbecue sandwich as well as a variety of cocktails. Wonderful dinner, reasonable prices and fantastic atmosphere in the charming village of South Park.

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A must! - Edit

Vegan foodie approved. The food and cocktails are seriously amazing. A must visit!!!

Pros: food, cocktails , friendly staff

Cons: they don't have one in LA

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Great food, Atmosphere and it's vegan! - Edit

One of my favorite vegan dinner spots! The chef is talented! Definitely worth the stop!

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Sooooo goood - Edit

Wife and I went for brunch on Sunday around 11. Wait was about 30 minutes, but was well worth it. We shared the pancakes (the butterscotch syrup was *******amazing) and the Benedict aaaaand Modern Times coffee! Everything was phenomenal.

Pros: Decor, Staff, Food

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Hip vegan place - Edit

Very cool, hip, fully vegan restaurant in San Diego. Seems like lots of people go there just for drinks, but the food there is amazing. I will definitely be going back there next time I'm in San Diego

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Awesome! - Edit

I went for Saturday morning brunch and had the Hashes for the Mashes, it was flavorful and delicious! The decor was fun and hip, the employees were friendly and very helpful. Loved the whole experience, I'll definitely be back!!

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one of the best! - Edit

Went here on a rainy friday eve, so encountered Kindred in its full-on bar mode. In our case the dining wasn't quiet with relatively loud music playing, but that adds to the overall good atmosphere.

The food is fantastic, very tasty and original. They have interesting combinations which I hadn't really seen before, and use fake meats I didn't know. We had the seitan skewers, green chili and the soul crush.

On top of that the staff is amazing; very helpful and friendly. I like the fact that they don't really advertise being vegan, they just are which makes it seem more like that's the norm. Positive in my opinion.

Bottomline: Go here if you enjoy fine food in a casual setting!

Pros: good food, great staff, nice atmosphere

Cons: music might be too loud for some

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great atmosphere - Edit

This place was really nice I loved the gothic style I tried the jackfruit sandwich and it was great quality, the food there is very rich, I do wish they had some more variety.

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loved this place! - Edit

I was nervous about the whole "psychedelic rock" music thing, worried that it would disrupt our enjoyment of the meal but it was not loud and the decor was so lovely that it totally worked. He decor was just perfect - see my pics. And of course most importantly, the food was killer. We splurged as we always do when doing a vegan food tour of any city we visit and got two appetizers: the seitan skewers and some buffalo seitan from their SECRET MENU! Okay, not so secret anymore - sorry! ;) The bartender was friendly and cool to tell us about it when he heard us mentioning wanting (vegan) wings. And we got the best risotto (okay just too many beets for my taste! Shoulda known from the name!) and I can't even remember what else...and then the cookie dough truffles. There were only 3 but they were a perfect ending to a fabulous meal. My only complaint is that they had like two white wines and two reds...or was it just one of each? I just know it wasn't enough. But if we lived in Sam Diego we'd be going here all the time. Loved loved loved Kindred!

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Easy to Miss This Gem - Edit

In the days before the internet was a thing, we would not have known about this place. We are most pleased we planned ahead and included Kindred in our tour of vegetarian restaurants in San Diego. The decor/theme was unique. I think it is a heavy metal or fantasy thing they have going, and it works very well. As nice as the decor was, we really came for the food... The tofu benedict is what got our attention in the first place, but everything we ordered was delicious!

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Vegan and fun - Edit

I wish I hadn't waited until the last day of my most recent San Diego trip to try Kindred. The whimsical decor, fabulous specialty drinks, and great food will bring my back next time.

The Wizard Bowl salad was one of the best salads I've had in ages. The Salt and Vinegar entree was good--especially the giant onion rings. The BBQ jackfruit sandwich was the best... though the homemade potato chips that come with it are serious grease bombs (and I couldn't stop eating them).

The open feel of the restaurant is really nice, and gives the feel of being in a real neighborhood hub. We we're there in the late afternoon, with people coming for drinks after work.

Don't miss the bathrooms, with their own soundtrack and cat decor. Awesome.

Pros: Great food, Fun ambiance, Reasonable prices

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Yummy bar food - Edit

This is a great place to go with friends and even my non-vegan friends like it. My favorite dish is the Wizard Bowl, a salad with vegan blue cheese crumbles and tempeh. I also love the Deli Battle for sharing. Brunch on weekends is good too (I like the smoked carrots). Very cool and unique decor (although the two top tables are a bit small). The community table is great for bigger groups and the booths are nice too. They have a very creative cocktail menu. More of a bar with food than a restaurant with cocktails, but that makes it fun. It's nice to have an all vegan place that isn't focused on health foods.

Pros: Fun, All vegan, Unique

Cons: Small tables for two

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best brunch - Edit

I've been here twice and both times I had amazing service and great food. I love being friends and family here

Pros: brunch, jackfruit sandwich, the tofu scramble

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Super attention to detail and very tasty - Edit

Fun place! Great brunch too.

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will definitely be back - Edit

We hit Kindred up for supper and a drink late Saturday and loved it. The fried pickles were crisp and delicious and the buffalo cauliflower was tart and spicy- fantastic.
We also had the salt and vinegar entree plus the pistachio crusted tofu- it was so good!
The decor is super fun (fighting eyeballs in the wallpaper and space cat bathrooms?) and our waitress was perfect. Loved the whole evening.

Pros: great blend of flavors, fun decor, menu naming, stellar service

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sophisticated yet inviting - Edit

Awesome place. Had my dog on the patio. They brought him water. Very nice Decour. Lot of great mixed drinks and food.

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go - Edit

this is by far some of the best and more original vegan food out there. the food and atmosphere is amazing. the price point is low for the quality and quantity. everyone there was super friendly and happy. this place is winning.

Pros: all vegan

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Neat Dishes for Dinner - Edit

It's neat to have a vegan bar--especially since it doesn't look obvious when you first walk in, so this might be a good way to get people expecting a regular bar to suddenly find themselves trying some vegan food. The food was really good, and the portion sizes were larger than I expected. The have the jackfruit BBQ sandwich, which tastes like real BBQ, and they have a fancy palm heart appetizer as well. They have good beers, though they were out of the one I wanted when I went. It was quite crowded (with a wide range of people, from young hipsters to people in their 60s), and even a party bus dropped off about 20 people, so I think this place will do very well.

Pros: Good food, Good beer, Nice ambiance

Cons: Rather loud, Ran out of one of the beers on the menu

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too loud but great choice of amari - Edit

Heavy death metal. Really? Beautiful space and went on a Thursday, which is supposed to be more reasonable music, but encountered Loud environment. The bar is excellent. Many Italian amari available. Good service.

Pros: good service, good bar, lots of Amati

Cons: too loud

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!!! - Edit

was in san diego for a day and decided to check them out. they just opened not too long ago yet the wait was an hour to get a table--- not a surprise at all. kombucha on tap was wonderful... cannot even explain how good the caeser salad was. also tried the skewer appetizer; not the biggest fan of mock meat but could totally eat this frequently. check this place out! you won't regret it!

Pros: amazing food, positive vibes, friendly staff

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Winner!!! - Edit

My wife, Anita, and I dined at Kindred on its third night of being open with omnivorous neighbors. The decor was hip & upscale, and the place was 3/4 full, not bad for Monday about 5:30 pm—seemed like a Saturday night. It’s without doubt the closest thing to vegan fine dining in San Diego so far. Everyone enjoyed their meals; my cauliflower steak was exquisite. Kory, the owner, was a gracious, hands-on host, and actively solicited our feedback to see what could be improved. Winner!!!

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