Full Spoon

A new community hub in the heart of North Park 
where craft food gets real.
Fast. Simple. Authentic. 

About Us


We are Encontro—from the verb “Encontrar” – “To meet, to find, or to discover”

Conceived to offer a new vision for craft beer & food in North Park.

Seasonal, chef-driven dishes served in a unique Paul Basile-designed space.
Where cool coexists with quickness and convenience.

Discover us.

Jason Hotchkiss

Executive Chef Jason Hotchkiss knows his way around the kitchen, as he comes to Encontro with years of impressive restaurant and hospitality industry experience. In his previous position as director of culinary operations for The Patio Group (The Patio on Goldfinch, The Patio on Lamont, Fireside by The Patio, Saska’s Steak & Seafood), he was solely responsible for overseeing the consistency of quality within their food and beverage program. Chef Jason’s passion for sourcing sustainably caught seafood led him to obtain a Fish Receiver’s license so that he could purchase and receive the freshest catch available for his restaurants.

Prior to his role with The Patio Group, Chef Jason held corporate chef positions at both the iconic Cohn Restaurant Group and Whisknladle Hospitality organizations. And before relocating to San Diego, he served as executive chef for the famed Bottega Louie in Los Angeles, where he managed a kitchen staff of 80. During his four-year tenure, the restaurant garnered accolades in numerous publications including “Top 10 New Restaurants” by Los Angeles Magazine and L.A.’s Best Restaurants by Angeleno Magazine. His culinary expertise also gained him personal recognition in Gourmet Magazine in addition to affording him the opportunity to cook at the Epicurean School of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles.

Prior to guiding the culinary team at Bottega Louie, Chef Jason worked at highly-acclaimed restaurants such as San Francisco’s L’Entrecote de Paris and Café Kati. His successful track record also includes a previous role as culinary partner at P.F. Chang’s, where he was responsible for menu development and growing the organization from six restaurants to more than 200.

Chef Jason graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where he appeared on “Cooking at the Academy.” In his spare time, Chef Jason enjoys fishing the local San Diego waters and is passionate about connecting local purveyors of fish, game and vegetables with restaurant kitchens.



Happy Hour:

Monday-Friday 2:30PM-5:00PM


3001 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
619 291 1220





February 2017
Hoplight Social | Brunch with Your Pup at Encontro
San Diego Eater | San Diego's Essential Brunch Restaurants

January 2017
Zagat | San Diego’s 30 Essential Dishes
Dean Hall Style | The Enchantment Encontro

December 2016
San Diego Magazine | The Dog Lover's Guide to San Diego

November 2016
Oh-So Yummy | Encontro North Park
Hoplight Social | Pooches Chow Down at Encontro North Park

October 2016
Discover SD | Chef spotlight

September 2016
Discover SD | Encontro New Sandiches and Plates

August 2016
Discover SD | Kombucha On Tap At San Diego Restaurants
Discover SD | Encontro Releases New Menu Items and Late Hours in North Park
FM949 - Lick the Plate (Segment 2)
KSON FM - Lick the Plate (Segment 1)

July 2016
Uptown News | Sausages and Shakes

May 2016
San Diego Food Finds | Classic American Food at Encontro
ZAGAT | Encontro North Park

April 2016
Tiny Desk Writers | A Letter to North Park

March 2016
ZAGAT | 10 San Diego Restaurants That Should Be Getting More Love

February 2016
Vida Latina SD | 7 Nuevos Restaurantes en San Diego
Endless Sunday | 24 Hours in San Diego, St. Valentine's Style
Biz Bash | 10 New San Diego Venues for Spring Meetings and Events

January 2016
Discover SD | The Scoop: 7 Bites of Restaurant News
Eater SD | Encontro Opens Where 30th Meets University in North Park
NBC San Diego | New Eatery in North Park
SD CityBeat | Neighborhood Watch: North Park
San Diego Uptown News | Uptown Food Breifs
North Park Scene | The Scene
La Vida Bonita | A Day in North Park San Diego - The Bastion of Creativity