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KITCHEN 1540

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1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 (15th Street)
8587936460
Today
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice food

My husband and I came early for dinner and got a nice booth. We particularly enjoyed the sturgeon. Dining room was peaceful. Food and wine good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
dziran
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Los Angeles
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My husband and I came early for dinner and got a nice booth. We particularly enjoyed the sturgeon. Dining room was peaceful. Food and wine good.

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Long Beach, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Everything is great at Kitchen 1540 in Del Mar except maybe management. The food and choices were excellent, the service was very good except our dinner waiter seemed inexperienced, or maybe not fully trained for this caliber of restaurant; but he made up for his inexperience with a great attitude. We brought our own wine, which was awesome, but our... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I dined here with a lovely lady friend from the South. We decided to share each course so we could try more options. Starting with the Fried Green Tomatoes on a salad with apples and crumbled cheese we were happy. Our next course was lobster bisque. It was lovely and rich and delicious. Not tons of lobster, but it had... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Made reservations for 6 a month in advance for a Tuesday night dec 16. Best friend birthday celebration. Six ladies celebrating . We drink a lot and are foodies. We have been to 1540 many times. I ordered a birthday cake and made sure when the confirmation call was received I confirmed. We arrived at 5 pm to enjoy the... More 

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LAubergeDelMar, Resort Operations Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear Helayne, Thank you for dining with us for your best friend’s birthday celebration. Providing an unmatched culinary and service experience during each meal is our standard here. I sincerely apologize on behalf of our entire team that you were disappointed with the quality of your meal and the service you received. Clearly you did your homework and double checked... More 

Del Mar, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is an exceptional dining experience. We went to Kitchen 1540 for a friend's birthday, and all 3 of us were simply amazed by the great food and service. We ordered shrimp and grits and Bison tartare , and both were outstanding. After we told our waiter how happy we were with the appetizers, and asked about the origin (I... More 

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LAubergeDelMar, Operations Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us at Kitchen 1540 for your friend’s birthday celebration! How interesting you know southern cuisine and enjoyed Chef Brandon’s special interpretation of some of these traditional plates. We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. And, thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Spent Thanksgiving away from the cold & snow in the east & visited our daughter in San Diego. A few weeks prior to the big day, checked out a few places for a Thanksgiving dinner including their Thanksgiving menu. This restaurant is in a very nice boutiquish hotel overlooking the ocean. Beautiful lobby area with a nice, stylish bar area... More 

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LAubergeDelMar, Resort Operations Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your candid feedback and I deeply regret that you did not experience a service level that is reflective of our standards. Providing great cuisine enjoyed while surrounded by unmatched hospitality is the foundation or our restaurant. We sincerely apologize that some of the menu items you were interested in were no longer available and that... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If you're a foodie, you will enjoy an exceptionally well prepared meal at Kitchen 1540,...our starters included trout frisée and fresh greens, we each had roasted duck as our entree, absolutely delicious, and bread pudding, to die for, as desert. The restaurant surroundings don't scale to the quality of the food preparation, more of a cafeteria feel to the dining... More 

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LAubergeDelMar, Operations Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Tom, Thank you for the great review of Kitchen 1540! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Duck...and the bread pudding is one of my favorites too! We look forward to your return. More 

Yucaipa, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We really enjoyed the food and how it was a different take on old favorites! Service was okay, not amazing. And our dessert was not that exciting! I would recommend it just for the great entrees.

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Manhattan beach, Ca
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were surprised by the poor service and thought it might be because it was Tuesday night. Could not get fork or knife into our Opa fish which was a 3x3 inch cube . A big square block of fish in the middle of the plate that could not be penetrated. The waitress seemed impatient with us and when the... More 

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LAubergeDelMar, Resort Operations Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your candid feedback and I deeply regret that you did not experience service nor cuisine that are reflective of our standards. Providing great cuisine enjoyed while surrounded by unmatched hospitality is the foundation or our restaurant. I sincerely hope that this atypical experience does not deter you from visiting us in the future. Should you... More 

Los Angeles, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were very disappointed in our dinner at Kitchen 1540 last week. We will never go back, and would not recommend this restaurant. There are many better quality restaurants in Del Mar and only wish we selected another choice on my son's 20th birthday. We were surprised at the poor quality of the food and service given the elegance of... More 

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LAubergeDelMar, Resort Operations Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for dining with us for your son’s 20th birthday celebration. Providing an unmatched culinary and service experience during each meal is our standard here. I apologize on behalf of our entire team that you were disappointed with the quality of your meal and the service you received when you brought this to the attention of a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 8587936460

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?