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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Costa Mesa, California
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I love the areas of this restaurant, where you may conduct business, have a somewhat private celebration, or simply hang with the crowd and get to know some cool people.

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San Ramon, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We had the pleasure of dining here for dinner recently. We were seated on the patio, which was absolutely beautiful with an illuminated waterfall and tornado type gas heaters to cut the evening chill. The entire staff throughout were professional, welcoming and wonderfully attentive while not being intrusive. As it was a slow evening, we we fortunate to be offered... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Nice spot to eat of course but food serving sizes are very small and the food is very average. I am not having much luck with Mary's chicken! It is just not very good. This is the second time I have had it and second time it is just a dud! I can quite certainly say I will never order... More 

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Los Angeles
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
137 reviews 137 reviews
108 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
194 reviews 194 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

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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: Bar scene, Doing business
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?