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Whisk'n'Ladle

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Whisk'n'Ladle
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1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Herchel)
+1 858-551-7575
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: SpecialtiesFrench, Spanish & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare! Happy...
SpecialtiesFrench, Spanish & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare! Happy Hour starts daily at 3 p.m. and includes $8 cocktails, $5 sangria and $4 tapas.HistoryEstablished in 2008Whisknladle is a nationally-acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of beautiful downtown La Jolla, Calif. Renowned for its Spanish, French & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare, Whisknladle was recently awarded both the Critic's Pick and Readers' Choice for "Best Farm-to-Table" restaurant by San Diego Magazine. Corporate Executive Chef, Ryan Johnston, was named "Best Chef" by San Diego Home & Garden readers in 2012 and again by San Diego Magazine readers in 2013.Meet the Business Owner: Arturo K.Whisknladle Hospitality started simply with the serendipitous meeting of one talented chef [Ryan Johnston] and one young entrepreneur [Arturo Kassel] in 2006. Convinced that what San Diego needed was a farm-fresh restaurant that served from-scratch cooking, the pair opened Whisknladle in the heart of La Jolla in 2008. This back-to-basics approach to cooking - or gourmet comfort food - has firmly planted Whisknladle in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.A La Jolla institution with a national following, Whisknladle expanded its concept into another style of restaurants - Prepkitchen. A restaurant designed for cooks by cooks, Prepkitchen focuses on delivering the same farm-fresh and seasonal cuisine at an everyday-eats price. Since opening the first Prepkitchen in La Jolla, the concept has exploded. In 2010, Whisknladle Hospitality opened Prepkitchen Del Mar and then Prepkitchen Little Italy in 2012.Whisknladle Also RecommendsPrepkitchen La Jolla7556 Fay AveLa Jolla, CA 92037Category: American (New)"Inspired by cooks for cooks, Prepkitchen serves artisanal, local fare at an everyday-eats price!"Prepkitchen Del Mar1201 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA 92014Category: American (New)"Located in downtown Del Mar, Prepkitchen serves artisanal, farm-to-table style cuisine in the city's beautiful, coastal neighborhood environment."Prepkitchen Little Italy1660 India StSan Diego, CA 92101Category: American (New)
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    Very good
  • 18
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Breakfast

We decided to try something new for breakfast... we got lucky and found a parking spot in front of this restaurant, and figured... why not give it a try? For Sunday breakfast, they have a free coffee bar... so coffee is complimentary with your meal. They also have fresh scones/treats available... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2012
ManekiNek0
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San Diego
Good for:
  • Home Style
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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San Diego
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45 reviews 45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We decided to try something new for breakfast... we got lucky and found a parking spot in front of this restaurant, and figured... why not give it a try? For Sunday breakfast, they have a free coffee bar... so coffee is complimentary with your meal. They also have fresh scones/treats available at a "scone bar" for $3. My husband and... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

...with a very nice menu. Five of us ate an early dinner here, and the kitchen was all ready for our orders. The food included a flat bread white pizza, rigatoni, two veal breasts and a halibut... plus multiple drinks, unfortunately. Service was outstanding and available immediately at one's need. This place has a vibe that is very eclectic and... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

I wish that we did not live across the country so my family could eat here weekly! The farm to table concept, unique twists on traditional favorites, and superior service make this small bistro a perfect dining experience. The scallops, hanger steak, burger, and rock fish were shared during our meal, with everyone (including two teenagers) raving about the surprising... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
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102 reviews 102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

This spot is best known for its Sunday brunch (like several spots in La Jolla), but brunch is also lunch, so you will find many other things besides the traditional french toast, waffles, etc. It is also slightly more upscale, so diners will most likely be dressed in something a little better than shorts and a t-shirt. The waiters were... More 

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Georgia
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23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Delicious and Friendly evening. Bacon/cheese/spinach Flat bread, steak tartare, pork loin, and desert. We were very happy with the fresh local ingredients they used and their preparation was not laden with salt. Thank you Whisknladle for giving us a great evening on our vacation.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Loved the friendly service and enthusiasm about the food.

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San Diego, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Day or night the atmosphere is festive and lively. The drinks are superb, and the dishes are beautifully crafted. Right in the heart of La Jolla's shopping, Whisk'n'Ladle is a perfect place to dine. It's getting a facelift for no good reason except it wants to stay young.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

They use mostly the best seasonal, fresh and organic ingredients. The portions are small and just perfect for my taste, although my husband would prefer them to be larger. The setting and the décor are beautiful in open area location, it sort of reminds me of a European side street café. The prices are above average.

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7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a very good restaurant. We were seated promptly on a Saturday night. We had a goat cheese terrine with roasted beets, just perfect. Also the charred bone marrow was delicious with ample toast to enjoy it. Caesar salad, was excellent with a cloud of Parmesan atop the romaine hearts and the dressing very flavorful without being cloying. Dessert... More 

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Indian Creek, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Truely enjoyed having dinner at Whisk'n'Ladle. Everything was delicious and appealing. Atmosphere was great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
    (Herchel)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-7575

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

SpecialtiesFrench, Spanish & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare! Happy Hour starts daily at 3 p.m. and includes $8 cocktails, $5 sangria and $4 tapas.HistoryEstablished in 2008Whisknladle is a nationally-acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of beautiful downtown La Jolla, Calif. Renowned for its Spanish, French & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare, Whisknladle was recently awarded both the Critic's Pick and Readers' Choice for "Best Farm-to-Table" restaurant by San Diego Magazine. Corporate Executive Chef, Ryan Johnston, was named "Best Chef" by San Diego Home & Garden readers in 2012 and again by San Diego Magazine readers in 2013.Meet the Business Owner: Arturo K.Whisknladle Hospitality started simply with the serendipitous meeting of one talented chef [Ryan Johnston] and one young entrepreneur [Arturo Kassel] in 2006. Convinced that what San Diego needed was a farm-fresh restaurant that served from-scratch cooking, the pair opened Whisknladle in the heart of La Jolla in 2008. This back-to-basics approach to cooking - or gourmet comfort food - has firmly planted Whisknladle in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.A La Jolla institution with a national following, Whisknladle expanded its concept into another style of restaurants - Prepkitchen. A restaurant designed for cooks by cooks, Prepkitchen focuses on delivering the same farm-fresh and seasonal cuisine at an everyday-eats price. Since opening the first Prepkitchen in La Jolla, the concept has exploded. In 2010, Whisknladle Hospitality opened Prepkitchen Del Mar and then Prepkitchen Little Italy in 2012.Whisknladle Also RecommendsPrepkitchen La Jolla7556 Fay AveLa Jolla, CA 92037Category: American (New)"Inspired by cooks for cooks, Prepkitchen serves artisanal, local fare at an everyday-eats price!"Prepkitchen Del Mar1201 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA 92014Category: American (New)"Located in downtown Del Mar, Prepkitchen serves artisanal, farm-to-table style cuisine in the city's beautiful, coastal neighborhood environment."Prepkitchen Little Italy1660 India StSan Diego, CA 92101Category: American (New)
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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