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“Had a great meal. Perhaps could be better value for money.”
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Ranked #23 of 1,241 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: Herchel
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)
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“Had a great meal. Perhaps could be better value for money.”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

On business. We shared a starter and a cheese dish at the end, I appreciate the concept of providing a fusion of exquisite flavors, but the portion sizes were tiny. I had the scallops which were excellent and no skimping there. The food was tasty and the service was excellent.

  • Visited February 2013
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San Diego
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great service”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

The service was great here and they helped with a request of mine as well. The food was good but the service is what stuck out to me.

  • Visited May 2012
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Tigard, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“FUN EXPERIENCE”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

We were brought here by friends, who are local, and it was a great choice. The weather was perfect, so we ate outdoors. Had the daily flatbread pizza special, which was excellent. Others had the chilaquiles and the grilled cheese/salad lunch and everyone loved their selection. Service was a little haphazard and it is a little pricey but the atmosphere and sitting outside made it a fun experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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Del Mar, California
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“Definitely missed for us”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Ate here on a recommendation and we were all disappointed. We had brunch with the family and everybody thought the food was pretty average and really nothing special. I thought the brunch menu was very limited and very ordinary, I was expecting more. All in all it definitely missed for us and we're all thinking this is just one more, sorry to say, pretentious trendy La Jolla restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“We liked it”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spied this restaurant walking by while visiting the area last week and went for dinner a couple of nights later. It was a cool evening so everything was closed up... making the atmosphere fairly casual especially given the steep prices. However, it seemed to be well populated with locals, the service was VERY good, the cocktails creative and tasty, and the food good as well. I liked the enthusiasm of the server staff and didn't find it arrogant as some of the other reviewers did. We were happy with it. We went back for a sunny weekend brunch before finishing our holiday and were pleased with it as well. We beat the rush, and enjoyed a cucumber honey mimosa to start our brunch. We continued to enjoy the friendly and helpful staff, and of course the food. Creative, focused seasonal menu. Appropriately sized portions, creative cocktails. That's all I need to recommend it.

  • Visited January 2013
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