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“Grrat Atmosphere & Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #18 of 1,238 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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)
Naples, Florida
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466 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Grrat Atmosphere & Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were recommended to this place by an employee of a local store...We Olive. We asked him about a burger place and he said this place had great burgers and even cured their own bacon. We were off!

It was a Sunday and they had a brunch menu, but lo and behold, there was a burger on the menu. We each ordered it. My husband had a classic served with cheese, lettuce and tomato, bacon and potato chips. I had it WNL style, which is with a sauce similar to Russian dressing, bacon, a fried egg, lettuce and cheese along with fries. Yummy! The burgers were cooked exactly as we asked and they were big and juicy. They were so big, we couldn't bite into them but had to eat them with knife and fork. The fries were crispy and delish. We couldn't have asked for better. My husband had a beer and I had a hard cider. Again, delish. We also got tap water which they infuse with lemon and cucumber. Not too crazy about that as it tasted grassy.

We had a very nice server and were attentively waited on. It was a great late lunch ending to a day in La Jolla.

  • Visited July 2013
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Albuquerque
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“$28 for two small-ish salads to go ...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We just wanted some salads to go, as we have a 14 month old son. We read the reviews here and decided to call in a to-go order. Unfortunately, despite giving them 45 minutes (when they only needed 20, they said) they still had not prepared the salads.

The salads were of decent quality, just very low quantity. For $28, that just kind of irks me. But that does seem to be the story of La Jolla.

Visited July 2013
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Sun City, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great deserts!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Had the chocolate short cake and cherry pie...yummmmm!! The place is beautiful inside with alot of interesting drinks and the staff was great!!

Visited July 2013
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Washington, DC
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“We love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We went there again for the second time on our trip - we love this place! For as much as I like and respect Zagat's, how can you give WNL 23 points??!! Looking for a light dinner we started with the cheese plate - walnuts, honey, toast and bjou cheese from Vermont - YUM. We then split an order of the Tagliatelle with Pork Ragout and a wonderfully delicate and light lasagna. As always the quality of the food, care about sourcing and preparation and service were not notch. Can't wait to go back.

Visited July 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Best sidewalk cafe in LJ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Annual fav - went twice this year for lunch. My wide had the salad with the fresh corn and grapefruit in it both times and said it was perfect both times. I had eggs one time and flatbread the other. Both very good. Wait staff friendly and took care if business. This is a great place for a weekend brunch or light lunch with a crisp glass of white.

  • Visited June 2013
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