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“Incredible farm to table restaurant”
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Ranked #20 of 1,242 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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)
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

I had been to their sister restaurant at PrepKitchen Little Italy, San Diego a few month ago. I was excited to bring my parents here because PrepKitchen had been fantastic.

Make sure to make a reservation because even though we had we still had to wait 10minutes to be seated, people we bunched along the sidewalk waiting for tables and it was only 8:30pm Thursday night.

The produce and ingredients were light and fresh. It's a farm to table fare. I had the king Salmon cooked medium well, it was suburb. My mum adored her scallops which were a large size and tender. Portion sizes were exactly what you need to feel full and satisfed.

Our server Emily was friendly and knowledgeable with the wine list and excellent with her wine pairing suggestions.

A great night out with fesh food!

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Thank Adelle D
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We went here for the tapas in the bar and were blown away by how good it was. The happy hour specials were great and these guys can concoct amazing cocktails- strong, too. Service was perfect and I will go back again to see the new tapas.

Thank hikingdude
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Nice staff , however food was a bit disappointing.
We were offered the Sardine starter and two of our party said yes .. However there was only one left ?
Main of pasta was pretty average .
Lovely location , nice staff

Thank vincent w
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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.

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Thank Lynda L
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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.

Thank DaBretty
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