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“Overwhelming menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Whisknladle

Whisknladle
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Ranked #21 of 1,241 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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)
Crescent Springs
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Overwhelming menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband was completely disappointed in the menu - hard to understand options & minimal "normal" fare. Maybe we are too simple. Waitress was FABULOUS! She knew her stuff & did a great job of explaining things. The bar is INCREDIBLE! The bar gets 5 stars! Unusual drinks that are fantastic!

Visited September 2013
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Dana Point, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

This was recommended to us by locals and wer were NOT disappointed. The food was superb and the service was better. Their staff is well trained and familiar with their menus, yet the atmosphere is friendly and casual. We will definitely return!

  • Visited September 2013
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Little Falls, New Jersey
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65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Whisk'n'Ladle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

First time we went here ... not bad at that ...... tomato and fig salad was fantastic .... a rather small portion but it did fill me up .... would consider going there again

Visited September 2013
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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“Best restaurant on my 10 day/multi-city vaca to CA.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Some of the best food I have ever had. Make a reservation and sit outside. We splurged and had a large 3-course with Old Fashioned bourbon and a bottle of sirrah. Each of us spent about $77 dollars including the tip, but you could easily spend $20-$30 instead.
Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The Cutting Board appetizer was delicious, I highly recommend it.
Four of us ordered meaty entrees and tasted each others food. I liked the Colorado Lamb the best, I guess that's why its the most expensive entree!
For dessert, we tried a couple of items, including a berry pudding, a chocolate cake, and cherry pie with ice cream, which 3/4 of us voted best.
Would definitely go again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Putnam
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great food at a bustling, but comfy place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Went in for dinner but wound up sticking to the tapas menu. Every one we tried was better than the previous. Had a couple of dupes because they were so good. Definitely going to have the braised pork ribs when I go back.

  • Visited August 2013
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