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Ranked #20 of 1,239 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 February 23, 2014

We took out of town friends there and had a great lunch.
Everyone loved the food and the nice ambiance. We sat outside and it was not too noisy. Would recommend this place.

Thank Artie M
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had a fantastic dinner, great service , very fresh ingredients , very interesting flavors. Accommodated our 8'year old with some good options! It got busy so make a reservation or go early. Recommend it!

Thank getawayforafew
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Came from Pa to celebrate my daughter's 19th birthday. She is a freshman at UCSD. Of course...after talking with them several times and again when we arrived they forgot or overlooked her birthday. Menu not clear between appetizers and meals, both similar prices. Portions very small. Food undercooked and raw in the middle. Noisy and jammed next to other clients. And WAY overpriced. I guarantee you will leave hungry and feeling raped at this place. Forget the hype and avoid.

3  Thank Drjohn691
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

A group of us "girls" get together every few months for happy hour and one of them suggested Whisk'n'Ladle. I had been here before during its 1st year and it was OK, but I was impressed then by all the charcuterie being made on premises. They were and still are delicious. We sat in the bar and ordered an appetizer/tapas for each of us. The flatbread of the day was wonderful and had to order another. We supplemented with a veg and shellfish so with our cocktails and 5 or 6 plates, we were out of their for @ $25 each. A tasty bargain. Service was helpful, not intrusive. The place got a bit noisy as the evening wore on.
A previous reviewer complained that the food costs more in the main dining room than in the bar -- same food, higher prices. That's the norm in Europe. If you sit/stand in the bar, your prices are lower than in the back room with tablecloths.

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Thank Winehen
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great food. Each time we go here it is very slow. The staff is clearly doing their best - it seems they just don't have enough staff to move things along.

Thank KDG G
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