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“Great people watching site and really good food”
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Whisknladle
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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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)
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Be sure you arrive after five as they have a limited menu before then. The food was very good and the first server was excellent. They switched servers on us as they got ready for the evening crowd and the second guy was very slow and inattentive. The food was good.

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Thank Mark B
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

The food is good and changes regularly and the serve staff is excellent, however on a brunch occasion we came in at 10:00 and loud rap music was playing, we had to ask twice to get the music turned down and to another station. There was no one under 40 in the place. We were told that the manager liked it. Dinner was the next time we came to the restaurant. Again loud rap music was playing and we asked them to turn it down, they didn't. We hadn't ordered yet so we said no problem we'll go someplace else. Our waitress said she would turn it down. When the manager of the staff came and asked how things were we told him our problem with the loud music and he responded "we like it". I live in La Jolla and will not go again and there are too many great restaurants to have an employee be rude.

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Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were here with a group of 6. The food was great (loved the pork ragu tagliatelli). The service was terrific. The ambiance was very nice - not too noisy - beautiful porch/outdoor seating. We had a great time!

Thank Leslie B
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

This restaurant is one of several run by the same restaurant group. Interestingly enough, after having visited a sister restaurant with a similar menu, we weren't blown away, but since this one got such high marks, we decided to try it. Winner! I guess it shouldn't be so amazing to find out that the chef executing the menu really makes all the difference. We enjoyed our meal so much that we took advantage of the dessert menu opportunity to send a 6 pack of beer to the kitchen (for about $7) as a thank you. The executive chef then took the time to deliver our dessert personally and thank us for the 6 pack. Classy and unexpected. This restaurant is highly recommended.

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Thank 1BigDaddy007
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Whisknladle is the best restaurant in the San Diego region!

After a dozen colleagues and I had dinner here earlier this year (we were just looking to get out of the conference hotel and see La Jolla, and ended up lingering here for hours and ordering EVERY SINGLE THING on the menu!), we ended up booking the whole restaurant for a larger event last month hosting ~75 clients. It was beautiful, delicious, and the staff (Steve, Chris, and the waitstaff) were very accommodating to all of our logistical and dietary needs. A magical evening! I have been running dinner events like this all over the country for the past 10+ years and this was the best event we've ever hosted.

As an example of the incredible service we received - I stupidly left my cell phone at the restaurant on the night of our event, and the GM brought it to my hotel in downtown San Diego the next day. TEN STARS!

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Thank Julia L
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