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“This place is for 'foodies.' Delicious Dishes many with interesting combinations of ingredients.”
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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: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 September 6, 2010

We had a very good experience at this restaurant. We ate outdoors and the weather was pleasant. We ordered several dishes to share and everything was a delight to the palette. Many of the offering were interesting combination of ingredients, but not too adventurous as to scare away any patrons. The atmosphere was lively. Several groups eating and drinking and slightly loud. Our waiter, Brian, went out of his way to accomodate our requests and even followed up later via email on restaurant suggestions for other destinations on our vacation plans. Who provides service like that!?? Very nice, happy evening.

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Thank Lilyles46
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

Excellent food, excellent service. We ate there twice on our trip. The first time we arrived without a reservation, but they fit us in as a walk-in and were very polite about it.
We enjoyed their food so much, we went back for a second time (this time making a reservation).
The house cured meats are excellent in both the chorizo stuffed date fritters and on their cutting board.
We were actually even given an extra dish from the kitchen to sample.
The food is expensive but well worth it.

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Thank CAtourist
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

After carefully reading all the reviews and after having a great time at Nine Ten the previous night, we decided to try Whisk'n'Ladle. The reviewer 'CariciaSD' nailed her review of this restaurant dead-on. Whenever something wasn't going right, they ALWAYS brushed it off and made it look like the customer's the problem. These are the problems:
1. Host- after being informed of a 30 min. wait, we told him to put our party down and will be back in 20-30 mins. Well, we came back and no table was ready. He was actually surprised to see us again and said it'll take a couple more minutes. He didn't seem excited to get us as customers. Little did he know...
2. Waiter- Forgot my drink order totally, messed up on one of the party's order. We were sitting for 50 mins! No food came until one of our party members took it up with the manager
3. Slow, long wait for food- After complaining about the long wait, the host and the waiter INSISTED that it has only been 20 mins. and that one of our party's steak order took at least that to cook. Well, there was NO steak salad order in our party (just a burger medium rare!) and even if there was one, how long does it take to sear a medium rare flank steak for the salad??
4. Arrogance- They were totally non-apologetic. They still kept insisting it has only been 20 mins. So we told the Host that he seated us himself 50 mins. ago and I'm sure he remembered as he couldn't contest it anymore. The least they could have done was be apologetic and compliment a couple of dishes or add free dessert. Well no, their solution was to keep offering us the burger. Our party can't wait any longer for another dish that we didn't need. So our party member ended up just eating the steak salad he didn't want or care for but just for sustenance and make sure the rest of our party wasn't hungry.
5. Bland, unimaginative food- You would think the food would at least be spectacular and full of flavor being 'organic'. I ordered a fried green tomato salad. The green tomatoes were overcoated with bland batter that the crust slid off upon cutting. There were literally 5 leaves of lettuce, the crab was a bland unseasoned clump on the side, dressing tasted like milk and mayonnaise mixed. Yuck!

And mind you, we have eaten and enjoyed both from street food to 3 star Michelins. This rates at the bottom. I'ved had better food and service at roadside shacks.

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Reviewed June 12, 2010

we were visiting la jolla for the weekend, and wanted to go somewhere nice to celebrate our anniversary. the reviews of the whisk'n'ladle on tripadvisor looked promising, so we made our reservation. we were seated right away at a lovely table, side by side. we really enjoyed having such amazing food served to us by friendly helpful staff in a casual and unpretentious environment. the food was so tasty and uncomplicated, really allowing the fresh and delicious ingredients to shine. my summer salad was probably the most delicious salad i've ever had. i had the cutting board as my main, and every little bit of it was delectable. mmmmm, duck liver. desserts were also scrumptious. oh, and do remember to get one of their fabulous and imaginative cocktails! i would recommend this place to anyone!!

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Reviewed May 7, 2010

Service-quick and attentive. Food-fresh and interesting, nice stop for lunch on a hot day.

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Thank Threedogs63
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