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“Great meal, Cool Chef!”
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Ranked #22 of 1,241 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, 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)
San Diego, California
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94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great meal, Cool Chef!”
Reviewed 14 July 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.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
“Great for dinner, fantastic for big events!”
Reviewed 10 July 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!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Julia L
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San Marcos, California
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Eclectic menu”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

I've been here before and had great experiences but today it seemed a bit off. We had the lunch combo - crispy chicken sandwich, potato chips,
And gazpacho. The salad was just basic - greens tossed in a light dressing. The chicken was good but a little pink and had a strange tasting aioli. The chips were thin and crispy and the gazpacho was bland. We also tried the flatbread with onions and sausage. It was good but the onions were super sweet. Service was spotty with our meals taking a while to come out.

So I wouldn't not come back but I'd certainly check the menu before deciding to eat there since it changes daily.

Visited July 2014
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La Jolla, California
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Farm to table to mouth!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This restaurant was a little gem for me. I ate at a lot of restaurants during my 10 day trip to La Jolla, but this one impressed me most. Every time I walked by, it seemed to be busy with a local crowd. I went in for apps and drinks at the main bar. The servers were top notch and the atmosphere was fun. It was not too loud as I was able to strike up conversation without being drowned out in bar noise. I ordered a few different apps, but the bacon wrapped, blue cheese stuffed dates easily won the award as best dish of the week. The sweetness of the date and the saltiness of the bacon paired perfectly with the bitter creaminess of the blue cheese. This is a must order if you visit!

Visited June 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing! Went back three times”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

We loved this place so much, we returned two times during a one week stay in la jolla. Food is creative with well balanced favors. Mussels are life changing. The cocktail list was inspired and the blood orange margarita was a favorite of ours. Preferred this spot to their sister restaurant. Would back in a heartbeat!

Visited May 2014
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