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1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2411 (15th Street)
+1 858-793-6460
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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18:00 - 22:00
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Del Mar, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very fancy food. Expect to pay twice what you want to for dinner. More like artwork than food. Menu needs more standard menu items and cheaper prices. Nice setting. Love the hotel.

Thank Lynne D
Encinitas, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Check your bill for added tip! Last Saturday (12/10) I took my mother and aunt to "Tea by the Sea" at Kitchen 1540. As usual, when I received the bill, I added a tip to the total. Just last night, while cleaning out my wallet, I noticed on the "regular check" that a tip had been included, to which I... More 

Thank CAsdnative
LAubergeDelMar, General Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear CAsdnative, Thank you for joining us in our Living Room during the holidays for L’Tea by the Sea. I appreciate your feedback and I sincerely apologize that the billing process distracted from your experience. I’m pleased that our accounting department was able to immediately adjust the charge and refund the appropriate amount. On behalf of our entire staff, we... More 

Breda, The Netherlands
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We went to Kitchen 1540 to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was absolutely worth it. Even though that the restaurant wasn't very busy, the atmosphere was good. We chose to sit outside and they put us at a regular table. However, we noticed that they had private booths in the form of bedouin tents and we asked if we... More 

Thank Ruud1981
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166 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the l'Auberge hotel and decided to try one of their restaurants . Loved it ! Delicious food , gorgeous garden setting ( we were outside, there is bigger area inside) attentive fast service! Try it , we loved it:)

Thank Marshaici
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

In a great local hotel, this simple layout restaurant has a fabulous menu that always varies seasonally. If you sit outside by the pool, the view is great. Good for any meal you show for but it can be crowded on weekends, esp at night. Its one of the local places you can get dressed up and feel comfortable.

Thank doctoyou
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Coolest hotel in the world with a great restaurant attached to the super cool bar. Lots and lots of people watching if it's during race track season. Summers are the best in Del Mar.

Thank renaissancepeople
San Diego, California
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Located in L'Amberge, 1540 offers fresh, in-season cuisine. We love to eat outside in one of the cabanas by the pool. It also has a great burger too.

1 Thank SDquilter
Mission Viejo, California
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Very nice place, located near town of Del Mar in L'Auberge. Food was "trendy" with locally sourced ingredients. The service was good but not special. Portions were trendy, prices were high. Maybe for a special occasion.

Thank Dave S
LAubergeDelMar, General Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear Dave S, I'm glad that you were able to experience the local and sustainable ingredients in our signature restaurants. I am displeased to hear that the service was not as engaging as was expected. I would hope that we will see you in for a special occasion in the future so that you could enjoy an exceptional experience with... More 

Los Angeles
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

We've dined here in the past and noticed some changes with new chef with a more limited dinner menu. Outdoor garden setting is still beautiful and tranquil. The food was a tad on the salty side however excellent service from all the wait staff.

Thank calitravlerone
LAubergeDelMar, General Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear calitravlerone, Thank you for your review. Although I am disappointed to hear the food at KITCHEN 1540 did not quite meet your expectations, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the ambiance and that our staff was able to provide excellent service. Warm regards, Shaun Beucler General Manager More 

Del Mar, California
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81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Food was ok not great , Its in a hotel , great if you are staying there . Many other places to chose from around here

Thank julieela
LAubergeDelMar, General Manager at KITCHEN 1540, responded to this review

Dear julieela, Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear you had a less than satisfactory experience at KITCHEN 1540. We strive to provide our guests with excellent service and would love to have you back to show you all that our restaurant has to offer. Warm regards, Shaun Beucler General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2411
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-793-6460

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?