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1044 Wall St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4437 (Herchel)
+1 858-551-7575
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16:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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Nashville TN
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196 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For our last night's dinner in La Jolla we decided to go a little upscale. Reservation was made and we showed up on time. Kristen, the server, made excellent recommendations - Parsnip and Apple soup; mussels; Scallops and the rabbit. All were exceptional. The passion fruit tea was very good; food was delivered timely and service excellent. The only issue... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here Friday night, they were busy but we did get seated right away. Things went downhill after that. $14.00 for a small salad?! and slow service. Never again

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whisknladle was amazing! Mussels in a broth that I just kept sopping up with the fabulous bread, the cauliflower soup was so decadent and the butternut squash melted in my daughter's mouth. Rustic, charming and trendy!

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Newport News, Virginia
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ate here with a group of colleagues. Since I don't do seafood, I ordered the steak. That was a mistake--it was overcooked, bland, and tough. One of my colleagues also got the steak and she found it the same, not good. The potato gratin that came with it offered little flavor as well. I did get the market green... More 

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Seattle, WA
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a solo diner I went to the lounge and they made me feel welcome. They serve the full menu and you get to people watch.

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Hawick, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

great atmosphere and setting. Cocktails and food delicious. service slow but gave us 2 free drinks to make up for it and couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful

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Thank shona s
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I'm local. I'm here every other week. Their food is fabulous, everything (including the sausages, mustards, etc.) is made in-house. Not only is the food good, but the young wait staff is excited to work there, knowledgeable about what is being offered, and proud to be there. A good vibe.

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Thank JennyAnyStripes
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

worth a visit, great specialty cocktails. great ambiance, open dining available. fodo was interesting and good quality.

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Thank Jim W
cambridge ont
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

I really objected to the 20% automatic gratuities also the surcharge to supplement staffs wages for a very average brunch and out of line prices and so so service when the space was not busy we had been here before and raved about the restaurant and planned to meet with friends I recommended this place and now i am embarrassed... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Our hotel recommended Whisknladle and we headed by foot for our last dinner in La Jolla. We were greeted warmly at the door and shown attentive service all evening. We started with a special goat on hummus dish recommended by our waitress who explained it was the restaurant's 9 th anniversary ( Year of the goat evidently). My hubby and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Home Style
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
16:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
16:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
16:00 - 21:30
Thursday
16:00 - 21:30
Friday
16:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 16:00
Saturday
16:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4437
    (Herchel)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-7575
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)

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