KITCHEN 1540
KITCHEN 1540

KITCHEN 1540

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kitchen1540.com/
  • Phone: 8587936460x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 6:30 AM - 11 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Dinner: 6 PM - 10 PM
    Weekend Brunch: 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    A private dining room is available for parties up to 10.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef Brandon Fortune | Chef de Cuisine Jeff Hubbard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Breathtaking, Coastal, Elegant. To accommodate meetings and social events, the resort offers over 16,000 square feet of distinctive indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, ideal for corporate retreats, banquets and other special occasions. Breathtaking sunsets over an ocean vista play backdrop to gatherings on the Pacific Terrace. And for those with more than business, relaxation and dining in mind, there's even a dedicated 'romance director' to orchestrate the perfect wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway for couples. Be seduced by surf, sand and sunsets.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private, wine encased dining room is available for parties of up to 10 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Gyneth Gonzalez 8587936456x
  • Special Events: L’Auberge Del Mar creates a divine ocean backdrop that is at once tranquil and inspiring. Blue skies and pleasant shores reflect the exceptional setting of our romantic resort, where our undivided attention is centered around you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking. Street parking and public spaces are also available.
A word from KITCHEN 1540
Modern and comfortable, KITCHEN 1540 blends energy and intrigue with an innovative, seasonally-driven menu of California cuisine and classic French and southern influences. To further the experience, the restaurant offers an extensive wine list, full bar and specialty cocktails. The spacious outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy the ocean breezes and features private cabanas for intimate dining. The setting is punctuated with a waterfall and hanging lanterns to set just the right mood. Whether you are sharing small plates and drinks amongst friends or enjoying a romantic lantern-lit dinner, KITCHEN 1540 is where the perfect day becomes the perfect beach night.

KITCHEN 1540 has garnered numerous awards including such prestigious honors as Wine Spectator Magazine: Award of Excellence; CA Restaurant Association: Gold Medallion - Best Hotel Restaurant, Fine Dining; San Diego Magazine: Best Hotel Restaurant; and Ranch & Coast Magazine: Editor's Pick for Best Restaurant.
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KITCHEN 1540 reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (29)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (23)romantic (21)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (7)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Good food? Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The table we had outside was just right. Our server was helpful & friendly, the menu was perfect for us as we don't eat meat, the fish choice was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Res381VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    K1540...SUCH A GEM! LOVE the Southern Flare with the Menu, great job Chef Brandon Fortune. I will definitely be back for more :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK but not great
    Maureen
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    If you cannot sit outside I would skip this restaurant. The outdoor ambience was its best feature. The food was average. My steak was tough and the fried greed tomatoes salad was very mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    mostlyveg
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a wonderful time, food was great and we had great service!! We will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion experience
    MadScientist
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The ambience at Kitchen 1540 is ideal for a special occasion dining experience. The wait staff are very well trained. Can appear and disappear without interrupting the diners moment. Literally, I look over and food has appeared that I did not even know had been placed there. Timing of the dishes was well choreographed. The ambience is also idyllic for a romantic night out. I do not drink, but the bar and the restaurant both would be a great experience for a very pleasant The deserts were quite good. My only negative criticism was that the Brussels sprouts were very undercooked. They should not be verging on the level of crunchy. The flavor was excellent but need to be more edible. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good
    Joe2goVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was well prepared Nd delicious. Excellent service, very accommodating.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • The Best Restaurant In Del Mar, CA
    chefbobcatVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Friday night, 08/08/2014 my wife and I experienced an outstanding dining experience at Kitchen 1540. The Executive Chef Brandon Fortune is Cordon Bleu classically trained but adds a Southern influence/flair to the menu. Chef Brandon is the third Executive Chef we have experienced in our past dining experiences at 1540, but he is above and beyond in culinary talent, creativity and menu development. From the Amuse Bouche, our Cheese Appetizer and the main course(s), this was truly a culinary masterpiece. Our favorite server, SARI, was outstanding in every detail. Yes, I use the word 'Outstanding' a lot in this review, but it best describes Kitchen 1540. Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention the manager "TJ" and the support staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner w Andy, Reagan n J
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A little spendy us midweekers. Food n service above average. Corkage $25.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu provides Fantastic Lunch
    OMan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We dropped in for lunch. Free parking was easy at the valet in front that was validated by our waitress. The blackened shrimp tacos and hamburger were both new to the menu and delicious. Great place for a quick and delicious lunch with grat service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After trying to book a lunch and being told there was an 8 week wait, we arrived 8 weeks later to find that we were one of two tables in the entire restaurant. Our server said there had been days with no reservations. Is this a disconnect with Open Table? Service was slow and inattentive. Tacos were small and bland, steak with fries and wedge was mediocre. Coffee was poor quality and not hot. Best was dessert - a "chocolate candy bar" with carmel, nuts, banana and ice cream.
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  • Good food for limited menu
    tilcowsVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ambiance in the patio was nice. Food was good...wish they had a bigger menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing noteworthy
    ICemanVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is the type of restaurant that give hotels a bad name, basically boring, minute amounts, and overpriced.
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  • Love the new menu except...
    Eat2liveVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Sad to see the previous brussel sprouts dish not on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    DAGRZ
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had an outdoor booth under a canopy, we had a great romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
    SDBcruiseVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    taken me a bit to write the review but this place is our FAVORITE North San Diego dining spot. GREAT food, AMAZING service and attentive to detail like no one else. Absolutely awesome job!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor food unfortunately
    FairfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Don't know what Zagat was thinking but the quality is not great. The ingredients were Ok but based on this restaurant's Zagat rating, "Ok" shouldn't be the standard. Very disappointing flavors and quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful restaurant,
    soulinterloper
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    A great dining experience, great interesting food, very good service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RachaelVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Amazing food under the direction of their new chef Brandon Fortune. Innovative blend of southern flavors with a modern twist. Would highly recommend for foodies. Beautiful atomsphere on the outdoor patio with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinnerDate
    DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The new chef is awesome! We have eaten at Kitchen 1540 on two previous visits to L'Auberge Del Mar. We were disappointed on both occasions. Not this time! The food is amazing, many wines are excellent and at a good price, the staff anticipates your every request, and the outside dinning is cozy. One of the best places in Del Mar!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Celebrate a birthday if you wish to be anonymous and private.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day
    Brendan1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family and I went to kitchen 1540 to celebrate Father's Day. The service and location were great! The mimosas and coffee were wonderful. The staff was very attentive and the noise level was to a minimum, just normal amounts of talking and chatter. We sat outside and had a personal umbrella, it was nice. I recommend this place to anyone and everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love this place. Great coffee, always friendly service. Not crowded. Love it will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal!!
    OxytigerVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Chef Brandon's Menu doesn't disappoint. My family and I ordered and shared several dishes. Chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, Mary's chicken, just to name a few. We finished the night with Grandma's bread pudding. Wow!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change the menu
    doublei
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The setting is nice but I thought that being at this hotel it would have an ocean view and we could only see walls. The background music was not pleasant to listen. The service was good. We definitely did not like the food, trying to experiment with different flavors just did not work, we try four different plates and none had an enjoyable taste. It is possible that other people think as we do since the place was empty, we were the only customers.
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  • Very disappointed with the new menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I have been dining at Kitchen 1540 for a few years. It's a great restaurant. I think my wife was calling it her favorite restaurant last year. But the new menu is a dud. I am not a huge fan of "southern" food, but they could easily have offered some southern dishes while maintaining its core awesomeness. I hope not to be back until the menu is transformed back into something appealing. Very disappointing.
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  • Excellent food...service lacking.
    SuperFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great find! Very tasting food w/a great presentation style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 484 reviews are from the KITCHEN 1540 reviews archive.
  • L'Auberge Memories
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had a cocktail and walked to the pool area to watch the sunset over the ocean. It was a bit chilly in San Diego that evening but the patio dining was too pretty to ignore. We were seated in our own white tent with cushioned seats, pillows, and a heat lamp. There was a waterfall and trees and flowers...very romantic. Our server, Todd, was a gentleman and we were well served. My husband was in dream land after choosing the filet with bernaise. It was large and so tender it melted in your mouth. I had the lamb and loved the mint and cilantro topping and couscous. We shared a dessert of bread pudding with bourbon Carmel sauce and orange cream siècle ice cream. Yum doesn't even cover it...so delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Southern Cooking in Del Mar ?
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A new head chef has taken over. Hit and miss. For example, the brusell sprouts are now undercooked and without flavor. Bread is gone. If you want bread, they offer an $18 loaf of bread with various spreads. Wine list has Prisoner mislabeled as a Zin...it's actually a blend. Lamb entree is good, if not a bit sparse. Cheese Duo is great. Good selection of after dinner liquors. Question will be whether the nouvelle American southern influenced menu will take hold here ?
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  • New unhealthy menu
    SDdoc
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    If you like creamy grits, deep fried polenta, boring decor and slow service, then this restaurant is the one for you. This was my 4th visit and last visit especially with the new menu and so many unhealthy choices. The new chef is from the south and that may explain why. Even the dessert menu lacked good choices. I hope things improve soon. The hotel lobby and patio is so beautiful but the restaurant needs help now.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A true gem
    JaMata
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Professional wait staff (Jeremy was an absolute treat) The decor is really nice and comfortable. Outside patios are adorable, great fire pit creates ambiance inside the restaurant too, and private dining cabanas on the outdoor patio. Indoor noise level was a bit high, the restaurant was nearly full on a Tuesday night so it was energetic! The food presentation was unique and we loved it. The starter and entrees were fantastic. Especially noteworthy was the Tenderloin steak and Peanut Butter / Chocolate desert. The "new" menu is not posted on their website yet or maybe it as a special of the night however the dessert certainly was in the personal Top 5 desserts EVER! We really to get back here to eat more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food & great atmosphere
    OxytigerVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Must try the shrimp & grits, chicken & dumplings, and bread pudding. Great outdoor seating in the cabanas. Chef Brandon came out to introduce himself and gave some recommendations for new menu items. Great night with my friends from out of town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A date night gem!
    BigRock
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The best Chilean Sea Bass ever!!!! The food was awesome and we definitely will be returning. Downside was our server was very friendly, but didn't seem quite knowledgable about wines (we had asked her for a recommendation and she threw it back in our court, making us pick.... hmm.....) and for the scrumptious food that is really is fine dining, the ambience was a little casual.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chef !
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    High quality ingredients…good preparation.. Great all around dining experience.
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  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Food was fantastic. Very friendly staff, great wine selection, cute outside garden. Modern.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I took my wife there for her
    MiCHAEL1133VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I took my wife there for her birthday. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner. The sea bass was the best I have ever had. My wife had the cornish game hen was extraordinary. Wine list was excellent. A great evening highlighted by a fantastic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for romance
    FoodieLady
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    This restaurant is great for a night out with your loved one, very romantic outdoor patio with fireplace and intimate cabanas. Jeremy was our waiter and he was very nice and knowledable of the menu and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We want to love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were married at the hotel 5 years ago and come almost every year for dinner. The service is wonderful. Our food was just bland. We want to love it, but it usually hits below the mark. Maybe we ordered wrong?
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  • Elevated cuisine!
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Exceptional menu options with a focus on fresh seafood. Loved the scallops with the bacon snow as an appetizer. Service was exceptional with great recommendations for entrees and wine. Quiet setting allowed for a romantic dinner with my wife as we were visiting from Chicago. Top notch restaurant at top notch hotel. Can't wait to return for our annual trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Exquisite
    Lawgurl27
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Everything from the food, the wine and the service was absolutely exquisite. This is my second time coming to the restaurant, and while it is a bit of a drive for me, it is well worth it. The food is inventive and modern, but yet still retains its essence and flavor profiles. I always look forward to the changing menu so when I return I am trying something new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • our waiter was the best
    iceshady
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    yes it is a great place with great food but the best part was our waiter!!! asked for something special and he gave us a very tasty martini and very delicious apple cinnamon rolls. catered to our anniversary very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.