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Kitchen 4140
Kitchen 4140

Kitchen 4140 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kitchen4140.com/
  • Phone: (858) 483-4140
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, French American
  • Executive Chef: Kurt Metzger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avati Drive
  • Parking: No
A word from Kitchen 4140
Chef Kurt and team are forerunners of regional Americana cuisine with a twist. Quality produce and herbs are sourced from their on site Organic Garden. The Kitchen is where the passion begins. Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had another lovely meal here last week with friends who were first -timers. Everyone was pleased. Our waiter was super friendly & attentive. We brought our own bottle of Bordeaux which we enjoyed for reasonable corkage of $20. We greatly enjoyed the Brussels sprouts & also the Spanish Chicken to start. My seared Ahi was perfectly done as was my husband's rib eye. We enjoyed delicious Gelato (high marks for the salted caramel). Overall, a lovely meal that we were very grateful to have within a mile of our home. A real find that is a bright spot on the otherwise bleak landscape of north Morena Blvd!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I've been here for brunch and dinner several times. I've never been disappointed. The staff, ambience, service and food is great! I took a friend of mine for the first time on her birthday and she LOVED it! I recommend the restaurant highly. They are pet-friendly, which we don't have enough restaurants that cater to pets. So worth trying."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband and I have been eating at Kitchen 4140 since the restaurant opened. The food is always good but the service is erratic, especially when they are busy during brunch. This past Sunday, we dined with a group of 7. We were seated promptly and the drinks came pretty quickly. Then the disaster started. We waited over 40 minutes for our food. No one checked on us in the mean time or even tried to apologized for the delay. We had to stopped servers to get ice tea refills and even that took a while to get. At the end of the meal, because we had a party of 7, we were automatically charged 20% service. I am appalled that after such horrendous experience that the restaurant had to nerve to charge 20% service charge."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Kitchen 4140 is a hidden gem. As soon as you arrive you get the scent of herbs growing in their garden. My friend and I had the NY steak which was delicious, my wife had the short ribs and my friend's wife the branzino. Everyone was uniformly pleased. Parking was easy and the waitress very affable. Only disappointment is they were out of the wine we wanted but she suggested a substitute which was fine. Definitely a place we intend to return to often as it is an unpretentious, comfortable locale with terrific food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nice, knowledgeable, pleasant staff. Very comfortable place in which to enjoy very fresh creatively prepared food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The best Salad Nicoise I have ever had. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The iced tea needed more ice but beyond that, I have no complaints! The bread served with the salad was hot and yummy. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Found this restaurant miracle completely by surprise, and now we are committed followers! Chef Kurt has done an amazing job with the inside and outside of the place, even with its own gardens growing between the tables. Garden to table dining and fresh as can be. We were so pleasantly surprised by the food they produce in a small kitchen, and every single one of the staff were genuinely happy to be there because they love working for him--what a great compliment! The food was amazing (smoked Ahi bacon?!) and we never get short ribs anywhere because they are everywhere. But this short rib dish was the BEST on the PLANET!! Seriously no comparison. I would go back 100 times for it. His personal story is also riveting..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The staff were really friendly and nice. I personally don't eat beef but I read the menu wrong and ordered Korean style hash (which has beef), the waiter was very nice and have the kitchen re-made one with chicken and did not charge me for the wrong order. Also my parents ordered a sandwich which comes with fries, the waiter let us substitute with salad, even though it says no substitution on the menu"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "So , I decided the other day to take two classmates of mine to lunch since we're all culinary students. Food was great. The steak on the steak sandwich was plentiful, cooked and seasoned perfectly. The braised short rib sandwich was magical. The short rib was tender and seemed to melt in your mouth, in the best possible way. I had the pulled pork sandwich special. The pork was tender and delicious, the sauce tangy, zippy, and just the right balance of sweet and tangy. The issue I had was the brioche bun. When I went to pick up my sandwich, it started falling apart. Minor issue but also big because it's the vehicle you chose to use for this meat. The service was great, if not just a bit long between ordering and getting our sandwiches."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The new menu is too expensive for what you get and the industrial location. Food is great but the hamburger is $22, thats just crazy!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have been to Kitchen 4140 quite a few times and have never been disappointed! The food is always top notch and the service very attentive. The brunch menu has plenty of choices and each dish we've had has been delicious. There were four in our party this time and we all ordered something different. We had the grilled shrimp salad (a daily special,) the steak hash, the beast sandwich (which is truly large enough to qualify as a beast) and a short rib sandwich with a side order of the red velvet waffle for the table. Everything was excellent as always! We ate on the patio this time as it was a beautiful day and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We'll be back again soon!!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Bad place: $38 dollar steak too full of gristle to eat, outdoor seating has no heaters, and illegal automatic (per the IRS 1/1/14) gratuity of 20% for two people. I won't be going back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our Sunday brunch with friends at Kitchen 4140. They accommodated a last minute addition to our party with no problem. Food was very good (potatoes a little over seasoned, but everything else was delicious). Server was very friendly and took care of special requests quickly."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Overall ambience was great. Chef Kurt was cooking up a storm. Our disappointment came at the end and definitely left a bad impression. When our waitress came to pick up the bill please do not ask if we need change back. First of all it was a credit card and secondly, if it is cash, let us decide on the tip when we receive ALL of the change. Then, as we walked out of the restaurant we noticed a sign that gave the restaurant hours and we were commenting on the lunch/brunch hours to each other. The hostess then came up and asked if we "ladies needed any help". She said it in such a tone that made us very uncomfortable. She then put her hand on my friend's arm and made to escort her towards the front podium. Did she think we rushed in? Rude!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "It's hard to believe a place in the middle of an industrial park can have such a pleasant setting and wonderful food. You are seated amongst organic herbs, fruits, lettuce and vegetables and some seats are shaded while others offer sun. I enjoy trying to spot the variety of edibles in the garden. I usually have the salmon salad sashimi style (rare), but they only had smoked salmon the other day, so they offered to substitute grilled shrimp or anything else I wanted. The shrimp was delicious. Their berry herbal tea is a favorite of mine. They even offered us a free dessert for my birthday. Thomas, who is frequently our server, is always smiling and has a wonderfully pleasant energy."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "From the moment we sat down and requested a cushion for the bench(4 times) to getting our check without being asked if we wanted a dessert, this was a frustrating, disappointing dining experience. Not a user friendly restaurant. It's hard to evaluate the food when the service is disorganized and the servers keep changing and nobody knows the menu, i.e. what are the vegetables tonight? Tough question right? Answer: spring vegetables. What would those be? Getting the answer took several tries. And then it was crispy kale. When asked about the specials the haughty server pointed to the blackboard as if to say, read it. Can't read through a wall, can ya? When I said I couldn't see it, then he reluctantly recited it. The newbie was better."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was yummy and it came out faster than I expected :)"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Went for lunch because I purchased a deal through Living Social. I'm glad I did as I probably wouldn't have gone had I not, being that I don't get to that area of town often. Food was excellent! I had the short rib sandwich. It was so big I was full after eating half of it but finished it because I couldn't stop eating. My friend had a grilled shrimp salad that she really enjoyed. Both dishes were fresh and flavorful, I will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "They have a very nice selection for brunch with interesting choices for plates but the service is incredibly slow specially for such a small place where you would think there's not that much room for confusion. When you have the chef sitting in front of you making sure everything goes smoothly, he should make sure everything does. on a quick brunch it took us 45 minutes to get half our order onto the table another 10 minutes for the rest of the party too get our food. who knows maybe once they have had time to train, they'll get it together. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our leftovers, which we had asked to take home, were thrown away and what they then provided to make up for it was much less than what we had purposely saved to take home and there was no shrimp or Brussels sprouts (both had been saved by us to take home). Food very good, but this was very disappointing part of the dining experience. Suggest asking container be brought to table and not let server take it away. I Contacted the restaurant and have yet to hear back."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My husband and I met our friends here for brunch on Sunday and it was fabulous! I got the nicoise salad and it was wonderful, tuna was cooked perfectly and the vegetables were so fresh! My husband got the chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy and it was good as well! Our friends got the greek yogurt and fruit and the steak sandwich, overall everyone was so pleased! We sat outside and the wait staff was wonderful! My husband hates cucumbers so they brought him regular tap water instead of the delicious (in my opinion) cucumber water! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The steak hash had wonderful fresh baby vegetables, my friend's chicken fried steak very good and nice gravy. The disappointment comes when you order 2 cups of hot beverages: 1 peppermint mocha latte, 1 chai tea latte. Both came fairly quickly, but they were no warmer than hot tap water, AND $5 & $4 beverage mugs were less than 1/2 full. Mug was huge, but it just looked cheap and the temp was bad & no mint in PML. Server never made an appearance until delivering food and by then we'd drank most. The other bummer were the "breakfast potatoes" with each meal. They had boiled baby red potatoes sprinkled some sort of spice mixture on them and onto the plate. The idea of a breakfast potato is crusty with crisp on them...these were boring."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We love this place! Its so delicious and the crew is so proud of what they have created, and they should be!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Needed a half way spot between Downtown and UTC to meet a friend for lunch. This place was perfect! Very cute restaurant. Great food! Service was awesome! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "They have great food and amazing service, however I've been here about 5 times and each time it could take 20-30 minutes to get your food, even if it's not a full house."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurant blew us away. From the moment we walked in, sat down, ordered our meal everything was flawless. Our waiter was excellent, the flavors of the food were delicious, and our whole experience was wonderful. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant by mistake...I thought I was buying a Livingsocial voucher for Kitchen 1540 in Del Mar! It turned out to be a very happy accident, because Kitchen 4140 is better than 1540! The food was excellent, the waiters are hip, and the location is...surprising. A great find. I have already recommended it to others. This is a great restaurant for foodies."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "service at 4140 is always remarkable! the food is amazing!!! cant go wrong for lunch"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "the food here taste great. WE like to come here for lunch."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The menu was eclectic with recent price surge. Love dining outdoors because we can hear each other. Server was knowledgeable and accommodating with a sense of humor and pride in the establishment (Everett) and the menu options. Got bit by a mosquito. Ich."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The ambience was great, cool rustic vibe, nice indoor/outdoor seating. Generous portions, & delicious food. The service didn't match! Our waiter seemed unfamiliar with the specials, reading verbatim off the chalkboard in plain view. When my friend ordered sparkling wine, he insisted she get a glass of something else, without explaining if it was even a sparkling wine or different altogether. And although we were one of a few tables, our waiter seemed fairly absent after we ordered food. When he brought dessert & coffee, he said cream would be out shortly. Then he went missing, and we had to ask another waitperson to get it for us. With the abundance of SD restaurants that offer great service & food, I doubt I'll visit Kitchen 4140 again."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the service was super slow. A forward explanation on why would have been appreciated but none was given. We waited over 30 mins between our appetizer and our entree (a medium rare steak). Overheard another couple saying they waited over 15 mins for a to-go box. Hope it was an off night for them."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! My only complaint is the noise level. We ate inside and the noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation. Next time I would try sitting outside."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Nice small restaurant. Hidden gem in a industrial area. Chef specials were wonderful! The food is farm to table and the combinations are amazing. Will go again!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Surprising wonderful dinning experience at this off the beaten path establishment. Visited Kitchen 4140 with a Living Social coupon but we were delighted at the very delicious selections served. I had the Chef's selections with the wine pairings which were excellent. We will definitely returns with our friends and family."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent, it is a bit pricy for dinner there"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I had been to 4140 last year for our anniversary and really enjoyed ourselves. We decided to take another couple here because we thought they would appreciate the setting and food. We were very happy with our waiter, who was attentive and nice. However, the food was really mediocre. Three of us had the pappardelle with shrimp. The shrimp were small and each of our dishes had different amounts of shrimp. My husband got three shrimp and I was given seven and our other guest had 5. My husband had to ask for more shrimp. Shrimp was very overdone. I am not sure if I would recommend this restaurant again. While the setting is great, the food would not bring me back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Next time you are shopping at Costco and thinking about getting that $1.50 hot dog and soda combo again, hold off and pop down the street to 4140 instead. I lived in the SF Bay Area for 25+ years, and San Diego's culinary scene had proven a bitter disappointment - until I ate dinner at 4140. Excellent quality ingredients, skilled cooking, charming waiters (who would be better off without the kitschy "uniforms), amusing cow theme and substantial portions combined into a memorable meal. Oh - and their sangria with fresh berries floating boozily in it was an unexpected delight, particularly at the end of a hot day. Sure, it will cost you a "bit" more than a buck fifty, but it's worth every penny. Can't wait to try brunch."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Charming restaurant with a farm to table atmosphere and friendly staff. Had the special, Arctic Char and it was delicious."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I thought I had landed back in San Francisco. This is a hipsterish restaurant located in the middle of almost nowhere (south of the Costco on Morena Boulevard). The staff are pleasant and helpful, and the food is on par with the best in the city. Well done!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014