Prepkitchen Del Mar
Prepkitchen Del Mar

Prepkitchen Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.prepkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (858) 792-7737
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-3pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily: 3:00pm-5:00pm
    Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Johnston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th & Camino Del Mar
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking under the restaurant off of 12th street
A word from Prepkitchen Del Mar
With an eye to the ocean, Prepkitchen Del Mar is located in the heart of Del Mar on the corner of Camino Del Mar & 12th street. Recently named San Diego’s “Best Outdoor Dining” spot by San Diego Citybeat readers, Prepkitchen Del Mar offers exceptional sun-kissed patio seating in addition to its indoor dining room. Similar to its sister locations – Prepkitchen La Jolla & Prepkitchen Little Italy – Del Mar serves artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine in a casual, sociable environment.

Prepkitchen Del Mar serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends, which includes happy hour priced mimosas & $1 coffee.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Prepkitchen Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (69)fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (21)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (20)romantic (18)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (17)scenic view (15)good for groups (15)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Good food, service. Pleasant atmosphere. Will go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed Peter
    HankVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great dinner dining on Mary's chicken. Peter was AWOL in Las Vegas so I will see him next week. Jay said to say hello to Barb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PrepKitchen
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I love Prep Kitchen, even though it's a little expensive for what it is. The hostess working Friday night was a wee bit snarky for some reason- mainly because we showed up early for our reservation and requested if possible to be seated early. We didn't expect it. The other host was more accommodating so I don't know if she was just having a bad night. Our waitress was great and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ACCK
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Great food and service- tried the short ribs, trout and bolognese pasta and they were all quite good. I'd recommend the trout and short ribs, though. Excellent and attentive service, too. :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    YamaMamaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was wonderful which I expected, but the staff was outstanding, too. We brought our large dog and the waiters insisted upon removing a chair so the dog could fit under the table. They could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. We did, however, make sure to come at a time that was not so popular with human guests, so we wouldn't be as much of a nuisance with our canine friend. Our party of four ordered four different meals and everyone was very happy with his/her choice, so I imagine everything is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not happy with service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    One server was extremely nice and helpful. However, the other was pushy and annoying. We were in the middle of conversation and she kept coming to ask if we wanted to order something else while we already had the whole table with food. I personally won't come back again because I prefer a more relaxing dinning atmosphere.
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  • Great place for brunch in Del Mar
    JanaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The four of us all agreed. These were the best Huevos Rancheros we have ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prepkitchen was really good
    StumpJr
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went for our anniversary and loved it. Food was excellent and my wife loved the wine (a Malbec I think.) We liked that the menu was simple but plenty of options for us. The Pork porterhouse was ridiculously good. My only minor gripe was no beers on tap, but the bottle selection was good and the Swamis IPA is always solid. We had a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • It was okay...
    MoremacNcheese4me
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The service was great. They only serve wine and beer. They should be consistent with their other restuarant in having a full bar. Their burger was good. Prices are a bit high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • We had a great time there!
    sdyr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The place is on the small size but charming and elegant. It has an outdoor patio, but we were inside. Food is fantastic, well prepared, with many layers of flavor and portions are good size. I liked everything i ordered and so did my husband. I wish I hadnt eaten that day so that I would be able to eat up all we ordered. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Very disappointed with the food. But staff was and service were very good.
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  • Another wonderful visit
    PhylZ
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    PrepKitchen has become one of our favorite places for dining, with reliably very good, creative food, very pleasant, efficient service and a fair price.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Restaurant Week
    SplinterVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Ate here for Restaurant Week. Had previously dined at the location in Little Italy. Had the Caesar salad, which was very good, and then the WNL Burger, which they claim is their signature dish. It was an OK burger, although cooked medium rare instead of the requested medium, and was VERY greasy. Came with very good fries. Had an apple tart with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce for desert, which was good, but the pastry was tough. Overall, and OK but not great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PrepKitchen Del Mar is Stellar
    Felylicious
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    What a wonderful neighborhood restaurant that IS everything under the sun and the moon. We bring our Jack Russell Terrier with us (he's well-behaved) and we all just have a splendid time. I love their sangria. Together, with their Tuscan bean & arugula salad and dining on their patio, I just feel so relaxed, happy and satiated. The PKDM staff is phenomenal too. The hosts, the wait staff and the kitchen all have their jobs dialed in. Everything is synchronicity and simplicity. What fun! PrepKitchen sets a gold standard of how a restaurant should be if they want diners to keep coming back again, and again...and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    dfoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been wanting to go here for awhile now. I'm so glad we finally got the chance. It was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • karenw
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great dinner with my college buddies (30+ year friendship). Food was creative and delicious. Server was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely stop by next time I am in Del Mar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    howlingthunder
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was fantastic. Dessert was mega supreme. If I had to make a complaint it would be that people sit so closely that your conversation steps on others, and vise versa. But, that's a little thing and if you're not super anti-social then it's not a big deal. The food easily steals your attention
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Fusion Restuarant
    LuLu1
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you like food fusion or exotic small bites this is the restuarant for you. Great place for Happy Hour or to hang in the afternoon with friend over appetizers and drinks and watch Del Mar cruise by any day of the week. Had grilled fish tacos and they were meaty and very tasty. Every thing tasted fresh and full of flavor. Service was great - greated immediately and had a choice of nice tables. But it is a busy place even at 11:30am so be prepared or make reservations ahead just in case.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexible menu for Restaurant Week
    JDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The best part of Prepkitchen DM besides the amazing flavors, is their flexibility with the way they structure SDRW. For lunch you select an app/salad from the regular menu & then pick an entree. Other places limit your choices and you find yourself wanting what they don't offer for SDRW. The 2nd best thing are the flavors at PKDM. The beet salad is to die for with its tender greens, succulent beets, creamy goat cheese & flavorful, light, fresh dressing. The Moules Frites may be the best I have ever had. The broth, good enough to pour in a glass & drink. The Frites very tasty though they did arrive 10 minutes after the Moules and no Aioli as I thought it was supposed to have. However all in all an amazing lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Redemption and brilliance
    PKDMRW
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My first impression months ago was slightly disappointing at the Little Italy location so I was reluctant to try them again. I'm glad I kept an open mind. The food was delicious, decadent but balanced. Fried chicken sandwich was a perfect fry offset with a tangy sandwhich dressing, fresh greens, sweet tomatoes and perfectly baked, salted focaccia. The WNL burger was a home run on flavor. Any description won't do it justice. Just try it and you'll know immediately. Overall a great lunch experience. Great service, lively atmosphere. Thank you PK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CathieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were here during restaurant week. Our server was very kind and efficient. She even added on one extra alcoholic beverage, bc she said she wanted to be sure we got a good deal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we were in torrey pines and wanted to grab dinner. We knew there was a location in LaJolla, but saw this place was close and gave it a try. Everything was great. service was great. the beet salad, the braised beef short rib were great. the chocolate cake dessert with caramel ice cream was good too. nice portion control. i guess you could share it all if you weren't that hungry.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Bacck to Prepkitchen Del Mar
    CVFoodies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We haven't been back to Prepkitchen since they rebuilt after the kitchen fire. It's even better now! Check it out.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissappointing At Best
    pmb2934d
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife arrived at the restaurant at 4:40 pm on Saturday 9/12 for a 5:00 pm birthday celebration. There were no other guests in the restaurant at this time. We ordered two WNL Burgers-one Medium and the other Medium Rare. The burgers came out about 15 minutes later and were both RARE. My wife returned her burger. My wife's burger came back-re-fired not new and again was barely medium rare. We gave both burgers back to the server.Two new burgers were brought to our table. Both were MEDIUM WELL. We both ate 1/2 of the new burgers as we were very hungry now that it was 6:00 pm. Management took one burger and my soda off of the check.No apology was offered by management Our server seemed genuinely concerned that we had received a bad experience
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  • Delicious brunch in a great setting
    nycyumVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The outdoor patio at PrepKitchen Del Mar is absolutely lovely, and the food is just as fantastic as every other PK restaurant. We enjoyed a great brunch outside with the puppy, and the restaurant was very welcoming. The donut holes were perfect for sharing, and my omelette was perfectly prepared. The price was reasonable and the portion was big enough that I had breakfast for the next day. I probably wouldn't try the cucumber mimosa again, but it wasn't bad- just not exactly my taste. Overall, a great place to sit and enjoy the sunshine and some delicious cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • We loved your happy hour!
    GailCVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We came for the happy hour and really appreciated the wonderful choices-- We enjoyed the tuna tartar, the radishes with butter, the papas, and the crostini. We also had a wonderful beet and spinach salad--fabulous!! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    In Del Mar for a relaxing afternoon & this location was the perfect choice. Great food, Delightful service & a great atmosphere. I would recommend 110% to any & all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cuban sandwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    great sandwich, pickles were a great touch an I would like to think I would get a similar sandwich in Miami
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    great for brunch
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  • Food with Flair
    SuzyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    From start to finish, entering the restaurant in daylight and looking at the menu, then leaving in the darkness of evening is all magical. The lights at night surround the outside dining area, and the inside decor is quirky and "modernly" old timey. Milk jugs for carafe of water, for example. Compliments to the chef who really knows how to prepare vegetables, and offer a healthy variety of choices. The food is exceptional and desserts charming. Would like a few more non-chocolate, vegan choices for desserts, however. Thank you to the staff who all made us feel quite welcome and at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuzyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Varied menu but chef is open to changes due to diet and allergies, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional...
    RONSVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Dinner at 9pm, sat outside, service was great, good beer selection, decent wine list. Food was exceptional, from the burger, to steak and pastas. Good portion sizes, room for dessert after. Best meal on vacation so far.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Food - Limited Veggie Options
    raviies
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I picked this restaurant for our Wedding Anniversary after looking at their menu and reading reviews on Yelp. We were bit surprised to see that the Vegetarian Entree Options was lacking. I was bit disappointed to learn that they were not willing to make custom vegetarian dishes. That said the Vegetarian options available include: 1 soup, 1 sandwich and 3 salads. We ordered the soup, sandwich and picked one of the 3 salads. The food was extraordinary. I would recommend this restaurant to both my vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice place for locals
    Pasmal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Prep Kitchen sits on the site of many recent failed restsurants. The new owners, with knowledge of San Diego 'a neighborhoods, have moved towards catering to the local populace, not the tourist traffic, which can be rather seasonal, if there is such a thing as seasons in San Diego. The menu is simple, changes based on callable ingredients, and is well prepared and portioned. The management and staff are attentive. My only complaints are as follows: the red wine served was more warm than cool and we were seated near a rather boisterous and loud group of 9. Nevertheless, we would probably return, and recommend to friends.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, limited menu
    Forrest2b
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The quality of the food is excellent, at a level I would expect form a place in La Jolla and Del Mar. The drawback is how limited the selection is and that it rotates. I'd highly recommend looking at the menu before going to make sure they have something that suits you and your date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • 3 out of 4 excellent dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bean/arugula salad, halibut, and bread pudding were excellent. Beef tenderloin was pedestrian and tough. Service was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 203 reviews are from the Prepkitchen Del Mar reviews archive.
  • hgbmkt20VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    service and food are always reliable and delicious. Great outdoor seating so you can bring you dog. They are very dog friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dinner place - mediocre lunch
    secondtimetester
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Ordered the fish sandwich - the fish was overcooked and very dry - the large pile of greasy potato chips was daunting - the sauces for the sandwich were good but very oily - the plate was unimaginative and needed color. We have had dinner here twice and loved it but lunch was disappointing. One of us ordered the mussels and has enjoyed those also in the past. Our third friend was also disappointed.
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  • Great restaurant
    Luv2share
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Creative and delicious food . Eyes and taste Pleasing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • right place right time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    i made a reservation & I unfortunately told my guest that we were going to whisknladle. I managed to have their donut holes & $1 coffee while I waited & they were both amazing.
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    great for brunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I visit this restaurant often & they never let me down. All around another 5 star experience!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate