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Prepkitchen Del Mar
Prepkitchen Del Mar

Prepkitchen Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.prepkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (858) 792-7737
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch -- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
    Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily --- 3pm-5pm
    Dinner Daily -- 5pm-9pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3pm-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, European
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Exceptional food & great service. Can't ask for more."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Eric our serve is one of the best !! Food was even better anyone who would not like this place does not like good food or fun period !!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I travel to San Diego about once a month for business and always stay in Del Mar. I try to go to Prep Kitchen each visit, and sometimes I go more than once. I think the service is always great, they seem to really care about what they are doing. The menu changes regularly, and while I have had some things that I liked more than others, the food quality is always great. I have to say, Gwen has waited on us a few times, and she really is terrific. I've been in hospitality for a very long time, and I know people are quick to tell you when someone/something makes them unhappy. I want to give her credit. She's always personable and goes that extra step to make sure you enjoy yourself and have positive time. I look forward to going back again!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Would love to eat here every night. With changing eclectic menus and flavors to die for with seasonally available options. We will go often."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Just off the main intersection in Del Mar with a great ambiance and wonderful food. Casual atmosphere and you can sit in or out (I prefer out and there are plenty of heat lamps). Great food - not a huge menu but plenty of choices."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was expecting more of this place. The food was OK, my eggs were a bit squishy. The waiter was a little rude. We had barely finished our food and he kept checking to see if we wanted anything else - he clearly wanted us gone. There were several open tables, so not sure why the big deal to get rid of us. I'm sure I'll find someplace else next time I am in Del Mar."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I'm a vegetarian and love this restaurant because the food is delicious, there are multiple veggie options, and always changing!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was great, but it's too expensive compared to other restaurants in the area with the same quality."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Prep Kitchen Del Mar is a must if you like great food. Everything is fresh and farm to table.The cured olives they make are my all time favorite. Ths menu changes frequently so there is always something new to try. Service is always impeccable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "OpenTable showed 8:30pm as the only available reservation time for our party of five. However, upon arrival at 8:30pm, we found that the restaurant was almost completely empty, which was extremely frustrating. The ambiance was great, but almost to a fault. It was SO very dark out on the patio that we were forced to resort to using our cell phone flashlights to read the menus, as well as illuminate our cutting board appetizer. Previous experiences at Prepkitchen Del Mar have been outstanding, so this experience was quite disappointing."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "There is such a good vibe coming out of this place! The food is interesting, well-prepared, cleverly presented and exceptionally good. Mussels are to-die-for sweet and flavorful. Brunch items are fresh and satisfying. Above all else is the staff! Everyone is super cool, friendly, professional, organized. Not just our wait person, but everyone that works there treated us like "stars". Finally! I have found the perfect casual dining place. Thank you PK. "
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great service. Mediocre food. Very overpriced. Nice location "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a great meal at PrepKitchen. Fabulous food, great flavours and creative menu. Would recommend and come again. Fabulous moules but ditch the chips and add bread or fries! Juices too good to waste."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Unique Great Food and presentation. Very friendly service and atmosphere. How can you beat it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Was looking for a restaurant with organic food. While they don't advertise organic some ingredients probably are. The chicken was Marys brand which is indeed organic. Regardless, all the food was prepared well and was excellent. Superbly made ceasar salad with great flavor. We also had a custom burger with bacon, and topped with an egg. While it was very good it is quite messy to eat. The French fries were wonderful. Serving sizes are large so consider splitting an entree."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I come here whenever in town on business, which is about one a week and have experienced great service and spectacular food ALWAYS. This is my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The kids menu is really really pricey, but you get a pretty good portion. I had the muscles which were good, but not really enough for lunch. My wife had the fish tacos, she enjoyed them but couldn't really eat them as a taco as they kept falling apart. Eventually she gave up and just used her knife and fork and ignored the tortilla. The waiter was great, had lots of recommendations and was great with the kids."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service is always outstanding. Food delicious. Lovely sitting outdoors. Surrounded by fun people. We had a lovely young couple with a 6 month old baby sitting next to us. Engaging waiter. Great feedback on food suggestions."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Salmon Benedict were outstanding, Omelet with goat cheese and peppers was just OK. Poppy seed pancake was also great. We will definitely return soon"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great place to share appetizers! The tempura asparagus was amazing. Loved the beet salad!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner here! We started with the "Cutting Board" of house cured meats, cheeses, jams, olives etc….it was like a foodie treasure hunt discovering each yummy treat. We went crazy for the bacon, onion marmalade with the pates and the house made pork rillette was better than any rillette we've had in France. There were 3-4 different kinds of olives all house cured and nuts and jams. We could have ordered this with a couple glasses of wine and been happy for the night, but we ventured onto more apps. The stand outs were the braised pork belly that was served with an apple, fennel slaw type salad and the patatas braves (truly addictive) that I kept hiding at my end of the table:) The fish and lamb entrees were also outstanding."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Service was incredible. We had to wait a few minutes for our table so the host opened the bottle of wine we brought, poured us two glasses, then comp'd the corkage fee-all on his initiative! There was a minor issue with our food, not the chef's fault, so they then gave us a couple glasses of sauterne after dinner. I have always been a fan of Prep Kitchen, but this is some of the best service I've had, and it's especially noticeable when the initiative is from the staff, as this was. I'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Yum! We had a special celebration dinner with another couple at the Prepkitchen Del Mar on Saturday night. Everything, and I mean everything, was FANTASTIC. From food, to service to ambience - every aspect was perfect. Don't miss the tempura asparagus appetizer! Two had the warm bean salad, one had the butter lettuce salad, and I had the beet salad. Each of us swore that our salad was the best one. For entrees, our friends are vegetarians and the chef was most accommodating. For dessert, we shared the warm Budino with salted caramel ice cream. Heaven! All told, it was a wonderful meal and a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Outstanding neighborhood restaurant. Great ingredients fabulous entrees and remarkable appetizers. I was really impressed with the staff as well. Friendly and delicious"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Prepkitchen rescued us from a weekend of disappointing meals on a recent get-away. Their beet salad was absolutely the perfect way to start a meal, and the fish tacos are the nicest I've had. Great staff and quality food nicely prepared. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The service was great. Dana was a very nice server. We very much enjoyed the food the variety of textures and flavors. It was our friends first visit to prep kitchen and she raved about it."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went to PrepKitchen for brunch on Easter and it was over and above amazing. They were serving their regular menu, which in itself, is a great offering. The food is delicious, the cocktails are refreshing (bloody mary & cucumber mimosa - yum) - and the dessert is divine. I recommend the strawberry rhubarb and the goat cheese tart. The menu is changes often but if you see these two items on there - YOU MUST HAVE THEM! We will be coming back next time we visit Del Mar. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I was looking for light and flavorful food, this nails it. Great plates to share and good for the teenage kids outside! Pleasant but pricey."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had the halibut and it was absolutely the best ever."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had 3 infants n the waiters tried to get us an indoor table. Very apologetic. Kitchen got my Preggo sister order wrong (came out half raw--as a burger should b but not as we ordered). Waiters sweetly n quickly replaced with a fully cooked burger n a fully cooked egg. Fries n chips addictive. Other entrees were devoured. Just as upbeat as their other location. :) "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Im a fan of Prep Kitchen and Wisk and Ladle. The service / food were good for the most part . A few things to work on might be better communication and training. When we walked in, the hostess was carrying a dog, which I found odd and a little unhealthy at a restaurant with food all around (there is a coffee and pastry bar right behind the hostess station) and then she kissed her boyfriend right before seating us. That was a little weird. The brunch - I asked for dry toast and it came out with oil all over it, They said they couldnt do it any other way due to the panini appliance- they should have mentioned ahead of time. The mimosa's were not cold and the Chilaquiles were just okay. The fruit salad and smoked salmon benedict was awesome."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Was pretty loud in the inside dining area though obviously it was not the restaurant's fault. there was a loud, obnoxious party involved. Other than that, everything was perfect as usual."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The only thing that I do wish it offered are the signature drinks from the other locations like London's Burning. They do not have a license to sell hard liquor."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Prep kitchen continues to keep its standards up and has a great simple formula for its food and menu - fresh seasonal and well executed standards with some nice specials to keep things interesting. Service is well organized and not intrusive. The patio is cosy and can be noisy but we managed well even with a business dinner group. Smart casual dining and with sensible portions you won't be hungry nor overstuffed!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Been here 2 times and both really good. Nice to have a reliable option in Del Mar."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Sunday brunch was great. I appreciate that the coffee was self serve for $1 and that the outdoor patio is pet friendly. The food selection was really friendly to any type of diet or lifestyle choice that your group may have. I definitely would go again. The service was good, but I have experienced a better. I'm not sure if they were short staffed but I felt as though a little more attentiveness could be beneficial in enhancing the overall star rating."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Every single time I go to Prep Kitchen, Del Mar I get exceptional service, and lots of love. I appreciate the extra moments they add on to special occasions and have always walked away super happy and satisfied. I love this place. Thank you. Your always, a regular! :)"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Love both Prep Kitchen restaurants. The food is incredible and so is the service. I always recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had been dying to try this place and when a friend who I lunch with, typically at a place neither of has eaten at before, agreed to go even though she had been to the location in La Jolla I was ecstatic. Lovely patio seating. Super delicious mussels. Friend's soup of the day and tuna sandwich were outstanding. Service was attentive. I am very particular about what I eat and I am so thrilled to have found my go-to restaurant in Del Mar."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Sometimes you'll like it, sometimes you won't. Whisknladle, a sister restaurant, is better."
    Dined on 3/22/2014