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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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Bean/arugula salad, halibut, and bread pudding were excellent. Beef tenderloin was pedestrian and tough. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "service and food are always reliable and delicious. Great outdoor seating so you can bring you dog. They are very dog friendly."
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Creative and delicious food . Eyes and taste Pleasing."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I visit this restaurant often & they never let me down. All around another 5 star experience!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood find, with good food and an adequate wine list. The ambiance is upbeat and vibrant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I would say I eat here more than anywhere else. It is their consistency as well as their approach to the ever changing menu. I have begun to let the staff choose what I will eat as they are so informed & have yet to steer me wrong. CAnnot say enough great things about this place"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food here is unparalleled. PrepKitchen certainly does satisfy their customers: they know how to put a unique twist to any classic meal! One of my new favorite places to eat now."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "their pork chop is back & it is simply amazing, I think there was polenta or something with it that gave the dish a certain creaminess that was awesome"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Exceptional food & great service. Can't ask for more."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "if you haven't tried it, then you are missing out. Don't really care for beets myself, but they have shown me what fresh ingredients can do to a perception, kudos once again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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'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
  • "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
  • "Unique Great Food and presentation. Very friendly service and atmosphere. How can you beat it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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