Prepkitchen - Little Italy
Prepkitchen - Little Italy

Prepkitchen - Little Italy

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.prepkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (619) 398-8383
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch -- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
    Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily --- 3pm-5pm
    Dinner Daily -- 5pm-10pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3pm-7pm & Late Night Thursday - Sunday 10pm-11pm (Bar and Lounge Only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Johnston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We have a private dining room that fits up to 28 people. If interested in more information please email events@wnlhosp.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Date & India
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Prepkitchen - Little Italy
The newest location to the Prepkitchen family, Prepkitchen Little Italy sits on the corner of India & Date Street in San Diego’s historic Little Italy. The second-story dining room boasts views of the city’s busy streets and local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Named one of San Diego’s “Best Restaurants” in 2012 by San Diego Magazine’s food critic, Troy Johnson, Prepkitchen Little Italy serves artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine in a fun & sociable environment and is the only Prepkitchen restaurant to offer a full-service bar.
Happy hour is offered daily, where guests can enjoy a selection of award-winning $4 tapas, $5 glasses of sangria or $20 pitchers, $8 signature and handcrafted cocktails, as well as 25% off all bottles of wine.
Prepkitchen Little Italy is open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends, which includes happy hour priced mimosas, $1 coffee and welcoming scone bar.
You can also visit Prepkitchen in La Jolla & Del Mar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Prepkitchen - Little Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (93)good for groups (62)hot spot (62)vibrant bar scene (52)special occasion (43)great for lunch (33)romantic (32)notable wine list (25)great for brunch (24)scenic view (18)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great if coming for happy hour
    PeteMVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    We visited and had the Prix Fixe menu for $35 - includes any app, dinner and dessert (nice there was no restrictions). Really good, simple caesar salad. The cocktails & wine were normally $12-15 a glass, but many are only $5 during 3-6pm happy hour... so that made quite a difference. Service was very slow considering the restaurant was half empty - not sure what happened there? But they picked it up and the food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nights out
    Frank
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I really enjoy the evening, however the only issue I had is the price, we had pasta, fish and duck. I don't mind paying for meat but pasta shouldn't be so expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies--
    1862
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Every dish was beautifully seasoned and prepared. Our server was energetic, attentive and fun. The ambiance is better suited for the younger crowd as the noise level makes conversation a shouting match. Still, a great evening for the most part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was awesome!
    Fogogo
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Took my wife out here for a no occasion date night. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I would come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food ok, but not over the top...
    Minky
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Little Italy on a Saturday night is always a vibrant scene and Prepkitchen fits nicely into that visual. Problem is, it doesn't really stand out among the many cool places out there.The wine list was affordable and the food portions were the right size; not tiny, but not obscenely large. My yellowtail was delicious but my husbands's pork belly (chefs special of the night) was a bit too adventuresome, not to mention salty. One comment on the service: it was a Saturday night and the place was hopping. It was a birthday celebration, and honestly the first time I have ever been out to a restaurant on a birthday where the server did not bring a complimentary dessert. This didn't happen, even though the server knew it was a celebration dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This was my first trip here but it won't be my last. Love this place -- service and people were great, food too! One thing to note, it is kind of tucked away so when you come to the entrance, you may think it is not the entrance but something else. Don't worry, the restaurant is on the second floor and it is worth the walk up the stairs!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We visited this San Diego restaurant for dinner in July and the experience exceeded our expectations for quality of food and service! We put Prep Kitchen at the top of our list and decided we'd go back every time we were in the city which is 2 to 3 times a year. After going again this past fall, we decided to NEVER go back! We were put between two tables of parties which were extremely loud! I had to lean over my plate to hear my husband speak! The server never brought water so I had to ask for it and she took forever to bring it back! And she never explained the specials to us! The service was slow and the food was horrible! Such a shame because it went from fantastic to terrible in just 3 months! When we left no one said anything or even noticed!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The farm to table menu items were tasty and unique. The chef has done a terrific job combining seasonal flavors! We were surprised, however, at how much of the menu contained pork products. There were 2 vegetarian options, plus a beef short ribs and chicken dish, but the majority of the remaining menu choices contained pork. I ordered Trout which had a bacon sauce and asked for the sauce on the side as I do not eat pork. The meal was served with no sauce because 'the kitchen can't remove the bacon from the sauce'. Being a chef, I appreciate the idea that my creations are meant to be consumed as I design them, but that needs to be balanced with the wants of the customer. I enjoyed my meal nonetheless and would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hospitality PROS!!!
    Rick
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This place was great! The server was very good,food was even better and the atmosphere of the open window to little italy was very inviting. Parking is tough but well worth it for a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They've done better
    nicnak
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I'm usually overjoyed w/ the service & overall experience. It's one of the few places I bother to spend money eating out. This past time was a work group lunch. It started off well w/ manager taking appetizer order & bringing out an extra app (free) bc he overheard someone. After, I had to get up to get the waiter's (bartender) attention to order, and to request more water for the table. The meals all came out except mine & no one came to the table to inform me so I again got up to check what happened, he said he made a mistake & they were making me a salad & comping my meal. The manager apologized too. We were there on a Monday by 11:45 so the waiter should have been able to be more attentive. I'll still go back but it was dissapointing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Acer
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    First time for dinner (have been before for weekday business lunch) and they did not disappoint. Creative and delicious food. Great service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    ElvisrunnerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food was unusual and outstanding - blends of flavored with an end result that was truly delicious. Server and chef were totally and pleasantly accommodating of a (pain in the a**) "no garlic" need. Only the dessert was mediocre; the texture of the texture of the bottom of the chocolate Budino (I think that was the name) was strangely gritty. The space was very loud, but the food made up for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing!
    jesterjace
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had guests in town and told them that there's one place we have to go to for dinner: PrepKitchen. They were blown away which is saying a lot coming from NYC. Everything was perfect! Couldn't have asked for a better night of dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun place to meet a friend
    Tommaso
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Just enjoyed service & food. Peaceful. .happy place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Farm-to-Table Dining
    WorldTraveler23
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Another great meal at Prepkitchen, this time in Little Italy instead of Del Mar. Very good and creative craft cocktails and wine with our favorite small plates of blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, and a plate of figs and burrata topped with prosciutto. For main courses I had pork schnitzel with a nice sauce of fennel puree and caramelized onions. My wife had roasted butternut squash soup and a roasted beet and spinach salad. My son and his wife each had the Pasta alla Norma with caramelized eggplant and burrata. (They said it was not the best dish they had had there, but still good). Our server was very knowledgeable about the craft cocktails and wines. She was attentive without being a bother. An enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for early dinner
    gbrown
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went early to avoid crowds and get some walking down to the water in after. Excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All round excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service, food, ambiance, birthday celebration....all excellent! We will be back next time we are in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Nommer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went there to celebrate our anniversary because we wanted something casual and nothing fancy and this place definitely fit the bill for that. Been here a few times and as always, their food is amazing! I go into a food coma after finishing up at this place, it's so good. Ambiance-wise, it's definitely not romantic but is lively and seems like a hipster joint but there were all kinds of people there from all walks of life so you'll fit in whether you dress up fancy or go California casual :) Honestly, you can't go wrong with this place so give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LoveFrance
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Three of us shared appetizers, entrees and desserts. We all enjoyed our choices!. Even stuck a candle in one of the desserts. Great server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Promising with some exceptions
    NPFL
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Modern rustic décor and good variety on the menu. Energetic, positive atmosphere. Table receives carafe of cucumber water which is very tasty and refreshing. Appetizers called "small plates" and flatbreads and salads are big enough for two and delicious. However main course snapper was over-salted and tepid in temperature. Other mains were all good. Service varied throughout night. It was great in the beginning and through main course but we had to wait 10-15 min for plates to be cleared to receive dessert menus and 20 min for a check because the server was no where to be found.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smarti
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    food was very good, not outstanding in my opinion but definitely good. the issue I had was with the happy hour menu-confusing in that not everything on the menu is at happy hour prices although it's on the bar/happy hour menu. huh? and then our waitress was obviously new and didn't know that either. bottom line, I chose a wine that was apparently not included at the $5 happy hour price and they wanted to charge me $12! was not happy about that at all. forewarned, I would go and have happy hour there again but spoiled a perfectly good evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sdfoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food is always exceptional. Appetizers are innovative (ie cutting board) & the dessert wine/wine list is thorough. My wife & I come here for special dinners and 'always' during restaurant week since they offer the same menu at a great price. Staff are polite and friendly & know their stuff! Keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great farm to table food. The servers are always lively, the food is amazing. Great overall spot. I would definitely keep going there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    ruthie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The waiter was very nice and attentive but the wait time for the food to arrive was horrendous. We were there for over an hour and 45 minutes. The place was pretty empty so I quite don't comprehend how come it took them so long to bring our food. The food was delicious and I'm so glad I came during restaurant week, but if I ever go back I know I'll have to spend at least two hours to eat. We were impressed with their flatbread appetizer. I had the fried chicken sandwich and it was delicious. Their dessert was very good and easy to share with someone else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too many different servers.
    Mistreated
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Automatic 20% tip was rude and not warranted since too many different servers came to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but still homey feeling
    MarieG
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Service and food at Prepkitchen was outstanding all around. Our bar server went out of his way to make us comfortable and was still incredibly hospitable even after we decided we wanted to private table for dinner. He even brought us one of his favorite appetizers. Service was amazing, we were checked on constantly and the recommendations were spot on. Lively scene but still warm and inviting. Looking forward to many more dinners there, ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • simply great
    johndcook
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    everything about prep kitchen was great; food, service, atmosphere. I will come back for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prep Kitchen Rocks!
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The chain has quickly become a favorite and earned it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great appetizer list, we really enjoyed ours and the desserts were fantastic as well. The main entrees were nice, but we weren't blown away. It's a great place to go for ambiance, to sit with a friend (or friends) and order appetizers and a few bottles of wine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aaaaaaamazing!
    karmahands
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great service. Awesome food. Cool decor. Overall amazing experience... We will defenitly be back!! Ohhh those bacon covered dates!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eats!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everything was wonderful! The wine, the cocktails, the ambience, and the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIF DINNER AT PREPKIT
    3KITMOM
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was all good! Our server, Naomi, was espcially knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed a marvelous dinner. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best
    Neenernene
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Prepkitchen Little Italy is always my "go-to" restaurant! I have eaten here countless times and have never had a bad experience or meal. The wait staff are always amazing and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everything we ordered was fantastic - patatas bravas, sweet corn chowder, tuna melt, bahn mi, fried chicken sandwich. The service was smooth, thoughtful, and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing restaurant!
    FoodieSD2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    we came here for restaurant week and even though they were super busy our waitress was always quick to help, take our orders and always check in on us. the food came out quickly and was incredible. would highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Booked (Fri) 6 Top For Sun @7:15
    weeatallover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It just happened to be restaurant week. That turned out to be a great deal to try all of the apps, and practically everyone got a different entree. Really great food, really great service. Steak Tartar completely melts in your mouth, Fig crud o fantastic, just all of the small bites were so creative and yummy. My little sis and brother think that our Mom makes the best braised short ribs anywhere, they are short rib snobs if you will. They were both so pleased. Great job in the kitchen and in the front. The Brother is a SF bay area foodie and very particular, and he was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prep Kitchen
    roseyusc
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Have never had a bad experience at Prep Kitchen. They change the menu just enough to keep it interesting while keeping the best dishes available all the time. It was restaurant week so they had a great deal of an appetizer, entree, and a dessert for just $35. And the whole menu was available for the restaurant week which was cool. The bartenders are knowledgable not just with their own restaurant but on the whole restaurant scene in San Diego. Just a good spot to have in Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place for Restaurant Week
    sdworkmom
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Enjoyed this place the other night for Restaurant Week, an they let you choose from the regular menu an Appetizer, Entree an Dessert. The place has got a good vibe to it, but somehow we were placed in a back room with the curtain drawn and a little kid who was playing a distracting game with the Volume up. So it was a little difficult to talk and visit, but we made the best of it Why they take a little kid to Restuarant Week, who would rather not be there, I don't know. Anyway, enjoyed the Service very much and the food was different but good. I understand their Menu is always changing, so will enjoy trying it another time also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    suelu
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Prep Kitchen has amazing farm to table food, awesome drinks, great decor and fantastic staff! I will be back! My favorite item on the menu are the Bacon Wrapped Dates AMAZING!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated a milestone birthday at the restaurant and were so glad we picked this spot. Friendly staff, excellent food, and an overall great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate