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Whisknladle Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.whisknladle.com
  • Email: info@whisknladle.com
  • Phone: (858) 551-7575
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch -- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
    Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily --- 3pm-5pm
    Dinner Monday Through Friday 5pm-9pm
    Dinner Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3pm-7pm (bar and lounge only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Johnston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: events@whisknladle.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herchel
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated parking also available up to 2 hours at Hotel Parisi on Hershel Street
A word from Whisknladle
Nationally acclaimed restaurant Whisknladle is located in the heart of beautiful downtown La Jolla, minutes from the La Jolla Cove and local beaches. Renowned for its French, Italian & Spanish inspired fare, Whisknladle’s menu changes daily to reflect the best of San Diego’s local bounty. Celebrated as the “Best Restaurant – Worldwide” by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008, Whisknladle has maintained its reputation for exceptional service, artisanal food and handcrafted cocktails over the years. In 2012, Whisknladle was named “Best Farm-to-Table” restaurant by San Diego Citybeat readers and “Best Chef” by San Diego Home & Garden magazine.

Whisknladle serves lunch & dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. It’s happy hour menu offered daily in the bar from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes the restaurant’s award-winning $4 tapas, $5 sangria & $8 handcrafted and signature cocktails.

For more information, please visit us at www.whisknladle.com.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I've been to Whisknladdle for dinner many times and they are superb but their brunch is not their specialty. There are places with a wider selection and better tasting food for brunch. But I highly recommend whisknladdle for lunch and dinner"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Visited with a girl friend looking for excellent local food, interesting cocktail list, and great ambiance on Saturday Night. This was the perfect choice! Service, food, and people were wonderful."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had dinner at this place on 4/11/14 with a party of four (about $250 w/tip). I had been there before so I knew the food was good. I also know they marinate the olives themselves and they are good. I asked the waiter for some but he said I could only get them at the bar. No problem I thought I went to the bar and ordered some carried them to my table only to have him return telling me " I'm sorry we cannot allow them in the dinning room" (" dinning room" is a very loose term for what is actually a covered patio, are you kidding me? ) He took the olives from me and carried them off.I should have gotten up and gone next door to Karl Straus, anyway the food is good the hospitality is bad and the pretentiousness is off the chart"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I love that every time I come the menu is different and the food is prepared perfectly. I just tried brunch here for the first time and the blueberry french toast was amazing, and the eggs benedict was the best I've ever had. Everything is made in house, even the english muffins, and they use high quality ingredients. I also tried the smoked pork hash, pancakes, and quiche, which were all very tasty. From the self service coffee and pastry table, I had the banana toffee muffin with dulce de leche sauce and it was incredible. Service was great and atmosphere is enjoyable. I've been here for dinner several times and they have been wonderful as well."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Really enjoyed lunch here! Food was great and loved the atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Living in La Jolla means having friends visiting often. Since we first had our dinner at Whisknladle I have never hesitated bringing friends there. The chef is incredible. My wife and I now have our favorites - porkchop for me and sea bass for her, split a vacherin for dessert. Of course we deviate from our favorites regularly and everything is consistently outstanding. Service is impeccable."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Normally this would place would be pretty pricey for me as a graduate student, but since dinner was on my in-laws we had a great time. We had the flatbread and cured meats and cheese platter for appetizers. The house-made olives were the best I've ever had. All our entrees were good--we ordered the sea bass with pozole broth, the lamb culotte, the yellowtail crudo, and the special that night which was a pea and carrot ravioli. My sea bass dish was excellent and the greens and radish complemented the fish very well. The kitchen even gave us complimentary peanut butter ice cream vacherine since it was my partner's birthday--what a nice surprise and a delicious treat! The waitstaff was great--very attentive and super nice."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Every dish was amazingly constructed, with flavor combinations and ways of preparing that I hadn't ever thought of. However, there is a relatively long wait once you order your food and inbetween courses. The menu is set up such that as you move down the menu, the portion sizes get larger (moving from appetizer to entrée). I say this because it is presented without sections or demarcations. The portion sizes are what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber and type, so adjust your expectations. That being said, we left decidedly full and happy. As odd as it sounds, get the chicken. It was the best chicken I've ever had."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and our waiter was very knowledgeable ! Perfect meal. Wish we lived closer but will definitely visit again when in San Diego :)"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My friend and I were in San Diego for a business meeting, and we had one evening to find a culinary treasure--and we did! Whisknladle was fabulous--the food and the wine were wonderful, and our waiter was very charming. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I enjoyed the atmosphere and great service here, but the food was a little below the standards I expected from all the hype and for the price. I had a lamb entree that was about $34 but was really just mediocre. It should have blown me away. The house salad was delicious as was the wine and service. Overall I enjoyed it but I think they could amp up the food quality and preparation of the entrees."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fresh, local, organic creative. Even the simplest dish is fantastic. We've never had a bad meal. Service is great, fun and laid back atmosphere"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had reservations for 7:30 pm on a Monday and the restaurant was busy. The outside covered outdoor seating area was pleasant and not too loud, even with the crowd. Our service was attentive and friendly throughout the evening. Caesar salad: fresh Romaine with a traditional bright, clean Caesar dressing. Flat bread pizza: good collection of fresh vegetables and a sunny side up fried egg. Entrées: I had the seared ahi - a nice portion, well seared, subtly seasoned, with some baby potatoes, beets & avocado: my friends both had the burger - cooked exactly as requested (medium), topped with a fried egg, served with shoestring fries. In short: fresh farm ingredients, subtly seasoned preparations that let the ingredients be the star."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "i'm interested in wine. server, Rusti, turns out to be a trained, certified sommelier. low-key, knowledgeable, genuine, great palate and NO SNOBBERY. She also had an inspiring recommendation for a food and wine pairing."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great meal and even better service. The restaurant also let's you thank the chefs: on the dessert menu you an opt to buy a round of beers for the chef's crew for $7. The chef came out to thank us in person. Very cool!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We began our week-long gustatory explorations in LaJolla and decided to end there as well. Whisknladle came recommended in the Moon Guide and the farm-to-table menu sounded appealing. We found the food first-rate and the service friendly and responsive. It was a little noisier and more crowded than I expected, but it was "energetic" and festive, not unpleasant. I'd probably be a frequent diner here if we lived in the area - just one more reason to want to live in San Diego!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Nice space, good service, high prices, eh food. Not impressed at all."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Started at happy hour - tapas were a great deal - the scallop crudo was divine and the crafted drinks were incredible. Nothing like a Nigroni done well, our friends were drinking something with roasted blood orange that they loved. We then went to our table - the burrata was just okay but still good. The Grouper was delicious, came with some maza and perfectly cooked. The lamb was incredible - the table shared and all agreed some of the best we had ever had. Super relaxed vibe but they still fold your napkin every time you get up - little details that make a difference in service. Peanut butter fudge thing and Rhubarb crisp for dessert perfect end to a perfect meal. Love the option to thank the chefs with a round of beer which we did!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Lamb was outstanding but not a huge portion. Temper niello wine was fantastic. Loved the charcuterie.pasta with pork was good."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My favorite place for five years! Love,love the innovative creations from Chef and exceptional staff running front of the house. Always a joy!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a table of 5 . Originally it was 6 but one cancelled. When I got there early the host seated me right away at a corner booth and sent the waiter over . He was very good and was apparently training another wait person who also was great. Most of us ordered the 1/2 lunch. Mine was with the chicken; outstanding. Others had the shrimp sandwich. My wife had the Caesar salad which she said was outstanding. The Puree of Parsnip soup was a big hit. The only negative was one of the party ordered the fish tacos and didn't say anything until later that the fish was under cooked and cold. I'd go back it was enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Fine spot for casual dining with prompt service in the middle of La Jolla."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I made my reservation based on great reviews. But I was concerned it'd be too "hip" for my 85 year old mom. My mom and I both loved it. The food was excellent, the service was very nice and knowledgeable. Overall great experience!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We stopped in 3 years ago visiting from Chicago. We enjoyed our visit and thought it would be good to revisit. Glad we did. Flat bread was great and our pastas were delicious. Hopefully we won't have to wait 3 more years to visit again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Whisknladle is an absolutely incredible restaurant. Everything about it is wonderful, the food, the location, the atmosphere...everything. My fiancé and I will definitely be back many many times. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "While vacationing in San Diego we planned for a special dinner out. We were lucky enough to get a reservation at WhisknLadle. It is located in the heart of La Jolla and is a wonderful space with an open front which was perfect for a warm spring evening. The space itself is hip, but welcoming. We were seated immediately, and offered cocketails. The bar does a number of inventive craft cocktails and also has a wonderful wine list. Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive despite also working a large group, and extremely patient. The food itself was wonderful, very creative. This restaurant is known for being farm to table and it didn't disappoint in the freshness of the food."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The menu is always exciting, fresh and seasonal. My birthday dinner was amazing for my family and me. You get what you pay for and at Whisknladle I have always felt my dining dollar went just where it was supposed to: into the food. The ambiance is lovely for a family gathering and the staff attentive. I also enjoyed the semi-casual dress code which made it easy to relax."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We sampled a lot and shared everything. It was all amazing. Especially the bone marrow. I would highly suggest this place if you're looking for great food. It's definitely worth the visit."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The restaurant has a European feel to it without any air of pretentiousness. The atmosphere was youthful and energetic. The food was amazing with a range of portion sizes and prices available. I had a wonderful pork chop dish with an unusual crème-fraiche mustard sauce that added a bit of zip to the dish, whereas my friend thoroughly enjoyed the stuffed quail offering based on his comments and the pile of denuded bones on his plate. I would highly recommend the desserts, in particular I enjoyed the chocolate torte with a very tasty beet ice cream. The service is quite good with the staff being very informed not only about their specific dishes, but about food in general. The staff was delightfully engaging without being intrusive."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Great informal spot right in the middle of La Jolla with a nice selection of small and large plates, brews, drinks, etc. Easy to enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The chicken is amazing and so were the beef cheeks. One of the best restaurants in San Diego!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was truly excellent. Coffee is self serve (ok - but...). Front people were very friendly and accommodating - great start. Our waitress, Kim was an absolute gem. The food was overall excellent - the hash browns were cold - everything else was terrific.. Portions are not large (which is ok) - might not be great if you are looking for a place to "go large" - all in all a terrific place to spend the morning. I think PKLJ is better for brunch - but love WnL for lunch / dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "impeccable service. everyone was friendly, on their toes. manager came over and chatted like an old friend. he recommended the bone marrow as his favorite and brought one to the table for us to try! server knew the food very well and made insightful recommendations based on our preferences. the bread was delish. we had flatbread, chicken liver parfait, and a steak. all were amazing! made me want to eat there the next night! and the dessert menu was so good i could've order one of each!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My visit to Whisknladle was great. It was quite a unique experience. Creative cuisine, impeccable service and reasonable prices make for an outstanding dining experience, just delightful!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "A favorite of ours! Consistently great food and a knowledgeable professional staff."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We were seated promptly on arrival and relocated to the bar to enjoy tapas upon request. Wait staff was very attentive and food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "step outside your comfort zone! Bone Marrow and scallops entree was awesome, as was the beef. Start with the cutting board. Server extremely informative...."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Loved it, loved it, loved it. Would not have changed a thing about our meal. Paul was a fantastic server who appreciated our love of food."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Truly excellent experience at whisknladle. The service was particularly outstanding. My mom has a good allergy and our waiter could not have been more patient in checking with the kitchen and making appropriate recommendations. The restaurant got a little bit noisy as the night went on, but we could still carry on conversations. Delicious cocktails! Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "On a weekend getaway to La Jolla, my husband and I had dinner here and it was amazing! We had the Cutting Board to start and I discovered a pate that I liked. I used to hate pate but their pork pate was great. My husband couldn't stop raving about the cheeses. I had the sea bass entree. Yum! Husband had the special, scallops and bone marrow. Loved it. The wait staff was attentive. Overall we really enjoyed our special dinner."
    Dined on 2/28/2014