KITCHEN 1540 has garnered numerous awards including such prestigious honors as Wine Spectator Magazine: Award of Excellence; CA Restaurant Association: Gold Medallion - Best Hotel Restaurant, Fine Dining; San Diego Magazine: Best Hotel Restaurant; and Ranch & Coast Magazine: Editor's Pick for Best Restaurant.
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I did not consider it very classy to add a non advertised service charge to the bill, ostensibly because of the increase in minimum wage. At the very least, a notice of the "service charge" should appear on the menu. Perhaps when the salary of the CEO is increased, another service charge should be assessed.
I took my Family there for Christmas Eve Dinner. It was Prix Fi Menu, which had several wonderful choices. I was fine with the $89 ++ for all four of us, but the service was mediocre at best. We had to ask several times to have our drinks refilled (waters, lemonades and cocktails). Also, when one of my teenagers didn't eat their whole meal and we wanted to take it home with us; we were given a box to scrap our plate ourselves!! At $100/person, I would think they would take our plate and box it up for us....very tacky. On top of the tax and tip, there was ANOTHER 3% upcharge that went towards the Resort. I travel the World and am well-aware of Resort fees, but if we are dining guests in the restaurant only, I am not sure why the upcharge would be applicable.
Again, the food was very good, but not comparable to the price and service.
Excellent staff and especially Chance who really took great care of our table! Would definitely come back!
Wonderful Thanksgiving meal, the entire family truly enjoyed the dinner. Our waiter was incredible. We will definitely be back.
Overall we were disappointed with the Prix Fixe dining experience for Thanksgiving. It was quite a pricey meal for what we felt was mediocre food. The mashed potatoes were especially disappointing, actually tasted like reconstituted powder rather than fresh. The snapper appetizer did not taste fresh enough. The soup, turkey and stuffing were good. The desserts were okay, no traditional items were offered however. Overall, I was quite underwhelmed by our experience and would not recommend.
We decided to go out for dinner for thanksgiving, we made the reservation 3 weeks ahead not knowing what sort of choice we’d have closer to the holiday. The times we could pick for were complicated and we wanted something later in the day. We called two days ahead to see if there were any openings later in the day and our call was not returned. We chose to sit outside and the cabana was very worn out and the seating not really good for fine dining. For the price of $89 per person there should have been another course or a glass of wine included. I would not go back for fine dining there.
We dined here while staying at the hotel. Slow night for the restaurant less than 10% occupied, very good service, excellent food ( scallops for one, salmon for the other) nice unique preparations and interesting selections for starters and sides. Would recommend to anyone. Looks like they are well set for large groups as well
Restaurant is now closed. We showed up for the reservation to find out the news. Fortunately hotel was great about getting us into their other restaurant which is now serving the same menu. Great food!
We were excited about celebrating our anniversary. We were asked to confirm our reservation and did. Heading into the restaurant was a big surprise, it was empty as in nobody was there and some barren furniture was pushed against the wall . We located a hotel staff member. Yes, we indeed did close last week! So, they without telling us transferred our reservation to their poolside casual cafe. What a huge disappointment. We will never return. Bummer!
The portions are sooooo small you would think they are serving a 7 course meal
Kitchen 1540's new chef, Colin Lever, transforms the cuisine. Been there twice since the new chef joined and both times the food was cooked to perfection, and was spectacularly delicious. The service is attentive and professional as always. 1540 has a chance to compete at the top in San Diego and No. Co. dining.
Excellent food! Surprised it wasn’t more busy. But that let us have great service.
Thank you Chef!!!! What an amazing dinner! Server Seth gave incredible service! Manager Maddy thank you for checking in on our experience it exceeded our expectations! The music and ambiance of the patio was lovely!
The reviews on this restaurant are misleading. The food is lackluster and the emphasis is on the bar. The place is a pick-up joint. The house wine was good and the yellow-tail appetizer was very nice, but the entree were nothing but boring. This restaurant probably does okay because of being located in a fancy resort hotel, but Del Mar has MUCH better food for foodies than this place.
I would recommend this restaurant but do whatever you can to be seated outdoors and dine in one of the cabanas!!!! Quieter, private, and still excellent service. Best waiter ever = Damien!
Food was bland.. I think there is effort but execution is underwhelming. Service was excellent
Second time there. Expensive place but food is not good enough. Lacked flavour. Are other better places in Del Mar. The Market is same price point but much better food.
My husband and I went there for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Our waiter Seth was fantastic. They offered a 3 course meal for $40, which is a really good deal for Del Mar and L'Auberge. The specialty drinks were delicious. The noise level was pretty quiet, so we were able to have a nice conversation. The dinner portions were on the smaller side, but we were happy about it because we felt really good when we left, not too full. My husband loved the mushroom risotto, it was amazing. I would definitely go back there again.
The menu consisted of three apps, three entrees and two desserts. It was really limited especially for the amount of staff working. When we inquired if this was the full menu the server brought us a casual menu with sandwiches. It all seemed very disconnected especially for a celebration dinner. The salmon was really very good and the service was good. I expected more. Maybe it was just an off Saturday night. It was not busy in the restaurant at all and the bar crowd was very loud.
They have a limited menu, but the food was quite good. We enjoyed sitting by the cozy fireplace in the lobby after dinner!
We had a family gathering at the hotel and opted for the 7 pm Christmas dinner. The menu was pre-fix and had enough variety for everyone. Each dish was perfectly prepared. Service was exceptional. They created a lovely Christmas evening
Went here for Christmas dinner. The atmosphere was ok. Nothing special. Like any other hotel eatery. Food was very disappointing. If I spend $350 dollars for dinner it should be spectacular. Not so here. Mediocre at best. Even the bread was dry, hard and tasteless. Main course was small and not very tasty. I could duplicate it at any restaurant in town. I will not return!
Christmas eve dinner was overpriced and very small portions for the price. The booth was uncomfortable too wide of a seat and a $25 corkage fee for a bottle of wine was exorbitant. I think they took advantage of the holiday. Christmas decorations at this hotel used to be amazing obviously they’ve been cut back tremendously the Christmas tree was pretty weak.
Prix fixe Xmas eve menu. Thought it would be something special considering the price..it was not. Mediocre food, sub-par service. No friendly greeting, nothing special at all. Usually go to Georges..will do that next time. Disappointing.
We had a great time for Christmas Eve. Sat outside by the fire pit with heat lamps all around. Beautiful setting and friendly service. Everyone loved it.
The menu offers a variety of options for most dietary requirements and the portions are all tapas/small plates. There was a high salt content in the dishes served. The pasta is very al dente to the point of being crunchy. The tagliatelle was a fusion of two different pastas, it was not possible to determine what the darker pasta on one side was, it was very dark green or black. The quinoa toast was inedible. While the hotel staff referred to the venue as fine dining, service was not as attentive as we would have expected given that there were only three tables in the restaurant at the early hour we were there, and we had to ask for bread while other tables were served without asking and ours was delivered without butter or oil. Dessert was a puzzling combination of a cookie with key lime gelato. The menu was attempting to be creative and said that it was farm to table, so with some work this could be a great concept, but it's not achieving that goal at present and certainly not what one would expect at the adjacent hotel.
Kitchen 1540 has a prime location in Del Mar. What they can improve is the following
2) Getter a a better social media person for your restuatrenut
3) Go easy on the salt and sugar
Staff was unfriendly, restaurant was a hot mess. 1/2 the tables were occupied and made people wait over 30 minutes.
Terrible menu for a restaurant connected to a 5 star resort.
The service was excellent. Their private patio is lovely with plants, romantic lighting, and heaters that keep it comfortable. The flavors and textures are very well executed but not overly creative. These are small plates and as such are on the expensive side.
Food is very good but dinner is going to be pricey. Wine list is very pricey. Service is excellent. Nice ambiance for a quiet dinner. Outside seating is very nice. Parking of course is at a premium. Suggest valet. Overall I liked the experience very much.
We were pleasantly surprised by the varied menu. It was based on local fresh from the farm produce available that day, and other sustainable proteins. We shared several of the dishes we ordered similar to family style and came away full. It was our anniversary and the staff kindly acknowledged our time with a wonderful dessert. We would certainly go there again. The live musician playing was wonderful (he sounded like John Mayer) and my wife was thrilled.
Great service, loved the patio. Wonderful food palate.
Kitchen 1540 was a culinary treat. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there. We were treated to a glass of champagne. We selected the Chef's Tasting Menu. We were not disappointed. Everything was very creative. We especially enjoyed a miniature savory funnel cake with avocado appetizer. The Chef was delightful and informative regarding the menu. The service was superlative.
We celebrate our anniversary here, because we held our weeding in L'Auberge last year. Someone singing all time, so romantic!
Excellent service and a great menu. Food was fantastic and the being outside made the atmosphere very special. Great dinner.
Loved the musician performing, Steven Ybarra, beautiful outdoor setting but service was slow and food/drinks were just mediocre.
Great culinary experience, excellent value for money, excuisite service and a relaxed, yet slightly posh atmosphere
Excellent wine list, good food, very nice waitstaff