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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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
The kale salad and burrata tomato salad were amazing. However, the entrees we chose were underwhelming. The strip steak with polenta and mushrooms was bland. I'm normally a big fan of polenta and mushrooms are my favorite vegetable. Not the case here. The salmon dish also could have had more flavor. Wines by the glass list was decent. We ate at the restaurant Sunday night. Only a few tables of guests. 1 waiter. He seemed busy.
The salmon with wild rice was very good! The appetizers were good and the desserts were excellent.
The three other dishes were less than inspiring and just fair.
Service was very good, although the restaurant was not busy at the time. Food was somewhat slow in arriving.
Everything was excellent. Service, food ambiance. Good reason for a 5 star rating
Would not know about this amazing restaurant without groupon!
I'll be back!
Seth was a fantastic server. Additional support staff was great as well. Both gentlemen were very engaging and responsive.
The food was very good and presented very nicely. Would have liked a few more options/choices on the menu. Loved the service and atmosphere.
The food was excellent. The burrata was so incredibly fresh it melted in my mouth and the tomatoes danced with flavor. Same goes for the lamb loin. It has excellent flavor and accompaniments that paired perfectly. My husband had the steak which also was amazing. My only qualm is the pricing. I am not sure if I would go back for an every day type of meal but for a special occasion, most definitely.
We went here for Mothers Day brunch. This is the second time we've attended the brunch. The view is a spectacular if you're lucky enough to be seated with a water view. I was very disappointed the way we were initially treated.
On Mothers Day this restaurant has seating schedules. We reserved the 10am slot and arrived at 9:50. There was a hostess table with about five employees standing behind it waiting to escort guests to their table. We were clearly the first to arrive as all the tables on the back patio (with the view) were completely empty. Even though we requested the water view they tried to place us in the back patio (along the street). When I informed the hostess there must be a mistake because we requested the water view she proceeded to inform me that all other guests would have to be seated before us and then they could see if we could be reseated. Our party stood there stunned as nobody understood this logic. As we were walking back to the front lobby I approached the hostess again and was told the same astonishing thing. At this point there was a long line of guests behind the hostess desk waiting to be seated. We all watched in bewilderment as many guests were escorted to the tables we had requested to be seated. After watching several guests be escorted I approached her again, reminded her we were here before all these other guests, and also reminded her it was Mothers Day and that we were all standing in the lobby. Apparently the problem started because that morning we had increased our guest size from 5 to 6 and not one of the five staff could come up without the simple solution of placing two additional chairs at a table that was originally set for four. Seriously were they kidding me?! Anyway, with my persistence we were seated.
Another shock came with the bill, which for 5 adults and one child came to $660. They included a 20% tip and an additional $15 service charge. This is excessive given the buffet style.
The meal itself was delicious and fantastic. The steak and the lamb were top notch. The service on the other hand was extremely subpar. I think the servers would have to run around to different areas of the hotel (they had an outdoor kitchen area and a bar). Because our server would be gone for 15-20 mins and then reappear for a minute and the disappear again for 15-20. Very annoying when we were waiting to order and then it took him a good 20-30 mins to bring out our entrées after our appetizers. Even though I could see our food was ready on the counter by the kitchen. We were also the only ones eating inside the restaurant besides one other table. Very disappointed with the service. The hotel should designate certain servers to certain areas and keep them there. I'm not sure if I'd return and spend that amount of money again to be agitated while eating amazing food.