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KITCHEN 1540

3.9
648 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Modern and comfortable, KITCHEN 1540 blends energy and intrigue with an innovative, seasonally-driven menu. To further the experience, the restaurant offers an extensive wine list, full bar and specialty cocktails. The spacious outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy the ocean breezes and features private cabanas for intimate dining. The setting is punctuated with a waterfall and hanging lanterns to set just the right mood. Whether you are sharing small plates and drinks amongst friends or enjoying a romantic dinner under the stars, KITCHEN 1540 is where the perfect day becomes the perfect beach night.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(858) 793-6460
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Cross street: 15th Street
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What 648 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.9
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.3
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCathie (San Diego)
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

They have a limited menu, but the food was quite good. We enjoyed sitting by the cozy fireplace in the lobby after dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0
Dined on December 26, 2017

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!

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Lynette (San Diego)
4.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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pdub (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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vipPSandLAguys (Los Angeles)
2.0
Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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Katm (San Diego)
3.0
Dined on December 3, 2017

Kitchen 1540 has a prime location in Del Mar. What they can improve is the following

1) Redecorate!
2) Getter a a better social media person for your restuatrenut
3) Go easy on the salt and sugar

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CaboFlatline (Los Angeles)
1.0
Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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vipJPA3 (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Cross street
15th Street
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(858) 793-6460
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Catering
Breathtaking, Coastal, Elegant. To accommodate meetings and social events, the resort offers over 16,000 square feet of distinctive indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, ideal for corporate retreats, banquets and other special occasions. Breathtaking sunsets over an ocean vista play backdrop to gatherings on the Pacific Terrace. And for those with more than business, relaxation and dining in mind, there's even a dedicated 'romance team' to orchestrate the perfect wedding, rehersal dinner, honeymoon or romantic getaway for couples.
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking when dining at our restaurants. Street parking and public spaces are also available.
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Public transit
The hotel will shuttle from nearby Solana Beach Train Station
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Executive chef
Nathan Lingle
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Private party facilities
KITCHEN 1540's private, wine encased dining room is available for parties of up to 10 guests. A private outdoor, lantern-lit cabana seats up to 12.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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L’Auberge Del Mar creates a divine ocean backdrop that is at once tranquil and inspiring. Blue skies and pleasant shores reflect the exceptional setting of our romantic resort, where our undivided attention is centered around you.
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