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KITCHEN 1540

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653 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
15th Street
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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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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.
Be seduced by surf, sand and sunsets.
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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What 653 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
3.8
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3.5
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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was bland.. I think there is effort but execution is underwhelming. Service was excellent

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 25, 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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3.0Dined on December 25, 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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4.0Dined on December 24, 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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3.0Dined on December 24, 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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5.0Dined on December 24, 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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2.0Dined on December 9, 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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3.0Dined on December 2, 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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1.0Dined on November 4, 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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5.0Dined on November 3, 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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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service, loved the patio. Wonderful food palate.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

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.
BarbT.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

We celebrate our anniversary here, because we held our weeding in L'Auberge last year. Someone singing all time, so romantic!

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent service and a great menu. Food was fantastic and the being outside made the atmosphere very special. Great dinner.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Loved the musician performing, Steven Ybarra, beautiful outdoor setting but service was slow and food/drinks were just mediocre.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Great culinary experience, excellent value for money, excuisite service and a relaxed, yet slightly posh atmosphere

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Excellent wine list, good food, very nice waitstaff

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Everything was excellent. Service, food ambiance. Good reason for a 5 star rating

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Would not know about this amazing restaurant without groupon!

I'll be back!
Karen

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Seth was a fantastic server. Additional support staff was great as well. Both gentlemen were very engaging and responsive.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2017

We had another great dinner at Kitchen 1540. The steak came out a bit below expectation but the staff was very kind in accommodating us and attentive throughout the whole dinner. Everything else we ate was DELICIOUS and I know we'll be back!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Was called day before and asked if still wanted to sit outside. Said yes and it was good with restaurant. Got there next evening and told no outside. All sold out with no apologies or anything for the issue. Only went to this restaurant for outside dining. Did not have s good time.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2017

For years we have wanted to try Kitchen 1540 and decided to go for our 10th wedding anniversary. We went on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was quiet - we were the only two inside the restaurant. The food was good but we felt it was pricey and not worth the money we spent. We would not go back again.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2017

The venue is beautiful but the food fell below expectations. In the end the price we paid for the meal left us with unsatisfied tastebuds and a hefty tab.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

Kitchen 1540 is fantastic. As a San Diego native, I feel it's one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Outstanding service, food, and wine. The menu is constantly changing and everything is always fantastic. I've never been disappointed. Probably my favorite restaurant in SD.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

great service and delicious food. I can recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

As always, great food and service. Very noisy this last time we were there even tho the restaurant was half empty.

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