KITCHEN 1540

3.9
667 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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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Special events & promotions
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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your journey with King Crab, Beef Carpaccio, salad or bisque. Then enjoy a winter warming entrée that includes goose, Waygu short ribs, flat iron pork, fish or gnocchi. Then finish is all off with one of our seasonal desserts. 3 Course Prix Fixe $89++pp / $25++ children 12 & under.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Start your journey with King Crab, Beef Carpaccio, salad or bisque. Then enjoy a winter warming entrée that includes goose, Waygu short ribs, flat iron pork, fish or gnocchi. Then finish is all off with one of our seasonal desserts. 3 Course Prix Fixe $89++pp / $25++ children 12 & under.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start New Year’s Eve off right with a choice of a 3 or 5-course prix fixe dinner by Executive Chef Nathan Lingle in KITCHEN 1540 with wine pairing options. $125 pp + $40 Wine Pairing. Following dinner, head over to our Living Room for live entertainment from 8-12:30AM for an additional $125/person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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What 667 People Are Saying
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and especially Chance who really took great care of our table! Would definitely come back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Thanksgiving

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Thanksgiving

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K
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal, the entire family truly enjoyed the dinner. Our waiter was incredible. We will definitely be back.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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.

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SC
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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!

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Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The portions are sooooo small you would think they are serving a 7 course meal

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JS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JL
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! Surprised it wasn’t more busy. But that let us have great service.

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J
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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WR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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TR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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SS
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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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C
San Diego
135 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

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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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

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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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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CF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

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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JP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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WA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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TM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, loved the patio. Wonderful food palate.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.
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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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k
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

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

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Des Moines
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent wine list, good food, very nice waitstaff

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HK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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AB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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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