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For 2
Sun, 2/25
8:30 PM
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652 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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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
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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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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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.
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 652 People Are Saying
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

SusanS (Monterrey)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipCathie (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 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!

Lynette (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 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.

pdub (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Prix fixe Xmas eve menu. Thought it would be something special considering the was not. Mediocre food, sub-par service. No friendly greeting, nothing special at all. Usually go to Georges..will do that next time. Disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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.