Prepkitchen - La Jolla

4.4
353 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are pleased to welcome you to Prep Kitchen, serving seasonal American dishes and hand crafted cocktails in a relaxed swanky atmosphere. Prep Kitchen was inspired by our never-ending quest to make our food from scratch. Social Hour starts daily at 3 pm.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday -Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Social Hour Daily: 3pm-6pm

Days we are CLOSED: Super Bow, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas
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Phone number
(858) 875-7737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph Elevado
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Cross street
Pearl & Fay
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 353 People Are Saying
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D
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was excellent!!! We ordered brussels, sea scallops, crisp tuna, miso salmon, brownie smore, but I am sure whatever you order will be fantastic! The server was friendly and service was quick.

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C
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server provided good customer experience. We had the steak filet. It was delicious.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful food and service. I always enjoy eating here, if you are in the area, treat yourself.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were so disappointed that prep kitchen has changed their menu completely. There are no original favorites on the menu that all of us go to prep kitchen to enjoy. The menu is boring non original Asian infusion and doesn’t pair well with the restaurant at all!!! We are sad to say this will not be a go to anymore:( the beet salad tasted like cigarettes.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last evening of our vacation

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b
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

half of our party did not get their food on time. one of our kids was served PERFECTLY RARE CHICKEN NUGGETS. The BLTA is very good, if they remember to make it for you. We will not be back.

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NS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious, especially their appetizers. Service was very good and they were very accommodating to move us from one table to the next. I was unaware (my bad) that it was outdoor dining and I get cold very easily. Even though I had on a sweater and jacket, I asked to be moved close to a roll down window almost directly under a heating lamp (they have lots of them) and to roll down one of the outdoor patio plastic windows. They also gave me a throw which kept me comfortable during dinner. There were four of us for dinner and the food came out hot and delicious. The waiter was very good, checking on us occasionally. We spent quite a bit of time there and was next to the last people to leave. They did not make us feel like we had to leave which I am a big fan of, rather than start cleaning around you as a hint. I would recommend this place to anyone for any meal with the caveat that for dinner it is outdoor dining and in the San Diego winters (67 degrees) you might dress a bit more warmly if you are cold easily, yes I am a wimp with cold weather. We will be back and try lunch and dinner.

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D
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in La Jolla right now. Excellent small plates; creative; excellent service the night I was there--knowledgeable and enthusiastic without being intrusive; very good wine list.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was fine. Waiters seemed a bit checked out occasionally but not bad. Just kinda mellow.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

They try to stick you with a per- tax 3.95% service tax under the pretext of off setting the increase in minimum wage. So we can stop tipping the wait staff? No, you are expected to do that too. And since it is a pretax charge you tip the service charge. It’s greedy. It’s very greedy.

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with amazing service. The stark was extremely tender and I recommend the Passion Fruit Mammosa.

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S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate our anniversary. It was charming and romantic. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. I got the butternut squash and the scallops. Both were amazing. Definitely, recommend!

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AD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is really lovely - the seating is almost completely outdoors, but the heat lamps kept us warm. The style is very "hipster" with a drink menu in a programming manual and several specialty food items. The food is really delicious, in reasonable portions, and the ambiance is intimate.

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L
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

1) They took all our favorites off the menu.......... fish tacos and crispy chix sandwich.
2) Shared Caesar salad was dry and chopped in a little bowl.........we asked for more dressing
3) Changed the pasta bolognese recipe and wasn't nearly as flavorful
4) Seared Hamachi ($25) just ok. Waitress "suggested" the steamed rice with it. Ok, but a $6 upcharge for a bowl of rice? Should have come with the fish.
We liked it better when it was affiliated with Whisknladle. This used to be one of our "go--to" places so we are sad.

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BS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and extremely creative and delicious food!

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MS
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue and food for a family get together. Staff was attentive and courteous. Our group came late but they said, “no problem”!

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C
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is great place to take kids or grandkids. Service is quick and food very tasty.

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AI
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. I hated my meal to end. Definitely order the brussel sprouts appetizer. Best I've ever tasted!

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TB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

First poor dining experience in seven years. Food below average. Not a good value. Understaffed.

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Wonderful outdoor patio and service, but the food was just ok. Nothing special.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

New menu not good. Used to be a bit of a value place but not anymore. Value menu at premium prices. Caesar salad very mediocre. Portions quite small. Not going back.

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ES
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. Food was ok. I’ve eaten at the Little Italy and Del Mar locations. Can’t believe they are affiliated, the other locations were so much better.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All outdoor seating

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was way too salty. Very disappointing dinner. Normally it is good at the prep kitchen.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Prep kitchen has recently changed ownership and it’s so sad to see something that was amazing turn into a poor attempt to make it different. Why change something that was already awesome? The moment we walked up to the hostess stand we could tell it had changed over but tried to remind open minded. Unfortunately everything from the service to the long wait for the food to the actual food itself was sub par. Hoping they make some changes over time to reflect the old prep kitchen but seems not likely.

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EV
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was way over priced for what it was. The burger was 19 bucks and was made from a frozen patties

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H
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Waiter was great. More expensive than anticipated.

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very limited menu. It’s more of a take out place. Seating is all outside.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Small, limited menu. Hostess was very nice. Server was nice but never offered dessert so we left looking for a dessert place.

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A
San Diego
135 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Another good night at prep kitchen. Restaurant a good job with all the food preparations. It is in a funky spot in La Jolla. Gets cool at night with mostly outside dining. They do have heaters and I recommend a sweater. Food service was good. On this night the waiter had some difficulty with our brought from home Vintage bottle of wine. Eventually we got it filter decanted and got the cork pieces out of the wine. The food was good, service was friendly and it was a pleasurable night all the way around.

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BD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very charming place! Service staff was wonderful and gave us good recommendations. Great outdoor patio.

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GL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great, service was on point, but parking was VERY difficult to find on a Friday night.

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S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Well-prepared farm-to-table food, but the service could have been more efficient. I enjoyed my fresh caught, local halibut. Seared to perfection with a light sauce of vibrant peppers and olive oil mashed potatoes. Several of my dining partners chose the chilaquiles, which is unusual for dinner, but had great flavor. Our wine was delayed and our server took quite awhile to take our order, without any bread or beverages to distract us, it was quite noticeable. Suggest providing local baked bread with the water, so that staff has time to get to all of their tables.

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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Prep Kitchen was awesome. My wife and I were on vacation and I googled “farm to table” restaurants and it came up. We shared everything, which consisted of a burrata and heirloom tomato salad which was just perfect with a drizzle of very good balsamic vinegar, then another salad—spinach and roast beet with honey goat cheese, which was also note-perfect. Our entree was a seared steelhead trout that had perhaps the crispiest, most well-seasoned skin I’ve ever tasted. Kyle, our server, waxed rhapsodic over the piperade served with the fish, and it was pretty darn tasty. I can’t wait for their downtown LA outlet to open.

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Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta bolognese was outstanding and Ayla was a terrific server !

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our dinner at Prep Kitchen La Jolla! The bacon-wrapped dates are incredible!

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch with friends. Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

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LF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!!! I had the braised beef. We got dessert just because our meals were so amazing that we had to see what the dessert tasted like. We were not disappointed

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Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a really casual dining venue. Staff was cordial an accomm

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SM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a bit like a bistro--not an extensive menu, but everything is good. The fish tacos are outstanding!

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