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Prepkitchen - Del Mar

4.6
525 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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With an eye to the ocean, Prepkitchen Del Mar is located in the heart of Del Mar on the corner of Camino Del Mar & 12th street. Recently named San Diego’s “Best Outdoor Dining” spot by San Diego Citybeat readers, Prepkitchen Del Mar offers exceptional sun-kissed patio seating in addition to its indoor dining room. Similar to its sister locations – Prepkitchen La Jolla & Prepkitchen Little Italy – Del Mar serves artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine in a casual, sociable environment.

Prepkitchen Del Mar serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends, which includes happy hour priced mimosas & $2 coffee.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-3:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm
Social Hour Daily: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Days we are CLOSED: Super Bowl, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas
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Phone number
(858) 792-7737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th & Camino Del Mar
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Parking details
There is parking under the restaurant off of 12th street
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy Mother's Day in relaxed swankiness.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

the flavor of the food is really good, nice area if you go with your pet, we like it a lot.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had lunch here last weekend. Sat outside which was lovely. Had a great salad and friendly service. We were a party of 3 and all of us ordered ice coffee. We were a little surprised to see the ice coffee arrive in a bottle, it was good. BUT we were every more surprised if not shocked to see that each of those ice coffee's cost $7.00! That was totally outrageous and we should have been informed about the price when we ordered it!! What happened to pouring hot coffee over a glass of ice!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is a favorite of ours. Whether lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or a business meal, Prep Kitchen is well suited for all occasions. The food is outstanding, the service has always been prompt and friendly, and the environment has a great aura. Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Cool venue, trendy, casual vibe. Food was good, but courses came out rushed. Beet salad was excellent and bacon wrapped dates were divine. Seared tuna had a very “odd” sauce/dressing. Didn’t work at all with the fish...

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

New menu is unfortunately lacking. Has become very heavy. I missed the variety it used to have.

Still a great location, with some solid items - burger, pasta, etc. but considering the view, a basic seared tuna as the only fish dish is a mistake IMO

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It was too cold for me sitting outside at lunch. The heaters did not help me.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fabulous wine selection

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We have eaten here many times. I find it to be a terrific lunch spot. You can get in and out in an hour. The food is always fresh and delicious. The service is friendly and attentive. The only negatives are the cars go by 15 feet in front of the tables and the heaters outdoors can leave half the party at the table cold, the other half too hot. Inside seating is most likely more pleasant.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We’ve been coming to Del Mar for the past three winters and Prep Kitchen is our favorite dining experience. The food, ambience and service are all excellent. We always look forward to returning there.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Met my girlfriends mother here for dinner. I’ve been meaning to check this place out for some time now and it lived up to the hype. Everything we ate was fantastic. We started with the bacon wrapped dates which were outstanding. The sweetness of the dates mixed with the saltiness of the bacon and the blue cheese was amazing. We also had the chefs cheese board which was a great appetizer for a small group. As my main course I had the seafood stew. For seafood lovers this was delicious. As a lover of spicy foods, I just wish it had a little more kick to it. Overall the service was great, the food was different in a good way, and the ambiance was perfect for a date night or intimate setting with a loved one. I will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent restaurant in every way!!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

First, Dana was an excellent server - attentive, helpful and knowledgeable. This was our first time dining here and the heated, outdoor patio was relaxing and perfect for dinner. Bacon wrapped dates were incredible - a must have. Wine selection is decent and dinner salads w steak were delicious. We will return when in Del Mar.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I wasn't too happy with my experience at Prepkitchen Del Mar. After telling everyone that Whisknladle is my favorite San Diego restaurant, I thought Prepkitchen wouldn't fail me, since it's in the same hospitality group. I was seated right away, since I had reservations, and I liked the location view wise but not parking wise. The restaurant theme was cute and it definitely felt very at home.

Now let's move onto the more important part, the food and service. The service was good. I was a little ticked off when I asked the waiter what mimosa he would recommend. He then replied that the tangerine mimosa was the crowd favorite. HOWEVER, when I asked him what HE would suggest out of the three, he replied that he doesn't want to recommend the mimosas or he can't recommend since he doesn't drink sweet drinks. Well, you know, you could've lied to me.

So I ordered the mimosa and I was extremely disappointed in the flavor. If you claim to have some kind of vanilla terragon flavor, I didn't taste the terragon flavor. This just tasted like no pulp orange juice with a healthy amount of sparkling wine splashed in the glass.

I got the applewood smoked bacon scramble....Oh man. This was such a let down. My scramble wasn't even a scramble. It seemed as if they left the eggs on a hot skillet off the heat, if you know what I mean. The scramble wasn't a scramble in a way where the eggs were just cooked into a round sheet of eggs that were scrambled before cooking. I hope I'm explaining myself. The cheese was melted but cold. The spinach was bare. The bacon was like a half of a slice of bacon. I could literally pick up my entire egg serving with my fork! My toast was toasted well in butter, but for some reason it tasted a bit sour? Maybe it was sourdough bread. This sourdough bread was a cold too. The potatoes were crispy, but it was ALSO cold! And the amount of potatoes I got was the star of the dish, amount and flavor wise.

I was really stumped with the brunch. So disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal with sangrias and dessert. They don't have an espresso machine yet so that we could enjoy a cappuccino with the dessert, but their Lavazza coffee was delicious. We'll definitely come again. Most seating is outdoors which is fun but a bit chillier. The heaters helped a ton to make it comfortable and decently warm. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great addition to the Del Mar dining scene and would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

terrific food, wine, service. The pasta/rabbit was amazingly tasty, as was the Chef's board.
Don't forget pot de creme too to close it out.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food, service and ambiance were what you would hope for in a restaurant. We are definitely headed back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were pretty buzzed by the time we got to the restaurant for Valentines dinner. That qualifier aside, we had a great meal. We brought a special bottle of red and the waiter didn’t shame us. The buratta appetizer is a good size to be shared. The short rib was solid and predictable which is what I wanted. My wife went with her favorite there which is the pasta with meat sauce.

We were informed all the Prep Kitchens have changed ownership and are no longer part of the Whisk and Ladle group. I guess we will stay tuned for any changes though they were promising none.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service paired with clever and well-executed menu. Nice Del Mar location. What more can you ask for?

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was amazing!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was friendly and fast. The ambiance was nice, if it weren’t a cloudy day we would be able to see the ocean. Everything we ordered tasted great. Plenty of gluten free options and it is identified on the menu. The only recommendation I have is to cook the gluten free pasta a little more as mine was under cooked, but the meat and sauce was delicious.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food, as always, was very very good. But the service, though friendly, was agonizingly slow. I love the ambience of this restaurant. The rest room is beautiful. The room is lovely. Del Mar is a sweet little town. But the music really messed up the entire evening. Were they playing a bad 80's radio station? And it was way too loud. I can hear a better selection of music in the produce section at Von's. I would think twice about ever coming here again almost based solely upon the annoying music. What kind of ambience do they want here? The music should reflect that.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great staff.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We brunch most Sundays at various locations. This was all right but nothing special for any of the 6 of us.
We all did not appreciate the mandatory 20% tip and. 3.75% surcharge in addition to a somewhat pricey menu. ($15 for pancakes)

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our server was awesome and dinner was very delicious.
Wonderful hospitality in accommodating our dinner needs

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

First time coming here for brunch. The menu has all the brunch basics covered and done well. We wanted both sweet and savory so we ordered the cinnamon roll pancakes and the chilaquiles at the suggestion of our waiter. Three pancakes to an order, they were thin but very flavorful... no need for syrup. The chilaquiles used tortilla strips, good sauce, I liked that the tortillas still had crunch. Overall great meal, great selection of mimosas. A block walk to the beach is a plus! Parking is difficult to find so recommend getting dropped off or extra time to find a spot.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

A great place for the foodie in you. Attentive service and great location.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Food is good with nice presentation. Indoor seating is tight and small. Seating space outdoors is better and heaters are a bonus. Service was nice & friendly. Would recommend to those who live nearby, however, I wouldn't drive out of the way to eat here.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

I have lived in Del Mar for 15 years. In my opinion, Prepkitchen is the best restaurant we have ever had in the town. It is consistently good. The food is great and the staff are amazing. I just learned that the Prepkitchen business has been sold. My only hope is that the new management doesn’t try to ‘fix’ something that clearly isn’t broken. Instead, they should look at the business and try to replicate it elsewhere. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Loved it! From the delicious appetizers to the variety of creative entrees, we were dazzled by each new plate that arrived at the table! Plus, the service was friendly and spot on. Definitely returning in the future!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Our family dined at PrepKitchen on our last night of vacation, which was also Christmas Eve. Fabulous meal with excellent service! Heated patio was perfect, food was delicious, and waiter was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Our Book Club gathered for a holiday celebration on Tuesday evening and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and our friendship! Have been to Prep Kitchen a number of times before for lunch, but this was my first time for dinner. I will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I have eaten here several times. Always been wonderful. Bacon wrapped dates are a personal favorite. Everything is exceptional. Highly recommend. You’ll be glad you came to prep kitchen

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent experience from service to food. Great service, wine and dinner

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I had the butternut squash ravioli, and my hubby had the chicken soup. I love the filling and the sauce of the ravioli, but I prefer their agnolotti version—the agnolotti pasta was thinner and/or less al dente than the ravioli. Still tastes delicious though! Hubby didn’t love the soup. May just be a personal preference thing, though. We also had the carrot cake for dessert. It was just OK (the frosting had a weird consistency—seemed like it sat near a heat source before it was served). Missing the chocolate budino on the menu! My pinot noir was very good. Service was very attentive. Great neighborhood spot. Reservations recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Our team had a very enjoyable lunch here, sat outside on the patio and received prompt, friendly service and delicious food. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious, creative food and friendly service. Love this neighborhood gem.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Seafood soup was way to spicy and we should have been warned !!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Friendly staff, casual atmosphere

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