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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLakeForestfoodie
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed when we arrived despite a request to confirm our reservation just 24 hours before. A sign hung on the entry gate saying Prep Kitchen is closed without further explanation. Irrespective of reason, customers with reservations should have been notified.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation. Open table emailed to confirm reservation. Showed up and the restaurant was closed.

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vipPeterG
Durango
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation 2 hours before. When we got there it was closed. Would gave been nice for them not to have taken the res.

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MaritaS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations for a business lunch and when we arrived this restaurant was closed. I’m not sure why I was allowed to make a reservation. I have no idea if this restaurant is out of business.

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vipCelina
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is my first time dining here and I ordered the Short Rib Hash and was fantastic. Our server, Tori, is amazing and I love the ambiance and location.

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vipDMdiner
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server, Emily, was very good. The food was just OK. I had the PK burger and my guest had the fish tacos. The fish tacos were good, but the sauce was much spicier than expected. The burger was cooked properly, and it was a large patty with several slices of bacon, plus some grilled onions, some sauce, and cheese. I would have preferred for it to also have some type of lettuce and tomatoes on it to balance all of the heavy ingredients. To be fair to our server, I never brought it up to her—I’m sure they would have accommodated my request. The wines were OK, and our server brought out a free little dessert for my guest’s birthday. We sat inside, where it was warm and not too loud, but my chair was so worn out it was not comfortable (the seat cushion was completely sunken in, so I was literally sinking into the frame of the cushion). We used to love this place, but now I’m not so sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small menus don't expect exceptional food.

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DYee
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and great service! Waitress was great- made sure the two birthday girls were celebrated.

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JanneSwing
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We’d been here before and loved everything about it including the ambience inside, and all the food was great the first time around. Last night, Valentines Day, however turned out to be “amateur hour” at Prep Kitchen. Despite a request 2 weeks before to be inside, we were seated outside on the patio on a cold night on uncomfortable metal chairs to boot, and even though there were heaters, it was coooold! We ordered the brussels sprout appetizer which was great, but they quickly followed it up with our broccolini which was supposed to be a side dish to our entrée. On three occasions they tried to deliver other people’s food to our table. When our entrees arrived, our salmon dinner was raw inside and they took it back and cooked another piece for us which was also served to us raw. After the waiter insinuated that we didn’t know what properly cooked medium/rare fish was—we love it that way, BTW—we offered to take it home and cook it ourselves, LOL, which we did. We were excited when our request for decaf coffee was met with two small coffee presses, but a few minutes later the manager whisked them away saying they were regular instead of decaf. He returned with decaf and after four minutes of brewing, the coffee was thin, weak and unsatisfying. Our mini-ice cream cone desserts were received so melted that the ice cream couldn’t be enjoyed on the cones without making a huge mess. We thought we found a gem in Delmar but apparently they’re not very consistent, unfortunately. Not sure we’d give them a second chance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my new favorite restaurants in town!

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vipChristineK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside by a heater on a quiet evening at Prepkitchen Basically, across the board, I felt the entire experience was a four star one, not quite ready to give it five stars but we will Likely return some day.

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MelanieH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Our meal felt rushed. The food we had was just fine, not deserving of the high prices and since we sat inside the ambiance was not existent.

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Castles
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the second time I've eaten at PrepKitchen while in Del Mar. The food didn't disappoint. We started with an order of the brussel sprouts which were next level. My salmon dish was mouthwatering - full of flavors and not over salted! So often restaurants over salt their food -not the case here. The food had a unique combination of flavors with crispy chick peas and a delicious sauce. Will definitely visit again. My first choice in Del Mar.

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JanneSwing
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The brussels sprouts were fabulous as were the tater tots with salmon, creme fraiche, and caviar! We also enjoyed the brocollini and the Pinot Noir they served very much! The mac and cheese was okay...might have been better with something like a dash of siracha to cut the heaviness and a crispy topping (it was very pale with no texture on top). We'd planned to order salads and entrees, but the starters filled us right up! We were there for a birthday celebration and they brought out the cutest mini-ice cream cones filled with scoops of fantastic vanilla and chocolate ice cream--so thoughtful! The service was outstanding as well. We sat inside and the atmosphere was great...we will definitely go back!

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vipGordo
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff and service are exceptional. The food was good but not great.

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vipAmberM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Brussels sprouts were AMAZING. And the fish tacos were delish. Our service was great and it’s a cute place. Would have liked a little more variety in the menu, but would go back for sure.

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vipdebo
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Very limited menu. The menu on line is NOT what is presented in the restaurant. Food was ok, service was very good but, we were overall disappointed. An average home cook could crank out these menu items. Oh and ONLY beer and wine no bar.

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Kevin
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is excellent and very enjoyable place to have a meal with love ones or friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Limited menu. Tried the lobster roll and was disappointed.

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vipDawnie
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff was excellent and the food was wonderful. Great atmosphere, wonderful food and a professional and attentive staff. What more could you ask for? We will be back. We also brought our service dog and they were very cool and friendly accommodating us!

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vipAmyR
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. We ate inside which was a little cramped. I would like to try it again sitting on the patio when it’s warm. After reading about the scallops, I was anxious to try, however not on the menu that night. Food was good, not outstanding.

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vipPickyeater
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It’s cozy and casual and the food is creative and tasty! They change their menu with the seasons so even though it’s a smaller menu it doesn’t get boring. Great atmosphere and warm wait staff. Highly recommend.

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vipKristenB
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been going to PK since they opened near my home years ago.
I believe that the ownership/chef may have changed, because the menu is entirely different and vastly pared down. I ordered the short rid with wasabi mashed potatoes. The meat was delicious and tender, but everything was tremendously over-salted. It was a beautifully hearty meal, but I would have enjoyed it more with less salt.

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vipRobertoN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service! Waitress was perfect in timing in every part of evening

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vipManishaJ
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had outdoor seating which was perfect till it started raining but the staff did a great job in making us comfortable.
The appetizers: Brussell sprouts were amazing. The tater tots were also very good.
My entree was fair. I had the lobster roll and it was 3/4 bread and 1/4 lobster. Way too much bread!!

JM
JMBTAMPA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The menu is not very inventive with limited options. The on line menu was not accurate with the actual menu once we sat down. Very limited wine list. Overall, I would pass on this place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an old favorite. The servers are attentive and very helpful with any questions. The menu is simple but with something for everyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food is quite good as is the service, however there is just one salad, a Caesar.

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viplove2lunch
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Del Mar for the day and we saw this restaurant by driving by, it had good reviews so we decided to try it and glad we did. Very nice restaurant with a good choice of food. The rose wine was delicious and the lobster roll was incredible! We sat outside on the terrace and it was just gorgeous .

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JimB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service, but a fairly limited wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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ChristinG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friends birthday brunch! Our waitress was wonderful, very sweet and attentive and even brought out a free Mac and cheese! Crab cake Benedict was small but delicious! And everyone else enjoyed their choices as well. I had tangerine vanilla mimosa and honestly one of the best I’ve ever had!
Would come for brunch again :)

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vipSTLdiner
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was very good- you must try the brussel sprouts as a starter! The bolognese was very good as was Mary's free chicken entree. We are dessert people and I didn't find the three choices all that exciting, although we ended up with a banana split dessert that better than average. Our server was super friendly but we asked the server at the next table if she could please put in an order of crostini for us and she seemed put out by our request.

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KayA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

thank you for a great evening! there was a chill in the air but the heaters were great. everything was delicious and the service was AMAZING.

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LesleyN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So nice to find a place where the noise level is comfortable and I can carry on a conversation!

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Ryanh
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at prep kitchen. Everything we ordered was excellent. Fish tacos were the best we have had probably anywhere.

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ThatOneTime
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were amazing and extremely accommodating; we had a large party and it was no problem at all to do separate checks. The food was great. The atmosphere was perfect. We felt very welcomed and well looked after and our waitress was wonderful about food allergies.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Very courteous and attentive service. Really enjoyed our evening. Wé will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Wine was expensive and pours were small

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Permanently Closed - Prepkitchen - Del Mar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 792-7737.

Permanently Closed - Prepkitchen - Del Mar is rated 4.2 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.