Prepkitchen - Little Italy

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$30 and under
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Serving seasonal American dishes and hand crafted cocktails in a relaxed swanky atmosphere.
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OT
Baja California
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice view, service was excellent, we loved the Brussels sprouts entre highly recommended

L
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prep Kitchen in Little Italy is one of my favorites! The service is outstanding and the food is consistently great. Great bar and happy hour too!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! They were a little understaffed but they probably weren’t expecting a full house on a Wednesday night.

SD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place, about my 3rd time there, first since they got sold i think. Food was good, but not as great as previous trips. May have just been the dishes we ordered. Brussell sprouts, lobstor roll and mac and cheese were all new for me. good, just not that special. I tried some different things. Overall a fun night. Still recommend.

JP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Cocktails were well done but pasta was flavorless with a less than ideal texture. Brussels sprout appetizer was excellent with perfectly crisped but not burned outer leaves with smoky bacon and just salty enough cheese.

U
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have to admit, I was disappointed with this meal. I have eaten at Prepkitchen restaurants previously (Little Italy, Del Mar) and I thought it would be a good place to bring some out of town friends for dinner. They are not particularly adventuresome eaters so I figured the menu would work for them since it's kind a of a solid higher-end American cuisine type.

Well, the menu was straightforward, as expected, but it was short enough to be a haiku. Heavy on tacos, salmon, and french fries. The wine and beer lists were abruptly short. They were out of a wine we ordered. They were out of lobster rolls. They were out of something else someone at our table asked for (can't remember). I'm wondering if they don't bother to restock the pantry for a Monday night.

What we did order was OK, nothing special. I felt that we could have gone to any brewpub to get the same kind of food and would have had a better selection of drinks and a lower bill at the end of the night.

I guess the dining room looks nice and has a reasonably nice view onto the street. I might drop in for a cocktail one evening but I'll be dining elsewhere.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience, but they stopped bottomless mimosas:(

K
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were expecting a more formal restaurant but it was open to a sport bar right next to the dining. Was a little noisy. Pretty casual place. Liked the food but nothing special.

M
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Team at prep Kitchen and food was great as always! Todd and team were amazing and make you feel like your at home!
Great place to take a date, meet friends, or go for food!

SW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The place was empty but server's were inattentive and rude. Happy hour is only served at the bar. They close the kitchen between lunch and dinner but stay open for happy hour which can only be served at the bar.

D
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the contemporary look of this restaurant. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The lemon chicken with capers was amazing. My husband had the scallops and said they were cooked perfectly, and there was nothing left of the bolognese pasta on my son’s plate. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines and cocktails were reasonable. Another great restaurant in Little Italy.

RC
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Restaurant exceptionally quiet as very few diners this night.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my best friend’s birthday. They took care of us so well. I love love love this restaurant. This is my 3rd time going to PrepKitchen of many many more. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing.

WS
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A must go to restaurant every time I am in San Diego

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was only, ok.

AC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant did not have a very good smell... Possibly just poor ventilation?

SJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very cool decor, on the romantic side ☺️ Service was good, food was pretty good

SE
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ate here with a work colleague about 10 days ago. We've eaten here before on previous trips to San Diego over the past 4 years. This last time we shared a Ceasar salad and then had Bolognese pasta and salmon with orzo. We enjoyed all our dishes and the cocktails. We passed on dessert as nothing jumped out at us as particularly interesting. Nevertheless, I was surprised it wasn't busier based on the meal and cocktails were were served.

d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Many staff members assisted in taking care of us. Friendly staff too.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Management was wonderful and offered us drinks in exchange for moving tables to accommodate a larger party. Food is always amazing - Brussels sprouts and beef pappardelle were our favorites!

PO
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed PK. We were there for Happy Hour whick goes from 3 to7 pm. Gives you a great deal on drinks and food so even ordering the regular dinner items it was still very inexpensive. The food was delicious and we got to try lots of different cocktails.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe and food here! We did brunch and it was delicious!

b
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was very good but the service felt rushed. I don't know why servers feel like they have to remove everything from the table the second you take your last bite.

J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prepkitchen is an upstairs restaurant in Little Italy that, when you get to the top of the stairs is a pleasant surprise! It's got kind of cool vibe going on-not hipster but a coolness that lets you know you don't have to be trendy to have a good meal.
We started off with their crispy fries with dipping sauces-ranch, ketchup, and a spicy aioli that you just can't stop dipping. BTW they are skinny fries so they won't fill you up...kinda. Next was the Caesar salad where they finally shred the Parmesan and the croutons are not so crispy that the scrape your palate. It was cool and crisp and very appropriate for typical San Diego weather. Our first entrée was the Papardelle Pasta with braised short rib which was plentiful and the pasta was seasoned well. We couldn't stop eating the pasta it was so good! Finally we had the fish tacos and they were only okay. Maybe it was because they had to live up to everything else but while it was tasty it lacked the seasoning and flavors everything else had.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and not overbearing. In fact the whole waitstaff was attentive, friendly, despite the growing chaos that was a typical restaurant night. Kudos to Prapkitchen for making a great eating experience while enjoying the ambience of Little Italy!

SR
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO GOOD!! We came in for brunch and had the avo toast, French toast and fish tacos. We all licked our plates clean, especially the French toast. Such good, fresh food in an amazing location. Service was top notch as well. ❤️

OT
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! My kids loved the burgers, my husband the salmon & my chicken with lemon & capers was delicious!

AP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were four of us and we all liked our meals. The servers were very attentive. I realized after sitting down that there was an air duct that was blowing cold air right on me and I knew I would not be able to enjoy my meal so I asked a waiter to see if he could do something about it. He promptly got on a chair, reached up and repositioned the vents which made my dining experience super pleasurable. I will definitely go back to this restaurant and I recommend it.

HA
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great location, great space. Service was spectacular!! Food was good quality, steak was nothing special. Hamburger was great. Pasta was so-so.

JN
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The is a beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. Great for any occasion.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Sadly this restuarant has changed for the worse. The venue is still beautiful and in a great location, but the quality of food is unfortunate. We had a work dinner and there were 10 of us. Not one person enjoyed their meal. Both people who ordered the fish tacos said they could tell they weren't eating fresh fish and the fish was cold, scallops overcooked and chewy, roasted salmon was just okay, and the orzo was cold (maybe it's meant to be?). The drinks orders were slow moving mainly because there was only one bartender working to serve the entire restuarant. Not sure what's going on here, but there are far too many better options next door, across the street, and around the corner. I'm guessing that will be the last time any of us eat there again.

RT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Wonderful service. I will definitely be back.

K
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome! I recommend the lemon chicken and the fish & chips. I could not get enough of their tiny fries!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan’s service was outstanding!!! Great food and vibe.

F
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was solid, drinks were good and our server was great. Very attentive!

H
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall the food was very good and the service was too. The charcuterie board had more bread than it did meat and cheeses but what was there was tasty. All of our entrees were very good but the menu could be more exciting.

RS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual everything was perfect. We will surely return next time we visit Little Italy.

U
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Blueberry upside down cake was different and delicious. Would definitely order again. Mac and Cheese was good, but not great. Didn't care for the Beverly Hills salad...the quinoa tasted like refrigerator, but the rest of the salad was nice. Brussels sprouts were great. Service was good. Also, cool views of Little Italy. Seating not real comfy.

L
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very happy with everything from the libations to our meal. I recommend the corpse revived highly.

VB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I will be back next time, I am in San Diego.