Prepkitchen - Little Italy

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
Serving seasonal American dishes and hand crafted cocktails in a relaxed swanky atmosphere.

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Sun 7:30PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM 7:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 7:30PM - 11:00PM

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I showed up for my reservation and the restaurant was closed 3-4 days before. Opentable never notified me. To then get another email asking how my experience went just feels like another jab.

We were a large group celebrating a bride-to-be on a Saturday night. We weren’t able to find another restaurant since we had all traveled from out of town. Of course I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant, but I also wouldn’t recommend OpenTable.

NV
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Oddly, when we arrived at Prepkitchen for our reservation, the restaurant was closed. I was wondering why I was not able to previously get through to them when I called to change the number in our party. We were told by a couple walking by that the restaurant had shut down unexpectedly. Thankfully there were plenty of good restaurants to eat at in Little Italy.

SH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for dinner last night with our out of town guests. We received email confirmation earlier in the day. When we got to restaurant at 8:15 last night, it was closed. No note on the door, no calls or emails from restaurant. Not sure what happened, but bad management to not let guests know what was going on. Needless to say we had a hard time finding another place for dinner on a Saturday night in Little Italy without a reservation.

JS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are closed. I made reservations through open table and the restaurant was no longer in business. This is unacceptable and I will no longer use this service.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed and no one answered the phone. No sign on the door either

JT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

with all the dining options in Little Italy, this is an okay option. The menu was somewhat limited in my opinion, our server was good but not great and the food was just okay also for us.

MB
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Not the best, but very, very good. Service was excellent and place is nice and cool.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

RS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff, good food, good ambiance

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful, awful service. Ordered drinks and didn’t get them for 20 mins. Was told that the ticket was lost and that wasn’t our waitress’s responsibility. Was never asked if we wanted to order food, and we were there for dinner. Complained - considering the place was empty - and was offered no explanation. Will never go back. This place doesn’t deserve a second chance considering all of the better options in Little Italy. No wonder it was empty while two conferences were in town!

FM
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hip vibe for this upper lever restaurant. Cozy atmosphere. Pleasantly surprised they had a kids menu. All food was flavorful and visual presentation was exceptional.

My duck liver pate was lush and the balsamic reduction was great. The toast crisps were flavorful as it was toasted with herbs and olive oil.

my lamb slider was also tasty with a perfect amount of Gorgonzola. The pretzel bun is always a huge hit.

The fries were more like frites: thin and crispy. Perfectly seasoned.

My child’s steak with quinoa looked picture perfect. Steak medium rare. Broccoli was cooked with plenty of bite left. He was happy.

What a gem of a find in the noisy hustle and bustle of Little Italy!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

They ran out of everything on the food and drink menu.

PC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service and amazing food! Big kudos to the chef!

m
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything went well. It was Valentine’s Day and very romantic. Except for the fact that they had tables very close together so it didn’t give much privacy. Next time I’ll ask for a more private table.

M
San Diego
129 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. It was excellent. It was a limited menu, but we had the chicken and wild mushrooms, both were excellent. Wine list is limited, but we definitely will return.

l
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious. However, the portions were small.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food even better.

CL
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler did an excellent job as our waiter.
Brussel sprout appetizer was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience3

Just ok all around perfectly ok not great not bad not good not awesome just mediocre and entirely and completely awfully average.

H
Savannah
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always visit Prep when we come to SD! Blueberry cake is the best, chilaquiles are a staple, the infused G&T is a fun peppy drink and I love the corner table under the tree! See you soon

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good; had the pasta. When asked for bread.... “we don’t have any bread”. Thought that was strange.....

TL
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drink choices, paired with friendly service makes the restaurant a must visit.

AH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent and food very good with nice accommodations made for someone with multiple food allergies. Only thing disappointing is a very limited wine list and after dinner drink offering.

AK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience for NYE!

SJ
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Quiet night but service was incredibly slow. Had to wait for 5 minutes to be seated even though there was nobody waiting. Menu was very limited compared to online menu with non vegetarian entree options. Goats cheese and beet salad arrived with almost no cheese. They did add more after I complained. Fish tacos were cool when they finally arrived. No apologies for slow service. Also brought the bill to us while one guest was still eating their entree. Really!!! I used to like PreKitchen, especially the one in Del Mar, but after this experience it will likely be my last. Too many good restaurants to waste time on mediocre service and to be honest overpriced and way undersized portions.

s
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Nothing special about prep kitchen.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great experience. The food was extraordinary, the drinks creative, and the view and decor perfect for a memorable night out.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The dates were delicious.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We were extremely disappointed with our Christmas Eve dinner at Prep Kitchen. We have eaten there several times before and it has always been one of our favorites. However, this last meal was not what we have experienced in the past. The portions were very small and it was very overpriced. Additionally, most of what we ordered was not up to the usual caliber of Prep Kitchen. We were also charged for refills on sodas and kids’ lemonades and the menu was limited. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

VT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 11 was treated so well. We had a wonderful time

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great & I loved the decor. The Brussels sprouts and Mac & cheese were bomb, great for sharing. Will definitely return.

BS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location, great service. Go and enjoy this restaurant!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was so speedy and the food was yummy

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service!

j
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for brunch. Food was very good and we were the only ones there.

OT
Baja California
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

L
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
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
30 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.