Prepkitchen - San Marcos

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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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Expected it would be the same experience as PK Little Italy. It wasn’t. My big group complained to me about their food lacking taste or salt. I was so embarrassed because it was my idea to come here.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The decor and table setup were nice. Lots of room and did not feel cramped. Service from our waiter, Patrick, was excellent and attended our table well. The food was between OK and good but have to say their French fries were addictive and old fashion was delicious. Not too keen on the devil egg open sandwich but the brussel sprouts were quite tasty.

MW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening, food was fantastic and wait staff was very professional. Will definitely visit again soon.

TH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

See my yelp review posted about my 9/18/19 dinner experience.

FV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today was our second time dining at Prepkitchen and it again did not disappoint. Fun brunch selections. Everything was super tasty and waitstaff was amazing. What a great San Marcos gem! Will be back.

KL
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful impromptu meal while traveling. Our server Stephanie was outstanding providing both great service and intelligent conversation. What a treat!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were greeted with Happy Anniversary! The staff was excellent and food was very good. Great ambiance and the drinks were tasty. Perfect date!

W
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely would recommend. Loved the ambiance and the food was outstanding! Well worth it!

B
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service - slight issue due to provisioning mistakes as there was no pizza dough. Overall a very enjoyable meal.

a
San Diego
120 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Salmon Entree & Old Fashioned ever!
We were happy to see that there is finally a valet parking stand out front.
This Place needs to advertise though. It is always dead in there and it should be packed!

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I another couple for dinner at Prepkitchen. We sat outside to enjoy the summer evening. Our table had a metal panel on one side that was coming loose, so we asked to move, which was no problem. We received very attentive service, and the food was well prepared and tasty. We'd come back again. One request: please add a few more moderately priced entrees to the menu. We ordered the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, which was delicious, but the non-sandwich entrees were quite a bit more expensive. Overall, a good experience, though.

RP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, good flavors, small plates. Overall a good experience for a large group of seven.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious which is no surprise since this is a Whisknladle group restaurant. What really made this experience stand out, however, was the exceptional service from the entire staff. In particular, our server, Stephanie, was so gracious and warm despite our numerous requests due to dining with our older parents and our baby. Our family was also impressed. The ambiance is also lovely. Overall an excellent experience. We'll be back!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prep kitchen will come back maybe for dinner tonight maybe will come back

RB
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, pizza, burgers, charcuterie all excellent. Service great.

LM
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modest menu, but very good food & reasonably priced. Service was on point as well. Definitely recommend this place!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience! I've been to the Prep Kitchen in San Marcos numerous times and they never disappoint. The service and the food are both wonderful. My favorite are the scallop and salmon dishes.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My husband and I have enjoyed dining here several times and there seems to have been a change in management. It wasn’t busy but plenty of staff running around looking very disorganized. The food was good but not as good as prior times. I hope this was a one-off day, it’s such a nice venue.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got to the restaurant in time for our reservation. We were asked if we wanted to sit inside or out we said out. The hostess asked us to wait a sec and walked away..a few minutes later we were asked if we had a reservation we said yes gave the last name and again we were asked “inside or out” again we said out. He tells us there is a fly problem outside and suggested we opt for inside and we did. He took us to our table........and there we sat for the next 30 minutes with out a single person coming by to acknowledge our presence. At that point we started looking at back up options assuming someone would be by at some point..:nope! Another 10 minutes later we got up and walked out..:passed the hostess and host who initially treated us when we arrived and neither asked why were were leaving.....cause NO ONE CARED! Will never ever be back there. We’d rather spend our money at places where our business is appreciated

MM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

The initial service sucked. The greeter was not inviting. We asked for a kids menu, we never got. We had to ask again. Our server took too long to serve us and then come to find out, she was no longer our server, which turned out to be a good thing. The server that replaced the first server was so much better, more responsive. But unfortunately, the food was just ok. The brussel sprout appetizer was really good, but my husband’s main course, which was the burger, was just ok. The burger that we make at home is so much better.

What I really liked about the place is the look. It has a very modern look.

BG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Prep Kitchen was top notch, from the moment we entered the restaurant to the last bite. Robby, the GM, welcomed us and made sure that our experience was enjoyable. The Vitner's plate was outstanding--a definite 'must-order'! The quality of the food is high and the prices are very reasonable. The Wagyu beef (we ordered the top sirloin) literally melts in your mouth. The decor and ambiance is cozy and chic. Definitely will return again when in the San Marcos area.

S
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little gem on Open Table - had brunch - wonderful menu and our food was delicious! Just wish we couldn’t have eaten more as there were several tempting options.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was my second time eating at prep kitchen. The first time we went it was just fine. This time, not so much! I had called the restaurant in the morning to remind them it was my friends birthday. They said they would note it and look forward to us coming. The waiter had absolutely no idea it was anybody’s birthday! Service was very poor, took forever to get cocktails and food. The food was marginal at best. I got the feeling that there was a lack of caring about service and food. And to top it off, we asked the bill be split three different ways and even that became a disaster. Will not be returning!

DD
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We met for brunch, and it was a very pleasant experience. Our waiter was great with plenty of patience for our “special orders.” The short rib hash was delicious! The sofas were not quite comfortable for at least one of us, but overall it was really nice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and return when I am in the area. The manager was also very friendly and cordial.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was poor. Food was overpriced. Wanted to love this place.

s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Really hard to get to, parking is hard to find. Small portions and the servers seem to want to take our drinks and food while we were still working on enjoying our meal and conversation. That bugs me.

h
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with easy access from parking structure. Can’t praise it enough.

d
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my first time at this location for lunch. I was a little disappointed in the menu. The entrees were much too heavy for my friend and I for lunch. We had to order starter salads and ask if we could add protein. We were given chicken that was pretty dry, but we made it work. Probably not a place I would return to for lunch even though we're big fans of Prepkitchen.

MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect Sunday brunch and Cory was in great service and accommodating of my challenging ordering....creating exactly what I wanted and could eat! We will definitely be back.

c
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I was a bit disappointed in Prep Kitchen's food quality and so much so, that I may not return. I ordered the pasta bolognese. The presentation was not great, it actually looked like dog food and the taste wasn't much better. I did let the waiter know and he removed the item from the bill. The appetizers are small but tasty and some other meals that were ordered were decent. I think overall for what you pay the quality of the food could be better. Service, ambiance and drinks were good.

MG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and unique food/drink

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Get there early if you want chilaquiles, ran out by 12:30pm.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I had been to brunch! Best Chilaquiles ever! The French toast melts in your mouth. Pineapple mimosa was delicious! Service was amazing and I love the background music ambiance and vibe!

JA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space. Very warm and welcoming. Staff was friendly and informative, food was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. I'll be back!

G
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was tasty and our service was great. I love the couch decor and everyone is super personable. However, the room was so loud and I do not enjoy listening to pounding techno type music when dining. The music did not seem to fit the restaurant and it wasn’t fitting for dinner music. Something to absorb the loud noise would be great to enable a nice conversation.

FT
San Diego
279 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5-Star * Dining outdoor on the patio at Prepkitchen San Marcos. Food is exceptional, service was incredible, Prepkitchen Rocks!

D
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This PrepKitchen is part of a new apartment building among a lot of ongoing construction in the Cal State University at San Marcos area. Inviting and comfortable, it was marred by noisy construction work nearby, hampering conversation. Having said that, the staff was apologetic for the noise, friendly and informative. Our party of three enjoyed the fish and chip lunch and a fried chicken sandwich. The fish was excellent, and the batter crisp, crunchy, and tasty. The chicken sandwich was a little too crispy for my taste, but the chicken was moist and topped with an excellent cold slaw. The menu held a variety of dishes, and the drink list was creative. Try it..

v
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

A great establishment, unfortunately with a manager who will run this place into the ground. Food is great, servers are great, but oh boy, can't say the same about the manager who comes across as a black hole sucking up positive energy - and it shows.

HB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food was decent but portions were modest and overpriced. They also added a surcharge to our bill “in support of the rising minimum wage”. Never seen that before and do not intend to return.

m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Compared to other Prepkitchens, this location has the high prices but lower quality food. Not very much variety on the menu either.

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