Prepkitchen - San Marcos

4.3
84 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(760) 798-8778
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph Elevado
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 84 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.4
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3.7
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, host and server were very nice and friendly. Good variety on food menu... food was amazing!

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CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor was stunning yet comfortable. Food was very good. The smoke element added to my salad was fantastic. Was a little disappointed they had a large TV screen in such a beautiful restaurant. Will definitely return on a non football day.

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FM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Extremely slow service and was not busy; Andouille sausage (benedict) tasted like an oscar mayer hot dog; bloody mary was the best thing I had; spent $140 for 5—Sunday brunch.

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RE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was so fun and relaxing. It was perfect for a Sunday brunch with friends! The mimosas and food were delicious.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for a date spot, this is the place to go in San Marcos! With its impeccable service and stellar food, it’s definitely our go-to restaurant.

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at the San Marcos location was so pleasant and accommodating. We enjoyed the cozy couch tables and look forward to a eating and enjoying the atmosphere. Great location for celebrating!

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L
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second visit and the food was superb! Our table of 4 all ordered different entrees and every dish was perfectly prepared and delicious!

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l
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Prep Kitchen to celebrate our friend’s birthday. Always a great time each visit.

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h
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal here. Farro with apricot and edamame was a great new dish, and enjoyed the shrimp skewer, sliders and fries as well. You guys did a great job this evening. Will be back again soon!

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food and service very mediocre.
Came for special occasion bday and was disappointed in the overall experience.
Probably will not make an effort to return anytime soon.

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IB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, but the food is mediocre. Especially for the price they charge. Get a new chef, really.

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HC
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and the staff even better. Friendly, fast, courteous. Great find! Highly recommend

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F
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came here for Sunday dinner and it seemed to take quite a long time for our two meals to arrive (20 mins minimum) when there were not many tables filled. The chicken dinner was very good with the butternut squash but the salmon portion seem to be skimpy for the price. Not sure that we would come back as it wasn't a great value.

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AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was very good. My 10 year old son especially liked his petit filet steak and cleaned his plate, including the broccolini! Service was also great.

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RM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic! He knew what we wanted better than we did.

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JD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Pros: Great food - we had the cinnamon roll, fish tacos, fried chicken sandwich, hamburger and shrimp tostada. Super fresh and good flavors. They brought out mini ice creams cones to celebrate my mom's birthday, which was unexpected and delicious.

Cons: It was super hot and uncomfortable. There are lot of windows, but also a lot of sun. The garage doors were up and that brought in flies. The entire meal we were swatting flies from our food. That was annoying. Our server was good, but was the only one on the floor. It was a little slow at times.

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P
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and creative food. A bit confusing finding the restaurant amidst current construction.

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AM
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant is an open space, even inside. It was a very cool evening and sitting inside was too chilly. Food is good but expensive for what you are served. Small bowl of squash soup $8, beet salad with goat cheese $14 no salad greens were included, I think the menu said some type of nuts were included but they didn't make it to my plate . A single glass of ice tea was $4. They were a bit short staffed and service was not as good as it might have been. I left still hungry and my dining partners had the shrimp dish and a pasta dish. Portions were on the small side for the price.

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BE
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and I also like the Restaurant's layout/ambiance, but the acoustic was very bad. It was unpleasantly loud. You have a rating for noise level unfortunately the highest level is called Energetic, but it wasn't energetic, there were not that many people in the Restaurant. It was downright loud.
We were only 2 and were sat at a 2 people table between two 4 people tables. Each of the 4 people table had 3 people. The Restaurant was 4/5 empty the entire evening. There would have been no harm if they spread us smaller groups apart from each other.
Even though the food is right up my alley and I would love to go back for that, the noise level was so unpleasant that I'm not sure I'll ever go back.

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BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We ordered an appetizer and a salad to split for two people. Both were very good and were served quickly. We waited at least 25 min. to get our entrees. Both were very good. I would recommend for the food, not the service.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here. Great menu and excellent service!! The seared hamachi was very good and my wife’s burger equally good! We will definitely come back!!

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c
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Too my wife there for her birthday. Despite mentioning this in the reservation, there was no acknowledgement of the event. Table was awesome but that's about where it ended. Nothing bad to say but the experience was pretty medocre for the price. Definitely not worth $50/person with one drink each and tip.

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RB
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manager was very personable and food good. We actually got a special desert.

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Z
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s great to have a quality, eclectic restaurant in San Marcos, finally. The wine list is interesting as they are presented in old used books. Our book was controversial and we pointed out to management that someone might be offended by the content. He apologized and reviewed all of the books. Oddly there wasn’t any Prosecco on the wine list. Food was great. Wait staff was attentive perhaps too attentive sometimes if that is possible.

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Great decor but the food quality doesn’t match the prices. I felt sick from the chicken wings. The pasta bolognese tasted like Chef Boyardee.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time my husband and I had dinner here. Both time service was great. The food and drinks were delicious.

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S
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Flies everywhere!!! They have their sliding doors open and the room was full of flies on a Sunday morning. The flies were all over the table as we were trying to eat. They have a Bloody Mary cart that has bacon strips on it for putting in the Bloody Mary and the flies were all over the bacon and the employees were just shooing the flies away and serving the bacon anyway. When we saw that we left our food, got our bill and left.

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T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but relatively uninspired. Definitely not worth the premium prices, and the beer and wine selections were poor at best. Good cocktails if you don’t mind spending $12-$14 apiece.

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M
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was fantastic. Slight issue with the bolognase, corrected with no issues. Offered to come dessert because of that, but refused (by us) as all the food was fantastic. Started with Brussels sprouts and fried chicken - awesome. Bolognase and filet were perfect. Smoked s’mores and five cones were delicious. The salted caramel and lemon sorbet (five cones) were outstanding. The drinks were to die for. The “comfort blanket”, expression marrtini and carajllo were fantastic drinks - well made. Ask for a side of vanilla or cream for the carajlllo as it just makes a great drink better.

We will be back - fantastic place for dinner and drinks.

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LJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stopped in for a quick bite before a movie. Our server was great. Quick and attentive. However, I feel it was really expensive, for a local gem type of restaurant. I've been to all the PrepKitchens.

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s
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We are regulars there. My husband invited other couples to join for reservation. Our waiter was a bit off. Very pleasant, knew it was a Birthday. Usually the service is excellent. No mention or candle of birthday.
On criticism- the coffee. My husband has always ordered coffee after dinner. He and our other guests commented that the coffee seemed weak and no flavor. The food is so delicious- why not serve delicious coffee? They have French press pots , so flavorful coffee would be fantastic.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice addition to the area. Tasty food, nice service. A bit too bright. Overall, I would go back.

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DO
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting inside the construction area of San Marcos that will eventually be a very cool destination area. The food was quite good. The server was fantastic. Will be back.

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P
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I really wanted to like this restaurant but unfortunately I don't think I would recommend it. This restaurant is still pretty new and I think it needs to mature a little bit before I will try it again. They seemed overwhelmed with the number people and probably could have used a bit more staff. The food that we had was very good, there just wasn't enough food on the plate. I would suggest to them that the protein size was just right, but they could have added more of the potatoes or vegetables so that you are getting more of a meal. I had the yellow tail, with bok choy and there was barely any bok choy on the plate but the yellow tail was delicious. My wife had the same experience with the scallops. So you are going to pay a lot and probably leave hungry. For two adults and two kids, with wine and tip, we paid just over $200, combined with the slow service and incredibly noisy atmosphere (tile walls probably not the best choice), I don't think it was good value. Very good food though.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and menu were good.
Waiter was a space case and when we asked another server for help she ignored our request.
When manager asked how are experience was we told him food was really good and was honest about service... his reaction was just as immature as the servers. No apology or acknowledgement of any of the feedback provided; just basically asked us to come back and give PK another try. ( which we probably will because food was good and we truly want good food place to do well in SAn Marcos, but Come on PK... good service ishouldnt be too difficult, especially when there are like 3 people eating in the restaurant!

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Great drinks!

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EO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun evening with great service... attended for a birthday dinner. Other than a happy birthday from the manager, no special effort was made to celebrate. The food is decent but the wine list needs some variety. Looking forward to them expanding their menu and the wine list.

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PM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cocktails were delicious, everything was well seasoned - scallops and Wagyu beer sliders were standouts. Crab & Avocado Stack was good (crab might be a little too much mayo for some...). GREAT service, fun evening celebrating our anniversary.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I'd recommend the appetizers and desserts over the meals. I felt all was overpriced by 10-15%. That being said hopefully these are just growing pains and they will get it all worked out

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AG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We were surprised at the lack of quality in service in our return visit. As always, the food has been excellent. However, as noted on our Open Table reservation (and confirmed by our host/hostess), we designated this as a birthday celebration. We also requested our food to be delivered at once (appetizers, salads, side and main dishes). After 45 minutes post ordering, two side dishes and a child's main dish arrived. At least an hour later, the main dishes arrived. Another hour? The salad and another side dish (this was after two requests for it). There was no mention of a birthday. There were a few cheerful apologies but this did not make up for the lack of order and sense to our meal. Additionally, this was not a busy evening (in contrast to the excellent service and food at our previous visit, a highly busy Friday evening). Clearly, your service is dependent on the person who serves your table. We love the food and plan on returning. However, my dinner mates might not be as patient to accompany me in subsequent visits if this is repeated.

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