Whisknladle

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Nationally acclaimed restaurant Whisknladle is located in the heart of beautiful downtown La Jolla, minutes from the La Jolla Cove and local beaches. Renowned for its French, Italian & Spanish inspired fare, Whisknladle’s menu changes daily to reflect the best of San Diego’s local bounty. Celebrated as the “Best Restaurant – Worldwide” by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008, Whisknladle has maintained its reputation for exceptional service, artisanal food and handcrafted cocktails over the years. In 2012, Whisknladle was named “Best Farm-to-Table” restaurant by San Diego Citybeat readers and “Best Chef” by San Diego Home & Garden magazine.

Whisknladle serves lunch & dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. It’s happy hour menu offered daily in the bar from 3 to 6 p.m. and includes the restaurant’s award-winning tapas and signature cocktails, glasses of wine and draft beers


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

We had a great late lunch this afternoon. I had the fish tacos and my husband had the fried chicken sandwich-really good! Our server was friendly and helpful, and he came by to refill our ice teas frequently. The ambience is casual, bright and friendly. The food was very good, but what stood out was the impeccable service- friendly, attentive and on-point. Recommend!

GW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, everything and the Butterscotch dessert, wow!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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AA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and great food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Hats off to the kitchen!

G
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Set us in a table that I had requested for decrease noise. Had plenty of room and service was fabulous. Gave it four stars on food related to one individual didn’t care for his main entre. He loved everything else.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Went out to dinner with some friends and it was almost a fantasic night. Through the first 2 courses service and food were perfect then it dipped a little bit. Our server robert did great but got busy it looked like and took 20 mins to get dessert orders after he dropped the menus. That was fine he got busy I get it. The thing that was bad though was that they turned the heaters on above myself ,who is sitting in booth, even though it was 80 degrees. Asked to turn them off but that didnt happen. Had to switch seats to other side of table with my friend because I was sweating under the heater. Food was really good though.

F
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly staff, delicious food

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in La Jolla.

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RC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week for San Diego and Whisknladle had recently been recommended. Fantastic food, service and location. Jared was a terrific server and the entire staff demonstrated attention to detail and a commitment to great customer service.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Went for restaurant week.

j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone's meals were tasty. Service was beyond exceptional. Whatever we wanted our server was more than happy to accommodate and bring to us. We were made to feel welcome and at home. What a nice experience.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! Delicious drinks. We left full and happy!

c
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No more pastry case but still decent brunch. The hot chicken (not that hot) on a biscuit was better than the blueberry pancakes (had to request butter and syrup). The walnut bread should have been a bigger piece for $4 maybe. Service was good and no wait then it opened at 10. I think it was better when I last went six years ago haha

r
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Menu is so small, and there was not anything my husband and I liked.

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

Wonderful fresh, inventive menu that actually changes to keep it interesting. Love this place!!!

OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Enjoyed everything ordered and the strawberry shortcake was a great and tasty memory!

SF
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gréât as usual. Love this place and recommend to all foodies or anyone looking for a fresh plate.

MR
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect meal. Cannot say enough good things about the dinner we were served. Not to miss!

KG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time! Wait staff was amazing!

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious, we ordered the hot chicken, which was fried chicken with biscuit and gravy in a spicy oil, and summer salad with shrimp. Both dishes were well executed. Service was sub par. It was a hot summer day, they don’t have AC and They wanted to seat the both of us in the sun even though there were other empty tables around and we made reservations. We requested to sit somewhere cooler and they obliged. Waitress was so unfriendly, did not smile or check on us at all and was curt. I hate to think we were treated that way because we’re Asians.

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the bone marrow. It is very good. Sorry I had to go back to work or would have had the Whiskey Luge to accompany it!

CR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this place over a dozen times, and literally everything we have eaten has been top notch. The best overall restaurant in San Diego, hands down.

E
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food! The drink list is great, and the staff is super knowledgeable and kind. We make sure to get a meal here each time we visit La Jolla

K
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here all the time and the food and service are excellent!

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food. Thank you for a great experience as always.

LF
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and location were spot on for La Jolla but the decor seems dated and oddly dark for a beach restaurant. The homemade biscuit is worth the trip alone and wonder why the kitchen does not make it the star of their menu. Why not eggs benedict with the biscuit instead of the english muffin? Why not the fried chicken sandwich on the biscuit instead of the brioche bun?

e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our Whisknladle experience. Bob is the greatest!

M
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Whisknladle.
We started are meal with the mussels. They came with hand cut fries. The mussels were cooked to perfection. Make sure to ask for bread to soak up all the juice the mussels are cooked in. We had the Summer salad & a cup of the Cream of Corn soup. Both were delicious. We each ordered an entree, Pork Bolognese, Seared Scallops and the local market fish, which was grouper. All the dishes were wonderful.
Of course we had to try the desserts. We ordered the Butterscotch Budino, Strawberry Shortcake and the chocolate torte. My favorite was the Butterscotch Budino. It just melted in my mouth. The other dessert were also a tasty treat.
The service was excellent! A definite restaurant to add to my favorites list.

KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite restaurants....always great food and service!!

g
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

On a low carb diet so had the burger on a lettuce leaf with side salad instead of fries. The cheeseburger was delicious BUT for 19.50 I would expect to get the egg and bacon on top as part of that price. Each of those added two dollars so a cheeseburger with bacon & an egg was $25. Yes, it's La Jolla, but really, $25 for a dressed up burger?? Many other good places charge $16-18 with the bacon and egg included. The side salad, lightly dressed was maybe 6 lettuce leaves--nothing else as an ingredient. Our server was terrific in accommodating our diet needs but really...$25 for a burger??

KE
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Fried chicken was moist (at least the dark meat was), savory and flavorful. Would come back just for that! My husband enjoyed his halibut a lot and the flat bread was crisp and had a unique flavor. Server was friendly and attentive. Charming atmosphere and low-moderate noise level.

SC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Whisknladle. The eclectic and airy space is comfortable and inviting. Reminds me of eating in a fisherman market. We ordered steamed mussels, squid ink pasta and halibut. The mussels are served with fries, but they don’t soak up the wonderful clam chowder like sauce. We asked for bread and cleaned every drop of it. Then came the homemade squid ink pasta. It was so light and delicate perfect with the clams sauce. Espresso and biscottis topped off our wonderful meal. Our sincere compliment to the chefs, staff and owners for your labor of love.

Since it’s such a hot spot we wish we could stay longer to enjoy the ambiance. We did enjoy the cool vibe and people watching. Well done!

OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is outstanding! Waiter recommended the Summer Salad, Tuna Crudo and mussels, all were delicious. We will come back

j
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy time at a great place!

RD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Before I begin, I have to say our waitperson was FANTASTIC. The perfect level of conversational and professional. We loved her. But the food was not great. I had the cockscomb pasta. What was that? The pasta was so chewy and tasteless and dark. Mixed then with dark eggplant. It did not taste fresh - almost heated up from a previous boil. I would discontinue that dish. My sister in law had the dungeness crab salad, and it looked like an appetizer. The portion was fair, but it was plated in a really blah way on top of the tomatoes. I tasted the crab and it also did not taste fresh - but rather mixed with mayonnaise and maybe out of the fridge from a couple days ago. Also was a little fishy. Crab has to be really fresh to be good. The guys liked their musssels, so that was a win. The drinks were great. So, would I recommend W&L anymore - not sure. It was a favorite for many years, but we were not wowed this time, especially with the fairly high price of everything.

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous brunch on a pleasant Sunday. Service was attentive, food was delicious and the place has was rustic/linen/comfortable atmosphere :)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say ... this was just exceptional - we attempted with two kids and wow were they accommodating... we only lasted 30 minutes but they were so kind and thoughtful and packed everything to go with no judgement... this is how you literally should be treated.. the food was incredible— will be going back ... without kids next Time

RP
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick service with a smile and great humor. The fried chicken and green bean/watermelon salad are some of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

JH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at this most wonderful restaurant. The food, the service and atmosphere is outstanding. Definitely one of my San Diego favorites!

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