Whisknladle

4.7
1900 reviews
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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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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service that made the entire meal awesome. The food was also excellent, but I eat out a lot for work and this is probably the best service experience I've had. There are literally no areas it could have been better.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service, delicious food!

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BO
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whisknladle is a delightful surprise! When you order the french toast beware its one big toast that takes up the whole plate! It was amazing :)

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The host was a little stand off-ish/ uncommunicative or new, it was hard to tell

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MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. Recommend for an occasion. Food superb, very fresh and great creativity

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GB
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early Friday, 5:30.
Soon filled up so we were glad to have arrived early.
They did not rush us even though we stayed until it was filled.
Steak with fries and summer salad were both excellent.
I always order salad dressing on the side so used very little.
They brought plain olive oil which I prefer.
Menu changes frequently so beware if you are expecting a favorite from your previous visit.
I specifically went for the Nettle Gnocchi and Beet Salad and both had been discontinued.

Excellent service and excellent food.
A bit pricey but ok for once in a while.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food Brandon was a great server. Love the bone marrow as always the halibut Crudo was delicious drinks are always spectacular.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing pasta. Everything we had at the table was delicious!

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

It was awesome! Great food! Great service! Everyone was so attentive to our drink refills and made sure we were satisfied with our food!

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KE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and delightful food. On our waiter’s recommendation, we sampled the flatbread featuring roasted eggplant purée, Za’atar, feta cheese, and fresh veggies. It was amazing! Their Butterscotch Budino is a must try for dessert! Will definitely be back!

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PB
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another high quality meal with super service from one of my favorite locations.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! We have dined there several times and everything we have ordered has been excellent. The service is top notch.

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C
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the greeting to the dessert was great. Food is superb and innovative. Service was friendly and helpful but not obtrusive. Very well run fun place to eat

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, it was good, although the back of the restaurant was really warm around 12pm

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b
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Put this on your “must go to” list when in the San Diego area. Creative combinations that give a clever take on favorite comfort food. And they also expand your imbibing senses with savory and tantalizing cocktails. We were treated wonderfully even though we arrived within an hour of closing- never felt rushed. This will definitely be a restaurant that I want to enjoy again.

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Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was a perfect fathers day brunch, as always thank you for such a great experience.

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Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, food fantastic, great place for dinner and friends.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The FOOOOOOD!!!! Omg.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it !!

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Western NC
79 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent the atmosphere was great but the service was exceptional.

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SS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary dinner...I had visited for the first time about 6 weeks earlier & had a great meal with a girlfriend. Everything was delicious & service was excellent! The menu changes so there was a new dessert to try which I hope they will keep on the menu, a Mexican Chocolate tart that was not overly sweet (just the way I like it).

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c
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful service, incredible food and outstanding cocktails. Very special and worth the trip.

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Whisknladle's menu isn't lengthy, but it's thoughtful and the food we had was beautifully prepared. The seared scallops were succulent and perfectly seasoned; the gnocchi with asparagus and fava beans was mouth-wateringly good. The service was great with just the right amount of attention. It would be great if they had a more extensive wine list, including lots more options for wine by the glass. And for those of us who were sitting against the wall beneath the speakers, the music made having a conversation kind of a challenge.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Best food of our trip. We tried hotel recommendations which were ok but overpriced. This place took the cake for service, food, and price. The food rivaled some of the best NYC restaurants in the same price range, which is no small feat. I’d even say it was possibly next tier.

The server was attentive with a great personality. We never felt unattended. She made great recommendations in tune with what we were looking for.

Last thing I MUST touch on is the dessert menu. There is an option on the dessert menu to buy a “round of beer” for the chefs. My wife and I were stuffed by the time dessert rolled around, and so we just ordered two beers for the chefs (it’s $6 each). One of the chefs/line cooks came out to thank us and talk briefly.

I left our server a 30% tip to show my appreciation. I don’t do that lightly. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I tipped 30%. 15-20% tends to be my range.

So needless to say, I was ecstatic.

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n
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and wait staff to help you pick thru their intricate menu. Kinda pricey, but will definitely be coming back!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing service and food! We will be back!

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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to this restaurant several times over the last 6 years and the service is great however the food has really gone downhill these days. Rumor is they were bought out by a Vegas entity and it shows in the quality of food. Sad to see a company sell out.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite spots.

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LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place with friendly and attentive service. We came for brunch on Memorial Day Monday. I had the French toast and it was both a huge portion and delicious. The water they provided was infused with cucumber and came around often for refills which was a nice extra touch!

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HS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Whisk and Ladle have a very limited menu due to the fact they don’t use refrigeration... everything is fresh
Service is great and ambience relaxing and hip.

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EN
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and the food was spectacular. We will definitely return with friends.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique drinks, amazing food.

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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server Ryan was great and very attentive. Definitely will come back...especially when Jesseie is working.

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J
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server —Boyana from Serbia! Incredible fresh halibut

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SE
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch, what a wonderful lunch it was. Great service....food and a wonderful and easy location in downtown La Jolla.....I'm looking forward to treating another friend to lunch there soon.

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MI
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great we had a great time. Steve was so welcoming and made us feel like family.

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KE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband there for his birthday lunch. It was the first time for both of us and we were completely happy with everything. We were able to bring our pupper too (we called had reservations and called ahead of time to let them know).
Definitely recommend!

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SD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. The food is imaginative and consistently delicious.

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