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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 $6-9 tapas, $6 sangria & $6-9 handcrafted and signature cocktails, glasses of wine and draft beers
San Diego, CA 92037
Hours of Operation:
Lunch-- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
Dinner Monday Through Friday 5pm-9pm
Dinner Friday & Saturday 5pm-930pm
Happy Hour Daily 3pm-6pm (bar and lounge only)
We are closed Monday through Thursday for lunch. Please visit our sister restaurant right across the street for a great lunch dining experience.
We ARE open on major Monday holidays
Days we are CLOSED: Super Bow, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated parking also available up to 2 hours at Hotel Parisi on Hershel Street
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Chef's Table available in our private dining room. We work with you to create a menu based on our seasonal cuisine. 2-4 course and full tasting menu's available as well as family style dining. Seats up to 14 people. 500$ F&B minimum
Whisknladle Ratings and Reviews
Food was outstanding. 4 of us for dinner - one of us is vegan - all of us happy :-) Prawn and calamari pasta was oh so yummy! House made pasta makes all the difference. Desserts were also delish! The service left a lot to be desired. Specifically, our main waiter seemed to be new or really off his game. We were there on a Thurs night and the restaurant was 3/4 full so not sure if he had too many tables. His timing was totally off as far as ordering each course (including wine) and coming back to check up. The servers who handled the actual serving of the food and refilling water glasses were excellent - seemed that they were trying to help our waiter out and take up his slack. These things happen - and the food was so good that we will definitely go back for another try.
We really enjoyed our restaurant week dining experience at Whisknladle. Unlike many restaurants, they allow you to choose 3 courses from their regular menu. We enjoyed the yellow tail crudo, mussels, seared scallops and sea bass. All were perfectly prepared and we plan to enjoy again. The broth from the mussels was one of the best we've had. Dessert just put the meal(s) over the top. Our server was excellent and anticipated our needs before we could even ask.
They advertised for the restaurant week with three items from the regular menu including pork chop. Great. We made a reservation and found out they took it off the restaurant week menu.
20% gratuity was automatically added. The steak we ordered was not good and chewy. The octopus salad was very good. Desserts were basic as well.
We really do object to having 20% added to our bill automatically for gratuity plus 3.75% for the extra charge due to the raise in the minimum wage. We just feel that to go out to dinner and have to pay almost 25% on top of our food and wine cost is too much. In a top notch French restaurant with a Michelin star, I can understand paying that much in gratuity because you often have two or three waiters hovering most of the time.
My wife and usually love this place, it’s a must go to every restaurant week, but I was disappointed greatly this time around with my plate, the steak was undercooked and the veggies tasted burnt. On the plus side the dessert was amazing and my wife loved her meal.
I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant more than I did. To begin with the menu is not easy to read and understand exactly what you're ordering or eating. Perhaps too trendy/hipster for our us, but we just had a difficult time deciding what to order, selections were just too wordy. The was good but I never had that feeling that I would return. Good to try but not impressive.
The service here can't be beat. All of the servers were attentive without being annoying. We started off with a complimentary cheese puff that was wonderful and moved on to the flatbread of the night. Everything was good. The only downside was that the temperature became extremely hot after a neighboring table requested the heater, so you definitely need to negotiate how to handle such situations.
Went with friends for dinner. Excellent and large Caesar salad, tasty salmon, juicy pork chop, interesting and very good duck pith ivied ( a kind of meat pie). Butterscotch budino was a rich and tasty dessert. Good cocktail and wine selection. Overall a lovely neighborhood place
Ambience and menu was so delightful, we made a res for the following night before the first course was served. Too many good menu options to make just one choice!
Server had intimate knowledgeable of menu and custom cocktails, so was able to steer us in the right direction. She (Kristen) was professional and appropriately attentive. (And recognized and served us on night 2, which was equally excellent.)
Great craft cocktails with the big square ice cubes. Superb food met California-excellence standard.
In the past, I really enjoyed coming to Whisknladle and bringing work guests to the place for dinner. Always great food, nice outside experience, and usually friendly service. The last couple of times I've come here, I've noticed the quality of the food and service have both declined. This last time, the service was shockingly bad, with us waiting 10-15 min time and again for drinks, the food, water, and so on. I was embarrassed to have my guests from overseas have to wait in this way, and I had to apologize for the service to them.
The food was reasonably good, but there are better places to go like Herringbone or Nine-Ten where apologies aren't needed. A shame, but I won't be back.
It is not an extensive menu so I knew it would be good. Talked to waiter/Sergio (perfect service...attentive without annoying ) and he said that they don't even have a freezer...everything is prepared fresh. The venue is intimate and a bit romantic with all the candles on the wall and tables but honestly I would go back anytime I had the opportunity. You won't be sorry.
We celebrated my mother’s 70th birthday here, from drinks (fizzy pop - thanks to our waiter for helping me choose) to the yellow tail appetizer to my pasta delish! Joy was felt around the table - the carr of each dish was evident - mom loved her salmon, hubs enjoyed his chicken - we will be back it was lovely!
Bad table-why have a table that seats two... Side by side facing another couple table. That will just never be fun. That only works looking out at the street.
$125. Two entrees-Tough pork chop with no steak knife. Lamb pasta was ok, except the trumpet mushroom stems werent trimmed. It was like mushrooms on the hard stem of asparagus. Ruined the dish. Charcuterie-one type of meat/sausage, two types of cheese, and none of it particularly special..., I can do that good at home. You try to make it cute... But all that little stuff with giant bread and no utensils... Like spreader or cheese cutter. Then I have to ask for clean utensils for the entree. Two cocktails, actually pretty tasty although the Sazerac would be only a 7/10. So that was it for a poor table, ok but overbearing wait staff (except our terrible table) and a special markup for minimum wage for $125. Also reduction in tip since this is California and you're making minimum wage plus. Go practice somewhere else where you make $2.25 then come back and try again.
This is a restaurant/company that got a great reputation... Then stopped owning it after that. I won't go back.
Celebrated my birthday today and had such a great experience with my friends! Thanks Steve for the personalized menu and going above and beyond with the desserts and drinks! This is one of my favorite farm-to-table restaurants and recommend this location for your next celebration.
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