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About Whisknladle

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


1044 Wall Street
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
American, Organic

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

Cross Street:
Herchel

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 551-7575

Website:
http://www.wnlhosp.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking also available up to 2 hours at Hotel Parisi on Hershel Street

Executive Chef:
Ryan Johnston

Additional:
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:
events@whisknladle.com

Private Dining

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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Special Occasion (19)
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Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fun (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Casual (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
People Watching (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Seasonal (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Cozy (8)
Healthy (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (6)
Organic (6)
Tapas (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

I've been back several times! Love the food, great service and neighborhood glam! And the beautiful cocktail selection is tops!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always excellent. Fun food. Great service from Jessie!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Organic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Maybe the best service we've had in San Diego since moving here two years ago! Love this place!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Incredible Brunch - especially when you are served by Jessie. Your entire day will be better for it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful experience. Great food, great service, great ambiance. From salads to after dinner cocktails, loved it all. We highly recommend Wisknladle.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great boutique restaurant, not your typical chain menu, excellent service, would recommend highly to anyone.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very pleasant ambiance, with food just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Love this place - always bring out of town guests here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had to wait 30 mins beyond our reservation, but the staff did everything possible to accommodate the inconveniences without asking. Great service.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always a treat to eat at WhisknLadle. Love the staff. They always make us feel welcome and appreciated. The food is locally sourced and the menu changes often -- but there is always something to satisfy. If you are into craft cocktails, you are in luck!

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food & service were fine - music volume made conversation difficult

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had great service and the food was all wonderful. Our waiter gave us great recommendations from the wine to the appetizer to the main course and dessert. He didn't steer us wrong on any one of them. Would definitely go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Perfect experience.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our waiter answered all questions knowledgeably and in a friendly manner. The food was excellent. I thought the decor was peaceful and natural.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was fabulous. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Loved the scallops, tuna crudo, and creme brûlée.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was a serious disappointment. We had been here a few years ago and had enjoyed it so had really looked forward to our return visit. We had mentioned it was a special occasion on our reservation but that was never acknowledged. Our server was missing in action for most of our visit. We had to actually get up from the table and go to the bar to get a glass of wine because couldn't track him down. The support staff was hustling and the manager ended up comping the wine but frankly the food was mediocre to downright bad. The soup for a starter was pretty good but it went downhill fast after that. The scallops were so over salted it was ridiculous (and we love salt). The frites were good but the steak was pretty awful. Cannot possibly recommend and we will not be going back.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

One hostess was great, but the other was fairly rude. The waiter was nice enough, but not very conversational and service was sparatic. My biggest complaint is with the food. The steak, ordered medium rare was extremely rare and lacking flavor. The shrimp pasta was also very bland. Everything was extremely over priced and the wine list was a complete joke. The by the glass options were generic and expensive and no bottle options were available. Overall not a good experience.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

I was very pleased with my meal, and it was more than what I expected. I've walked this place a couple of times and finally went there, with, and at the suggestion of a friend on a Sunday night. I anticipated get a dish with scallops and a cocktail. But, after speaking with the waiter, they had Prime Rib on the menu, so I went for it. I could have sworn the waiter said it was a 10 oz. prime rib. But, what I got was definitely bigger. Whether I was mistaken about what I heard or not, it was a great prime rib. One of the best I've had. Perfectly media raw, a good amount of fat, but not an excessive amount. Also came with a whole potato, a horseradish sauce and green beans. I was more than full by the end of dinner. We also got mussels for a starter, which were done very well. I topped things off with a cocktail and a barrel-aged stout. Had a nice night there and would go back again in the future. Waiter was attentive, not too noisy and it was clean.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This was the best dining experience ever. The owner and his staff made this an extraordinary evening with the best food and service that we have ever experienced. The food was fantastic and the services was extremely and attentive. The atmosphere was warm, cozy and very inviting. My wife, son and I will be definitely dining at Whisknladle again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We ordered the Hot Chicken at Brunch on Sunday ... we got the last TWO - lucky us!! It was to die for. The service was amazing - our server was super cool and friendly! Must go.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Hands down the best restaurant (also my favorite) in San Diego! I've been coming here for almost a decade now (to celebrate special occasions or just to gather with friends/family) and the restaurant continues to impress me with its creative/delicious offerings and excellent service. This restaurant is the standard that I measure every other restaurant against when I travel. Not only is the service above and beyond what you would expect...it's the attention to details that always makes me smile. For instance, the other night when we had dinner (table of four), my friend got up to use the restroom and placed his napkin on his chair. Our server noticed and immediately replaced it with a fresh/new napkin. I cannot say enough good things about the restaurant and its management/staff...they truly make for an unforgettable and tailored experience each and every time!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good. Service a bit slow getting a second beverage. It was a hot day so La Jolla was cooler than inland....fun atmosphere.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious bloody Mary’s and brunch. The fried “hot” chicken is craveable! Great service too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A very attentive service staff with quite a few gems on the menu that we would back again for - especially the mussels, scallops and flatbread. My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary there and their attention to detail is such that they created a custom menu that evening with special mention to our anniversary. The bar staff is equally impressive with great cocktails.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Very good restaurant. Great drinks and wine. Flatbread appetizer was outstanding. All entrees were creative and excellent. Priced a little higher than I expected but it was worth it

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2017

As usual very good food. However, the service was spotty - the waiter was hard to find when we wanted to order and when we wanted to pay the bill and leave.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 18, 2017

My Deep Fried Chicken arrived undercooked. They were very embarrassed about it and remedied the situation by comping us a salad and three desserts. So, we were very impressed with this service. They prepared an order of chicken for me, and the second time was delicious.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We went on a Saturday for brunch (out in San Diego area for 1 day) and got a table closest to the street. It was nice to be sitting inside but feel like you're outside on a beautiful morning. We had Hot Chicken and Hanger Steak & Eggs. Both were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and wished we had places like this near where we lived.

Tags: Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Phenomenal atmosphere and the food was absolutely delicious. This was my first time dinning there and i will most definitely be returning.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Flawless Victory!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

great service, great food. the tacos... THE. TACOS. and everything else. really great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The menu items we ordered were simply not good as we have gotten used to enjoy in this place. The fried chicken was not done well. The Salmon was not great either. Both were priced high and did not deliver.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Absolutely loved my meal here. It was my first time dining at Whisknladle and I would definitely recommend and go back again. My favorite thing that I ordered was the summer salad. It was very fresh and light yet had a delicious flavor. Great thing to start off with. I also really enjoyed the blueberry basil sorbet. If you're looking for a refreshing dessert, this is the one. All around great meal, atmosphere and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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