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 minimumView Private Dining Details
The food was fabulous. The crab and avocado salad was one of the best salads I’ve ever had. its an appetizer but perfect size for a smaller appetite if paired with another appetizer. Daughter and friend had pastas, both were happy! Husband had ahi tuna dish and loved it. Our server wasn’t the best, they were busy, we couldn’t tell if he was in a really bad mood or just weird. (?) I loved it so much I got the same salad the next day as carry out for dinner! (better than hotel food!)
The house made Pate with cheese and meat board appetizer was one of the most tasty I have ever had.
My wife and I had just arrived in La Jolla on a very rainy evening and drove right to the restaurant before checking in to our hotel. One thing we discovered is the banquette seating is a little uncomfortable. The chairs are great, but when I sat in the banquette, I was about four inches lower, which made the table height strange..... something for them to consider. We split the burrata flatbread, the caesar salad and the nettle pasta. All were good. Service was attentive; the room was busy but not loud. Definitely will recommend and return someday.
I should set this up by saying we were a party of five adults. We are also well traveled, as one member of our group is a chef and two of us are in the travel, food and leisure industry.
Prior to walking over to Whisknladle, we had drinks and apps on the outdoor patio just off the lobby floor at La Valencia Hotel. The sunset was beautiful.
At Whisknladle we sat in the covered outdoor area. The ambiance was nice. Our server was busy juggling multiple tables, but managed to keep an eye on us. She was very good.
Before we placed our food orders, we ordered cocktails and a bottle of wine (the wine was under $100). One member in our party didn't drink alcohol. We had decided at the beginning of the evening to share family style at both venues. We all wanted to sample a little bit of everything. We found the food at Whisknladle to be very good, but a little skimpy in some areas.
Apps: The grilled Spanish Octopus and the Charred Bone Marrow appetizers were excellent. However, the Mussels (Fermented Chili Paste, Garlic Butter & Smoked Paprika Potato Chips (gf)) were grossly over cooked and very dry.
As for our entrees:
The "Pithivier" (Duck, Foie Gras, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Parsnip Puree & Chicken Jus) was outstanding.
The Dungeness Crab Tortellini (with Nduja, Squid Ink Soffrito, Chili Oil & Marjoram) were terrific. I am not sure ten (10) moderately sized tortellini are enough to be filling as an entree for one person. Since we were sharing, it worked out.
The Seared Scallops (Pork Belly, Carrot Puree, Baby Brussels Sprouts, Apple Cider Jus & Mustard Frill (gf)) were good, but $34.50 for three scallops is quite spendy. Why can some restaurants give you five or six for that price and others...not. I think we all know the answer to that...
We did buy a "sixer" for the kitchen. And, we greatly enjoyed and appreciated it when one of the guys on the kitchen crew came out to say thanks. Best $6 we could ever spend.
Best food in La Jolla
This restaurant is such a gem! We were visiting from the east coast celebrating my birthday. The food was amazing and the waiter very knowledgeable and passionate about food which we so appreciate.
A five star for foodies!
Husband: "Best scallops I've ever eaten" (and we live in Maine).
Me: "LOVED the duck and fois Pithivier- have never seen it before and am so glad I gave it a try".
Nothing notable about the atmosphere, but it was quiet enough to have a conversation with ease. Server was friendly and helpful, without pretension or hovering.
Great service as always
Food and the service our waitress provided were great. Cheese plate and bolognese are a must. Bartender was arrogant and wouldn’t even look at us to take a drink order. Once at our table our drink order took 20min. Not what you would expect for a restaurant with such a high yelp rating.
Had a very nice Sunday Brunch..the menu offered a great combination of breakfast and lunch items..the pancakes were excellent as were the drinks. Would our new fav for LaJolla.
Flatiron steak was severely undercooked. Sea bass was nothing special. Caesar salad was very good. Expected more considering the reviews and cost.
Cocktails, appetizers, and main dishes were great! Service was spot on! A thoroughly enjoyable meal. Plenty to eat.
Fantastic start to finish. Food and service was perfect! We had a wonderful evening. Thank you!
Amazing service and food!!!!
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.
The food was excellent and the patio dining was perfect! Fantastic recommendations from our server as well.
Best brunch I've had in a long time delicious preparation of hashbrowns, great fruit bowl and decadent bacon. Pork belly has also fantastic. Sparks will fly.
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.
Really good food and well prepared. It was restaurant week and had a 3 course meal for $50. It was awesome for a date night for parents of 3 boys.
Amazing service and incredible food
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.
Great ambiance, great food, great area. I'll definitely come back.
Prices too high for the quality but food was excellent as well as the service
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.
Great food!! Very informative waitress.Farm to table with very fresh food!!!
We met some old friend here for dinner. The server was incredibly knowledgable and attentive. The food was fresh and innovative without being fussy or trying too hard. Would definitely recommend.
An SD favorite especially for the savories on the menu — bone marrow, charcuterie, and more. Feels intimate and warm. Outstanding service.
Every time we go here the food and service blow us away! Always an incredible dining experience from every aspect. One of my all time favorite restaurants.
I've been back several times! Love the food, great service and neighborhood glam! And the beautiful cocktail selection is tops!
Always excellent. Fun food. Great service from Jessie!
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
Maybe the best service we've had in San Diego since moving here two years ago! Love this 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.
One of the best places for brunch, lunch or dinner in La Jolla. Great seasonal menu changes, as well as wine and beer selection. Creative cocktail list as well.
Incredible Brunch - especially when you are served by Jessie. Your entire day will be better for it!
Wonderful experience. Great food, great service, great ambiance. From salads to after dinner cocktails, loved it all. We highly recommend Wisknladle.
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.