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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

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
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Fit for Foodies (13)
Romantic (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Seasonal (10)
Authentic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
People Watching (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Organic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Flatiron steak was severely undercooked. Sea bass was nothing special. Caesar salad was very good. Expected more considering the reviews and cost.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Cocktails, appetizers, and main dishes were great! Service was spot on! A thoroughly enjoyable meal. Plenty to eat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fantastic start to finish. Food and service was perfect! We had a wonderful evening. Thank you!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing service and food!!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was excellent and the patio dining was perfect! Fantastic recommendations from our server as well.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Quick Bite, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing service and incredible food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great ambiance, great food, great area. I'll definitely come back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Prices too high for the quality but food was excellent as well as the service

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food!! Very informative waitress.Farm to table with very fresh food!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

An SD favorite especially for the savories on the menu — bone marrow, charcuterie, and more. Feels intimate and warm. Outstanding service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 2, 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 2, 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 November 30, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

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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 17, 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 15, 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 14, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very pleasant ambiance, with food just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 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 7, 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 28, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 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 26, 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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vip
 (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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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food & service were fine - music volume made conversation difficult

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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