Whisknladle

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2021 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great service friendly and welcoming

N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice date night location. On the more expensive side. Food portions are not that big but has a great ambiance & excellent wine!

LC
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. I love the atmosphere, and the staff was very friendly!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb . A singular experience in service and food.

p
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The waiter was wonderful and we enjoyed the restaurant and food very much. Definitely will return.

W
Louisville
53 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Great service.

LO
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Yummy! Great selection of food and drinks.

SS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent brunch experience all the way around -- food, atmosphere, service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Loved the ahí crudo. Will definitely be coming back!

JW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always eat at Whisknladle when in San Diego. The service, food, and ambiance are all incredible. Thanks for another great meal!

j
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our yearly visit to La Jolla and we always head to Whisknladle Outstanding and the staff is amazing.

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had the tuna tacos! There was one very skinny strip of tuna swamped in cabbage in each taco. At first I thought that they forgot the tuna. Oh! I just remembered, there was also a little piece of avocado. That’s it! The green salad was just pieces of lettuce with a boring salad dressing, ie. no taste. Very disappointed. And it was Valentine’s Day! Not a heart anywhere. And no mention on the menu or anywhere in the restaurant. Granted it was lunch, but we like to have a nice lunch rather than a heavy dinner of several courses.

s
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Staff were attentive. The wine was good (35$ red). The artichoke appetizer was good. The crudo was ridiculously small for the price and the cheese plate was so lackluster with the choice of cheeses and no interesting accompaniments for the high price. Will not be returning.

EE
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great
Food was fun

DS
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to have four appetizers between the two of us. Our waiter paired them up for us perfectly and each dish was excellent. We'll be back soon

e
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just always a delightful time. Bob our favorite waiter is amazing too.

JN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were absolutely amazing! Great ambiance and very cool atmosphere. Servers were super knowledgeable about how the food was prepared and had great recommendations. Highly highly recommend!

LM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was fabulous! We will definitely come back next time we are in town

e
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was imaginative, well thought out and put together... amazing! Our server and everybody on staff was so attentive and cordial and polite and friendly! Wonderful evening! Highly recommend!

M
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for San Diego Restaurant Week. $50 per person. I got the artichoke for appetizer, scallops for entree and Butterscotch Budino for dessert. The artichoke was on the spicy side. I would probably get the mussels in its place next time. Scallops were excellent with the sweet potato puree. The Butterscotch Budino was amazing!
I am looking forward to dining here again.

JU
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Whisknladle had a great atmosphere and service the entire night. The only concern was their main course pasta dish. I got the squid ink pasta and my friend the mushroom pasta. Both pasta's were cooked well and had great flavor, but was very, very salty. We ended the night with dessert however this was also extremely sweet - and I have a sweet tooth. We each took two bites of our dessert and could not finish the plate. Overall I would not come back nor recommend to a friend. The total for our meal was around $120 after tax and tip.

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service, and the BEST dessert. Must try: Butterscotch Budino, paired with a port!

P
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating here when we visit LaJolla. Service was excellent and the food and drinks were good as always.

l
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

F
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Flatbread was unique and delicious. Waiter was informative and attentive. Helped select an excellent wine. Meat was not hot, but he got it fixed. Excellent overall.

S
New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our evening here. We were visiting from out of town. Staff is terrific.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service at Lunch! It was pretty quiet & slow for a Monday so reservation wasn’t really needed.
Kale & Goat Cheese Salad was the Best Kale Salad I ever had & the Chilaquiles was very delicious! We also had the mushroom pasta with the cauliflower purée that was really good and filling! Topped it off with the butterscotch budino that was yummy!!

JP
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and interesting food, tasty and unique cocktails, and excellent staff. Highly recommend!

L
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We loved coming here since the year Whisknladle opened over ten years ago (we dined here twice this week). Until last year, it was one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego, but it has since become wildly unpredictable--sometimes serving the best of meals, and sometimes the most disappointing of meals. Tonight, the $30-something halibut sounded delicious, but it arrived barely lukewarm (a different server brought it to our table, which made me think it must have been sitting out for a while); the fish was all soggy from soaking and cooling too long in beurre blanc, and plated with one tiny floret of Romanesco and some wet Swiss chard. It truly pains me to say it, but we're finally breaking up for good with WNL (after having said we would do so last year when we sensed something had changed in the kitchen). The restaurant is still on the Eater 38 list, so I may very well be in the minority, but we're grateful for many years of memorable meals here and very sad to say goodbye!

s
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful evening - all four of us loved our food and the service was friendly and professional.

F
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Whisknladle is a favorite! Always enjoy the experience. Lunch was delicious. Service was great. Good fool selection: octopus and fish tacos. Both good

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid meal, good flavors and great wine. Try the viognier!

TE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. It was very enjoyable.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By chance we hit Sharing Sunday and we could share the courses at a lower overall cost. Good value and the food was great. A bit salty but I like salt. We had delicious mussels and very nice scallops. Excellent service. In fact we are returning tonight for the bone marrow.

AW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Whisknladle! Each dish we had was perfect, and the bartender came out to help me choose something that paired well, but fit my dietary needs. The waitress was attentive without being overbearing, and again - the dishes we had were perfectly made. This is a terrific, well run restaurant with a very capable chef/kitchen team.

J
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Whisnladl! The chicken was super crisp and the steak tender; I enjoyed the Cesar, what oil do they use ?! The rye whiskey cocktail was delicious

JL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my fav local restaurant! Yum!

PA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. Waitress was exceptional.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food, cocktails and wine list, waitstaff and ambiance here. We are from Seattle and make a point to dine here whenever we are in town.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic!!! Lobster bisque, kale and goat cheese salad, and the fried chicken sandwich. Outstanding!