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For 2
Sun, 2/18
7:00 PM
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1641 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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

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Private dining
Dining Style
Home Style
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American, Organic
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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
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Phone number
(858) 551-7575
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Johnston
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Cross street
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Parking details
Validated parking also available up to 2 hours at Hotel Parisi on Hershel Street
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Special events & promotions
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

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

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What 1641 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OCBusinessman (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

vipGannett (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing service and food!!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Drrs (Salt Lake City)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  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.

SAboy (San Diego)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing service and incredible food

Foodlover (San Diego)
3.0  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.

1foodie (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipNikki (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

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

rockey (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  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.

FrostyFamily (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipPerfect (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

vipItinerantDiner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

JulG (San Diego)
5.0  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.