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Whisknladle

4.7
1678 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Herchel
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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
events@whisknladle.com
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

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 1678 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We go to Whisk and Ladle most every Sunday. We LOVE Kristen as our server.
The food and ambiance is very nice. Pretty good value.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

In the fence on this one—my husband LOVED his meal. Mine was just—okay. Not a really welcoming vibe here. It seemed overpriced for what it was.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was so delicious. The drinks fantastic. Highly recommend for a nice night out or a special brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It’s always a great experience...and one of my favorite bars!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food is delicious here. Have been there 3 times in the last 3 months and would go there again in a heart beat!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We like this place and come here a lot. The food is always excellent, as is the service. The only slight negatives are that the menu is somewhat limited and some dishes can be quite small: the scallops, for example, are delicious but come with barely anything, so you need an extra side dish to make it a meal, in my opinion. My (adult) son commented that the halibut was the best fish dish he’d ever had! I’m getting it next time.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The service and the food was amazing! I highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good food. Good service. Would definitely reccomend.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Whisknladle is one of the best restaurants in San Diego due to the combination of excellent food, attentive service and great atmosphere. Chefs are creative with lamb. duck, fresh fish and unique pasta dishes. Steve is an excellent manager of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We are visitors from Canada and this is our favourite restaurant in all of SAN Diego. We had two visits on this trip and the second was to share the experience with our adult children who live in Vancouver, a city with an abundance of amazing restaurants. They loved it and commented that it was as good if not better than there favourites back home . I must say our server was amazing and the whole service team was excellent. Keep up the great work, and we will definitely be back next time we’re in town.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I have been coming to Whisknladle for years and the food is always great. On this visit, I found myself disappointed with some tweaks to the brunch menu. The egg dishes now come with a dressed mixed green salad instead of breakfast potatoes. However, the menu does not mention this salad and the server did ask if I wanted to upgrade to potatoes. The menu should clearly state all items that will arrive on my plate.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We loved everything about it but the food and especially the service were the best!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Awesome experience! From the moment we sat down to when we walked out, the service and ambience was ideal for a night out. Our server was knowledgeable of the wines and receptive to our likes/dislikes for our dinner. Every dish we ordered was delicious-the stars of the night were the mussels and bone marrow! Both were great to the last bite. We can’t wait to come back with friends and continue exploring the menu!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This was one of the best meals we have enjoyed anywhere, and the service was superb.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We had another wonderful dining experience here this year. The food and service were outstanding! Our server Kim went above and beyond our expectations. We will return!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Always enjoy.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Service is knowledgeable and polite. Food is creative and tasty. Pure quality.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went to Whisknladle for a birthday night out--the service was terrific, the waiter read the opentable reservation and knew it was my husband's birthday, which was nice. the cocktails were really fresh and delicious, and all of the food was fantastic. Highly recommended for a nice night out.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Never disappoints...

I would suggest servers be more mindful of interrupting table conversation with "checking in" to see if everything is ok. This happens most everywhere unfortunately. If servers are not slammed they should be able to read their tables to know if there is a patron in "need".

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I ate at Whisknladle when they first opened 10 years ago based on a F&W shout out and it was amazing. But I hadn't been to San Diego since then and wanted to go back since I am always impressed when a restaurant manages to stay successful for a decade - quite an impressive record. The braised lamb shanks were excellent and the server's recommendation of a Malbec to accompany it was spot on. But the marrow bones were a disappointment - not so much for the flavor, but for the value. Overall, a lovely meal, but not the best one I had during my brief visit to San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food, great wine and wonderful drinks. Whisknladle has been a reliable favorite for over ten years. Tried the crab tortellini. Yummy.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I love this restaurant! It's always fantastic - consistently great! Friendly service, delicious food that changes seasonally, and a fantastic wine and cocktail menu. The whole restaurant is basically a covered patio (plenty of heaters, don't worry) and you're surrounded by greenery everywhere. It's a lovely spot for a date, special occasion, or even a business meeting.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very disappointed, it was my mother's bday so I thought after reading the reviews it was something special but we came hungry and left hungry! We ordered the steak dish that only accompaniment was about 10 chickpeas. Portions so small we decided just to skipped dessert altogether and just went somewhere else to continue our celebration. Drinks high also especially at lunch. $18 ins't cheap for lunch but I should feel a little full at least. If they are going to serve child size portions they should at least put some bread on the table. My daughter's burger was big and good. She had first tried to order and wanted the french toast but when she was told it was just 1 piece for $14 with NO bacon or anything with it, she opted for a burger. She is a petite 5"4 gal so doesn't need a lot of food and I thought it was sad the waitress felt she had to warn a petite girl it might not be enough food! You fill ripped when you have to go eat somewhere else. She lives in LaJolla and none of us would go back, to many other great places in LaJolla.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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!)

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The house made Pate with cheese and meat board appetizer was one of the most tasty I have ever had.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Best food in La Jolla

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great service as always

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing service and food!!!!

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4.0Dined on February 1, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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