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Whisknladle

4.8
4.8
2034 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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


Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Organic, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 551-7575

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Johnston

  • Private party facilities

    Chef's Table available in our private dining room. We work with you to create a menu based on our seasonal cuisine.3 course family style dining. Seats up to 16 people. 500$ F&B minimum

  • Private party contact

    Carissa Grubbs: (877) 354-3008

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Herchel & Wall

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,034 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. AB

    AmyB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing and they have the best staff. Every person who has served us at Whisknladle has been so pleasant. I would definitely recommend dining here. I can’t wait to come back.
  2. CC

    ChrisC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service was great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The food was subpar. I ordered the hot chicken which did not have much of chicken but only the batter. I loved the ambience though. The menu could be better and also offer some healthy dining options
  4. PB

    PBSteve

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again another perfect meal at Whisknladle.
  5. JA

    JoAnnN

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice menu, yummy food. Very pleasant ambience. And not noisy!
  6. l

    littlejo

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service very slow, we sat at booth and reflection off car windshields blinded us. their sunscreen goes all the way across multiple seatings, so you cannot very well ask them to put in down and block everyone's view. French fries super salty. Fried chicken sandwich fairly tasteless, limited beer selection to emphasize Gravity Heights brews.Even with BOGO coupon our lunch with two beers and two sandwiches was $50, which is steep for the meal we had. I know some people really like this place but I had disappointing breakfast previously and now disappointing lunch so don't feel like attempting dinner. Nice that they offered mocktails but at $7 or $8 for basiically fruit puree and seltzer or tonic that is steep. No wonder places are closig because who can afford to go out.
  7. CW

    CherylW

    Kansas City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was awesome and the food was delicious! A definite return.
  8. l

    lloyd

    Las Vegas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pork sausage tagliatelle was amazing!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food, friendly service, and a very accommodating environment. we look forward to our next visit.
  10. E

    Esperinos

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful farm to table place. The roasted cauliflower starter was nice. Maine scallops were cooked perfectly. Very popular place e judging by the activity.
  11. j

    jrad

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place in La Jolla. Never can go wrong here.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around!
  13. B

    Ben1

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Interesting and delicious food combined with excellent, friendly service. But don't sit on the banquette, as the springs are worn out.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food great service friendly and welcoming
  15. N

    Nicole

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice date night location. On the more expensive side. Food portions are not that big but has a great ambiance & excellent wine!
  16. LC

    LauraC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks. I love the atmosphere, and the staff was very friendly!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb . A singular experience in service and food.
  18. p

    princess

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The waiter was wonderful and we enjoyed the restaurant and food very much. Definitely will return.
  19. DN

    DoNotPassBy

    Louisville

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Great service.
  20. LO

    LillieO

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Yummy! Great selection of food and drinks.
  21. SS

    ScottS

    Miami

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent brunch experience all the way around -- food, atmosphere, service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service! Loved the ahí crudo. Will definitely be coming back!
  23. J

    Jennifer

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always eat at Whisknladle when in San Diego. The service, food, and ambiance are all incredible. Thanks for another great meal!
  24. j

    jillw

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our yearly visit to La Jolla and we always head to Whisknladle Outstanding and the staff is amazing.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 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.
  26. s

    simply7

    Tucson

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 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.
  27. EE

    EatnEverywhere

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great Food was fun
  28. DS

    DaveS

    Montana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 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
  29. e

    edwardw

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is just always a delightful time. Bob our favorite waiter is amazing too.
  30. JN

    JohnN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 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!
  31. LM

    LisaM

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was fabulous! We will definitely come back next time we are in town
  32. e

    ec67

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 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!
  33. M

    Momoftwo

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 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.
  34. JU

    JennU

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 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.
  35. J

    Janel

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing customer service, and the BEST dessert. Must try: Butterscotch Budino, paired with a port!
  36. P

    Perl13

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy eating here when we visit LaJolla. Service was excellent and the food and drinks were good as always.
  37. l

    lovemygrub

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  38. F

    Firsttime

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 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.
  39. S

    Sandy

    New England

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our evening here. We were visiting from out of town. Staff is terrific.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    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!!

FAQs

Whisknladle is rated 4.8 stars by 2034 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Herchel & Wall

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Organic, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Johnston

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 551-7575

  • Private party facilities

    Chef's Table available in our private dining room. We work with you to create a menu based on our seasonal cuisine.3 course family style dining. Seats up to 16 people. 500$ F&B minimum

  • Private party contact

    Carissa Grubbs: (877) 354-3008

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