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1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Herchel)
+1 858-551-7575
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

worth a visit, great specialty cocktails. great ambiance, open dining available. fodo was interesting and good quality.

Thank Jim W
cambridge ont
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really objected to the 20% automatic gratuities also the surcharge to supplement staffs wages for a very average brunch and out of line prices and so so service when the space was not busy we had been here before and raved about the restaurant and planned to meet with friends I recommended this place and now i am embarrassed... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended Whisknladle and we headed by foot for our last dinner in La Jolla. We were greeted warmly at the door and shown attentive service all evening. We started with a special goat on hummus dish recommended by our waitress who explained it was the restaurant's 9 th anniversary ( Year of the goat evidently). My hubby and... More 

Thank Renee R
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Why go to Napa? So Cal now has La Jolla and all it's awesome little cafes! This is the top of my list. Got there early for our reservations, on Sunday afternoon. No room at the bar, sat at our table out by the sidewalk. Couple behind us with their friendly pup, Cooper! Started with some cider, and appetizers moved... More 

Thank William L
Orland Park, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The ambiance and decor of the restaurant is very warm and inviting. The service was outstanding. Our food was great...every entree was unique and very fresh. we will be back to this wonderful spot for dinner.

Thank RobertZ7855
Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We chose this place at which to celebrate our anniversary and it was a dinner to remember (in spite of the deluge that was taking place outside at the time)! Excellent dinners, expertly served, and a special (and complimentary) dessert, to boot!

Thank LarryML1
Portland, Oregon
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126 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Wow this place was a fantastic surprise. We went for my wife's birthday dinner. We had a larger group so was in the private room. It is very quiet in there, it is a smaller room but fit 12 of us comfortably. You feel private and yet part of the restaurant as there is a very large window that looks... More 

Thank nahlalee
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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130 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

A couple people at the hotel recommended this place; for the life of me, I cannot figure out why. Went for lunch. A tepid, bland mushroom soup to start, followed by a bland, boring caesar salad. My wife had a hamburger which was okay but also (I took one bite) rather tasteless to me. The portions are petitite--but of course,... More 

Thank CLF422
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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106 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We stopped in for lunch after a campus tour at UCSD in La Jolla. The food was amazing, the service was great and the atmosphere was invigorating. Indoor/outdoor with local art and a lively clientele.

Thank kazkey
San Diego, California
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134 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I am a local and have gone to the Whisknladle several times over the last year. Each time, I dismiss the thoughtless service, because the food is very good. This time, though, I cannot. We arrived the day after Christmas for lunch and was told that there was a 20 minute wait. Not untypical for this time of year. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Home Style
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-7575
SpecialtiesFrench, Spanish & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare! Happy Hour starts daily at 3 p.m. and includes $8 cocktails, $5 sangria and $4 tapas.HistoryEstablished in 2008Whisknladle is a nationally-acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of beautiful downtown La Jolla, Calif. Renowned for its Spanish, French & Italian inspired farm-to-table fare, Whisknladle was recently awarded both the Critic's Pick and Readers' Choice for "Best Farm-to-Table" restaurant by San Diego Magazine. Corporate Executive Chef, Ryan Johnston, was named "Best Chef" by San Diego Home & Garden readers in 2012 and again by San Diego Magazine readers in 2013.Meet the Business Owner: Arturo K.Whisknladle Hospitality started simply with the serendipitous meeting of one talented chef [Ryan Johnston] and one young entrepreneur [Arturo Kassel] in 2006. Convinced that what San Diego needed was a farm-fresh restaurant that served from-scratch cooking, the pair opened Whisknladle in the heart of La Jolla in 2008. This back-to-basics approach to cooking - or gourmet comfort food - has firmly planted Whisknladle in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.A La Jolla institution with a national following, Whisknladle expanded its concept into another style of restaurants - Prepkitchen. A restaurant designed for cooks by cooks, Prepkitchen focuses on delivering the same farm-fresh and seasonal cuisine at an everyday-eats price. Since opening the first Prepkitchen in La Jolla, the concept has exploded. In 2010, Whisknladle Hospitality opened Prepkitchen Del Mar and then Prepkitchen Little Italy in 2012.Whisknladle Also RecommendsPrepkitchen La Jolla7556 Fay AveLa Jolla, CA 92037Category: American (New)"Inspired by cooks for cooks, Prepkitchen serves artisanal, local fare at an everyday-eats price!"Prepkitchen Del Mar1201 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA 92014Category: American (New)"Located in downtown Del Mar, Prepkitchen serves artisanal, farm-to-table style cuisine in the city's beautiful, coastal neighborhood environment."Prepkitchen Little Italy1660 India StSan Diego, CA 92101Category: American (New)

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