Dining in Del Mar in Southern California: Kitchen 1540

Del Mar of course has great shopping and surfing, but it's also the home of some fine cuisine

Our contributor experiences an elegant and delicate dinner at Kitchen 1540 in Del Mar, Calif.

Southern California diners searching for exquisite dishes prepared using fresh, local, organic produce, free-range meat, and seafood from sustainable sources need look no further than Kitchen 1540. This modern restaurant, situated within the oceanside L'Auberge Del Mar hotel, offers a seasonally driven menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Early risers who are looking to eat before heading off to the beach will find an array of light and wholesome breakfast items, as well as, signature dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes served with blackberry preserves and poppy seed meringue.

Lunch can be light fare like a seafood salad filled with a variety of local fish tossed together with mango, avocado, tomato, and green goddess dressing or can be hearty and filling like a fried chicken sandwich topped with balsamic onions, blue cheese, buttermilk spread, and arugula. Either way, guests will be filled up and ready for an afternoon of shopping in the picturesque town of Del Mar. 

Executive chef Scott Tomas Dolbee has created a bold and exciting dinner menu merging classic tastes with unexpected flavor pairings. There are so many wonderful dishes on the menu, making it hard to choose between selections like duck breast served with farro fried rice, fried egg, white peach kalbi snap peas, and sesame gailan or black cod served with roasted clams, black mussel billibi, king crab, Yukon potatoes, fennel, and arugula.

It would be a shame to not leave room for some sweet potato custard encrusted in a graham cracker crust served with miso caramel. This innovative dessert is not to be missed.


Whether you are staying at L'Auberge or just visiting the quaint coastal town of Del Mar, Kitchen 1540 is a must for those who appreciate fine dining. Click through our slideshow to get a peek into the restaurant and some of the elegant dishes served, from fried sweet potato mousse to Colorado lamb.