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Romantic Dining: At KITCHEN 1540, an award-winning restaurant located in the L'Auberge Del Mar, a comfortable and simple atmosphere complements the coastal harvest cuisine menu by Chef Nathan Lingle. Romantic diners should book a cozy cabana on the outdoor patio for a somewhat private dining experience. The restaurant features an open presentation kitchen, tasting table, a private dining room wrapped in wine-encased walls, and a cozy wine bar with 24 wines on tap. Guests can also opt to dine on a lovely outdoor patio, where they can enjoy the ocean breezes, a gurgling waterfall and hanging lanterns to set just the right mood.

Del Mar's Best Restaurants: KITCHEN 1540 is an award-winning restaurant located in the L'Auberge Del Mar, one of San Diego's luxury boutique hotels. But, this isn't your standard hotel restaurant. The menu here is eclectic and infused with Chef Brandon Fortune's Southern charm. Beautifully-plated shrimp n'grits, fried green tomatoes and Memphis ribs are a few of the comfort food offerings. Tasty salads and main dishes like Barramundi allow you to feel less guilty about indulging in the low and slow baked bread pudding (order it). The restaurant features an open presentation kitchen, tasting table, a private dining room wrapped in wine-encased walls, and private cabanas on the patio that are available for intimate dining.

Outdoor Dining: At KITCHEN 1540, an award-winning restaurant located in the L'Auberge Del Mar, a comfortable and simple atmosphere complements an intriguing, eclectic, and extraordinary menu by Chef Brandon Fortune. If you like Southern comfort food, this is where to find it. Try Chicken 'n' Dumplins, Memphis-style ribs and be sure to save room for his amazing baked bread pudding. The restaurant features an open presentation kitchen, tasting table, a private dining room wrapped in wine-encased walls, and a cozy wine bar with 24 wines on tap. Guests can also opt to dine on a lovely outdoor patio, where they can enjoy the ocean breezes, a gurgling waterfall and hanging lanterns to set just the right mood.

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Local Expert Katie Dillon Says:

Romantic Dining: "This restaurant becomes extra romantic with dinner in a cabana on the outdoor patio."

Del Mar's Best Restaurants: "The bread pudding is to die for."

Outdoor Dining: "The outdoor lounge area has cabanas for private dining. You can definitely enjoy ocean breezes here and dine at one of San Diego's most popular restaurants."

Best for Romantic Dining Because: It's casual dining (including a great gluten-free menu) with breathtaking bay views in either side of the combined lounge and restaurant.

Best for Del Mar's Best Restaurants Because: There just isn't another place in Del Mar, let alone San Diego, that's like it. Go for upscale Southern comfort food.

Best for Outdoor Dining Because: Drinks and dinner on the outdoor patio amid ocean breezes (no view, but that's OK) is hard to beat.

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