Restaurant of the Week: Provisional Kitchen

Provisional Kitchen at The Pendry Hotel in the renowned Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego serves New American cuisine and gourmet takeaway.


Whether you enter from the street or from inside the hotel, you will be greeted by a bright and airy communal dining space at Provisional Kitchen. The multi-use area features a Vittoria Coffee espresso bar and bistro tables within a greenhouse with an open kitchen overlooking the dining room. In addition to serving coffee and takeaway meals from the espresso bar, the restaurant also serves brunch and dinner and features a retail space where guests can shop a curated collection of homeware, ceramics, apothecary items, pantry staples and jewelry.


Brunch is served seven days a week and includes classics like pancakes, eggs benedict and avocado toast. The Pumpkin Spice French toast is a must-try treat, made with challah bread, pumpkin-maple cream cheese, butterscotch crisp and Vermont maple syrup. If you can’t decide what to order, you can try the Brunch Tasting Menu, a chef-created five-course experience available on Saturdays and Sundays for $65 per person.

For dinner at Provisional Kitchen, we highly recommend starting your meal with the yellowtail crudo, made with chili-lemon oil, pineapple coulis and roasted pineapple. The fish is fresh, and the combination of flavors is perfection. The restaurant also serves wood-fired pizzas with dough made with natural yeast. All pizzas can be prepared vegan upon request, as well as a gluten-free pizza crust option.


For entrees, the short rib-stuffed cappelletti with house-made pasta is divine. While you can’t go wrong with any of the options, the Calabrian chile-crusted pork tomahawk with sweet parsnip cream, Granny Smith apples and mustard demi is a real standout.

Provisional Kitchen also offers an Aperitivo Hour that features a menu of Italian-inspired bites paired with Aperitivo wine and cocktails, Wednesday to Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Brunch is served daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.

For more information about Provisional Kitchen and to see the complete menu, visit

425 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

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