This July, La Jolla residents can set their sights on some of the best views San Diego has to offer, while enjoying coastal Mediterranean cuisine when the doors open at Cusp Dining & Drinks, a Kimpton restaurant. Cusp will be located on the eleventh floor of Kimpton’s soon-to-open Hotel La Jolla. Under the culinary direction of executive chef Donald Lockhart, guests can enjoy a menu that features small and large sharable plates that encourage social gatherings with uniquely crafted cocktails that are set to the panoramic views of the Pacific.
When chef Donald Lockhart creates in the kitchen, he draws from his soul. His deep appreciation for the ingredients he chooses and artful mastery of culinary techniques allow him to craft flavorful food full of personality. Lockhart also worked as an executive sous chef in Cairo, Egypt and competed in the IKA/World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
Recently departing Hollywood’s Delphine Restaurant to set his sights on La Jolla, Lockhart looks to cultivate a sense of community through his food, neighborhood and guests. “La Jolla is the heart of an exciting locale. We are right next to the ocean and the freshest seafood, and minutes away from local farms, fresh produce and culinary artisans.” He believes his refreshing, playful menu will celebrate local bounty and pay homage to the community that contributes to its
Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the U.S. All Kimpton restaurants share common cornerstones. Two are heartfelt care and chef-driven seasonal menus that celebrate local farms and purveyors.
Guided by company-wide EarthCare practices, Kimpton Restaurants demonstrate a dedication to preserving the environment through the use of local and sustainable ingredients, whenever possible. With concepts ranging from rustic Italian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest, to oceanic
fare on the Florida coast and alluring lounges and bars tucked away in the nation’s capital, each Kimpton restaurant is as distinct and expressive as its location.
Guests will also find a variety of elements made fresh in-house, such as soft cheeses, cured fish, oven-baked flatbreads and colorful pastas. Lockhart’s dishes will stay true to culinary basics, while offering a contemporary, almost whimsical touch.
Cusp Dining & Drinks is located at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla CA 92037.