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Dini's By The Sea

3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760.434.6000
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Ranked #29 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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San Diego, California
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252 reviews 252 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Live in Leucadia and on occasion we have stopped here for cocktails at sunset. Nice views but the only downer is that highway 101 is very busy comming and going along 101, and a lot of pedestrian traffic too. Happy hour is what we like and a good crowd of locals are there! prices are good and they have been... More

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san antonio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Beautiful view of sunset! Best sourdough bread brought out before meal, warm with butter. As others have said, one half of restaurant is a bar very crowded and loud, restaurant is nice & quiet. So if you walk in through the bar with the kids like we did, just a forewarning...it is kid friendly past the bar. Kids liked their... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice dinner on the patio while watching the sun set and all the activity on the beach walk. The stuffed avocado was delicious - perfectly ripe avocado overflowing with crabmeat and shrimp. Lots of fruit in the sangria. Very reasonable price.

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Boston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We needed a casual meal (and a drink) after a long day at LEGOLAND (with all adults...) Our out of town guest hoped for an ocean view, and a quick search led us to an early dinner at Dini's. It ended up being perfect. We got a great table on the patio with a lovely view of the water. The... More

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San Francisco
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This place is beautiful and situated directly across from the shoreline on the main drag in Carlsbad. The views inside and out, are spectacular. We stopped in for Happy Hour and took a table in the bar area. Two very loud women arrived and elevated the noise level that was the only negative with our experience. The reduced-price appetizers were... More

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Hemet, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beautiful scenery. Right across from beach. Fun hangout, nice happy hour. Age group is from 21 to 80. Food not that good and it does get crowded in the bar. Go to Happy Hour and eat somewhere else.

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Vista, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

From Sports Bar to Classy Restaurant, Dini's caters to us all! Dini's is one of 3 restaurants lucky enough to have an Ocean View in Carlsbad. If you just want a quick cocktail and appetizer, may I suggest the Nachos, or to watch a game, the Sports Bar area is your pot. You can even step out onto the deck... More

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so cal
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145 reviews 145 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Their menu is largely toward bistro food - sandwiches, pizzas - but we had entrees. The chicken parmesan was a large portion and very good. Others had the Linguini ala Dini which had a huge amount of mussels and cockles and very tasty. In the past we have had their Salmon which was also very good.

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Rocklin, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We ate in the dining room, but had a nice view of sunset and the ocean across the highway. We shared a house salad (wonderful with a great balsamic dressing) and the seafood appetizer sampler. The blackened prawns were excellent, the calamari was good, but a sliced steak rather than small squid as we usually expect with calamari. The crab... More

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San Mateo, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We walked into this restaurant and it was packed! When we found a table close to the bar area, i asked the server if we can go ahead and sit at the table that a couple had just left so the table was still unclean. She said 'go ahead' and 'I will get someone to clean it up' ...ten minutes... More

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