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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #8 of 280 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $27
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Californian
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cannon and I-5
Description: At Bistro West we’re inspired by freshness and quality. Our new menu includes “The Classics”, and reflects the creativity of our Chefs who plant, harvest and create a seasonally-evolving menu from their own three acre farm. With a passion for creating the perfect bite, utilizing only top quality ingredients that are fresh daily, Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago and Chef Jason Connolly combine an authentic farm-to-table approach with classic French and Italian influences. “The Classics”, feature the local favorites such as Filet Mignon Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Pot Pie in addition to hand-made pizzas, pastas, and burgers; everything on the menu is made from scratch while keeping the principles of sustainability top of mind. At Bistro West, we’re dedicated to providing you with “real food”; served in a casual and lively atmosphere. Our desire is that you join us often to experience what’s new at every season!
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English first
San Diego, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

locally grown vegetables served with your dishes, great food, service, wine selection, $20 gets you a nice dish although there is pricier items on the menu, don't forget to ask for hamburger of the month the chances are it is to die for:)

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

A group of 9 of us had Sunday lunch here and we loved it! Every one of us was more than pleased with our food and the staff! We started with 3 different appetizers, calamari, tuna tar-tar and lettuce wraps, all were incredible! I had seafood campanelli which was outstanding! For dessert we shared the cheesecake and crème brule. The... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

The food is excellent, if you are looking for healthy, organic, gluten free food, this is the place. I think the place in general should be renewed.

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Santa Monica, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Loved the burgers and deli sandwiches. Burger is cooked to your stated doneness (accurately) and the meat is top quality. Tastes like a real burger rather than what we have come to expect from places where there is no beef taste at all. Prices are very reasonable and they have a full bar as well. Good place for lunch or... More

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Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a large ultra modern restaurant with a large menu. Very large portions of generally comfort food. This is a good thing! There is something for everyone on the menu from entrees to sandwiches. Prompt. Service and reasonable prices. Really lovely decor. Good place to go. Might be a wait on weekends as this place is quite popular.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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243 reviews 243 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a very large restaurant that serves great food and wine. We ate for lunch and had two great meals. My wife loved the burger and I loved the Hawaiian lunch. The Hawaiian lunch is very unique but very good and inexpensive. The burger was made with very good beef from local farms per the waitress.

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Washington state
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We eat here every time we're in Carlsbad. The service and food are excellent. First we split a mezze plate appetizer. The selection of olives, cheese, hummus, tzatziki and grilled flatbread was a delicious combination. We couldn't resist the delicious ham and bean soup, then on to our dinner choices! My Manciata Salad (steak salad) was excellent with the steak... More

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Carlsbad, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I have gone to the Bistro West for many years (we live down the street), mostly for Sunday Brunch. However, it has really gone downhill in terms of the menu selections. Apparently, there is a new chef, and he wanted to mix things up. Well, I'm all for that, but sad to say, this place is failing... More

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Los Angeles
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Bar area, and separate restuarant that also had TVs but ar eunobtrusive. Amazingly good service - very prompt and attentive. We had filet mignon that was melt in your mouth. Also a calamari appetizer, and gaelic coffee at the end. My sister had a coffee tequila with cream that is not on the menu but suggested by the waiter. Very... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

After making a reservation last Saturday, we were seated by a table of 15 with unsupervised children. We accepted this discomfort but the noise level made it hard to hear by wife in our booth. Coupled with that the service was sluggish and the entree's unexceptional.

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Additional Information about Bistro West

Address: 4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: 760-930-8008
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 27
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Californian

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