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Bistro West

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American, Contemporary, Californian
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4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Cannon and I-5)
760-930-8008
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3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: At Bistro West we’re inspired by freshness and quality. Our new menu...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 192
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Experience

I wanted to surprise my wife on our last night in Carlsbad before heading to Palm Springs to continue on our 44th wedding anniversary trip. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is beautiful. We were greeted warmly (early for our 7PM reservation) and waited a few minutes before being taken to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Michael B
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East Lansing, Michigan
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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362 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
East Lansing, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I wanted to surprise my wife on our last night in Carlsbad before heading to Palm Springs to continue on our 44th wedding anniversary trip. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is beautiful. We were greeted warmly (early for our 7PM reservation) and waited a few minutes before being taken to our table, a nice booth that afforded us a... More 

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Smithtown, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Wonderful calamari and greek salad. We had the filet mignon goulash and the pork chop and both were delicious. They have 1/2 carafes of wine and the Creme brûlée were both good. Very informative and attentive waiter. Plus the place is beautiful!

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We ordered a meal to go. Food was excellent, people were very friendly, and they even included bread and butter to go. The macaroni and cheese side was very good according to both my young children. Pizza was also good.

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Quogue, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

american-style bistro food the food was excellent the service was exceptional- if you can get Reggie as your waiter you are going to have a terrific experience

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San Diego, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food, great service, and close to the freeway for those traveling north and south. the only thing that is a challenge is the parking at times. The food is good, service is good, and the location is fantastic. Not a place with a view, but nice décor and professional management

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Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Our group of 18 were gathering to celebrate a friend moving on to a new job! We contacted Bistro West on a Wednesday for a Friday lunch. They were quick to accomodate us. Service was seamless.

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Boston
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Bistro West offers tasty food, excellent happy hour treats, a nice wine list and good value for the price. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. Nice atmosphere.

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Mankato
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The food (Burgers and fish choices) was good to the taste buds and varied in choice. The service was excellent. There was no problems leading the bill up three ways between the six of us.all in all, it was an excellent choice for our first evening in Carlsbad.

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Alameda, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I ate here recently for a business dinner event. The food was amazing. Great appetizers. Lovely hummus. Loved the vegetarian pasta dish (spaghetti with veggies in a tomato sauce), great ceasar salad. Bread pudding to die for! If I ever come back to Carlsbad, I will have a meal here. My only criticism would be the noise level. It was... More 

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carlsbad
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This used to be our favorite Carlsbad restaurant. They recently changed chefs and the menu so we took our friends for his birthday. We were so disappointed. First we had to get our jackets from the car because the room was so cold. However a discussion with the manager fixed that. The Calamari here was absolutely amazing-before the changes. This... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (Cannon and I-5)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-930-8008

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 27
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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!
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?