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Bistro West

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American, Californian, Contemporary
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4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Cannon and I-5)
760-930-8008
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11:30 am - 9:30 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, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 39
    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
Excellent Salads and Wide Screens

We have eaten here many times and it stays the same, GREAT! especially for the price. Good seating in the Bar area, at the Bar privately in the back dining room and even comfy outside. Bartenders and wait staff are always attentive and helpful. Salads are always fresh and tasty. Desserts are great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
jrodenhausen
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Carlsbad, CA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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393 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Carlsbad, CA
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 NEW

We have eaten here many times and it stays the same, GREAT! especially for the price. Good seating in the Bar area, at the Bar privately in the back dining room and even comfy outside. Bartenders and wait staff are always attentive and helpful. Salads are always fresh and tasty. Desserts are great too if you can find room. Enjoy

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Bangkok, Thailand
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93 reviews 93 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This restaurant shares the same parking lot of the West Inn & Suite where we stayed for a couple of nights. We had a great lunch with Bistro Artisan Board (house made Mozzarella, seasonal cheese, Salumi, Grilled Breads & Assorted Garnish), fried Calamaris, and Housemade Lasagna. They all tasted excellent and worth every dollars.

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San Diego, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This place is great. It is elegant, yet casual dining. Great burgers. Very clean. Very good restaurant.

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Dallas, Texas
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480 reviews 480 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It's bigger than most restaurants, and busier. The good is hit or miss depending on what you get. The meats are average to me, the fish very good. The staff is great, and very accommodating and the kitchen is as well. Fair priced, why its busy probably, and some nights have half priced wine by the bottle. Very good deal.... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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133 reviews 133 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We went to Bistro West for dinner with friends and family The food was very good and the variety of the menu is great The service was also very good---attentive but not overbearing

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

I love Bistro West! I am transported to another era when I go there. Great place, great people, great food and great prices!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

After a long travel day you can always bank on this place for some good food, beer and wine! I just sat at the bar this time and it was great.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very good food. Inside or outside eating. A full bar lounge area to accommodate a very nice happy hour. Good casual atmosphere for business lunches dinners and dates. The food is fresh and always prepared to order

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Temecula, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Had lunch on the patio with my husband and found the food delicious and the service extraordinary. The decor inside is really sleek and modern and the outside patio is cozy and lovely. We had salads - I had the beet salad with salmon, which was beautifully presented and delicious. My husband had the Greek salad with grilled chicken. He... More 

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Long Beach, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here because of Trip Advisor not knowing about their happy hour in the bar. Such a deal! We had tasty chicken wings, beef skewers, & beet salad with goat cheese for appetizers. We also enjoyed the happy hour wine! Christina was a great server & we'll have to come back again!

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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, Californian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?