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4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #8 of 284 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
Rochester, Mi
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Came here after visiting the Safari Park on the recommendation of tripadvisor... glad we did. We called ahead so we were able to be seated when we arrived a little after 6pm. Restaurant was pretty full for a Monday evening. Very nice decor, parking can be a little tricky since it is right by a hotel and another restaurant. Really... More 

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Newport, RI
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Impressed with the atmosphere and friendliness of Bistro West. Waitress fine to split check 5 ways too!

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The appetizer mussels and clams were very good but everything else was pretty ordinary. We had the ahi salad and the cobb salad. The wine list was average. We chose a mid range cab. It certainly was ok to good but i did not feel an overwhelming need to return.

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La Mirada, California, USA
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Every time in Carlsbad, the husband and I stop for a great dinner at Bistro West, love trying the Chefs new pasta creations, service and Management always wonderful.

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Braintree, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

A restaurant where we could enjoy fine food and entertain a toddler...Yes!! We wanted a good place to dine and have a little pre-birthday dinner to celebrate my grand-daughter's second birthday. Bistro west was perfect!! From the time we checked in until we left, we were warmly greeted by all staff!! The "bubble wall" was a big hit with out... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My sister suggested Bistro West for a lovely family dinner for us...there were 8 of us. We loved the décor and the ambiance of Bistro West! State of the art décor! The wine cabinets were fantastic...very interesting to see the labels displayed so uniquely! Our server was attentive, and able to handle our orders despite our non-stop conversations! The selections... More 

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San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I'm always please to see a restaurant with a dedicated GF menu but it would be even better if the quality of the food were decent. Everyone at our table had over or undercooked food. My fish was too salty, another's pasta was not properly cooked. There is no GF bread option. The wait staff is not well trained and... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Our group of 7 was seated promptly at our reservation time of 11:30. Drink orders were taken immediately on being seated. Menu provides many excellent options. Service quick, efficient and with a smile. Restaurant decor is most pleasing.The prices of this restaurant seem to be creeping up or maybe I haven't noticed how high they have been in the past.... More 

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you are looking for a high end bistro with great food & service without being pretentious; then this has to be the place. We went with my mother-in-law, father-in-law, son, wife & I with a wide age range and a variety of taste buds ... we all loved it.

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Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Beautiful place. Very good meals. Definitely the best point to stop on the road from San Diego to LA.

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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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