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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #7 of 277 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $6 - $27
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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305 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Mission Viejo, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We had a party of four kids and eight adults eat dinner here. We enjoyed everything from pasta, to salad, to pizza, to sandwiches. I thought the pasta dishes were definitely the best though. The ambiance is nice and soothing but not too stuffy for children.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Good selection of fresh food, charming venue - good choice for a business lunch or with friends. Nice outdoor seating. Very quiet.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I took a job a couple month's ago which brings me to Carlsbad about every 6 weeks. This place is a one block walk from the hotel that my company uses. Since I travel alone, I sit at the bar because I find sitting at a table alone to be kind of awkward. In the case of Bistro West, it... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This restaurant was referred to us by another restaurant who couldn't accommodate our party until later then we wanted to eat. I went with my four kids, husband and best friend. The waitress was extremely patient with my kids who were definitely tired and not in their best of moods. She helped keep them entertained and brought snacks to keep... More

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Anaheim Hills, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We met Mike & Maridell for dinner. Our server was Heather and she is a delight. I started with a good Manhattan and Carmen had a glass of La Crema Chardonnay. She has a good spinach salad and I had a very good Greek salad. She had a Pear & Gorgonzola pizza that she really liked. I had hanger steak... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

the place was on par but not the most memorable. I visited on Saturday and I had the short ribs... Good, but wish I came on a weekday where apparently they have a Hawaiian dish that seems to die for. The wine list was decent and the service was good . Overall , it's a good restaurant with a nice... More

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Round Rock
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great atmosphere wonderful friendly service and great food. Most important my 15 year old daughter loved the place and her breakfast.

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Elverson, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Having arrived at the hotel after a long tiring day of travel, we walked across the street to the Bistro - we were seated immediately and had the nicest server. The food was delicious and fast...the hotel had given us a coupon for a free appetizer - we selected the Rueben Egg Roll - FABULOUS!!! My only negatives are the... More

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Yucaipa, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Just so happens we were staying at the West inn adjacent to the restaurant,and after a nice day on the beach,we walked to the bistro. We were seated in the bar immediately and our server was at the table minutes after we were seated.I asked for a recommendation between 2 dishes,and she gave a honest opinion and did not try... More

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Henderson, Nevada
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our family was not impressed with the greasy pizza or the steak salad. The hamburger was excellent and the wait staff very nice.

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