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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #9 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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85% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We looked on Yelp to find a place to eat while vacationing in Carlsbad. It was late and we were all tired and starving. We found this place, it had great reviews so we tried it out. Boy were we happy with our choice! The restaruant was packed so we ate in the bar. Our waitress was so nice and... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was our second visit to this restaurant and we had yet another wonderful experience. Our service was fantastic and the food was great. The atmosphere is as classy as ever. The children's menu has a number of good choices. We were extremely impressed with how management handled a situation that arose between two different diners at the restaurant. A... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love their "Happy Hour Menu". Reasonable prices and nice to eat and have cocktails outside on the patio--Less noise then inside.

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vancouver, BC
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is our first time dining at West Bistro for dinner. We were totally surprised by the modern and beautiful decor; fabulous food; and great service by Daniel. We had the mussel/clam for $13 to share for a starter and the mussels were very FRESH and the smoked sausage cream sauce was also very tasty. For my main, I had... More

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Carlsbad, California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Convenient location (right off the I-5 at the Canon exit between the beach, the Carlsbad Outlet mall, and Strawberry Fields) and easy parking will draw you in, but the exceptional service and quality fare will keep you coming back. The restaurant has a nice buzz to it and the lounge, which also has outside seating, can offer a more relaxed... More

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Very good service, excellent food, a very friendly staff and a very nice ambience. A pleasurable experience for me and my family...

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Lake Forest, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Don't go here unless you want to be overcharged for bland small portions of disgusting garbage. The lasagna was soggy, unseasoned, and covered with something akin to vomit. The service was nonexistent and I think the server decided to ignore us because we didn't order cocktails or wine before dinner. The wait for our food was interminable and the server... More

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Benicia, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great great food. fresh, excellent service -- highly recommend. On vacation in Carlsbad and eaten in several all for lunch and by far the best. Just outstanding food

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Carlsbad, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

My swordfish was well prepared with a bean and spinach side. Chopped wedge salad was above average, rolls were excellent, chocolate mousse was outstanding. Service was polished. Room was conducive to conversation. Recommend for a good meal!

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Carlsbad, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I always enjoyed dining here whether for a romantic dinner with my wife or lunch with clients. The service and food never disappoints and I love the overall interior design and ambiance. I highly recommend this casual yet classy "Bistro" close to the beach.

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