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Bistro West

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American, 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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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  • 51
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  • 13
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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 Happy Hour

Having at one time worked close by this restaurant I have been many times. Happy Hour is excellent - they currently offer "7 for 7". Great selection of appetizers for $7, and the house wines and draught beers are also $7. In particular their Ahi Poke is extremely good. I have also had full dinners... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
badger1_98
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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having at one time worked close by this restaurant I have been many times. Happy Hour is excellent - they currently offer "7 for 7". Great selection of appetizers for $7, and the house wines and draught beers are also $7. In particular their Ahi Poke is extremely good. I have also had full dinners here and the menu is... More 

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275 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The happy hour menu is not as good as last year. We looked forward to coming more than once to Bistro West during our week at Carlsbad, but we're disappointed. May try main restaurant but not happy hour menu.

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Thank RobReno
Bellingham, Washington
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been here numerous times over the past four years. The food is consistently superb and the service is excellent. Atmosphere is very nice, and the waitstaff friendly and helpful. Their advice on menu items always on target.

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Thank Mike L
Houston, Texas
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267 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We met some relatives for lunch today. They are stationed at Camp Pendleton, but have not tried Bistro West. I knew they wouldn't be dissapointed! I had the Sunday brunch corn beef hash which was a good size, not too much and very flavorful. Others had the chicken schwarma sandwich and burgers, all of which were excellent. Deserts cannot be... More 

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Thank RickyH59
Meridian, Idaho
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While on vacation in Carlsbad, Ca, my husband and I chose Bistro West as a meeting location for Sunday brunch/or lunch with friends. They exited #48 on I 5 after driving south from Manhattan Beach. The two young adult children, their parents and my husband and I, both senior citizens enjoyed the varied menu and the knowledgeable, friendly server. Our... More 

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Thank araska
Oceanside, California
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277 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This super popular Carlsbad spot offers a great selection of starters to share along with pizzas, pastas and classic comfort food. Best of all, the restaurant grows all of their own produce at their very own three-acre farm called The West Farm. Plus, there’s a fantastic happy hour.

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Thank CoastalCruiser27
Oceanside, California
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another great experience. Between the food and service it was great! Went in mid afternoon. Enjoyed the special of the day and short ribs. Jose our server recommended both the special and the wine. Both were delicious. Jose bent over backwards to take care of our every need. He was willing to offer a taste of the soup of the... More 

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Thank Doc_Dern
Tacoma, Washington
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ambience is nice but the room was loud, and pretty dim (I saw old people using their flashlights on their cell phones to look at the menu). The service was good and the waiter was very attentive. The Caesar salad and the baked potato soup were good. I got the the pear and prosciutto pizza and my wife got... More 

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Thank tac0matraveler
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bistro West never disappoints. We dine here on a regular basis with and without friends. We notice family celebrations, business dinners, etc.here. The food is always fresh alwnd well prepared. Monday is half priced bottles of wine!

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Thank msSbellamac
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great atmosphere friendly staff menu has wide variety and the food was really great. If your in the mood for a good meal reasonably priced this is your spot.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?