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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 - 11:00 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, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, 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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    Very good
  • 45
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  • 13
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  • 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
Great Chicken Pot Pie

This is great place for lunch or dinner. I love the Chicken Pot pie here, probably the best chicken pot pie I have had. The service and value is really good, highly recommend.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Mark P
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Chico, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This was the second time we tried this restaurant, we even called and explained that the last time we came we had to leave as the waiter never served us, this time assured that this would not be the case again we booked a table, there were very few people in the restaurant and we placed our order, after almost... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This is great place for lunch or dinner. I love the Chicken Pot pie here, probably the best chicken pot pie I have had. The service and value is really good, highly recommend.

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Westport, Connecticut
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went to Bistro West on a recommendation and on a first impression basis, it was above and beyond expectation. Fantastic waiter who was very knowledgeable on both the food and wine menu and superb with kids ! We ordered accordingly and couldn't fault the service in any way. Unfortunately that's where the compliments stop ... Perhaps we ordered badly but... More 

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Wasco, California
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great happy hour! 7 for 7.......appetizers and wines! Interior design is modern yet warm! Sitting outside is also very comfortable. We sat in bar and truly enjoyed both the food and great service. Menu is varied and delicious! We had the warm artichoke dip appetizer.......great but crostini is so hard we had to get fried wontons to dip instead. Crostini... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

For smaller bite size meals, such as tapas, maybe a Happy hour, or a glass of wine and salad. or coffee and dessert.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We have been to Bistro West twice in the past two weeks and we really enjoyed our dining experiences. Not only was the service top ranked the food was very good. I had the filet Mignon stroganoff the first time, it was so tasty and well prepared, the second time I had the Philly Steak cheese sandwich, which was very... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The entire staff at Bistro west was helpful, kind and happy. The menu was creative and the food is down right delicious. If your looking for a nice evening I suggest giving it a try

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

We went for dinner here because it was close to our hotel at West Inn. I think the food was good. Large portions. I little upscale for an average family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Very good. Cool and clean. Food for different prices. The best cappuccino in my life! You pay a price for your coke and you can drink as much as you like.

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Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Moderately priced luncheon fare with reasonable variety. Our party had the grilled chicken sandwich, the taco platter, the Hawaiian platter, and the soup and sandwich, and all were described as "very good" and "excellent value. " Service was outstanding -- quick, attentive, and friendly. Beautiful decor -- subdued lighting but not dark, quiet, intimate without being pretentious, and completely comfortable.... More 

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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine

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?