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Bistro West

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American, Californian, Contemporary
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4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Cannon and I-5)
760-930-8008
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10:00 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: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, 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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  • 214
    Excellent
  • 129
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 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
Happy Hour is great!

They have great wine selections, great house cocktails, and my favorite is their Ahi Poke plate!!!!! Sooooo good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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via mobile
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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400 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

They have great wine selections, great house cocktails, and my favorite is their Ahi Poke plate!!!!! Sooooo good.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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352 reviews 352 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

After a five hour drive from Las Vegas the Bistro was perfect. We did a take out order and went back to our room next door at the West Inn & Suites. Even though we just got a Rueben and a chicken sandwich. They hit the spot. Next time we will eat in the dining room.

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Oceanside, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We've enjoyed meals here on several occasions of the past few years and never been disappointed. The food is ample, high quality, great taste - delivered with great service. This is a great alternative to the higher end restaurant next door - but can also come with some risk of being seated next to vacation families with small children. The... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Stopped in for lunch. Nice upscale restaurant. The portions were surprisingly large and reasonably priced. Nice menu with great food presentation. Good food and great service. Would definitely recommend.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Lasagna, spaghetti, penne, burgers and salads were all great! All homemade pastas and locally grown produce. Accommodated a party of 8 on a Friday night without a reservation.

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I usually do not order burgers out for dinner, but was really hungry for one. I ordered The Bacon Avocado Burger. It was GREAT. Very tasty and juicy. Cooked to perfection. It's sometimes hard to get medium. Usually never cooked right. Most of family had pasta, which is all homemade on site. They also try to use local grown produce.... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The complex that comprises the hotel (West Inn), the upscale West restaurant and the charming and squeeky clean gas station/convenience store and the Bistro West restaurant is a lovely model that has a really lovely presence for locals (like us!) and visitors. What I have come to appreciate most is the committed staff at Bistro West and their intent to... More 

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Carlsbad, CA
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159 reviews 159 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We have eaten here many times and it stays the same, GREAT! especially for the price. Good seating in the Bar area, at the Bar privately in the back dining room and even comfy outside. Bartenders and wait staff are always attentive and helpful. Salads are always fresh and tasty. Desserts are great too if you can find room. Enjoy

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Bangkok, Thailand
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95 reviews 95 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This restaurant shares the same parking lot of the West Inn & Suite where we stayed for a couple of nights. We had a great lunch with Bistro Artisan Board (house made Mozzarella, seasonal cheese, Salumi, Grilled Breads & Assorted Garnish), fried Calamaris, and Housemade Lasagna. They all tasted excellent and worth every dollars.

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San Diego, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This place is great. It is elegant, yet casual dining. Great burgers. Very clean. Very good restaurant.

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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, Californian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?