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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #7 of 278 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $27
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
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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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

After making a reservation last Saturday, we were seated by a table of 15 with unsupervised children. We accepted this discomfort but the noise level made it hard to hear by wife in our booth. Coupled with that the service was sluggish and the entree's unexceptional.

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Since I found this restaurant through Tripadvisor I wanted to confirm it matches the positive reviews. We were visiting CA and are very particular and can never find what we want simply by asking for suggestions. We are the nutty family that usually travels with our own food to guarantee we like it and trust the source. We brought our... More

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Vista, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I can't say enough good things about Bistro West! My family and I ate here last year and had one of our top 5 meals ever. We were lucky enough to bypass our 1 hour wait (no reservations were made and it was Friday night at 6:00) and score a table in the bar area. Service was just as great... More

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The food is always great. Except this last time the pizza was not so good. Will not get the pizza again. The service in the bar is not the best. The bar manager is not on top of it. However, the staff in the dining room is always attentive. We will be back, because we love it most of the... More

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New England
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196 reviews 196 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is the first restaurant we return to each year for our extended stay in Carlsbad. They take reservations on the phone or through Open Table, but we also have walked in during the week with good success in being seated right away. Great bar for more casual dining, and we find the dining room very lovely and comfortable. Sitting... More

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Carlsbad, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Bistro West is one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always excellent, great service and a good price. I highly recommend having dinner here.

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Carlsbad, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've been coming here for years and have always had great food. Nice drink menu and good happy hour deals. Never disappointed with this place.

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Would not recommend. Mostly due to poor service and over priced menu. . Our busboy was more attentive than our clueless waiter Reggie. The steak salad was a joke. Not much if a salad and served over over cooked but then soggy flat bread. Sorry piece of filet. Hamburgers were over cooked. More bread than steak on steak sandwich. Ham... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We spend one week at Marbrisa Resort in Carlsbad every September. During that week, we eat dinner at Bistro West 6 out of 7 days. The food, wine list, cocktails and beer are beyond excellent and imaginative! Local produce add to the delightful ambiance and menu selections. From the bartenders, hosts, managers (and the staff proudly laud the owners too),... More

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Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Organic, tasty, fresh.....I loved eating here and also ordering the room service for my 2 week stay at the hotel. Highly recommend it, very best food in this area.

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