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Bistro West

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4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Cannon and I-5)
760-930-8008
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3:30 pm - 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: Dinner, Breakfast, 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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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
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Stopped for lunch during a conference in the Carlsbad area. While the outdoor seating space was very dissappointing, the food was fantastic. I hightly recommend the calamari. Tender and perfectly cooked with just a little bit of spice. The salads are enormous - more than enough to share generously... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
JenRaVo
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Austin, Texas
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Stopped for lunch during a conference in the Carlsbad area. While the outdoor seating space was very dissappointing, the food was fantastic. I hightly recommend the calamari. Tender and perfectly cooked with just a little bit of spice. The salads are enormous - more than enough to share generously. While we didn't partake in the wine list, it appears extensive... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We have been several times for happy hour. Good bar menu and a good selection of wines by the glass. We have also eating in the dining room several times and found it wonderful as well. Service always good and friendly staff.

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Burlington
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The ambiance is great. The wine list extensive, the food delicious. I recommend the mushroom ravioli with scallops. The prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food.

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Bakersfield, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The food was excellent but it may be a bit too complex and expensive for young children. During our time at the restaurant, we met many locals who frequent the restaurant for all occasions.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We spent 7 days in San Diego on a family vacation. This was our favorite place by far!!! In fact, we went back a second time. The food is fresh, flavors are amazing. The Ahi was my favorite dish. This is a must try if you are in the Carlsbad area.

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St. Louis, MO
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We took our two kids (9 & 11) here for dinner after Legoland. Luckily, we had showered and changed and looked halfway decent because it was a bit more upscale than I expected. We sat out on the patio and took advantage of the happy hour specials, and our kids both found their favorite foods on the kid's menu. My... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Wonderful food, service, and staff. Always great to stop in during happy hour for a burger and beer. Thrilled to be among many locals who frequent Bistro West. See you soon...

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Carlsbad, California
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Excellent food, Happy Hour is really Happy.. Service is excellent, attitude is great of all staff. Highly recommended for both TOURISTS + LOCALS. Joe Tosto

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san diego
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I hosted a group dinner at Bistro West and everything about the food and service was great. The servers were pleasant, timely and knowledgeable. The kitchen was good about making adjustments in their standard fare to accommodate individual needs. The salmon and steak offerings got great comments and the desserts got the most raves of all. The vanilla bean creme... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My wife and I went here for dinner while passing through Carlsbad. She had Ravioli, and I had Filet Mignon Beef Stroganoff. Both were better than average dinners, neither was unforgettable. The value was average. I would go here again if in the area.

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Additional Information about Bistro West

Address: 4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: 760-930-8008
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 27
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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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: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?