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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #7 of 277 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Chandler, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Called to place an order, told the gentleman we were famished- our food was made fresh & delivered within 15-20 minutes. Pleasantly surprised by the rapid response time.

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Escondido, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I've been here three or four times. I just can't get excited about the food. Average flavors at best. Service is good. Ambiance is good. Food - so so.

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Another fancy place where the decor is impressive but the food mediocre. Pastas, both gluten free and regular are bland, salads are good but the steaks were icy at the center, so you could not taste them. Somebody tell chef they must be brought to room temp before cooking! Cocktails were not well made either. What a pity!

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Anaheim, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We wanted some place on the way back to Orange County from the races in Del Mar. I looked up restaurants in Carlsbad and Bistro West was a frequent recommendation. We decided to give it a chance and I'm glad we did. This restaurant is next door to a hotel and kitty corner to another related steak house restaurant. The... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

good service, and trendy. The hotel gave us a free appetizer coupon which we used for the bruschetta and it was really good

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Turlock, California, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Usually you think the "bistro" type restaurant at most hotels is just a way to serve their free breakfasts, but that's opposite of the way Bistro fits into the hotel scene. Bistro West is a full service restaurant that serves a full menu of delicious food all day long. We were in Carlsbad for a family wedding and the grooms... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We had a party of four kids and eight adults eat dinner here. We enjoyed everything from pasta, to salad, to pizza, to sandwiches. I thought the pasta dishes were definitely the best though. The ambiance is nice and soothing but not too stuffy for children.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Good selection of fresh food, charming venue - good choice for a business lunch or with friends. Nice outdoor seating. Very quiet.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I took a job a couple month's ago which brings me to Carlsbad about every 6 weeks. This place is a one block walk from the hotel that my company uses. Since I travel alone, I sit at the bar because I find sitting at a table alone to be kind of awkward. In the case of Bistro West, it... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This restaurant was referred to us by another restaurant who couldn't accommodate our party until later then we wanted to eat. I went with my four kids, husband and best friend. The waitress was extremely patient with my kids who were definitely tired and not in their best of moods. She helped keep them entertained and brought snacks to keep... More

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