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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #10 of 282 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
Phoenix, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Had dinner in the bar while watching 3 basketball games. Good food, nice service and usually no wait.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We made the reservation before with 2 friends and the hostess seated us promptly. Unfortunately our table was right across the small aisle from a large room with a big gathering which made it a bit noisy. The menu was rather surprising, fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients and enough for the 2 vegetarians (my husband&me) to choose from. We... More 

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San Marcos, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We like the food and the atmosphere, only come for happy hour drinks and apps but everything is good!

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We ate at the Bistro West four times during a six night stay at the West Inn and Suites. Each time the quality of the meals was very good. There is a range of offerings from sandwiches to pasta to fish to steak. The child's menu also has a good variety of choices. I ordered the ahi tuna salad twice... More 

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Vista, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Excellent food with superb service in an upscale dining room. Dining room does not open until 11 am and we arrived at 10:30. The dining experience was worth waiting for.

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San Diego, California, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

locally grown vegetables served with your dishes, great food, service, wine selection, $20 gets you a nice dish although there is pricier items on the menu, don't forget to ask for hamburger of the month the chances are it is to die for:)

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A group of 9 of us had Sunday lunch here and we loved it! Every one of us was more than pleased with our food and the staff! We started with 3 different appetizers, calamari, tuna tar-tar and lettuce wraps, all were incredible! I had seafood campanelli which was outstanding! For dessert we shared the cheesecake and crème brule. The... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The food is excellent, if you are looking for healthy, organic, gluten free food, this is the place. I think the place in general should be renewed.

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Santa Monica, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Loved the burgers and deli sandwiches. Burger is cooked to your stated doneness (accurately) and the meat is top quality. Tastes like a real burger rather than what we have come to expect from places where there is no beef taste at all. Prices are very reasonable and they have a full bar as well. Good place for lunch or... More 

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111 reviews 111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a large ultra modern restaurant with a large menu. Very large portions of generally comfort food. This is a good thing! There is something for everyone on the menu from entrees to sandwiches. Prompt. Service and reasonable prices. Really lovely decor. Good place to go. Might be a wait on weekends as this place is quite popular.

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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, Californian

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