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Bistro West

4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #9 of 271 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $6 - $27
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, 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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84% Recommend
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English first
Carlsbad, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Since moving to Carlsbad 4 years ago, we've dined at Bistro West every month or so, and keep on coming back for the quality of the cuisine, the consistency of the quality, good service and pleasant ambiance. The "comfort food," like the beef stroganoff, meatloaf, pasta dishes, great burgers, steaks, are quite good, because what is offerer is solidly of... More

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Carlsbad, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

The atmosphere and food are wonderful here! The steak melts in your mouth! Highly recommend! Greeted right away and they handled our reservation promptly. The service was a little slow but made up for it in personality!

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Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Nice restaurant in a convenient location. lots of choices from the menu and the staff will accommodate special dietary needs. Can tend to be a bit noisy so if you're looking for an intimate setting this may not be your first choioce.

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Foxboro, WI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We ordered in twice while staying at the West Inn. The mushroom ravioli and roasted beet and goat cheese salad was to die for.

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Oceanside, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Their food is of top quality an a wide menu to entice everyo One of my favorite restaurants in Carlsbad/Oceanside area. Their waiters are trained well and our entire experiences have been very enjoyable.

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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

After a long day at the amusement park, the family needed a good place to eat and relax. The atmosphere at the West bistro was perfect. The music is loud enough to mute the noises from the children, but at the same time it wasn't too loud so that my wife and I could still speak. From entry, the service... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Our wait staff was very attentive and our meals were fabulous! Highly recommend this restaurant to those who want a quality meal for a reasonable price.

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Olathe, Kansas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

What a great restaurant! We were loo'ing for a good meal in an open evening while on vacation in the San Diego-Carlsbad CA area. We found Bistro West via Trip Advisor and we weren't disappointed. The restaurant is very nicely laid out and we were able to use Open Table to book our reservation for the evening we wanted. When... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I am a food buff so I always try local restaurants, this is 5-star quality food for 2-star prices. I tried the chicken noodle soup as I was not very hungry when I arrived after flying all day. I couldn't even finish it, it is so hearty and fresh I felt bad leaving it!

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El Cajon, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We found the Bistro West restaurant actually by accident, and were so pleased with food, the service and ambiance. We have been back several times. This is the place to go for a great meal! They have a great menu, and lots of special events throughout the year!

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