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“Down Under in Carlsbad :)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Australian Grill - CLOSED

The Australian Grill
2961 State st, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-514-9607
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Price range: $7 - $32
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Australian, Contemporary, Californian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Carlsbad Village Dr. & State St.
Julie Forester
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Down Under in Carlsbad :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Finally tried this new restaurant that is located in the Village of Carlsbad.
We sat in the back patio and had a terrific dinner. Didn't really know what to expect but was very happy with our dinner. We had Australian wine that was very good. The BBQ Ribs were fall off the bone delicious. The Poke Tuna was Fantastic! Finished the dinner with Pineapple bread pudding and strawberries with Kiwi/ meringue with fresh vanilla whipped cream. Yum.....
This is a great addition to the downtown restaurants. I saw they have a very tasty menu for Sunday brunch too!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“I really want to like this place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I was very excited when this place opened. I have eaten here a couple of times and the food is very good. They have kept to a simple menu so I figured do less and do it better....unfortunately both times I have been there (both early evening they seem to have run out of things on the menu. They also run out of beers too, when you have a limited menu this limits you even further.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Not what I'd hoped for and disappointing all round”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

The essence of Australian food is fresh and delicious based on quality ingredients. The Australian Grill didn't meet that standard. The Shepards Pie (their spelling) was too rich and too sweet and was overcooked. The lamb burger was just okay. The service was glacially slow. The potato wedges were overcooked and quite mediocre. Our food took 35 minutes to arrive. All in all a disappointing meal and disappointing service despite our waitress's attentiveness.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Oceanside, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not Good”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Been wanting to try this place so went with my wife and some friends. The beer selection is poor as it only serves Australian beer and Fosters is hardly Australian craft beer at that. I ordered the lamb burger med rare and it was delivered well done and thought it was a fluke until my friend had his served the same way. The bun was overwhelming for the small size of the patty. The homemade ketchup was not good in my opinion so the potato wedges that I ordered were dry as well. With so many gastro pubs, bars and other quality restaurants nearby I do not feel a need to return to give this place a second chance.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Beverly Hills, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Disappointed :/”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I REALLY wanted to like this place.
I love Australian culture and was hoping their food would match.
Unfortunately, it did not.
The food is very similar to British food - to sum it up BLAND!

Had the russet potato app - average. And the quinoa veggie burger with a goat cheese salad. The salad was average - mixed greens, goat cheese and vinaigrette. The veggie burger however was pretty bad. The bun tasted like it was 5 or 6 days old, very hard and not even toasted... for $13.95 for a veggie burger...definitely sub par.

That being said, service was great. Very friendly.

I realize they are being true to Australian standards of food, but if they just added some spice to some of their food they might get a lot more service.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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