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“Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of California Bistro

California Bistro
7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA 92011
760-448-1234
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Ranked #24 of 289 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Aviara Parkway
Fort Lauderdale
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Service and food great. They were extremely helpful in arranging a large party for a business dinner. Explained wines chosen without being pretentious.

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great flavors and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Enjoyed beet salad followed by tortellini then tiramisu for dessert. The BF had the jidori chicken. All fabulous and flavorful, thanks Chef! Great service, seated in front of the fireplace in the main dining room that feels like a large living room. It's the little things make a difference, like the white serving dishes in different sizes and shapes, and the valet out front who always recognise us. Note: If you are over age 50 bring your reading glasses as you will wish the menu font was larger.

Visited February 2013
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Rancho Murieta, California, Usa
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Just excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

It is a very unique restaurant. Ambiance, service, decoration, view, food and beverages are excellent. I only had lunch, and it was delicious: Risotto con Anatra, braised duck leg, was very, very tasty. My husband had several appetizers. His favorite was Capraccio Di Pollipo. Wine was very complementary to our meals.Bravo.

Visited August 2012
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Orange, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“The chef is genius.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

If you are a salmon lover you absolutely MUST have their olive oil poached skuna bay salmon. First call to make sure it's on their current menu. I've dined in countless restaurants around the world and this salmon is easily one of the top 5 entrees I've ever had. The combination of flavors & textures is wonderful, and the ultra thick salmon steak almost melts in your mouth. Their coffee budino dessert is so decadent. All of Vivace's desserts are in a league of their own...very hard to beat.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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washington, D.C.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We enjoyed the Sunday Buffet. The food was perfection, selection was tastefully delicious. Unlike the cattle car buffets you see in other hotels this one put out a fine dining menu elegantly served. Service was spot on. Next time we're in S.D. we'll return to Aviara.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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