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“Great Food” 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 #23 of 295 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Aviara Parkway
New Jersey
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Try tasting menu. Distinctive food. Nice Wine list. They will let you bring your own bottle for a small corking fee

Visited August 2013
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Costa Mesa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Authentic Italian Sunday Brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

It was very nice surprise when we first went to this restaurant In May this year. My wife's grandma is from Sisily Italy and she says the food there is exactly the kind of food she remembered having at grandma's house. Italian people gathered on the weekend and eat all day with drinking good wine. We really enjoyed their Sunday Brunch that day. We live an hour away from this restaurant,but we've visited there three times since May. We''ve decided to stay at the Hotel this time and really enjoy the food "Italian Style" and cannot wait.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Attractive and Good Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Gourmet food experience in an attractive contemporary setting. Unfortunately very few people there as hotel is in an out of the way location.

Visited August 2013
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Costa Mesa, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Did the Waiter Say He Would Accommodate Any Request?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

It has been a very long time since I truly had a "dining experience." I had dinner with a group of 10 in the restaurant's private room. Ted, our server, treated us to a most outstanding customer service experience. We had many Vegans in our group and Ted was able to satiate all members with a special Chef created Vegan menu. Ted actually stated that he would help to accommodate any food request, and we came to believe him as he attended to all of our needs. We all chose the 4 course dinner option and spent the next 4 hours having an incredible dining experience. Thank you to Ted and the Chef.

Visited August 2013
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Lovely Surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

What a wonderful experience our Wednesday dinner was! I had no expectations and that was a good thing. My daughter and I are staying at Aviara and ate here due to proximity. The service was excellent, and the views were lovely, but the food was the surprise. Everything that we had was special. The Buratta salad is a must, the cheese is made daily and amazing. I also had the pork bolognese pasta, which was good, but I should have had the lobster risotto. The waygu beef entree was absolutely fantastic, as our wonderful server had suggested. The peach crostata dessert was also exceptional. This would be a perfect romantic dinner spot! If you leave nearby, get thee to Vivace, quickly!

  • Visited August 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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