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“Ocean View Bar and Outside Dining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dini's By The Sea

Dini's By The Sea
3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760.434.6000
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Ranked #29 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Carlsbad, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Ocean View Bar and Outside Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you have not been here, now is the time. Great drinks and bartenders with wrap around wide flat panel screens with the Ocean as a backdrop. The Lump Crab stuffed Calif. Avocado is really tasty. So many good specials everyday. Not open Tuesday's. If you like it lively and a good mix of locals you will have a great time and enjoy the sites too.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were staying at Tamarack Beach Resort, and just watched the beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean, so we just walked next door to Dini's By The Sea.

Lovely warm welcome by staff.
We were seated, and received prompt attention of iced water, and menus.
Lovely warm atmosphere.
We chose inside as it was a bit chilly that evening for an outside table. However if we were there for lunch, an outside table would have been lovely.
Warm bread and butter was delivered to the table after we placed our order. Yummy.
Hubby ordered Nachos, and still talking about how delicious it was.
I ordered the Macaroni Bacon and Cheese appetiser meal, as I don't eat big meals. It was very tasty, and freshly made in a delicious cheese sauce.

We just could not fit in a desert meal at all.....
I actually had some left over, which the restaurant was very obliging in giving us a takeaway container.
(We actually had the Mac Bacon & Cheese for breakfast and it also tasted good cold)

We saw some delicious huge meals come out to tables.
All staff were extremely friendly.

Would we recommend Dini's?? .....DEFINATELY. You won't be disappointed.

Visited February 2013
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scottsdale
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80 reviews 80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great bar and views, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The bar scene was exciting with everyone just having a good time. The views of ocean at sunset are terrific. Downside--one TV didn't work and no one knew how to fix it and the food was typical bar food. Can't recommend any of the food, just enjoy the bar scene.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Last night in Carlsbad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This was out last night in town before heading back to Arkansas early the next morning. Looking for a dining opportunity close to our cottage with an ocean view...we decided on Dini's over Ruby's cafe.

It was a Monday evening and the bar was in full swing by 10 after 5. We were seated in the dining area, upper deck. the wind was quite strong and I did not want to be seated outside. Note...this restaurant is located directly on a 4 lane road, outside seating is just off the road itself. The car noise and exhaust is dampened by a plexa glass shield in the outdoor dining. Others were outside so I will expect the barrier does a good job.

The ocean is directly opposite the dining area, making this an ideal place for sunset watching. Husband was amazed at how fast the sun seemed to set and how the ambient light remained for a long time. The back wall of the dining area is reflective glass which made for a blinding reflection during the actual sunset so...

I ordered the crab cake with dill aioli. Husband shared this with me...a slaw of cabbage on the side and the aioli was tangy and tasty. The cakes a little more filler than I had expected and I tasted nor saw any shrimp in them.

Husband jumped out of the normal and ordered the Mahi Mahi and me the Chicken Parmesan. I fiqured if he did not like his meal we could swap...this is the meat/potato man.

Ceasar salads were plain and did not inspire us. As dinner progressed the noise from the bar did grow, but not so much as to interrupt our conversations. I got cold and husband went to car to retrieve my sweater. As we dined, only two other sets of people came in..one couple to just have a glass of wine.

The mahi mahi and chicken came to the table...plenty hot. I think I had gotten confused and was disappointed the chicken was breaded. As we dug in, the sauce and noodles were accepable and husband indicated the fish was tasteless.

Best things about the visit...sunset and the dill aioli. Worst thing...a overall underwhelming dining experience. I can see now the reviews are correct about this place...must be great for bar specials as the bar area was hopping. I had asked about a posted beer and a shot special for $5, but was informed it was not available in the dining area, just in the bar. Early disappointment even before a single bite of food.

Dini's has all the makings of a great seaside restaurant. Location, view, ample seating, attentive staff, but sadly the food fell short. My advise...come for a drink and the sunset...and then have dinner at another location.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Reno, Nevada
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
“outstanding food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

On Feb 11 2013 we had a delightful dinner here. We split the 18 oz bone in ribeye and it was cooked to perfection- medium rare, juciy and tasty. The veggies were properly cooked- not too hard -not to soft. The service could not have been better with Jennifer waiting on us. We are in Carlsbad for a week only and have made a reservation for Dini's for Thursday evening

George S & Patti G

  • Visited February 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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