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“Anniversary dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro West

Bistro West
4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-930-8008
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Ranked #10 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
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, Delivery, 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!
Fallbrook, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Anniversary dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We celebrated our 14th anniversary here last night. I have always enjoyed this place. A little loud but in a booth itis very doable. The service is excellent and the food presentation good. We the bruschetta for appetizer and it is very good. Hubby had the filet mignon and said it was delicious. Imhad the special - seafood linguine - first time in many times of eating that I have to say I was very disappointed. The mussels and clams were puny! The sauce was described as brothy not creamy but it was much more of a cream sauce which I don't prefer. Overall, I would put a thumbs down on this dish. Wish I had taken the mahi mahi special instead. We had the tiramisu for dessert which was excellent. So it would have been a 5 star except for the seafood linguine.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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milton keynes, england
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant/Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Ate here twice and ordered out once

Great food and great value

'Happy Hour' 4.30-6.30 even better value!

Would highly recommend

Visited October 2012
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Vail, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“So YUMMY!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Everything was just amazing!! My husband and mother are picky eaters and they even loved this place!

Visited October 2012
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San Diego, California
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235 reviews 235 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Fantastic food but very overpirced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We had a fantastic time visiting friends at Bistro West. The interior is very classy - great place to sit for a drink if you're more of the "mahogany bar" scene as opposed to the "blaring music too loud" bar scene. Despite the classy feel, it is still very modern and clean. Restrooms were stocked and clean. The waitstaff was on point - not overbearing but always ensured everything was right. The food was delicious but pasta dishes were in the high teens for pricing, appetizers started at 10 or 11 and most entrees were in the twenties. For what you get, it's a bit overpriced.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Harrisburg, PA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great happy hour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

All wines were $2 off and many other discounted specialty drinks and brews. I got a pizza with pears, prosciutto, Gorgonzola cheese. Sounds like an odd combination but it was recommended by the server and she was right. It was amazing. My husband had the buffalo chicken pizza and it was really good too. We sat in the bar area which was nice. The dining room has really unique and tasteful decor. Outdoor seating is available as well.

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