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“Casual and good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro West

Bistro West
4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-930-8008
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Ranked #9 of 271 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, 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!
Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Casual and good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Little sibling to West Steak house. Same over the top home made rolls (make sure you ask that they a hot) and a large menu with reasonable prices. Always a professional staff, Large bar area where they have a bar menu as well as house menu. Order anything it's all good.

Visited November 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Carlsabd, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Always have enjoyed, except this time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I ordered the mussels/clams for lunch. Mussels were inedible & most of the clam shells were empty. Poor quality all around.
However, will continue to dine there as almost all of the meals are great.
Improve on the execution of the mussels dish, please!

Visited October 2012
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Fallbrook, California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 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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