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“Great food and service!” 5 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 279 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!
Oceanside, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Visited the Bistro West for both lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour so this will be sort of a mixed review of all three visits. Lunch was great. No wait, very extensive lunch menu, lots of options, reasonably priced and tasted delicious. Dinner was great as well. Lunch, in my opinion, was a little better. Restaurant wasn't overly crowded on either visit. Also had appetizers and drinks during the restaurant's happy hour, which was by far my favorite visit. Appetizers were delicious. I had lettuce wraps and they were amazing. The drinks were good, not watered down. Nice relaxed environment and beautiful people as usual when I visit Carlsbad. Highly recommended!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Carlsbad, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Classy but a bit overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We have had dinner here several times. The food is always delicious. Recently enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff, which is not usually found on restaurant menus. My wife ordered the Miso soup which cost $9.95, and did not have enough shrimp or scallops to warrant the price. The service was excellent. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. There is an active bar for pre-dinner conversation that is sufficiently isolated from the main dining room. Definitely worth a try if you are visiting Carlsbad by the Sea!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Comfortable Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Delicious food. Wait staff was accomodating to our young children's food preferences. We ate here while staying at the West Inn. Can't go wrong!

Visited April 2012
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Long Isand, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were staying in timeshare and 2 of us were not feeling well so we ordered take out from this restaurant. There were four of us and we found each meal to be delicious although each different, from a cheeseburger with fries to a mixed seafood platter to lobster ravioli to steak with garlic mashed potatoes. All great. And we had chicken stir fry in lettuce wraps as an appetizer which was very tasty.

Visited March 2013
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Calgary, AB
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Good variety and tasty food! Nice lively atmosphere and good service. It's a good idea to make reservations.

Visited February 2013
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