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“Impressive!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro West

Bistro West
4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-930-8008
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Ranked #4 of 259 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $27
Cuisines: American, Californian, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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!
Alberta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Impressive!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Lovely bistro with great food next to a perfect Inn! The wine menu was extensive and the food was delicious. Highly recommended!

Visited April 2013
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Oceanside
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Neighborhood Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Bistro West is the perfect marriage of classy and home spun. The menu is upscale, the ambience is wonderful and the food is delicious. And, even with these three ingredients for an upscale restaurant, the feel inside is casual and friendly and fun. The acoustics are not that great, so it can become a little noisey but even with that on the downside, it is well worth the experience.

Visited March 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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6 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The food was ordinary, the main room is huge and loud, and the price was high relative to performance.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“NOT child-friendly”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Went here for a special Mother's Day brunch. The children were not offered any food while the adults had appetizers off the 3-course brunch menu. Gluten-free options (offered on their regular menu) were not included in the brunch menu. Slow service. The bright spot was that the food was quite good. If only we didn't have to wait two hours with a toddler to complete our meal.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“A reliable place for a good somewhat traditional dinner, well prepared.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

We have been to Bistro West as a couple and with a larger group. The menu is conventional faire with some comfort food items. Their ingredients are clearly good quality and the kitchen has never disappointed us. Front of house staff are pleasant and helpful. The wine list is okay to good. All in all it's a reliably high quality restaurant with a somewhat traditional menu. When that's what we're in the mood for this is where we often go.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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