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Dini's By The Sea

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3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
11:30 am - 1:30 am
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Mon 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Tue 3:00 pm - 1:30 am
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 1:30 am
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Escondido, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We frequent this place for brunch on the weekends. The patio seating has a great view. The food is great and the spicy bloody mary's are amazing.

Thank nbgervais
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are a lot of restaurants in Carlsbad. However there aren't that many providing good food, good service and reasonable prices. Not to mention a good selection of craft beers on tap and sunset views. Dini's is a good place to go whether you want a nice sit down dinner or a bar to hang out for awhile. We recently... More 

Thank Bryan S
Easton, Maryland
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224 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for some snacks and drinks. We had 2 kids and the staff was very accommodating. They even brought us complimentary shots and balloons for the kids. Prices are fair and drinks are good.

Thank Frampy24
Carlsbad, California
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447 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dini's is right on Highway 101 across the street from the ocean in downtown Carlsbad, California. It is a really busy area but they have a parking garage behind the restaurant. Most people seem to prefer sitting on the patio in front but it is really noisy with all of the traffic and people walking by or riding their bicycles.... More 

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London, Canada
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for lunch and the food was very good. I had the avocado/shrimp/crab salad and it was great. It was not loaded with mayonnaise but was a good portion of shrimp and crab with a lemon dill sauce. I thought it did not seem large but it was very filling and had a great flavour. My husband had... More 

Thank Karen M
Lakeville, Minnesota
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94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here and were treated to a beautiful view of the sunset. Service was excellent. Entrees were good, but not great.

Thank Jane H
Spokane, Washington
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106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Stopped by on recommendation from our hotel. We were pleased with the location and sat on the enclosed street side patio offering an outrageous view of the sunset. My husband had The Rueben and it was good. I had the clam chowder and perhaps caught a bad night for that. I had lumps of thickening throughout the soup. I had... More 

Thank Donna D
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

It was early evening, about an hour before sunset, not too busy. They have a nice indoor bar area with plenty of tv's for sports viewing; a nice place to watch MNF or tennis or golf, etc. while you grab a drink. We sat out in the covered patio area where you have a nice view of the ocean, joggers... More 

Thank Dave W
Climax Springs, MO
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017 via mobile

Just ate here tonight. Delicious margaritas and my husband had a good IPA beer. We had the fish n chips entrees and they were delicious. On Wednesdays they do have some specials from 4:00 to ??; entrees slightly smaller but so is the price. We sat on the enclosed patio with heater for this time of year which was nice.... More 

Thank Sandy670_12
Springfield, Illinois, United States
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163 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

This was our first stop upon arrival in Carlsbad. Conveniently located and great reviews. I had a strawberry Margarita and hubby had the Witt Blood Orange craft beer which he really liked. We started with the calamari steak which was deep fried, sliced into straps and served with a Thai chili sauce. It was awesome. We were disappointed with our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $35
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 am
3:00 pm - 1:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 am
10:00 am - 1:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 17604346000
"The Mikes," as these two are fondly referred to by the locals, opened Dini's Bistro in 1987 and it has become a Carlsbad landmark. Co-owners Michael Dini and Michael Arellano continue the heritage established by the Dini brothers- Amerigo, Columbo and Michael Sr., who were the proprietors of San Diego County's oldest bar, McDini's, founded in 1890. The Dini brothers tradition of effervescent hospitality and service to their patrons and community is alive today.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?