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Bistro West

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Cannon and I-5)
+1 760-930-8008
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great choice of small plates for those full on the usual US portions, we had four plates between two and were very well satisfied, The staff .

Thank Averil9
Los Angeles, California
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692 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was here in June. Everything we ordered was amazing. My wife had the ribeye, which she really liked. My son had the kids' mac n cheese, I had the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly. The sundried tomato mashed potatoes were incredible. My friend ordered the house salad and added grilled chicken, and was also happy with his choice.

Thank daikin
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They were happy to split plates. Cocktails were high quality and fresh (had a scratch margarita on the rocks).

Thank Lesle G
Oceanside, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been there several times for lunch, but most recently attended a memorial service for a friend, held in their back room. I never realized they had these extra accommodations, and I must say it was perfect for the occasion. They offered a selections of three entrees, dessert and wine or soft drinks. The service was impeccable and the food... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

West of Interstate 5 toward the ocean, this Carlsbad restaurant is a breath of fresh air and an unexpected find. It is a nicely laid-out venue with both inside and (limited) outside seating for meals and a large and nicely furnished (and well-stocked) bar area with big-screen tvs. The service is friendly and attentive, the food medium to large portions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am delighted i live just 2 exits south of Bistro West. I sometimes order their ahi salad to go, and enjoy visiting at happy hours. This is the place i take visitors to for dinner because the food is excellent- and the atmosphere is upscale, and they have something for everyone and a great wine selection.

Thank Sharon C
Lodi, California
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to Bistro West for 5-6 years and have yet to be disappointed with anything food, drink or service. Tuna Tartare salad is amazing!!! Considering it's right off I-5 and in front of the south bound San Diego traffic in the evening - this is an awesome spot to hang up to let the traffic die-down!

1 Thank Stempleman
Oceanside, California
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157 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for a special occasion dinner. It was a nice visit and the food was very good. The service was very good too and what you would expect in a very upscale restaurant. We really enjoyed our visit at this restaurant but could not afford to eat here very often. The value for the price on the low... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

10-18-16 Our 33rd wedding Anniversary. Went with our son & daughter - in - law. Wonderful assortment of choices and brought a bottle of our Anniversary Pinot. Corkage only $15.00. The Gluten Free Pasta for my wife was exceptional. Everyone was more than Happy with their entrees. And the Bistro gift of the Anniversary dessert was special. Have been there... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented the private room at Bistro West for the Wedding Rehearsal dinner. Oscar and Amber were our two dedicated servers for our party of 22; they are awesome and knowledgeable servers who described the wines and the menu choices. The appetizers were warm and satisfying, and everything we were served (main course and dessert tray) was excellent. I'd eaten... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $27
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
    (Cannon and I-5)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-930-8008
At Bistro West, we are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience of farm-fresh food served in a casual and lively atmosphere, minutes away from the coast in Carlsbad, CA. Bistro West's seasonally-evolving menu reflects the creativity of chefs who plant, harvest and create from their own farm, The West Farm. Our menu features a selection of local favorites such as beef stroganoff, rotisserie chicken, and chicken pot pie, as well as Executive Chef John Miller's farm-inspired seasonal compositions in addition to our housemade pizzas, pastas, and burgers. Also join us for our Happy Hour specials in the Lounge offered daily from 4pm-6pm, half-price on bottles of wine from our by-the-glass list every Monday, and Sunday Brunch served from 11am-2pm. The West Room at Bistro West is a unique setting for private dining, a spacious venue that can accommodate up to 50 guests for meetings and celebrations and up to 60 for cocktail style receptions.

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