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Bistro West

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary
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4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Cannon and I-5)
+1 760-930-8008
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We live close to the West Bistro and on average go for dinner once a month. Love the place, easy, good food, reasonable priced. Enjoy.

Thank Evertosterman
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really wanted to enjoy this luncheon dining experience. I had previously dined at the restaurant and had a good meal with unusual dishes. Unfortunately, this time, for lunch, did not meet expectations nor the price that was charged. The best dish was a beet salad that was split between my guest and myself. It was very good with unusual... More 

Thank DPB4law
Carlsbad, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really good food, Really over-priced. Pretty clueless server. We ordered a small pizza and the server was at least on the ball enough to ask if we wanted it cut in 4 or six slices. When my friend said "four please, I don't think we could eat six" she smiled and said "OK" as she cluelessly [sic] walked away.

Thank Mark T
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends live in Carlsbad and we went to brunch at Bistro West because people had recommended it for dinner. The service was wonderful and the decor can't be beat as it is beautiful. The bar is active but the breakfast food was medium. Perhaps dinner would be better but with everything else being so good the food definitely needs... More 

Thank Richard S
Carlsbad, CA
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393 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We eat here a lot because the bar scene is a good one and the food / people are excellent. Today I tried something I very seldom do in a restaurant - Pot Pies. I had the Chicken Pot Pie and it was full of large chunks of tender chicken breast piece, chopped veggies and a cream sauce that was... More 

Thank John R
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'd like to give it a higher rating but the overall experience was just okay. We had made a reservation and arrived 5 minutes early. We were told to wait in the bar - so we sat at the bar and ordered drinks. After about 20 minutes I went back to the hostess stand they realized that they had forgotten... More 

Thank Valerie L
Broomfield, Colorado
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69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was here with a group for a business dinner. Service was good and the restaurant is nice. Food was just ok. I had the Steak Frites which were fine just nothing memorable about them. My colleague beside me had the chicken pot pie which she was also unimpressed with. Some people liked their food but had a lot of average... More 

Thank comcgan
Oceanside, California, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have frequented the Bistro West for many years. I have never ventured into the restaurant area as I prefer the table in the bar section. The bar area is very comfortable with great service. The food is VERY good and they have terrific lunch special that range from Lasagna to a Hawaiian plate. Try whatever soup is on the... More 

Thank Josh B
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was just ok, but the waitress either didnt't like people, her work or both. Very matter of fact and couldn't wait to be done. The first person to talk to us was great. Very interested in suggesting food, etc. The second ruined it. The food was just ok.

1 Thank Paulette R
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in here for a late dinner after flying in from the east coast. We sat outside and ordered a pizza and a bottle of wine. The pizza was really good and the service is excellent.

Thank dmslatts

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
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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