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Bistro West

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Cannon and I-5)
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Wallace, NC
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere and friendly service to go along with a tasty food and drink menu. And to top it all off the prices are easy on the pocketbook without sacrificing quality. Portions are more than one person should eat and the menu covers a wide variety of food. You will not be disappointed.

Thank MauriceWallace
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If their service was as good as their fries they might have deserved a better rating. I visited them recently with a group of twenty associates and my experience was less than enchanting. One of our group was twice brought what she didn't order and the wait staff argued with her. I was sitting across the table from her and... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I were in Solana Beach attending a concert and wanted to try a dinner spot in the area. Since we don't live in the area, I checked Trip Advisor and found Bistro West. We had a great experience! Beautiful inviting décor, extremely friendly people, from the hostesses and hosts, the server and even the Manager stopped us... More 

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Lodi, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids menu was awesome! It included filet mignon, salmon, in addition to mac and cheese and spaghetti. The staff was awesome and the food was delicious. Bread and butter basket is to die for.

Thank iggysup
Chandler, Arizona
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34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at the West Inn right next door within walking distance. After a long day at Legoland, I didn't want to drive so we ate here. This place is high class, complete with hundreds of bottles of wine on display in a huge wine cooler. They also have a lot of draft beers, which I did partake in! :) The... More 

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sometimes, having dinner alone on business trips is uncomfortable but this was the perfect spot to watch a game, enjoy an excellent menu & wine selection and be pampered with attentive and friendly service. I had the Bistro Ahi Tartar - it was delicious and plenty to share!

Thank cape58
Seattle, Washington
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337 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is located next to the West Inn & Suites and very convenient for guests staying there. We needed a place that could accommodate our kids' food allergies and we found the staff to be very knowledgeable and careful. They listened to what our kids wanted and were able to adjust the meal to make it work for them.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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118 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I attended a group luncheon with a limited menu, everyone seemed to enjoy their food. My salmon was perfectly prepared as were the vegetables on the plate. The servers did a great job of working around the speakers and group activities while still getting our food on the table.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my third visit to Bistro West and it never disappoints! A favorite spot while in Carlsbad, the food is always fresh and since they grow so much of their own produce, a salad at Bistro West is never boring. The beet salad is especially delicious. The burgers are juicy and flavorful, and the wine list is expansive but... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place with a quick search of area restaurants, Parking is a bit of a challenge here as they share a lot with their sister facility and a hotel. Nice décor as we walked in and had a brief wait for a table which was less than 10 min. We were seated close to the kitchen which may... 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, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 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: 17609308008
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 three-acre farm, The West Farm. Our menu features "Bistro Classics," 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 hand-made pizzas, pastas, and burgers. Also join us for our "8 for 8" Happy Hour specials in the Lounge offered daily from 3:30-6:30pm, half-price on all bottles of wine 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?