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Bistro West

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American, Bar, Contemporary
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4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Cannon and I-5)
11:30 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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Truro, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

4 of us dined at the Bistro and all had different courses. All of us thought that the quality of the meal and service were excellent.

Thank Julianjenkins
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just ate a light meal, but the food was good and substantial. The beet/goat cheese salad was quite filling, in fact I couldn't finish it. The waiter was very accomodating. The interior was dramatically beautiful. My cousin told me that he and his wife go there for good happy hour deals. The only possible downside is if you want... More 

Thank Stephen B
Yorktown, Virginia
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cam back to the hotel and did not feel like going out again and ordered room service which comes from the Bistro. Pizza was nice and hot and very tasty. Friendly delivery and we did not wait very long.

Thank Larry W
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is fantastic as is the food. It's a beautiful place to come and relax and dine with friends. It's a little pricey for us for regular visits, but makes a great avenue for special occasions. One of Carlsbad/s best!

Thank K B
Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You seem to be paying for the inside of the building and bar, not the menu or food you get. Very poor service and it took along time to get served.

Thank 19037Travel
Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great quality of food and drinks. Not inexpensive but also not overly priced where you feel ripped off.

1 Thank billl484
Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is always my goto place for steaks in North County San Diego. Great service and great food. And the sides are included, unlike every other steak house!

1 Thank phlthymtbk
Del Mar, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and service are good. Always consistent and wait staff is polite and efficient. The restaurant is very comfortable and the private room is perfect for parties. Easy to wo k with the staff on planning.

1 Thank Barbara M
San Diego, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or just to have a gourmet lunch or dinner. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. The atmosphere is upscale but very relaxed. If on vacation you can show up with capris or for men long shorts and a nice polo shirts. Their wine list is broad and varied.

1 Thank Dr V
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bistro West is the finest dining surprise I've had in a long time. It's 'hidden' but so easy to get to, just off the 5 fwy. It's part a very nice hotel - steak house - bistro complex. Anyway, the menu had so many of my favorites. I chose fish & chips this time around. Excellent! Others had the mushroom... More 

2 Thank John B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $27
American, Bar, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
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: 4970 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 70 for cocktail style receptions.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?