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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)
+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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Encinitas, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always enjoy our visit to Bistro West. I used to just go there for the Happy Hour, and more recently we have gone to the dining area as well. It is a great place to take guests from out of town. There is a lot of variety--you can go for a salad or burger, or have a more upscale... More 

Thank GoBearsinSD
Carlsbad, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've taken all of my favorite people here and they all love it as much as I do. Great food. Great ambiance. Super happy hour and fun to watch sports here. Make reservations for dining room. First come first serve in bar and outdoor patio.

Thank Cdealva
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Luxurious dining experience. Nice selection of entrees. Great wine selection. Easy to locate. Clean and responsive staffing. Traditional dining atmosphere and good value.

Thank Glenn H
Carlsbad, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've gone multiple times with friends, great location with nice patio seating. You can't go wrong with a Kentucky Mule and a few apps to share.

1 Thank jgsphx
Carlsbad, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really good food! Highly recommend! Erica is an amazing bartender. She can make one mean Grey Goose dirty martini!

Thank Tony F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Bistro West restaurant offered a 3-course Valentine Day diner for just $48/person. My husband and I don’t usually go out on Valentine’s Day for dinner because restaurants are usually crowded and too busy to provide good service, but what a wonderful surprise we had this year. We had made reservations only three days earlier and so were offered a... More 

1 Thank Andi B
Greenbank, Washington
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice salads and onion soup out on the patio. Wait person was very ameniable about letting us linger and chat.

Thank sandy3419
Carlsbad, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have gone here two years running for our pre-daddy-and-daughter-dance meal. Food is always great and the service wonderful as well. They filled our bellies and made our young girls feel special. Thanks Bistro West!

1 Thank drewmclaren1
Carlsbad, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited Bistro West and after dinner we received our bill - only for dessert! The GM thought he was paying for the restaurant Chefs' family but he had the table wrong and ended up being our bill. We explained the error to the staff but they insisted we let the situation lie. Besides this event which... More 

1 Thank sealpct
Carlsbad, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time I ate here I loved it, having found a really good restaurant close to home. Subsequent visits have not quite been as impressive. It is reliably good, but not exceptional. Flavors are generally not subtle. We go occasionally, but not a special event place for us.

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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
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, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
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?