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Bistro West

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, 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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Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Service while not outstanding was prompt and courteous. Food was very good. I live in the area and enjoy going here for the overall excellence of the experience

Thank sofunus
Mission Viejo, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Celebrated a friend's birthday for lunch. Excellent service. Server made my friend's birthday very special. Wonderful food! Chef came out prior to opening and was very friendly while we were waiting to be seated. Very few chefs are nice or even acknowledge guests. Will definitely come back. First time I've given a 5 star rating.

Thank 860elaineg
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5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I was expecting better. Hotel recommended but it was adequate more hype than it's worth I would not go back give it a try maybe you will enjoy it

Thank Myrna S
Carlsbad, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located conveniently right off the freeway at Canon, this bistro has a dining room, bar sitting (with tables) and small outdoor patio area. Good happy hour. Pleasant surroundings and a good menu variety for both lunch and dinner. Have a meal and then go into Carlsbad (right at 101 and Cannon) for a beautiful walk on the beach boardwalk!

Thank Katie A
Carlsbad, California
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79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Attached to West Inn & Suites, wouldn't be the intuitive choice for dining, but the offerings are varied and quality very good. Great choice if visiting the area or for a local night out.

Thank followingjames
Phoenix, Arizona
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179 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually went to dinner this time. Highly recommend the Tuesday taco at the bar. Terrific prices and great view of Del Mar Race Track. We went at night and it was a little chaotic with the race track letting out and people coming and going from their small parking area. It is a valet system, but crazy. Especially trying... More 

Thank Geoffrey H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The fact that this restaurant ranks #2 in Carlsbad is mindblowing. They must pay people to write reviews because what my family and I experienced was far from getting anything with high marks. There was really nothing special about the service or the food. I had their bistro burger, my sister had the steak, My kids had their Mac N... More 

Thank VictoriaAllen
Carlsbad, California
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415 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a casual place for lunch or dinner, nice atmosphere. I ordered a pistachio crusted salmon with rice noodles mango salad and Brussels sprouts along with a glass of Chardonnay. My wife ordered rotisserie chicken with whipped potatoes and veggies. Both dishes were excellent. For dessert we chose a bread pudding, it was delicious.

Thank 1trekky
Hollis, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fabulous. Food is fresh, reasonably priced and if you go for dinner they have a remarkable selection of fine wines. The decor is classic and you feel right at home! Servers are knowledgeable and efficient. Almost at the Pacific Ocean off Cannon Road west of I-5.

Thank mld03049
Middleton, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently saw an episode in The View where they said you could not trust the reviews in TripAdvisor and Yelp. The story went on to say that many restaurant owners were asking their family and friends to write positive reviews on their restaurants. Clearly, this is what's happening with Bistro West. My wife and I selected Bistro West on... More 

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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, Gluten Free Options, 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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
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 "7 for 7" 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?