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“Great flavors and service”
Review of California Bistro

California Bistro
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Ranked #56 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Aviara Parkway
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great flavors and service”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Enjoyed beet salad followed by tortellini then tiramisu for dessert. The BF had the jidori chicken. All fabulous and flavorful, thanks Chef! Great service, seated in front of the fireplace in the main dining room that feels like a large living room. It's the little things make a difference, like the white serving dishes in different sizes and shapes, and the valet out front who always recognise us. Note: If you are over age 50 bring your reading glasses as you will wish the menu font was larger.

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Rancho Murieta, California, Usa
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Just excellent”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

It is a very unique restaurant. Ambiance, service, decoration, view, food and beverages are excellent. I only had lunch, and it was delicious: Risotto con Anatra, braised duck leg, was very, very tasty. My husband had several appetizers. His favorite was Capraccio Di Pollipo. Wine was very complementary to our meals.Bravo.

Visited August 2012
Thank Mila K
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Orange, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The chef is genius.”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you are a salmon lover you absolutely MUST have their olive oil poached skuna bay salmon. First call to make sure it's on their current menu. I've dined in countless restaurants around the world and this salmon is easily one of the top 5 entrees I've ever had. The combination of flavors & textures is wonderful, and the ultra thick salmon steak almost melts in your mouth. Their coffee budino dessert is so decadent. All of Vivace's desserts are in a league of their own...very hard to beat.

  • Visited December 2012
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washington, D.C.
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2012

We enjoyed the Sunday Buffet. The food was perfection, selection was tastefully delicious. Unlike the cattle car buffets you see in other hotels this one put out a fine dining menu elegantly served. Service was spot on. Next time we're in S.D. we'll return to Aviara.

  • Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“If staying at the Park Hyatt, do dinner”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

The room is very lovely - very upscale California decor - although a little too dark for me. The service is professional and despite a large and loud private party in the room off the main dining room, the service did not suffer. I started with the antipasto board which was good... not sure what everything was but fun... Italian meats and a chutney like item - the Italian version. Not a lot of food - really just for one. My main course was the short rib bolognese on pasta which was excellent. The in-house pasta was perfectly cooked and not swimming in sauce. A full dish but not heavy. The dessert menu is intriguing but less successful. Gorgonzola gelato on a roasted fig dessert... Ugh. The waiter told me the dessert had mixed reviews. The waiter brought me a sample ... I tried it and not so much. The chocolate polenta cake was okay... I wanted to try one of the more unique desserts but everything was just too out there.. and I have been to some interesting restaurants. The coffee - as in the breakfast room - was not to my liking. Now, I am addicted to Starbucks so take it for what it's worth. I had the cappuccino which was cold very quickly. It staying at the hotel I would do dinner at Vivace... would I make a special effort... probably not.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank wittenbergbear
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