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Review of California Bistro

California Bistro
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Ranked #62 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Aviara Parkway
Fort Lauderdale
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Service and food great. They were extremely helpful in arranging a large party for a business dinner. Explained wines chosen without being pretentious.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank woolyFTL
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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
1 Thank WhereIsKA
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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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Thank sorlpegave
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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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Thank kmwr58
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