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“Go for their Sunday Brunch”
Review of California Bistro

California Bistro
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Ranked #63 of 355 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Aviara Parkway
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Their Sunday brunch is very good. It's all you can eat appetizers and salad; selections are just about right and of high quality; same thing for desserts. You order your main entrée which is served "family style", i.e., meant to be shared, which I must say were disappointing....salty, and nothing special. The portions were small, but we were already full from appetizers alone (giant prawns, smoked salmon, variety of cheese...fresh ricotta was sooo good).

Atmosphere is very nice and so was the service.

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Thank youngatheart
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We ate at this restaurant on three different occassions Feb 2013 and twice in April. on all three occassions the food was exceptional but the service was unbelievable. Not from the wait staff themselves, but from the hotel management. This is a very expensive restaurant. Table for four is seated by the hostest, we ask for the wine list and are told "your server will bring it" 20 minutes later we get a wine list. we ask to speak to the Sommalier, we are told he is tied up with another table. 20 minutes later, we ask about the Sommalier and are told he isnt in tonight. 40 minutes later our wine order is taken but the first 3 choices from their wine list were not availble. that was the theme. on all three occassions the restaurant was understaffed, there were more managers then servers. the wait staff really did try their best but with a $400 plus bill for dinner, Park Hyatt get your act together.

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1  Thank Donna M
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Brunch was buffet for appetizers and dessert, but you order your entree separately. The food is of high quality and the atmosphere very lovely. The food servers did a wonderful job.

Thank Karkaye
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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.

1  Thank woolyFTL
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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.

1  Thank WhereIsKA
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