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“Very good Italian”
Review of California Bistro

California Bistro
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Ranked #63 of 345 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
Oslo, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Very good Italian”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Had dinner here two times while staying at the Park Hyatt hotel. The food here was very good both times. Vivace offers both an a normal a la carte menu, and different tasting menus. They also have a very good wine list. The service at the restaurant, however, was more a mixed experience, on our first visit, it was excellent. The waiter made excellent recommendations, and dropped by several times to check if everything was ok. On our second visit, the service was more so-so. Not bad, but a contrast to the previous visit.
Overall, a very good restaurant!

  • Visited July 2013
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California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous, fresh California fare”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Be sure to participate in the Sunday lunch "Pranzo" which is a wonderful choice of fresh mozzarella, seafood, slices of cuts of meat, cheeses, etc. This was an experience. The service is excellent. No detail is overlooked. Wonderful for dinner as well. Truly a wonderful place.

Visited August 2013
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Carlsbad, California
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a special occasion restaurant in the beautiful Park Hyatt Aviara. It is one of the best restaurants in San Diego County.

Visited June 2013
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome service, great wine list and great food!”
Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Great Value for money! Food was awesome and as an Italian I am also very exigent when I bump into an Italian restaurant but this time I was surprised by the quality of the food, the atmosphere and of course the service. Marshall, our waiter was completely confident with the menu and he has a great wine knowledge. I enjoyed very much being there.

  • Visited July 2013
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Redwood City, CA
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great wine and organic foods”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Really unique Italian gourmet selections. Also nice view from patio. We had an amazing lobster risotto.

Visited July 2013
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