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“across from the beach~”
Review of Dini's By The Sea

Dini's By The Sea
Ranked #30 of 339 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: "The Mikes," as these two are fondly referred to by the locals, opened Dini's Bistro in 1987 and it has become a Carlsbad landmark. Co-owners Michael Dini and Michael Arellano continue the heritage established by the Dini brothers- Amerigo, Columbo and Michael Sr., who were the proprietors of San Diego County's oldest bar, McDini's, founded in 1890. The Dini brothers tradition of effervescent hospitality and service to their patrons and community is alive today.
Edmond, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“across from the beach~”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

There's a great view of the ocean at sunset from several of the tables at Dini's. Good food, and friendly servers.

Visited November 2011
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Hemet, California
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425 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Great place to watch the sun set over the ocean”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Get there for the early bird and happy hour to have a fantastic view of the setting sun. There is outdoor seating protected from the wind by a glass wall. Indoor seating also provides great views. Food was excellent and many specials and reasonable prices. The bacon wrapped filet and scalloped potatoes was super.

Visited November 2011
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Port Melbourne
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“enjoyable fun place”
Reviewed November 14, 2011

Food was great I ate there twice early dinner, terrific wine list, service was very good and a fantastic location opposite the beach

Visited November 2011
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Thank Kay L
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Phoenix
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92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Food and Atmosphere”
Reviewed October 25, 2011

Dini's is a great place to dine. It can get really crowded but is still intimate at the same time. They have a wide variety of food.

Visited October 2011
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Thank 331331
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san Diego
1 review
“HORRIBLE SERVICE”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

I was absolutely disgusted with the service and the way my guest and I were treated. I felt we were singled out and treated horrible by staff. I was so dissatisfied by the treatment I posted my thoughts about it on another website and I received numerous comments about people who were also displeased.

Visited September 2011
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Thank Davina N
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