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“Service poor”
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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Redlands, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Service poor”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

We walked by the restaurant and looked at the menu. We were told they had a $5 fish and chips meal we decided to sit down and eat. My wife ordered the fish and chips when we got the bill it was $14.95. I brought it to the waitress attention she stated the fish and chips my wife got was a full order not the special and there was noting she could. I had the over cooked and chewy new York strip on special. They must of had to much old meat and needed to get rip of some. I definitely would not recommend. We have been there in the past and had good luck. I would not go back and try my luck again.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Robbmyers
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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“Great food and atmosphere”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

Service and food was wonderful. It was nice having a great place to eat right by the Tamarack where we stayed.

Thank Patricia M
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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177 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Attentive service to visitors in a locals hangout”
Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

Our server paid as much attention to us as she did the locals she knew-much appreciated by my wife and I. We went in for cocktails and next time we will try the food.

Thank jmik66
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Southern California
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Seaside setting with much improved good food”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

We've been going to Dini's for years, usually for lunch. The location is great, but the food was usually pretty standard. This week we took out-of-town visitors and had a pleasant surprise. We ordered four different dishes -- and all were excellent. The service was good too. Visitors were impressed, and we'll definitely go back soon.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Stella315
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Palm Desert
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good location, good value”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

We had Sunday breakfast and everything was as ordered. The view of the beach was enjoyable. The meal was a good value and well prepared.

Visited February 2012
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