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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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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, 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.
Tempe, Arizona
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We visited Dini's three times during our week visit to Carlsbad. We were there twice for dinner and once for happy hour. We had great service, great food and drinks on all three occasions.

On the dinner menu, the Linguina Ala Dina is excellent. It is filled with so many mussels and a few clams and the sauce is wonderful. The clam chowder and chili cheese soup were also very good. The flat iron steak is very tasty and tender as our their hamburgers. Their wine is reasonably priced and they a good selection.

We also stopped by for the all-day happy hour on Wednesday from 11:30 to 6:00. The bloody Mary's are delicious and only $5. We also had the fish taco's which were $5 for two tacos. They were excellent and you could order beef, chicken of fish. Our waitress for happy hour on Wednesday was Anita and she was really outstanding.

Dini's is a really great place with good service, a good location/view and good food. They are located on Carlsbad Boulevard with a good view of the ocean. They have good seating both inside and outside. We will definitely return if we go back to Carlsbad.

  • Visited October 2013
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Jasper, Indiana
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82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good food with a great view”
Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed our early dinner on the enclosed patio at Dini's. Arrived around 3:30 & had our choice of seating inside & out. Friendly waiter; nicely attentive. Had the calamari appetizer; not the standard ringlets you normally get, but calamari "steaks" more the size of strips. Enjoyed those with the Thai sweet chili dipping sauce. I ordered the shrimp scampi special. Delicious with its diced tomatoes & olives; served over pasta. My partner had the salmon sandwich, served on a soft pretzel bun. Salmon was perfectly cooked. She only wished for a little more of the dill sauce, but that's personal taste. We ended our dining by sharing the creme brûlée. The sugar was a little over-fired, but good just the same. Dini's has a nice view of the ocean but is on a very busy street so there is some noise for outdoor diners & the constant flow of traffic to mar the view.

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Lucerne Valley, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Second great visit”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is the second visit to Dini’s. I really enjoy sitting on their patio with the view of the ocean. This is a great area to walk around after your good relaxing meal. I ordered a salad this time and the dark greens and shrimp was excellent. I am looking forward to my next visit.

Visited October 2013
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York, Pennsylvania
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252 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Good food at reasonable prices. Seem to do a good business. Attached to a large time share complex. On southern edge of Carsbad but walking distance to whole town. Lively bar, indoor and outdoor seating. Can watch the sun set from their patio.

Visited September 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beer and football by the beach.”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Relaxed place, we watched some football, ate some lunch, and had a few beers. It's pretty relaxed, some people were still in bathing suits. Decently priced and great service.

Visited September 2013
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