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“Fabulous Food with Delicious Gluten-free Options”
Review of Bistro West

Bistro West
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Ranked #2 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cannon and I-5
Description: At Bistro West, we are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience of farm-fresh food served in a casual and lively atmosphere, minutes away from the coast in Carlsbad, CA. Bistro West's seasonally-evolving menu reflects the creativity of chefs who plant, harvest and create from their own farm, The West Farm. Our menu features a selection of local favorites such as beef stroganoff, rotisserie chicken, and chicken pot pie, as well as Executive Chef John Miller's farm-inspired seasonal compositions in addition to our housemade pizzas, pastas, and burgers. Also join us for our Happy Hour specials in the Lounge offered daily from 4pm-6pm, and half-price on bottles of wine from our by-the-glass list every Monday. The West Room at Bistro West is a unique setting for private dining, a spacious venue that can accommodate up to 50 guests for meetings and celebrations and up to 60 for cocktail style receptions.
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food with Delicious Gluten-free Options”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

We visited Bistro West with our best friends this evening, for the first time. As the only person who is gluten sensitive, I love a restaurant that gives me good options, but also a variety for the rest of our party. Bistro West had a really nice selection of first course, and main dishes to choose from. I was especially impressed with the fact that they picked up on my request for a gluten free menu, and made sure my beet salad did not have the breaded goat cheese that is normally served on the salad, but instead a dollop of plain goat cheese.

My main course was the perfect temperature, not lukewarm like so many of the dishes in restaurants these days. I ordered the Braised Short Rib, and it was so tender I did not have to pick up my knife. The sauce was amazing and the mashed potatoes were very flavorful. Our server respected our desire for a leisurely dinner with our friends, and even though the restaurant was busy, we did not feel rushed.

We will definitely be making a return trip. For those visiting the area from out of town the restaurant is very close to the 5 freeway, and not too far from the outlets.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Waystogo
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Oceanside, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great food and service!”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Visited the Bistro West for both lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour so this will be sort of a mixed review of all three visits. Lunch was great. No wait, very extensive lunch menu, lots of options, reasonably priced and tasted delicious. Dinner was great as well. Lunch, in my opinion, was a little better. Restaurant wasn't overly crowded on either visit. Also had appetizers and drinks during the restaurant's happy hour, which was by far my favorite visit. Appetizers were delicious. I had lettuce wraps and they were amazing. The drinks were good, not watered down. Nice relaxed environment and beautiful people as usual when I visit Carlsbad. Highly recommended!

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank TammyLynette
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Carlsbad, California
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Classy but a bit overpriced”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We have had dinner here several times. The food is always delicious. Recently enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff, which is not usually found on restaurant menus. My wife ordered the Miso soup which cost $9.95, and did not have enough shrimp or scallops to warrant the price. The service was excellent. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. There is an active bar for pre-dinner conversation that is sufficiently isolated from the main dining room. Definitely worth a try if you are visiting Carlsbad by the Sea!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank JudgeJim777
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Chandler, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Comfortable Dining”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Delicious food. Wait staff was accomodating to our young children's food preferences. We ate here while staying at the West Inn. Can't go wrong!

Visited April 2012
Thank JoAnn B
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Long Isand, New York
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were staying in timeshare and 2 of us were not feeling well so we ordered take out from this restaurant. There were four of us and we found each meal to be delicious although each different, from a cheeseburger with fries to a mixed seafood platter to lobster ravioli to steak with garlic mashed potatoes. All great. And we had chicken stir fry in lettuce wraps as an appetizer which was very tasty.

Visited March 2013
Thank choralion
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