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Bistro West - Carlsbad
Bistro West - Carlsbad

Bistro West - Carlsbad Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrowest.com
  • Phone: (760) 930-8008
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am *- 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Eugenio Martignago
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro West has options for your next catered affair. Provide us with a budget and details and let us do the work.
    Contact Paula Green at 760-930-8008 for information...
  • Special Events & Promotions: November 3rd
    Visit us at the Carlsbad Street Fair

    November 21, 2013
    Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration

    November 28th
    Closed for Thanksgiving

    Closed for Private Event Wednesday December 4, 2013

    December 5th
    Celebrate the Holidays at West Village, enjoy food & spirits along with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves

    December 24th- Christmas Eve
    Serving a Full Menu, Make Bistro West your Family Holiday Tradition

    December 25th
    Closed Christmas Day

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cannon and I-5
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Bistro West offers both valet and self-parking. Self-parking is available in the private lot surrounding the restaurant and in the underground parking lot beneath West Inn & Suites, accessed through the driveway at the north end of the property. There is plenty of handicap parking directly in front of the restaurant. Valet parking stand is in front of West Steak and Seafood, 75 feet from the Bistro entrance.
A word from Bistro West - Carlsbad
At Bistro West we’re inspired by freshness and quality. Our new menu includes “The Classics”, and reflects the creativity of our Chefs who plant, harvest and create a seasonally-evolving menu from their own three acre farm.
With a passion for creating the perfect bite, utilizing only top quality ingredients that are fresh daily, Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago and Chef Jason Connolly combine an authentic
farm-to-table approach with classic French and Italian influences.
“The Classics”, feature the local favorites such as Filet Mignon Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Pot Pie in addition to hand-made pizzas, pastas, and burgers; everything on the menu is made from scratch while keeping the principles of sustainability top of mind.
At Bistro West, we’re dedicated to providing you with “real food”; served in a casual and lively atmosphere. Our desire is that you join us often to experience what’s new at every season!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Took our two young grandchildren (6 and 3). Very family friendly. Everyone was very friendly with them. I had the short ribs (yummy but a little dry) and husband had Gumbo which was fantastic. Service very good. Kids had sliders (little overdone) and chicken tenders OK. We spend one week a yr at Carlsbad and this is always on our list."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This visit to Bistro West was disappointing. Instructions provided regarding an entrée were not followed, the food seemed a bit pedestrian, like just another plate out of hundreds, and the server was a bit over the top in energy. We were disappointed enough that we will probably seek another dining spot next time we meet our friends."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Three people. Two horrible meals, one, chicken, OK. Never returning."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We just had a few apps - all excellent: bruschetta (a twist ont he usual), a pan pizza (thin focaccia with arugula and prosciutto and a melted cheese fondue to add), ahi sashimi with a mango salsa. Lisa was a ver good server. Kitchen was slow onone item, but the service was so good we hardly noticed. Refills came without asking. And it's a good meting place for work when I'm in SD and others are coming from the OC."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Best bison burgers we had in 2014 . We discovered the place unfortunately the last night before leaving town."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Nice people, good service but the food was average at best. NY Steak was tough, gnocchi bland. Pizza was described as neopolitan-like and actually it was. really good. Bread pudding was also really good. Some good, some not so good. Atmoshphere was a bit 2nd rate Vegas buffet room atmosphere, but again, the staff was the star of the show."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • " Had the veggie burger- it was amazing! Side of steamed veggies also great!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This is a great spot. It caters to all different tastes. The service is excellent, the ambiance, energetic but well-designed. The menu has something for everyone. We were early for our reservation but seated quickly."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Joined friends here for a special dinner.....we were given a table looking into the service area, even tho,"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times now and I have to say I am very impressed with the service. The wait staff are always friendly and outgoing and it makes a difference to know that they are truly focused on you enjoying your meal. I also noticed the amount of management that are working at the restaurant. This makes sure that things do stay running at a very exceptional level of care."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great restaurant! Loved the food and the service. I will go back."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our first time at the Bistro West and it helped to make a reservation and get directions on Open Table! Friendly staff showed us right to a booth and wait staff was quick and knowledgable. The Chopped Wedge Salad was really tasty, could improve on presentation, but it's chopped or deconstructed. The local Mussels are really nice, a generous portion and great broth. The New York Steak was excellent, tender and cooked to perfection. A 12 oz steak meant take out for lunch the next day. Pasta, Pizza, Meatloaf, Seafood, great sides and desserts: there is something for everyone at Bistro West. We observed lots of happy family groups sharing pizza."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Bistro West is our place to go for special occasions - not because it's expensive, because we just like to keep it "special". When I made the reservation, I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday - and EVERYONE who talked to us while we were there wished him a happy birthday, and they offered him a free dessert. The servers are amazing - always attentive, always pleasant and welcoming. And the food - OMG - so delicious. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Given the moderate prices, and the service/food/ambience you get for those prices, it's WELL WELL worth it. Their happy hour is great, too. Highly, highly recommend this place (and no, I'm not related to anyone there!) :)"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We were taken to a corner of the restaurant near the exit door where two gentlemen were already seated and talking very loudly. Our waiter took our order, delivered our food and proceeded to forget us for the rest of the meal. We had to listen to a man who was very much in love with the sound of his own voice throughout the meal even though there were plenty of tables available. The best place to sit in this restaurant is in the bar area. At least there, you know it will be loud."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Four of us made a very filling dinner out of several appetizers and they were all very good. We really liked the beet salad and the calamari. (traditional)."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Bistro West was perfect for reconnecting with friends. We talked for quite a while and never felt rushed by the staff. I had the New York steak salad that was delicious. We splurged and had dessert. The bread pudding, although it sounds old fashioned, was the best dessert I have ever had. I highly recommend having one at the restaurant and ordering one to take home."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I took my 17 yr old and 23 yr old out for a nice dinner. We were not disappointed. Filet Mignon with Peppercorn sauce was the best I have had in a long time. cooked to perfection!! "Kids" enjoyed seafood tortellini with lobster tail and steak fritte (hanger steak). My son had to get dessert and the mud pie satisfied a sweet craving for all of us. Service was top notch and we were not left waiting for water or drinks. even the bread was replenished for my son without asking. Recommended to those not on a budget as the bill can add up, but the food is worth the price. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food and service were amazing. I was especially happy with the restaurant manager Arnie for being so kind and welcoming. I definitely will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We arrived in Carlsbad traveling from Florida very tired. We needed someplace nice with good food and service. We were very pleased to find Bistro West. This is a farm to table restaurant with fantastic food, wonderful service, and nice wines. We will definitely return during our stay. Too many accolades to list, but a great place to dine!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We almost always go here for our business lunches and dinners. Our guests love it and they usually end up bringing their clients for future meetings."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The angel hair pasta dish was superb, and my colleagues said their meals were also excellent."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "have gone here several times for lunch and dinner. always a good experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "good for lunch. healthy .liked the fish . out door sitting is nice to"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was great. It was a tad noisy but not horrible. Management came to ask about our experience which we appreciated."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Brunch was amazing. As always the service was wonderful. She made great recommendation. Best eggs Benedict ever!! My daughter had chicken pot pie and loved it as she always does, her friend had French toast which she said was delicious. The banana bread that was warm that was put on the table as we sat down was absolutely delicious. The chocolate trio for dessert was amazingly good"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our brunch very much. The menu was interesting with large potions, maybe a little too large. Service was great. Waiter knew the menu well and had good suggestions, interesting though, the reservation was nowhere to be found even though I received an email confirmation. I'm not sure if the hostess was looking in the right place on the computer, or it didn't get through to the restaurant. I'd like to use this service again, but hope it works next time!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to have a 'date night' after day on the beach with the family on July 4th and found this restaurant the perfect setting. The service was great and the food excellent. We arrived early but we were seated right away, the service was prompt and the staff knew their menu and I was able to choose a meal knowing what I was getting. We have been there before for brunch with family and had been impressed with the service then so decided to try it for a more intimate meal and we're glad we did. Plenty to choose from the menu but not too large that it takes 1/2 hour to read, extensive wine menu but we didn't have wine this time, the cocktails were good too!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was very nicely prepared (when it was corrected, as the order was wrong) as usual, hostess was excellent and friendly and seated me at my favorite quiet table, even the bus-boy was friendly and helpful (correcting the food prep error) but the waiter was less than attentive and very arrogant. Funny how poor service can over-shadow a good meal. Don't judge by this experience - they have always been top notch at other times here."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Made last minute reservations, however it was not busy, thus reservations where not needed. The restaurant ambiance was much more than expected. Clean, open and modern booths were inviting and comfortable. Good wine ( not extensive) however pricey. I had a excellent Sea Bass and wife had a delicious ( but not as good as my dish) halibut. Serves was excellent. Definitely worth a try if your in the Carlsbad area."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I love this place, great service and really good food. Always very accommodating. Incredible gluten free menu. My husband really appreciate it. Our meal was executed properly and I absolutely loved my dinner. Thank you for the really good meal. also Reggie is a top notch server."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed out evening at Bistro West. Our server was helpful in making suggestions. The menu was quite varied and our group each got something different. We all enjoyed! We sat on the patio which was really nice! I would go back..."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "everything great except food fell way short at this price range."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We needed a place to have a late but not too late dinner while driving from Orange County home to Pacific Beach. This place right off of I5 served the bill wonderfully. The food choices were great as was the food we chose, and the wine selections were more than fine."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I always enjoy my meals here. Nice ambiance, you don't feel crowded on top of other diners. Diverse food selection to fit a variety if budgets. Love the wine carafe option to a full bottle. But what always stands out is the service. Truly one of the best restaurants for service, at a moderate price point"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My daughter got straight A's so as a reward we went to dinner and she got to pick the place . Well of course she wanted the Bistro's chicken pot pie! I had the beet salad and added blackened salmon. The salmon was amazing!! And it's my favorite beet salad anywhere so now it's just perfect with the protein added. My daughter said the chicken pot pie was perfection as usual. I have to admit it's even better than my homemade one ;) To my daughters delight there was a promotion going to reward kids with straight A's- free dessert! Luckily, we had her report in the car to mail to grandma. It was a perfect way to end an amazing celebration dinner!! And great incentive for straight A's next year too :)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were celebrating both Fathers Day and my son's upcoming wedding this weekend- dinner was great and the wait staff was awesome as usual! They even brought us a complimentary desert to share!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food, service and decor make it a great place for all occasions."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Bistro West is the best place my wife and I have had the pleasure to eat since we have been in the San Diego area. We raved to our friends about it and have recommended they all try it. Our waiter Brandon, was outstanding before ng very knowledgeable and attentive to our dinner. We have to thank our friends for recommending Bistro West."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Totally outstanding. The food was worth the price. Everyone enjoyed their steaks, while I enjoyed the slab of sole. So many places say they have sole, but you get slices of overcooked mush. Bistro West's sole was bout 1 inch thick, cooked just right."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant to have a special birthday dinner for our daughter. We were excited and looking forward to a terrific meal. Unfortunately, we were all not satisfied with our meals which ranged from special burgers, pasta and steak. We expected more from our food. The service was great though and they went out of their way to try and accommodate us but did not. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014