Bistro West - Carlsbad
Bistro West - Carlsbad

Bistro West - Carlsbad

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrowest.com/
  • Phone: 7609308008x
  • 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: Comfort Food, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Campagna
  • 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: 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!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Bistro West - Carlsbad reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (47)neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (45)great for lunch (42)special occasion (38)kid-friendly (32)notable wine list (30)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (17)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    km0628VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is the 2nd time we've been to the Bistro and will be our last. We absolutely love West's main steakhouse across the parking lot and its amazing that the quality of experience can be so different less than 200 feet apart from one another. The cocktail list is out of date and the drinks as they are described are not how they are served- missing ingredients. The food is decent tasting but the servers know nothing and ours imparticular didnt have a moment to spare before rushing us through our order (after making us wait 15-20 mins after initially sitting down and attempting to order cocktails. West Steak and Seafood is the way to go - the bistro isn't worth the $5-$10 less a dish you'd pay to compromise 100% on service and ambiance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy a good meal here - anytime
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Always love to come back for a meal here, but beware the menu has/is changing for the salad selections. No longer half portions for some of the favorite salads, the seared ahi, cobb, etc. Menu changes are in the works. Food is always decent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant, good for date.
    foodie4life
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good food and nice ambiance makes this restaurant a good place to out on a date.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Fresh Food
    TheMermaid
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Met friends for lunch on a recommendation. None of us had been here before. Great service, ambiance, and food. We all had different salads, including one off the gluten-free menu. A farm-to-table restaurant, it was so tasty, and well presented. The portions seemed to vary, though. I had a generous salad, and didn't need more. My husband wondered where the olives and anchovies were in his Greek salad. There was one anchovy and just a couple of olives. The Chinese chicken salad was huge and got polished off, so I think it was very tasty as well. The staff was attentive and responsive. Building is airy and very clean, while being warm and inviting. All in all, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Ambience but food was OK
    Papergirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Their appetizers are wonderful...we had the ahi and it was great. Our food, not so much. Very over-salted. My steak salad was served on a large piece of pita which was strange. Husband's burger was not bad but stroganoff was just good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Oceanlover
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The staff is great..the food is great..the ambiance is great!! We've had several things on the menu and we have never been disappointed. Casual, quality dining! If you're looking for quiet and romantic, this isn't it. There are tv's showing sports in the dining room and it can get pretty loud but everything else makes up for it. If you want romance, West Steakhouse next door is perfect!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    NorthCountyCoastal
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Bistro West is always a great place to dine. Excellent food, excellent service - thanks Reggie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid the pasta dishes
    localresident
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had been to the Bistro West for a group lunch in the past and really enjoyed it. However, my recent dinner experience was disappointing. I ordered the West Farm Ravioli. It was dry and tough and was not prepared fresh. We did order the recommended calamari appetizer. It was very good and my husband ordered the fish special of the day (hawaiian bass) and he enjoyed it. The service was very good. When we first arrived the music was rather loud but was turned down upon my request. I am not usually a picky person, so the food has to be pretty bad for me to give this a poor review. I should have said something but did not want to spoil the evening for the others at my table. Avoid the pasta dishes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not our first visit & not our last!
    luv3dine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Bistro West has a very good menu with lots of choices. The mushroom ravioli with scallops was wonderful. My husband is a fan of meatloaf and he loves the meatloaf here. If you're having dessert, try the bread pudding -- it's outstanding! The service was very good. Eat here once and you'll want to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating. The food is excellent and there is something for everyone on the menu. I absolutely love that they use fresh produce grown in their very own garden!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    RaquelVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The dancing water graphic in the wall sets the mood for a great night out! Come 50% for the ambiance and 50% for the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A great place to dine anytime. Good food, comfortable atmosphere and good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Jesse
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The service was very good. The food was delicious! Our waiter suggested the daily special and we couldn't be more pleased. Two girls getting together for lunch. And the wait staff didn't make us feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro West is Wonderful
    margaretrubinstein
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I always love this restaurant. We have grown to expect good service and great food, and we were not disappointed ! Our waitress was well-informed and friendly, without being overly familiar. We tried a few new items on the menu, like the breuschetta. It was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great casually elegant dining
    CaspersCuisine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always a great meal and evening at The Bistro! The menu is diverse, the wine list yummy and the service terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff were friendly and helpful
    Lvu2taste
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were greeted as soon as we arrived and quickly escorted to our table the server went over the specials and made recommendations. The noise was low with music playing in the background which made it easy to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table Reservation
    Adrian
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Using Open Table to make our reservation was fantastic.....quick and easy. I used OT to make a reservation at a restaurant 3000k away (NJ) about a year ago and it worked perfectly. I was hooked on online booking from that point on and will use it whenever possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Eatsoutalot
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    On the plus side, they offer a gluten free menu. However our filet mignon had not been allowed to come to room temp before being cooked and therefore they were ice cold in the middle. Yuk. Beet salad was lovely but the pastas (both gluten free and regular) were odd tasting and failrly unpleasant. Cocktails are hit and miss too. This restaurant has a long way to go to live up to its hype. Farm to table is great but only if the food does not get mangled in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We were wowed
    seniorsinlove
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife and I frequent restaurants on a regular basis. The waiter was outstanding. He was both personable and professional. Made great suggestions. Even the gentleman that brought the water had a great personality. The food was of a quality that is rare in this day and age. My wife and I will remember this experience for a long time. Looking forward to the next visit. Great job!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty
    Easyeating
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Who knew this place would be so good. Random location, but excellent fare. My wife and I ate here last year as well (while passing through Carlsbad), and the quality has held up. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch
    dktrjane
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Been here many times; food always good, service, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dining
    Spiffydude
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A beautiful restaurant I found by accident, it has some of the best food I've ever had. I always love going to Bistro West, it's a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    PKBearFan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Lots of families here after a day at Legoland but overall my wife and I were able to enjoy a night out while on vacation. Food was excellent and service was good. Nice variety on wine list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great internet find!
    marlenejo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I enjoyed my first visit to this restaurant (once I found it - it can be confused with its neighbor, of a similar name, across the parking lot). The food and service were quite good, and the beautiful decor and changing color light fixture held my attention during my visit. There is a great presentation of the "wine cellar", which is impressive, and the Riesling I had was very good. Overall, a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    Cantwait2dine
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Love, Love Bistro West, every time my husband and I are in town we eat here and it is flawlessly delicious every time !!! Love the Sole a must try .. and the farm fresh chefs selection raviolis , were amazing.. With fava bean asparagus , fresh green peas,pancetta .. so YUMMY>>> cant wait for our next dining experience . Service is spot on, great wait staff and front desk... A true Gem....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Want inconsistent dinning?
    dine4enjoyment
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I have come to West Bistro on and off for over 2 years. We find the service to be great, but the food is very inconsistent. Our last dinning experience was the worst I've had in years. Once again service was great, food was terrible. When told about the food being bad the management took the meal off my bill, but that's not the issue. If you want appetizers or finger food or pizza you can pretty much expect some consistency. It's the entries that just don't measure up on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    boulderVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great place for a casual meal. Great vibe, great wine list and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely
    lacey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    so good, as usual. will continue to eat there. I hate that I always overeat
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Gumbo! Family Friendly
    Silvia
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro West Disappoints
    SDfoodloverVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • aregtimVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Three people. Two horrible meals, one, chicken, OK. Never returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Plano mom
    planomom
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a farm to table restaurant. Everything was really good, service was great. Had a lot of things on the menu so there was something for everyone. Prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ahi sashimi is great
    AnneD
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty burgers
    Tastyii
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Best bison burgers we had in 2014 . We discovered the place unfortunately the last night before leaving town.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe the Steakhouse is better.
    dalfornoamarone
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BruinVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great for business lunches. There was a great menu and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had the veggie burger- it was amazing! Side of steamed veggies also great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food4thotVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Joined friends here for a special dinner.....we were given a table looking into the service area, even tho,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate