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!
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Bistro West - Carlsbad reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (54)good for groups (53)neighborhood gem (51)great for lunch (47)kid-friendly (36)notable wine list (36)romantic (31)vibrant bar scene (22)great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (9)hot spot (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely
    lacey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    so good, as usual. will continue to eat there. I hate that I always overeat
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • aregtimVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Three people. Two horrible meals, one, chicken, OK. Never returning.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Bistro West
    WinstedVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great restaurant! Loved the food and the service. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, kid friendly
    localfoodies
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Felt so welcomed!
    BistroWest
    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!) :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seated and forgotten
    pverduVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appis Galore!
    PJWhiz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great friends
    bestbreadpudding
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved my experience
    foodnbeverage
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for two tired travelers
    KenW
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our go to for business eating
    ChrisN
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Doctor
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The angel hair pasta dish was superb, and my colleagues said their meals were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CJinCarlsbad
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    have gone here several times for lunch and dinner. always a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate