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Ignite Bistro
Ignite Bistro
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Ignite Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ignitecarlsbad.com
  • Email: info@ignitecarlsbad.com
  • Phone: (760) 438-7800
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday -Wednesday 11:30am-10pm
    Thursday - Saturday 11:30am-11pm

    Sunday Brunch 11:30am-2pm "Bottomless Mimosas" on the weekends-it ROCKS

    Happy Hour Everyday 3pm-6pm "Best in Town" Everyday!

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Alex
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We offer several buffet selections, and a private menu.

    We can accommodate any large party or occasion.

  • Private Party Facilities: Let us make your party our business.
    Celebrate any special event here at Ignite.
  • Private Party Contact: Angelique Backalukas (760) 438-7800
  • Entertainment: Please see our calendar on our website. www.ignitecarlsbad.com for bands.
    We will be offering cool tunes Thursday-Saturday starting in May.

    LIVE MUSIC-- Friday Nights, Saturday Nights, and Sunday Brunch in the summer months.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We can host a variety of special events including Weddings, Rehearsal Dinner, Birthday Parties and more. Give us a call!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alga Rd.
  • Public Transit: Bus stop east and west side of El Camino in front of restaurant
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Ignite Bistro
Ignite! brings you authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas prepared in our wood-fired oven and created with Ignites' fresh mozzarella, made in-house daily. Our unique spin on the world of casual, yet polished American cuisine along with offering a great selection of appetizers, hand crafted salads, grilled steaks and seafood dishes. Our bar will be offering a large variety of cocktails and microbrews, as well as a mix of sports on our high definition televisions. Happy Hour is off the charts here with two bars (inside and out). Everyday from 3-6pm!!!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "All natural and organic where possible. My gorgonzola sirloin medallions were excellent and my friends' drunken ribeye was fantastic. The service was outstanding. We had a great time."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It took a long time for the waitress to get us anything, and the food was really just mediocre. The location and ambience was great though!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Five women had a wonderful time. Food was plenty and delicious. Service was spot-on."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had to flag two people down to find our waitress. My wife ordered a salmon entrée and I got a salad. She specifically asked that the salmon not come with mashed potatoes and with extra spinach: "No problem, of course." After waiting too long, the salmon was nearly raw. Eventually, the waitress and manager apologized, repeatedly. He said he would watch them finish cooking the salmon and have it on a table in 3 minutes. It was more than 15 minutes before it arrived, with mashed potatoes, no extra spinach.My wife made no further complaint and told the waitress that she would have a couple bites and then take the rest home. She had a few bites, asked for a box again as the waitress took away her plate. Of course, they tossed the salmon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "You can't beat the $10 smokin lunch deal - a great salad and a whole wood fired pizza!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Ignite has a huge heated outdoor patio that was the place to be. We had an indoor table and surrounded with children. Sat night kids eat free - hence the crowd. The food was ok. The chicken in the caesar salad was bland and rubbery. The sirloin steak was perfect. And our other entree choices were ok. Service was good."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The turkey burger and sweet potato fries were delicious. Had my favorite beer, Stone IPA. Our server was very energetic and friendly. Really knew the menu and had great recommendations."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Casual atmosphere, good wine selection of course. The food was excellent, we had broiled salmon. The server was a tad busy at first, but made up for it with her charm. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Bought a friend here for the first time and it did not disappoint ;) we had the smokin lunch deal and it was wonderful. The service was great and food even better. It's my fav place to meet friends for lunch :)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Very pretty view of the inland valley, all the tables are set to take advantage of this view. The seafood sandwich (halibut) was delicious, but the home made chips were a bit greasy and soggy. Service was good, but it did take longer than expected to be served our beers. Food service was good though. We had lunch here on a Monday, so it was pretty quiet. The outdoor patio was closed, but looked like it would be nice for a different day of the week."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food, not dishes you can just get anywhere. They have a diverse menu to explore if you come back many times."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I bought a Living Social coupon and I never had great expectations when I'm receiving a discount, but Ignite really impressed me. My husband and I went early around 3:30 so it wasn't busy. We were immediately greeted and we sat in the bar for a little while and then went to the dining room for dinner. Keep in mind that if you like booth dining, there are only two. They were both full when we sat in the bar, but the waitress was nice enough to let us know when one would be available. Bar service and dinner were great. I ordered a Turkey Burger and I order them everywhere that offers one and I have to say, the best I have ever had. My husband ordered pizza and it was a nice thin crust with fresh ingredients. Try Ingite!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This restaurant has nice food for the price and an ambiance a step up from its peers. Occasionally, it has special menu items that are fantastic, including the beef short rib I enjoyed on my last visit. While the restaurant is geared for adults seeking a classy casual environment, with a fantastic selection of wine, it is located in a yuppy family-heavy neighborhood so you'll often be seated next to loud restless children that can spoil your romance. Be sure to ask the hostess to seat you in a child-free area if that concerns you, and encourage the restaurant to develop separate seating areas for families vs couples."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "how often do you have any expectations of a restaurant in an outdoor mall? i usually have zero. well... this place was so much fun, the food was perfect for the occasion and the staff was lovely. and how can you beat &5 moscow mules??? check it out!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for Valentines Day and was not disappointed. Excellent food and service!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had lunch with a friend yesterday. She had previously had bad meals at Ignite and I talked her into trying it again; on Sunday we had brunch there and had a great experience so she agreed to try it again. Needless to say, lunch yesterday was not a good experience at all. The restaurant was empty yet we had very slow service from our waitress. We each ordered a different kind of pizza and both came out very soggy and greasy. I was able to make mine work, but hers was just awful. To the credit of the waitress, she did offer to bring her something else, but at that point, after waiting for quite a while to be served, time was short and we both had appointments to leave for. This makes me sad as we long for a good local restaurant."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We met some friends in from out of town who used to love the Crazy Burro so they wanted to try Ignite. We all ordered different items off the brunch menu everyone was happy with the choices made. Our server was a little slow and forgetful, but we weren't in a hurry and it worked out fine. I am meeting another friend for lunch there today and am anxious to see what their regular lunch menu consists of."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed the meal at Ignite, but it was very loud in the dining area. Need to have some sound breaks in the area"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Started with man candy, chips and guc ( salsa not that great) both awesome. Had smoking lunch deal was was great. Love the market greens and the wood fire chicken pizza was SO good"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Ignite combines some "retail" wine shop features with a restaurant/bar. I have the pork chops and asparagus fries and both were great. The wine is is good and their by the glass selections had a good range. My server was very pleasant. I sat in the restaurant section and there is also a full bar and nice tables outside. Very cozy for the lone business diner."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The two fisted egg sandwich was great. And loved the bottomless mimosas ! Everyone had good things to say about their dishes . We even got cinnamon rolls while waiting for our entrees to come"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Best mac n cheese anywhere! Love the s'mores dessert too! Thank you for a very fab birthday dinner!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the restaruant was energetic. If I had not made a retail purchase the rating would have been Very Good. Since, I made a retail wine purchase under the $10 off wine "to go only" to discover this is per order not per bottle. Thus, it only makes sense to purchase one bottle at a time for "retail" until you have time to go to your favorite wine store."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Very nice. Will make it a frequent addition to our dine-out choices in the S. Carlsbad area"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Our server's name escapes me but she was the best aspect of our dining experience. She was very attentive and anticipated all of our needs. The deep fried asparagus appetizer was memorable and a must-taste."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "The pizza and salad deal never disappoints. The ignite pizza was delicious- love the caramelized onions and fennel sausage Service was great as was the food"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Went with three kids and got great service. Appetizers came out quickly and drinks keep full. Ignite pizza was great as was the bistro salad. S'mores dessert was amazing"
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "We have now gone here several times in the past month and have had great experiences all times. We took a group with us Friday night after wine tasting down the street. Service was efficient, but a tad slow due to the busy night there. Several of us split dinners and the split portions were a bit on the small size. But the food was good and we had a great view and enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "We ate there last Friday night before we went to the tennis tournament at the La Costa Resort. Our waitress was wonderful and accommodating. The food was excellent; everyone ordered something different and we all loved our food. My risotto was fabulous..highly recommend it. The views are great from inside the restaurant. The patio was packed so we sat inside, but totally enjoyed the views and ambiance. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Had the ignite pizza with the market greens. Perfect lunch"
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Great food at great prices. Love the new drink menu"
    Dined on 7/9/2013