Ignite Bistro
Ignite Bistro

Ignite Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ignitecarlsbad.com/
  • Phone: 7604387800x
  • 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 7604387800x
  • 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: 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!!!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Ignite Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (27)great for lunch (20)vibrant bar scene (17)good for groups (14)great for brunch (14)scenic view (14)fit for foodies (12)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (8)hot spot (7)special occasion (7)late-night find (5)romantic (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    would like to see better Beer list Nice outdoor set up too
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night for girlfriends
    choosy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went at Happy Hour time for dinner and were able to order from both menus. The Tomato/tomato salad with chicken was a hi with two foodies and the other two of us had the fish tacos, poke and regular fish, and loooved them.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I arrived with a lady with a walker and they were very kind about getting us a table away from the noise and the 'busyness' of the restaurant. They even moved a table into the bar to allow us a quiet space! (over and above service, I felt). The food was excellent, the manager came over to see if we had everything we needed, the service was top notch and personal. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Unfortunately...too many small children, wailing, crying, screaming for a Saturday lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and we've returned since
    TroyCVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was our first visit and we were very happy. The staff was friendly and being a week-nite we were seated in outdoor walkway. The hostess took the initiative & turned on the fireplace for us without us asking {great ambiance}. We started with the man-candy and the tomato-tomato. You can never go wrong w/ bacon, we were impressed with the T-T as the 2x tomato and house-made motz was excellent. For entrees, I had the deuling chops & the wife had the Gorg Filet. Both meals were cooked to perfection, and the surprise was the mash potatoes. I'm usually concerned about mash as soften is either bland or over-flavored. Not the case here -- it was a perfect compliment. The beer selection was well rounded and the wife loved her cocktail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good all the way around
    buschman43
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Brunch was great and unique. Items we still need to try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Patio
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice place to sit on the patio and have a drink. Food was OK. We had several different appetizers and the filet for dinner. The crispy asparagus had potential, the dip was nice, but the asparagus and the batter were very bland. Also had the shrimp cocktail and calamari - not too good. Banana cream pie in a jar had potential also, but not very good either. I would go back just to have a drink and sit on the patio, but not for the food. There were also a lot of families there with small children. No big deal, since I brought my older children as well, but these other kids were running all over the place - climbing over the wall next to our table...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service were excellent. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best Ignite Experience
    CSP22
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have been to ignite before and have had good experiences. This dinner experience was pretty bad. We waited 15 minutes to place a drink order. Waited another 20 minutes to receive the drinks. Cancelled our appetizers after waiting 40 minutes and when dinner arrived it looked like it sat under a heat lamp too long. All dishes were between bad to mediocre. Our server was unprofessional. She told us that service was slow because people got sent home early. Also shared that a table walked out on her and she would have to pay $300 out of pocket. She noted food was delayed because "the kitchen is messing with me" and she commented on the difficult customers at her other job.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • liveclose
    hfn51
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food, nice to have a go-to place close to home. Service and ambience on this evening a little disjointed (brought to a table not yet cleaned, wait staff unclear re who was working our table), but food was all good and staff eventually got it together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've been a few times, and am always pleased at how friendly and caring the staff is to me as a single diner. Recently I've taken friends and they loved the food as much as I do!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch by the window
    lynda
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Wish I could recall the name of our waitress with the purple/silver hair. She was sweet and attentive. Food is consistently good. The view inside is a bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Midweek neighborhood dinner.
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Another disappointing meal. We are 0 for 3 here. Mixed up order. Crab claws on menue served w/out appropriate utensils. Apologizes made but no reparations taken. Too bad, so close to home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very helpful
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My husband really enjoy dining here. Good food, great view. Good service, they are very accommodating to my husbands allergy. The manage went out of her way to assist us with menu items and followed up very professionally. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    MKMNVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went here for brunch and the food was okay. The people that were with me really enjoyed the Veggie Omelet and Eggs Benedict. I had the Pancakes which were okay but not great. The waitress had to be asked to refill our coffee cups and then also to have hot not lukewarm coffee. The inside was warm and we also asked that the air be turned on. Maybe with the front door open they keep the air down which would be understandable. There were a lot of people out in the patio and they did have music. I would say if you want to sip an endless Mimosa and listen to music it would be a nice brunch place outside. I hope Brunch works because I know they are trying very hard and the location is very nice. We all did say we would try this place again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised / Will return
    Wilfred
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food (twin medallions and salmon) and service. Server Alexis was checking regularly with us. Have and will continue to recommend. Thank you for a job well done.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We go to Ignite often
    lynda
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We love that Ignite takes our Passport Card and has a loyalty card program. The food, service, staff and view are great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Gluten Free Pizza around!
    glutenfreeliving3
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Ignite Bistro has the best gluten-free pizza around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Cozy Grill with Good Food
    out4anevening
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    IGNITE is a good place, reasonably priced. There is an extensive bar, but it's not a singles hang-out: there were families with kids, married couples, singles there - the whole spectrum. We ordered from the Specials menu that commemorated recent wild fires - restaurant name is IGNITE, afterall. We had salmon and sea bass entrees, both were beautifully cooked with good sides. Our table overlooked the restaurant's view of the Carlsbad hills to the east of El Camino Real - very pleasant. Service was prompt, attentive, competent and friendly. Menu was appealing and the selection sufficiently varied to satisfy any hunger. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    BOOMER
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    All three in my party had a different entree and all were exceptionally tasteful! We always enjoy the "different" appetizers offered and are never disappointed. Lovely patio area but you can't make reservations for the patio. Fortunately for us, a table was available.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My daughter and I came for dinner. We shared the ribs with mashed potatoes and slaw. Amazing- fall off the bone tender. We ended with the famous s'mores dessert - so good!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ignite is great for brunch
    lynda
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Our family celebrated Father's Day a week late at Ignite. Everyone loved their food, serice was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great !
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love that both the food and the service are always great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey for what you get
    choosy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We shared asparagus, had a glass of wine and a salad each and spent $70. Was the quality, ambience, etc. worth that? No.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very helpful
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Thank you my husband and I had a great lunch there he is gluten intolerant and this server was very attentive and helpful with accommodating him
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ignite review
    Review4u
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Wonderful experience. Hostess had our table ready for us in a nice comfortable booth with a view. She was very friendly and had a beautiful smile and personality making it warm and friendly from the moment we walked in. Our waitress was just as sweet and provided excellent service. The recommendations were great and the food absolutely delicious. We were greeted by both the manager as well as the head chef, making us feel very special and again, a very friendly welcoming environment. The prices are very reasonable and again, the food was delicious. From our cinnamon rolls, man candy, burgers, fish tacos to omelette. Very nice music on the patio and an oyster bar inside. Also many wine choices for purchase. Highly recommend for all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    BB1186
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My Husband I went for our anniversary and they were sweet and brought us a dessert to share. The food was amazing and our server was great. she kept the bottomless mimosa's flowing :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Ignite pizza is delicious. Markket green salad is yummy as well. Loved the martinis too
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had the Bri pear and honey pizza it was delish! Service was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful panoramic view
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is becoming a regular dining spot for us. Friendly service and good food with a gorgeous view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good hangout; food is average
    skylukewalker
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Nice location, good outdoor dining area, nice lively atmosphere, food is pretty average.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 130 reviews are from the Ignite Bistro reviews archive.
  • would not return
    badfoodexperience
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    since we are new to the neighborhood we were excited about trying Ignite in hopes of finding a restaurant that we could frequent. We ordered two different appy's, crispy broccoli and crispy asparagus. They were both soaked with oil and had little flavor. The entree was a brie and pear pizza which was also full of oil and no flavor. The cheesecake desert was very average
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It was a good dining experience. Our wait person was so sweet and personable, she made our lunch enjoyable. The food was good, especially the deep fried crusted asparagus side dish. The spicy shrimp in the salad were very tasty also. I always enjoy Ignite because we get a window seat with a panoramic view of the beautiful La Costa valley area. It's casual relaxed dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistenly great food
    lynda
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Consistenly great food in the neighborhood. We love the attentive service. The wait staff and fun and easy. A favorite spot for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Ignite continues to be our neighborhood "go-to" place. Service is attentive - dining area has great canyon view either by night or day. Food is very well prepared and interesting.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too little too long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a bad experience
    DonH
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the Ladies who Lunch..
    lynda
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Five women had a wonderful time. Food was plenty and delicious. Service was spot-on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family rest.
    TheHuntsVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.