Ignite Bistro
Ignite Bistro

Ignite Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://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 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Ignite Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (17)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (9)hot spot (8)notable wine list (8)scenic view (7)great for brunch (7)fit for foodies (7)special occasion (3)late-night find (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Ignite Critique
    VdayloverVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Usually have great experience but steak ordered M/Well came out M/Rare, my dinner guest was finished by time I got my returned meal. Food was excellent though and wine list deep.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The food was flavorless and boring. Service was not good. Our waitress seemed very annoyed by our presence. Definitely will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beadlady
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    After we ordered they discovered they were out of seabass. The manager came over to apologize and commpted me a glass of wine for the inconvenience. A very nice thing to do!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Short-Ribs are to die for!!
    CatH2oS
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went for an early dinner (6:00) with some friends. Due to the hour, there were still lots of kids in the restaurant which made it quite noisy. As the evening progressed it got quieter. Service was great, attentive without being cloying. The food was superb! The Short-Ribs were to die for!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need better cooks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I ordered the sea bass and my wife ordered a steak. The veggies that came with my sea bass were cold and the sea bass was majorly overcooked. My wife's steak was undercooked. Our server, Amy, was very nice and attentive. The one star of the show was the French onion soup. I don't like French onion soup but it was a cold evening and I really felt like eating soup, so I ordered it anyway. It was so good that it might have converted me into a fan except that I've had it at many other places and it doesn't taste anywhere near as good. My wife's drink (can't recall the name but it had mint in it) was quite good, mine (the New Fashioned) was bad. So maybe steer clear of the cocktails and entrees and order only appetizers and beer...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Will be Back!
    GailCVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous birthday lunch at Ignite Bistro! The food was delicious--we enjoyed a rich and tasty artichoke dip, a brie and pear flatbread, an Asian-inspired salad and a beautiful s'more brownie dessert (a gift to the birthday girl). Everything was perfectly prepared and the service was just right--attentive, helpful, friendly, available but not hovering. Also good coffee with refills! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    cookie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nice place, good food at a reasonable price. One of the interesting things about Ignite is that it has very nice indoor and outdoor spaces, and each of those areas have unique spaces as well so there are lots of choices for seating and different types of groups. The only suggestion that I might offer is that one of their indoor seating areas is somewhat separated from the rest, it offers a nice view over La Costa. Currently, it like all the spaces has a television set in the room as well as bright lighting. I think it would be better served as a more traditional dining area without the tv and softer lighting for those that want to enjoy the great food and service as well as the view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieSnob
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious food, reasonably priced. Our server was very nice and often came to check on us and make sure everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - Great service
    PDQ619VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very friendly staff and our waiter was fantastic! The food was good and served timely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Endless Mamosas
    lynda
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Eggs Benedict with spinach and goat cheese substitution, to die for! Asparagus fires instead of potatoes....yummy!! Great Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience
    BDreviews
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We decided to try Ignite for the first time and found the restaurant very noisy inside, especially due to a birthday party about 25 feet away that disrupted our entire meal having peaceful conversation. The Ignite burgers that we tried were overpowered by the cheese on them, leaving little actual burger taste. The fried broccoli appetizer with aioli needed more aioli for sure, which our waitress brought as well as more ketchup for our fries when we asked for it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    choose this restaurant for its proximity to our hotel and the menu offers. Food was fair and best and service was lacking. Should have left when there were only 3 tables of people at lunch time
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jude
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Ignite Bistro reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.