Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse

Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vigiluccis.com/
  • Phone: 7604342580
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gerhard Oesterlein
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tamarack Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
Vigilucci's Seafood and Steakhouse with an Italian flair. The restaurant faces the Ocean. One of the best views in San Diego. Open seven days a week with an outstanding Sunday brunch. Private room available for private parties.
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Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (103)great for outdoor dining (81)special occasion (81)romantic (68)fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (44)notable wine list (37)great for lunch (28)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (13)great for brunch (11)hot spot (11)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • KiamaraKid
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great food, the veal was too big for my wife. A little on the high end of price. Good place for an occasion. K
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great View
    mamabearof2
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Awesome patio seating....great ocean view...Cioppino is outstanding! It's what my husband to Vigilucci's for! My salmon was great, so fresh! The best was the dessert....Tortino Al Chocolatto-a chocolate lava cake, raspberry sauce with Vanilla Bean gelato-TO DIE FOR. We like to save Vigilucci's for special occasions but really it would be great anytime!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    tlfc4
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our dining experience. Excellent food and wine choices and a beautiful view. We also had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, great food
    CDeworld
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Certainly there are seafood and steaks on the menue, but also in keeping with Vigilucci's roots, there are a number of excellent dishes with Italian influence. The staff is helpful and friendly and there a number of reasonably priced wines on the menu. Everything was very well prepared and visually appealing. Do not expect a quiet atmosphere; outside seating is subject to traffic noise and inside the conversation level tends to be high, but it is always lively and upbeat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining in Carlsbad, CA
    FastEddy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse is must for those looking for fine dining in the Carlsbad, CA area. The food was very good, our waiter was exceptional. Sometimes when you go to a restaurant like this, the wait staff is a little pretentious, perhaps even a bit haughty; not here. There were only a few negatives: parking - tight quarters but the valets get it done; a little slow filling water glasses, bringing coffee; we had to send my wife's steak back for more grill time, she likes it VERY well (it's sad, really). Overall, my wife and I had a wonderful evening. I'm confident you'll enjoy your experience, too. Thanks, Vigilucci's!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    DrMambo
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The mushroom and scallop pasta dish that I had was delightful. Easily obtained reservations, they were ready for us when we arrived. And my food was delicious. Would definitely eat here again. Didn't love the oil & vinegar combo for dipping the bread, but I could see how some would like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Romantic Get Away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Worth the trip, but, a bit pricy, service lacked. Appeared there was confusion between wait staff and table service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Chepler
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Great bar to sit and watch ocean and passersby. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Spagettidog
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Food was good, view is wonderful, service is slow and that is an understatement. Would have liked to have another glass of wine with dinner. We were afraid our coffee would be cold or gone by the time we got desert
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vigilucci's Review
    eaglemomma
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food and the view were speculator. The service wasn't that good however. Our waitress never checked on us during the whole time we had our food. We had to ask somebody else for a dessert menu. We spent $255 on lunch for 4 of us, you'd expect the service to go with that price but it did not. I would not go back based on the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience
    Neutrino
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great setting, wonderful menu and excellent service. We had a delicious meal. The food was well prepared without being over seasoned and the presentation was appetizing without being pretentious. Our Chianti was robust and memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect...but pricey
    Calbeachlady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really enjoyed all our dishes, service, the view. We came to celebrate a special birthday dinner for my daughter. Her husband took her here for their first date and then later proposed to her here too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego County. The food is always outstanding and consistent. The only negative I can say about this location is that it was a very loud. I normally sit outside or by the window.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect saturday night
    foodnwine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had one night in Carlsbad and we picked the perfect restaurant....drinks at the bar.....a late seating....just past sunset....the food was a uniquely varied from the standard faire...and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night
    Matt
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had a wonderful dining experience with excellent service and great food. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers and main courses chosen. Loved the atmosphere and awesome ocean views. Will definitely be coming back with our friends. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch vigilluccis
    bruss1825
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had a business lunch with out of town guests. Always my go to place for visitors. Good food near he beach
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GGGolf
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food and service. We tried it for the first time and were delighted with the excellent flavors in our dinners. Our service was fun and efficient as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful from start to finish
    Mimi
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    From the moment I arrived and was met by the valet, the entire staff was so friendly and approachable. They all made me and my mother (celebrating her 77th birthday) feel special and attended to our every need. The cocktails and wine selection was wonderful as was the caprese salad we shared. Mom had the filet and I had some home made pasta and mushrooms and both dishes were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing. Our waitress surprised mom with creme brûlée for a birthday dessert complete with candle. Upon leaving, the valet was charming and left us laughing as he retrieved our car. It was really the best meal and service I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunset Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Loved the food here. The chicken/sausage/steak dish with veggies wrapped on eggplant was just awesome. Heather our server was fantastic. In fact I am booking a table for 20 for our next company dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    KLDB
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We have never been disappointed with the service, food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has it all!
    locals
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Took some friends out for a birthday lunch, and looked for a scenic spot on the beach with a view of the water. This place was perfect. The menu is varied, all our choices were suburb. Waitstaff was just what you would hope for, helpful and attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow & Bland
    Av8r
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We sat on the patio for our reservation. View is amazing. Waiter was SLOW. I can count on one hand the number of times he checked on us - including taking our order. While we were up for dessert, we opted to pass since we didn't know how long it would take. My wife ordered a gluten free pasta dish. She NEVER adds salt to any dish and she had to add salt to give it some flavor. The asparagus and salmon didn't even have any flavor. My meal was great - a special not on the menu that was of the surf and turf variety. Snow peas were great as well. Thankfully we were seated outdoors - otherwise, the noise inside would have been overwhelming I believe. Overall, not a bad experience - just not what I had hoped for on our final night in Cali.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 623 reviews are from the Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse reviews archive.
  • Birthday Dinner
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I arrived on time for my birthday dinner with family in tow, we were seated at the outdoor patio and in between two families with younger babies, so that is what contributed most to the noise level. The kids were good they were just using their "outside" voices. The candlelit dinner was nice but it was a little too dark for my parents who needed extra lighting and could barely read the menu. About 3/4 the way through dinner the ambient lighting sprung on, even though when we sat it was already past sunset. The ambient lighting flickered on and off most of the ending of our dinner, which was annoying. The food was phenominal, and I will always love this location for it. Service was good too, she was in the weeds but recovered nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have been to this restaurant before and loved it. I have to say we were not real pleased with all the food. My potato was rock hard and my vegetables tasted odd. My prime rib was good. My husbands salmon fettuccini was just ok. We didn't say anything there because we were with my daughter and her new husband and didn't want to make a scene. Also, when I made the reservation on line I believe I put in the comments that we were celebrating 29 years of marriage, nothing was mentioned :( At this point not sure we would go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian by in Carlsbad
    RWilmsVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We've gone here several times for Sunday brunch - awesome spot overlooking the sea in Carlsbad - so we went on Friday evening for dinner. Amazing chow! Great wine! Awesome service! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sunset dining
    Drumanator
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great place for sunset dining. Would liked it more if our steaks were a little less done!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy View
    Jack
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    It is all about the view. The food is good as well-but you are paying for the view. A bottle of House Wine-$24. entree's begin at 36.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Favorite
    DaveC
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    When are adult children with their families come to town this a must dinner experience. We have celebrated birthdays, family dinners and Nw Years eve, have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was scarce
    Andiamo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The view and food were fantastic. Unfortunately our waiter was un-engaged and scarce during our meal. Drinks were slow to come and had to ask for essentials. Made our experience lack luster.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day
    Jack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for early dinner on Mother's Day, 5:30pm. The place was busy, had good energy. Crowd was mixed between family's and people well dressed to people who looked like they just came off the pier in Oceanside. The table was lousy, felt like Grand Central station with people constantly passing by and us having to adjust our chairs so people could squeeze through. Service was mediocre, our waitress was polite but she seemed overwhelmed with her tables. Food was mostly good with a few standouts but I had the NY Strip for $62 and it was on par with an outback steakhouse cut.
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  • Mother's Day Treat
    sunsetluvr
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Vigilucchi's has a beautiful ocean view, caring servers and a creative menu for special occasions. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always: food and service
    JaMata
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is one of our local places that we just don't get to often enough. All of the "Vigilucci" related restaurants in the area do an absolute fine job of creating a great dining experience. There are lots of windows so it feels pretty open. This is in addition to the outdoor patio. You look across PCH to the ocean which is a nice added bonus. The food is always simply very good, nothing absolutely over the top but always very good. They also have terrific wait staff. Professional waiters I really appreciate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night dinner
    ghouser
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have eaten here before and it impressed again. The service was excellent. It was an extremely busy night at the restaurant and our server was very attentive. Great food quality, our only negative was that our steaks didn't have any seasoning on them. The filets were an excellent cut of meat, it just could have used seasoning on them to help add a little something extra. I had requested a window table and mentioned it was our anniversary on the reservation. They remembered both!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    WE WERE CELEBRATING AN ANNIVERSARY AND THE WAITER IGNORED THAT FACT. I AM USED TO A MORE SPECIAL FEELING WHEN SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON A A CELEBRATION DINNER. THE SUNSET WAS BEAUTIFUL THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GOOD EVENING.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carlsbad fave
    caligirlVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food, wine and service, always excellent! Ambience is excellent for a nice lunch or dinner, not too loud, so you can talk. I always have lunch here when in Carlsbad.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best scallops ever
    EdoErgo
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Had the seafood assortment for two with lobster tail, mussels and clams, shrimp, crab legs and diver scallops. Everything was very good but the scallops made the rest look worse by comparison. Scallops are my favorite bivalve, but these were the best either of us have had: seared perfectly outside, barely done inside. The mussels and clams in broth were also outstanding (had to get extra bread just to enjoy more broth). The dessert truffle with grand marnier was also excellent and surprisingly light.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood, special dinner
    OJPug
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We went for our son's 30th birthday. Great service, nice ocean view (the cars on coast highway actually added to the ambiance), our waitress Heather was great. We had the seafood grill and the cioppino, and my wife says it's the best seafood she has had in years. The beef carpaccio appetizer was also great and something you don't find many places.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As good as expected!
    Cubsfan10
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had family in town from Chicago looking for a scenic place for a nice dinner. I immediately thought of Vigiluccis! I called to adjust our reservation and took the chance asking for the patio. There was supposed to be a party that reserved the patio so we'd be inside. To my surprise I showed up and our table was right kn the patio window! The food was excellent, service was flawless and the sunset was perfection! Thank you for a night my family will never forget.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 11
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Overall our experience was very good. However, the wait staff was not as good as in past visits. The bread, usually a highlight of our visit, was not warm and the crust was a bit too crunchy. My meal was warm, not hot, again as in past visits. We will return for the flavors and view and hope the other details are improved. I expect an "8 of 10" experience for the $$$. What we got was a "6 of 10".
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a beautiful outside setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Very consistent food. Always excellent. The outside dining is beautiful. Great wine selection. There is always a unique special to choose from.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.