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The Craftsman New American Tavern
267 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
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The Craftsman New American Tavern Details
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
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Comfort Food, American, Organic
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We have Live Music Sunday through Thursday night and Sunday morning for brunch
Mountain Vista Drive
There is a bus stop within 100 yards that services the Breeze 304 and 309 buses.
We have nice sized parking lot that we share with other shops and restaurants in our complex.
A word from The Craftsman New American Tavern
The Craftsman New American Tavern provides fine dining quality food in a tavern setting. We are focused on Hand Crafted Comfort. We are a farm to table restaurant that likes to use local farms to highlight beautiful flavors and that practice sustainable farming and organic foods whenever possible.
Most of our 14 tap handles are provided from breweries right here in San Diego. Our wine list consists of boutique wines and small vineyards. We are a neighborhood restaurant that enjoys being part of a local community.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
We appreciate the chef's take on
American comfort food. By and large the food is excellent - delicious brussels sprouts, beet salad, pork, burgers, biscuit, fries, beans, salmon, and butterscotch pudding! There are three areas needing improvement: first and foremost better training of new staff; the mac and cheese is simply not cheesy nor creamy enough for mac and cheese; and, do not have a single weekly specials if you are going to run out by 7:15 pm! This is the second time to taste the fried chicken which clearly is popular enough that both nights we were informed we were too late - very disappointing."
Dined on 2/16/2014
We sat next to a table that
ordered the salmon spread. Now, I LOVE salmon, but I have to tell you this smelled horrible- well, actually it smelled like really stinky tuna from a can. it wafted onto our table and lingered throughout the meal. The BBQ includes an overwhelming number of sides- most with barely enough for more than a taste, but the thing with sides, is that one often doesn't like ALL of the sides, so just getting a taste of the ones you like with lots of ones you don't is just a bad waste of food. We ordered onion rings both as a substitute for the fries and a separate order for another guest. The substitute never arrived and the second order was forgotten and delivered about 15 minutes later, everyone else was done"
Dined on 2/15/2014
For a unique dish or a delicious
cocktail this has become our favorite spot."
Dined on 2/14/2014
The Craftsman is a great spot.
Constantly changing well thought out menu without the stuffiness of a lot of north county restaurants."
Dined on 2/7/2014
As you walk in the door, the
restaurant was very active and lively - hence the energetic noise level but it went downhill from there. The server (no first name: P.M. per the receipt) greeted us with zero enthusiasm and made us question her desire to be working there or feel guilty for coming and sitting in her section. I ordered the ribs and chicken and she had the scallops. My BBQ was average at best (go to Phil's) and for the scallops, there were only three and rubbery. It pains me to write this review given our high hopes after Blue Ribbon (their sister restaurant), but I would not recommend. Spend your hard earned money elsewhere...if only Blue Ribbon were on Opentable."
Dined on 2/1/2014
I was sorely disappointed that the
menu was cropped so short during restaurant week. I 100% understand WHY this is a smart business decision, but we drove 45 minutes to come eat off the regular menu for my birthday dinner. Restaurant week menus rarely highlight the oddities of a kitchen, which is why we go out- the awesome weird stuff. The full menu should have been pulled from your website, with a restaurant week menu posted instead, especially when you are pulling 2/3 of the available options and BBQ. RW menu wasn't on the website at all, and the RW homepage wasn't loading menus."
Dined on 1/24/2014
First time there for Restaurant
week and would definitely return. Want to try cask tapping night. The food was very good and loved the combinations of food on each item. We ended up with one restaurant menu and then one of us off the other menu to share. It was very good."
Dined on 1/23/2014
Our first experience was
restaurant week and I'll definitely be back. I loved the reasonably priced wine and beer pairing options as well. My only criticism was that both an appetizer and an entree option had fried eggs on top. I'm not giving 5 stars because my food was a tad on the cold side, but it was very tasty. The salted caramel butterscotch pudding was definitely a hit."
Dined on 1/22/2014
This was our 2nd trip to the
Craftsman. I love the atmosphere and the fact that it is family friendly but also good for dates. The food offers some unique dishes, which I love. I was a little disappointed in the Restaurant Week entree choices, so I ordered a la carte instead and LOVED the scallops-Wow! I shared the Butterscotch pudding with Sea Salt & Caramel sauce with my husband, and it was AMAZING!"
Dined on 1/19/2014
Came in with 4 adults and 3 kids.
We had the duck and short ribs, all excellent, particularly the polenta served with the duck. Good flavors, perfect technique."
Dined on 1/19/2014
The portions were smallish but the
food was very, very good. The restaurant had lots of character."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Great comfort food menu. Kid
friendly. Beautiful place to have a meal with your honey or your fam. Highly recommend."
Dined on 1/2/2014
The fried chicken on Sunday nights
is the real star of this restaurant. While the service is fair, the food and the music make Sunday nights a "can't miss"."
Dined on 12/29/2013
I didn't like it the first time we
went; had some lamb cut that was just horrible but we've tried again and enjoyed it every time since. Went Friday night and it was busy but somehow all that just made it warm and inviting and the ambiance was lively and terrific. Waitress was great. My husband thought the bbq was decent(we're spoiled, go to Phil's occasionally) and I had the tomato fondue risotto which was shockingly good. I think they hit a nice balance between foodie/fancy/comfort food. It's becoming a stand-by for us."
Dined on 12/13/2013
Menu needs some work and more
heart healthy entrees and greater selecion of salads. For meateaters, it's a great find but as the shift toward healthy greens, vegetables, fish, multigrain breads gain momentum, Craftsman is slow to the table. The only bread they serve sandwiches on is white bread!! I had the spinach salad with a side of tuna, which was very good. But it was the only item on the lunch menu that was an option for me. They also need to adjust their HVAC. Cold air was blowing on us during lunch and was on a a cold, wet Saturday at 1:30PM. Hopefully this review will get them thinking. I'd like to go back."
Dined on 12/7/2013
My husband and I really enjoyed
our meal. He had the prime rib and I had the BBQ plate. We also had some very tasty duck fries. Sooo coming back! The beer selection was extensive!"
Dined on 11/9/2013
We had an amazing experience, the
food duck confit, mixed green salad, burger, popcorn, duck fat fries and apple pie were all delicious. Love that you can make reservations and get right in! Highly recommend!"
Dined on 10/6/2013
We dined at The Craftsman New
American Tavern during Restaurant Week; a delightful experience. The corn chowder, fried chicken, scallops and desserts were all very good. The corn chowder was creamy and a bit sweet, very good on the palette. The chicken and scallops were moist and well seasoned, the scallops creatively served on small zucchini cakes. The desserts--butterscotch pudding and s'mores in a jar were both amazing. The service was excellent. Easy to find, easy parking. Highly recommended."
Dined on 9/25/2013
The food, drinks, and service were
very good. We were a party of six during restaurant week. The only complaint I have is that two people in our party ordered hush puppies; and one guest didn't like them and told the server that they were over-cooked. I think he should have offered the guest another appetizer, but the server (Troy?) said they were cooked the way they were supposed to be cooked. Other than that, our server was great."
Dined on 9/25/2013
Fell far short of expectations
given our experience with their first restaurant, Blue Ribbon. The service was spotty, food was poorly prepared and presented, ambience more like a bar than an upscale comfort food restaurant. We had a number of dishes that should never have been served, either overcooked or undercooked, and lack of care in overall presentation and service levels. I would not recommend this restaurant and hope that they will take necessary steps to significantly enhance the overall experience to the level of expectations that they have set for themselves and their customers. I do not think they can charge the prices they are asking for and be able to continue to operate unless a major overhaul is undertaken."
Dined on 9/24/2013
My wife and I live close to The
Craftsman and we were blown away by this place. The food was delicious and the ambiance could not have been more original. I had the scallops and my wife had the fried chicken, both plates were perfect. We could not be happier that we found such a wonderful place. We plan on making this a regular spot for us."
Dined on 9/21/2013
Food was good overall, but very
small portions. We had to order lots of side dishes, snacks, so we ended up spending much more money. It does not appropriate any more that Diego Restaurant Week Dinner is a good deal."
Dined on 9/21/2013
Had a reservation and got seated
right away, but nobody came by to get our drink order for another 10 minutes."
Dined on 9/21/2013
It was Restaurant Week so very
busy, and when we arrived we were told our reserved table still was inhabited. . .and so I pointed out that it wasn't seemingly so reserved then. . .the hostess rose to the situation and got us another table (after first suggesting a community table--again, not what we had reserved). So, I give her credit--ultimately. Our waitress was very sweet and solicitous. The noisy level is pretty high plus they had live music that amped it up even farther (kind of a small place for live music). The food was good (had the heirloom tomato salad (better at The 3rd Corner) and scallops), and overall the restaurant was comfortable. I would return but wouldn't be avid about it."
Dined on 9/20/2013
Expected more from same people who
gave us Blue Ribbon. Food was below average & if I could I would give this place -2foe good. Portion was tiny, & service was an utter embarrassment. We won't be back."
Dined on 9/20/2013
Went to the Craftsman during
Restaurant week & was glad to have made a reservation. This place was packed the entire evening and after tasting the food I know why. The meal was delicious and try have a great craft beer selection. Also the live music really added to the atmosphere. Service wasn't the best as it felt we had been forgotten at times but overall it was great!"
Dined on 9/19/2013
I was very disappointed. The menu
was very limitted due to,Restaurant week. I am Gluten free with some food allergies. My choices were so limitted. Couldn't even get a simple dinner salad. This restaurant had been highly reccomended, I was so looking forward to this dining experience. Their regular menu was not available due to Restaurant week. My husband enjoyed his food, I didn't care for sauce that was on my salmon, so I sat & watched my husband eat his 3 courses & stopped elsewhere on the way home to pick up food for myself. Every other restaurant Ive been to in the past 2 years of living in SoCal has found a way to accommodate me. Not so much tonight. They apologized and asked if I'd try them again, not during Restaurant week."
Dined on 9/18/2013
We learned about The Craftsman by
visiting one of our favorite places in Encinitas - Blue Ribbon. As we thoroughly enjoy Blue Ribbon we felt we had to give The Craftsman a try. Their food overall was average to good. I do not recommend the hush puppies as they are over-fried and very doughy. However, the cornbread is excellent. As for the service, the hostess was great but our waitress seemed a bit off. I would understand this if it was busy; however, we had an early dinner and there were not many people there. Our waitress then gave us a complimentary desert as the one we had ordered took forever to get (to the point we asked for the check to leave without having it). Would we go again, I would say yes but to try their Sunday brunch."
Dined on 9/15/2013
Food was outstanding. Very rich
comfort food and no apologies. Had the short rib, the ravioli, and the blue burger. Also the yellowtail crudo, and pork belly appetizers. Blue ribbon butterscotch pudding for dessert! Try Blue ribbon artisan pizzeria too-their sister restaurant. Also great."
Dined on 8/25/2013
We just moved here from La and
Westside Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants, so this was right up our alley. The deviled eggs were tiny eggs, overlooked hard egg whites, and the filling was OK. The mac & cheese had a great sharp, nutty cheese sauce but my husband (being the great mac & cheese expert) said bad choice of noodle. The porchetta was fabulous! Heavenly crispy skin & lushious tender pork marbled in melty pork fat. The mash potatoes it came with were extremely bland though, I never ask for salt but I HAD to! My husband got the duck confit which was awesome. But the risotto cake needed salt as well, then it was great. Butterscotch pudding was creamy, caramel, salty goodness and a perfect way to end our meal. Service was great!"
Dined on 7/26/2013
We live close by, so we gave it a
try. Glad we did. We went early (5:00) on Sunday, so it was neither crowded nor noisy. The service was excellent. Food was good, prices were reasonable. We'll be back."
Dined on 7/15/2013
Enjoyed dinner here a few times.
Lunch, however, was terrible."
Dined on 7/3/2013
Seemed like a good casual
neighborhood restaurant. Prices are reasonable. Food tasty. Server seemed to be pushing to upsell at all opportunities."
Dined on 6/30/2013
It was our 1st time there. Didn't
like it. Would not recommend it. And will probably will not go back. Very disappointing."
Dined on 6/26/2013
We had a very good dinner - the
food was excellent and the portions were generous. The service was very attentive. We will definitely be going back."
Dined on 6/3/2013
We wanted to try The Craftsman
after having many great meals at Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria. We invited 3 other couples and were very happy to find our table ready but not to sit on very uncomfortable hard low level stools. Service was great but mixed drinks were disappointing and dinner portions were too small to satisfy. Will stick with Blue Ribbon until someone tells us things have changed."
Dined on 5/26/2013
We love this restaurant!
Neighborhood, but eclectic, food was innovative and very tasty. Service was good, though she had to be reminded that we were ready to order- as compared to standing at the hostess stand and watching people, but after that she was on task. The burgers are delicious, the ceasar salad with grilled shrimp, fantastic!"
Dined on 5/26/2013
Ran out of the famed 'porchetta'
dish, maybe next time."
Dined on 5/18/2013
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