The Land and Water Co.

The Land and Water Co.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.landandwaterco.com/
  • Phone: (760) 729-5263
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Thursday 3:00pm – 10:30pm
    Happy Hour ~ $5.00 Craft Cocktails & $1.00 off all drinks ~ 3pm – 6pm
    Dinner ~ 5:30pm – 10:30pm

    Friday & Saturday 10:30am – 2am
    Lunch ~ 11:30am – 3pm
    Happy Hour ~ $5.00 Craft Cocktails & $1.00 off all drinks ~ 3pm – 6pm
    Dinner ~ 5:30pm – 10:30pm
    Late Night Happy Hour ~ $5.00 Craft Cocktails & $1.00 off all drinks ~ 10:30pm – 12am

    Sunday 11:30am – 10:30pm
    Lunch ~ 11:30am – 3pm
    Happy Hour ~ $5.00 Craft Cocktails & $1.00 off all drinks ~ 3pm – 6pm
    Dinner ~ 5:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, French
  • Executive Chef: Robert Ruiz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: We do not offer regular catering but at Chef's discretion we can do off site dining for sushi and hot food.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two spots. One is reservation only area for public and the other is reservation only for guests at the discretion of management.
  • Private Party Contact: Pamela Harper 7607295263x

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Coaster Stop 1 block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Center and Street Parking
A word from The Land and Water Co.
Welcome to The Land & Water Company. Please visit our webite for specific information about our menu and private party accomodations. We look forward to serving you the finest foods and cocktails in San Diego County. Find us at www.landandwaterco.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Land and Water Co. reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (10)special occasion (9)late-night find (6)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Doofus sophisticate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    If you are a hipster doofus sophisticate the menu will appeal to you. Lots of things that don't go with sushi. Like thin apple splices. $19 for yellowtail and apples? Yep.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eastoahulady
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great spot to meet a friend for lunch--easy access from the freeway and parking was easy. Good food, a Japanese theme running here, but lovely salads and pretzel roll sandwich and fries as well. Waiter was knowledgeable about sake and they had quite a few nice ones to.choose from. Recommended!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RCWL
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good sushi and decent service. However, the noise level in the restaurant is way too high. The owners really need to think about doing some serious sound-dampening. By the time the place was full, my party and I were basically having to yell at each other to be able to be heard. Really??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    Ilene
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very expensive. Does not come with bread. Have to pay extra for white bread.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Delicately prepared, delicious sashimi and sushi without being overpowered by the typical sushi restaurant toppings and sauces. The tangerine dream dessert was amazing!! We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    eetsmakelijk
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was a true find. Amazing dishes, loved the fact that they avoid GMO foods, excellent service. It was a bit noisy inside, we sat outdoors and noise level was great for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doing well ...
    Slvrbk
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was our second visit to The Land and Water Co, the first for dinner, and the experience was a pleasant surprise. Not expecting much based on the restaurant location and the decor, the food turned out to be much more than anticipated. Very creative with all our dishes presentations and the quality of the food. Represented pork chops (strips wrapped on the bone rather than the typical steak type presentation) and the sirloin steak turned out to be really flavorful (not often found with sirloins). Portions were moderate but turned out just right. The sushi was fresh and nicely presented although that's not why we went there. Not an expansive wine list but nicely thought out for their menu but priced on the high side. Will try again ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • restaurant was closed for lunch
    LanigirlHB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I made a lunch reservation for last Thursday to celebrate a birthday. We drove from Huntington Beach to Carlsbad only to find that it wasn't even open for lunch! There was a sign on the front door saying that they only serve lunch Friday thru Sunday. I even received an email from Open Table the day before reconfirming my reservation. Obviously there is some miscommunication between the restaurant and Open Table. What a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2enjoy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food presentation was pleasing. Unusual taste combinations were enjoyable. Staff friendly & attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LAdining
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food and great service. Space is very cool too. Music was a bit loud and selection didn't match the scene (80s and 90s like Billy Idol and Michael Jackson).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Celebration
    Rose
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Hostess and the manager were accommodating. The noise level was loud. The menu options are very limited. If you like sushi than you will probably like this. Three of us do not like Sushi, so really could not rate it. However, the other two diners are fans of Sushi and had the water roll, they loved it. The three of us that do not like Sushi had the top sirloin, which tasted very good, but, the portion was very small. The menu was more appetizer than fine dining. We think it is overpriced and you are definitely underfed. Will we go back, no. I like more bang for my buck, and this place does not have it. Our waiter was okay he did his job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Water Roll
    GinnaVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Chef makes flavors in such a way that you don't need any spices or sauces on it... food is out of this world, all of it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best roll ever.
    CJSPC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I eat a lot of sushi. A lot. And the water roll at land and water co. is the best roll I have had to date. The service was great, our other entrees were delicious, the fish was super fresh amazing. But order the water roll and you won't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Chris
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I live in Encinitas and had heard this place was an improvement on Ocean House but sorry to say I was underwhelmed. Waiter was polite and friendly but he didn't tell us until after we ordered drinks that literally about 75-80% of the sushi menu and about half the appetizers were not available due to some "crazy private party the night before" (and it was only 6:30 PM). Presumably the manager would have known this fact before opening the next day and figured something out? We got our check and went somewhere else for dinner so no hard feelings, but I will probably not go back here given all the other great local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK not great
    Walkman
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of the items was interestingly plated. It all tasted good, but there are numerous sushi restaurants with great food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Interesting menu, but limited in diversify. Sushi was great, but that is about the only choice for a meal. If you order an entree do not be surprised at all over the lack of a carb. Seems that protein is all you get and at a very slow pace. 2 hours to receive, salad and entree. Rather pricey also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky surprise
    GinnaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Found this in Open table while looking for a late night dinner as we left San Diego for Los Angeles after the John Legend concert. Willing to eat anything since it was late, we found this to be a fantastic place. The owner takes pride on making the rolls himself, the menu is not huge with choices, but we tried 5 different items and they ware all delicious. The Water roll was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • drras
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Delicious, innovative, creative food. Forced ourselves to stop eating after 2 appetizers and 2 specialty rolls but could have eaten all night the food was so great! Bacon Lardon, Beef Skewers, Water roll and Surf and Turf roll were all superb. We'll be back to try everything else!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and flavorful
    quest4flavor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food freshness, flavor and preparation were outstanding. There were some unique combinations not found at other sushi restaurants. I appreciated the fact that those not coming for sushi still had some interesting options yet the sushi was still first rate. The only disappointment food-wise was the desert. Service was spotty as we had to ask several times for items like soy and wasabi. Ask for an outside table if you want to be able to hold conversations easily during your meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    Fantastic
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was are first visit to The Land and Water Co. We gathered to celebrate our grandson's first day of Kindergarten and our birthdays. We sat outside, the weather was beautiful, and our server was fantastic. And the drinks and food were excellent! We will return and recommend this restaurant to all. Thank you, Tom
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally tried Land and Water Co.
    Skimore
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    After four months, I finally went last Thursday with out of town friends for dinner. They had a nice happy hour menu until 6, but unfortunately my friends met me there after the 6pm cutoff point. Though primarily a sushi restaurant with a sushi bar, there were other items as well: I had the braised beef skewers which were crispy on the outside, sweet and tender inside. My friends had the cod and a salad, and raved about both. Except for a draft from open doors to the outdoor (on pacific highway street view) we were comfortable after moving once. Servers were attentive but forgot water when asked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Food
    CarlsbadLocal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was amazing and the portions were not overwhelming. The setting was nice but as the night went on the noise level was a little out of control. If you want awesome unique food, go early and enjoy the friendly staff and the nice decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique menu... tasty food.
    wellfed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Well run.... very good, unusual menu and food quality. Nice presentation, good quantity and value. Nice location and atmosphere. Well done!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Carlsbad
    traveleatsVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Carlsbad. Every bite is delicious and the service is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 38 reviews are from the The Land and Water Co. reviews archive.
  • Great food; noise & service subpar
    Zill
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great appetizers and entrees. Very flavorful and the actual presentation of the food was amazing. The place looks good on the inside but WAY too loud to have a conversation with the other 6 people in my party. Felt like I had to almost scream for others to hear me. Acoustic paneling would do wonders for this up-and-coming business. Also, the overall service needs improving. Their policy is that they'll bring out a dish when it's ready. Well, when you have 7 people in your party, bringing out one appetizer or entree at a time is annoying and awkward. Several minutes went by between our 3 appetizers and everyone felt a little weird about their portion consumption. Also, more direction needed when placing entrees down to the correct person.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food in Carlsbad
    LindakVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went to this restaurant based on a recent review in the SD Union-Tribune. The food did not disappoint. Excellent sushi, and the other dishes on the menu were distinctive and very good. My complaints are with the parking and noise level. Probably two things the management can't do much about as this restaurant is housed in an old (historic) building, therefore cannot be altered. But they should be able to get valet parking and that would help tremendously. We almost bailed on our reservation because we could not find parking, eventually finding something a street away which was fine. Maybe adding some interior wall coverings or hangings would help soften the noise level. Anyway, the food is very good and the restaurant worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Land and Water
    EatingoutontheTown
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    GREAT seafood, good staff, informative and fun. Spent 34th Anniversary there and had a great time.. Some 'craft' cocktails (good marketing) were fun, different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Find
    sequimteeth
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Took my daughter to dinner just because...reservation (but not needed on the day we went)...and ordered just about every sushi on the menu. Really loved the presentation, palate, and the fact that the restaurant cares about the quality of the product. Really a nice place. We really liked the Water Roll and the Green Roll with the kale. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it more
    ElsWells
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The Land and Water Company could become a great addition to downtown Carlsbad. It has potential, but needs to be sure that what is on the menu is available, and is well prepared. That being said, the beef skewers and the Spicy Tuna Musubi were excellent. The server we had wasn't well prepared and didn't attempt to be helpful. An example was the beer list, which he ran through quickly, and then acted annoyed that we hadn't memorized it and tried to order something on the menu that wasn't available. We ordered a couple of rolls and one had an off taste and the other fell apart because it wasn't rolled tightly enough. The restaurant itself is attractive, and I hope they pull it together so it can be what it hopes to be.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is DELICIOUS!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My new favorite restaurant hands down... The spicy tuna musula roll is beyond!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed for the price
    nctygirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Pricey food, less than stellar service (took a while to be acknowledged after being seated on the patio). Crispy beef skewers were yum, but the sushi role that was supposedly the most popular was $19 and lackluster. Left a bit disappointed and still hungry, tab was close to $80 for 2 (included $22 in wine)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!!!!
    Smileyteacher
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary in June 2014 at the Land and Water Company. I made reservations on Open Table, so the hostess knew that it was our anniversary. She greeted us very warmly and asked if we would like to sit at the sushi bar and see Chef/Owner Rob work and be our host. What a great experience. Rob is an absolute artist with the sushi knife. We let him choose our menu for the evening. What a treat! The sushi was delicious and all the other sides were amazing. The bartender even looked up a special drink using Pimm's and served it. Yummmmmmmy... A very beautiful and evening to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieNdisguise
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Small portions. We were on the patio. It was a cool evening and the heaters were more for ambiance rather than throw off heat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should have been five star
    Gumby
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The only really things I had some concern over, we're the setting sun shining through the west windows and open doors to the patio were in the eyes of a few of my guests for quite a while. I'm surprised one of the servers or other staff didn't notice and offer to lower a shade, or move our group to another table, or even help or suggest a modification of the seating arrangement. We fixed it ourselves with a minor seating re-arrangement. The hostess did say happy birthday to my wife (since I mentioned her name and birthday in my Open Table reservation); however the server never mentioned the birthday or any type if similar acknowledgement. I was disappointed about that. The food is, as always, EXCELLENT, and the staff was very courteous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An "iffy" if we recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Celebrating an important event, waited over 1/2 an hr for drinks and over an hour for food. They only brought our food as we got ready to leave. Way over priced for what you get.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Paul
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Loved it. Took the wife on a date day and it was all good. You will feel like you are on some kind of food show. The food will blow you away.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We arrived late. Chef came out and personally greeted us. Even we missed dinner time, he offered us the full menu, and even sent tasters over before our food arrived. Delicious! And the service was excellent. We came back again the next night and brought friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition
    winedanddined
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    You can go anywhere in Carlsbad village and get the same scene, same dinner routine... Same style food. Land and Water offers a great new spot to get together with friends, enjoy quality cocktails (only 5$!), and try several items in the menu to share between the group. We did not leave feel full- which some people may not understand- but we loved our experience and will be back. A couple of the girls thought we should change locations when it came time for actual dinner, so maby add a couple more "dinner size" options to accommodate everyone in a party. But that would be more only suggestion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bold & Beautiful
    ChefsDad
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food and service is outstanding! Great beer and wine selection. Ambiance was organic with re-purposed features throughout this historical location on Pacific Coast Highway. It doesn't get any better than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    LuckyDucky
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had the pickled vegetable appetizer and some of the sushi and it was all very delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate