Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana
Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vigiluccis.com/
  • Phone: 7604342500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Victor Ibara
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a wide variety of custom catering options and enjoy working with special requests. We are confident in preparing cuisine to your pleasure.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carlsbad Village Dr.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking on State Street in front of the restaurant as well as behind it.
A word from Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana is the perfect spot for a quiet night out, with fabulous food and award-winning service. Enjoy an affordable lunch on our outdoor patio or start the evening off at our full-service bar then enjoy a classic Italian dinner and a great bottle of wine. Our daily happy hour is a favorite among locals. A great place for a romantic dinner, a family gathering, a company party or special event.
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Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (38)great for outdoor dining (35)romantic (28)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (18)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • creativecrosby
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Two brothers and a sister and her husband went to dine there, didn't know anything about it except what I had read in the reviews. We were pleasantly surprised. The bar was great, we a had a couple of drinks there and then went to our table The service was fast and the food wonderful. I love the ambiance. My brothers liked it so much they went back the next night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pacific View
    PacificView
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was just average and the noise level disturbing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    MikeB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We really like this place, always sit outside with our dog. Inside is alo very nice. Great food, great service, friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service and food
    PreciousVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and was pleased with the service and food. Our waitress was very friendly and energetic. The filet mignon was very flavorable and cooked to a perfect medium rare. I'm very picky with my chicken piccatta and although it was good here, I've had better elsewhere but I do highly recommend the linguini with pink cream sauce. I also am very picky with my pink cream sauce and this was the best I've had out of all the Italian restaurants I've ate at and the linguini was cooked perfectly. If you have only one place to eat at in Carlsbad then this is the place you must go to. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful pasta
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We tried Vigilucci's for the first time before going to a play on Sat night. We were seated on time and everyone tried something different. We all agreed that our dishes were wonderful and portions were large. Tried the featured wine which was quite reasonably priced. Waiter was there when needed but not overbearing. Definitely will be going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ravioli
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The best homemade lobster ravioli i have ever had. Nice portion and as usual the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Un très bon repas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Un très bon repas italien. Assiettes copieuses. On était a 4 et on a tous apprécié le plat commande. Donc je recommande
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent!!
    HIME
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went there with my husband and my daughter to celebrate my birthday. Food and service are all great ! They gave us a dessert with a candle on top. it was soooo nice. We would like to come back again. Parking was not so easy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We LOVE Vigilucci's. especially this location. However, I had lasagna and it was served lukewarm. Our waiter was in a hurry, and he rushed us through dinner, seemed very stressed and not happy. Maybe he was just having a rough day. However, we will return to this restaurant and hopefully will have a better experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing special
    Sandy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Normally this is one of our favorites! We had friends whom were in the area, and asked us to pick the restaurant for them and their cousins. Upon arriving I did not know there were two well behaved kids. The restaurant did a fabulous job accommodating us and the kids. The service was excellent. I had the pasta special I which I thought was pretty good. But I'm sorry to say my husband had the sea bass, presentation was outstanding but fish was disappointing. Out host had the other special and it looked ok. We were surprisingly disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service; nice ambience
    DavidT
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went there beginning August 2014 - had great service that was attentive but not rushed - great food also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Took out of town guests out for dinner. We are all Italian, so thought we would try this restaurant. Fabulous food and great ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where to start...
    k00l
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is the second time my wife and I have eaten here. The first time I thought the food was good but nothing special (at least my dish.) My wife however loved it. I tried a taste of her dish, and it was a lot better than mine. While deciding where to go and eat, my wife mentioned that she really like Vigilucci's. The food was served with a very short wait. This time both of our meals were delicious. The vegetables were cooked to perfection and and artfully plated. The strawberry gelato with yogurt was very good also. We will return, but we are thinking about trying their other Carlsbad location that specializes in steak and fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first visit
    hlyhly
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Spaghetti and meatball was one of the best I had and the tuna tartar was also good. Food was generally very tasty and portion was pretty generous. I would also recommend the house wine which I was surprise how good it was.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything about the experience was so reminiscent of eating in Italy. A terrific experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian
    HarryZimm
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good service, great wine list, great food. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday
    hammy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was ok, service was good, food was ok. But for the price I expected way better. I chose it over another near by italian place for our daughters 16th birthday. I wish I had gone to the other place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    BobaManiac
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First timers...awesome experience from reserving for a pretty good size table even though we showed up a little late due to traffic our table was not given away. The food was amazing the wine even better and they even gave a little desert for the birthday boy😁 ...such a great experience we will definitely be returning. Oh and the staff did a wonderful job from recommending wines to serving 👍 thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    KTDDDVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nice menu. Our Artichoke appetizer was excellent. The pasta was good. The veal was only fair. There were several families but the ambience suffered due to unruly children and this was at 8:00 p.m. not a early dinner reservation. Tables were a bit crowded together. I was seated next to a small wine cabinet and the hot air coming out of the back made my seat a bit uncomfortable. Our Server was great though!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels
    KathyBrooklyn2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I asked our waiter if I could have mussels with spaghetti since it was not on the menu and he said he would do it up special for me, well I had a total of 8 mussels and 4 of them were not open, so I could not eat them. They should check before it reached your plate since it is very expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    scallops with risotto and vegetables were fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great italian
    Canalgirl
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Very authentic. Loved every dish. Very welcoming to our family (2 yr old and 10 yr old). Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Italian Food+ Waiter!
    Janiel
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I have been to Viggilucci's before, but in Encinitas. This one is even more charming with a little outdoor patio area. The darling Italian waiter whose language just made it all seem that much better. My mother in law ordered the special risotto with lobster and a spice sauce. Holy cow! The lobster was huge, intact, and they cracked it for her. It was marvelous! My mom ordered the eggplant parmesan, which was great and had a tied bouquet of vegetables with it. Really gorgeous presentation. I had the Veal Limone (Piccatta). Delicious. Seriously gorgeous food that was authentic and delicious. And we are Italian! The cappucino was the BEST.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed Special Occasion
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We celebrated our fiftieth anniversary with you and had a fine meal and excellent service. However, we were disappointed that no mention was made of our special anniversary even though we did mention it when we reserved.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High end italian
    Landcruiser
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    If you're looking for some authentic italian, this is the place to go. The wait staff is attentive, very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is really what you come here for. After having been to Italy once, this place is the closest i've come to true italian cuisine. Its expensive, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Ashleylopez
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Although the good was really good, the service was not. The man oy came over once to see how we were doing and all he said was "good"? I was not impressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreatVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The pasta is made in house, very delicate and delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Italian restaurant, but
    Tomzmom
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We have been dining at Vigilucci's for years and it is one of my favorite Italian eateries in North County. The food is always delicious and the menu is varied. However, the last three times I have met a girlfriend there for dinner, the service has been poor. On the last visit we waited 15 minutes before someone came to take our cocktail order, and the service was spotty throughout the meal. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost horrible
    GregB
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Made a reservation through Open Table. Still had to wait 35 minutes! The server was too busy and made numerous mistakes. Expensive yet average food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Italiana.......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    When you walk into an Italian restaurant you expect one thing......Italians work there! The waiter had a great sense of humor! The food and price value was very, very worth it! We go back for our birthday celebrations!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    DiscerningdinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The Salmon salad I had was fair. Good salmon; limp greens and uninteresting dressing. The service was good and the place is nice. Okay but nothing to get excited about.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family friendly
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were excited to find a very nice dining experience that also worked well for our kids. We had a group of 8 and they had a great kids menu although we ordered for up boys off the main menu and they gobbled it up. Hard to decide what to eat, so many wonderful dishes to choose from!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You call that a main dish?
    theiceweasel
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I have been considering trying out this restaurant for quite some time and decided why not. We both ordered their house wine which was pleasant to the nose and to the taste. After hearing the specials we each decided on a different one, my wife a spicy seafood pasta dish and mine being a veal ravioli in cream sauce. While we were waiting we had some bread with oil and vinegar, and the waitstaff did an excellent job keeping the bread full and our waters full. When our dishes arrived my wife's dish was pretty tasty and was a fairly average size for what you'd expect in an Italian restaurant like this. My dish on the other hand was the size of an appetizer. Very disappointing!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but...
    dmanc
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Overall the food was good and the service was excellent. We stopped for dinner at the State St Vigilucci restaurant with our granddaughter on our visit to California. My wife and I ordered the day's seafood special, sea bass, which came with a magnificent risotto. Unfortunately, we were both disappointed with the bass which was dry, bland and a tad overcooked. The risotto was the best we have ever had. Our granddaughter's pasta dish was excellent and cooked to perfection. We ordered the seafood special without asking the price. We were surprised when we got the tab, the cost of the bass was $37, a little much for what turned out to be a rather tasteless entrée. Will never order a special again without knowing the cost.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Localeater
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had the salmon served over lentils. It was delicious. Had to make a last minute change to my reservation time on a very busy night. Staff was accommodating and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    lilacnpoundy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I took a trip to Carlsbad to enjoy a bit of R&R. As usual, we consulted with Yelp on our dining options and, once again, we were delighted. We shared a Caesar salad (tasty, but the rectangular plate made cutting the lettuce a bit awkward) and the veal tortellini special. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friday night dinner in dt Carlsbad
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Service outshined flood. Lasagna was just okay. Very sweet, as hey waived corkage we gave them the rest of our bottle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 226 reviews are from the Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • daniflint
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    very good italian food , a little bit overpriced, good service , nice ambience
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always relaxing
    Cohnjunkies
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The ambience, the food and especially the service made for a wonderful evening. The service people quietly moved around us to provide service without interruption. It was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went there for an office birthday. It was good. Service was a tad slow and our waitress tried a little too hard, so it didn't feel sincere, but overall we had a good time. Food was good, nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.