Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana
Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vigiluccis.com/
  • Phone: (760) 434-2500
  • 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
83 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (41)fit for foodies (37)great for outdoor dining (33)romantic (30)notable wine list (20)good for groups (12)great for lunch (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • last minute business dinner
    livermoredinerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Picked this restaurant off of Open table last minute for a business meeting. They were VERY accommodating to letting us sit and talk for a while before ordering. Food was great and the server and staff worked very well with my guests special requests for dietary needs. Looking forward to eating there again when im in Carlsbad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in Downtown Carlsbad
    Dearest
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The atmosphere makes this place my favorite restaurant in Carlsbad. It has intimate indoor and outdoor dining areas with a small, but well stocked bar and a great wine menu. It is a nice place for date night or to have a quiet dinner with family or friends. I have had excellent service every time without fail. I love the pasta here, and the beef carpaccio is especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 11getitorganized
    11getitorganized
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We absolutely love this restaurant....best Italian food on the West Coast! The red sauce was truly delicious :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food consistently!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've eaten at this restaurant several times and it is always crowded, often with well earned lines awaiting tables. The food is always fabulous and is well worth the wait. We tend to dine early and so don't have problems with lines, but when we leave there are always people waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful dinner of veal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is an Italian restaurant with fine dining, in a small room just off the street. But the food was wonderful. We had veal scallopini and veal porcini and both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group Award Dining
    Luncheon
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We enjoyed dining during our awards luncheon. Very good food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Special
    Carol
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our waiter was the best we have ever had! We will always order the scallops and fungi with truffle sauce. And the crème brulee was beyond reproach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VigilICIOUS!
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We found this place on Yelp, read the reviews, and were curious enough to check it out. Pleasantly pleased w/ this great neighborhood Italian gem. We dined on the outside patio for lunch, and listened to our handsome waiter's suggestions on what to try, and went w/ the recommended Gnocchi dish and Vodka sauce Penne Pasta dish - both were excellent. Had their house Chianti which was very good. The home baked bread that is served w / the meal yummy! I would recommend this place and will return to try their Cioppino. Everything was fresh, good quality and delicious. Service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Appetizers unappealing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The hostess, who's skirt was way too short, almost obscene. Seated us in a corner with a loud group on women next to us. The restaurant had plenty of seats and we did make a reservation. The appetizers were completely unappealing and bland. The entrees were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • went for restaurant week.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    when we came for restaurant week they told us it was over. they did not know it was extended for another week. had to look for the menu. they said this or this and dessert extra. good thing food was good and finally the service was good (tip probably). made a reservation and they had no idea of what we were talking about and told them on the phone it was for a birthday. will not go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best ever!
    Gina217
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    In a word....awesome!!!! Incredible bread, wine, service and food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have eaten at Vigilucci's several times with friends and also just the 2 of us. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Italian
    deedub1
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our second time here. The food has been delicious and plentiful both times. We like the outdoor patio, particularly on Wednesday Farmer's Market Night. The table space is tight, but location is great for Coaster train (walking) access and for people watching.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vig's
    Sidoh
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Pretty great food and wine list was extensive. Jus had two large parties next to us being loud and obnoxious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot!
    PjLoves2Eat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Met a friend for lunch here and sat on their outdoor patio. Great location in downtown Carlsbad and the service was great. Our waiter had several suggestions for us and we let him pick what he though would be good...turned out to be really great. We will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pacific View
    PacificView
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was just average and the noise level disturbing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 248 reviews are from the Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate