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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
119 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 (101)great for outdoor dining (80)special occasion (79)romantic (66)fit for foodies (46)neighborhood gem (42)notable wine list (36)great for lunch (27)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (12)great for brunch (10)hot spot (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Very nice, and a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Fairly expensive but very good food, excellent service and a wonderful view of the ocean
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 18 Year Anniversary Special
    MelissaG
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We booked our reservation for this restaurant (we are new to the area and kept driving by). The table we were seated at was perfect to watch a sunset! The entire experience from drinks to dinner to dessert was past amazing! Our wait staff were super friendly and knew we were celebrating our anniversary and made our night extra special. We shared two meals and both were super delicious! We will DEFINITELY be back to celebrate other special occasions. It was romantic, quiet and the ambiance was relaxing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    Mdel
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to this restaurant on 6 different occasions. It had been about two years since my last visit. I'm not sure when it happened, but the prices have skyrocketed. $50 for one sausage, and two small nuggets of chicken and filet is way too much money. Also, if you put in a request for an outdoor table well in advance, it should be honored. Or at least reserve a booth with a view. If it is the case that outdoor cannot be guaranteed, the reservation system should state that. It was an anniverasry dnner and I would have found a better place that is not as costly with an outdoor table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & Scenic Location!
    sdb730
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I went to Vigilucci's for our anniversary. We wanted a scenic restaurant on the water with delicious food and Vigilucci's did not disappoint. Vigilucci's is about as close to the beach as you can get and the view is lovely. Our server was Italian, very knowledgeable and super attentive. The food was delicious and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset. The next time we are in Carlsbad, we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Place -- and Pet Friendly!
    lskesq95VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love Vigilucci's, and this is one of our favorite spots in the restaurant group. Great menu, impeccably prepared food, marvelous service. Nothing not to love. We did a repeat on the Amarone 'cause it's just so darn good and ordered the lamb -- sooooo good! Our dining companions equally loved their food and experience. Best of all, Vigilucci's is pet friendly on the patio (which we so appreciate) and we were able to bring our beloved Italian Greyhound, enjoy leisurely fine dining and a lovely evening out. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent ciopinno! Wish you had not run out of some of the dishes...lamb, lobster,oysters.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VIGILUCCI'S
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    SEATING OUTSIDE A MUST. INSIDE DINING VERY QUIET. FOOD WAS DELICIOUS. GREAT STEAKS. SERVICE WAS GOOD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner with great service. Well worth the price
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vigilucci's Carlsbad
    Likegoodfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Nice location. No parking option but valet (OK with me). My skewered mixed grill was excellent, except for a somewhat tough piece of filet. My wife's king crab was perfect, and both pasta sides were delicious. Service was nice but not extraordinary. Overall, we would return and recommend this restaurant to our friends and family
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place, Delicious food!
    Rdining
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ambiance and service was great! Did not feel rushed, very attentive service. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. We sat at an outdoor patio table and the ocean view was very enjoyable. We had a great evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Catch a Wave
    Food4thotVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you like being near the Ocean with a spectacular view, this Restaurant is for you...excellent steak and scallops....tuna sashimi was to die for.....our anniversary made more special by the friendly service.....good energy all around.....catch a wave!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pate
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Only thing didn't like was the $4 charge to park. Really not necessary in their own lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting daughter
    Gmello51
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a very nice night and very good food. The ambience was nice and the only delay was on our reservation. It took about 15 minutes to get and after our reservation time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Was looking for a great steak with an ocean view- Vigilucci's delivered. Only negative is that there is a busy road between the restaurant and the ocean. Staff is friendly and efficient- food is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, horrible fly problem!
    Breezy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful. Makes my mouth water thinking about it. The flies agreed with me, it was a fight to the death with at least 5 or 6 of them to keep my food all to myself. We were sitting outside which probably contributed to the fly problem, but I've sat outside at many other restaurants and not encountered quite that many flies. The servers were nice, but seemed to disappear for long periods of time when we needed them most. (drink refills!) Overall I would go back for the food alone but sit inside the next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining by the ocean!
    Muffin1790
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We requested and were seated with an ocean view table outside on the patio. The tables inside were filled as was the outside patio. Even though it's an Italian restaurant, 2 of us ordered steaks ......Very good and served beautifully! The other 2 ordered spaghetti and meatballs.....and they were pleased too. Outdoor seating can be very noisey as Carlsbad Blvd runs along side the patio. The beach is across this highway. Valet parking only too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's slightly on the pricey side, but worth it. Great food, generous portions, a variety of options and a great view. The ambience is lovely minus a small amount of traffic noise. Perfect for date night, small family get togethers or lunch with girlfriends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Maddie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been here before and was very impressed with the food. This time I was just floored by how wonderful everything was. We watched as the sun set on the ocean and it was magestic. The restaurant is on a busy street but the noise was not an issue. It almost felt like you where in your own enclosed bubble.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    DaveC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have always found this restaurant to be outstanding, the food, the service and staff are always excellent. This has been are go to restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Vigilucci's!
    FoodieCouple
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Vigilucci's Seafood and Steakhouse never fails to provide us with a wonderful dining experience. We love all of their restaurants: for the quality, the unique combination of flavors, and for their willingness to accommodate our special dietary needs without compromising taste. This location adds a beautiful view to go with the beautiful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Luv2greenegg
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes early for our 8:00 reservation, they seated us at 8:35. We ordered our food and 10 minutes later the water comes back and drops the menu in front of me and says we are out of the veal chop, no apology. I said really? His comment was "we sometimes run out of food when you have a late reservation" We didn't have a late reservation, they were late seating us, very disappointing!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had friends visiting from Florida and Vigilucci was top on our list of places to take them. They were not disappointed! As usual, we were warmly greeted at the door. At 7:30 (our reservation time) we were seated on the patio with a lovely view of the ocean. Appetizers, dinners and desserts were all perfect and we left stuffed and happy. The service here is wonderful as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confusing Dining Experience
    Diner2goVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    After checking out the menu and prices, we were surprised at how inefficient the service was. The food was good, but when the service is slow (we watched the waiter leaning against the wall laughing with another server until he noticed we could see him) it made for a less than enjoyable evening. Not sure we would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 25th anniversary
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We dined here on a Saturday evening for our 25th anniversary. We had reservations which seems like a must for this place. The location is great, staff was excellent, food was expensive (but nothing great). Nice place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    happyguest
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. Our server was outstanding! The food presentation was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Done!!
    abart55
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Best meal we've had since arriving in Carlsbad six months ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When you go to an Italien resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    You expect one thing! The staff were from Italy. It was great with the Italian accents. Now the food.....everything at the table for 8 was great. The salads were a good portion. The steaks were very good. Yes, we go back to celebrate family birthdays!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have eaten there many times, but their prices have gotten out of control for the amount and quality of food! We will not eat there again when we are in Carlsbad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice mix of meats and fish
    Gastronaut
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Many choices and several daily specials. Good location; great view. Valet parking. Loud restaurant. Staff is well trained.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hit and miss
    porkers
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    some of the "classic" dishes like the carpacchio were amazing but the tweeked pasta fell flat!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great early dinner after the beach
    JaneCJ
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We booked an early dinner to finish off an afternoon on the beach. The food was excellent, the view great from the patio and the service perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great secret find!
    BritFan
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We met some friends from San Diego and wanted a restaurant at the halfway mark, so visited Vigilucci's on a friend's recommendation. It was a gorgeous Southern California evening and we couldn't have asked for better weather or a better view! The bar was lively and fun, just enough seats without being wild. We sat indoors when dining by the window but since we were there several hours, it was perfect as it did get a little chilly later in the evening (although the outdoor seating looked divine). The food was fantastic and all 4 dishes were top notch! Will definitely go back and will highly recommend. One note: noise level became a bit loud and difficult to hear each other at the table but depends on the activity level around the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    McGeeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Made the reservation for a friend. The manager came out and greeted him as a first time diner there and made sure that he and his wife were having a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining on beach in Carlsbad, CA
    NancyAZ
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very nice seafood. The homemade raviolis were very even though the sauce was heavy. My husband had pasta with clams -- the waitress was nice enough to remove the shells from the clams.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Carlsbad
    Intenditore
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is the place to go when in Carlsbad if you looking for an amazing food treat, perfect service and a lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will be back!
    Chris
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Brought an east coast friend here. We were all very happy with our meals (cioppino was fabulous) and the lovely ocean view. Sat on the patio and it was a wonderful experience overall. Fascinating watching the valets try to move the many cars around the tiny parking lot - like a complicated puzzle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vigiluccis, an Italian Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The restaurant is a gem. Located directly across the street from the ocean, the views are terrific. However the best quality of this restaurant is it's service. The staff, from the valet to the manager, are fabulous. The menu contains a wide range of dishes, from beef to lobster. The restaurant is busy, especially during the summer, so make sure you make reservations. We have never had an issue with OpenTable when booking our reservation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view and fabulous food!
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service is notably friendly and attentive as well. The grilled seafood platter is my all-time favorite at any Vigilucci's, not cheap but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate