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
121 reviews since April 1 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (104)great for outdoor dining (81)special occasion (77)romantic (64)neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (36)notable wine list (31)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (18)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • 25th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • Delicious!
    tlfc4
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our dining experience. Excellent food and wine choices and a beautiful view. We also had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, great food
    CDeworld
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Certainly there are seafood and steaks on the menue, but also in keeping with Vigilucci's roots, there are a number of excellent dishes with Italian influence. The staff is helpful and friendly and there a number of reasonably priced wines on the menu. Everything was very well prepared and visually appealing. Do not expect a quiet atmosphere; outside seating is subject to traffic noise and inside the conversation level tends to be high, but it is always lively and upbeat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining in Carlsbad, CA
    FastEddy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse is must for those looking for fine dining in the Carlsbad, CA area. The food was very good, our waiter was exceptional. Sometimes when you go to a restaurant like this, the wait staff is a little pretentious, perhaps even a bit haughty; not here. There were only a few negatives: parking - tight quarters but the valets get it done; a little slow filling water glasses, bringing coffee; we had to send my wife's steak back for more grill time, she likes it VERY well (it's sad, really). Overall, my wife and I had a wonderful evening. I'm confident you'll enjoy your experience, too. Thanks, Vigilucci's!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    DrMambo
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The mushroom and scallop pasta dish that I had was delightful. Easily obtained reservations, they were ready for us when we arrived. And my food was delicious. Would definitely eat here again. Didn't love the oil & vinegar combo for dipping the bread, but I could see how some would like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Romantic Get Away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Worth the trip, but, a bit pricy, service lacked. Appeared there was confusion between wait staff and table service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Chepler
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Great bar to sit and watch ocean and passersby. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Spagettidog
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Food was good, view is wonderful, service is slow and that is an understatement. Would have liked to have another glass of wine with dinner. We were afraid our coffee would be cold or gone by the time we got desert
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vigilucci's Review
    eaglemomma
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food and the view were speculator. The service wasn't that good however. Our waitress never checked on us during the whole time we had our food. We had to ask somebody else for a dessert menu. We spent $255 on lunch for 4 of us, you'd expect the service to go with that price but it did not. I would not go back based on the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience
    Neutrino
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great setting, wonderful menu and excellent service. We had a delicious meal. The food was well prepared without being over seasoned and the presentation was appetizing without being pretentious. Our Chianti was robust and memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect...but pricey
    Calbeachlady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really enjoyed all our dishes, service, the view. We came to celebrate a special birthday dinner for my daughter. Her husband took her here for their first date and then later proposed to her here too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego County. The food is always outstanding and consistent. The only negative I can say about this location is that it was a very loud. I normally sit outside or by the window.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect saturday night
    foodnwine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had one night in Carlsbad and we picked the perfect restaurant....drinks at the bar.....a late seating....just past sunset....the food was a uniquely varied from the standard faire...and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night
    Matt
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had a wonderful dining experience with excellent service and great food. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers and main courses chosen. Loved the atmosphere and awesome ocean views. Will definitely be coming back with our friends. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch vigilluccis
    bruss1825
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had a business lunch with out of town guests. Always my go to place for visitors. Good food near he beach
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GGGolf
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food and service. We tried it for the first time and were delighted with the excellent flavors in our dinners. Our service was fun and efficient as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful from start to finish
    Mimi
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    From the moment I arrived and was met by the valet, the entire staff was so friendly and approachable. They all made me and my mother (celebrating her 77th birthday) feel special and attended to our every need. The cocktails and wine selection was wonderful as was the caprese salad we shared. Mom had the filet and I had some home made pasta and mushrooms and both dishes were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing. Our waitress surprised mom with creme brûlée for a birthday dessert complete with candle. Upon leaving, the valet was charming and left us laughing as he retrieved our car. It was really the best meal and service I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunset Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Loved the food here. The chicken/sausage/steak dish with veggies wrapped on eggplant was just awesome. Heather our server was fantastic. In fact I am booking a table for 20 for our next company dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    KLDB
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We have never been disappointed with the service, food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has it all!
    locals
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Took some friends out for a birthday lunch, and looked for a scenic spot on the beach with a view of the water. This place was perfect. The menu is varied, all our choices were suburb. Waitstaff was just what you would hope for, helpful and attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow & Bland
    Av8r
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We sat on the patio for our reservation. View is amazing. Waiter was SLOW. I can count on one hand the number of times he checked on us - including taking our order. While we were up for dessert, we opted to pass since we didn't know how long it would take. My wife ordered a gluten free pasta dish. She NEVER adds salt to any dish and she had to add salt to give it some flavor. The asparagus and salmon didn't even have any flavor. My meal was great - a special not on the menu that was of the surf and turf variety. Snow peas were great as well. Thankfully we were seated outdoors - otherwise, the noise inside would have been overwhelming I believe. Overall, not a bad experience - just not what I had hoped for on our final night in Cali.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have been to this restaurant before and loved it. I have to say we were not real pleased with all the food. My potato was rock hard and my vegetables tasted odd. My prime rib was good. My husbands salmon fettuccini was just ok. We didn't say anything there because we were with my daughter and her new husband and didn't want to make a scene. Also, when I made the reservation on line I believe I put in the comments that we were celebrating 29 years of marriage, nothing was mentioned :( At this point not sure we would go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian by in Carlsbad
    RWilms
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We've gone here several times for Sunday brunch - awesome spot overlooking the sea in Carlsbad - so we went on Friday evening for dinner. Amazing chow! Great wine! Awesome service! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sunset dining
    Drumanator
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great place for sunset dining. Would liked it more if our steaks were a little less done!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy View
    Jack
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    It is all about the view. The food is good as well-but you are paying for the view. A bottle of House Wine-$24. entree's begin at 36.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic