Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana
Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana

Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vigiluccis.com/
  • Phone: (760) 634-2365x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Dinner M-Th 4pm-10pm.
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm
    Lunch offered Friday Saturday and Sunday 11-3pm

    Happy Hour in the bar daily
    M-Th HH hours are 4-7pm- F, S,S 11am -6pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: 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, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer full service catering from a formal dinner of six people to an elegant wedding of three hundred. Our in house event coordinator will take care of your every need - rental, floral arrangements, wine selection, servers and bartenders
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining space is available for large or small groups. A unique and charming outdoor courtyard is perfect for small to medium parties. While the indoor main dining room experience is enhanced with live piano tunes. The restaurant is available as a complete buyout option.
  • Private Party Contact: Denise Joseph 7606707173x
  • Entertainment: Enjoy dinner or cocktails in the main dining room and bar where exciting live music can be heard from the Baby Grand Piano.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leucadia Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Valet lot behind restaurant from 4pm-close and curbside parking available along Hwy 101.
    Self parking during lunch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays till 3pm.
A word from Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana
The newly relocated and renovated restaurant in the Vigilucci's Restaurant Group, Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana features an exceptional menu of Italian favorites, certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood. Open for nearly two decades, 2014 marks the 20 year anniversary of Vigilucci’s Trattoria formerly located in Encinitas. Menu highlights include many of the company’s signature dishes and a few new ones. The restaurant’s dog-friendly patio along Hwy 101 is the perfect spot to people watch. After shopping the many eclectic boutiques and shops that make Leucadia so diverse enjoy Happy Hour daily from 4-7pm and on Saturdays and Sundays an expanded time from 11-6pm in the bar. Happy Hour menu, to boast a few include ribs, crab cakes, Ahi Sliders and wine and drink specials. Private dining space is available for large or small groups. Our casual yet sophisticated piano bar enhances the dining experience.
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Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (31)special occasion (30)notable wine list (23)romantic (22)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (16)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • BetsyL
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our third visit to Vigilucci's this summer - we haven't been disappointed once, what a great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sweetgal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First timer will be back. Food very good, Dessert excellent! Pleasant surprize at dinner was the Piano player. Vary nice touch. Good food, wine and entertainment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    BetsyL
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second trip to Vigilucci's and both visits have been outstanding - great food, great decor and great service! Love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice transformation
    UnhappyparkerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Newly renovated Vigilucci's in Encinitas (formally Robbie's) is a wonderful addition to the area. They have a done a terrific job in transforming a very casual spot into more of a fine dining restaurant with multiple seating areas from the main dining room incorporating the piano bar (more vibrant/noisy);the pizza oven area with a few tables (quieter and on the same level); and numerous outdoor areas on the patio for a more romantic atmosphere. The food and menu was good although the fettuccine alfredo was very gummy and bland.The manager asked how everything was and we were honest about the fettuccine - he was very apologetic, comped the dish & bought us dessert as well. All in all a nice transformation and welcomed addition to the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vigiluccis - Leucadia
    shivas
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food and service. My wife and I sat out on the front patio is the pleasant Southern California weather and had a great time. We both ate classic Italian dishes, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Spaghetti with Clams and they were great. My request for Angel Hair pasta was greeted enthusiastically and the house wines were excellent values. We will return on out next visit to the West Coast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popular and worth it
    Francis
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The place weas full and we could see why. The food was good and the atmosphere pleasant. The service was not quite as good as it should have been, but that may just have been our waiter, and was not so much bad as not quite at the same level as the rest of the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
    DebraCA
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good food and lovely ambiance abounds in this Leucadia gem. My only complaint would be the loud volume of the live piano player singing aloud which inhibited our conversation at the table. It would have been wonderful to have soft background piano music but the addition of live music was actually annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rivo
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The entire staff treated us wonderfully. The ambience and atmosphere was perfect as was the food both in selection, variety, and quality. Our server, Maia, was just fabulous. She was very attentive to our every need without hovering over us. We had dinner with another couple and all of us were extremely satisfied with every aspect of our dining experience We shall return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Joanna
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very nice renovation done from the old Robbie's Roadhouse but a bit of an older crowd scene. I would take my parents if they came to town.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sotiredofcooking
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This wonderful restaurant recently re-opened after an extensive remodel. It's so beautiful inside and out! Some of our friends have thought it looked a bit stuffy when peeking in. NOT SO! It's cozy and very comfortable, and the food is fantastic! Visit them real soon...you will be so happy you did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poppie
    PoppieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had two great meals here. Food is delicious, wait staff very friendly and knowledgable. The piano player is a great asset, choices of music was good and he has a real nice style, welcoming but not in the way of conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AS GOOD AS IT GETS
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana is absolutely one of the very finest restaurants in the area. Everything was perfect: the personnel, welcoming atmosphere, sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance. The food was fantastic, as good as anything here or in New York! Vigilucci's was a sublime experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal and Ambiance
    writerjohn
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The remodel is fantastic as is the food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    this is just a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere and great staff. We love the new the new location and menu. We will definitely go back. The outdoor patio is very charming along. The pizza oven is another great feature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • North County winner.
    aviaracarolVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This is a great addition to North County. Food was delicious and nicely presented.Service and ambience were excellent.Fine Italian dining and surprising outstanding baby back ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staying Away for Awhile
    globaldinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A regular customer but somehow pushed the wrong button for the wrong location on tonight's reservation. I understand that July 4 weekend is busy, but did not expect the glares from the hostess when I was informed that there was no record of my reservation. Apparently I had booked at another restaurant, Vigilucci Trattorio, in the next town. The restaurant business is difficult and I support restaurants globally, but the response was local and provincial and I was sent away. My response will be to subscribe to other restaurants. The food here is ok for a Californian Italian restaurant, but the service tonight was unfriendly through and through.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and location
    JAJ77
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This is a gem. Great seating in the back and great food. Waitress was a little untrained and green for a location like this.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service is spectacular
    Brenda
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    On our 40th anniversary, we went to Viggilucci's in Encinitas, and were seated on the outside patio in the back of the main building. Fabio was our server, and he MADE our night. Oh, the food was amazing, the ambiance was awesome, but Fabio was the highlight of our night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Ordered the sea bass special, it was tasteless and rubbery(which is hard to do with sea bass, usually it is like butter)My husband order pasta with meat sauce, it was good. The service was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Treat
    extynctVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I always love to eat at any of the Vigilucci's restaurants, but this one in Downtown Carlsbad is my favorite. Try the homemade ravioli. It changes every day but is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much food
    Mjbeach
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Seeking a good value for the service size, it's Vigilucci's. We always leave food on the plate... A favorite for Veal Parm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    EnjoygoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Ordered the Fettucine Salmone. Total amount of salmon was 4 little pieces. Fettucine was pretty mushy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The ambiance, food, service and lighting made for a remarkable evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding restaurant
    DaveC
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    As usual this Vigilucci's is another outstanding restaurant for north county it even as a piano bar which you don't find often. Food and more importantly the service was the best. We have eaten at the other Vigilucci's in Carlsbad and this one was as equal to them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice change for North County
    sashaBVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My first thought about this newcomer to the Vigilucci's restaurants is that the service is outstanding. GM Bruce and waitperson Paolo are top notch. And Yasmin at the reception is delightful. All very professional and friendly. There is a piano player who adds a nice background of Cole Porter-ish tunes. The food: There were 2 of us. We split a cesear salad, which, tho' very good, could have used a bit more of a bite. One of us had a pasta dish that was outstanding. One of us had clams and mussels in a tomato garlic broth. Seafood was perfect, the broth, not so good. When the GM stopped by to inquire, I was honest and he removed the dish from our bill. Would I go back? Definitely. Will try something different.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was delicious dinner, in charming new digs! Our table was in the downstairs patio was quiet, intimate and could not have been more perfect! thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I been dining here for years at the "old" location, new space is larger and still has fantastic service and great food! The staff is super detailed without being pretentious or taking themselves to seriously... never ad a bad dish. These guys know food and customer relationships :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Dinner
    Famman
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We enjoyed a Sunday dinner with our sons in the new restaurant. My youngest loves the capesante secchi and loved it again. Service was attentive, but I missed having an Italian server. Attempting to practice my Italian is one of my favorite parts of visiting Vigiluccis.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful new location
    JAJ77
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We love the new Vigilucci's. We usually go to the Carlsbad State st location but this one by far is much nicer. Service has improved considerably from when they originally opened and they have fixed those startup problems. Food is great as is at all Vigi locations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    DavethedinerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    First I will say the food was excellent - the calamari was in a wonderful tomato sauce and very good - and both veal entries my wife and I had were wonderful - But their service has gone way down hill - my wife asked three times for the heaters to be turned on - never happened and no response as to why - we had long waits between her trips to the table and there appeared to be plenty of staff. Also high road noise from 101 was very disagreeable - just not an enjoyable time
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 17 reviews are from the Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana reviews archive.
  • semma31
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Very noisy. Can do without bar singer. Good food. Programmed servers. Nice mgr
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great neihborhood place
    glen
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    new location is spacious and remodel looks great. Service and food were excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Let's Do Dinner
    Foodgooroo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Valentine's Night 2014 with a dense fog that played off the candles in the fertile sea air was a perfect setting for a perfect meal. Fresh in house made pasta with seared scallops, porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil was truly a treat. Fast forward Mothers day 2014 11:15 am. The restaurant was nearly empty. When asking if the server had tried 2 of the items on the brunch menu I patiently waited for some type of response, thinking she was maybe rearing to deliver something epic. Her response to how the omelettes tasted was 'large', her response to how the pizzas were was 'all the same size'. We ordered both Benedict's, tiny portions of crab, no tomato, bland, 18 dollars, poor presentation. Dinner at vigiluccis, breakfast at local diner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great remodel!
    luvtocook
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    What a fabulous job Robbie did on the remodel. This will be one of our favorite go to places for dinner. Our dinner Friday night was superb; service was outstanding; great buzz; beautiful atmosphere. So happy they've reopened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food and service was great! I love the newly remodeled restaurant! Everyone in our party of four loved the food and being from Italy that says this authentic italian cuisine!! We all can't wait to return!! Thank you Vigilucci's for an awesome birthday dinner!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    CathymVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It was our 21st wedding anniversary and we decided to try the new location, as we had been to the one in Encinitas several times. We are SO glad we did. The evening was so memorable due to the delicious food, the attentive staff, and the beautiful surroundings. They have done an outstanding job with the space using gorgeous materials and accessories. My husband had the special shell fish - including lobster, calamari and mussels. They were generous with the shellfish and it was well worth the price. I had the pasta with eggplant and it was just the right spiciness and was very good. The star of the meal though was the pizza we started with. WOW! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new era
    northcountyfan
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food met usual Vigilucci standards, however the dining room was noisy even though it was not full. Nostalgia for the old trattoria "uptown" and the prior Roadhouse/Pizzeria was my predominate reaction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food beautiful place
    Renato
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Second time there, first time service was outstanding, second time was good. Food excellent both times, place looks great. Great menu. many items to choose from and interesting specials. This place is run very well.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I was extremely disappointed. I have food allergies (no sugar added to anything and no wheat, cornstarch, flour, etc.). After questioning the server as to what was in the food, I settled on a pesto pasta dish ($17) with added shrimp ($5 extra). Vegetables were substituted for the pasta. The dish was presented with extremely runny sauce and no shrimp. When the shrimp finally arrived, it was what you could buy in a bag of frozen shrimp at the store. Just awful. Then the server charged me $24 for the entrée and $5 for the shrimp. I was overcharged $7 for my meal. Suffice it to say, I won't be going back to this restaurant. For the money we spent, we could have gone to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet