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Best American Restaurants in Carlsbad

Green Dragon Tavern & MuseumGreen Dragon Tavern & Museum
(568)
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American | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Prepkitchen - Del MarPrepkitchen - Del Mar
(579)
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American | Del Mar, North San Diego
PoseidonPoseidon
(3126)
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American | Del Mar, North San Diego
Urge Gastropub & Whiskey BankUrge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank
(21)
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American | Oceanside, North San Diego
Solace & The Moonlight LoungeSolace & The Moonlight Lounge
(725)
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American | Encinitas, North San Diego
Le PapagayoLe Papagayo
(653)
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American | Encinitas, North San Diego
Searsucker North County/ Del MarSearsucker North County/ Del Mar
(666)
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American | Del Mar, North San Diego
The Barrel RoomThe Barrel Room
(169)
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American | Poway / Rancho Bernardo, North San Diego
WESTROOT TavernWESTROOT Tavern
(96)
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American | Carmel Valley, North San Diego
Decoy DocksideDecoy Dockside
(487)
$$$$
American | San Marcos, North San Diego
ArterraArterra
(380)
$$$$
American | Del Mar, North San Diego
Urge Gastropub & Common HouseUrge Gastropub & Common House
(113)
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American | San Marcos, North San Diego
Americana RestaurantAmericana Restaurant
(63)
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American | Del Mar, North San Diego

Best Italian Restaurants in Carlsbad

Vivace - Park Hyatt AviaraVivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
(545)
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Vigilucci's Seafood & SteakhouseVigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
(1687)
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Vigilucci's Cucina ItalianaVigilucci's Cucina Italiana
(997)
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
264 Fresco264 Fresco
(712)
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Buca di Beppo - CarlsbadBuca di Beppo - Carlsbad
(417)
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Cucina Enoteca - Del MarCucina Enoteca - Del Mar
(1487)
$$$$
Italian | Del Mar, North San Diego
Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - OceansideFratelli's Italian Kitchen - Oceanside
(246)
$$$$
Italian | Oceanside, North San Diego
Villa CapriVilla Capri
(252)
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Italian | Poway / Rancho Bernardo, North San Diego
Rosina's Italian RestaurantRosina's Italian Restaurant
(136)
$$$$
Italian | Poway / Rancho Bernardo, North San Diego
Trattoria I TrulliTrattoria I Trulli
(182)
$$$$
Italian | Encinitas, North San Diego
Firenze TrattoriaFirenze Trattoria
(874)
$$$$
Italian | Encinitas, North San Diego
Vigilucci's Trattoria ItalianaVigilucci's Trattoria Italiana
(470)
$$$$
Italian | Encinitas, North San Diego
Vittorio's Italian Restaurant- San DiegoVittorio's Italian Restaurant- San Diego
(152)
$$$$
Italian | Carmel Valley, North San Diego
Fresco GrillFresco Grill
(180)
$$$$
Italian | Bonsall, North San Diego
Villa Capri RistoranteVilla Capri Ristorante
(176)
$$$$
Italian | Del Mar, North San Diego
Trattoria Ponte VecchioTrattoria Ponte Vecchio
(157)
$$$$
Italian | Del Mar, North San Diego

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Carlsbad Restaurants

West Steak and SeafoodWest Steak and Seafood
1846 reviews
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Steak | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Very upscale atmosphere, excellent service, and of course a nice filet that was the right size. More

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Seasons - Four Seasons Residence Club AviaraSeasons - Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
85 reviews
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Californian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Love this venue! Food is terrific. Service is par excellence More

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PAON Restaurant & Wine BarPAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
978 reviews
$$$$
French | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Fantastic food. Beautiful plating. Never disappoints. I drive from San Diego to Carlsbad and would go further for this top notch restaurant. More

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Vivace - Park Hyatt AviaraVivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
545 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Service and food was fantastic! Will definitely be back. All courses were amazing More

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CampfireCampfire
1178 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Everything was delicious, great service (thank you, Maya! Our server was knowledgeable and excited about the various dishes which helped us make good choices, also wine pairings. Its was a lovely evening. More

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Vigilucci's Cucina ItalianaVigilucci's Cucina Italiana
997 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Went on a Monday night for my girlfriends birthday. It was pretty empty around 6. The server I think her name was denila was amazing. We wanted sweet wine or sangria but they didn’t have any. Well she had the bartender create one and it was on the house. That was really thoughtful. The pasta was amazing and the place was romantic. I will be coming back here. More

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Argyle SteakhouseArgyle Steakhouse
686 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Carlsbad, North San Diego

This was for my husband’ birthday. Food and atmosphere are always amazing! More

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Bob’s Steak & Chop House – La CostaBob’s Steak & Chop House – La Costa
340 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Elegant atmosphere, tasty cocktails, and fabulous food. The rib eye and duck are out of this world. Although located inside La Costa resort, Bob's is open to the public with free valet parking as well. A great restaurant for special occasions and choice dining. Dress up or dress casually, a wonderful experience is sure to be had. More

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Vigilucci's Seafood & SteakhouseVigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
1687 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

I had been to Vigilucci's previously and wanted to come back. Just a great experience all around. Ambiance, service, food, location.....perfect! More

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The Land and Water Co.The Land and Water Co.
514 reviews
$$$$
Sushi | Carlsbad, North San Diego

We sat at the sushi bar and Chad was our chef. He was fantastic. Very friendly, creative and a joy to watch prepare our delectable sushi. I brought my brother from San Francisco who was thoroughly impressed by the food and experience of the place. More

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Vue - Omni La Costa Resort & SpaVue - Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
13 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Service and food was great!! More

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264 Fresco264 Fresco
712 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Francesco was wonderful. We really enjoyed him as our waiter. More

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - CarlsbadBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Carlsbad
9 reviews
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American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Make zen H (#234) was fantastic! Thank you for a wonderful evening. More

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ClaraClara
14 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

We are big fans of Stone World Gardens and regulars at Moto Deli, so when we heard that Alex Carballo opened this place, we were excited to try it. We were not disappointed! Great food and excellent service; we tried the gnocchi and the salmon entree and found them delicious. The delectable pear galette for dessert was made to order and warm from the oven! Our server - think his name was Alexander - was enthusiastic, friendly and helpful (and I'm glad we listened to him about the pear galette). More

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Green Dragon Tavern & MuseumGreen Dragon Tavern & Museum
568 reviews
$$$$
American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

They have excellent Lobster rolls which keeps us coming back. It is a little nosy but in a friendly way. More

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Lobby Lounge - Park Hyatt AviaraLobby Lounge - Park Hyatt Aviara
68 reviews
$$$$
Afternoon Tea | Carlsbad, North San Diego

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Tommy V's Urban KitchenTommy V's Urban Kitchen
402 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

I always enjoy eating at Tommy V's. The food is great. Lots of great salad options which is always my go-to. Service is fabulous. More

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Benihana - CarlsbadBenihana - Carlsbad
1287 reviews
$$$$
Japanese | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Awesome as always... Connor was a great chief and very friendly More

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King's Fish House - CarlsbadKing's Fish House - Carlsbad
599 reviews
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Seafood | Carlsbad, North San Diego

The place to go for wonderful seafood and steaks! The steak was done to perfection. The Idaho trout was moist. Clam chowder was okay I’ve had better. Beet salad was wonderful. More

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Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton ResortChandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
649 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

We went back to Chandler’s after not having been in a while. We ate outside on the patio and the view is fantastic. Our server (Wendy) was attentive and very friendly without being obtrusive. We ordered salads and the seared ahi, clam chowder and the short rib dinners. All was delicious and cooked just right. Only beef is the corkage policy and prices. Their wine list isn’t extraordinary. But we had a very good time and would definitely go back. More

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PiscoPisco
137 reviews
$$$$
Peruvian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Wonderful evening for my son's 29th birthday! Our server Kalen was especially helpful with our menu selections, as we had never had Peruvian food before. It was delicious. We will be back! More

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20|Twenty - Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa20|Twenty - Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
717 reviews
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Californian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Great food and excellent service. We enjoyed our wonderful dinner. More

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Buca di Beppo - CarlsbadBuca di Beppo - Carlsbad
417 reviews
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Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Food was good. Wish waitress would’ve clarified a large order for 2-3 people is a lot. Also waitress forgot a few of the items we requested. More

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7 Mile Kitchen7 Mile Kitchen
25 reviews
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Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Food was excellent although expensive for what you got. Service was responsive and great. More

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Crust Pizzeria - CarlsbadCrust Pizzeria - Carlsbad
17 reviews
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Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Food is good, but overpriced. We had a pizza, a couple of salads and wine/beer. The wine/beer selection is pretty good. Service is also haphazard. Seems to be a few professional servers backed up by mostly teenagers (so if they forget you ordered more water or extra bread, it's just a hormonal thing right?). More

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California Bistro - Park Hyatt AviaraCalifornia Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara
146 reviews
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Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Very pleasant & cozy with superb customer service! More

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P.F. Chang's - CarlsbadP.F. Chang's - Carlsbad
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Asian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.More

Carlsbad Diners' Choice Winners

Carlsbad's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
West Steak and SeafoodWest Steak and Seafood
1846 reviews
$$$$
Steak | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Very upscale atmosphere, excellent service, and of course a nice filet that was the right size. More

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Seasons - Four Seasons Residence Club AviaraSeasons - Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
85 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Love this venue! Food is terrific. Service is par excellence More

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PAON Restaurant & Wine BarPAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
978 reviews
$$$$
French | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Fantastic food. Beautiful plating. Never disappoints. I drive from San Diego to Carlsbad and would go further for this top notch restaurant. More

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Vigilucci's Cucina ItalianaVigilucci's Cucina Italiana
997 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Went on a Monday night for my girlfriends birthday. It was pretty empty around 6. The server I think her name was denila was amazing. We wanted sweet wine or sangria but they didn’t have any. Well she had the bartender create one and it was on the house. That was really thoughtful. The pasta was amazing and the place was romantic. I will be coming back here. More

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Vivace - Park Hyatt AviaraVivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
545 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Service and food was fantastic! Will definitely be back. All courses were amazing More

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CampfireCampfire
1178 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Everything was delicious, great service (thank you, Maya! Our server was knowledgeable and excited about the various dishes which helped us make good choices, also wine pairings. Its was a lovely evening. More

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Vigilucci's Seafood & SteakhouseVigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
1687 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

I had been to Vigilucci's previously and wanted to come back. Just a great experience all around. Ambiance, service, food, location.....perfect! More

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Argyle SteakhouseArgyle Steakhouse
686 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Carlsbad, North San Diego

This was for my husband’ birthday. Food and atmosphere are always amazing! More

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Bob’s Steak & Chop House – La CostaBob’s Steak & Chop House – La Costa
340 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Carlsbad, North San Diego

Elegant atmosphere, tasty cocktails, and fabulous food. The rib eye and duck are out of this world. Although located inside La Costa resort, Bob's is open to the public with free valet parking as well. A great restaurant for special occasions and choice dining. Dress up or dress casually, a wonderful experience is sure to be had. More

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The Land and Water Co.The Land and Water Co.
514 reviews
$$$$
Sushi | Carlsbad, North San Diego

We sat at the sushi bar and Chad was our chef. He was fantastic. Very friendly, creative and a joy to watch prepare our delectable sushi. I brought my brother from San Francisco who was thoroughly impressed by the food and experience of the place. More

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Discover Carlsbad

Carlsbad, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in North San Diego, offers locals and visitors beach escapes, family-friendly entertainment and dining options. During the day, visitors in this sun-filled beach neighborhood take surfing lessons, visit museums and engage in boardwalk activities. The dining scene, however, shines much brighter. You can find anything from comfort food to ethnic offerings. Adventurous foodies are sure to love the Carlsbad Food Tour, which is a guided walking tour to unique restaurants that specialize in authentic Italian, Mexican and coastal seafood cuisine as well as indulgent local chocolates and wine. Whether a day at the beach leads to cravings for cocktails or you’re planning a special meal celebration with friends and family, you’ll be able to find the ideal watering hole or bistro for the occasion in Carlsbad.