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Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in Carlsbad

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A photo of Canyons at The Crossings restaurant
4.3
Awesome(686)
Price: Moderate
• American • Carlsbad
Booked 7 times today
Canyons at The Crossings is a local gem in Carlsbad, San Diego. Reviewers rave about the restaurant's stunning ocean views, excellent service, and delicious food. It's a favorite spot for brunch, with offerings like short rib hash and avocado toast receiving high praise. The ambiance, with live music and a comfortable atmosphere, is also a hit. One reviewer even says, 'Crossings is my favorite place to dine.'
A photo of Campfire restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(4935)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary American • Carlsbad
Booked 45 times today
A New American restaurant and cocktail bar with a focus on market driven live-fire cooking, Campfire is a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality, and celebrates the spirit of the name by creating an environment in which we gather around a fire, create honest food, and share it with friends.
A photo of King's Fish House - Carlsbad restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(3785)
Price: Moderate
• Seafood • Carlsbad
Booked 88 times today
Established in 2003, King’s Fish House is Carlsbad’s choice for seafood. Located just across from the Carlsbad Premium outlets and LEGOLAND, King’s Fish House features a large selection of fresh oysters, seasonal catches, sushi and live shellfish, including lobster and crab, on a menu that changes daily.We’ve been in restaurants a little while – three generations, to be precise. A long time ago, we embarked on a road trip in search of the ultimate seafood experience. We traveled down highways and byways, pulled up a seat, put on bibs and soaked up the seafood experience: the no-name dishes with unforgettable flavor, the fresh-caught oysters and clams piled high, the hand-lettered specials on ancient chalkboards and the savory simmer of every combination of spices imaginable.Welcome to the House that Seafood Built.Come gather with us, celebrate, relax and enjoy a seafood dining experience of high quality, comfort, service and value.
A photo of Jeune et Jolie restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(3771)
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary French • Carlsbad
Booked 39 times today
A culinary experience celebrating the moment, Jeune et Jolie reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape with a 4-course menu offered at $120 per guest. For those looking for a more casual evening, we feature "Le Menu du Bar”, an à la carte offering available for walk-in guests at our bar and lounge.
A photo of Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(8677)
Price: Very Expensive
• Seafood • Cardiff By The Sea
Booked 91 times today
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique Pacific Coastal cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks and more! There are two levels of dining at the new PCG with every dining seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There are bars on both levels and a heated outdoor patio and a deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and the line up at Cardiff Reef. You can watch surfers, kite surfers, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets from throughout the restaurant.
A photo of Green Dragon Tavern & Museum restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1413)
Price: Moderate
• American • Carlsbad
Booked 12 times today
Just as 18th century taverns served as the epicenter of the communities they served, so too does the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad offer a warm, family-owned gathering place today for San Diego friends and neighbors of all ages. The welcoming atmosphere is surpassed only by the highly acclaimed and award winning menu. Each dish is curated by with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Craft cocktails, wines and 20 rotating local beers on tap pair perfectly with our savory fare. Our guests rave about our Maine lobster rolls, Shepherd's Pie, hand-tossed pizzas, fresh seafood, and braised short rib to name a few.As part of the dining experience, guests are invited to travel back in time to the days when our nation's founders met in secret at the original Green Dragon Tavern in Boston. Explore our museum; documents and antiquities from the colonial and Revolutionary War eras and learn more about our nation's founders and their everlasting legacies.
A photo of Benihana - Carlsbad, CA restaurant
4.2
Awesome(3615)
Price: Moderate
• Japanese • Carlsbad
Booked 57 times today
Benihana in Carlsbad, CA is a neighborhood gem due to its unique dining experience where personal chefs perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki, entertaining guests with their culinary skills. The restaurant serves mouth-watering steak, tender chicken, succulent seafood, and sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef. Reviewers consistently give high ratings for the food, service, and ambiance. One reviewer says, 'Great chef, great food, always a fun place to eat.' Another reviewer praises the 'excellent service and food quality.' The overall vibe is of a fun, welcoming place that serves delicious food, making it a must-visit for locals and visitors alike.
A photo of Valentina restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1699)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary European • Encinitas
Booked 33 times today
We look forward to welcoming you. Valentina is casual neighborhood bistro and wine bar located in Leucadia along Hwy 101. Named after the owner's daughter, Valentina is a casual and welcoming spot that patrons can enjoy for good food, wine and the company of good friends. An eclectic mix of seasonal plates has been inspired by the owners’ passion for travel, reflecting the style of the classic bistros of Mexico City, Spain, and France.
A photo of VAGA Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.5
Awesome(85)
Price: Expensive
• American • Encinitas
Booked 26 times today
For a true “vaga”, the journey is never-ending; the spirit and palate, always curious. Drawing ingredients and inspiration from near and far, VAGA explores San Diego’s ever-changing confluence of culture and wanderlust. From its perch on a coastal bluff in Encinitas, California, VAGA keeps one hand in the ocean, one hand in the farm, and both eyes on the horizon.
A photo of Chandler's Oceanfront Dining- Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1377)
Price: Moderate
• Unspecified • Carlsbad
Booked 29 times today
Relish in coastal California cuisine handcrafted with a fresh and flavorful approach at our ocean view restaurant in Carlsbad, CA. Our menu continues to be reinvented with innovation and craft, but always with upscale ingredients to savor with every bite. Ocean views served complimentary. Discover this coastal and comfortable gem right here in North County San Diego.
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