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Ignite Bistro

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315 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

Ignite! brings you authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas prepared in our wood-fired oven and created with Ignites' fresh mozzarella, made in-house daily. Our unique spin on the world of casual, yet polished American cuisine along with offering a great selection of appetizers, hand crafted salads, grilled steaks and seafood dishes. Our bar will be offering a large variety of cocktails and microbrews, as well as a mix of sports on our high definition televisions. Happy Hour is off the charts here with two bars (inside and out). Everyday from 3-6pm!!!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday -Wednesday 11:30am-10pm
Thursday - Saturday 11:30am-11pm

Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00am-3pm "Bottomless Mimosas" on the weekends-it ROCKS

Happy Hour Everyday 3pm-6:30pm "Best in Town" Everyday!

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Phone number
(760) 438-7800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex
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Catering
We offer several buffet selections, and a private menu.

We can accommodate any large party or occasion.

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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alga Rd.
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Public transit
Bus stop east and west side of El Camino in front of restaurant
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Entertainment
Please see our calendar on our website. www.ignitecarlsbad.com for bands.
We will be offering cool tunes Thursday-Saturday starting in May.

LIVE MUSIC-- Friday Nights, Saturday Nights, and Sunday Brunch in the summer months.
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Special events & promotions
We can host a variety of special events including Weddings, Rehearsal Dinner, Birthday Parties and more. Give us a call!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 5, 2017

I've been to this restaurant several times and we went there for Superbowl Sunday. The specials were great, staff is always , courteous, friendly and prompt, and the manager was generous with offering a raffle for quarterly prizes of $51 off your bill.. we didn't win but it was still wa fun, winning afternoon out !

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

We were there on a Saturday night. Our request for a booth was honored.
Our server was excellent. California Steak Tacos with a side of cole slaw were good; Braised Short Rib sandwich with sweet potato fries ($2 extra)were also good. Each entree could have used more protein, but were nicely prepared.

The wine list is not pretentious, and is extensive by the glass and by the bottle.

Kids eat free on Saturday nights, so late reservations if quieter dining is preferred make sense. By 9:30 it was reasonably quiet, and food service continues until 10pm with an 11 pm closure. There is a busy, popular, bar that can be noisy.

We would return, would dine late given our preference for a quiet atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2017

I was very disappointed in my chicken sandwich. The chicken was very rubbery. Everyone else enjoyed their meal.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2017

I had not been there since it was Crazy Burro and I was so happy to go. The food and service were great.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Extremely loud, not for an intimate evening. Family restaurant with many children. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Great overall place. We've been there maybe 50 times and have never been disappointed with the food. Casual, nice outdoor seating and bar, friendly staff, not pretentious. Sometimes a bit loud in the dining room, we've actually found the bar to often be quieter.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

We went to Ignite for Christmas Eve dinner. The food and service were great. No one rushed us out even though it was Christmas Eve. The prices were reasonable and the staff was very accommodating. We will go back for sure!

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1.0Dined on December 20, 2016

Had a reservation for 7:15pm. Arrived at 7pm and was told they had a big party coming in and were unsure when they could seat us. Tried back at 7:15pm and they shrugged their shoulders on timing to seat us. They seems frazzled and unorganized so we left and went to the Park Hyatt hotel for a better environment and better food anyway. Will not return to Ignite. They need better organization around their operations.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2016

We go here a lot for menu variety and good value. Excellent service on a crowded day ..thank you!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

First time there and it was a great experience! The food - lobster quinoa and drinks - spa day were both amazing! Will definitely be back!

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1.0Dined on December 10, 2016

The food is average and the ambiance is terrible inside. If you go, sit on the patio.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

It was a busy night and our server had a big party and we were at a corner table. That is the only reason for a 3 in service. Great food.

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Very overpriced turkey dinner for the quality and portions! Our dinner was cold and service was slow and they weren't even that busy! I am sure this place is a good drink place however not for a holiday dinner!!

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2.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving dinner. Small portions. Turkey served cold. Salmon over cooked. Sodas had minimal carbonation even when replaced. Slow service. All this even though they weren't very busy. Ruined our Thanksgiving. Will never go out for Thanksgiving again.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

The whole family went for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful. We all have the 3 course turkey dinner which was absolutely fantastic. Home cooked turkey was delicious; frankly better than we cook at home. Service was cheerful and energetic. The place had a festive (not drunk, I mean energetic) vibe. So reasonably priced would definitely come back. Not only was it a great choice for the holiday but as a first timer and local, I am definitely going back for weekend brunches and dinners.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The bacon and lobster mac was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

It took 3 times to tell the hostess & waitress that we reserved with Open Table, but that still wasn't enough cause I still got an email from Open Table that I flaked.
Other than that, it was great!

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2016

Great dinner! Danielle our server was great! We love the reduction on the fries!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

This place is awesome. Great for kids and dates. Food is awesome. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

We love Ingite!! Many gluten free options for me, wonderful selections for my wife Sondra plus attentive staff and a fun spot to dine.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Dinner was delicious. We ate at this restaurant 2 nights within a week to enjoy the special entree, scallops. YUM!

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Man bacon is always a draw. Also ribeye steak tacos. Calamari is great

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2016

Food and service were great! Gabby was an excellent server, very personable and knowledgeable about the different menu items. Great happy hour find. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Delicious Food! Friendly staff! Great music!

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Average food, super loud, generic cuisine cooked with no heart, felt like a Cheesecake Factory in cilente and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Waiter was awesome! Glad you had sparkling water as beverage option. Food was great.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

As usual, a busy Friday night and lot's of good looking people having a good meal and a great time. The waitstaff here are just the best. This visit, Autumn took care of us and kept us fed and watered while we yakked the night away.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Good food, good for anytime, not over the top or over priced

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Our server Meaghan S. made our visit special. She was adorable and on top of everything. While the service was never rushed, she also didn't slow down at the end, as sometimes happens at other restaurants. We were celebrating a 91st birthday for our father. We would definitely dine here again and would probably make the effort to do so when Meghan was working. She was that good!

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Drinks were good. Servers were nice, friendly, social and responsive. Kitchen messed up several of our food orders. When everyone finally got their meals, we noticed some plates (same meal ordered) had much less food and even different food than others. For example: I had the Norco breakfast and got very little eggs but had flatbread, my friend ordered the same thing w/ no cheese but there ended up being cheese all over it and she got a lot more eggs. Enough for both of us to notice a big difference. The waitress took off ONE of our man candy orders but we feel we should have gotten a little more off and the manager should have come over. Several dishes were messed up twice before finally getting it right. Overall though, the atmosphere was great and the mimosa are spot on!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

First time at ignite. Lobster roll had very good flavor, although did not quite remind me authentic Maine lobster roll. Pizza margherita advertised as Neapolitan - not quite, but still enjoyable.
Service was exceptional - Thanks, Casey! Music is a bit loud. Will return to try some other items that caught our interest.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Loved the variety of food and drinks on the menu. Prices were good, too! Great service from the host to the server. We will be going back!

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Good gluten free options. Casual dining, nice atmosphere. Theybtake Passport card too so extra affordable!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Upscale casual dining, great view, and interesting menu. Service was very good, our waiter was friendly and helpful in answering questions and accommodating our needs. We were very pleased with our meals, and enjoyed the raw oyster "happy hour" $1/ea.

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2016

Spinach artichoke dip with crostini was grest, while the fish and steak tacos were meh.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2016

I love their salmon, my husband loves the ribs - works for us!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2016

If you love bacon this is the restaurant for you. they have many creative menu items made with this. The macaroni and cheese with bacon is the best. Can be noisy so not a place for intimate meals, but definitely a place to hang out with friends.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2016

They did a great job for 12 of us.
Sad i could not make the reservation for a table of 6 and a table of 5 through
Open Table. Had to make 2 reservations.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2016

We had a wonderful time as a group of 8 for brunch. The restaurant was fairly full, but the service was great. I had the two-fisted egg sandwich, which was amazing! Our waiter kept the bottomless mimosas flowing, in fact almost too fast as I wanted to switch flavors between each glass and sometimes he got to it before I could let him know. The cinnamon rolls brought to the table upon arrival were a nice surprise, but were a bit cold - still delicious. Overall, we had an incredible time and everyone raved about their food - we'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

My brother was visiting from out of town and I've been to Ignite and when my parents had visited (also from out of town) they've been too - it has never failed so I took him and he loved it! Dared him to eat calamari and he is now a fan! So it was a pretty success dinner- especially for siblings who fought their entire lives ;)

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