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About Bistro West - Carlsbad

Bistro West serves farm-fresh food in a casual and lively atmosphere, minutes away from the coast in Carlsbad, CA. Bistro West’s seasonally-evolving menu reflects the creativity of chefs who plant, harvest and create from their own farm. The menu features a selection of local favorites such as beef stroganoff, rotisserie chicken, and chicken pot pie, as well as farm-inspired seasonal compositions in addition to housemade pizzas, pastas, and burgers.

4960 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm (Lounge Menu available 2:00pm - 4:00pm); Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Closed Thanksgiving - November 23rd

November 25th thru December 31st- Gift Card Promotion, $20 Bonus Card for every purchase of $100 in Gift Cards!

December 24th- Christmas Eve
Serving a Full Menu, Make Bistro West your Family Holiday Tradition

December 25th- Closed Christmas Day

Cross Street:
Cannon and I-5

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 930-8008

Website:
http://www.bistrowest.com/

Catering:
Bistro West has options for your next catered affair. Provide us with a budget and details and let us do the work.
Contact Paula Green at 760-448-4509 for information...

Parking Details:
Bistro West offers both valet and self-parking. Self-parking is available in the private lot surrounding the restaurant and in the underground parking lot beneath West Inn & Suites, accessed through the driveway at the north end of the property. There is plenty of handicap parking directly in front of the restaurant. Valet parking stand is in front of West Steak and Seafood, 75 feet from the Bistro entrance.

Executive Chef:
Cody Carline

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Closed Thanksgiving - November 23rd

November 25th thru December 31st- Gift Card Promotion, $20 Bonus Card for every purchase of $100 in Gift Cards!

December 24th- Christmas Eve
Serving a Full Menu, Make Bistro West your Family Holiday Tradition

December 25th- Closed Christmas Day

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Private Dining

Upscale dining where there are no substitutes; only farm to table freshness and the ultimate gathering of locals. Enjoy an extensive menu that caters to your every craving. Create the ultimate pairings and celebrate in our West Room or simply enjoy inventive dining in our sophisticated atmosphere!

Bistro West - Carlsbad Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Business Meals (24)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Casual (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fun (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Cozy (9)
Romantic (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Authentic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Live Sports (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

One of our very favorite restaurants and once again it delivered on our expectations!!

Jim

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Met friends here as a half way point so did not know anything about this restaurant ahead of time. Nice atmosphere and good, attentive service by our server. Varied food choices and was generally good. Smoky halibut entree looked great, chicken pot pie dish was disappointing - too runny, like soup.
In general though, would recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food as always. Must've had a new waiter. We asked about the special but did not order it. When the bill came we were charged for the special. When questioned he stated we really had the special as he made a mistake. No offer to correct the bill nor did he makes any explanation. Not an issue with us but we should have been told & given the opportunity to reject the dish. The special & the dish ordered are very similar so we didn't catch it.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fourth visit, we like it! Everything we have tried has been very consistent and good.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We had tried the steakhouse the prior day and decided to try the bistro tonight. It was very good with excellent service by Nils. I would recommend it and plan to return.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A bit pricey but the food and service were good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service allowed us time to relax and enjoy a leisurely paced dinner

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Bistro west has never disappointed me
It's my go to place

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Three couples had dinner there last Friday. Service was a bit slow and the food was just average. My meal which was scallops with mushroom ravioli was way too salty for my taste. Others at our table agreed their meals were mediocre.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Hawaiian plate was delocious. I swapped out rice & mac salad for beet salad & the meal came in a bento box which was very cool. My friends had seared ahi tuna salad & beey salad w steak & they were very good aa well. The peach ginger soda was excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Bistro West is the perfect spot for a business lunch in North County Coastal. It hits many of the most important elements: easy access (just off the 5 Freeway); plenty of free parking; pleasant decor and atmosphere; reasonable noise level allows for good business conversation at the table (even a table of 6+); very diverse menu (something for everyone); food well-prepared; attentive staff.

Salads are always good. Fish has good variety and is well prepared. And two of our clients swear by the pizza and burgers.

It is our regular "go to" spot for lunches with clients whose office is within 5-10 miles of Carlsbad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Delicious food as always. Great selection. Staff was friendly and very attentive.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

very prestigious restaurant, the ambiance and design of the place shows great thought and expense was put into it.
The server, Shelley G was very genuinely pleasant and efficient, very deserving for such an establishment.
The food, while it was good I cannot honestly say it was "very" good.
All in all it was a pleasant evening dine out, thanks.
Lino VG

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant is easy to get to. My husband and I were acknowledged right away by the hostess and taken to our seats in about 5 minutes. We did make dinner reservations through this site. We were greeted by the waiter within 4 minutes. My husband ordered his steak medium rare and requested no onions and the waiter repeated it correctly. However, his steak arrived rare and with onions. On the other hand, they did get my special request of no cheese correctly. It was replaced by whipped mashed potatoes which was tasty. This wouldn’t be my first choice for dinner next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very nice bar area with great ambiance and decor throughout the restaurant. Drink, food and service outstanding!!!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very enjoyable evening in a very nice setting. Great food with a creative touch, great atmosphere for a special night out, good value for a higher end dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The four of us had a delicious meal. Our server was aware that we had a time limit and regularly and discreetly kept us on task. We enjoyed the ambiance, food, wine, and good service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Used to be one of our favorites in the area, but this was not an enjoyable visit. A couple of our favorite items have been taken off the menu so we were disappointed, and the food was really not up to what we have come to expect. While the manager was somewhat interested in our observations, there was no move made to remove from our bill the charge for the dish we were not happy with. Has there been a major change here in the last four or five months? Seems like it . . . We won't be going back anytime soon.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The initial greeting and ability to place a drink order took way too long, but otherwise the service was good.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food and service at Bistro West - Carlsbad is always consistently excellent. I had the seafood gumbo for lunch and it was as good as any Louisiana gumbo I've had. My client ordered the big beet salad and it looked very colorful and fresh. I have never had a bad experience at Bistro-West.

Tags: Organic, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food and the wine were good, the bread pudding and the waitress were great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful dining experience.
Excellent menu choices. I loved my Chicken Pot Pie,, not often offered. My husband's duck confit was perfect.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

My 4th or 5th visit as pleasant as my first.
Love both the colored bubbles tank and the wide variety of quality fare offered, for the most part at affordable tariffs.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a 5:00 dinner, so it was quiet and we four got lots of attention. I enjoyed my burger, my husband, his steak, and our friends their pot pie and beet salad. A very nice evening.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I feel like Bistro West is the best kept secret in Carlsbad. The dishes are all delicious, the service is excellent, the wine menu is extensive, and the bang-for-the-buck value cannot be beat. Love coming to this place. It's great for a business meal, great for a special occasion night out, great for a nice dinner with the kids, everything! Love Bistro West!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great staff and great food. The out side seating was much quieter.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent as always! We treated our friends to dinner as they just got married. He had been to Bistro West only once and she had never been. They were both very pleased!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very nice restaurant, pretty devout and clean. Spacing of tables provides quiet atomosphere. Well prepared meal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Nice place with a cool contemporary vibe. The sweet chili lobster sauce on mahi mahi was fantastic

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We go to Carlsbad once a year and always enjoy eating here. This year we celebrated a birthday. Food is always fabulous with excellent service.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a great time. All the dishes we enjoyed. Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Seasonal, Organic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

had a delightful late lunch when I thought they wouldn't be able to serve us. the food was excellent, Jose very personable and friendly, and it was quiet enough to conduct business.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This restaurant has really gone downhill since we last ate there. The food was simply ok. Nothing was terrible but nothing was amazing either. I expected better. For an area with loads of fresh locally sourced produce, things were very mediocre. My husband had a duck dish with ravioli that was smallish but simply ok. It had been especially recommended by the waiter so again, our expectations were not met. I had an avocado cheeseburger that tasted ok but was probably the messiest meal I have ever eaten. It was slightly overlooked with the tiniest amount of avocado possible but the potatoes were cold and quite gross. The burger was just a burger and just so-so.

Too bad because used to really love this restaurant and would go several times during our frequent trips to Southern California from the east coast. It is quite pretty with nice waiters but just another meal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As ever, good.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service is always excellent here

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nice menu. Wine and salad werre good. Entrees were only fair. Best to stick with basics like flatbreads, burgers, etc.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Very lovely restaurant with a lively patio. The lobster tacos were my favorite and the drinks were tasty. I would highly recommend this location to everyone in the La Jolla Cove area.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We've been going to west regularly since it opened. Always good food and service.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Visit Bistro West every time I travel to California, about once a year. Always a good meal with very attentive and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Lovely location for a business dinner. Great location, good service, good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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