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Campfire, Carlsbad, CA

Campfire

4.8
4.8
3554 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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.

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Booked 95 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 637-5121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Eric Bost

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Cross street

    Beech Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Large Party at Camp

    $70.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    At Campfire, we do something special for all groups of 7-10 guests. Here’s how it works: Once all guests are here and cozy, everyone is invited to choose their own entree “from the hearth”. We'll take care of the rest, including a selection of starters for the table to share, vegetables to accompany the main course, and dessert to finish. Tax and tip calculated at checkout. Beverages are not included in the price, and may be ordered night of. If your group includes young children, please email hello@thisiscampfire.com for assistance with your booking. PLEASE NOTE, CANCELLATIONS MAY BE MADE UP TO 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. SAME DAY CANCELLATIONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REFUNDS.

Popular dishes

Menu

Late Spring. Gathering around a fire to share good food and drink with friends… as far as we're concerned, there are few things better in life. We created this place to celebrate that spirit of the campfire with you. Thanks for being here

Kindling

  • Crudités$15.00

    coal-roasted pistachio dip, spring vegetables

    • Oysters$16.00

      warmed over the coals, salted butter, bone marrow, pickled mushrooms

      • Porridge Bread$8.00

        whole wheat, rye, sea salt, butter

        • Crudo$17.00

          amberjack, hearts of palm, avocado, soured green tomato, succulents

          • Lettuce$14.00

            little gems, turnip, charred allium & buttermilk dressing, toasted seeds

            • Tartare$19.00

              venison, capers, huckleberry, nasturtium, anise seed crisp bread

              • Roasted Broccoli$14.00

                pimento cheese, hook's cheddar, blistered peppers, salt & vinegar chicharrón

                From the Hearth

                • Spot Prawns

                  local waters, ember-roasted, fermented chili, seaweed

                  • Two$20.00
                  • Four$40.00
                • Cabrilla Grouper$28.00

                  grilled, pink celery, blood orange, anise hyssop

                  • Chicken$27.00

                    pasturebird, charred, cider vinegar mop sauce, preserved ramps & green garlic

                    • Duck$29.00

                      koji-aged, roasted breast, smoked cherry granola

                      • Flat Iron$36.00

                        snake river farms, oak-grilled, cured daikon salt

                        • Beef Rib$33.00

                          slowly smoked, black garlic, lime, puffed grains, torn herbs

                          • Lamb Head$32.00

                            smoked in banana leaf, hoja santa, sweet onion, flatbread; limited availability

                            Vegetables

                            • Beets & Carrots$13.00

                              fresh curds, pine, maple syrup, mustard seed

                              • Charred Mushrooms$15.00

                                cornbread, ragout of bitter greens, white corn

                                • Heirloom Beans$16.00

                                  pork jowl, khorasan wheat, collards, smoked tomatoes, charred meyer lemon

                                  • Peaches$14.00

                                    grilled over the embers, new crop potatoes, bee pollen, chamomile

                                    Dessert

                                    • Yes, We Have S'mores$15.00

                                      chocolate, mallow, graham

                                      • Berries$14.00

                                        pickled roses, fluffy mascarpone

                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                        What 3,554 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.8
                                        4.8 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.7Food
                                        • 4.8Service
                                        • 4.7Ambience
                                        • 4.3Value

                                        NoiseModerate

                                        Loved For

                                        • San Diego

                                          Contemporary American

                                        • North San Diego

                                          Fit for Foodies

                                        • North San Diego

                                          Healthy

                                        • North San Diego

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                                        1. j

                                          juliedunkle

                                          Vancouver

                                          11 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall2food2service1ambience4

                                          Huge disappointment! We have had many great experiences at Campfire; last night was awful. Disjointed service, 2 terrible dishes and food was dispersed randomly, which I understand is how things are done, but this was off.

                                        2. BS

                                          BlakeS

                                          Phoenix

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Unique menu and flavors, quite tasty, and comfortable place. I’d certainly go back.

                                        3. SC

                                          ShannonC

                                          San Diego

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food. drinks and service

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Seattle

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                          A little slow but delicious.

                                        5. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Vancouver

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          Great service, food and environment.

                                        6. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Anniversary

                                        7. LV

                                          LaurenV

                                          San Diego

                                          12 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Would return for broccoli and smores alone -- really elevating the basics to a phenomenal level!

                                        8. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Date was nice

                                        9. M

                                          Manny

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Had dinner for Mother’s Day. First time there. Food was excellent. Service was a little spotty since they were so busy and they seemed understaffed. Our server forgot about us a couple of times. Would’ve ordered more cocktails but it got too late and we finished our meals before the server could get our cocktail order. I’d recommend to friends and family.

                                        10. CV

                                          CarissaV

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          amazing service and server! Sami was incredible and made sure I had a seamless birthday experience at campfire. Would definitely come back again.

                                        11. M

                                          Marlop

                                          San Diego

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          First time coming here and everything was amazing! I will definitely returning for another great meal!

                                        12. TM

                                          TifosaMama

                                          San Diego

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Campfire is always a favorite. The food and cocktails are well thought out, balanced and prepared beautifully, every time! So thankful to have this local gem of a restaurant!!

                                        13. LM

                                          LovinMaui

                                          Los Angeles

                                          7 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          The food is delicious. We were celebrating a birthday and it was a little disappointing that no special dessert was offered and no singing happy birthday but all in all it was a very nice dinner. Service was very good.

                                        14. JT

                                          JenT

                                          Portland

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had an absolutely beautiful dinner experience at Campfire. The staff were all very knowledgeable and gracious. We had choices of brisket, octopus and swordfish and all were delectable. Was celebrating a birthday and they even had a hand signed card for me at the table. Very special place, indeed! Would absolutely revisit when we are in the area again.

                                        15. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          The food was ok. Nothing espectacular. Drinks were tasty but weak. Not worth the money.

                                        16. K

                                          Katrina

                                          Vancouver

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          One of the best restaurants ever! Our large group did the group experience (set menu) and it was amazing. Great food, great service, great drinks and great ambience. Special experience!

                                        17. JM

                                          JacobM

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Very attentive since it was our anniversary and really went out of their way to make our day more special. It was 100% worthwhile and I would recommend anyone to enjoy that amazing atmosphere.

                                        18. HS

                                          HannahS

                                          Greensboro

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We can’t wait to go back!! The level of service is impeccable, they are all about the experience.

                                        19. JG

                                          JenG

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall3food2service3ambience3

                                          Was really looking forward to trying this out. Loved their sister restaurant a few doors down. Food was disappointing overall. Did not live up to server descriptions--specifically the spot prawns and beets. Was steered wrong with bevies, too. We had two plates of wagyu skewers. One was great, the other was hard to chew with dense muscle fiber. Ordered coffee at the end of the meal which was only lukewarm. Won't be back unfortunately.

                                        20. SM

                                          SophieM

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing. Each dish had an unexpected flavor explosion that has really stayed with me. It was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. We will definitely be back!

                                        21. BP

                                          BPeterson

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We enjoyed our meal and cocktails tremendously. The service was fantastic and friendly. Our server made some great recommendations. We would definitely come back.

                                        22. E

                                          Edward

                                          Houston

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent, quick service. The food was amazing - the roasted brocolli was totally unexpected but unique and delicious.

                                        23. SF

                                          SFBay

                                          San Francisco

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was creative and delicious. Our waiter’s assistant Natalie made the night for us. She was so personable and helped guide us through the menu sharing her favorites. Hope she’s a server next time we visit.

                                        24. MG

                                          MikeG

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                          We had a party of 8 - paid for the food up front when we made the reservation about 6 weeks in advance, then paid for drinks the night of the meal. Food was great. With the large group, they brought out essentially all their appetizers and veggies for everyone to share. Each person chose their own entree. The s'mores dessert complete with hot coals for roasting was pretty cool. If you do a large party like this where you pre-pay the food, make sure they don't charge you again for the food on the night of the event. It felt just a bit sketchy that I had to notice the food charge when I paid the drinks bill.

                                        25. B

                                          Brian

                                          Chicago

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Another meal at campfire and we all left happy and full. Can't wait to come back

                                        26. L

                                          Lucymills1234

                                          Raleigh

                                          39 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          39 reviews

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful! Service and food were incredible

                                        27. P

                                          Patch

                                          Orange County

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                          Outstanding. Broccoli was to die for. Loved the vibe and service, a bit loud, but that’s okay given the young, hip atmosphere. Ate only vegetarian and loved it all.

                                        28. JH

                                          JonathanH

                                          San Francisco

                                          2 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall3food3service5ambience3

                                          The brisket was amazing the Artichokes were terrible as were the Oysters maybe moderate not terrible. Drinks were amazing but extremely loud at 7:30 PM on a Thursday had to move our chairs to hear each other.

                                        29. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Seattle

                                          20 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We had a phenomenal meal. I highly recommend the crudo. As good as the fresh grouper was, the brisket was even better. We loved everything we ordered.

                                        30. TS

                                          TimS

                                          San Diego

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                                          It was a good experience with food that was decent as well. Limited menu but staff were nice and attentive. Slightly overpriced but a fun overall experience. Am I planning my next visit? No...If a friend recommended going back would i go? Yeah... It is an experience i would recommend to people looking to try a new spot but will likely not be our regular haunt.

                                        31. MG

                                          MartyG

                                          London

                                          31 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          31 reviews

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We’ve been wanting to go to Campfire for some time and our anniversary seemed like the perfect occasion. It was perfect. Great venue. Perfect service and the food was exquisite! Recommend this highly!

                                        32. EC

                                          ElizabethC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Very yummy! Next time I'm going back when I have more time and mulah for more courses!

                                        33. s

                                          sydssachs

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food and service were fantastic. Our waitress was so sweet and had great recommendations. We loved the brisket and broccoli!

                                        34. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fantastic food and extremely impressive wait staff!

                                        35. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Just average — was our 25th anniversary and we were placed outside and right beside guests that we could hear their conversation.

                                        36. G

                                          Gilberto57

                                          Seattle

                                          11 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Family get together. Originally reservations were made for outdoor seating. The front of the house took care of us. Food was excellent!

                                        37. SA

                                          SmokeyADP

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                          overall2food2service2ambience2

                                          Chicken and brisket dishes less than inspiring. Artichoke appetizer a disaster. Tequila cocktail excellent. Cheesecake desert OK, not great. Service lagged at times.

                                        38. CT

                                          ChristyT

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This place is amazing!! The food is fresh and flavorful and the restaurant vibe is like no other!

                                        39. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          San Francisco

                                          3 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                          Came here as a treat during traveling. I was excited when the first course came in: wagyu skewers and oysters. I expected the rest of the meal to follow suit as far as great flavor and texture. To my disappointment, the salad was a let down: the red gem.” It was soggy, not flavorful, and honestly needed some seasoning because you couldn’t taste anything the waiter was describing. Finally the octopus, the final dish. It was over salted and too much paprika was sprinkled on top. The garlic paste that came with it didn’t really add much to the dish. The octopus itself was tough and too chewy. The potatoes were really the only good thing on that plate, which says something about the dish. Overall, I am disappointed with Campfire. I heard and read nothing but good things about this place, only to find the food was all over the place. I will say the service was impeccable, and our server was outstanding.

                                        40. BT

                                          BTK2014

                                          San Diego

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I love Campfire. Great place for a date night. The service and the food are wonderful.

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                          • Contactless payment available
                                        • Physical distancing

                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                          • Extra space between tables
                                        • Protective equipment

                                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                                          • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                        FAQs

                                        You can order delivery directly from Campfire using the Order Online button.

                                        Campfire is rated 4.8 stars by 3554 OpenTable diners.

                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                        Booked 95 times today
                                        Experiences are available.

                                        Order delivery or takeout

                                        Delivery

                                        • Order online
                                        Google Map for Campfire

                                        2725 State St Carlsbad, CA 92008-1629

                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross street

                                          Beech Ave.

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Carlsbad

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                          Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Contemporary American, American, Seafood

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Smart Casual

                                        • Parking details

                                          Street Parking

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive chef

                                          Eric Bost

                                        • Additional

                                          Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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