Campfire

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Cool vibe. Great experience.

DK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite places in Carlsbad for breakfast, dinner or just drinks. Service is impeccable. menu is adventurous and delicious. Craft bar is top notch. Just overall a fantastic place.

KG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal and super fun cocktails!!

j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and outstanding service!!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

My fiancé and I have loved going to Campfire since it opened, but this time was different. The service was awful. We were seated for about ten minutes before anyone came by to greet us or offer us drinks. It was the nice guy that fills your water. It took our assigned server another five minutes to finally come by. She asked if we wanted to order drinks, but we had been waiting so long that we were ready to order everything. The food came before the drinks (brought by other servers) and, when everything was on the table, our assigned server came by again to ask if everything was alright. I got through about half my food, when I needed a refill on my drink. We tried getting our server’s attention for another five minutes, but since she never checked in or even looked in our direction after the food got to the table, we ended up flagging down a random server to ask for a refill. Another five minutes went by with no drink, so I just kept eating without one. Eventually, the drink came after I had finished eating. The tables to our left and right were getting great service, with their servers checking in regularly, but we were completely ignored. Since our server was busy tending to other tables and neglecting ours, it was unsurprising that she never came by to ask if we needed anything else. We again had to flag down a random server and ask him to let our server know—wherever she was—that we were ready for our check. When she finally moseyed over with the check, I found out that her name was Echo B. I left a $0 tip. If you’re reading this and think that’s cheap, I HATED doing that. I normally tip between 15-20% and as much as 25% if the service is really good, but this was the worst service I’ve had in years. I would come back because we like the food so much, but if we got this server again, I would actually ask for someone else.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent creatively prepared food in a stylish, comfortable room. Our server was focused on creating the dining experience we wanted rather than a set formula, and she achieved it nicely!

CL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

WE WERE BOTH SICK AFTER EATING THERE. ONE OF US HAD WAGU BEEF STEAK. IT WAS $29. SHOULD HAVE KNOWN - FOR $29 YOU WOULD NOT REALLY BE GETTING WAGU BEEF. IT WAS TOUGH AND NOT FLAVORFUL. THEIR MENU IS TOO DIFFERENT FOR US. WILL NEVER GO BACK.

d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful, very flavorful. The menu selections were creative. The portion size was adequate, not too overwhelming but enough to satisfy us. This restaurant works best with a group of people so multiple items can be ordered and shared. My only complaint was that the restaurant was very noisy. With the concrete floors there was a lot of background noise at our table from surrounding diners.

LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, innovative cocktails, delicious food!

TU
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal food! The array of different herbs, spices and flavors are just nature and make an outstanding meal! This is the place the be! Impeccable pampering service and knowledgeable staff. DINE HERE!

L
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lively atmosphere. The branzino was to die for.

HM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Campfire five or six times, and it's only gotten better. The cocktails are actually off the hook (get the bourbon and duck fat one if you're down). The broccoli is never to be missed, and the oysters, beets, and everything else are not to be missed either. Go!

M
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic foods, friendly staff, and quick service. We will definitely come back!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here to celebrate occasions and just for great food. Bring me a food that we wont like to surprise us... cant happen they said.

EH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful but het the service was outstanding. The whole staff seem to work as a team. I loved being in a restaurant that knows how to train their staff. It was a wonderful dinner and a very enjoyable evening

KM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! Campfire is an absolute gem! Excellent food & cocktails. Staff friendly & knowledgeable! Highly recommend.

WD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Noise level was UNAcceptable High, they need baffles from ceiling to knock down horrible NOISE!

j
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great! Everyone was very welcoming. We got the bowls with fish, brisket, and bacon. The brisket was awful, but the other two proteins were delicious.

AD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cozy interior

A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, very thoughtful dishes by the staff at Campfire. Especially impressive this time we’re the squid and the cavatelli. Consistently excellent work! Good service and beverage program. Wine list a bit shallow, but fits with restaurant theme.

TU
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding customer service with; great eye contact, knowledge regarding ingredients in the food and the drinks, very attentive with filling the water glasses, and the food is just outstanding! You really feel like you’re at home at the Campfire! The amazing amount of fresh, different real ingredients in the food is a dream for the pallet! Broccoli, roasted chicken, whole fish . . . Everything was just absolutely mouthwatering and overwhelming! we’ve come here 21 weeks in a row! This week will actually be 21!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rice bowl is amazing. Great blend of fresh flavors.

r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great concept amazing food I loved the sauce the salmon tartare was in Fun and very creative cocktails

BS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy going here before we attend the theater down the street. We love to sit, chat, have a drink (or two!) and a yummy meal. It’s perfect! The wait staff is wonderfully attentive, but not overly so, and makes it so comfortable for us to take our time.
Frequently, we chat with people at the next table ——everyone is so friendly,but not intrusive!

MI
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a casual open air spot near the train station and the food was WONDERFUL! The portions of the wonderful food were just right for me. If you require large quantities just order an extra dish! The price is right and though I did not get a dessert (dessert with breakfast ??) they looked great and will get one next time..

C
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Campfire will not disappoint. The food is outstanding and fresh. The menu is always changing and seasonal. Great to go with a group of friends. Reservations are highly recommended as this is a popular spot. Downtown Carlsbad is really cute and there is plenty to explore.

CG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broccoli, s’mores, and libations. I can’t say it I’ve had any better elsewhere.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions were small for the veggies for the price.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sold food offerings, hipster-ish ambience if you like that sort of thing. We had a great time here.

CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had high hopes and it was packed. But when you order smoked duck and you get a sausage instead it is a bit of a let down. Liver Pate appetitzer had too much smoke flavor that it over powered the Pate. It was fine but there are better places to eat for the price.

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a great lunch on the patio on a beautiful sunny day. My friend had the "cheesesteak" sandwich and I had the tempura fish sandwich. Both were very good, but the cheesesteak was better. We also took advantage of Happy Hour and tried two wonderful drink/specials. One was similar to a spicy margarita and the other had gin and cinnamon and ginger lime.

I would have given Campfire 5 stars, but two items we wanted were not available during lunch service, so we were a bit disappointed: charred broccoli and s'mores.

Will definitely go back - next time for dinner.

DE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding. So delicious. My only criticism is the folding chairs. I know the restaurant is camp themed but the chairs were not so comfortable.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very loud acoustics in the back for lunch making it difficult to have a conversation. Kale salad wasn’t chopped to a comfortable eating size and kale ratio was too high to the other ingredients. Turkey sandwich bread over toasted making it difficult to eat. Fish sandwich came out greasy. Beet salad consisted of a single row of 4 small red beets cut in half and diced golden beets. Lunch Menu was a challenge to interpret salads and other items including sandwiches and bowls.

a
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food
Ok service
Fun place
A bit pricey

PG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and very fairly priced! I went during brunch time on a Saturday and the variety of food choices pleased my vegetarian and my omnivorous family members. I highly recommend this restaurant and plan to go there during the evening to check out the night scene the next time I head out!

a
San Diego
125 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our first time here for brunch.
We would not return for brunch.
Their dinner however is amazing.
So we will stick to that when dining here.

V
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best broccoli I’ve ever had. Pork chop was good but way too much for me to eat!

KH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my fourth time there and again a home run. Not only is the food just amazing (I won't even try because its beyond description) but the waite staff is perfect and the pacing is impeccable. Normally when you eat in courses, there is lag time or overlap time - somehow everything magically came in perfect pacing - my husband and I agreed it was possibly the best meal we've enjoyed together.

JP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Way too loud! Food was fine but not amazing, kind of a fun locale for the right event. Outside may be nice!
Was not overwhelmed by the food Service, less that good...That being said it was super crowded, so a lot of people clearly like it a lot. Reasonable prices...

t
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kaitlyn was an excellent server. The roasted beets was very good and the dick breast had wonderful flavor altho a little gristly.