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Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar, Oceanside, CA

Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar

4.3
4.3
650 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Carte Blanche Bistro and Bar is a French-Mexican Bistro located in the heart of Downtown Oceanside! At Carte Blanche Bistro and Bar, we use fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create rustic, bistro-inspired dishes intended to be shared. Bring your friends and family, you’re gonna love it.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Mexican, French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 231-5370

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Carballo

  • Neighborhood

    Oceanside

  • Cross street

    between Pier View Way and Civic Center Dr on North Cleveland

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 650 people are saying

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PT

    PeterT

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Definitely taken a few steps backwards over the last year. Not likely to go again. Integrity of dishes and wine questionable.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outstanding meal. The service was fantastic, thank you Michael! The food was delicious, every dish we ordered was top notch.
  3. TD

    TeresaD

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    I dined here on Saturday with a friend. The menu is unusual and original. The food and drinks were very good, service also very good. There was one major problem with the dining area and that was the flys. Each table is furnished with a propeller to keep the flys away. Unfortunately it is ineffective and we ate our main course with around 20 big flys just buzzing around us. I have eaten at other establishments on that road and there were no flys at all. Needless to say it was very unpleasant. Again, I cannot fault the delicious food, drinks or great service. If they can do something about the flys I'll be back.
  4. KF

    KellyF

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love how the outdoor tables have fire pits in the middle - great for night use! Only downfall is you lose that area for shared food. This was my first time for brunch. The Jambon sandwich was really good. My friend didn’t care for the Duck Mole Tacos. Enjoyed my lemonade style drink and friends like the nojito - all very refreshing. I like the relaxing vibe with music. I’ve heard the burger is good but haven’t tried it yet!
  6. V

    Villager

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks. Dishes to share and entrees, all delish!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect. Sit outside and enjoy.
  8. SP

    SteveP

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location in downtown Oceanside (2 blocks from beach) with easy adjacent garage parking. Restaurant is not air condition as it is an open air restaurant so can be a little warm on summer days. Excellent brunch options.
  9. b

    berkabee

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was superb; food was good; noise level got to be a bit much. At the conclusion: paying the bill, I was startled to see, in addition to a 4% service charge that a preliminary tip of 25% was proposed! That was annoying. I'd recommend the place to friends with some forewarnings.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food! Muscles were okay, not my favorite dish. Burgers were great!
  11. CB

    ConradB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and flys were going crazy near food. Would’ve been nice to have the fly thing placed at our table as soon as we were seated.
  12. k

    kimberlym

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were a party of 7 . Two of enjoyed the Mexican hot pot but we both felt the need to add salt and some chili sauce so the seasoning was a little bland. Another with us had the octopus and found it flavorful but tough and chewy. Our waiter Nick was amazing - fun, personable and committed to making sure we were happy! I’d recommend based on o real dining experience but the food was not the best
  13. KS

    KarenS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has incredible food - easily one of our favorite places to eat in Oceanside. The duck mole tacos are juicy and flavorful and everything else we have tried has been excellent as well. They also have masterful cocktails. The Spirit of Santiago is fantastic! The staff is also super attentive and friendly to top it off. Highly recommended.
  14. J

    Juliana

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special restaurant perfectly located in downtown Oceanside blocks from the ocean. Love the design, decor and vibe of the restaurant. So pretty! And the food and drinks… Amazing! Felt like we were in a fun spot in San Jose Del Cabo
  15. B

    Bird335

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank you so much. Looking forward to coming back again!
  16. MF

    MioF

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Kyle (server) was great Constantly checking on us
  17. A

    Anon

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The vibe and ambience are great! Our waitress was very attentive. Unfortunately my food arrived cold and then there was an extra surcharge on the bill. Disappointing.
  18. RR

    RozR

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice ambiance, busy with people on Thursday Farmer’s Market. Service was very good. Menu is interesting. Cheeseburger OK, not very flavorful. Mussels tasty, pretty rich. Onion soup was too sweet not cheesy enough.
  19. S

    Sandy

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Burrata salad was bland and flavorless, even the peaches had no flavor, and the cod was fishy tasting. The beets with the cod were awful, they tasted sort of like onions as opposed to beets, and the portion is not really a dinner or "table" portion given that all you are eating is fish. A group of about 30 kids came in, extremely loud, and while the majority of the restaurant was empty the staff seated them at the 3 tables right next to us which ruined the rest of our time at the restaurant as we couldn't even hear each other talk anymore. No thought at all was put into where they seated this large and loud group and the food is nothing I would go back for. The place looks cute, but other than that I did not enjoy anything else other than the company I went with and the glass of wine that I drank.
  20. s

    sharonredbarron

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    One of our favorite brunch places was a little uneven today. Not the servers fault, but they were very short staffed. We were promptly seated, and served water. Then, 15 minutes later, after my spouse flagged down the manager who was assisting the very busy servers, we finally were able to order our typical bottle of cava, and our server came a few moments later. My spouse and I agreed to try not our usual dishes. So he ordered my usual milanesa (still delicious) with fresh eggs. I went with the jambon sandwich, which I would never order again. Not a bolilo (which has a different texture), which I left on the plate after one bite. There was very little serrano ham, and the brie and pear didn't blend with the ham, and WAY too much fig jam. Definite no on the quinoa salad. Other dishes work better. Will still return. Great atmosphere.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Most of the food was excellent! Vibe was great, but felt stuffy without fans and indoor/outdoor surroundings. My dirty maritime wasn’t very good, but the margaritas were fabulous!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Loved the duck tacos, ceviche, the burger and the ahi! Favorite cocktail was the Jets to Belize!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Ignorant noise from outside due to the Sunset Market. Other than that, it’s was ok.
  24. G

    Gina

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    First time with poor service
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, some of the best in Oceanside
  26. s

    susanf

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining a Carte Blanche Bistro. The brunch was tasty and Margaritas were very tasty.
  27. DF

    DannyF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Hostess wasn't welcoming because they just sat a big party, but we had a reservation and were on time. Dishwasher was behind our table and disruptive and ruined the ambiance.
  28. BG

    BethG

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The online description and photos are completely incongruent with the experience at the restaurant. The food is supposed to be a fusion between Mexican and French but it falls flat. Way overpriced.
  29. TS

    TSJ128

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We are 6 of us. 3 people order the Medium rare burger , it all come in almost well done. The cocktail was good, but it wait for a very long time, service just ok, a very little chance to go back
  30. TB

    ToniB

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attentive service from the minute we arrived until we left was so refreshing! The chef’s creative menu was beautifully presented and oh so tasty! We are very much looking forward to dining again and will bring more friends. Well done Carte Blanche!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and atmosphere
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Great server, out of Many items, food bland
  33. JC

    JuliaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance. Good food and service and music.
  34. AM

    AnnM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Sat outside, beautiful day, lots of people watching. The menu is unique, food and portion size are good. Our server not particularly helpful when I asked questions about items on the menu. Service was so so
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Food looks great, but doesn’t taste as it looks.
  36. SL

    StephaniL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for a graduation dinner! it was amazing! Ceviche was perfection!
  37. G

    Gina

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Go to place when have out of town guests
  38. AC

    AlisonC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Overall it was good. Two out of 5 of us had drinks from the bar at the table. No wait staff was assigned to us. A waitress saw the two drinks and thought we had another server already. We had to flag her down after more that 15 minutes to let her know we hadn’t been approached. She was very honest and apologetic and was very attentive, good and sweet for the remainder of the night. The food was good but nothing outstanding. The atmosphere is really nice and decor is very pretty.
  39. TF

    TracyF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really cute inside and music was great. Caesar salad had more ingredients than usual and was fantastic with fried capers. Bistro burger was very fresh and the short ribs with pasta was delectable. The Jet cocktail was sweet and yummy. Our server Nick was very personable and gave us his favorites!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We there with the family to celebrate my daughters college graduation and had a lovely time. We ordered several appetizers to share and a few rounds of delicious cocktails and none of them were a disappointment. We loved the bread, skinny fries, mussels and ceviche. Then we had entrees for dinner and the black cod was a huge favorite amongst the group and the burger was runner up. We also had the beignets for dessert and they were the bomb, just perfect and bug order of them to share for a yummy dessert option. We’d order then again for sure. Overall we really enjoyed the service, atmosphere and the food selections and we will be going back again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • 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 Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar using the Order Online button. Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 231-5370.

Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 650 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar

339 N Cleveland Street, Oceanside, CA 92054

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Pier View Way and Civic Center Dr on North Cleveland

  • Neighborhood

    Oceanside

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Mexican, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Carballo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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