Clara

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Nestled in Carlsbad’s bustling Village Fair, Clara is a chic new dining and drinking oasis. Serving market-driven cuisine and unforgettable craft cocktails in a lush and eclectic setting, the restaurant is a refreshingly modern North County destination.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, reasonably prices and the service was excellent!

Clara
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much, myronj!

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KM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved our server! She was awesome!

Clara
Responded on October 4, 2019

Katherine: What a fantastic review, we appreciate you very much, and hope that you will come by again - please be sure to give our happy hour a try!

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AM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute spot. GREAT food. Really lovely service. Highly delightful.

Clara
Responded on October 4, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, Amber! Please give our lunch menu and happy hour a try as well!

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JO
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Decided to come to Clara’s off of the favorable yelp reviews. It was a pleasant enough place. Small menu and pleasant staff. Service was quick and food was fresh yet just wasn’t on spot. Not sure if it was the under seasoning or undercooked...was ok

Clara
Responded on September 20, 2019

James: If at any time there is an issue, please let us know and we will do all we can to make it better for you. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to having you by again soon.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing. Cheese and charcuterie board, salt & pepper chicken and the grilled artichoke. Delicious

Clara
Responded on September 20, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, TonyS1 Looking forward to your next visit!

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r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local, original spot in Carlsbad. Awesome cocktails, good, fresh food. And a sherry list!!

Clara
Responded 5 days ago

We appreciate your feedback! Please be sure to check out our amazing happy hour and lunch menu as well!

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Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice happy hour with friendly bartenders. Good food but limited choices.

k
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Skirt steak was really good, very flavorful with roasted Brussels sprouts on the side. My friend had the salmon and said it was very nice also. It was kind of loud inside even though the band was outside. Overall we enjoyed our dinner and would go back.

Clara
Responded on September 20, 2019

We appreciate your feedback, and am happy you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again!

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R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was excellent and came super quick! Service started out really slow I think they were short staffed. Once we asked the bartender became our server and was great. We sat outside but it was right on the tracks. Not something they can help but that train came by and blasted the horn at least 5 times during dinner. Drinks we good and although super loud the karaoke from the restaurant below was somewhat entertaining clearly not amateurs but some were not that great and were belting it out.

Clara
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience, Reemerz! We appreciate you taking the time, and am hoping to see you again.

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TL
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing! We would definitely go back.

Clara
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you so much, TLow - please check out our Happy hour and our Sunday Brunch!

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for our anniversary. The food was great, the waitress very nice and helpful, would definitely go back again.

Clara
Responded on September 5, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, and that you chose us for your special occasion. Happy Anniversary!

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e
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find. We went on a Saturday and it was not that crowded inside. The service is wonderful, the drinks are really unique and great to try. The flatbread was also good! We will return to this place!!

Clara
Responded on September 5, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, Eileen, and we can't wait to have you come by again! We have a wonderful lunch and happy hour menu as well. See you!

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B
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a date. The moscow mule was strong, no complaints. The hummus plate was fantastic.

Clara
Responded on September 5, 2019

So happy you enjoyed your date at Clara, Breonna!

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G
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

To be honest we never even had dinner at Clara's, the problem being the overwhelming noise from down below at the Coyote's live music.

Until something changes we won't be back and have a tough time recommending.

Clara
Responded on September 5, 2019

We appreciate your feedback. We have a wonderful lunch menu and also have a fantastic Sunday Brunch. I am hopeful that you will come by and try our options.

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S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service !

Clara
Responded on August 21, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, SusieJ! We look forward to your next visit - please be sure to check out our amazing Happy Hour!

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TF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ordered shrimp and grits appetizer and it was generous 9 pieces of shrimp and perfectly cooked polenta grits...delicious!
Two in our party ordered Chimichurri Skirt Steak that was perfectly cooked (also server easily accommodated change on side veg) I ordered salmon that was also very well prepared and served with incredible black rice and veggies.
Sadly the chocolate dessert (cant recall the name and dessert menu not listed on website) was DRY and disappointing. When server asked how it was and I responded DRY she responded that it was vegan. If you can’t pull off vegan with full flavor, texture and consistency then you don’t do vegan! Still a very nice meal and great service overall.

Clara
Responded on August 21, 2019

We appreciate your feedback, Theresa - your comments will help us improve and grow. I am glad that overall your party enjoyed your experience, and I am hopeful you will come by again soon.

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Prompt friendly service. Excellent beet salad

Clara
Responded on August 21, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, Rob20!

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was so excited to try Clara... but was underwhelmed. The place had a bad smell (we were sitting near the restroom) and the food was average. I am vegan so I was stoked to try their vegan items. I ordered the cauliflower tacos with no cheese and they were so spicy I couldn’t even eat the second or third taco.I also ordered a gin drink and it tasted very cheap..
my husband ordered a flatbread and enjoyed it, though!

Clara
Responded on August 21, 2019

Jenn: If there is ever an issue with any portion of your experience, please let us know and we will do all we can to make it better for you. We want you to enjoy your time at Clara. I am hopeful you will give us another opportunity to provide you with some great vegan options!

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M
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our second visit to Clara. We were there on Saturday night so to diffuse the loud music comming from the adjacent bar( live outdoor music), Clara has to play their music loud. We sat at the bar, and The bartenders seemed off this time, not much attention to service and they had to be constantly flagged for requests. The Salt and Pepper Chicken is just ok and is not listed as deep fried on the menu. It is nothing more than chicken nuggets. (They did offer to take off the bill). We shared the Cyclops Farms(local farm in nearby Oceanside, Ca)- Strawberry Salad, and we added Salmon to it, delicious. We will return, and can still recommend.

Clara
Responded on August 21, 2019

Mario - I am saddened to see your rating - we truly want every visit to be top notch. We appreciate your feedback, and we will use it to improve. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food...cannot wait to go back again with my friends!

Clara
Responded on August 21, 2019

Karlen: Thanks so much for the great feedback! So many options for you - lunch, happy hour, dinner and Sunday Brunch! Keep us posted on your favorites!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We’re from Dallas but have vacation home in Oceanside. So excited to have another oustanding, eclectic resstaurant in area. Food was amazing. We went on after seeing pics on open table & food looked exactly same and taste amazing. And get the lemon cake and chocolate cake/ice cream..Delicious! Waitress great too!

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Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, presentation and service on a busy Friday night.

W
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared food, in simple and comfortable surroundings. Well worth it.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a wonderful spot. The ambiance was smart and sleek, and the food was delicious. Like, really good. It would be worth it for the cocktails alone - absolutely fantastic.

L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for lunch, but the kitchen staff had not shown up that day so no food was available 15 minutes after opening. The bartender was nice and apologetic

JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was pretty good but seemed a little pricey for portions, especially main entree. Service was great.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside for a friend’s birthday. The bar below had a band playing, great music. Love the choice of cocktails and the creative me menu

CS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The broccoli. Wow. Sooo good. The cheese and charcuterie was great as well. I would have loved to have the food come out in phases, which was as we ordered it, however it all came out at once, so was a little weird eating the steak with cheese and salami. Food was good, though!

Clara
Responded on July 22, 2019

CarolynS - my apologies on the mix up on the delivery to your table - I understand that must have been a bit awkward. I will review this with our team, and we hope to see you again soon.

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BE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant! I do recommend eating inside - while the patio is really cute, the music from the restaurant downstairs (Coyote) is often too loud at night. Also, the share plates are pretty large. Our waitress had recommended that we share 4 for two people and it ended up being way too much food. Two people (with big appetites) will be just fine sharing 3 plates. Awesome variety of food and drink. We'll definitely go back

Clara
Responded on July 22, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, Brittany! We have a wonderful happy hour and Sunday brunch as well. Please keep us posted on your return visits! See you again soon.

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MM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Its a little loud, but thought Clara was really nice for a date night.

Clara
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thanks, Matt: We appreciate you taking the time to share your review! We are aware of the acoustics issue, and hope that you will come by again soon. We have a great happy hour and lunch menu as well!

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o
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We loved the food. It was outstanding. We loved our server; she was fabulous. Everything about food and service we loved. The only things that stopped me from giving it all five out of five was the noise level. The sound bounces. And when I'm fine dining, I like to feel like I can have a conversation without shouting. And I noticed that they had a happy hour when I made my reservation which sounded cool, but when we arrived we were told it was for in the bar only. I guess I might not have been aware or whatever, but... I think it should extend to the diners. Not that big of a deal all things considered. I would totally go back to Clara.

Clara
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thanks for sharing your feedback - we appreciate your comments and understand the acoustics issue. We will review with staff to ensure that we are more specific with Happy Hour, and look forward to you coming by again! We have a great lunch menu as well!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great drink menu too.

Clara
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks so much! Please be sure to check out our amazing lunch menu as well!

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P
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

Clara
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks for the great rating, Pdaniels! See you soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great waitress, good food, great bourbon drink

Clara
Responded on July 8, 2019

Love the feedback, thank you so much for taking the time to share it!

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MJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is extraordinary. The noise level is very loud though. You have to speak really loud to understand eachother when you are across the table from someone. So this is not a place for a quite intimate dinner.

Clara
Responded on July 3, 2019

MJKNL: Thank you for sharing such a wonderful rating, and feedback - we appreciate your comments on the acoustics, and it is something we are working on. Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you will come by again soon.

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TH
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Best thing was the service. Our waitress was attentive, nice, and very good. The bad: pretty much everything else. Tiki drink was served in a water glass with big cube ice. Roast chicken entree turned out to be a single grilled chicken thigh on top of some veggies. Skirt steak flatbread used clearly canned jalepenos and canned picked onions. Cocktails were not craft quality. Pretty disappointing experience.

V
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eclectic menu, great vegetarian selections for appetizers and mains. Very friendly and attentive staff. Food was delicious . The kitchen was willing to customize my vegetarian main dish. It was delicious. The wine selection was limited but you can bring your own for a reasonable corkage.
We will be back.

CG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Waitress was not attentive. Restaurant was not busy. She forgot my husbands order
so only one dish came out and we ate our meals separately. Noise was SO loud from
downstairs we couldn’t have a conversation. We considered sitting inside but the air
conditioner was freezing and the TV was blaring. The scallops were good, halibut over
cooked a little. Chef carried the second plate out himself and apologized. Overall we
felt we spent to much and did not enjoy a fine dining experience.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was creative, delicious and extra points for being healthy. We had a small plates type of dinner. Cauliflower tacos, yum, even the fussy teens liked them. Hummus plate was beautiful, lots of colorful veggies along with the pita and bread. We had a roasted broccoli flatbread that was delicious and another tasty mouth treat was the tofu bites. My son, who basically hates tofu, was surprised how much he liked it. Everything was not only delicious but also beautifully plated; tempting for the eyes as well as for the mouth. This is not totally a vegetarian restaurant, we just ended up ordering vegetarian because those dishes caught our attention.

I love craft cocktails and had the Foxglove Proper which was pretty wonderful. It was refreshing, but it was also a real drink in it’s complexity of flavors and feel in the mouth. The pear was really highlighted in the drink. Loved it. Please try this restaurant. The chef does an amazing job in creating the farm based menus and offering something different. The staff are also very nice. It’s a fairly casual place, date, family and dining with friends friendly.

Clara
Responded on June 25, 2019

So glad you enjoyed your visit to Clara! We can't wait to have you come by again.

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TW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WOW!! This is a gem not to be missed. It started off with excellent service and the experience was enhanced by amazing food.

This chef should be watched, the combination of flavors and textures were outstanding without being overly adventurous. Price point for portion sizes were a good value. I recommend a couple appetizers and splitting a main course. The food is rich so you won’t want to over do ordering. Shrimp and grits/polenta, watermelon salad, cauliflower street style tacos and the Scallops....all excellent!

Not to be over looked is the very fun drink menu...I experimented with a fancy gin drink and was not disappointed!

Clara
Responded on June 25, 2019

Love your feedback, TracyW! It is so appreciated. Thank you so much for coming by, and we can't wait to have you come by again! We have a great happy hour!

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