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Clara, Carlsbad, CA

Clara

3.8
3.8
373 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 944-0699

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Parking details

    Ample parking in surrounding lot.

  • Public transit

    Right next to the Carlsbad Village Coaster stop!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Late Night Find

  • San Diego

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North San Diego

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CS

    CarlaS

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a reservation for Monday evening, drove an hour to get there and find that they aren’t open on Mondays. They shouldn’t be making reservations on days they aren’t open!!!
  2. G

    Glorious

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The kale salad had no kale in it, one piece of dried mango & a few raisins … the salad dressing had no taste. Chicken tikka - the chicken was tough. Worst meal of our trip so far.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat out on porch and heard live music from down below. Veggie platter was great, but I miss the peppers it use to come with. Service was outstanding, our waitress was a great time and very attentive. Salmon was delicious, shrimp was a bit bland but overall outstanding food service and ambiance.
  4. RC

    RachelC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The portions were extremely small foe the price. It was very loud and we were seated by a kitchen door that kept swinging open while we were trying to enjoy our dinner.
  5. B

    Brenda

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    The food quality seemed ok, but for the price, the ambiance was more like a diner type of a place, rather than a "sit and enjoy a meal kind of place." And that might be great for you! The servers were very nice, however.
  6. MO

    lMOD

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The live music from the bar downstairs overpowered everything about this dining experience. The food and service were great, and we made the most of it. But it's too bad the loud music just drowned everything out.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Engagement
  8. SF

    StevenF

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Disappointing in every way. Ugly decor. Fawning owner and bar tender. New menu yuck. Eggplant a mess. Salad overdressed. Martini lousy. Above Coyote restaurant. Noise from band below extremely intrusive.
  9. AD

    AleshaD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and atmosphere was laid back. Great place to dine!
  10. JC

    JuliaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Clara completely exceeded expectations. Yes, the tables outside are VERY loud when there's a band downstairs so timing matters. But the staff quickly accommodated moving our group inside where we had a delicious dinner. Mainly shared apps and flatbread. We'll go back.
  11. SE

    SandraE

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Food was extremely subpar, the noise level was already crazy and then with the Friday night band (metal) playing in the plaza, it was was almost unbearable. The website made it look much nicer than it actually was. Really just a glorified sports bar. Not going back despite the nice customer experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    The atmosphere here is very unfortunate. The music is terrible and extremely loud. Cocktails were not good. It’s sad, this place used to be great but the scene here is not good anymore, will not be back. Service was good though.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional!
  14. BW

    BradW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Generic, tourist trappy, sounds good on paper but poor execution. The type of place that doesn't put salt on the tables but then doesn't bother to season your food at all. Exceptionally greasy. There's a reason its easy to get a table.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so delicious. We had a party of five and everyone loved their meal. Two seafood pastas, two sea scallops and one be salmon salad. All were so good. The course ck tails were also amazing.
  16. S

    Sparklatte

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, the whole experience was EXCELLENT! We chose the back dining room so we could talk, which made the Coyote band background music. The specialty drinks were perfect. It was wonderful to be served a Caesar salad not drenched in dressing. Clara & The Marine Room are the best at this. Nary a bite was left of the lobster ravioli in vodka sauce or the shrimp and grits. Raul made sure our “dessert” was perfect! My new Carlsbad Fave!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was awful. Worst waitress ever.
  18. TO

    ThatOneTime

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming to Clara and if you come while there is live music below at Coyote Bar & Grill (definitely on a Saturday evening) it is really loud but its a great time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, fun atmosphere, great location
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Food was decent but restaurant is right over a bar that has live music. Great if you want to listen to music but too loud for any conversations.
  21. BH

    BarbaraH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful evening. Service was prompt and we were checked on several times (but not disturbingly so) to make sure we had everything. You just have to be prepared for the train but once you get use to that all is well. The cauliflower tacos were a great appetizer along with a flatbread. We will return!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food was marginal. Service, I think would have been better if the waitress had not been overly occupied with a large table of either the owner/manager/someone far more important than the other tables she had. Even with that , the food was meh. Honestly they should give a cut to the restaurant that’s below w/ the live one man band. If he had not been so entertaining we probably would have walked out!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious! Sometimes the restaurant below has a live band, so if you sit on the terrace, you can enjoy the music and the delicious food.
  24. S

    Shawn44

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were there celebrating a birthday. I made a reservation ahead of time. We were put in a room with a party of 20. It was very loud and we could barely hear each other to talk. The food was decent and honestly I might have enjoyed it more had it not been so crazy loud around us. Then the server moved us out to the bar but at that point we just wanted to leave and find a quieter place to hang out.
  25. TX

    TXJoyFoodie25

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    HORRIBLE service. Absolutely awful. The food was decent but the awful service made us never want to return here.
  27. LK

    LuanneK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is my new favorite casual chic restaurant. Had lunch on the terrace. Waiter suggested we share the waygu truffle burger. Good suggestion. It was definitely big enough for two. There are some very appealing items on the menu (flatbreads, mussels etc) which I am eager to try. We could hear the music from Coyote below. Nice background music. I will be going back often.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    My family eats at Clare’s several times a month typically during the week when it’s very quiet. We were celebrating a special occasion on a Friday so I made reservations. When we arrived we were lead outside on the patio above the Coyote Bar. Never mind, my wife did not dress for sub 50 February weather but we couldn’t hear ourselves think above the music directly above us. I asked the front manager for other options - sit at bar? Wait for another table? Can you bring my wife a blanket? No, he said this is the best he can do. Zero empathy. Well he gave us a choice and we decided to leave and will not be back. There are too many other options in the village that will treat their guests with dignity. Lesson for other Open Table users - your reservation = walk in guest at Clare’s.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Food was incredible. Service was amazing. I had seared ahi tuna salad. 2nd time I had it and was definitely a wow! Also had the Brussels sprouts. Best I’ve had in town. My friends had shrimp and grits and they were amazed. They all live in Del Mar and they want to come back. Great bartending, too Didn’t have to wait long for food or drinks.
  30. KS

    KelS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Very unimpressed- Weird atmosphere, bland food and cocktails. Overall blah.
  31. MW

    MeganW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was great, but service could have been better and it got quite noisy inside.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our fish tacos, burger, salmon, and ahi salad - the only thing that missed the mark was the mussels.
  33. JH

    JeffreyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I found a great eatery so close to home. I sure need new places. Clara met my expectations and then some. Try it for lunch or dinner. I will be back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and drinks were fantastic!!!! Huge portions, very fresh. Just took a long time to place and get our first round of drinks.
  36. AJ

    AJS4

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience1
    I found both the food and wine menu very limited in choices. This seems to be a common issue with restaurants that serve both lunch and dinner. The place is extremely loud and the back room area felt like an afterthought with virtually no decor and cheap tables and chairs. The best part of the experience was the service. Overall I don’t think I’d try it again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Servers were nice but not super attentive. I feel like it used to be a great place and they stopped caring. No hand towel dispenser in bathroom they had no soap or seat covers either or anything on door to hang your purse. There was like 3 other tables and a couple people at the bar but every other restaurant in the complex was packed, that should have been a sign. Not the worst but won’t be going back. It just needs some love from the owners cause it looks neglected.
  38. CG

    CesarG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a great time! Great drinks and food :)
  39. D

    Doug

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic and Jordon's service was superb. Doug
  40. c

    calliope30

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent server. Large portions. Lovely outdoor patio.

FAQs

Clara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 944-0699.

Clara is rated 3.8 stars by 373 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 6 times today
Google Map for Clara

300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking in surrounding lot.

  • Public transit

    Right next to the Carlsbad Village Coaster stop!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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