The food was good, the service was good but we tried to order a bottle of wine and they did not have 4 of their selections in stock. The wine list is very limited so we had to settle for something that was just ok. It seems like there may be a management of inventory issue. The mussels were good but the broth was very limited so they were a little dry.
Food was great - the restaurant is very loud
Food was great. Service was excellent.
We’ll be back for sure.
The chairs are very sterile and uncomfortable. Feels like a hospital. They need to put cushions on them. Ambience needs help...need green growing things...food is too expensive but the ribs were really good. The corn on the cob was tiny kernels and overcooked.
We booked the reservation about an hour before we wanted to eat. They were able to accommodate us, no problem. We went for dinner. There is also a cute small bar as you first walk in.
First: The food
We ordered: 1) Fish tacos (appetizer)- DELICIOUS! It was enough for a small meal...no bells and whistles, just the perfect amount of all ingredients (the avocado spread with the onions was awesome) and the fish had just the right amount of flavor. 2) Brussel Sprouts (appetizer) - My husband ALWAYS orders a brussel Sprouts dish at whichever restaurant has them on the menu. This is the first time he has ever said “Mmm....these are good!”. He said it was a pleasant mix of sweet and savory. A definite recommendation coming from a brussel sprouts expert.
3) Salmon plate (entree) - our friend ordered this - he is a pescatarian. He cleaned the plate....not one morsel left! He doesn’t care much for reviews or the need for details when describing a dish, but considering the evidence left on the plate (or lack there of), he liked it very much.
All in all, I’d say we had a lovely experience and would definitely recommend. The restaurant sits on the second floor of cute shopping center called the Carlsbad village (I think). It was our first time in Carlsbad, and it is such a cute beach city! The restaurant, itself, has a fun artsy fartsy decor - cool tiling, artwork on the walls, and each server appears to have the ability to show off their own creative side (no uniforms or uniformed look).
Highly recommend for a casual/fun dining or bar experience!
What an amazing review - thank you so much for taking the time to share it. I am so glad you had a wonderful trip to Carlsbad, and I hope that you will come back again soon.
First time at Clara in Carlsbad Village. Extremely friendly and responsive staff. Decor was pleasant, however the restaurant turned up the background music volume early in the experience making it excessively loud to carry on a conversation inside. Food was decent - nothing special. Skirt steak and Fish & Chips were what we ordered along with a few drinks. Total bill for 4 people was ~$150.00.
Andrew: Thank you for sharing your feedback - I understand that the background noise/music can be frustrating. I am hopeful that you will come by and give us another opportunity. We have a wonderful lunch and Happy Hour as well!
Salmon was way undercooked for my taste so it want back to bw
I am hopeful that we were able to make things right for you - we truly want you to enjoy every aspect of your visit to Clara!
Food was great, reasonably prices and the service was excellent!
Thank you so much, myronj!
Loved our server! She was awesome!
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!
Cute spot. GREAT food. Really lovely service. Highly delightful.
So glad you enjoyed it, Amber! Please give our lunch menu and happy hour a try as well!
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
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.
Food was amazing. Cheese and charcuterie board, salt & pepper chicken and the grilled artichoke. Delicious
So glad you enjoyed it, TonyS1 Looking forward to your next visit!
Great local, original spot in Carlsbad. Awesome cocktails, good, fresh food. And a sherry list!!
We appreciate your feedback! Please be sure to check out our amazing happy hour and lunch menu as well!
Nice happy hour with friendly bartenders. Good food but limited choices.
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.
We appreciate your feedback, and am happy you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again!
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.
Thank you for sharing your experience, Reemerz! We appreciate you taking the time, and am hoping to see you again.
Service and food were amazing! We would definitely go back.
Thank you so much, TLow - please check out our Happy hour and our Sunday Brunch!
Went for our anniversary. The food was great, the waitress very nice and helpful, would definitely go back again.
So glad you enjoyed it, and that you chose us for your special occasion. Happy Anniversary!
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!!
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!
Went for a date. The moscow mule was strong, no complaints. The hummus plate was fantastic.
So happy you enjoyed your date at Clara, Breonna!
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.
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.
Awesome food and service !
So glad you enjoyed it, SusieJ! We look forward to your next visit - please be sure to check out our amazing Happy Hour!
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.
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.
Prompt friendly service. Excellent beet salad
So glad you enjoyed it, Rob20!
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!
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!
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.
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.
delicious food...cannot wait to go back again with my friends!
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!
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!
Great food, presentation and service on a busy Friday night.
Wonderfully prepared food, in simple and comfortable surroundings. Well worth it.
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.
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
Food was pretty good but seemed a little pricey for portions, especially main entree. Service was great.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Food and service were very good. Its a little loud, but thought Clara was really nice for a date night.
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!
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.
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!
Excellent food and service. Great drink menu too.
Thanks so much! Please be sure to check out our amazing lunch menu as well!
Thanks for the great rating, Pdaniels! See you soon!