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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4.6
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TG
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

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.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great - the restaurant is very loud

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent.
We’ll be back for sure.

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

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.

KJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Second: Experience
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!

Clara
Responded on November 14, 2019

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.

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A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

Clara
Responded on October 31, 2019

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!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Salmon was way undercooked for my taste so it want back to bw

Clara
Responded on October 31, 2019

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!

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Clara
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you so much, myronj!

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KM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

Clara
Responded on October 16, 2019

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

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A
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

k
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall4food5service3ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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R
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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R
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

7
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

W
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

JH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

Clara
Responded on July 8, 2019

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

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