Nice dinner and good service. The noise level was quite high and intrusive.
drink was amazing. server was great. really loud and hard to enjoy time there,
Understaffed and beyond loud..won't go back. Not enough wait staff..and room was so loud you
couldn't even think.
The ambience was cold. the water in the bathroom sinks freezing. My dish, scallops, was great but my husband's NY was thin, came out welldone when ordered mid rare, replaced cooked correctly but still lackluster. the blueberry cobbler for dessert was all blueberry and no cobbler.
Great like always :) it is a loud restaurant, but great food and service!
The food was amazing. Their staff really does an outstanding job. Chef is a beast. Can’t wait to go back. Try the brussels.
Great food and service
the food, drinks, atmosphere, and service was amazing! definitely recommend.
Food came out cold. Pasta was good though. Meh.
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scallops - delicious. cesar salad - appreciated the anchioves. steak chimichurri good. music a bit loud, hipster type of place. food was good. recommend this place.
So glad you enjoyed it, Dianaa! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Enjoyed dining at Clara, everyone enjoyed their meals, some wonderful flavors. Service was helpful and attentive. Was on the noisy side as it filled up and felt slightly chilly inside. Not unhappy though and would recommend.
GrantN: Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am glad that overall you had a good experience. I am hoping that you will come by again - we have a wonderful happy hour and also a fantastic lunch menu!
Everything was amazing! Service, food, drinks, and ambiance!
So glad you enjoyed it and we appreciate you taking the time to share your visit!
The appetizers were wonderful. However, the main courses left a lot to be desired. We asked for the hamburger to be cooked medium, but it was way overcooked and dry. But, the worst part was that the pork belly had obviously been cooked with oil that had been used to fry fish. The hamburger tasted distinctly fishy which was horrible
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The food, wine and service was spectacular! Try the mussels, they were divine. We are planning to make this our new weekly spot!
Thank you for sharing your great feedback! We are honored to be your weekly spot! See you soon!
My daughter was impressed with the Sherry menu and ordered two glasses during dinner. She ordered the steak, which was excellent, and I ordered the Scallops, which were fine - nothing our of the ordinary. The vegetables were tasty and the presentation was interesting. The service was excellent.
Janeh: Thank you for sharing your review - so glad your daughter enjoyed her meal - I am hopeful you will come by again and give us another opportunity, we want every visit to be FANTASTIC!
Really good food. I had the beet salad and butternut squash soup, both wonderful. My husband really enjoyed his Brussels flatbread, saying the flavors were unique and the bread really good. My son had the salmon dish and my daughter the quinoa dish, and both enjoyed their dishes. We started off with the grilled artichoke, which was the only miss of the night — very little artichoke heart, mainly just leaves. Lovely ambiance and service was attentive and prompt.
We appreciate you taking the time to share your review. So glad that overall you enjoyed your experience, and I am hopeful you will come by again!
Clara's almost average food is only surpassed by its less than mediocre service. We started out with the grilled artichokes, which were soggy, and the server never brought us our requested and definitely needed artichoke dip to add some taste to the flavorless appetizer. We also ordered a Caesar salad which could have e called a anchovy salad because of that was the dominate taste. While the price seemed too high, the giant salad is more than two people would care to consume. The salmon was so overcooked that drinking water was required to swallow, and the NY strip steak was at least 1/3 gristle and fat. I can't provide feedback on the desert because we got out of there as quickly as possible (when they finally brought us the check).
Fish was horrible and frozen, my wife got really sick! Stay away from Clara
Great food! It is definitely a louder restaurant though so if you are looking for a quiet spot this is not it!
It is one of our favorites though, fun drinks and really amazing food!
Great food with unique arrangements, service was sub-par, had to ask a couple times for things, and they forgot the most important part of our order. Small place above Coyote Bar, a bit expensive and loud, but yummy enough,
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Very minimal decor but good food! The restaurant is on the upper level of mini-mall type structure - filled with shops and other eateries...without signage, it was very difficult to locate!
Delicious appetizers. Great menu. Fun!
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We look forward to your next visit. Come on by for our happy hour!
Saw this place online and meant to come earlier but finally went for a double date. Arrived and was struck at how easily you could walk by this place without realizing it's there! I think they should do more advertising as it's a great place. When you walk in, it seems a little sparse. They could definitely use some design advice as the walls seem bare and I'm sure they could give it a bit more ambiance other than the sign they have on the back wall. The place is great - good menu and selection of wines and beers and mixed drinks. Price points are pretty good and the quality of food I found to be very good. The place was loud but it added to a festive environment and by the time we left the place was packed. Overall, a great place with attentive service and good attention to detail.
We appreciate your feedback and take all comments to heart. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you again.
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
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Food was great. Service was excellent.
We’ll be back for sure.
Thanks so much for the kind review! See you again soon!
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.
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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!
Clara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 944-0699.
Clara is rated 4.3 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.