Clara

4.3
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198 Reviews
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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4.1
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vipSerotta
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice dinner and good service. The noise level was quite high and intrusive.

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

drink was amazing. server was great. really loud and hard to enjoy time there,

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FredW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Understaffed and beyond loud..won't go back. Not enough wait staff..and room was so loud you
couldn't even think.

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GillianP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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vipKellyG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great like always :) it is a loud restaurant, but great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Their staff really does an outstanding job. Chef is a beast. Can’t wait to go back. Try the brussels.

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Matthew79
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food, drinks, atmosphere, and service was amazing! definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food came out cold. Pasta was good though. Meh.

Clara
Responded on February 12, 2020

If at any time there is an issue with your experience, please let us know and we will do all we can to make it better for you. We want you to be happy each and every time. Thank you for letting us know and I am hopeful you will come by again!

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dianaa
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

scallops - delicious. cesar salad - appreciated the anchioves. steak chimichurri good. music a bit loud, hipster type of place. food was good. recommend this place.

Clara
Responded on February 12, 2020

So glad you enjoyed it, Dianaa! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GrantN
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

Clara
Responded on January 30, 2020

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!

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vipgris
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Service, food, drinks, and ambiance!

Clara
Responded on February 12, 2020

So glad you enjoyed it and we appreciate you taking the time to share your visit!

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vipDouglasG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

Clara
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing your feedback - we want every guest to have a great experience. 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!

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Dorf7
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and service was spectacular! Try the mussels, they were divine. We are planning to make this our new weekly spot!

Clara
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing your great feedback! We are honored to be your weekly spot! See you soon!

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janeh
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

Clara
Responded on January 14, 2020

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

Clara
Responded on January 14, 2020

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!

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vipParkCitiesFoodie
Dallas
77 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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).

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Chris
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Fish was horrible and frozen, my wife got really sick! Stay away from Clara

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vipKellyG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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NicknameTB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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,

Clara
Responded on December 31, 2019

We appreciate your feedback, and am hopeful you will come by again soon!

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vipMaresy54
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious appetizers. Great menu. Fun!

Clara
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We look forward to your next visit. Come on by for our happy hour!

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Sdrunnergrl
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

Clara
Responded on November 27, 2019

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.

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vipTennisGolfLady
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
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.

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MarciG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great - the restaurant is very loud

Clara
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your review - we appreciate it .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Clara
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thanks so much for the kind review! See you again soon!

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Local
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.

Clara
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback - we appreciate your comments and hope that you will come by again.

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KayJay
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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Andrew
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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vipOpenTable Diner
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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myronj
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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vipKatherineM
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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vipAmberM
Los Angeles
11 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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JamesO
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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TonyS
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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roxandnate
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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vipAlwaysgood
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipkittycanary
New Orleans
10 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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vipReemerz
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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TLow
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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FAQs

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.

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