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Polo Steakhouse, Carlsbad, CA

Polo Steakhouse

4.5
4.5
267 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Welcome to Polo Steakhouse in beautiful Carlsbad California. Polo is a modern expression of a classic steakhouse. Expect the finest cuts of beef from around the world, paired with local, seasonal, vegetables for the table to share. Chef Ryan Gilbert uses the freshest local seafood and best shellfish to round out your meal.

To accompany your meal you will find a carefully curated selection of wines from around world as well as a mindful spirit list and wonderful specialty cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 930-9100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Steven Ramirez
  • Private party facilities
    Guests are welcomed to book large parties that can share the dining room with other reservations. There is also the option of a Dining Room Buy-Out and a Restaurant Buy-Out for a more private experience for the group.
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Cross street
    Cannon Road
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Bus stop along coast highway near Cannon Road
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 267 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • North San Diego

    Steakhouse

267 Reviews
  1. Mrosen

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and knowledgeable service. Great food, the shrimp cocktail and bone marrow were excellent appetizers, the wedge salads were very tasty and the steaks were cooked to perfection. The bone-in ribeyes were very tender and tasty as were the filets. The short ribs and salmon were also enjoyed thoroughly. On-line menu listed maine lobster tails, but only split lobsters were on the menu in-house, which was a bit disappointing. We would have ordered more tails for the table if they had been available. But what we had was great.

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  2. Scrutineer

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    So nice to see a steakhouse back in North County. Blake was a superb bartender. The vibe is still chill, sexy, and elegant. Our food server did not tell us about two items being absent from the menu, despite being asked if any off menu items were available (it did not trigger a memory); our waiter also forgot to bring our bottle of wine, up to 30 minutes after it was ordered (and our initial choice was not available, which we were informed of 10 minutes after ordering). Superb meals; substandard service in the restaurant.

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  3. MikeW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Steak I’ve ever had anywhere. Everything the drinks the appetizers and the meal, was absolutely perfect.

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  4. RoseE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter and waitress was top notch. The pricing for what you get is overpriced. My husband ordered steak and I got the salmon and it took 45 minutes to receive after ordering. When I made the reservation online I stated that we were there for my husband’s bday and it was not acknowledged. We tried it for the first time and our food was good, but definitely won’t be going back.

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  5. GrumpM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were here for valentines 2024, for which they had a fixed menu. The menu failed to provide the value it was demanding, with some of the best selections already depleted by the time our reservation was up. This left the menu in a poor state. Lastly, we didn't even try the entrees because the portions were too small. Really hard to find the value anywhere. We walked out.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely overpriced with little value. Food quality, preparation and pairing is far below par. If you're going to look to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars for dinner, I suggest you try elsewhere.

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  7. Giusep

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic selection of steaks and as always perfectly cooked and seasoned. Vast selection of wine.

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  8. HelisseH

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Polo Steakhouse was perfect! We had the best booth in the corner where we could see the whole restaurant. We ordered the octopus, caesar salad, filet mignons, and seafood pasta side - all delicious! The pureed potatoes were delicious too. It was a great experience and great food. We will go back.

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  9. par4steve

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall good food and good service. Ambience is also good. We all thought very over priced. $8 for bread service…really???

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  10. Snshineswethart

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time and loved everything! It was the perfect spot for cozy dinner date & the wine list and recommendations were top notch.

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  11. PhyllisT

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always, service was excellent, wine selection is good. We will be back again.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Polo is an excellent restaurant. It needs more publicity! Incredibly service; top quality steaks; great cocktails. We loved it.

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  13. jmmmck

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Polo served up the very best filet in town with exceptional service and delicious sides and dessert!!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, the appetizers and steaks were fantastic. I would like to mention though that my elderly mother did not enjoy her entree. It was one of the nightly specials, Halibut. The waiter did not explain how the fish was prepared, and we found the dish was overly spicy due to the jalepenos or other type of chiles in the dish. The desserts were okay, not as fresh as I would expect for this restaurant, since we have dined here 3-4 times before. Not sure we will be returning since there are other steakhouses that provide the same ambience but better value.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, best oysters and steak we’ve had in a long time. May have been best steak period. My wife and I split the 16oz ribeye, and our friends each had the 8oz filet. We started with a dozen oysters, which then became two dozen, and finally three. They were great!

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  16. Laurie

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress Alex was fantastic, the food was good. But it took almost an hour to get our appetizer. Then too long for our salad.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was outstanding and the service was excellent!

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  18. Artichokelover

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambiance and service. The only negative regarding the food was the chimicurri sauce. It was terrible/soupy!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was excellent except for our baked potato, it came out lukewarm and would not melt butter. They did bring a second potato, but by the time we got it we were more than halfway through our meal. I wouldn’t let this detour you from going there. Everything was cooked to excellence. I would just not order a potato. Me being a meat and potato guy made it a bit discouraging. The staff is wonderful and food was great. We will be returning.

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  20. arapaho

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    waiter was outstanding and food the best steak and seafood around here.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Took 3 hours even w a condensed menu but otherwise it was alright

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Over price set for New Year’s Eve. Drinks came out slow. Multiple tables were waiting for a long time for the food. It took at least 45 mins between each course.

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  23. TracieB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was just ok. The lobster was chewy and appetizers and desert on the set holiday menu was weird and not with the $469 we spent for 2. We had 2 drinks each. They added a automatic 20% tip.

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  24. kevino

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent in all categories - food preparation and presentation was perfect - Phil the waiter did a fantastic job to make our new years eve celebration memorable and the waiter staff very personable. highly recommend Polo. We will be back for the new years eve dinner! Happy new year

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  25. SMAG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to the Polo Steak House on New Years Eve. It was a relatively early reservation (6:00pm) to beat the partying crowd. The parking was easy. No need for a valet. There were plenty of parking spaces right next to the entrance. We were seated immediately. The table was large and comfortable. The waiter (Patrick) did an excellent job. We brought an old bottle of wine that had been in our wine fridge for over 20 years. The cork crumbled when opening. Patrick filtered out the cork and put the wine in a decanter. The old bottle of wine was saved. Everything we had from appetizer to dessert was excellent. The noise level went up (as expected) when the New Years Eve partiers started to fill in. We were very happy with the food and service.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, excellent service, and the food is terrific. Great overall dining experience. Will definitely go back!

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  27. RyanT

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was looking for a nice steakhouse in the Carlsbad area for a date night and stumbled across this restaurant. Awesome food and excellent service from Alex. I am absolutely returning for some of the best steak I’ve had in quite a while!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    They sat us between the kitchen and the back door which was open. It was cold and drafty combined with loud and chaotic from the kitchen. No one wants to see open kitchens so I don’t get this concept. Waiter was good. Prime rib was cooked perfectly but my lamb was pretty much raw. Won’t be back here.

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  29. ArthurS

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious steak. Would like to see a more generous pour on whiskey/scotch neat.

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  30. Cyncty

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First of all I was there the same night the manager was off. I asked for the sommelier as I am one as well and was told he was off. Sat in the bar area, the ambiance is great the server was nice enough. We both ordered the Filet Mignon off the bar menu. I asked for rare + it came out super fast! The steak was really good, melt in. your mouth tender but it was not rare + it was closer to mid rare or medium. I'm not sure if it got mixed up with my date (first date) so I'm not going to say anything but he likes his mid well and his looked pretty rare from what I could see. The mashed were good but only lukewarm the mushrooms were delicious the roasted garlic was really divine but mine only had like 3 cloves left in it - kinda sad about that. The dessert menu really is not inspired at all so we went to Jeni's for Ice Cream - I think the experience would be much better had a manager been on duty, at least to get feedback on the food, etc. But I would go back potential is there.

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  31. RyanR

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible. First time at this restaurant. Today is my wife’s 40th birthday. We were seated by the hostess and served water. 30 minutes later no one has approached. We see one waiter walk past us several times. No acknowledgement. Finally I get up to go to the hostess to ask for a manager after seeing the table next to us be served with in minutes-which was a table of 9, we were a table of 4 with a 2year old -and seeing two other waiters just chilling and talking(4 total waiters visible) The hostess then grabs the gentleman man that walked past us ,who did try and seem sympathetic and said he is not management but would take our name and number. He also informed us that he did not help us as every waiter is assigned to a table. I then asked the hostess again before we left there is no one else in charge to which she reply we have no manager on duty. Worse experience we’ve ever had. I have no waiter to complain of as we did not get one. I can not comment on the food as we did not get to eat there- I only click 1 star to get to this page as it would not let me move on otherwise- Since there was no manager I will share it with the internet world. Thank you Polo Steakhouse of Carlsbad for ruining my Wife’s 40th birthday dinner and a Big thanks to Kings seafood restaurant.

    2 people found this helpful

  32. BrianW

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were extremely disappointed with every course. Shell in the crabcake, stale hard bread with the escargot, tough overcooked fillet, cold hard baked potato and white unripe strawberries on the creme brulee. Terrible quality all around with absolutely no attention to detail.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    By far the best Steakhouse in north County...I had the Christmas Special which was an A5 steak (?). Melt in your mouth ecstasy! Wife had the Wagyu NY which was tender and delicious..best NY I ever had! Drinks and sides were as good as the meal...

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  34. RobertS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas Din Din with the Fam. Steaks tender and juicy. Filet's and Rib Eye. Kids Banana Bread and Fries to their liking. Been here before. Will return again! Great time.

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  35. SallyM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were hopeful for a very nice Christmas Eve dinner but it did not turn out that way. We requested the bar area because we were looking forward to the bar menu, but were advised they weren't serving that because of the holidays. Who would know they were doing that when we reserved on Open Table?? I ordered lobster bisque expecting smooth as velvet creamy soup. But, it was a heavily seasoned brothy lobster bits and stringy soup-less than satisfying. My husband ordered a wedge salad, promised with bacon. But no bacon-a slab of pork belly, which he does not like. I ordered a burger with some greens, no bun. I got a burger shoved into a hollowed out 1/2 head of lettuce! My husband ordered a regular burger and his arrived in the other half of the lettuce head. It took 10 more minutes to have it placed on a bun and more time for the mustard to arrive. With 4 glasses of wine (almost $75), our bill came to $154! The only saving grace was our very sweet-smiling server, Alex, who was overworked with too many tables.

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  36. Ilene

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I found this Restaurant to be way, way overpriced. The food was so, so. They nickel and dime for everything. Bread, $8.00. Soup $20.00. I had the lobster bisque, and it was not great. We had bananas foster, it was awful. I have no idea what that was. It was served over some kind of bread, with hard bananas, a little bit of sauce, and ice cream. This was my birthday dinner, and needless to say I was very disappointed.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Tina

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered the Salmon, which was good, but chef used way too much salt on all of meal

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  38. Greatbut

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phil our server was awesome. From helpful suggestions and having our back for the Xmas party and remembering my wife and I from the previous restaurant ownership…. Super personal experience

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  39. Norwichman

    San Diego

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not been here in years. Totally redone. We ended up in the Lounge and got seated in time for Happy Hour. Our reservation had been for the main dining. Happily the timing was great. Food superb--4 oz filet and 7 oz skirt. Just enough food so we did not have to pay a bunch and take half home. Great server, generous pours on booze. Lots of parking and easy access off the 5. We will be back many times. This was a wonderful evening.

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  40. JasonJ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went on a Monday night, Martini night. The restaurant was maybe 1/2 full but they’d run out of Martini glasses. You’d think if they had a special night they’d have enough glasses on hand. Our Martinis were served in weird wine or cordial glasses. The second thing that bugged us was the web site said Business Casual for dress code. We saw people in sweats and flip-flops, T-shirts and backwards baseball hats. The tables had rubber placemats on them, no tablecloths. We ordered the bread service and didn’t get bread plates to go with it. Other than that, food was mostly good. The place really took a step down from the previous restaurant- West. It’s a shame because we were really looking forward to checking it out.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Polo Steakhouse is rated 4.5 stars by 267 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 16 times today
Google Map for Polo Steakhouse

4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cannon Road
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Bus stop along coast highway near Cannon Road
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Steven Ramirez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 930-9100
  • Private party facilities
    Guests are welcomed to book large parties that can share the dining room with other reservations. There is also the option of a Dining Room Buy-Out and a Restaurant Buy-Out for a more private experience for the group.
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