Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana offers fabulous Northern Italian cuisine and award-winning service. Enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio or start the evening off at their full-service bar before dinner. Happy hour is a favorite among locals, when the restaurant offers a complimentary chef plate assorted with olives, imported cheese, salami and bruschetta with beverage purchase. A great place for a romantic dinner, a family gathering, a company party or special event. Each of Vigilucci's three locations offer a notable wine menu, made from scratch pastas and sauces, fresh seafood specials, salads, prime steaks, chicken and veal dishes.
For off-site events and parties contact Cater@Vigiluccis.com
Catering to the most discerning palates for over 25 years,
Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy dining out in the quaint Carlsbad Village. Vigilucci's will offer a few of it's signature entrees, seasonal traditional turkey dinner, a prix fixe or a la carte options. Something to please every palate including a kids menu option for under $20. Happy Thanksgiving from us.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy dining out in the quaint Carlsbad Village. Vigilucci's will offer a few of it's signature entrees, seasonal specials, a prix fixe or a la carte options. Something to please every palate including a kids menu. Happy Holidays from us.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in 2020 New Years in the Carlsbad Village. The Executive chef team at Vigilucci 's will create it's signature entrees and seasonal a la carte specials including prime steaks, seafood, fresh salads, made from scratch pastas. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco with a 3 course prix fixe menu.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1275 People Are Saying
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BS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience and attractive location. Food was excellent.

CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome ...being seated on the street was amazing. Really a special place for a special night !!!

C
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We have been here a few times. The food was just ok the last time. My husband had the chicken pharm and he said it wasn't that good. I had the steak salad and there wasn't any dressing on it. I'll try again.

J
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all round great evening. The food was excellent as was the service.

C
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this place. My favorite in town! We have been here a lot and it never disappoints. Service is outstanding and the food....Delicious!

BS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, friendly service that all have fantastic Italian Accents! Food is always good and the restaurant has a fun, upbeat vibe!

f
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come every time we are here from Chicago! We would not miss coming ! It is the best

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I have been here several times and the food has always been outstanding. On this occasion however the dish I ordered, which was my usual, was not very good. The chicken was not up to par and I was disappointed. The waiter was also just "ok", not great. I am hoping it was just a bad night as this is one of my favorite go-to places in the village. Great outside seating.

D
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Lorenzo, was outstanding! The specials were delicious. Two of the people in our group had the Chilean sea bass. It was to die for! We really enjoyed our experience here. I’d definitely come back if I was in this area.

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Thank you!

S
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food but quite expensive. Waiter was excellent and the place is quite nice. Portions were fine but would save for special occasion dining.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful, and we were greeted with a smile. Every employee we interacted with was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was authentically delicious! This was a great way for our family to celebrate my wife's birthday!

CT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to Vigilucci's for Happy Hour and we love the service & the food! We went on Oct 22nd for my husband's birthday & had dinner which was excellent. We will always go back.

r
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor bistro and cafe in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Great people watching during Wednesday Farmers Market. Service is attentive but not rushed. The bucatini all'amatriciana on the lunch menu is outstanding!

CS
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice way to celebrate a fancy birthday

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal - this is real-deal Italian. Friendly staff. Lovely dining room.

DH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Everything was great. Our table was in the best spot. The waiter was wonderful. The food was super delicious. Ambiance perfect.

WJ
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time we ate here. Will definitely go back. Food and service were very good.

L
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday dinner! We brought a special cab signed by our good friend (winery owner who is now deceased) and our waiter waived the corkage fee as a birthday gift.
Nice card signed by staff. Lively setting in charming downtown Carlsbad. Very casual and cozy.
Hope it doesn't get TOO popular, though! Ha ha!

S
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would have liked my romaine cut up rather than several leaves that I had to keep from falling off the plate as I was slicing them. The guitarist was great. Love the patio dining.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We out outside and it was great! The food was so fresh and delicious! The bread is homemade and hot with olive oil! We were so full we didn't have dessert! Next time we'll have cannolis! Can't wait!! We enjoyed our evening. Fabulous!

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Carlsbad.

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NB
Las Vegas
133 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, warm yet professional service, impressive wine list, delicious food, a win all around. The prices were a tad high, but everything was so good I didn't mind. We had a bowl of their squash soup (good, not fabulous), a dinner salad (excellent and huge), the ravioli bolognese (delicious, but could have used a touch of cream), and a different kind of ravioli filled with meat and a mushroom cream sauce. I forget the actual name but it was both wonderful and ridiculously large. We were too full for dessert but the list looked impressive!

B
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As locals, we love this special restaurant in downtown Carlsbad...so nice not to have to travel miles for such a wonderful dining experience! Thanks for a great birthday!

TA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for restaurant week with a group of four. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the portions were large. We enjoyed our meal very much.

RB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good, and server was attentive. Main issue and why we won't be coming back was with receptionist and manager. Checked-in and stated I had reservation thru opentable, as she was leading us outside, i said we preferred inside as every visit in past was inside. She said all tables were booked for reservations (which i had), even though there were 4 open and nobody waiting in line. As we were seated outside, I asked for mgr, who then said i most likely made the reservation at a different location, to which i promptly showed email confirmation showing it was for the Carlsbad Village location, not the Steak & Seafood or Encinitas. A few minutes later, mgr returned and said he confused my reservation for someone else and we did indeed have a table reserved inside to which we were led. The rest of the evening was uneventful but because of his and the receptionist attitude that we had done something wrong and weren't entitled to sit inside, we won't be coming back to any of the locations.

PG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great and so was the food. We will definitely go back again.

L
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tooth pick packet was so original!

K
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Weve been going to Vigilucci's Cucina for many years , but this time it wasnt the product we are used to getting . It took quiet a long time to get our entree , and when we got it , it wasnt good. My son ordered a entree with a side sauce which didint come out until he was almost finished . I ordered a pasta with Shrimp and Calamari and it wasnt cooked enough . Plus there was only 2 shrimp in whole dish.
There was no way I was going to return it for something else because by that time it had been 40 min wait time.
Like I said, they just were not on their game Thursday night.

RG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not sure how this place gets the reviews it does. Food was mediocre at best. The seafood in the pasta special was overcooked and rubbery. And the butternut squash pasta tasted like pumpkin pie and also was overcooked. Will not be back.

W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We eat at this restaurant all the time. Our food was below what we typically expect. How is it possible for an Italian restaurant to mess up pasta? Our table was outside and they put a small rolling cart behind us by the window to hold pepper shakers and water glasses. Every time someone got up at the next table or a server came by we got bumped. Very disappointing evening!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a celebration for my husbands birthday. The dinner was very good , the pasta is always good. Good wine list. The prosciutto appetizer was excellent.

PG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time eating here. Our friends from out of town really enjoyed the atmosphere and food
Thanks

NO
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, slightly small portions and seafood dishes are radically overpriced.

E
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and it’s a cozy spot to eat. I had one of the specials for the night prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari on top of asparagus! It originally was served over polenta but were willing to substitute for me. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service was exceptional. Only drawback is once the restaurant gets filled it gets very loud, many people small space. Though that won’t stop me from going again!

j
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make it to Carlsbad about every 2-3 years and always ends up here even though we sometimes act like we're going to get Italian someplace else. The food and service are great, and the outside seating is so nice in these weather conditions compared to where we live. It's pricey, but once every couple of years it's worth it.

RI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice - prices are a bit high for the offerings. You really need to like shellfish and eggplant if looking for pasta as main dish. Seafood ravioli priced just south of $34 was enjoyed but overpriced.

Would recommend with friend with warning about prices and limited pasta entrees.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most authentic Italian experience in the area

R
San Antonio
178 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Been coming here for years. Food was totally off tonight. No one really excited about their dish. Service was spot on. Very efficient operation. I'll come back next time I'm here in Carlsbad and give them another time.

GJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

One of the entrees we order had to be sent back, it did not taste the same. I have been coming to this location for years now and the excuse given was that they have just transferred in the cook from another location. In my opinion recipes don’t change once created for that entry unless is altered if not followed. I was so disappointed not being able to enjoy my food.

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