Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

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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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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 1290 People Are Saying
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BS
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The waiter highly recommended the Oso Bucco so I went with it. It was mediocre at best! The meat was flavorless and overcooked. My girlfriend had the halibut special which was really good.

RM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience when we were here to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The service was amazing and our waiter even gave him a birthday card. Lovely touch. It was busy but even with so many people we didn’t find it excessively loud. The wait staff team was well in tune with everything going on, it was quite impressive. The food was excellent and the portions were generous. (I had the Cioppino...it was easily enough for two very hungry people). Only criticism would be for the two hostesses that greeted us. Both were eating and had their mouths full when we walked in. Not a great first impression from either of these two ladies who honestly looked like they would rather be somewhere else. Despite that, highly recommend a visit.

d
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time again at a Vigilucci’s restaurant. We got the exact table I asked for and was very pleased with the food, red wine and service. Always a good exit.

JE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Your Go-To Italian Dinner Restaurant in Downtown Carlsbad. Great food, drinks, wine and ambience combined with waiters who speak Italian - what more could you ask for?

l
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner. Party of 8 with OOT family. Everything was delicious. Very pleased and my wife and I will definitely return soon.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter should have told us the prices of the specials, the 16 oz. rib steak (bone in) was delicious but not worth the price tag of $70.00.

S
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food has defiantly improved. This has always been our favorite place.

CL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant! As a parent of a child with severe food allergies,the staff did a great job ensuring my daughter's food was safe so I could relax and enjoy a night out!
Delicious food. Nice wine menu. Waitstaff was friendly and prompt.
Thank you!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All around - food was amazing. Very busy for the holiday, as to be expected. Hostess was not pleasant. She brought us to a table for 6 when we were a party of seven. And then proceeded to tell me that that’s all she had available because they were extremely busy for thanksgiving. I reminded her my reservation (that was made a couple weeks prior) was for 7. Very rude. But we managed to make the table work.
Our waiter was amazing. Very attentive and accommodating.
Seafood pasta and chicken parmigiana was delicious!

M
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall we enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was better than expected. The chocolate dessert was excellent. The portions were appropriately large for the price.
We were less satisfied with the alcoholic beverages. I ordered a Cadillac margarita with no salt. It came with salt. We informed the waiter who took the drink back and immediately returned -- meaning he just took the orignal drink and either wiped the rim and/or poured the drink in a different glass. At any rate, there was still a slight taste of salt, but I drank the drink. I did comment to my wife that I wasn't sure if there was any Grand Marnier in the drink but I didn't feel like sending it back again. Therefore, I was not pleased when I got the bill and the charge was $15 for the basic drink and $7 for the Grand Marnier float. I have gotten the Cadillac margarita at the Vigilucci's Steak and Seafood and it was much better and considerable less expensive.
We also were surprised to discover that my wife's glass of wine was twice what she expected. It turned out shat she did not realize she was looking at a page of special wines that included three prices -- for a taste, for half a glass, or for a full glass. She got the price of the half glass mixed up with the price of a full glass. We acknowledge this was her mistake, but, if you will pardon the pun, it still did not leave a good taste in our mouths. My wife felt the wine was nothing special for the additional cost.
A day or two later, we received a notice from OpenTable asking why we hadn't shown up at Vigilucci's for our reservation -- which of course we had and we had the high bill to prove it.
We will undoubtedly return to this restaurant for the food. We'll just have our drinks at home first.

CB
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thanksgiving Day 1:15 arrival. Wasn't crowded when we arrived. Service was slow. I wasn't crazy about the stuffed with squash pasta hats, but my lobster soup was really good. Some lobster chunks would have knocked it out of the park. I had dessert, cannelloni, at home, hours later, and enjoyed it. Something I rarely have, so I can't compare.

We like Vigilucci's Cucina, and are eating three more often.

L
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 3 for Thanksgiving dinner and could not have picked a better place to spend this Thanksgiving dinner away from home. The turkey and dressing was the best I’ve ever had (sorry mom.)

j
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and delicious food and great location in the village

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. Excellent wine list and exciting dishes. Think you’re in Roma

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming to Vigilucci’s for many years but this time especially was fantastic. I ordered the Cesar salad and the Lasagna, both were delicious. We were there for my sons 24th birthday and I really appreciated the waiter coming over and wishing him a happy birthday with creme brûlée. I didn’t even mention but in a small note in the open table reservation. I’m very happy we chose Vigilucci’s for our celebration.

BS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience and attractive location. Food was excellent.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 14, 2019
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
27 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
3 reviews
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.

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