Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

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Nestled in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana is the perfect spot for a quiet night out, with fabulous food and award-winning service. Enjoy an affordable lunch on our outdoor patio or start the evening off at our full-service bar then enjoy a classic Italian dinner and a great bottle of wine. Our daily happy hour is a favorite among locals. A great place for a romantic dinner, a family gathering, a company party or special event. 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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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

E
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most authentic Italian experience in the area

R
San Antonio
175 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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.

L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dined at Vigilucci a number of times and have generally had a good experience. This time, the food was not very good. We ordered a Caesar salad with light dressing and it arrived with no dressing. The pasta with shrimp and seafood had almost no red sauce on it, and was virtually tasteless. We feel that the waiter was trying to rushed us through our meal and get us out of there in a hurry.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent and the portions are on the large side. Our server was attentive and very helpful. We had a birthday boy in our party and the server brought a free desert with a candle so we could sing. It is a bit crowded and the noise level is a bit high so it's hard to talk across the table, but it is obvious that everyone is happy and enjoying themselves. The pasta dishes were all awesome and my husband had the cippinno which he claims is the best he has ever had!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was extremely over cooked and inedible.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fabulous!! Will definitely be back when we travel to California.

TN
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vigilucci's was recommended to me many years ago by a co-worker, and unfortunately I never followed their advice until this year. The food was amazing (and I got to try many entrees based on the variety ordered at the table), the service was outstanding, the price was very reasonable for the food and the atmosphere. It is now on my list of go-tos when visiting Carlsbad.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best Italian dinner that we have ever had. Great service, wonderful food, nice ambiance. Plan to eat here with confidence!

DK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice evening, but I did not like sitting next to that long table in the dining room. I had to move my seat every time a server walked by or another customer. It’s a little crowded when you have the big long table occupied. I will request next time to sit away from that so I don’t have to move my seat so often. Other than that the food was good and the service excellent as always! We will be back.

EA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Theo (waiter) was excellent! He didn’t rush us at any point in time! Great sense of humor and timing.

OT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall great experience and amazing wine list. I ate lamb, it was very well cooked, I also had the lobster bisque, it was good.

PM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vigilucci's State Street never disappoints, always the best food and service around and always a pleasure to dine there whether it be to bring friends, out of town guests or to celebrate my birthday!

FF
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation for 2, first seating was a wobbly table and then moved to a more sturdy one. Waiter was extremely busy but service was still good! Loud atmosphere but overall a great experience-would go again!

CL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, as always.

O
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely summer evening do we decided to eat outside. The atmosphere was very nice and the food and service we're just right. We ordered salads to start with -- the carpacci.o was unavailable. I had veal in a creamy brandy sauce with mushrooms and my husband ordered chicken marsala. Both dishes came with linguine tossed in olive oil -- better than a red sauce. The wines went well and the sorbetto dessert was a delicious finish.

L
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Returned here after previous visits last year. We were not disappointed. Fresh Sea Bass was outstanding. Teramasu (sp) was terrific too.

We. will return.

B
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food
Very young children were too loud, their parents allowed them to sing and run around the restaurant
Service was responsive and helpful.
Wonderful wine

MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent.

JA
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We don't get a chance to visit Vigilucci's Cucina very often but when we do the food is always outstanding. It is nice to be able to sit inside or outside, the ambiance is classic Italian elegant. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the wines as well as the food. Overall a great experience.

TT
E. Tennessee
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has become our "Go To" venue in Carlsbad Village. Both the food and service are nothing short of extraordinary. Viviana is a very talented professional. Be sure to ask for her as your server.

SB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food. The Ravioli, tho' delicious in marinara sauce, was a bit rubbery. Roasted vegetable platter is enormous, but perfectly cooked.
When busy, the restaurant is very noisy. Summer weekends it is packed. Often there are several tables with groups of six to 10 people adding to the hustle and bustle. Wait staff very efficient, professional and polite. We like it, go there often... knowing all of the above.

J
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The Italian red wine was served too warm, but our waiter understood our concern and was able to chill it down to proper temperature for us. Surprised that a fine Italian restaurant served red wine that was too warm.
Tiramisu dessert was beautiful.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed happy hour with a friend from out of state. Great atmosphere and yummy food.

H
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great. Only bad part was farmers market that night which increased noise level quite a bit. We didn’t know but will avoid Wednesday nights in the future.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food that I've had in California. Coming from Chicago, it's hard finding good Italian food and I hate wasting money going out and coming home disappointed. Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana never disappoints!

M
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here several times each summer and the food is always good. We had a bump with our meals, but the manager rectified the problem quickly. We will be back again next summer.

HR
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was excellent but they did seat a large table with Very loud kids right next to us when they should have been put in the back. We finally had to move tables

M
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vigilucci’s is one of several outstanding Italian restaurants in Carlsbad Village, and it offers a Tuesday night special menu - $60 for two entrees and two glasses of wine. They offer nice choice from vegan to vegetarian to fish to meat, very sensible. We sat in a front patio outdoors with tree lights on State Street. Service was excellent with a pleasant surprise dessert of creme brûlée and blueberries to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Another great meal in Carlsbad Village, a friendly accessible environment that keeps on surprising and delighting us.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was so delicious and the wait staff were elegant, pleasant, and efficient. It was a very enjoyable experience.

CF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My only complaint was the waitress hurried off so fast every time we had a question, she didn’t wait for us to answer. The servers were very personable and professional

GD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Half empty on a mid-summer Sunday evening. Pleasant but inconsistent service. 80s vibe and decor. Food is good but not exceptional given the prices.
Hard to justify $215 for four people with no alcohol.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating birthday. Good service and great food!

TB
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid as usual. Dined outside and very pleasant on a Summer's evening!

JL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dined here two straight years on vacation. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves both times. Highly recommend!

DM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The crab cake appetizer was cold. Our food was not enjoyable and lacked sophisticated flavors of any kind. Service was also slow and non attentive. Very poor experience for our anniversary dinner.

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