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Vigiluccis-cucina - Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana, Carlsbad, CA

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

4.7
4.7
2142 Reviews
$30 and under
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. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 434-2500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Victor Ibara

  • Catering

    We have over two decades of experience catering a wide variety of occasions and offer a variety of custom catering options and enjoy working with special requests. We are confident in preparing cuisine to your pleasure.

  • Private party facilities

    A gem in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Gorgeous Italian light fixtures, newly remodeled dining rooms and patios that open onto State Street lending an open air and vibrancy in from the downtown. Offering award wining cuisine and service, this location has seating up to 160 persons as a buy out.

  • Private party contact

    Kim Maniero: (760) 670-7173

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Cross street

    Carlsbad Village Dr.

  • Parking details

    Parking on State Street in front of the restaurant can be quite busy during peak times. There is additional parking behind the restaurant and adjacent streets in the village.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Italian

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  1. AA

    AlliA

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is great and the service is great. We will definitely be back.
  2. f

    frbob

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our 56th wedding anniversary and our fourth time eating here. It was a very busy Saturday evening in the summer, but we were treated very well. The food and the service were both excellent. This summer marks our 40th year living in North County, so ocean-view dining is perhaps not as special to us as it is to tourists, so when it's that combination of great food and great service we're looking for locally, this restaurant is in our top 3 or 4.
  3. LW

    LoisW

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and excepts service. Noise level was not their fault….barking dog on the patio.
  4. PD

    PDCarolyn

    Palm Springs

    80 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It is very pleasant to sit outside and the service in and out is excellent, but the food is mediocre. Too bad, because it should be a lot be a lot better starting with the bread. I don't need to go to a restaurant and pay a lot of money for such barely acceptable tasting food. Sorry!
  5. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is some of the most fabulous and innovative Italian good ivevever had.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was exceptional. Knowledgeable and so very pleasant. The food was amazing as well.
  7. JB

    JudyB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I had a lovely dinner for our 50th Wedding Anniversary in the outside dining area. The waiter was very attentive and made some wonderful suggestions. We will certainly return again.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great drinks excellent attentive service. Definitely would go back.
  9. PP

    PattyP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Excellent, attentive service. Food very mediocre and very pricey. I mean, $5 for extra marinara for the chicken Parmesan that you are already charging $40 for??!! Hmmmmm. Wouldn’t go back.
  10. SC

    ShannonC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Vigilucci's for my husbands birthday. Loved it!! The grilled artichoke antipasti is to die for and the pasta is fresh and delicious.
  11. SL

    ScottL

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Italian Theo the waiter was very good The experience was great and the food is really great The braised short rib raviolis and spaghetti carbonara was the the best I'm coming back
  12. A

    Annie

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theo our waiter was excellent, food was amazing. The only thing that disappointed me was my first choice was eggplant Parmesan and they were out of it! Otherwise it was an amazing birthday dinner for me!!
  13. SN

    StacyN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another amazing anniversary dinner at Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana! This is our 3rd year celebrating our anniversary there and we will for sure be going again in future years
  14. SM

    SteveM

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food & excellent servers.
  15. A

    Arturo

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friday night in Carlsbad is fun. A nice dinner enjoying a couple of cocktails or wine was excellent. Service from the host to the entire wait staff were excellent. There is an authentic Italian customer service feel, which is appreciated. Overall, I would recommend to my friends.
  16. f

    foodlover51

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We love Vigliucci's and returned for a dinner in which we treated another couple who were are real estate brokers. Food and service were out of this world, as usual. We do have two complaints: the waiter did not inform our friend of the cost of his "special steak". We did not ask because we did not want to have our friends think we are "cheap". Our guest didn't want to ask because he would have been embarrassed to stress us. It tuned out to be $ 80!!!! I have never heard of such a thing! $ 70 is the highest I have seen at the finest steakhouses. Then of course we realized (too late) that most servers will quote you the price for a special. So we had to swallow our pride and choke on that price. The next concealment was when we told our server we generally like to have the pasta dish first (just like in Italy), our server said he could certainly serve those to us first, followed by the veal course. Later we realized we were charged an "extra plate charge"!! Perhsps this was shown in tiny print on your menu, but neither my wife nor I noticed it. The total bill was over $ 300, and we left a $ 50 tip on top of that! I even shook hands with our server when we left. We would not have complained at that price IF we had known about the real costs. We are NOT "cheap", but we do feel we were "sandbagged", and now have second thoughts about returning. We are still recommending it, but with this warning.
  17. J

    Jackie

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best spaghetti and clams ever‼️ Great food and service. This restaurant is a favorite of ours whenever we’re in Carlsbad
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little bit of Italy in the states!
  19. CY

    ChiY

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent service. Nice wine menu. classy ambience.
  20. MB

    MisterB

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very good. Attentive service at first. Some appetizers were slow to come out and then the meal came out shortly afterwards. Was pretty expensive meal.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Roasted vegetables very good, chicken in the chicken Marsala dish was overcooked.
  22. M

    Mimi

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a delightful experience! There are several locations for Viggilucci's and we went to the smaller more intimate one on State Street. lOur waiter was very attentive, my 3 other guests wanted wine and I wanted a cocktail, but wasn't sure what I wanted. He suggested a drink and brought it to me, he let me try it to see if I liked it, but it turned out it was a little too sweet for me so he took it back and brought me a different drink, which was just right. When dinner came, it was a beautiful presentation of food and the taste did not disappoint. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  23. E

    Elaine

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very nice restaurant. Prices a bit high for lunch. Good portions.
  24. J

    Jim2833

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Halibut special, Risotto special, cocktails and scallop appetizer were fantastic. Service was great
  25. SB

    StevenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The employees all did very well work together the waiter was very professional and the food was good.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I’ve heard of Vigilucci’s, so decided to check it out with one of my friends. She was won over as soon as the oil/vinegar and bread hit the table. She ordered the Penne Vodka with chicken and I ordered the Risotto of the day and we split a salad. Got our food and I was so distracted over how pretty the dish was that I had forgotten it was supposed to be risotto and not fettuccine. Was still delicious, and I let them know it was wonderful, just not what I wanted. They ended up taking that off the bill, which was super nice.
  27. BC

    BillC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always come to Vigilucci‘s to celebrate special occasions for ourselves and our friends. Also, our favorite waiter, Miguel always makes it so enjoyable,. We absolutely love the location on State Street, it is our favorite place to go, and the food is just fabulous. We have tried pretty much everything on the menu. Thank you for such a great meal and wonderful time!
  28. DM

    DonaldM

    Toronto

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together. Juan, our server was fabulous. Anticipated our every need. Food was out of this world. Highly recommend.
  29. JG

    JimG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited this wonderful restaurant w/wife on birthday and experienced superb meals and excellent service from our waiter Angelo. Great atmosphere to enjoy a leisurely meal and the noise level was minimal. All the staff were professional and promoted a relaxed but attentive high level of service. Food was excellent and the sauces accompanying our dishes (linguine w/prawns & calamari, and elegant squash pasta dish) were delectable. This is our #1 restaurant for special occasions. Only caveat was Angelo balked at the suggestion that he & i sing Happy Birthday to my wife. She, however, was relieved to escape that embarrassment :-)
  30. DA

    DianeA

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Repeat visit. Always spectacular.
  31. CH

    ChristinaH

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! The service was fantastic and the food delicious!
  32. d

    dianah

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate moms 97 Bday. Service was fabulous! Eggplant parmigiana great, salmon fettuccini great, pesto pasta mediocre. Loved that we could bring our pup on patio. A bit pricey, but we had a lovely evening.
  33. CA

    CAB67

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We truly enjoyed our meal at Vigilucci’s! Excellent food and our server, Angelo, was perfection. The artichoke appetizer was delicious and I loved my pasta dish. The rest of my party was very pleased with their selections as well.
  34. S

    Shahan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We ordered two items! One of the item was extraordinary! We really enjoyed it! Another item was really bad! My wife was really disappointed!
  35. JA

    JALaJolla

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure. Love the menu choices Theo is always a wonderful server and the hostess that checked us in was so kind, professional and on top of everything. The assistant for our table was attentive and had wonderful timing. Thank you.
  36. DN

    DrNancyD

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our daughter and granddaughter who were visiting from Texas. Excellent cocktails started the evening out on the right note. Food and wine (great wine selection) to follow were amazing. Our 13-year-old granddaughter eats vegetarian; she ordered off the menu and the chef accommodated perfectly. Since it was her birthday and officially a teenager, the special birthday crème brûlée was a hit. This is one of our local go-to places, and we enjoy taking friends and family here whenever they visit beautiful Carlsbad!
  37. l

    llund

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Italian restaurant on State Street. Service, drinks and food were great.
  38. BC

    BobC

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Vigiluccis. Food and service are consistently outstanding!
  39. TV

    TimV

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service was superb. Great location and price reflects the quality. We love it
  40. PK

    PeterK

    Phoenix

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous time - incredible kitchen - flawless service.

FAQs

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 434-2500.

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana is rated 4.7 stars by 2142 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 30 times today
Google Map for Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

2943 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Carlsbad Village Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking on State Street in front of the restaurant can be quite busy during peak times. There is additional parking behind the restaurant and adjacent streets in the village.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Victor Ibara

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 434-2500

  • Catering

    We have over two decades of experience catering a wide variety of occasions and offer a variety of custom catering options and enjoy working with special requests. We are confident in preparing cuisine to your pleasure.

  • Private party facilities

    A gem in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Gorgeous Italian light fixtures, newly remodeled dining rooms and patios that open onto State Street lending an open air and vibrancy in from the downtown. Offering award wining cuisine and service, this location has seating up to 160 persons as a buy out.

  • Private party contact

    Kim Maniero: (760) 670-7173

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