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About Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

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 20 years,
Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.

2943 State St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Lunch Sunday 11:30am-3pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Carlsbad Village Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 434-2500

Website:
http://www.vigiluccis.com/

Catering:
We have a wide variety of custom catering options and enjoy working with special requests. We are confident in preparing cuisine to your pleasure.

Parking Details:
There is ample parking on State Street in front of the restaurant as well as behind it.

Executive Chef:
Victor Ibara

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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.

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for a Date (41)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
Romantic (32)
Authentic (32)
Notable Wine List (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Business Meals (21)
Cozy (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Casual (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fun (13)
People Watching (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Healthy (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Seasonal (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Tends to be a bit pretentious. They always skimp on the meat in the pasta.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Perfectly prepared pasta and vegetables. Every entre was excellent. The tiramisi and capucino’s were the best we’ve had. We’ll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 2 days ago

They sat us in the bar area - not a fun place to have romantic dinner. The hostess should have asked if we wanted to eat inside or outside. My husband's chair was wobbly. The lobster dinner was ok. I had to request fresh grated cheese for my pasta dish and the coffee was burnt. Next time I'm requesting outdoor dining or the other side of the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

First time at the restaurant, get together with friend, moderate price, good selection for dinner, would go again. Only complaint table was a bit tight for the seven of us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing 😊 Absolutely perfect Valentine's Day date idea!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Vigillucci's used to be one of our favorite restaurants and a go-to spot for special occasions. Still good, but not "great" anymore. What was once a traditional Italian family run business now feels more "commercial". We all know change is sometimes necessary and often inevitable to survive in an increasingly competitive market. In my humble opinion, in this case it takes away from some of Vigillucci's appeal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Vigilucci's on State St. is one of my husbands and mine favorite places to go. The atmosphere is quaint and relaxing. The service is always top notch. The food is absolutely delicious. So many choices, with a nice variety and something new every time. We particularly love the specials. If you don't have time for a sit down meal, they have a wonderful happy hour and it's fun to sit at their bar. We feel special every time we visit this gem of a restaurant in Carlsbad!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service-excellent food!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent and rich food. Shouldn't have ordered the dessert....too full from meal. Lol.
Gracious and knowledgeable server by the name of Adreanna. Nice evening. Thank you.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. The food is to die for, the espresso martini is the perfect dessert cocktail. Experience the greatness for yourself!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent wine recommended, food was wonderful and service was great

Tags: Fun, Casual, People Watching, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

FANTASTIC- SERVICE AND FOOD WERE OUT OF THS WORLD!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. Simone, the manager, is from Modena, and is very gracious. The food is very authentic, the dining room is very pleasant, and the service is excellent (I like the Italian waiters very much). Whenever I have visitors and want to show them the best of Italian in San Diego, this is where I take them.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I went for my birthday! After I finished my fantastic meal, I received a birthday card from the staff, and everyone was singing “happy birthday “
What a great night! Be back soon!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Expensive restaurant - waiter was ok not great and the food was ok not great for the price

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food lacked flavor but service was great!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Just the best place in town!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I love Vigilucci's on State Street in Carlsbad and have always had great food, great service and an all around great dinner experience whether we're inside or outside, having something light or having a long leisure dinner, they always do a great job! Patty M., Carlsbad

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I found this restaurant to be average except for the price which I felt was expensive for what you received. We went to its sister restaurant and found the same items on both menus but the prices were more expensive. Overly priced for average food.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Ordered antipasto, charged $16/ pp, minimum 2 ppl. $32 for tasteless calamari, no salad... some mediocre meat and 4 cubes of cheese, 2 slices of bread with chopped tomatoes and 2 slices of tomato with mozzarella. REALLY? No view, music, ambiance and NO NYC address?! Please!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Such an amazing restaurant! Food and service were outstanding. I really enjoyed sitting outside in the patio

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband & I had a wonderful evening at Vigilucci’s Cantina. Our food was excellent, the service exceptional & the ambiance delightful. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are anywhere near Carlsbad.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The special with seafood Sat night was delicious. Outstanding. The service was very good. Enjoyed our outing with out of town friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were so lucky to get into this place on a Saturday night. They accommodated our large party. I cant say enough about the food and service.
We all tried something different on the menu, from seafood to pasta and even steak all delicious!
This was an exciting find for us in Carlsbad

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

imaginative and comprehensive menu. decent wine list and reasonable. Attentive and good natured wait staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Very good Italian food in a lovely place with inside and outside seating. Friendly staff. Pricey but worth it. It you like genuine gourmet Italian give it a try

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Consistently great!
It’s pricey but the food never disappoints and the service is always great. If you like great Italian food and phenomenal service then Vigilucci’s is a must.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food...as always. Good Service, no pressure for table turnover although crowded...as always. Pretty noisy for a good one on one conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

If you cannot say something nice say nothing ..thank you

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This has been our favorite restaurant since it’s opening. The management, and waiters are the very best!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food. Great atmosphere! Outstanding service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a go-to restaurant for us. This is the first time we sat out on the newer street patio, it was entertaining and food is always good. Calamari Luciana is our favorite.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, People Watching
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very busy, very crowded and very noisy. As a result, I think our experience suffered a bit compared with previous visits. We've eaten here before and always been impressed. The food was outstanding as always, with generous portions of excellent fare, a very good value for the dollar.

The service was good, but you could see all the staff running as quickly as they could just to handle the crowd. Seemed like as many tables were squeezed in as could possibly fit. On an "off" night or an off time, this place is a gem. Perhaps somewhat less so on Friday of Restaurant Week. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to come here again (and again).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Can’t complain, we met friends for dinner and we all loved it

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great atmosphere. Easy location for 4 of us to meet up and talk without too much backround noise. Lovely ambiance!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This place is fantastic, from the moment you walk through the door to the moment you leave. Always greeted with a lovely smile, the servers are attentive and kind. The food is absolutely delicious! They make a lot of their pastas fresh at their market next door. You must try the gnocchi and lasagne! The portions are good size especially for the price. The cocktails are fantastic, especially the espresso martini- a must have! The managers are very kind as well. If you are looking for an authentic Italian restaurant look no further!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This is an 'older' restaurant and would benefit from a redo. Food is good and authentic tho a bit pricey.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great meal as always

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

One of the best restaurant in town! I really love sitting at the bar and socialize with all the locals! Food is outstanding. Jim and Denis (bartenders)are amazing!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We have been coming to Vigilucci's for over 10 years !! The food is always great ! We have never ever had a bad meal at any of the Vigilucci's restaurants
We come to Carlsbad 4 times a year and go there 4 to 5 times on each visit

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