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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.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Italian, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch Sunday 11:30am-3pm
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Carlsbad Village Dr.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have a wide variety of custom catering options and enjoy working with special requests. We are confident in preparing cuisine to your pleasure.
There is ample parking on State Street in front of the restaurant as well as behind it.
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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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
What a great find! We were vacationing in Carlsbad, CA and felt like having Italian for a change. My wife had the Veal Porcini and I had the Capesante Pomodori, We enjoyed our meals immensely (we even sampled each other's meal to taste what we had missed). Food was served in a reasonable time frame. We were too full to try dessert, but the dessert menu looked attractive for another time. We'll return on our next trip to Carlsbad.
We went to the other restaurant in Carlsbad next to the water and had a great experience. Decided to go to this one on State St. We were not disappointed! What a wonderful staff and the service was outstanding. We were celebrating our 11 anniversary and they went to new heights to provide us with a signed card by all the employees wishing us happiness and congratulations. They also GAVE us a free Crème Brulee for a dessert. Unexpected and very well received. Thank you for gracing us with impeccable service and friendliness! We will be back!
Restaurant was nice, clean and well taken care of. Wait staff were polite and attentive and the wine choices were good. Meal was typical of a volume type of holiday meal, not bad, but not great either. I have been at Vigilucci's before and have had better, for the price, it was not quite worth it. I think their daily menu would have been a better choice. I will still come back and do enjoy the food here under normal circumstances.
With or without friends, my wife and I have enjoyed this restaurant for years. One of the few restaurants where the waiters are really from Italy. One of the few chances I have to practice the language. I usually rated five stars, but didn't this time as the fish was a four. My bad for not sticking to Italian cuisine in an Italian restaurant.
I went out with a friend and enjoyed a great evening there. Our waiter was amazing. We sat outside and even saw several friends walk by and say hi! We ordered salmon and sea bass....they were delish as well as the wine. Even if it’s cold outside they have outdoor heaters to keep you cozy!
This was a first visit, with family from around the country, and we were looking forward to a special meal together and we were wowed by the atmosphere, the location, the food, and the service. It was just right, and I'd recommend it highly to anyone looking for a comfortable dining experience with no surprises.
We have enjoyed dining at Vigilucci's many times, however this last visit was a little disappointing. While the flavors of our dishes were very good, the food was not hot, veal was not very tender, asparagus was too tough to cut with fork or knife, amount of mashed sweet potato overwhelmed fish. Not able to enjoy a romantic anniversary dinner with my husband for all the noise (seated near the bar).
Romantic table on the sidewalk at night felt like Italy, and our gracious and attentive server Viviana sounded authentic, too! Their lasagna is indeed exceptional and a sea bass special was also excellent. With a delicious Rosso di Montalcino, we were in restaurant heaven.
The food was pretty good but the service was careless. Waiter spilled the wine on the tablecloth and he didn’t even apologize.
We started our dinner with a stained tablecloth. It was my husband’s birthday and he didn’t even get a happy birthday from anyone even though I put it in the notes when I reserved the table.
We were not well looked after and when you pay $30 a dish you have a different expectation than your regular joint.
Will not return.
There were 8 of us; overall we were happy with our meals. The servers were excellent, split the bill four ways, helpful with gluten-free suggestions and all the other special requests. The veal limone sauce and sides were excellent, but the veal was dry and chewy. Pasta dishes were also excellent. Compared to Cicciotti's, down the street, our meal didn't compare and was more expensive.
We went here for my Birthday celebration, we lusted in Open Table that it was my Birthday and my husband told both the hostess & waiter it was my Birthday, but no one acknowledged it. So at the end of dinner I said I really enjoyed my food for my Birthday celebration and still no acknowledment. Then I said oh do you have Cannoli, that is a good birthday dessert and still nothing. How rude, not even a Happy Birthday from the staff! The hostess never smiled either...hmm.
Awesome dinner! Could not have had more perfectly cooked food. From the soup appetizer to my own homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta, pine nuts and seasonal vegetables to my husband’s incredible seafood grigliata, absolutely everything was perfectly cooked, nicely served and was just an amazing dinner. Absolutely nothing to improve! I would highly recommend this wonderful, family owned restaurant.
We ate at a table outside which is near a busy street. Despite the potential for noise and a sense of too much going on, we were not disturbed at all. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Prices were a bit high but we were prepared for that. Street parking on a Saturday night was hard to find but I think there are some pay lots close by. Perhaps they could include parking information on their website.
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