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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

This Thanksgiving dine in the Village of Carlsbad. Our executive chef team will offer a traditional Thanksgiving turkey Dinner, three course prix fixe menu, as well as offer A La Carte entrees and Vigilucci's signature specials. We also will offer a children's menu for 12 years and under.

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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Special Occasion (28)
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Romantic (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Authentic (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Casual (15)
People Watching (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Fun (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Went there for my anniversary! Had a great service! Food was amazing and loved the card they held me at the end of my dinner. I’ll be back very soon! Thank you

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice meal and excellent service ... inside tables a but noisy for conversation, however,

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our second visit to this restaurant. It was as good as last time. Keep up the good work.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service. Lovely evening!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great meal at Vigilucci. Service is excellent. Varied menu. Burrata outstanding. Our go to place for Italian food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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).

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food is delicious and wait staff was very nice, but hostess not so much and the vibe of the restaurant was, if you’re a regular everyone is welcoming, but if not then not.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is my go to Italian restaurant when I'm in the mood. The service and ambiance is very good.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food with adequate portions. Wonderful polite,attentive service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Went with friends and had a fantastic time, dinner and experience. Totally will tell friends. We can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful people, food and service. Vigilucci's Cucina has become our goto wedding anniversary place. Thank you. See you next year!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great Italian gem. All the food was really tasty and large portion sizes. You can't miss with the favorites marked on the menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The evening was excellent the food was great and the additional little extras was great, we will most certainly return again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very friendly environment. Amazing service. Great tasting food. Great selection of wine. Our server was amazing and guided us thru the menu

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Kid was playing a game with volume as high as could be next to us. On a date night and felt like I was at McDonald's. Service was slow.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We all ordered the specials that night and all of it was great. I had the raviolis stuffed with sausage covered with a spicy tomato sauce. Not many places have sausage stuffed raviolis.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent food, service & recommendations for food & wine. We had a pleasant experience, and everyone really enjoyed the food and ambiance.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This was just a get together for friends. We both experienced a spectacular dinner. Everything was presented well and delicious. We will go back!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic food. Great service too . Food came out hot and fresh. Waiter was very attentive

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is a great Italian place. Small, quiet and great ambiance. Sidewalk seating available. Great wine and food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Delicious food, nice ambiance, and good location!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We live in Los Angeles and every time we come to Carlsbad we stop at Vigiluccis to eat.
Our favorite is the lasagna!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Friendly staff, delicious food, fresh and flavorful!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I love this spot. It never disappoints! Sit outside in a nice night and enjoy the stars! Everything on the menu in awesome!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always enjoy the service and food. A must every time we visit Carlsbad.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were visiting the area and asked a local for a recommendation since there are so many good places to choose from. Wow! Food and service were great. A little mix up with the reservation (our fault since we did not realize there were 2 locations) but they made it all work. I am looking forward to going again.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The server was very nice and did her best to accommodate us. She had a tough job, however, because the food came to the table cold, it was not well seasoned, the platters they use for the entrees (they should use regular dinner plates a cut the obscene portion size of their mediocre food) did not fit on the table for 4, which was crammed in with too many other tables for the space. It was loud, and VERY expensive. I don't mind paying for well prepared food but this was NOT that. When you pay $44.00 for an entree, you should not be thinking you wish you had some salt or a napkin to absorb some of the olive oil off the cold eggplant.

They did comp us dessert since we had not had a good experience. Nice try, but the server did so without asking if we would like that or what we might like. I don't eat dessert, and we had a diabetic at the table...

I came home and made a snack for myself. No going back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As usual food is very good and exceptional service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fantastic Dinner with friends. Great staff and great food

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food and awesome service. Drinks were good the booth gave us a Great view.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I've been before and knew it was good, so I decided to come back with a friend. We were not disappointed. The waiter was fun, energetic and accommodating to our needs. We liked it so much, we went back two days later for lunch. Another great meal!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We went for dinner and sat at the bar. The bartender was great, very attentive, knowledgeable and gave great service. The food was very good. Great people to talk with at the bar. Very cozy and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Healthy, Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Miguel was an excellent server!
He gave us great recommendations about wine and food!
Best Ossobuco and fantastic ravioli with sausage!
I loved it

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