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Fri, 4/20
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10:00 PM
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Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

4.6
919 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, Seafood
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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

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Phone number
(760) 434-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Victor Ibara
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carlsbad Village Dr.
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Parking details
There is ample parking on State Street in front of the restaurant as well as behind it.
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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

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate a special Mother's Day in the Village of Carlsbad. Vigilucci's executive chef team will offer a petite Brunch or Dinner. Chef will prepare seasonal specials , Vigilucci's signature entrees and dinner. Enjoy indoor or outdoor "Al fresco" dining.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 919 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food quality was excellent. My seafood pasta was excellent. My husband’s pasta was dry and my salad was under dressed, but it would not discourage me from recommending this place again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food and service is always consistently great! I would highly recommend this and all vigilucci restaurants.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Plentiful meals. Enough to take home (Pasta Tonight)!
This our second experience at Vigilucci’s and our second stay In Carlsbad.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Just a great experience. Wonderful food. Attentive service

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always amazing. One of my all time favorites

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana is stable in Carlsbad Village. Great Service, good mood for an adult evening out with friends (30 or over), date night, family friendly, or make it your local hang out. Good central location on State Street and great outdoor seating. Portions are good sized and the dishes taste good, some are really good. A solid wine list and not too expensive. I recommend this place to any local or a local who has some guests in town and wants to do a nicer dinner. Solid dining experience all around.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

What a great evening! Fantastic food and great service.
I sat outside in their very accommodating patio.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

That was my husband and mine first time at this restaurant. We like to eat at good places so we know what to expect in these kind of places . Unfortunately that wasn't the case! The waiter wasn't polite and didn't know how to take an order. I don't want to go into more details but what shocked me at the end is when he asked if we want coffee or expresso How can he work in this place if he doesn't even know how to pronounce the name of this type of coffee???!!! ESPRESSO for God's sake!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I really enjoyed every single bite of my ravioli with Italian sausage in a spicy marinara sauce! Best dish ever

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent dinner with friends - but share! Portions are huge

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic as always. We love dinning here. The food, service and staff are always the best.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent service matched the food. Great first time. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Easter Brunch was great. Copicola Benedict was awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Four of us celebrated 2 birthdays. Service was outstanding. We have eaten here in the past and it never failed to be wonderful. Great wine list, but we settled for their on label cabernet and it was very good. Pastas are the best with several variations to get. I recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys great Italian food.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing food and outstanding service!! Festive atmosphere;)

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Sunday Brunch was exceptional

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The kitchen lost our order it took over an hour to get our dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food and service was great. However the noise level was very high

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I went there for their “Tuesday date night” special but after I saw the Ossobuco with the risotto, I changed my mind. THE BEST OSSOBUCO I ever had! I’ll be back soon

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Had an enjoyable meal sitting outside. Service was awfully friendly and efficient. Very good pasta dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great dining experience! We sat in one of the two outdoor dining areas. Temps were in the low 60's but a heater kept us cozy. The staff was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. Judging from her accent, our waitress was Italian, which adds to the authenticity! She offered some menu recommendations when we asked. We ended up ordering an appetizer (kind of their take on a poke salad), a beet salad and then split a Veal dish for the main course. Pasta was homemade and man you can tell the difference! Flavors were top notch and portions very generous. If you aren't a big eater, sharing is the way to go.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food, service, decor and atmosphere. Authentic Italian. Generous portions. A+

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our family always has a great time dining at this restaurant. Everyone makes you feel welcome and remembers you (if you dine there frequently). Simone and Mario do a great job of managing all the activity. We especially enjoy it when they take time out of their busy evening to say hello to the patrons and make conversation. Servers like Redda, Stefano, Danila, and Miguel always make us want to come back.

The food is consistently delicious. I just discovered their Amatriciano sauce with pasta (maybe try bucatini) is excellent. It’s a country style of dish and is not on their dinner menu. Their Lasagna and Spaghetti Carbonara are always my favorites.

Vigilucci’s also makes the best Tiramisu and crème brûlée.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

great food and great service
best Italian restaurant in Carlsbad

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our group of 6 had a great meal here. Very deep menu of traditional Italian fare, and equally deep menu with a wide variety at reasonable prices. Our group tried soups, caprese salad, pastas, chicken dishes, and all were very good. Tables are fairly close together so it was loud. Our server was spot on all night, really terrific. About 1 block back from beach, we did ride-share but looks like parking can be a challenge.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great first experience, staff was great, sat outside, was very pleased, but the best part was the excellent food that was served!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I love love love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent food and service!!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We make sure to include a lunch at Vigilucci’s during our annual trips to Carlsbad, having had such good meals there for successive years in the past. What surprises us each time we dine there is that our meals always seem even more tasty than we remember from the prior visit. The pastas are reliably al dente, and the sauces are so rich that we usually bring a portion of our dishes back to the rental condo to enjoy later. Our routine is to schedule our lunch for early Wednesday afternoon so that we can later shop the farmers market that begins at 3:00 p.m. in front of the restaurant. That makes for a wholly pleasurable day.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This is an outstanding restaurant. Great service and even better food. Vigilucci's Cucina is one of the best restaurants I have been to in years and I highly recommend it for any occaision.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great place, excellent food, and outstanding service. Been here several times and this was at least as good as every other time. Fast professional service, got the right food, drink, bread, and drinks in a timely manner all presented like a high end restaurant. Food was tasty and cooked just right. Atmosphere was fun but not overly noisy, and we ate at dinner tables in the bar area. It is quieter on the other side of the restaurant.

Picked this for an anniversary dinner over all the other places in the area and we definitely made the right choice.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Fabulous meal. 8 of us and everyone was completely satisfied. Contagiously fun atmosphere and happy staff made for a great combo with excellent food and wine!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Vigilucci's never fails - service is excellent - food is spot on - and custom requests are always acted upon with enthusiasm ! This is truly a Carlsbad Gem !!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The dinner and service was excellent. Our server was from Milan and made the evening extra special. Having been to Italy... we were so pleased with the authentic Italian experience. Outstanding... we will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Seated promptly at reservation time on a Saturday night. Server did not write down our cocktail orders but expertly served per requests. Food was as good as I have ever had in New York or San Francisco. I have recommended restaurant to a few friends who live in the area.
Great overall experience.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Wonderful dinner! This is my favorite Italian place in Carlsbad. Everyone is so welcoming and the food is deliciously authentic! Must come and try it!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Excellent meal. Very much enhanced by a wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

My wife and I love this place. She thinks their veal parmesan is the best she has ever had. I was lucky enough to get there on a night where they had their spicy sausage ravioli. Absolutely tremendous. We travel to Carlsbad regularly and this is one of our favorite places.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great food and Fantastic service! They also brought me an happy birthday card at my table! I’ll definitely be back soon

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The Osso Buco over saffron risotto was one of the best I’ve had!

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