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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Special Occasion (31)
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Romantic (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Authentic (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Casual (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Cozy (15)
Comfort Food (15)
People Watching (15)
Business Meals (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

The staff members gave us a table we loved, brought hot bread, prosseco split for a low price ,
and were very response to each request we voiced. They were a hard working team. The happy hour pricing is
worth returning for.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Solid Italian in a quant setting. Coming from NYC, we have high expectations for Italianm food. These guys had a great menu and met our expectations. We would definitely suggest a visit for anyone in Carlsbad who is looking for solid Italian food.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food and great service. Not a budget dinner but worth it. Accommodating for special diets.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Not nearly as good as in previous visits. My veal Marsala was very oily and not at all special. For a pricey restaurant, it was not acceptable. Portions were ok but Marsala sauce was just not good.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Paleo Friendly
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The greatest Italian food EVER. I am a longtime loyal customer, take all my family who come to town and all my pure Italian friends and everybody is blown away! One of my favorite restaurants in the world!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was a great experience. Food was fantastic and the service was perfect. The bartender Jim made fantastic drinks and he was very knowledgeable about the wine list. We will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Loved the atmosphere and the food. Best lamb osso bucco I've had in a long time. A real gem.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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food3
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our third Thanksgiving in four years. It has always been a great experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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food4
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food is very good, service is outstanding and overall experience is great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (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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food3
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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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food5
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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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