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Bistro West

) #1 of 273 Restaurants in Carlsbad $$ - $$$ American, ,
4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
+1 760-930-8008
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
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1 - 10 of 817 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We went here on vacation to celebrate my Mom's birthday. We had large group and reservations. We were quickly seated. There was something for everyone. Seafood, steak, short-ribs, etc. Everyone was happy. The drinks and wine were a little expensive. Overall great service.

1  Thank dfodor
Greg C, General Manager at Bistro West, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for celebrating your mom's birthday with us. We know you could choose anywhere in town to celebrate with your family and we are honored that you chose us. We'd love to have you back again next time you're in town.

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is our go-to place for a fabulous burger. Other items have always been consistent as well. Bistro West never disappoints. It would be a 5-star except it is very noisy at regular meal hours.

Thank Luv2TraveltheWorld50
Reviewed 5 days ago

Bistro West is a reliably (very) good restaurant attached to a broader "West" complex that includes a hotel called West Inn and Suites and another restaurant called West Steak and Seafood. I have come here several times with my wife and we have brought guests...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful pace to eat and dine with great service and varied selection of menus items. Highly recommend and I will return

1  Thank GaryWagner
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lunch her before, super good, but their Happy Hour is amazing! The food is amazing and the portions are generous.

1  Thank Jamieloree
Greg C, General Manager at Bistro West, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are thrilled that you enjoy our happy hour so much. We've recently expanded it to include more food options for our guests. If you haven't already, make sure to try our grilled lamb chops. They're amazing.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think this restaurant requires reservations, but we walked in pretty early and our family was able to be seated. Service was excellent, food was pretty good. Wine list was extensive based on the 20 foot (?) wine display in the restaurant.

Thank OCM0m0f2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is just off the 5 freeway it is very convenient. It has a unique design with many booths available. The lunch menu is creative and different with some standard choices, but they are prepared in a bit of different way. I love Cobb...More

Thank ginnitravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant came highly recommended so we were eager to check it out. So what exactly is bistro food? It's pricey for bistro. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an east coast steak house. And indeed you will find filet on the menu. We particularly like...More

Thank SobremesaStudios
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I kind of stumbled upon this place. Great find. I thought it would be a little deli type place. Nope, amazing food and a creative menu. Sat at the bar and Nate was not only great from a service perspective, but a great conversationalist as...More

1  Thank Jon N
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Food is excellent, very nice wine selection. Nice variety of bar appetizers. Nice atmosphere. Service can be a little slow at times.

Thank valeriehV7276CN
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20 July 2016|
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Response from Sparkybmw | Reviewed this property |
I have seen dogs on the patio. They are very accommodating at West Bistro. We like to sit on the patio when it's not too hot, and dogs are welcomed.
18 April 2016|
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Response from flutterbygina | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine. They are very farm to table and it seems like that is the way most places are set up now.
17 March 2016|
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Response from Jackie C | Reviewed this property |
About 8-10 draft selections and other bottled beer. Great martinis. They take reservations in the restaurant, but not in the bistro lounge. Hope that helps!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
    (Cannon and I-5)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-930-8008
  • E-mail
At Bistro West, we are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience of farm-fresh food served in a casual and lively atmosphere, minutes away from the coast in Carlsbad, CA. Bistro West's seasonally-evolving menu reflects the creativity of chefs who plant, harvest and create from their own farm, The West Farm. Our menu features a selection of local favorites such as beef stroganoff, rotisserie chicken, and chicken pot pie, as well as Executive Chef John Miller's farm-inspired seasonal compositions in addition to our housemade pizzas, pastas, and burgers. Also join us for our Happy Hour specials in the Lounge offered daily from 4pm-6pm, and half-price on bottles of wine from our by-the-glass list every Monday. The West Room at Bistro West is a unique setting for private dining, a spacious venue that can accommodate up to 50 guests for meetings and celebrations and up to 60 for cocktail style receptions.
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