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West Steak and Seafood

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4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Formerly West Steak Seafood Spirits) (Cannon/Avenida Encinias)
+1 760-930-9100
16:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Love, love, love the martini's! For what you get at Happy Hour, it may be pricey, but the food is killer good. We were there with our friends when the doors opened, and there were 3 other couples waiting too. We sat in the bar, and loved everything! Service was great, just like the drinks & food. This was our... More 

Thank Sbruckie
Carlsbad, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very nice place to eat, but the portions are small. The whole thimg is very expensive. The service seems to be slow on both times we went. The food is good.

Thank 19037Travel
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a bad choice by any perspective, however not much has changed since they opened. On a number of occasions my steak has been overcooked, which is unfortunate. Be sure to read your check, I've had the wait staff up charge to inflate the bill. I now spend my money at Bob's Steak & Chophouse.

Thank MJWFrequentTraveler
Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of 8, and the food and service were extraordinary. Every dish was delicious and each presentation beautiful. It was a wonderful culinary experience.

Thank Jane215
Encinitas, California
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74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to a Grgich Hills wine dinner last night. The wine was amazing; the food was uninspired, tedious, and hauntingly mundane. I expected better from West. I am thinking they lost the chef they had about 6 months ago who did a spectacular job. He was everything this chef isn't: inventive, had great technique, and his pairings were perfect.... More 

Thank Diane O
bdaitch, General Manager at West Steak and Seafood, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to hear your disappointment with the food at the Grgich Hills dinner. I appreciate you taking the time to let us know your feedback and we will use it as we plan future menus. I do want to let you know however, Chef Abella has been here for over two years now, and is still here leading... More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been here several times for special occasions with consistent positive experiences. Reservations as far in advance as possible are important, plan to spend $100 per person, and don't be in a rush. The restaurant serves excellent fresh fish and wonderful steaks, nice wine list, lovely ambiance, and staff that are pleasant and personable.

Thank Nonnie6
san diego
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Food was delicious, the steak was cooked perfectly. A long wait for it, but good wine list. If you like fine dining, you might want to go elsewhere because it is noisy and the tables are pretty close together.

Thank surferbabe
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Love this place. My family and I have been going here since they opened. I love seafood and my husband likes steak....everyone is happy!

Thank sarmilla2017
Carlsbad, CA
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404 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

We have not gone back to this restaurant for almost a year because of 2 back to back bad experiences. They have since changed the menu and the Chef. I must say the Crab cakes we had were some of the best we ever had. Very light filler, all lump crab meat, fresh tasting and crispy outside but creamy inside.... More 

Thank John R
Oceanside, California
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

I ordered the Ribeye which was cooked perfectly. The meal took a long time from order to table. Great wine list to complement the Ribeye. Very pricey, the service was marginal at best. Okay for a business meeting not for a special night out.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Formerly West Steak Seafood Spirits)
    (Cannon/Avenida Encinias)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-930-9100
West Steak & Seafood is an intimate and distinctive fine dining restaurant located in the coastal community of Carlsbad, CA. Our creative culinary team is renowned for offering the highest quality of prime steaks, chops and seafood prepared to your taste. Dedicated to an authentic farm-to-table ethos, Executive Chef David Abella harvests fresh ingredients daily from the restaurant's own farm, The West Farm. Toast the sealing of a deal or simply celebrate when only the finest quality and service will do.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?