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Bistro West

) #1 of 271 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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American, Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
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Reviewed yesterday

Tried Bistro West twice - should always try a restaurant more than once before judging it. Both times found the food overly salty, lacking any character and without much flavor - excellent roll, though. The waiter was extra pushy about purchasing a bottle of wine;...More

Thank john d
Reviewed 3 days ago

We reviewed Bistro West about 5 years ago and at that time weren't very happy with it. In the last year or so, we been there multiple times and it's time to update our comments. This has become our 'go to' place for dining out...More

Thank Kartgv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't believe all the raving reviews about the food at this place. I would never go back. I ordered the andouille chicken and my husband had the sliced steak. Both very sub par. Cheesecake Factory has better food! Our waiter was great though, so...More

Thank Victoria5253
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The server was especially helpful, friendly and unobtrusively efficient. For first-timers the now rebuilt 'water wall' is a work of art not to be missed. The menu is not especially notable but the food that we were served was perfectly presented and cooked from apparently...More

Thank 22club58
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the hotel on the property so tried this restaurant the evening we arrived. Our party had onion soup, beet salad, a couple of pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. They were all very fresh, ample and delicious. The children ordered pasta and...More

Thank teffie5677
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch after leaving Camp Pendleton. We'd been here 2 years ago as a large group and was very pleased. Cousin lives in Carlsbad and enjoys how friendly staff is and how good the food is. So, 2 people had Penne Bolognese ( served hot in...More

Thank mschris1
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was easy to find. We were greeted by a friendly staff. Our waiter was friendly and prompt. The atmosphere was lovely and beautiful. The menu was limited and there was not much selection. The food we did order was delicious.

Thank Beckie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is always on our go to list. They have a good variety of food choices. The food is always good and the service is fantastic! Christian is our favorite, but we have never had bad service or food.

Thank _tsteele3400
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It didn't seem like the descriptions/reviews we read at all. Our server was great. Food was good, not great.

Thank Valerie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a good dinner & got a great dinner! Highly recommend the beef stroganoff & scallops and mushroom ravioli dishes as recommended by our server Cody. Great service & great recommendations! Excellent experience.

Thank DiscountDuo
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Are dogs allowed on the patio?
21 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.
Is there a gluten free menu? Or gluten free options?
19 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.
Do they have. God beer selection? Do you take reservations?
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, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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