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Dini's By The Sea

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3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
10:00 - 01:30
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Mon 11:30 - 01:30
Tue 15:00 - 01:30
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 01:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:30
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Carlsbad, California
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We usually go for lunch and sit in the outside patio area. Beautiful ocean view and after lunch, can walk across the street and walk on the beach. Menu consists of many varied items that anyone can find something to fit their pallet. Liquor, wine and beer served with an extensive list to choose from. We have been here many... More 

Thank Richard A
Carlsbad, CA
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411 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to beat this place anywhere. Great food, friendly people, wide screen TV's on every wall and an ocean view. Julie has to be the best bartender on the West Coast because she is smart, makes the best of the best cocktails and centerfold attractive. The owners, Michael and Dini are always around to make sure everyone is treated perfectly.... More 

Thank John R
Lake Arrowhead, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for happy hour, the house wine and appetizers were very good. For dinner the Pot Roast was tender and spiced just right, the fish excellent. Service also top notch. Highly recommended.

1 Thank coach991
Escondido, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We frequent this place for brunch on the weekends. The patio seating has a great view. The food is great and the spicy bloody mary's are amazing.

Thank nbgervais
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

There are a lot of restaurants in Carlsbad. However there aren't that many providing good food, good service and reasonable prices. Not to mention a good selection of craft beers on tap and sunset views. Dini's is a good place to go whether you want a nice sit down dinner or a bar to hang out for awhile. We recently... More 

1 Thank Bryan S
Easton, Maryland
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224 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for some snacks and drinks. We had 2 kids and the staff was very accommodating. They even brought us complimentary shots and balloons for the kids. Prices are fair and drinks are good.

Thank Frampy24
Carlsbad, California
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453 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Dini's is right on Highway 101 across the street from the ocean in downtown Carlsbad, California. It is a really busy area but they have a parking garage behind the restaurant. Most people seem to prefer sitting on the patio in front but it is really noisy with all of the traffic and people walking by or riding their bicycles.... More 

1 Thank DarylJ552
London, Canada
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We stopped here for lunch and the food was very good. I had the avocado/shrimp/crab salad and it was great. It was not loaded with mayonnaise but was a good portion of shrimp and crab with a lemon dill sauce. I thought it did not seem large but it was very filling and had a great flavour. My husband had... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We had dinner here and were treated to a beautiful view of the sunset. Service was excellent. Entrees were good, but not great.

Thank Jane H
Spokane, Washington
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110 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped by on recommendation from our hotel. We were pleased with the location and sat on the enclosed street side patio offering an outrageous view of the sunset. My husband had The Rueben and it was good. I had the clam chowder and perhaps caught a bad night for that. I had lumps of thickening throughout the soup. I had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:30
11:30 - 01:30
15:00 - 01:30
11:30 - 01:30
11:30 - 01:30
11:30 - 01:30
10:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 17604346000
"The Mikes," as these two are fondly referred to by the locals, opened Dini's Bistro in 1987 and it has become a Carlsbad landmark. Co-owners Michael Dini and Michael Arellano continue the heritage established by the Dini brothers- Amerigo, Columbo and Michael Sr., who were the proprietors of San Diego County's oldest bar, McDini's, founded in 1890. The Dini brothers tradition of effervescent hospitality and service to their patrons and community is alive today.

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