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Bistro West

$$ - $$$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
$$ - $$$
4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always enjoy coming here for the bar scene and great food. Lots of variety on the menu and great wine selection. Never disappoints!

Thank timeless71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here many times and you will love the Cordon Bleu chicken rotisserie dinner. The atmosphere is nice and classy. The best part is that the dinners are very reasonably priced and much more so then the " West " which is next door. Try...More

Thank ohgeorgeo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is hearty, home style foods (pot pies) and most is good. The noise is obtrusive and annoying. Cant even hold a conversation. Good for loud parties and celebrations, Not for a quiet, intimate dinner.

Thank E3660LWsteveng
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bistro West is a lovely restaurant that specializes in well made American comfort food with a twist. Their burgers are delicious as well as their creative fresh salads. The portions are large and can be shared for the sake of ordering & tasting different items...More

Thank DB A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would recommend the catch of the day. The fish is really good and they cooked it perfectly! We always keep coming back and the service is good.More

Thank Pinay P
Greg C, General Manager at Bistro West, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments. We love giving Marc, our fresh catch creator, free range to create his masterpieces. Thank you for recognizing his talents. We are certainly proud of our culinary team here. Make sure to try the fresh catch next time you're here...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant/atmosphere is just average They have a happy hour from 4 to 6 in the bar area which is pretty average....$1 off beers and around 10% off some appetizers. Service in general was pretty bad. Our drink orders were taken fairly quickly but then...More

Thank alpinemccain09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great dinner at Bistro West. I had the red fish and my husband had a burger. Both were awesome. Great service. Ambiance is nothing to write home about but very comfortable. Would definitely recommend.

Thank journeywoman
Greg C, General Manager at Bistro West, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. The redfish is one of our newer items and is quickly becoming a favorite of many of our guests. Thank you for dining with us. We look forward serving you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here on vacation found this restaurant on trip advisor and were not disappointed. The food was fantastic, the service was prompt, professional, and friendly.

Thank Dthom8
Greg C, General Manager at Bistro West, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed your meal while you were here on vacation. Next time you vacation in the area, consider staying at our hotel--West Inn and Suites--that is on the same property.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to visit this restaurant after seeing it on trip advisor - mostly good reviews. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the front desk staff were friendly and helpful, the waiting staff were polite and also helpful. We had a delicious meal - 'herbed chicken'...More

Thank Tracy I
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

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.

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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.
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.
18 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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, 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
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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 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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