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Bistro West

$$ - $$$American, ,
4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
+1 760-930-8008
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“beef stroganoff” (25 reviews)
“mud pie” (9 reviews)
“salad” (61 reviews)
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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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1 - 10 of 841 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was able to make a last minute reservation for a Friday night, great service, good food and didn't mind we had young children with us. Tuna tartare was my favorite item!

Thank meowkitty09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easily the Best Happy Hour in North County if you value good bites over the fried stuff. Have been coming here since they opened. Main dining excellent but a bit pricey so it’s happy hour for me !

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific, attentive service. Delicious food. Best Halibut ever eaten. Relaxing and fun. Worth the price for a special event.

Thank M2547MPjills
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The Bistro West on the grounds of the West Inn & Suites is a lovely restaurant for casual dining and drinking. Service is excellent and the food is quite good.

Thank gregb511
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The restaurant itself is very pleasant and very well decorated. The dishes are very standard without inspiration and with medium quality ingredients. This is definitely not a chef's restaurant. It's more a Dely than a Bistro. the service was O.K not more.

Thank Gilgolon
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Outside dinning was quiet and relaxing. Food was more on the comfort food idea. Beef stroganoff was wonderful, but would have liked a vege or two to accompany it.

Thank Time2Travel52
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We were traveling back from the San Diego Botanical Gardens and the northbound Interstate 5 was a parking lot so we decided to stop here for an early dinner (they start serving dinner at 4pm). I have had a few lunch meetings here and while...More

Thank KeSuLu
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Restaurant is always beautiful and inviting to walk into. Even has a very nice bar and lounge age. Nice variety of choices on menu. I chose the Fish Special and was disappointed. I usually have to take home because of quantity but this time didn’t...More

Thank Chaps4126
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Wait staff was very attentive, waitress Sanger served me a Bistro Burger cooked to perfection and served with enough delicious fries for three people. The burger was so big,, I only ate the one part of the bun. It was all delicious and very friendly!

Thank Paulatrip8
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

I can’t say much for the food I think it’s more like California-based type Mexican food I’m used to more traditional Mexican food the cocktails are great margaritas specially but that’s just my preference and taste they do a wonderful job on the preparation for...More

Thank saykenny
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Cheryl W
25 September 2017|
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Response from Greg C | Property representative |
We absolutely have gift certificates. You can either come in and purchase them or you can buy them online on website Even more than that, we have a fantastic promotion around the holidays. Starting the day after... More
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.
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.
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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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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