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Dini's Bistro

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
+1 760-434-6000
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
“house salad” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
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Reviewed 3 days ago

we went on Sunday night for a light dinner.The bar is always packed. My companion had a less than average margarita but the wonderful Oysters Rockefeller made up for the drink

Thank John Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Listen, you cannot usually go wrong going to this restaurant, but on my last visit the food was not good. We all ordered seafood, the halibut which was good, the crab legs which were a bit fishy tasting (I know they are crab, but they...More

Thank Lainie99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming to Dini’s for years for breakfast, lunches and dinners We usually sit inside, but finally sat in patio area. It is lovely and very relaxing. Great bar and drinks. I have tried many items over the years. Our dinner... Husband started...More

Thank kathy E
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Great place to sit inside or out and watch sunset. We had the ahi salad, mussels and clams and the shrimp pasta were all good.

Thank kwhite1924
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We were 6 adults, a toddler, and a baby. This restaurant had a/c and accommodated us both weekend mornings for lovely brunch by simply making a 10 am reservation. They have parking (hard to come by in Carlsbad), and the wait staff was attentive and...More

Thank ETicketRide
Reviewed 8 August 2018

very local vibe in the bar, but nice that its family oriented in the dining area. Staff is friendly, and of course the view is brilliant. Great place to watch the sunset and enjoy the simply things in life.

Thank stymich86
Reviewed 29 July 2018

We were staying close by, and after reading reviews, decided to try Dini's. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. We chose the halibut and swordfish entrees, adding on a Caesar salad and house salad. Caesar salad was better than average. Entrees were just ok. There...More

Thank Marian V
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We enjoy Dini's very much. Parking is easy -- right behind the cafe, and it is covered! The local food is good and the entire staff are wonderful. Plus, across the street from the Carlsbad beach with its walkways above and on the beach Local...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 24 July 2018

There were five of us for dinner on July 23, 2018 I felt the service was good. Started out with two of the orders were wrong and had to be sent back. So we all did not get our orders at the same time. I...More

Thank mark m
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

We had the best service here. You can tel it’s popular with the locals and it didn’t disappoint. Easy parking behind the restaurant since it’s on the main drag. Great options and would highly suggest the tacos from the appetizer menu. Plenty of beverages. Fries...More

Thank cdog612
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17 August 2018|
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Response from Christopher C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do -- in fact, recommended during busy times. On weekends, they only take large parties. My wife and I go there at least twice a month for the "Happy Hour" food specials. The cod-fish taco is the best. Then, walk... More
17 March 2018|
Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
I don't, but they might!
Carol R
6 March 2015|
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Response from che w | Property representative |
Hello! We do have a private patio that seats 14ppl. Our dining room seats about 40 inside and our other ocean view patio seats around 30ppl. which you can reserve with a credit card deposit. We will love to work with you to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View
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: +1 760-434-6000
"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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