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Dini's Bistro

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
+1 760-434-6000
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“house salad” (7 reviews)
“prawns” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 01:30 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a great place to catch sunsets! They have a fun atmosphere and very friendly staff. We visited a couple of times and had a Reuben for dinner and Huevos Rancheros for breakfast.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank livingtheqlife
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dini's has a great location right across the street from the beach, and a great place to watch the sunset. Service and staff are outstanding! Very accommodating and friendly. My sister and I only had the Cesar salad. One with the prawns and one with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Laurie396
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The original Dini's in Del Mar was a happening place in the '70s. Pickups were easy, drinks plentiful and food forgettable. The Carlsbad location continues the tradition of drinking and noisy surroundings while the food is all over the lot with nothing to recommend. There...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Westwood1der
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Had a chance to visit Dini's one evening as the sun was setting. It was a very pleasant experience. Everyone was friendly and accommodating. We sat on the patio and watched the beautiful sunset. They have their own parking lot so you don't have to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dabish0p
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

As the summer closed loved this place ... great food, easy to get in and even better after hours drinks watching the series with the locals ... pleasant surprise and within ear shot of crashing waves!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank texaskruegers
Reviewed 9 October 2018

I saw the other reviews of this place and I have to disagree with most. We went there twice during our week and it was so much fun. We actually stayed in the bar area to watch football but had their appetizers which were out...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank antegogo
Reviewed 23 September 2018

The views are awesome. Grab a table on the patio if you visit this restaurant. The service was great but unfortunately the food was very average. Next time I will take my photos and go somewhere else.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Pedro_Collins68
Reviewed 17 September 2018

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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank John Q
Reviewed 27 August 2018

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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lainie99
Reviewed 22 August 2018

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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank kathy E
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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, 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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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