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Dini's By The Sea

) #33 of 272 Restaurants in Carlsbad €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
+1 760-434-6000
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Seafood
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3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Comfortable outside dining with nice ocean views near Carlsbad Village. Good service with reasonable prices and fresh food. Will return for the fish and fresh salad.

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is the second time we have eaten at Dini's.The food is terrific and the portions large.They have a patio looking out to the beach so we have watched the sunset both times. They are attached to the Tamarack Resort hotel so we had no...More

Thank Denise A
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Great views. Great food. Patio seating. Prices are mid range. Buffalo burger with mango slaw was $13. Covered parking behind for restaurant only. Also street parking. Across the street from beach so convenient for a after meal beach walk.

Thank Miranda K
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Great selection of item's for Happy Hour (4pm-?). Ate in the restaurant area, ordered off the dinner menu. Service was outstanding (Scot was attentive and helpful). I ordered the Chicken Parmesan and it was O.K.(lacking to my taste), but my Wife's Swordfish dinner was really...More

Thank BJWca
Reviewed 10 May 2017

unassuming, good food and service. Love the smell of the ocean, watching the waves and seeing the pelicans fish.

Thank GeriSD
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Can you say 'bloody Mary'? - great Omelets, friendly service- we stayed a long time after we were finished with our meals and they couldn't have been nicer. The best bloody in the area

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I was staying at the la costa resort, and was looking for a restaurant near the ocean. I found Dini's on yelp. I was not disappointed. I had the swordfish, with vegetables and rice. The sword fish was cooked to perfection. The vegetables were cooked...More

Thank scot0610
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

A must stop to eat. Great comfort food. I had a Lobster and steak burger which was to die for.. My wife had a chicken salad which she throughly. They let us bring our small dog on the patio with so they are pet friendly.....More

Thank John B
Reviewed 14 April 2017

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...More

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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....More

Thank John R
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Questions & Answers
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
Carol R
24 February 2015|
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Response from che w | Property representative |
We do not have the calamari sandwich on our menu. It is something that we run on special occasionally. We always have our great calamari strips available. The sauce is what makes that sandwich so delicious, so if the chef... More
Bobby D
30 January 2015|
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Response from Neil A | Reviewed this property |
ample self parking in restaurant lot next to restaurant
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, 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, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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