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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” (24 reviews)
“mud pie” (9 reviews)
“salad” (61 reviews)
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American, Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bistro West is about half way between our homes and is usually good. We had a 5:30 dinner reservation on a Saturday and it was unusually not full. That cuts the noise level. We were seated promptly and our server Sanger was outstanding. She was...More

Thank Burnie D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere! Great service and the food here is always good! A little pricey but their specials are amazingly good! I had the swordfish with risotto and my husband had the swordfish with vegetables. I would recommend always ask for the special of the day.

Thank Pinay P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great happy hour menus. Not cheap but delicious. Expensive for dinner but HH in the bar is fun and affordable

Thank SMT1212
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I decided to try Bistro West for lunch. She was already seated when I arrived and our booth was fairly quiet and conducive to having a good visit and lunch. Our waitress made sure we both had menus and drinks. She brought...More

Thank dml718
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Bistro west for lunch and the food was ok. I had the veggie burger with waffle fries. The fries were good (nice and crisp) but the burger lacked flavor. It was a bit disappointing!

Thank Ashir T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten here 3 times on various trips and always good food and service. It's not too loud. Prices are decent. The burgers are pretty good as are the sides. In past trips, dessert has been tasty (didn't partake this time).

Thank vinvert1974
Reviewed 11 September 2017 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
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Cheryl W
24 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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, 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
  • E-mail
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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