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Dined July, 2016 – “Excellent Hidden Gem”
“Don’t be misled by this being on the same property as a gas station. This is an excellent, upscale restaurant. Reservations strongly suggested. There is a bar area where they serve food for the jeans and T shirt crowd or a darker, nicer restaurant area for those that want to dress up a bit.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “We’ll be back!”
“We were in a mood for beef and when the wait person told us about the special ribeye we ordered it. It came with potato, crab and shrimp cakes and a spinach stuffed tomato and everything was very, very good. The steak was juicy, tender and cooked to perfection (Med. rare). The rolls were very delicious. The waitress was very attentive and nice. The restaurant always enchants us with the bubble wall.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “I loved this place!”
“I only got wine and the ahi tartare but everything was amazing. Service was excellent. Beautiful inside with a cool water fixture.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Nice Outdoor Patio”
“Nice place for a casual lunch. The food is fresh and the service was very good. Nice Bistro type menu with interesting combinations.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Always a great experience”
“Wonderful food, varied menu, great service.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Terrific meal & evening!”
“Visiting from NoCal where we frequent the best restaurants in the foodie SF Bay Area, we found this bistro in SoCal so far above any other SoCal restaurant we’ve been to (and, we’ve visited a lot in the last 20 yrs, visiting SoCal 6-7 times per year). Try the scallops w/ mushroom ravioli which are cooked to perfection! Try the exquisite ahi tartar appetizer. Another fave, the chicken wraps starter. Great wine list and 5 star service! Amazing modern “Aqua”-like plus atmosphere. Thank you Bistro West!”
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Dined July, 2016 – “We will go back”
“Small but nice outdoor patio. Scallops were prepared to perfection. Lasagna and Caesar Salad lunch special was very good. Pear cobbler made a great dessert to share. Will have Caesar salad with scallop garnish next time and will try the mussels as an appetizer.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Go there often!”
“Always a nice meal at reasonable price. Comprehensive menu of tasty food.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Omigosh — my girlfriend and I LOVE this place!”
“She (being gluten free by virtue of being celiac) always gets the burger…because she CAN with a gluten-free bun!! …while I always get the lasagna bolognese… because it knocks my socks off. Every. Single. Time. And if you’re lucky enough to get the lovely Gianna as your waitress… well, consider yourself doubly blessed. She is a total sweetheart, with the best attitude that one can imagine. Plus, her recommendations — at least to me — were spot-on. Yeah… you BET we’ll be back. Again and again. Love it!”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Our first time, but not our last!”
“Fantastic food and outstanding service. We enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Superb menu with expert presentations. Everything was exceptional. The garden to table promise did not disappoint, everything screamed fresh and tasty. Bravo”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Great atmosphere and vibe”
“Chicken pot pie was light and fluffy with a great flavor.  The white bordeaux wine was a nice compliment.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Our first time, but not our last!”
“Fantastic food and outstanding service. We enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Superb menu with expert presentations. Everything was exceptional. The garden to table promise did not disappoint, everything screamed fresh and tasty. Bravo”
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Dined July, 2016 – “Stumbled upon this place after a day at Legoland”
“Was super-impressed! Food and drinks were really good. We had the Ahi Tuna and the Gumbo. The kids menu is pretty good too – they had a kids petite filet and salmon, which my kids loved. After dinner, the Butterscotch Slide was divine! Might go back tonite just for that! Oh, and the water fountain wall is very cool.”
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Dined July, 2016 – “What a treat!”
“After enjoying San Diego, we decided to head back to Carlsbad. I bookmarked this Bistro as a place for the family to grab a quick bite. The menu looked pretty good. Once we arrived our family was impressed with this restaurants layout and decor. As soon as you enter you are greeted with a warm welcome. It felt a bit more upscale than we anticipated, but we were distracted with the great service. This restaurant is a gem, they are extremely accommodating and are fantastic with families of all sizes. Once we settled, I started with a Unicorn Stampede (a red ale, from a local brewer, fall brewing) it was very good, but the highlight was in our food.  We quickly found out that they grow many of their own produce, their own farm is not far from their restaurant. For those staying in or near Carlsbad. We highly recommend Bistro West. Great food, drinks, and for family, moderate prices :)”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great Happy Hour”
“We are so happy we decided to come here for Happy Hour. Good selection of food options and wine. We look forward to returning.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great Happy Hour”
“We are so happy we decided to come here for Happy Hour. Good selection of food options and wine. We look forward to returning.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “We are never disappointed with Bistro”
“We are never disappointed with Bistro. The hardest part every time is choosing what to order.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Good food, attentive service. Busy atmosphere.”
“My partner and I chose Bistro West based on the good reviews we found online. We were staying at a hotel only a mile away, so the location was ideal. We met up with another couple who were staying at Camp Pendleton, only a few miles away. This was a Sunday night in late June, and the place was buzzing but not slammed. Our table of four was seated promptly at a spacious booth, and we were welcomed and offered a drink immediately. The service was attentive without being annoying, and the courses were paced out nicely without a rush. Two of us shared a wedge salad which was absolutely delicious. For our mains, we ordered the beef stroganoff (rich, sweet, delicious, with tender pieces of beef), filet mignon (properly cooked!), and some kind of panini sandwich (my friend loved it). The fourth person in our group wasn’t feeling well, so she only ordered a bowl of chicken noodle soup, which she said was great. We were too stuffed for dessert, but left there having enjoyed the restaurant very much. Should we find ourselves in that area again, we would not hesitate to eat at Bistro West again.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great food and service!”
“Great food and service! I recommend it. I would say it is a fusion cuisine restaurant. I had Pan Seared Ahi. Delicious! Bread pudding yummy!”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great ‘Go To’ Place”
“This is our “go to” place when we want a nice evening out for dinner or just some appetizers in the bar. We tend to order a few appetizers because it is difficult to pick just one…the lettuce wraps and the pork buns were great.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “The food was excellent…”
“The food was excellent and Christian our server provided one of the best customer experiences we have ever had.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great Kids Selection”
“Had a lot to choose from for the kids. Pastas Pizzas, Grilled Cheese, Steak w/veggies. Reasonably priced. The shrimp appetiser was a favourite. Burger was good and also the smoked rib eye. Would recommend.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great ‘Farm to Table’ Choice”
“We recently had dinner at Bistro West and had a great experience. Love their ‘Farm to Table’ concept and they do an excellent job of providing fresh produce and locally-sources ingredients when possible. Service was outstanding!”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Very Happy Hour”
“Fabulous appetizers at great happy hour prices. The lettuce wraps were delicious and the sliders were awesome. Generous pour on the drinks.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Perfect!”
“Came in late on June 23rd after a long drive in LA traffic. After being seated in a comfortable booth, we received the best service of excellent food and drink. We dine out two, three times a week. This restaurant will be on our list at a future stay in Carlsbad.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great Bar scene and food”
“Always greeted by friendly people any time they are open. Ask for William if he is working the bar. He makes the best cocktails. I had the roasted beet salad with grilled chicken. WOW what a dish. Chicken juicy and tender. My wife had the Chinese Chicken Salad and that was excellent too. We have NEVER had a bad meal here. Always seems to get better every time we visit.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Omg, I rarely give 5 stars”
“Omg, I rarely give 5 stars but I have to do it for this restaurant. I had a super pleasant dining experience at this place. The food was awesome and delicious! The environment was nice and the staff was friendly and helpful. It was less than 5 minutes from Hyatt house hotel which is 5 mins away from Legoland. This restaurant is right off 5 freeway exit so it’s very easy to locate. I can’t wait to go back and try more items next time.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Wonderful all around!”
“Great food, great service and the ambiance is perfect. This is my 4th time here and don’t have a negative thing to say!”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Thank you Bistro West”
“Our family frequents Bistro West for many reasons & occasions. The food & service is consistently rewarding. We enjoy visiting for special occasions, entertaining friends, company parties or just for a casual family night out.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Spent our anniversary here for the first time visiting Carlsbad”
“Brandon started our night out and did a wonderful job with hospitality and wine recommendation. Our server Kristin made some food recommendations that were delicious. We had the beef stroganoff that was yummy and the pear pizza. They ended our dinner with a dessert and made us feel special. Thanks for a good night!”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Great food!”
“This is where I take business customers. Always good food! Good location. Great beer. The staff is always friendly and the service is fast.”
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Dined June, 2016 – “Date Night”
“My husband and I had reservations at a restaurant in Downtown San Diego and decided last minute to not hassle with the traffic. Great decision! We ended up having one of the best dinners ever 4 miles from home. I had a perfectly cooked delicious piece of halibut and my husband had the salmon. He said, it too, was one of the best dishes he has had. Our server, Christian, was awesome even given the fact that the place was packed. Our new favorite spot!”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Comfort food to the next level”
“Relaxed but vibrant ambiance. Loved the beautiful blue lighting and the bubble wall. Food was very good. Casual comfort food Chefs not afraid to season the food properly. My ahi was amazing. Server’s recommendations were right on. Kid friendly.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “A menu that won’t disappoint”
“I started coming to this place a year or two ago. My wife and I were looking for a good place to get a drink and maybe have some dessert. We saw a couple good reviews on Bistro West and thought, “Why not?” We have been regulars since. With a menu that won’t disappoint, Bistro West offers many different dishes that you will enjoy. I personally love the Margarita Pizza (I’m pretty sure I spelled that wrong) and the Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The restaurant includes a full bar so you can order whatever you’d like to drink. This is a perfect place to bring your out-of-town friends or family for a nice, upscale meal that will leave them wanting to come back. Comfortable seating in booths or tables are available with larger sections if you have a private party. The seating outside is nice with heaters (for winter).”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Jovial Staff and great recommendations”
“Was there for dinner after a tiring day of work. The staff are all very jovial and have great recommendations. So if you can’t make up your mind on what to have, just ask them for suggestions!”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Great food!”
“Great food as always. We come here frequently because the food is great and the atmosphere is wonderful. One of my favorites. Service is always prompt and helpful.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “GO!!! (FOR THE MUD PIE AT LEAST!)”
“You won’t be disappointed, this place will earn your business the moment you step in the door.  We were traveling and decided to try Bistro West after a friend of mine who is a local suggested it. We have a young child who can be a picky eater and at first I was hesitant try a nice restaurant and have the experience and what I thought was going to be a pricey meal go to waste. I am so thrilled we tried it. It really added to our vacation in my opinion. The landscaping and exterior are beautifully kept and welcomes you upon arrival. The moment we stepped in the door we were treated like family. After a warm greeting by each person at the host stand we were ushered back to a big comfortable booth in a grand yet warm lounge. The décor was beautiful and unique with a variety of color and texture that was fun and intriguing yet not overdone. The interior dining area even features a bubble wall which my son especially loved. Not only does it look like the biggest glowing tank full of bubbles you’ve ever seen but it changes colors. Sure to entrance kids of any age. We ate off on all that day on our adventure at Legoland so we were hungry for a substantial meal but we weren’t starving. I was also ready for real food, we’d had enough kid, concession and fast food on this trip although they do have a kids options available. It just so happened that we were there during happy hour and we’re were able to take advantage of the seven for $7 menu which featured several “appetizers” that were large enough to feed all of us on a family budget. The menu had plenty to offer and I appreciate that the Bistro adds their own unique spin on many well known dishes, a new way to love traditional dishes. For dessert we split the biggest, most decadent, most delicious mud pie dessert I ever had. It’ll be hard to find a dessert that can beat this one in show and taste. Thank you Bistro for treating our family to a great experience. We’re 800+ miles away but can’t wait for a chance to dine with you again when we come back.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Favorite Carlsbad Restaurant”
“I have been to Bistro West multiple times over the years and I love it each time. It is a great place to have a romantic dinner, bring friends from out of town, or just go to happy hour. The atmosphere is casual but very nice. The food is excellent every time I have been there. There is also a great variety on the menu but not so much that it is overwhelming. I highly recommend checking this place out for yourself.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Excellent Overall”
“Quality of food, excellent service and great selection of cuisine made for a wonderful dining experience. The only drawback is that I wish I had not waited so long to visit Bistro West. Thank you!”
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Dined May, 2016 – “This place was great!”
“This place was great! It was the perfect place to grab lunch with my friend! There was so many yummy foods on the menu. Since it was lunchtime we both got their lunch special. I ordered the chicken noodle soup and a half sandwich and it was a BLT. It was super filling and they bring bread to your table for free. It  was also warm, so spreading butter was easy! I will for sure come back to try this place out for dinner! The service was wonderful and the restaurant was beautiful.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Favorite Carlsbad Restaurant”
“I have been to Bistro West multiple times over the years and I love it each time. It is a great place to have a romantic dinner, bring friends from out of town, or just go to happy hour. The atmosphere is casual but very nice. The food is excellent every time I have been there. There is also a great variety on the menu but not so much that it is overwhelming. I highly recommend checking this place out for yourself.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Great spot for a luncheon with friends”
“Great spot for a luncheon with friends or a business gathering. Nice meal, good spot to discuss business issues.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Favorite Carlsbad Restaurant”
“I have been to Bistro West multiple times over the years and I love it each time. It is a great place to have a romantic dinner, bring friends from out of town, or just go to happy hour. The atmosphere is casual but very nice. The food is excellent every time I have been there. There is also a great variety on the menu but not so much that it is overwhelming. I highly recommend checking this place out for yourself.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Very nice dining experience”
“Very nice dining experience. Food and service were excellent. My date and I shared a salad and entree and portions were still very nice. The waiter was excellent and very informative on the locally grown vegetables and wine pairings.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Good for a special occasion or a midweek meal”
“We have been coming to Bistro West since it opened. It is the little sister to the more formal “The West” on the same property. Bistro West has a friendly and casual atmosphere without losing it’s great service and food.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Delicious food and great atmosphere”
“We went to Bistro West to try out their food and to check it out as a possible venue for a major event. The food was very good. Manager Brandon was willing to share the “Chicken Pot Pie” recipe, and the corkage fee was only $15. We were very impressed with the overall experience and it was worth going the extra distance for the dinner. Our server Heather provided excellent service; attentive enough without hovering. This is a great place — my mushroom ravioli with 4 huge scallops was absolutely divine!”
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Dined May, 2016 – “A personal favorite when visiting Carlsbad”
“Stop and have dinner here with some family when I visit Carlsbad. It has a great layout friendly staff great service and menu. It stays consistent. Love this place.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Great fresh food”
“Bistro West is one of my favorites for lunch or casual dinner. Easy and comfortable with the freshest food. (West has their own local garden) My husband’s fav is the Stroganoff and I love the Beet salad or whatever the fresh fish is that day. Can’t go wrong here whatever you order. Staff is also great. It’s a more casual version of their other fantastic restaurant – West Steak and Seafood.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Very nice decor, comfortable bar/lounge area”
“During our most recent vacation to Carlsbad we decided to try the Bistro West Restaurant which is right next to the West Steakhouse where we had eaten several times. We were looking for something a little more casual and less costly. The Bistro fit the profile. The restaurant décor was very comfortable and not too upscale. The food menu had many selections all moderately priced. My wife had a seared duck with pasta and I had the fish and chips both meals were great. Service was excellent and overall we had a nice meal and would not hesitate to go there again.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Good for entire family”
“We were two grandparents and our 7 and 10 year old grandsons. Everyone found something to enjoy. We went back a second night because it was good and so close to our hotel. Staff was friendly and cooperative.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Food and Service are consistently fresh and fabulous!”
“I go frequently for business lunches – this lunch was to welcome a new team member – we enjoyed the meal and getting to know our new addition a little better.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Excellent food and service”
“We order a pizza to share then we were going to share an entree. The pizza was so filling we didn’t even need an entree. We got the pear gorgonzola pizza. The service was outstanding. I also really liked the atmosphere of the place. The booths were comfortable. Nice variety on the menu, pleasant surroundings and great food made for an excellent dining experience.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Good Food and Great Service…”
“Good Food and Great Service made our experience a positive one. We sat in the bar and had the buffalo wings for an app and then split a pizza and a salad, all 3 were really tasty. Also The beer was really cold and the people were really friendly…a great combination.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Always good”
“Bistro never puts out a bad meal. We have been coming here since they opened, years ago now, and are never disappointed.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Absolutely Exceptional!”
“I went onto Trip Advisor to see what the top rated Carlsbad restaurant was and Bistro West was ranked #1. No wonder, this place was absolutely exceptional! We came a little early and without a reservation (5:30) and were immediately seated and served. Ample bar and wine list. We did not have one of their appetizers, but they looked great. We were served fresh bread. Oh, what a great way to start. Our waitperson, Heather, was fantastic and went over the menu with us. My wife had probably one of the best salmon dishes in her life. I went with a nice Cobb salad since I always help my wife with her meal. Both meals were perfect and came out fast! Well done Chefs!!! It was my wife’s birthday and they brought out one of the lightest and best bread puddings we have ever had. The restaurant itself is impressive with nice glasswork and Art throughout. Tables were not closely spaced, thus a decent conversation could be conducted without shouting. There were several families with children, and the waitstaff was well trained in how to take care of the little ones. There is a really cool bar and while we didn’t have drinks there, we could tell it’s probably one of the cool places to be as the night progress. Outside dining also exists. We either met the owner or the manager on the way out. What a great guy. He knew my wife was having her birthday, and we had a spirited discussion about the restaurant and their wine selections. There is plenty of parking since Bistro West shares parking with an adjacent hotel. This is also easily accessible off of I-5. We could not have asked for a better place to eat or celebrate a special occasion. We will be back with plenty of friends.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Delish food!”
“Perfect place for a romantic date night or night out with friends! I had the beef stroganoff and hubby had a jumbo and both of us were blown away with how good it was!”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Dining Experience”
“Outstanding service, food is superb, family friendly. It’s my favorite place to dine. I highly recommend this place.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Must Stop!”
“Excellent food and food servers. Everyone contributed to helping us. The Ahi and buffalo wings were very tasty.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “The food was excellent, the service was remarkable”
“I took my fiance to Bistro West for his birthday on a Friday night. I booked a reservation ahead of time, as we had tried to drop in and eat one evening on a week night and it was packed. I had requested a specific list of seating requests and was very pleased that they gave us a private spot where we could sit next to each other next to a window. Thanks!!! I had also let the hostess know that it was my sweetheart’s birthday and they treated him after dinner to a delicious (and giant) bread pudding – birthday candle and all, on the house! We will surely go back to Bistro West again and again as well as tell our friends and family that they too must go for a delightfully wonderful dining experience.”
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Dined May, 2016 – “Great for date night”
“My husband and I went for dinner here with another couple. The service was fantastic – all of the staff was willing to help each other out and meet our needs when our original server was busy with other guests. Between the four of us we ordered: mushroom pasta, filet mignon, and 14 oz New York steak. The food was fresh and hot when it arrived. Everyone enjoyed their meal. For dessert we had the cobbled, mud pie, and tiramisu. All were incredibly tasty! The mud pie is huge so I recommend sharing! Overall, good experience! We will definitely visit again.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Anniversary dinner”
“The food, beverages and excellent service continue to make this restaurant a family favorite. We celebrated our anniversary on a Monday and all the wine bottles are half price. We recommend it 100%.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Delicious dinner”
“My husband and I went for dinner here with another couple. The service was fantastic – all of the staff was willing to help each other out and meet our needs when our original server was busy with other guests. Between the four of us we ordered: mushroom pasta, filet mignon, and 14 oz New York steak. The food was fresh and hot when it arrived. Everyone enjoyed their meal. For dessert we had the cobbler, mud pie, and tiramisu. All were incredibly tasty! The mud pie is huge so I recommend sharing! Overall, good experience! We will definitely visit again.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Love the place”
“I have been to the bistro three times now and I have enjoyed the food more each time. Servers are always very good. The menu choices are varied and the food has always been perfectly spiced and cooked. The atmosphere is very nice. I have also dined at West next door, but prefer the bistro. The prices are fair for what you get. We are never rushed and the courses are brought out in a timely manner. Dressy casual attire.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Great service, food is delicious…”
“Great service, food is delicious, nice and clean, my favorite place. Lunch reasonable prices for lunch. Highly recommend this place.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Excellent menu selections”
“Excellent menu selections – food was well prepared and presented. Quick service.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Good Happy Hour”
“My friends and I like to come here for happy hour. The ambiance is great and so are the prices. There is a good variety of drinks and appetizers to choose from. The wait staff is super nice and attentive. I definitely recommend Bistro West for happy hour, and if you’d like to stay for dinner also, it’s a good choice too! Enjoy!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “The restaurant is superb”
“We have been there for my husband’s birthday. We tried new York steak which was phenomenon! Blueberry walnut glaze on top of the steak was so tasty. Also we tried beef stroganoff which was awesome, creamy, full of mushrooms… Heaven!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Great spot for catching up with good wine and food”
“Still a good spot for a business luncheon, catching up with friends, or just enjoying the bar and wine offered. Good food, good service, and very classy spot.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Great food, great wine”
“My husband and I have been to the bistro several times for lunch. We love it; we’ve always had good food, good service and good wine. One of our favorite places!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Girls night out”
“Sat at the bar and Billy the Bartender could not have been more gracious or attentive. He entertained us with wine tastings and great conversation. It was a Monday night so activity level was not at full capacity but good for a Monday night. We ate at the bar and tried two different burgers. They were wonderful and huge portions. Martinis were great value at happy hour prices and wine pours were generous. This is my second visit to Bistro West and definitely will return again. Each time has been very enjoyable. It is tucked away in a hotel complex but just off the freeway with easy access and is truly a hidden gem.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “First Class Food and Service”
“I eat there often and have never been disappointed. They have quality food, wine and service. Very appealing décor. Their Bar menu and service is also supreme.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “I love Bistro West and always choose it…”
“I love Bistro West and always choose it or recommend it to guests. There is something for everyone and it is quality farm to table fare. I also just discovered it is dog friendly on the patio- i was there with two friends who had small dogs and there was actually a guy with a parrot sitting next to us lol. I decided to leave my 2 dogs at home this time out of respect for the generosity of the restaurant allowing dogs- and for fellow diners. I will be back!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Fantastic Lunch”
“I had been to Bistro West for dinner a few years ago and the food and atmosphere was great, but today I got to experience lunch! Can’t wait to go back again! My friend and I both had the lunch special of the Kalua pork, Katsu chicken, beef, yummy citrus rice and macaroni salad. DELICIOUS! Here it is the evening and I’m still happy!! I loved how the lunch was served, Bento box style. We also shared a fantastic dessert of mud pie.Lunch was reasonably priced and excellent value. Dinner is pricier but again excellent food.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Great Restaurant”
“Bar is fun and lively and the restaurant is beautiful and has great food and service.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “There is a reason it’s busy…”
“…and that is because you have choices of big, little or snack type meals. The bar menu is great, they have an awesome happy hour deals. In the main dining room, a varied menu awaits and the wine list is fair with good choices. Even their house wine, Bliss, is a good choice on a budget. Servers here seem well trained and friendly, and present. Chicken soup is a staple for us when here, pork chop a winner. It gets busy, come early for happy hour.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Wonderful experience at Bistro West!”
“Loved dining at Bistro West for our 8th anniversary! The lettuce and wraps, salmon, and steak were so delicious. Thank you for an amazing dinner!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Nice atmosphere and you can go cheap or high on the menu.”
“We hadn’t been there for a few years. You can go and spend little or you can go and spend a lot more. My wife had sea bass for $28, I had a “taco pizza” which sounded different for $16. Burgers were about $13. Filets were about $36. They have a full bar and good servers. We had reservations and got right in on a Saturday night. We will go again probably many times.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Carlsbad Treasure”
“Always enjoy eating here when I am up in Carlsbad. The food is grown in their own gardens, the service is always great and it is so much easier to park then when you go into the village. I recommend it for lunch, dinner and brunch. I have never been disappointed.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “We loved Bistro West!”
“We loved Bistro West! Was only in town for 2 nights & went there both evenings for dinner. The food selection is fantastic & the service was wonderful.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Expanded tasty selections from menu offer many choices to satisfy everyone”
“The service was top notch and satisfaction from every aspect was a concern of management. Very creative entrees quality all the way for the value and taste combined. Happy to return next chance.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Amazing!”
“Justin, Christian & Augustine are amazing. Wonderful experience & delicious food. Don’t miss out. Definitely experience it!!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “One of the Best in North County”
“Bistro West is one of the best, and one of the few really good restaurants in North San Diego County. The menu is interesting, the quality of the food near excellent and the service very good. When we want to find consistently good food, we dine at West.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner!”
“My and family and friends dined here a couple of weeks ago during our stay at the West Inn & Suites. We walked over for a late lunch, early dinner. Wow, what great food and wonderful service. Our server, Juan was so so so friendly, fun, and personable! The adults and children could carry on a conversation with him. We even invited him to pull up a chair and diner with us. He just really created that atmosphere of familia. The food was also delicious and we would definitely eat here again on our next visit down south.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Great for lunch, happy hour, or dinner”
“Everything is good here. I like to come with friends for happy hour. The appetizers are imaginative and delicious; the drinks are perfectly mixed. Good beer and wine selections, too.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “I absolutely loved it!”
“My husband and I visited Bistro West during our weekend get away. I had the seared ahi and it was delicious. The service was wonderful as well. Our waiter was Oscar who was the sweetest :) He demonstrated knowledge of the menu and steered me right! I will visit again when in Carlsbad!”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Consistently good, fresh food”
“We live on the East Coast but visit San Diego several times a year for 2 or 3 weeks. Bistro West is consistently good with locally sourced produce and a wonderful set of waiters. The food is well prepared and arrives exactly as ordered. I am allergic to fish and shellfish and this restaurant really takes this kind of problem seriously. Cross contamination can be a huge issue for me but I honestly never have to worry here! Every visit we will dine at this restaurant several times and it is always perfect. Highly recommended.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “I eat here at least once a week”
“I eat here at least once a week and love almost everything on the menu.  The food is locally sourced and excellently prepared.  It has great happy hour specials every day and is a really lovely place to stop in for a glass of wine.”
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Dined April, 2016 – “Brunch”
“Went for brunch. Chose the Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict. It was delicious. Perfectly cooked.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Sensational Stroganoff”
“Live in LA, but stop here on every San Diego and Legoland trip with the family. Why? The beef stroganoff. This place could be a dive and I’d still stop for that stroganoff. I can’t imagine they make it better anywhere else, even over in Russia. Tender pieces of filet, homemade pasta, drop-dead sauce. But it’s not a dive, in fact it’s got a fun high-end ambiance. High ceilings, striking bubble wall with ever changing colors – big hit with the kids. Many other good and creative dishes, solid kids menu, great rolls, good selection of wines and craft beers on draft. Consistently good service. Did I mention you have to try the stroganoff?”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Amazing”
“Chicken alfredo was beyond amazing. Service is always excellent, my waiter was Niles very professional and kind. I love the atmosphere here.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “This is a great place for lunch”
“The service is always warm and friendly. I have only been here for lunch.  I love the chicken pot pie. Many places make the filling salty, the West does a good job. The have good salads. The vegetables are fresh and delicious. The mussles are a good appetizer. It goes well with the warm baked bread that they give you. I always take my friends there when we have time for a long lunch. It is not a quick bite. If you have time, I highly recommend this place.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Great Lunch!”
“What a treat! It was a wonderful lunch with four of my lady friends. Everything was delicious! Can’t wait to go back and enjoy again!”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Best Happy Hour in Town”
“I have been here about 5 times in the last couple of years. I love the happy hour because whatever you order, it will be great. The drinks are second to none! They serve a great dirty vodka martini and it is also the best in town. The service is as good as it gets and the crowd is friendly. A very upscale and relaxing environment.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “We had a very nice dinner at Bistro West”
“Atmosphere was pleasant– not so loud that we couldn’t carry on a conversation. Service was attentive and the food was excellent… I had the pistachio crusted salmon which was perfectly cooked and really good. They have a huge menu and I will be going back.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Another great meal”
“We go to Bistro West often and have never been disappointed. The service is incredibly good. Fast, efficient, conscientious and incredibly friendly. I highly recommend Bistro West for a pleasant night out with a great menu.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Fine Experience for Any Meal”
“The atmosphere is lovely, the service is excellent, and the food choices are numerous. No matter what I have ordered, it has been top notch in flavors and presentation. I really enjoy my visits to this restaurant.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Wonderful Dinner!”
“Food and service were both outstanding. It was a very busy Saturday night, but the staff handled it well. We had reservations and were seated almost immediately. We let our server know that we wanted to enjoy cocktails before ordering our meal and he happily accommodated us. We never felt rushed and our food came in an appropriate time. My husband and I enjoyed our food and we will definitely be back!”
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Dined March, 2016 – “My Favorite Restaurant in the Carlsbad Area”
“I have been going to Bistro West since it opened. It has delightful decor with a separate bar with food service, a main dining room, and a private dining room, which they use for overflow on weekends. The decor is delightful with dark woods and many private booths. most fascinating is a wall with bubbling water and and constant color changes. The menu includes pizza, pastas, hamburgers, sandwiches, fish and a variety of meat dishes. Their beef Stroganoff is the best I have ever had. They also have their own garden where they grow much of the in-season fresh produce they serve. Dress is casual. I would strongly recommend Bistro West for slightly upscale dining, delicious food and wonderfully attentive service.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “I had family in from out of town…”
“I had family in from out of town and took them to Bistro West for the outstanding service and amazing food!! Everyone loved everything that came to the table from the drinks and appetizers to the kids meal and our entrées. The decor is always amazing and the feature wall was a hit with everyone!!”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Great spot to meet folks for meetings or a lunch”
“Always enjoy the food, service, and the way they always remember my favorite table for meetings as well as my food and drink preferences. I’ve always had good meals and great service. This is the place for great groups to meet, ladies to luncheon, and folks for dine with friends for lunch or dinner.”
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Dined February, 2016 – “To-go order only but delicious”
“We were staying at the hotel next door and ordered some dinner to-go. I got the pear and prosciutto pizza and it was to die for. The staff was very friendly. I would definitely go there again.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “If I lived locally I would be back”
“I came here with a few friends. No wait, staff was pleasant and sat us right away. We ordered the wings as an app. They were cooked just right and had plenty of flavor. I ordered the classic herb chicken with steak fries and veggies. I have a dairy allergy, the staff was understanding and knowledgeable and made sure they got the food just right. The chicken was flavorful and juicy. It was much much larger than I thought. The veggies were really small about a cup. Tons of steak fries. Because I am conscious of my macros I had to save half the chicken and fries for another time. My friends ordered the beef stroganoff and both were very pleased.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Excellent Food and Excellent Service!”
“We were very impressed with Christian our server. He was always right there if we needed him. He suggested an excellent wine. We all ordered salads and we enjoyed all of them. They were fresh and the presentation was splendid. We will be back again soon.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Girls’ Happy Hour”
“Bistro West is a fantastic place to meet for happy hour with friends or business associates. The servers promptly arrive at your table and return with your food and beverages quickly. There’s a long list of special drinks and prices with something appealing to everyone. Food offerings are also specially priced. They’re happy hour ends at 6:30 generously giving enough time for most people to arrive. We like the relaxed atmosphere without blaring music making it difficult to talk. We’ll be back. How about you?”
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Dined March, 2016 – “One word- GUMBO!”
“I have loved gumbo for many years….but theres nothing like this gumbo! There are prawns in it and they are so tender and delicious. The sauce is light with a spice and the entire dish is unstoppable once you start! Lovvvvvvvve it!”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Thought of the meal days afterwards!”
“I had the Mushroom Ravioli and the Truffle fries. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had and even craved it for days afterwards. That never happens. I was there for a friend’s birthday dinner and it was my first time dining there. They had this massive wine cabinet that the servers had to use ladders for. The ambiance was impressive…”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Good Alternative”
“If you are staying at the hotel and do not want to go into the Village or to West, the high end steak house next door, Bistro West is a very good option. Freshly prepared locally sourced food served in interesting ways. Very good service as well.”
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Dined March, 2016 – “Excellent dining experience!”
“We had a wonderful evening at Bistro West. The food was fresh and tastily prepared. We make it a point to dine there whenever we are in the Carlsbad area. Don’t miss it!”
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Dined March, 2016 – “A Great Location in Downtown Carlsbad”
“We booked on the spur of the moment and went for an early evening meal. Warm Welcome and very good food efficiently served – my filet steak was perfectly cooked to medium with well done outside – a special jus as I do not like peppercorn sauce. Well worth a return visit.”
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