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Dini's By The Sea

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3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-3101
10:00 - 01:30
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Mon 11:30 - 01:30
Tue 15:00 - 01:30
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 01:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:30
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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first stop upon arrival in Carlsbad. Conveniently located and great reviews. I had a strawberry Margarita and hubby had the Witt Blood Orange craft beer which he really liked. We started with the calamari steak which was deep fried, sliced into straps and served with a Thai chili sauce. It was awesome. We were disappointed with our... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on Christmas Day and had the Turkey dinner. The turkey was good (not deli meat), the mash potatoes must have came from a box. The clam chowder and lobster bisque is good. The service was poor, and we weren't there during peak time.

Thank mikeaustin
New York City, New York
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1,360 reviews
601 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 825 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's Christmas Day and the long walk along the Ocean is highly populated: dogs and more dogs, people in their Christmas outfits, one sillier than the other, birds flying over, surfers challenging the waves and each other... We see a whole bunch of Santa Clauses on bikes (they even have a mascot dog dressed as Santa) and follow them to... More 

Thank Oliver S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here since it was close to where i was staying. Had the ceasar salad with blackened shrimp. The shrimp were nice sized and spiced correctly. The salad was good, but had little to no dressing on it. The bar is a hoot! Filled with locals and regulars - it was nice to just sit back, have a great local... More 

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Corvallis, OR
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Strongly recommend! Big menu with lots of choices from steaks, seafood to burgers, nachos, pasta. Everything we ordered we would definitely get again!

Thank JackSparrowOR
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We made a reservation a day in advance, and the person asked for inside or outside. I said inside, and the person let us know it was going to very noisy, which I appreciated the heads up, so we picked outside, which is just a patio within the restaurant, but right near the street and the view of the water.... More 

Thank raininroses
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Nice place to eat. we ate about 3 in the afternoon and everything was delicious. Good burger and seafood was very very good. great drinks

Thank Vina C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This little place off great views of the sea while offering a great lunch menu. The nachos and prime dip were awesome!

Thank Amanda C
Newport gwent
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for early dinner late lunch had fantastic view Great food however still eating starters and mains came out Server was really attentive Would highly

Thank Claire M
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We went for breakfast and you can't really screw up breakfast. The service was efficient, the food was good, the view was INCREDIBLE!

Thank NCL827

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
American, Bar, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, 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, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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: 17604346000
"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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?