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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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Spokane, Washington
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by on recommendation from our hotel. We were pleased with the location and sat on the enclosed street side patio offering an outrageous view of the sunset. My husband had The Rueben and it was good. I had the clam chowder and perhaps caught a bad night for that. I had lumps of thickening throughout the soup. I had... More 

Thank Donna D
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was early evening, about an hour before sunset, not too busy. They have a nice indoor bar area with plenty of tv's for sports viewing; a nice place to watch MNF or tennis or golf, etc. while you grab a drink. We sat out in the covered patio area where you have a nice view of the ocean, joggers... More 

Thank Dave W
Climax Springs, MO
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just ate here tonight. Delicious margaritas and my husband had a good IPA beer. We had the fish n chips entrees and they were delicious. On Wednesdays they do have some specials from 4:00 to ??; entrees slightly smaller but so is the price. We sat on the enclosed patio with heater for this time of year which was nice.... More 

Thank Sandy670_12
Springfield, Illinois, United States
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163 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 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 

Thank 1970DeeDee
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

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 

Thank Mike S
Corvallis, OR
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10 reviews
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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
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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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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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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
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?