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West Steak and Seafood

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4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Formerly West Steak Seafood Spirits) (Cannon/Avenida Encinias)
+1 760-930-9100
16:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been here several times for special occasions with consistent positive experiences. Reservations as far in advance as possible are important, plan to spend $100 per person, and don't be in a rush. The restaurant serves excellent fresh fish and wonderful steaks, nice wine list, lovely ambiance, and staff that are pleasant and personable.

Thank Nonnie6
san diego
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food was delicious, the steak was cooked perfectly. A long wait for it, but good wine list. If you like fine dining, you might want to go elsewhere because it is noisy and the tables are pretty close together.

Thank surferbabe
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place. My family and I have been going here since they opened. I love seafood and my husband likes steak....everyone is happy!

Thank sarmilla2017
Carlsbad, CA
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402 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have not gone back to this restaurant for almost a year because of 2 back to back bad experiences. They have since changed the menu and the Chef. I must say the Crab cakes we had were some of the best we ever had. Very light filler, all lump crab meat, fresh tasting and crispy outside but creamy inside.... More 

Thank John R
Oceanside, California
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the Ribeye which was cooked perfectly. The meal took a long time from order to table. Great wine list to complement the Ribeye. Very pricey, the service was marginal at best. Okay for a business meeting not for a special night out.

Thank David D
San Diego
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding decor, service and food! The prices reflect the superior nature of the restaurant but there are times like this when you really do get what you pay for. My girlfriend had the Sea Bass Oscar and it was absolutely delicious, it's the kind of thing that you close your eyes and chew slowly because it tastes so heavenly. We... More 

Thank lemeSanDiego
Enumclaw, Washington
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We choose this restaurant off of reviews and hoped for the best and were not only NOT disappointed but extremely pleased! Our family had the caesar salad, clam chowder (my #2 favorite ever), clams in white wine, crab legs, steak, potatoes, and of course cheesecake and key lime pie for dessert, and mostly everything was awesome! Really good! The only... More 

Thank EdPlateau
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I love great service and when I'm paying $50+ a plate, I expect great food. I took my husband there for his 50th birthday along with our two grown children. We've dined here on several special occasions and during food week with no complaints. This time was much different. I requested a recommendation for the best and most tender cut.... More 

2 Thank anastasias379
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

What should have been a lovely dinner with our sons and a daughter-in-law was just blah. That was a $328 dinner for five people, four drinks and two glasses of iced tea. Three steaks were good - good but not worth the cost of a steak plopped on the plate with two little side dish bowls perched next to it.... More 

2 Thank Dana W
Carlsbad, California
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a great Christmas Eve dinner at West. It's was truly wonderful. It's hard to cook my steak perfect because I am one of those that wants it tender but I don't like any pink. My steak was the best ever! Perfectly cooked. My husband had a tenderloin with ribs on that he said was awesome.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Formerly West Steak Seafood Spirits)
    (Cannon/Avenida Encinias)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-930-9100
West Steak & Seafood is an intimate and distinctive fine dining restaurant located in the coastal community of Carlsbad, CA. Our creative culinary team is renowned for offering the highest quality of prime steaks, chops and seafood prepared to your taste. Dedicated to an authentic farm-to-table ethos, Executive Chef David Abella harvests fresh ingredients daily from the restaurant's own farm, The West Farm. Toast the sealing of a deal or simply celebrate when only the finest quality and service will do.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?