We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Bistro West

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4343 (Cannon and I-5)
+1 760-930-8008
11:30 - 21:30
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

726 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 712: English reviews
Level Contributor
127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family dined here the day before Thanksgiving. The server was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and there were options for vegetarians. The decor is hip and the noise level is low so guests can enjoy conversation. We will return!

Thank IrvineHarley
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went Monday and wine was half price The food was good specially steak and soups Nice service and good environment

Thank Maria D
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff were very personable, very attentive, knowledgeable of their menu. On our next visit we will ask to be seated in Willow's section. She was attentive, yet not hovering. The seared scallops were a delight.

Thank FormerCGResident
Jamestown, North Carolina
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In Carlsbad for family vacation and looked for a dessert option. Found Bistro West and had the 3 dessert special-chocolate torte, bread pudding, and key lime pie. All were delicious along with chocolate ice cream, and a delightful Malbec. As a bonus daughter had the French onion soup which was outstanding! Have already made a reservation for dinner Thursday.

Thank Tom S
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
376 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you stay at a boutique hotel, you expect only the best. From the appearance to the cleanliness to the service, everything should be in top condition and at the highest level of quality. If there is a restaurant on site, it should be equally praiseworthy and a recent stay at the West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, California proved... More 

Thank Bryan_Carey
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great choice of small plates for those full on the usual US portions, we had four plates between two and were very well satisfied, The staff .

Thank Averil9
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
693 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was here in June. Everything we ordered was amazing. My wife had the ribeye, which she really liked. My son had the kids' mac n cheese, I had the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly. The sundried tomato mashed potatoes were incredible. My friend ordered the house salad and added grilled chicken, and was also happy with his choice.

Thank daikin
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They were happy to split plates. Cocktails were high quality and fresh (had a scratch margarita on the rocks).

Thank Lesle G
Oceanside, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been there several times for lunch, but most recently attended a memorial service for a friend, held in their back room. I never realized they had these extra accommodations, and I must say it was perfect for the occasion. They offered a selections of three entrees, dessert and wine or soft drinks. The service was impeccable and the food... More 

1 Thank Jeannie E
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

West of Interstate 5 toward the ocean, this Carlsbad restaurant is a breath of fresh air and an unexpected find. It is a nicely laid-out venue with both inside and (limited) outside seating for meals and a large and nicely furnished (and well-stocked) bar area with big-screen tvs. The service is friendly and attentive, the food medium to large portions... More 

1 Thank Rhhett_

Travellers who viewed Bistro West also viewed


Been to Bistro West? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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$6 - US$27
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 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
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 Executive Chef John Miller's 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, half-price on bottles of wine from our by-the-glass list every Monday, and Sunday Brunch served from 11am-2pm. 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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bistro West and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Naples, Florida
4 months ago
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Manchester, New Hampshire

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Bistro West staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?