Restaurants in Carlsbad

Best Restaurants

Jeune et Jolie 2659 State St Suite 102, Carlsbad French • $$$
2659 State St Suite 102, Carlsbad

“One word: impeccable! In a total bonehead move I booked my reservation on the wrong day, but much to my delight and surprise, they were extremely accommodating. The experience started at the door with a professional and polite hostess handling the situation gracefully. The GM, Rachel, was nice enough to get us a spot. Then came the outstanding service from the bar staff, and food runners...each one with detailed and articulate descriptions of the food. The food and drink speak for themselves, and quite frankly they are award winning for a reason. You could never regret a single morsel you would consume here. The atmosphere is cozy, but still has a fun and lively feel. After one of the best and most imaginative meals I've ever had, I can safely say I'll be back. Thanks to the whole team there, keep it up!”

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GONZO! 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad Ramen • $$
300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad

“This place NEVER disappoints the Gonzo Red Head just the right amount of spice coupled with tender pork belly, soft and chewy noodles and killer broth. The curry cutlets are on point as well, proper beef breaded curry really hits it. This is our favorite when we're in the area.”

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4.7Superb811 Reviews
Café Topes 3091 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad Cafe • $$
3091 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad

“Great food & friendly people working there !Parking ******That’s another matter, keep back up with in inches of my new SUV ?I talked to the Stupid blonde, she told me to back up !Mind you I’m sitting down watching her back up, I hit alarm on my remote so she doesn’t run into my new ride..Totally clueless blonde; gives blondes a bad wrap !Besides that; get there early; line grew half way around restaurant while we ate outside..”

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4.7Superb634 Reviews
Don's Country Kitchen‎ 2885 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad Breakfast • $$
2885 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad

“Travelling from LA to San Diego, decided to stop by at this place with my family, the service provided is truly exceptional, and the food served is not only delicious but also of outstanding quality, making the overall dining experience truly remarkable.”

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4.7Superb398 Reviews
Nick's on State 2742 State St Suite 100, Carlsbad American • $$$
2742 State St Suite 100, Carlsbad

“I had the prime rib melt. The bread was great, but the steak was a bit too chewy... Almost tough to eat. That said, it tasted terrific, but I probably wouldn't get that particular meal again.Asparagus fries (yep, that's a thing) are awesome.”

4.6Superb614 Reviews
2051 Cucina Italiana 2051 Palomar Airport Rd Ste 175, Carlsbad Italian • $$
2051 Palomar Airport Rd Ste 175, Carlsbad

“Best Italian food I've had. I went with an Italian classmate of mine to this place and we had a great experience with the appetizer, entrees, and dessert. Everything overall was great. When I first received my food, I was like there's no way this would fill me up, but it definitely got me there and the end it with desert was perfect. I would love to go back again.”

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Restaurants by Cuisine

Pure Project Carlsbad 2825 State St, Carlsbad Brewery • $$
2825 State St, Carlsbad

“Fantastically murky beers that are so smooth and velvety that your tastebuds will melt right off. Pairs great with sand and sunsets! A must visit for any beer lover in Southern CA!”

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4.9Superb178 Reviews
Campfire 2725 State St, Carlsbad New American • $$
2725 State St, Carlsbad

“Campfire is one of my favorite restaurants in Carlsbad. Whenever we have friends visiting us in Vista, we make the trek because it is 100% worth it. I’ve never had a bad meal here and the drinks always great. Everyone says it, but, don’t pass on the broccoli.”

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4.5Superb1134 Reviews
Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe 950 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad American • $$
950 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad

“This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Whenever I'm in Carlsbad I make sure to stop here there's not one thing on the menu that's not good. If you like good old fashioned American comfort food and excellent service and great coffee this is definitely the place .”

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4.6Superb430 Reviews

Restaurants with Delivery

Tortilla Mia Mexican Restaurant 2939 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad Mexican • $$
2939 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad

“I was in San Diego visiting a good friend. We did a nearby hike and I mentioned that I wanted some Mexican food for lunch. The menu options were great and the prices were very reasonable. The food came out on time and was delicious. If you’re in the area and craving Mexican, check this place out. Oh, and make sure you get a margarita or two :-)”

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4.6Superb329 Reviews
Paon Restaurant & Bar 2975 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad French • $$$
2975 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad

“This restaurant is not to be missed. The food was great. We had a sea bass special and a tomahawk pork tenderloin. Both were great. Best of all, our server was outstanding. When you go, be sure to ask for Eugene. He is the best.”

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Del Lusso Pizza 6021 Innovation Way Suite 120, Carlsbad Pizza • $$
6021 Innovation Way Suite 120, Carlsbad

“Excellent margarita pizza. High quality cheese, the sauce is perfect, the size is perfect, and the dough is thin & very tasty. I would usually prefer a slightly crispier crust, but that may be a product of ordering it to go, & it's still better than anything else in the area.”

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4.6Superb297 Reviews

Outdoor Dining

AVO Café (All Vegan Organic) 5808 Van Allen Way STE 115, Carlsbad Cafe • $$
5808 Van Allen Way STE 115, Carlsbad

“?10/10? The best plant-based food in San Diego! Not only is everything delicious but I feel SO good after eating the food here. My favorite is the classic Avo Bowl which fuels me and gives me energy throughout the day. Sher and Mark are incredible people who genuinely care about every customer. So grateful for Avo Café!! ?Dietary restrictions: My son has a sesame and walnut allergy and they don’t cook with walnuts but with sesame and they will gladly modify anything with sesame for him ??Parking: Lots of parkingKid-friendliness: Kid friendly foods, smoothies and baked goodsWheelchair accessibility: Easy wheelchair accessible”

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4.7Superb181 Reviews
Burgeon Beer Company 6350 Yarrow Dr STE C, Carlsbad Brewery • $$
6350 Yarrow Dr STE C, Carlsbad

“Without a doubt. Burgeon Brewery production of the best beers anywhere. The large list of Burgeon IPAs is second to none. Then there's the Pales ales. Incredible. Pilsner popularity are on the rise and leading the pack again is Burgeon. To be fair there is a plethora of amazing brewery's in SD . Particularly north county coast. But the comparison of any to Burgeon isn't even close. If your thinking of visiting a few breweries while in SDs north county coast I would highly recommend you try them 1st. If you start at Burgeon the others won't be as impressive. 2 other very important aspects of this brewery are the people who work here. Very knowledgeable and strive to take care of anyone who walks in the door. See it every time we go. And the food trucks. If Burgeon has them , expect some of the best in town serving you.”

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King's Fish House 5625 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad Seafood • $$
5625 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

“Good food, good service. The only place around North County we could find that has fresh lobster and also crab legs and for a good price. Also has all kinds of fish, salads, clam chowder, sourdough bread. Our go-to place now for birthdays.”

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4.4Superb587 Reviews

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The Roosevelt Pizzeria 3067 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad Pizza • $$
3067 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad

“If you're looking for a cozy spot off the beaten path to enjoy some homemade Italian food in Carlsbad, you have to stop at Roosevelt Pizzeria. This family owned restaurant is small but offers some amazing dishes. We loved the pizza, and the mushroom Gnocchi was very nice. Seating inside is limited, but there is available outdoor seating as well. Nice friendly service!”

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4.5Superb271 Reviews
Casa De Bandini at The Forum 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad Mexican • $$
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad

“Amazing find from Google search. Ample parking in an upscale outdoor mall called The Forum. Friday night the place was packed. Although we were told it would be almost an hour wait, we were pleasantly surprised to get in only 15 minutes. Service was amazing. Jose Luna was our waiter and was fantastic. Wife says Coconut Margarita was the best she's ever had. Our dishes were served quickly and hot. The pork burrito was amazing. Deep fried ice cream dessert was on point and a great value. Mariachi singers were great and sung many different unexpected songs. Overall an amazing experience. Definitely be back.”

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4.4Superb474 Reviews
Hooked On Sushi 2508 S El Camino Real A-B, Carlsbad Sushi • $$
2508 S El Camino Real A-B, Carlsbad

“Wow, I cannot say enough about the combination lunch special. Sooo much incredible food for a great price! The tempura and chicken teriyaki are especially delcious!”

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4.4Superb458 Reviews

Takeout Restaurants

Broken Yolk Cafe 7670 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Breakfast • $$
7670 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

“The food was tasty (didn't need salt and pepper) but I love adding it I feel that they help unleash natural flavors. I digress great location great atmosphere. Looks clean and neat the service was great. I have no complaints. I liked that I could pay my bill with a QR code which was an awesome feature.”

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4.4Superb435 Reviews
Beach Plum Kitchen 6971 El Camino Real #201, Carlsbad Breakfast • $$
6971 El Camino Real #201, Carlsbad

“What an amazing restaurant. Gracie (General Manager) helped us give my wife an amazing birthday. Top notch service and delicious food, everyone was so kind and the atmosphere was fun and upbeat. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.”

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Taste of the Himalayas 300 Carlsbad Village Dr #106, Carlsbad Indian • $$
300 Carlsbad Village Dr #106, Carlsbad

“The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable about ingredients and flavors for each plate. The slit pea soup, lamb, and tandoori chicken with veggies was delicious, I would come back every time I'm in town it was soo good. Sitting outside gives you a view of a fountain and music from nearby restaurants.”

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Drive-Thru Restaurants

Draft Republic - Carlsbad 5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad Sports Bar • $$
5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad

“Was here for a retirement party and it was a Thursday evening so the place wasn't too crowded. They have a great selection of beers and food. I loved the cheese & the giant pretzel! I think the only downside is that the restaurant isn't really well lit so my pictures didn't really turn out great.”

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Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar 2958 Madison St #100, Carlsbad Japanese • $$
2958 Madison St #100, Carlsbad

“Great food super friendly staff we were able to sit at the bar and eat California rolls and drink beers and it was a lot of fun and you should try it Alex helped us and it was awesome.”

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4.4Superb376 Reviews
Swami's Cafe Carlsbad 2780 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad American • $$
2780 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad

“Excellent place!!! We loved the food and the service. Everyone at the restaurant was so kind and hospitable. The food was served fast and the quality of the food was superb.”

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4.4Superb327 Reviews

Cheap Eats

Spirito's Italian Diner 2508 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Italian • $$
2508 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

“The lasagna is definitely what you come here to get, their weekday sauce is pretty good, their meat sauce is pretty good, their spaghetti noodles were mushy. The meatball that came with the spaghetti was really good, I really would need anything other than lasagna here.The past two times I've come in there's been no soap to wash your hands in the bathroom, which is pretty telling about the people that work here, gross, luckily we've never had any issues.”

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4.4Superb304 Reviews
Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse 3878 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad Steak House • $$$
3878 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad

“Everything from the bread service to the main course was good, except the salad. I hated cutting my own Cesar salad :( Otherwise, very nice, start to finish. We were too full for dessert but suspect it would be good too.”

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Paradise Pizza Facing Roosevelt, 2564 State St F, Carlsbad Pizza • $$
Facing Roosevelt, 2564 State St F, Carlsbad

“Nice small pizzeria with delicious pie and a friendly proprietor. I will return when I'm in Carlsbad.Vegetarian options: Pizza can always be ordered vegetarian.”

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4.5Superb170 Reviews
Carlsbad Brewing Company 6133 Innovation Way Suite 101, Carlsbad Gastropubs • $$
6133 Innovation Way Suite 101, Carlsbad

“Fantastic beer selection. Their hazy IPA was delish. My husband had a burger which he said was great. BBQ chicken pizza was pretty good. They sell canned beer to go. Very small patio (probably seats about 6-8) where you can have a beer and watch planes coming into Palomar Airport.”

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Fresco Cocina 2858 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad Mexican • $$$
2858 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad

“Fresco Cocina in Carlsbad totally nailed it! The churasco was like a flavor explosion—so juicy and grilled just right. And let's talk about their margaritas—refreshing AF! The vibe was chill, and the staff was on point. If you're into awesome South American grub and a cool vibe, Fresco's the spot.”

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4.4Superb259 Reviews
Ponto Lago 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad American • $$$$
7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad

“We had the Sunday brunch which was excellent! They had a spread of cold items, salads, fresh fruits, and seafood... all delicious! The warm food was nice as well, though I did not love their paella. The best was their deserts.... the pastry chefs killed it! Probably the best Churros I have ever had! The service was excellent, and they had live music with a guitar player. The dining room is light and nicely decorated. The hotel grounds are very beautiful to take a walk around after eating.”

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