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Dining in Carlsbad

Carlsbad, California offers something to suit all gastronomic tastes. Ranging from award winning and innovative upscale restaurants to classic street food joints, from family restaurants to wine bars and craft beer, Carlsbad food options have a range of choices to offer. 


Mid Range Restaurants in Carlsbad 

Carlsbad food lovers and visitors to the city will find a number of mid range restaurants to choose from. Pelly's Fish Market and Cafe is a popular mid range seafood restaurant on Avenida Encinas which is kid friendly, allow patrons to bring their own beer and choose gluten free options. The Harbor Fish Cafe on Carlsbad Blvd is another popular mid range seafood joint. For breakfast or brunch, Naked Cafe on Carlsbad Village Drive offers a great selection of organic ingredients and sandwiches including gluten free choices. Other popular restaurants in Carlsbad include Hooked on Sushi for Japanese cuisine, the family friendly Pizza Port for pizza and craft beer, and the Lotus Thai Bistro for Thai options include plenty of choices for vegetarians.

 

Carlsbad Food and Fine Dining

There are a number of upscale dining options for splurging on special occasions. The Paon Restaurant and Wine Bar on Roosevelt Street offers romantic and outdoor dining for French and Californian cuisine. The West Steakhouse on Avenida Encinas is the place to splurge on seafood in a romantic ambiance. Vigilucci's Seafood and Steakhouse on State Street is vegan friendly, romantic, family friendly and offers outdoor dining along with BYOB allowance. The Blue Fire Grille at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa offers luxurious and ambient dining with stunning views. The high end Vivace at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort offers multi-course meals with excellent service and ambient settings. 


Craft Beer and Wine Bars

Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant on Armada Drive is a popular mid-range American pub and eatery that offers a great selection of craft brews. Pizza Port also offers a variety of excellent craft beers. O'Sullivan's Irish Pub on Grand Avenue is another option that also offers outdoor dining. For a more romantic (and upscale) choice in wine bars there is the Twenty/20 Grill and Wine Bar on Grand Pacific Drive, with outdoor dining and live music. 

 

Carlsbad Desserts

Carlsbad food enthusiasts also have a number of affordable bakery options available to them including the French Bakery on Carlsbad Village Drive and Panera Bread at Calle Barcelona. When in Carlsbad, food lovers are also spoiled for choice in desserts. The Cold Stone Creamery and Rita's Italian Ice Carlsbad are a few of the options that end a night of eating out in the city.