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Bistro West in Carlsbad - Skip it

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On someone's recommendation we went to Bistro West in Carlsbad. It's a huge new restaurant as part of the West complex that includes a steak house and hotel. The restaurant has been opened 6 weeks. The menu is huge, everyting from rotisserie chicken to steak to salads. While it was recommended to me by someone that compared it to a fine restaurant, alas it was far from that, more like an upscale Denny's. We had salads, chicken and pot sticker appetizers. Nothing was particularly good. The best of the bunch was a Chinese chicken salad ($13) which consisted of finely chopped lettuce some pieces of broiled chicken, wonton crisps and noodles. No oranges. It was bland and undistinguished. A baby green with roasted chicken added was meager and expensive, about $18. While the restaurant was huge with an appetizing menu, the food was very mediocre. We won't return. It makes Claim Jumper down the street seem gourmet.

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  1. That's sad to hear. I've had some fantastic meals at thier other restaurant.

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      1. I was not to thrilled with the steakhouse. It was fine, but for the prices I think it could of been better. It also seemed a little too corporate slick for me, I would go back if it was on someones dime. I have no real desire to go to the bistro but I will probably end up there cuz my s.o. really wants to try it. My feeling is that it would be more like PGB than chundy given my experience at the steakhouse

        1. Hey, what happened to my previous reply in rebuttal to PGB's? What gives? If we disagree then mine gets axed? :o) Hey, I've been to West 4 times and each time has been wonderful - the service, the atmosphere, the food, West Steakhouse is my favorite restaurant. It's hard to believe, since I've had such good experiences that others have not. As for Bistro West, I have to admit that the 2nd time I went there I didn't have the best experience of my life, but it was still good. When it is busy it can seem crowded and noisy, so just go at an off time and have a great meal. :o) I suggest the Grilled Chicken Panini. I still want to go back and try the Kobe beef hamburgers. PGB's comparisons of Bistro West with an "upscale" Denny's and Claim Jumper are cheap shots. Sorry you didn't like Bistro - I'd really like to know what you do like. Please guys, just because I do like this restaurant, don't delete my post. Bistro West is very good and doesn't deserve to be dissed like this.

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          1. re: cbundy

            I'm sure that something else is going on -- They didn't delete my post for liking West steakhouse (and by the way, it is my and the fiancee's favorite place too to go for steak--the duck confit is awesome)

            Like any restaurant, there are on and off nights - and of course everyone's taste is different.

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            1. Just went to Bistro west again not too long ago - it seems like they have off hours - when they are on they are really on, when they are off it's meh.
              Went on a Sunday around 2pm, between brunch and dinner - horrible service, waited about 20 minutes just to get our order taken. Was very disappointed.
              Came again during friday lunch hour and had a great time, with one of the best high-end burgers I've eaten in san diego.
              (Although the caesar dressing on my salad was pure mayo, the manager overheard my comment, apologized profusely and took it off the bill without a hitch.)