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We will be staying in Carlsbad for 4 nights at the Park Hyatt Aviara with our dog (who cannot be left alone in the hotel room).

We would love to find restaurants with patios which might let her be with us during dinner. If these options do not exist, we can leave her in the car (because the weather will be cool) with the moon roof open. We would need to visibly see the car from our table in order to not worry about the dog during our meal.

We do not want fine dining but always enjoy really good food (seafood is a real treat for us coming from Denver). Are there any exceptional Mexican restaurants in the area?

What do you think of Vigilucci's in Encinitas or Jake's in Del Mar?

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  1. I posted a very similar thread a few days ago, and many people kindly answered. See it here:
    (qwik summary- strong NO on Jakes..) :-)
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833491

    1. Actually, the food at your hotel can be very, very good.

      1. Vivace in your hotel is the most wonderful dining ,regional Italian . Exceptional chef

        1. While they do not get much love here, we have had consistently good chow at Vigiluci's Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad. You can get some simple pastas or expensive steaks. They have a patio which MAY allow for your dog. It is across the street from the beach. Quite nice.

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          1. re: eatemup

            I beg to differ on Vigilucci's. Average food, at best. Their simple pastas are no better than what I can do with good ingredients.

            Skip Jake's.

            Blue Ribbon Artisinal Pizzeria in Encinitas has a patio. Not sure if they allow dogs, but if you get a table closer to the parking lot, you could keep an eye on him.

            Kaito has nice large windows which have a great view of the parking lot.

          2. I'd take a look at Bull Taco- it's totally inauthentic Mexican, but incredible view and you can bring your dog to the outdoor eating area.

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            1. re: chetatkinsdiet

              Blue Ribbon Artison Pizza in Encinitas. Patio. Dogs are adored and the food is terrific! And, no, I don't work for them...But I am having my birthday lunch there next week, so I put my money where my mouth is!

              1. re: adhock

                Definitely add it to my growing list.

                I called The Park Hyatt and learned that the only place to eat with a dog is their Ocean Pool bar (with all of the kids)--no thanks.

                1. re: JudyDenver

                  I feel the same way about eating around dogs....No Thanks. Try http://holidaypethotel.com/ in Encinitas they have 3.5 out of 5 stars and they may allow humans to eat there as well (without kids)

                  1. re: zionlion

                    Thanks for your link but our entire purpose of our 2 weeks trip is to be with our dog. This is sour 5th cross country trip with the dog and we enjoy having her with us so much that we are willing to make compromises. Thankfully there are many upscale places to stay with her as well as great restaurants with pet friendly patios. She is far better behaved than most children and quietly sits at our feet. too bad obnoxious, barking dogs have created a problem for those of us with silent, calm animals.

                    1. re: JudyDenver

                      You might want to investigate getting your beloved companion certified as as a service dog.

                      Our Great Dane goes everywhere, anyplace in the U.S. and Mexico with my husband..

                      Tthis includes restaurants, Wal-Mart, Costco, Von's, Ralph's, Trader Joe's, Home Depot, and hospitals (he got into bed with me in the emergency room).

                      Also, our service dog gets a free seat on airlines.