Only steps away from the famous La Jolla Shore, this establishment is always crowded with locals, ranging from college students to business professionals. An eclectic assortment of tables and chairs is accompanied by lively jazz music playing overhead. In addition, a surprisingly extensive menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Popular entrees include the Tuna Melt, Shrimp Pasta Salad, and Turkey Lasagna. Meanwhile, dozens of pastries line a glass display case at the order counter. Choose from tarts, cakes, croissants and danish.
Located in a Spanish Colonial style building that features an outdoor fountain and flora common to Mexico and the American southwest, Casa de Bandini recreates a dining experience from Old California. Outside, guests can sit at a bench and enjoy the shade beneath one the many trees near the fountain or at a table with an umbrella. Inside, guests can dine in a well-lit, multi-colored dining room, where they can also watch the making of hand-made tortillas. While guests enjoy their meals of enchiladas, burritos, and other Mexican favorites, they can listen to the sounds of the house Mariachi band. Casa de Bandini also offers a Gluten free menu, vegetarian menu, and a happy hour every weekday from 4p until 7p. - Erick Petterson
Visit Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse if you want to indulge yourselves. From magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, to the sublime prime steaks and seafood with the heartiness of Italian cooking, will just make you want for more. Their full bar features an impressive wine list. The Seafood & Steakhouse is a great place for parties and special events with an awe inspiring ocean backdrop or just dine in their grand private dining room for an atmosphere of the classic Italian charm. Godere!
Fresco Trattoria & Bar at Carlsbad is an upscale Italian restaurant with an extensive menu of pasta, pizza, soup and salads. The restaurant is cozy and charming with its cream and coffee hues, dark wooden furniture, hand painted murals, lovely outdoor patios and its close proximity to the ocean. You can just hear the waves calling out to you if you are dining at the patio. The food is a work of love, deliciously hearty and soul warming such as the Rigatoni Salsiccia alla Siciliana, Veal Milanese, Pizza Rustica and Linguine Mare Mosso. And a delightful end with desserts like chocolate souffle, raspberry sorbet and pastries. Fresco has an amazing wine list, so whether you are a wine aficionado or a newbie, you will have plenty to choose from. The restaurant has got two patios while one is by the sidewalk with a lot of tables laid in front, the other is wonderfully landscaped. Fresco is ideal for a memorable evening of romance.
Fresco Grill is the sister restaurant of Fresco Trattoria and is nestled in the River Village shopping center of Bonsall. The restaurant serves traditional Italian food with an innovative twist using the freshest ingredients available. The ambience is casual yet chic with features like Italian music every Wednesday and Friday, alfresco dining and a wine bar with an award winning wine list and signature cocktails. If you want to savor wholesome, ambrosial and appetizing Italian food paired with excellent wine, then step into Fresco for a lovely dining experience.
Featuring handcrafted brews, tasty entrees and an upbeat atmosphere, this restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike. Inside, the bar holds a prominent spot, spanning one long wall. Tall tables are accompanied by a black and white decor. An outside patio is also available. The lunchtime menu offers pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and more. At dinnertime, try one of the house specialties. Creole Chicken Penne Pasta and Lobster Tacos Vera Cruz are both customer favorites. Remember to try a handcrafted lager or ale with your meal.
Located on the second story of a trendy Carlsbad shopping arena, Gregorio's Italian Restaurant sports a modern atmosphere and top-notch cuisine. Inside, black and white decor creates a contemporary look. Customers are seated among black tables and chairs, or at the sleek bar. On the outside, several umbrella-topped tables line the balcony, overlooking downtown Carlsbad. Specialty pizzas are popular. Consider eggplant pizza, with mozzarella, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic and eggplant. The restaurant serves delicious pasta entrees as well. Pasta Emilia offers vodka cream sauce with peas and mushrooms.
Within steps of the cliffs overlooking Carlsbad State Beach, Las Olas offers a glimpse into San Diego's culture that visitors cannot get elsewhere. Located on the west side of the famous Highway 101, on the outside Las Olas may not look busy, though most days their combination of daily lunch specials, happy hour, take out, delivery, and catering makes them a favorite Mexican hang out for locals and visitors. Among their less traditional dishes, Las Olas offers a Smokin' Quesadilla Pizza for starters, as well as a vegetable quesadilla, fresh local "Puerto Nuevo Style" lobster, Mexican Seafood Sautée, and so much more. - Erick Pettersen
Managed by a brother and sister team, this dining venue is best known as the home of an incredible tomato sauce. Whether you order seafood, veal or pasta, be sure to request this notable sauce, which is thick and chunky, loaded with garlic and jalapenos. For those who choose not to partake of the infamous sauce, there are other entree options available, including the Sicilian Chicken Salad or Eggplant Parmigiana.
Campfire offers a rustic chic decor with spacious seating. Serving a lavish menu, they offer an essence of local food culture. You can try out some of their house specials like Campfire bowl or Seafood Pozole Verde. Drop by for a delicious brunch or sip some of their alluring, house made cocktails. The restaurant is sure to make your visit worthwhile, with its warm service and enticing meals. They also offer party meal menu for bigger groups with scrumptious food choices.
Featuring top of the line sandwiches and salads, this spot is a gourmet favorite in the Carlsbad community. The indoor facility includes a gourmet market with beverage coolers and a deli case that offers fresh meats, cheese, breads and desserts. Place orders at the counter and eat outside at one of the white patio tables. Gourmet sandwiches are the menu highlight. Try the Greek Turkey Sandwich served with Feta, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppercinis and vinaigrette. Lunchtime catering and delivery is available.