North County San Diego has some exceptional restaurants with amazingly talented chefs, Here is a list of some of the best of the best, just to give you a taste of what North County has to offer. For more information: San Diego 101 Dining
Best Restaurants in North County San Diego:
Vigilucci’s Italian Restaurants
Vigilucci’s Italian Restaurants are now celebrating 20 years, Vigilucci’s offers authentic Italian recipes from Milan. Roberto Vigilucci has a passion for traditional Italian cuisine. In Italy the kitchen is the center gathering spot for the family. So, Roberto has many happy memories of childhood in Milano and the delicious Italian home cooking he enjoyed. Vigilucci’s has several locations in the San Diego region including 2 restaurants and a Gourmet Market in Carlsbad Village.
The “Hot Tomato” creates old world Sicilian style cuisine with specialty pasta’s and gourmet pizza. They offer a fabulous Cajun Gorgonzola cream sauce tossed w/artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes & Cajun seasonings that is to die for. Another one of my favorites is their Baked Artichoke dip with lots of garlic, cheese and olives, yum! However, let’s not forget their award winning garlic bread, that has won the award of “Best Garlic Bread in San Diego” for many years.
Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant
Gregorio’s specialty items on the menu include traditional Sicilian style Italian cuisine. They also offer a multitude of gluten free items to their customers. One of my favorite things on the menu is their “Eggplant Slider”. Therefore, basically it is the Eggplant Parmesan on a delicious Hawaiian bun. Gregorio’s owner Greg Nelson is a community philanthropist. As a boy Greg growing up in Carlsbad, Greg used to go to the local Boys and Girls Club quite frequently. So, for 3 consecutive years, Greg gave all the earnings from the restaurant to the “Boys and Girls Club”.
Cicciotti’s is casual Italian dining cooked by a Published Author & Chef Gaetano Cicciotti. Cicciotti’s Trattoria serves classic Italian pasta like fettuccine Alfredo which you might find in Italian restaurants. But you won’t find Italian restaurants that cook fresh Italian food the way Gaetano Cicciotti does.
Campfire’s menu is based around its two 48″ round grills that will cook up locally-sourced and sustainable meat and seafood as well as seasonal veggies all in the name of Argentinian barbecue. However, Campfire offers a nostalgic, modernist take on camping culture in its communally-inclined, 185-seat indoor/outdoor space, which includes a 25-seat copper bar and a kid-friendly custom teepee.
Bringing fresh heat to the North County dining landscape is Campfire.
Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar
Chef David Gallardo’s spotlights organic prime meats, game and fish prepared with traditional French sophistication. Paon Restaurant offers French-‐‑Californian cuisine, an “excellent wine list” and “top-‐‑notch” service in a “romantic” Art Deco setting that is perfect for special occasions.
Vivace Park Hyatt Aviara
Vivace is a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant that offers a vibrant dining scene, serving a fresh and innovative Italian cuisine. But, Vivace has a sleek, modern, contemporary atmosphere to relax and enjoy delicious food and great wine. However, the word Vivace means “alive” in Italian and that is what Vivace offers in a farm to table environment with seasonal favorites. So come & enjoy a romantic dinner by the fireplace in the winter or outside on the patio in the summertime. website
West Steak & Seafood
West Steak and Seafood is known for its authentic farm-to-table approach, sourced from the restaurant’s privately owned three-acre farm, located close to the restaurant. West specializes in USDA prime steak, chops and fresh seafood. Executive Chef David Abella was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, started his career with Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and worked as their Executive Chef for over 20 years. Abella incorporates the Euro-‐‑Asian influence into his creations at West Steak and Seafood.
Windmill Food Hall
The long awaited Windmill Food Hall has finally arrived in Carlsbad after approximately one year in the making. It is a 12,000-square-foot dining and entertainment venue. James Markham is the owner & founder of this fabulous new foodie adventure. The food hall has 14 different food vendors with a wide variety of unique eats. Markham is known for inventing food trends in San Diego. One of his inventions is the sushi burrito which is offered in his new all day breakfast venue “Crackhead” in downtown Carlsbad Village.
The Windmill Food Hall is a place to showcase different and unusual food, like his doughballs pizza. Here is a list of restaurants that will be offered in the Windmill:
Cross Street Chicken & Beer
Bing Haus Desserts
The Fry Fix
Mesteeso Brazilian Coffee Co.
The Poke Stand
District 1 Pho
RJ’s Sizzlin’ Steer
Some of our favorites included:
- Lobster Bisque and Lobster Rolls from Lobster West
- Poke bowl from Poke Stand
- Banana Rolled Ice Cream from Bing Haus Desserts
Banana mixed with vanilla base topped with chocolate drizzle, strawberries, and whipped cream
If you are looking for something deliciously different in every way, look no further than the Windmill Food Hall. It has something for everyone in your party. Come and enjoy a relaxed fun atmosphere with tasty bites.
Clara is one of the best new restaurants
in the Carlsbad, one block from the beach. Because, Clara is the Spanish word for “clear,” it describes the pureness of the food; locally sourced, seasonal California fresh delights. Many of chef Carballo’s dishes are vegetable-based master pieces. Therefore some favorites are their cauliflower tacos and beet crusted flatbread. Carballo prefers the natural flavors of food over heavy cream sauces.
Beside delicious food, Clara also has some of the most original and tasty cocktails. The inspiration for the bar comes from Seth Marquez a local talent form Campfire & Sycamore Den.
Carlsbad Village Faire, Suite 212, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 994-0699. For more information: claracarlsbad.com
New Eats in Carlsbad – Dining and Drink Concept, Park 101 Carlsbad is the new hip hangout in the Village.
Park 101 is Carlsbad’s unique answer to community dining, lounging, and sipping in style in the heart of the Village. There is something for everyone at the multi-level, plaza-style complex. You’ll certainly want to stay and soak up the atmosphere at Park 101.
This brave new concept, located right on Coast Highway 101, promises to literally change the landscape. It isn’t just a restaurant or a bar or a park. Instead it is a gathering place that’s a little bit of all three.
Chandler’s Oceanfront Dining
Local, Coastal, Unexpected Carlsbad Dining!
Relish in farm-to-table cuisine handcrafted with a fresh and flavorful approach at our ocean view restaurant in Carlsbad, Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge. Our long-time favorites, ranging from apps to desserts, have been reinvented with upscale ingredients to offer a sense of coastal California in every bite. Ocean views served complimentary.
Chandler’s Restaurant 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 USA +1 760.602.0800
Jeune et Jolie
Owner John Resnick and Chef Andrew Bachelier opened Jeune et Jolie, a nouvelle French restaurant just a block north of their first restaurant, Campfire, in Carlsbad Village. The name Jeune et Jolie come from their daughters, 4-year-old Elsie June Resnick and 15-month-old Margot Jolie Bachelier. The restaurant specializes in delicious french style food.
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