Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
Carlsbad, CA USA
January 19, 2014


Dining in Carlsbad

PAON Restaurant Wine Bar
Anyone who enjoys fine French cuisine will absolutely love a meal at this restaurant. This is widely considered to be the best fine dining option in Carlsbad. The service is excellent. The servers are all very knowledgeable, and they do a great job of recommending wines to pair with dishes. The wine list is very large, and the servers will patiently allow guests to sample wines until they find one they like. This is the best place to go in Carlsbad for diners looking for great food and a fantastic atmosphere.

Bistro West
The food here is phenomenal, and the atmosphere is great. There is a splendid fountain that overlooks the main dining area. The soothing sounds of the fountain create an atmosphere of peace and luxury. The décor is also lovely. The service is fantastic. They will handle the pickiest of requests with aplomb and a smile. The potions are all generous, and the prices are very reasonable. The appetizers and drinks are one of the best things about Bistro West, so it is always very popular for happy hour.

Rubio's
This restaurant offer a mixture of American cuisine and California takes on Mexican dishes. Servers are very attentive, and the food always gets out to diners very quickly. The best things on the menu are the Mexican dishes. The fish tacos in particular are out of this world. Another great thing about Rubio's is that the prices will not empty out patrons' wallets. This place is definitely a must for anyone in Carlsbad.

Tip Top Meats
This is the place to go in Carlsbad for meat lovers. The portions are extremely generous, and the prices are quite reasonable. It has a very casual atmosphere. Patrons order at the counter and then seat themselves. The food is brought out very quickly. The steaks are very good. The sandwiches are another highlight of the menu. Tip Top also has an attached butcher shop, so customers can purchase some quality meat to take home with them after their meals.

Las Olas
Anyone looking for a great Mexican meal in Carlsbad should give Las Olas a try. This place is always packed, because Carlsbad residents know that this is the best place in town to dine on traditional Mexican cuisine. The free chips and salsa are definitely a step above the average Mexican restaurant. The service is fast and friendly. Just a block from the beach, visitors will love to enjoy a sunset dinner at Las Olas.

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen
This is a delightful place to have a meal in Carlsbad. The décor inside is lovely, and they also have a large, pleasant outdoor seating area. There is a children's play area outside for kids to enjoy. They only use the freshest ingredients, and this makes everything on the menu delicious. There is a great wine list that is very reasonably priced. One of the best parts of Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen is their homemade specialty sodas, which are delicious and unique.