April 28, 2017

Best of Carlsbad: Top Spots for an Amazing Dinner


Looking to go a little farther south than the crowded beaches in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and other Orange County beach towns? Carlsbad, California, might be the perfect vacation destination for you! We’ve rounded up our favorites in the adventurous city of Carlsbad for a night out with girlfriends, a quaint date night, family dinners, and everything in between! And all in close proximity to any of our Carlsbad vacation rentals !

The Compass
300 Carlsbad Village Dr
Ste 202
Carlsbad, CA 92008


Known for their decadent truffle fries, apple cider brussels sprouts and other delicious gastropub eats, The Compass provides a relaxing and fun environment to grab a satisfying bite to eat and a drink after a long day shopping at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, or the Carlsbad State Beach. Reviewers rave about the bacon wrapped dates, pan roasted local halibut, and churros with chocolate. The Compass is the perfect end to a casual date day or friend night, and a unique place to grab a good drink at the bar without compromising on good food!

Ignite Bistro and Wine Spot
6996 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009


From 3-6pm everyday, enjoy happy hour at Ignite Bistro to reward yourself after a long day of entertaining the kids at one of many Southern California beach towns. Ignite Bistro offers the fun drinks and happy hour experience without sacrificing the classy dining environment of a top tier restaurant. With menu choices like lobster quinoa risotto, oysters to go with your wine, and lobster rolls, Ignite Bistro is the place to be on a sunset-filled evening in Carlsbad. Whether you are looking for a relaxing evening to yourself, a place to hang with gal pals, or a great date night location, Ignite has everything you need for a great dinner experience.

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen
6985 El Camino Real
Ste 108
Carlsbad, CA 92009


If you are looking for a more casual and healthy way to feel the whole family, look no further than Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen. Similar to other healthy eating casual crowd pleasers, Tin Leaf offers healthy and high quality organic meals, but with the variety of larger restaurant chains (think Tender Greens meets Panera). Eat in their simple patio seating area, or take it to go while exploring other things to do in Carlsbad. This is one of our favorite options for the satisfaction of a delicious meal and the guarantee of meeting the hearty and healthy needs of the whole family.

BKK Thai Kitchen
1818 Marron Rd
Ste 104
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Located in the same neighborhood as the Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Flower Fields, and The Compass, BKK Thai Kitchen provides some of the best Thai Food in the area. At affordable prices and friendly customer service, BKK has quickly become a local favorite for authentic Thai cuisine. Try the drunken noodles, infamous pad Thai, or the Tom Kha Khai soup, harmonizing the sweetness of coconut mild and the spice of Thai cuisine. At night, BKK transforms into a quaint date spot with paper lamps, candles, and twinkling lights that provide the best sort of simplistic date night experience in Southern California.

Fish District
2675 Gateway Rd
Ste 102
Carlsbad, CA 92010

One of the best parts of visiting the coast is the large spread of seafood available around every corner. We especially love the Fish District because they offer fresh seafood at affordable prices that meet the needs of the whole family. From 2-5pm, they also offer happy hour for $2.95 tacos! Try the ahi poke bowl, salmon quinoa bowl, clam chowder, or classic fish n chips. If you are choosing to visit the Fish District for dinnertime, the lines tend to be more mellow than the lunch rush hour, so we suggest making this one of your last stops to avoid traffic and difficult parking.

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