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West End Bar & Kitchen
New England Clam Chowder
Award winning chowdah made with whole manila clams and sourced from the Carlsbad aqua farm. Served with crostini
Gluten free ravioli stuffed with fresh kale, mozzarella, fresh garden vegetables in a light creamy gorgonzola sauce
Crispy-Skinned Duck Leg Confit
Two crispy duck legs glazed with a blood orange reduction served with porcini mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables sauteed in extra virgin olive oil
Excellent food - buratta cheese & Brussel sprouts as starters - followed by lamb shank ( my husband) and entree crab salad ( me) - all delicious! And they serve a decent martini to boot!!
This was the first time we had been to this restaurant. After months of not going out at all we were meeting good friends and wanted to try a new place. The menu looked good; lots of options along with a full bar and nice wines. The restaurant had inside and outside dining that was very comfortable. Parking was a minor issue but not enough to make it so we wouldn't come back again. The main downfall was our server. He was very pushy, not patient at all. It took us a few minutes to get settled and to look at the menu to decide on drinks. That did not make him happy at all. (Just to be clear, the restaurant was fairly quiet so it wasn't like he wanted to turn the table quickly). Three out of the four of us ordered a drink. We also ordered an appetizer to share. When it came to ordering an entree, my husband and I decided to share. He rolled his eyes and huffed off like we were the worst patrons ever. It wasn't like we weren't spending any money. Our bill was almost $200, not including tip. I know we all need to be patient and considerate of each other especially right now with what we've all been going through with the pandemic but doesn't that go both ways? Maybe we were on a tight budget. Or maybe we were on a diet. This was not for the waiter to judge. He needs to have a little customer service training if he is going to stay in the hospitality industry. And unfortunately, it might keep me from recommending this restaurant to friends even though we all really enjoyed our meals. It was one of the better meals I've had out in a restaurant in years. If we ever went back and this person was going to wait on us, I'd ask for another server or I'd get up and leave.
Great ambiance. Got there before 6pm, and it was very quiet. They have good wine by the glass, and the menu has a nice selection across the board. The West End salad is quite good, with blue cheese and pears. The chicken cutlets with arugula are good, though the salad a little dry. My wife loved the Scottish fish.
Great casual place with great drinks n service
Really nice evening. Food was delicious, setting lovely, and exceptional service. Was a bit disappointed to see no masking by staff or patrons coming and going, which I think may keep some people away. But outdoor areas are well ventilated and I will definitely return.
Great service and food!
First time at this establishment and was glad I came. The food and service was 1st class, and unlike most restaurants it was quite and comfortable. Portions are large, and the food is outstanding. If you enjoy Lamb Shanks this is the go-to place. The rest of the menu has something for everyone, and is extensive. Will come back here again.
This was our first time to West End and it won't be our last. We started with cocktails and appetizers, the "Goat Cheese" and the "Flat bread". All were really delicious and very generous servings. We were 4 people. The service was good and had someone checking on us several times. We ordered entrees and they did not disappoint. The West End Salad was delicious. Two of us had the "Duck Confit" and the "Lobster Ravioli". Everyone enjoyed their meals. We had lively conversation going on as did all the other tables around us. We sat in the outside covered patio.
My wife and I enjoyed brunch at West End Sunday - it was really enjoyable - great service (sat at a high top in the bar - the bartender was an excellent host), wonderful food (fish tacos and the tuna melt), bloody Mary's were perfect, etc.. This is the second time we've been in since the beginning of the pandemic - what a joy to rediscover and it's right here in Carmel Valley. Great job! We highly recommend.
We were celebrating my friend's birthday and the staff was especially attentive. So nice. They even brought her a special birthday dessert. The food did not disappoint! Our birthday guest had the duck and was a bit skeptical to order, but said it was wonderful. My husband had been craving a good burger, and was thoroughly satisfied with the angus burger. I ordered the nightly special, Branzini with a creamy pesto sauce. It was lovely. I especially enjoyed the mashed potatoes and the grilled vegetables. Everything was fresh and flavorful. My friend ordered the fruit cobbler and my husband & I split the Tiramisu. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed them both.
My one disappointment was that the staff were not wearing masks. No one. It made us think twice about staying for dinner. While I would love to believe every one of them is fully vaccinated, I work in the hotel & restaurant business and know that population is not as conscientious about vaccinations. Without getting preachy, we know that wearing a mask aids in the prevention of COVID transmission to them, the restaurant worker, and it also minimizes the risk of them having it and transmitting to a guest. West End has been one of our favorite local restaurants, but we are re-thinking that for the time being. And one small comment...the young man who was the server assistant was wearing what appeared to be high school logo'd gym shorts. Not attire we would expect to see in a finer restaurant like West End. His attire did spark a conversation at our table about current day dress codes and what that looks like during the pandemic and post pandemic. Our table was in agreement that his attire was not appropriate for the restaurant, for whatever that's worth. I see the next question coming in the survey is asking if I'd recommend the restaurant to a friend. For now, I'd have to say "no" because of the mask situation. Too bad because the food is delicious and the service was spot on.
Delicious food, outstanding service, we will be back soon...
I have to say quality is so bad it is disappointing to have spent over $200. Ugh!
The waiter was really nice but constantly bugging you to order (nicely) until you order but the attentiveness disappears as soon as your food comes. Also, the Food come too fast and the waiter
Be sure to ask if there is anything in the food not listed on the menu if you have allergies or cannot eat certain things. We had to send two meals back because they “marinated” the pork loin in siracha before breading and cooking…this preparation not only does not pair with the plated accompaniments but was unpalatable. The apple pear and cranberry chutney atop the meat was cold from the frig, the “whipped” potatoes were obviously made with waxy potatoes, over whipped so they were like glue, and they were reheated so partially cool. The vegetables, also seemed reheated, were overcooked, not hot, and soggy. Their “house made “ croutons are hard as rocks and flavorless.
The replacement items were just as poor quality but at least there were no hidden ingredients we were aware of.
The room was quite warm and the flies were a nuisance. I imagine that when the pandemic is over they will have that in resolved.
They serve overpriced cheap wine by the glass and make pesto with walnuts saying it is creamier but seriously how much creamier can walnuts be than pine nuts? I believe this is for cost savings.
Dessert? Seriously don’t bother. The profiteroles were frozen and hard and obviously came pre-made from a box from the Restaurant supplier. Yuck.
I think they need to cut this menu down to fewer items, partner with a local baker for REAL deserts and get better quality ingredients and chefs. But ultimately, people will eat anything.
For Italian food go to Little Italy or their neighbor Trattoria Ponte Vecchio - even they are much better!
Beware of the outdoor dining option. While the food and service were good, this place has a serious fly problem outside. There were flies swarming around our food throughout our meal which made it difficult to enjoy. At one point we counted 10 flies swirling around our ketchup. We tried to get a table closer to the road but were told those tables had been “specifically requested” and there was nothing they could do. If you plan on eating outdoors bring a fly swatter.
The food was very good, I had a nice mixed drink, and best of all the views out to Torrey Pines and the ocean were spectacular. Would definitely eat there again!
First time to visit Aug 2921 completely enjoyable brunch time meal had the lox Benedict OMG soooo good! Funky relaxed atmosphere with a view of the estuary
The food and environment were great! The service was also very good, but the hostess was very rude. We can be flexible, but we did not get to sit where we reserved and she very rudely said it was because the available tables were reserved for other parties.
The main courses weee excellent:halibut and cioppino were both very good with generous servings. The artichoke appetizer was just so so. Maybe a little too oily. Wine and beer choices were good and sorbet desert good also. Would go again
Food was very good to excellent. Wine prices are high--but that is no different from virtually all restaurants these days. I appreciate the skill and labor involved in creating excellent dishes. But a restaurant's skill and labor in opening a bottle of wine is rather low. Drinks may be where the profit is. So we drinkers subsidize the non-drinkers.
Service was attentive, prompt, amusing, informative.
Best Meal we have had the entire week! Variety of food selections , many restaurants seemed like they all served the same things!
Fabulous service and wonderful location !!
We will for sure recommend and return!!
We enjoyed our dinner. Everything was great.
The service was lovely, noise level was pleasant for conversation, pleasant atmosphere with a lovely view. I enjoyed the artichoke appetizer, and the crab cake salad was delicious. I was told the cheeseburgers and fries were ok. Will definitely return, look forward to trying some of the entrees.
We were in town attending Del Mar Horse Racetrack for first time. Selected this place and we were very happy with the food, the service, the ambience and the location. We were a party of 10 and we all had something different. The order was served without errors, The food was delicious!
We had Eggs Benedict, Americano Breakfast, Clam Chowder, Omelets, Pancakes, French Toast, and Lobster Bisque.
It was my husband’s Bday and we wanted to try something different. Overall we found it great! The drinks, calamari, salad and halibut were great! The only downside was my husband’s steak was a little tough. I definitely recommend the fig pudding and coffee. Thanks to all the efficient staff. We will be back.
I have eaten her previously and I noticed the food quality to be excellent as ever, the waiter appeared to be rushing us. The noise level was extreme and my main objection is the prices have escalated 20-35% since the pandemic. I would recommend it though.
Excellent food & service!!
Ordinary food made ordinarily and we weren't showed to savor it's ordinariiness Nevis we geeky rushed to finish enemy though the place was mostly snooty to the point where the bus boy tried to take my plate when I literally was not more than half way through my dinner and it actual staked me a bit. The writer did the same a little bit later. It was almost conical.
The food isn’t bad, just a bit bland and overpriced for what you’re getting. We did order two things that kept popping up on the reviews, the artichoke appetizer and clam chowder. They were excellent! It’s just too bad the rest of the meal wasn’t as good.
Great food & service. Definitely will be back again.
Get the artichokes!!! Delicious. Waiter was great super friendly and attentive. We will be back!
Reserved table for 2 for Wedding anniversary. Service and ambiance was perfect. Food was amazing, as usual. Recieved a complimentary dessert to share. Highly recommend.
The food was great and the service was excellent. We went here for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The only disappointing part was they were out of the profiterole so we had the figgy pudding instead. That was pretty good as well. We can’t wait to go back.
The food was absolutely delicious. I had the osso buco ravioli in mushroom sauce and my wife had the cioppino-both were perfectly prepared. The service was outstanding, the perfect amount of attention from the waiter but not intrusive. A perfect dinner.
Very good. Loved the restaurant. Great ambiance. Excellent service.
We were a party of six on a Sunday evening. Service was great and food was delicious. Everyone in our party was pleased with what they ordered.
Brunch at West End is always a highlight of our week
Heidi called on the day of the reservation to confirm all the details. We were seated promptly. Waitress was attentive and food came out quickly. Every thing we ordered was really tasty. Started with the duck potstickers and clam chowder. My husband says they have the best clam chowder with actual clams in the soup. Our party of 6 had all the ravioli dishes. My fave was the kale ravioli. One in our party ordered the salmon and the other the short ribs. They also couldn’t have dairy so chefs accommodated. All in all, a great night out.
It was our last night on vacation and we wanted to cap things off with a great dinner and West End delivered! Excellent and unique food, fun and friendly staff, and a cool casual location. We had San Diegans in our party who had not been to West End, but they’ve added West End to their list of favorites. Well done and much appreciated.
Wanted to sit outside to see beach view— but there was a large party outside so we sat inside. Inside was fine as we had a table to see out. My spicy jalepina marg was a yummy cocktail to start! Civiche with chips was ok - next time I want to try the artichoke app. Loved the crab ravioli! 4 large pieces and stuffed w/ lots of crab! The warm rosemary bread was perfect to soak up the ravioli sauce. Looking forward to coming back again! Our waiter was helpful ….excellent service!
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West End Bar & Kitchen tiene una calificación de 4.6 estrellas de 403 comensales de OpenTable.
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