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Restaurants in Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County.

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  • Beach House, Cardiff-by-the-Sea

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    An offshoot of the original Beach House restaurant in Laguna Beach, the Beach House in Cardiff by the Sea opened in 1993 and was designed by archit... More
  • Bellefleur Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The cavernous, casual restaurant has an open-air dining patio, tasting bar, and a barrel aging room. Sunday brunch, with its carving station, pastr... More
  • Gregorio's Italian Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The restaurant is a favorite of skate master Tony Hawk, a Carlsbad resident and dad who loves the pasta with spicy mushroom sauce. More
  • Linda's Frozen Yogurt

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    For beach picnics, grab a sandwich and ask for vanilla ice cream in your smoothie. More
  • Mariah's

  • Market, Del Mar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Market Restaurant + Bar showcases the Asian-inspired California cuisine of renowned chef Carl Schroeder. Decorated in shades of persimmon, the dini... More
  • Restaurant at Rancho Valencia

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The hushed, secluded setting makes it perfect for an intimate dinner. Try the Kobe carpaccio with toasted capers, Pecorino Romano, and summer truff... More
  • Spirito's Restaurant & Pizzeria

  • The Daily News Cafe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Enjoy a breakfast of huevos rancheros or a Mount Olympus Greek omelet on the patio. More
  • Vinaka Cafe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The local coffee shop is filled with skaters, surfers, and the odd pair of senior citizens playing checkers. More

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