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The 12 Best American Restaurants In Carlsbad

Updated: May 2, 2022

Looking for Carlsbad’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Carlsbad.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Campfire

American, $$$, VillageAmerican, $$$Carlsbad, Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019
  • Female Foodie, 2020

    The 20 Best San Diego Restaurants

    Female Foodie, 2020

Seasons Restaurant

American, $$$, AviaraAmerican, $$$Carlsbad, Aviara
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2017

    San Diego's Essential Brunch Restaurants

    Eater, 2017

Ebullition Brew Works And Gastronomy

New American, $$, Bressi RanchNew American, $$Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

The Compass

American, $$, VillageAmerican, $$Carlsbad, Village
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat in Carlsbad

    Eater, 2020

Carlsbad Brewing Company

American, $$, Bressi RanchAmerican, $$Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Dini's Bistro

American, $$, North BeachAmerican, $$Carlsbad, North Beach
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Don's Country Kitchen

American, $, VillageAmerican, $Carlsbad, Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Bobby's Hideaway Cafe

American, $$, Olde CarlsbadAmerican, $$Carlsbad, Olde Carlsbad
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Le Papagayo - Carlsbad

American, VillageAmericanCarlsbad, Village
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Crackheads

American, $$, VillageAmerican, $$Carlsbad, Village
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

King's Fish House - Carlsbad

American, $$, North BeachAmerican, $$Carlsbad, North Beach
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Eureka!

American, $$, Bressi RanchAmerican, $$Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

Finding the right American restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 Carlsbad restaurants, 823905 reviews, and 624 top lists and articles from the likes of Eater and Female Foodie. These spots have been featured in Eater - San Diego's Essential Brunch Restaurants, Eater - Where to Eat in Carlsbad and Female Foodie - The 20 Best San Diego Restaurants. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Campfire, Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Seasons Restaurant are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Carlsbad.

Campfire, Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe are the highest-rated American restaurants for dessert in Carlsbad.

Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar and Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Carlsbad.

Campfire, Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Seasons Restaurant are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Carlsbad.

The Compass, Swami's Café Carlsbad, and Pure Burger are the highest-rated vegan-friendly American restaurants in Carlsbad.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita and grilled burger


    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Margarita complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • Go for Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    For an elevated experience, pair your heavy meat dish with Vieux Carre. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.


  • The best drink pairing for shellfish

    Knowing what to pair with shellfish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Chardonnay. This, strong and acidic, white wine balances the creamy shellfish.

Interesting facts

  • Celebrating American

    If you’re a big fan of American, then you should definitely consider visiting the Seymour Wisconsin Annual Hamburger Festivale in Wisconsin, The United States

  • A belly full of hashbrown

    Are you a fan of hashbrown? The current record for eating the most hashbrown is 3 pounds! Do you love hashbrown enough to beat this record?

  • Worth the big bucks

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $5,000 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, hamburger?

Parking information

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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