Crafted in Carlsbad
Carlsbad restaurants host buzzworthy chefs using the freshest local ingredients to create unforgettable culinary experiences. Family favorites in Carlsbad Village mix naturally with happy hour and nightlife hotspots where friendly locals meet and mingle with curious newbies. For a staycation or a first-date idea, venture into Carlsbad hotels and resorts–home of some of the best seafood and steakhouses in SoCal. Not to mention, Carlsbad’s slate of award-winning breweries are perpetual powerhouses amid San Diego County’s notorious craft beer industry.
- Crafted in Carlsbad
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So many of Carlsbad’s food and beverage small businesses will give you a first-hand look at how your food is being made. Satiate that sweet tooth with decadent and unique chocolate flavors at International Chocolate Award winner, Chuao, then get an up-close look at the factory floor and meet the talented chocolate makers. If you need to feel inspired to get some work done at a hip Carlsbad coffee shop, you’re in luck. Get to know your master coffee roasters and stock up on your favorite bold flavors at Carlsbad’s coolest coffeehouses like Steady State Roasting, a National Roasting Competition winner. Then pick up the perfect pastry and meet the bakers at local favorite Prager Brothers, which was critic’s pick for best bakery by San Diego Magazine in 2018.
Carlsbad restaurants are a perfect mix of new cutting-edge spots and local standards. The Carlsbad Windmill Food Hall is a popular new spot featuring dishes and delights from diverse cuisines. Venture to Carlsbad Village to find Campfire, honored as a “hidden gem” in Michelin’s Guide California. Go back in time to 1950’s France at Jeune et Jolie, picked Best French Restaurant by San Diego Magazine. If you live for March Madness, football Sundays and everything in between—meet your fellow fanatics at Draft Republic , a 2018 Gold Medallion Award winner for Best Sports Restaurant.
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With over 150 craft breweries in San Diego County, the region has been called the “Capital of Craft”. And in Carlsbad we have our own haven of breweries with unique atmospheres indicative of the city’s creative spirit. Great American Beer Festival Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year winner, Karl Strauss , sits atop the Flower Fields—a great spot to rest your laurels and take in amazing views after busy day. Winners of 29 medals at the World Beer Cup, Pizza Port brings together everyone in Carlsbad, and offers a family friendly atmosphere with games for the kids and of course, legendary pizza. In the Carlsbad business park area, you’ll find many other brewing hotspots with casual but cool tasting rooms featuring flavorful new batches. If you can’t make up your mind, you can always head to Barrel Republic in Carlsbad Village, featured in Draft Magazine’s 100 Best Beer Bars in America.