Carlsbad's Oceanfront Restaurant


Nachos – Our famous nachos come with your choice of shredded chicken or beef with melted cheddar & jack cheese, refried beans, tomatoes, black olives, green onions, jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole $14... 1/2 order $8

Wings – A dozen wings tossed with your choice of traditional buffalo, teriyaki glaze or sweet Thai chili served with ranch or bleu cheese $14... 1/2 order $8

Crab Cakes – Claw crab and rock shrimp seared and served over a mango mint slaw with a yogurt dill sauce $15

Ahi Stack – Marinated ahi, cucumber, mango and avocado served with crispy wontons and wasabi crème fraiche $16

Blackened Prawns – Five skewered blackened prawns served over California slaw with a sweet Thai chili sauce $15

Shrimp Cocktail – Five jumbo prawns with a classic cocktail sauce $15

Calamari – Calamari steak lightly fried and served with a sweet Thai chili sauce $14

Pulled Pork Sliders – Two slow roasted pulled pork sliders topped with BBQ sauce and coleslaw. Served on Hawaiian rolls $15

Tacos – One taco with your choice of fish, chicken or beef on a corn tortilla with jack & cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. Served with guacamole, sour cream and salsa on the side $4.5…or two tacos for $8

Oysters Rockefeller – A half dozen Chef select oysters baked with spinach, applewood smoked bacon and parmesan cheese $17... 1/2 order $9.5

Oysters on the Half Shell – Six Chef select oysters served with ponzu and cocktail sauce $15

Steamer Combo – Local Carlsbad mussels and New Zealand cockles steamed in garlic, shallots, butter, lemon and white wine $20... clams only $24

Shared Appetizer Sampler – Two crab cakes, four blackened prawns, a half order of fried calamari steak and sweet potato fries served with mango mint slaw $25


New England Clam Chowder – Cup $4   Bowl $7

Soup of the Day Cup $4   Bowl $7

Small House Salad $6

Small Caesar Salad $6


Make any salad a wrap for an additional $1

Dini’s House Salad – Sonoma greens tossed in our house made balsamic vinaigrette, crumbled bleu cheese, dried cranberries and candied walnuts $12 ...Add marinated chicken breast $18... Add grilled prawns, grilled salmon or top sirloin steak $20

Caesar Salad – Fresh romaine lettuce, grated parmesan cheese and seasoned croutons with our house made Caesar dressing $12...Add marinated chicken breast $18... Add grilled prawns, grilled salmon or top sirloin steak $20

Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb with egg, tomato, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, avocado and marinated chicken breast $18

Stuffed Avocado – Hass avocado halved, stuffed with claw crab and rock shrimp or diced grilled chicken with our house made baby dill vinaigrette $18

Spinach & Arugula – Fresh spinach and arugula tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette topped with goat cheese, strawberries and toasted pine nuts $13... Add Cajun chicken breast $19... Add Cajun grilled prawns or $21


Served with French fries or mango mint slaw. Sweet potato fries for an additional $1

Salmon Sandwich – Grilled salmon, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato with a yogurt dill sauce on a toasted pretzel bun $16

Chicken Bruschetta Sandwich – Grilled chicken breast baked with diced tomato, red onion, mozzarella cheese and basil topped with Italian dressing on a toasted roll $15

Turkey Club Sandwich – Smoked turkey, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and provolone cheese with sun-dried tomato aioli on toasted sourdough $14

Reuben Sandwich – Classic Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese on toasted pumpernickel rye with Russian dressing $13

Portabella Sandwich – Roasted portabella mushroom, red bell pepper, green zucchini, caramelized red onion, goat cheese and sun-dried tomato aioli on a toasted foccia bun $13

Prime Rib Dip – Thinly sliced prime rib with melted Swiss cheese and horseradish cream sauce on a toasted torta roll served with au jus $16

Dini Burger – ½ pound certified Angus beef charbroiled on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and onion $12…Add jack & cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, grilled jalapenos or sautéed mushrooms .50 each. Avocado $1 or…The Works $14

Bison Burger – ½ pound grass-fed North American bison charbroiled on a toasted brioche bun with melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion $16

Surf and Turf Burger – Sautéed lobster and garlic atop ½ pound charbroiled certified Angus beef with lettuce, tomato, red onion and melted pepper jack cheese with a chipotle aioli on a toasted brioche bun $19


Add soup, Caesar salad or our house salad to any entrée for $3

Dini's Signature Salmon – Grilled chili spiced salmon with wasabi crème fraiche $24

Swordfish – Fire grilled swordfish with a lemon dill beurre blanc $24

Flat Iron Steak – 8 ounce flat iron marinated with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and fresh basil topped with our house-made veal stock demi-glaze $25

Petite Filet – Grilled 6 ounce center cut filet mignon served with a sweet soy glaze or melted bleu cheese crumbles $30

Rib Eye Steak – 18 ounce bone-in rib eye grilled to perfection $36

Pork Ribs ½ Rack – Fire braised ½ rack St. Louis style pork ribs topped with a sweet chili glaze $21

Dini’s Fish & Chips – Deep fried Alaskan cod featuring a Stone IPA crispy tempura batter served with mango mint salad and French fries $15

Cajun Mahi Mahi Tacos – Two Cajun Mahi Mahi tacos on flour tortillas with cabbage and pineapple topped with chipotle crème fraiche served with rice and beans $15

Chicken Parmesan – Two half breast chicken parmesan with pomodoro sauce and melted mozzarella and fresh basil over linguini $20

Blackened Chicken Pasta – Cajun chicken breast served over linguini tossed with our made to order vodka tomato cream sauce $22

Linguini Ala Dini – New Zealand clams and local Carlsbad mussels, fresh tomatoes, green olives and garlic in a lemon butter sauce with a hint of oregano and red chili’s served over linguini $24

Cappellini Pomodoro – Angel hair pasta with fresh tomato, artichoke hearts, basil, garlic and herbs $16…Add marinated chicken breast $24... Add grilled prawns $26

Hand Tossed Thin Crust Pizzas

Garlic Shrimp – Basil pesto, mozzarella, sautéed shrimp, roasted garlic and red onion $16

Italian – Marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni and Italian sausage $16

Sun-Dried Tomato – Sun-dried tomato, balsamic, feta cheese, pine nuts, basil $16

Margarita – Sliced Roma tomatoes, marinara, mozzarella and fresh basil $14

Chef Select – Please ask your server for details on today’s select pizza $16


Crème Brulee      Chocolate Mousse      Key Lime Pie      

New York Cheesecake     Raspberry Cheesecake     All deserts $8


Sodas – Sprite, Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper $3   Perrier Mineral Water $3

Ice Tea, Hot Tea, Lemonade or Coffee $2.50

Juices – Fresh Orange Juice, Cranberry, Pineapple, Grapefruit or Tomato $3.50

IBC Rootbeer $3.50     Cock & Bull Ginger Beer $4     Fiji Bottled Water $3

The Dini’s Tradition

Welcome to Dini’s Bistro Our magical mascot, the “Iguana”, is our own unique tropical drink. This exotic concoction originated at our Dini’s Del Mar location and embodies the Dini’s tradition of creativity, good taste and a spirit of whimsy. Co-owners Michael Dini and Michael Arellano continue the heritage established by the Dinis brothers: Amerigo, Colombo, and Michael, Sr. The brothers were proprietors of San Diego County’s oldest bar, McDinis founded in 1890. This famous bar’s license now proudly resides with us at Dini’s Bistro. The Dini brothers tradition of effervescent hospitality and service to their patrons and community remains alive today. Established in 1987, Dini’s Bistro is a Carlsbad landmark.


We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, & Diners Club
Sorry, no personal checks.  Split plate charge $2.00 Corkage Fee $10.00
A 20% Gratuity will be added on parties of 8 or more, no separate checks please.

Happy Hour is offered in the dining room and bar!

1/2 off all pizzas. $1 off tacos and Dini dog. $3 off all other appetizers. No dicounts of 1/2 orders of specialty drink menu. No happy hour on holidays.

Happy Hour Hours

Monday- 4pm – 7pm
Tuesday- 4pm – 7pm
Wednesday- 4pm – 7pm
Thursday- 4pm – 7pm
Friday- 4pm – 7pm

Signature Drinks

Michelada – Refreshing Pacifico fresh lime juice draft, Bloody Michaels mix, spicy chipotle salt rim, and Cholula $8

Bucket ‘O’ Beers – Bucket of (5) beers. Your choice of Dos Equis Lager, Corona Extra, Corona Light or Imperial. Best Deal! $22.50

Dini's Classic Cadillac Margarita – Don Julio Silver tequila, agave nectar and lime juice with a hefty float of Grand Marnier $10.50

House Infused Spicy Pineapple Margarita – A house made blend of our silver tequila infused with grilled pineapple and peppers, agave nectar and lime juice with a chipotle salt rim $9.00

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Lemonade – Fresh strawberry puree, Bulliet bourbon, sprig of basil, simple syrup, bitters and lemonade $10.00

Cool as a Cucumber – Effen Cucumber vodka, watermelon limeade and agave nectar. Shaken and poured over ice with a lemon zest and cucumber garnish $10.00

SoCal Colada –Captain Morgan Pineapple rum, Bols Yogurt liqueur and pineapple juice, shaken and served on the rocks $10.00

Michael's Mojito – Havana inspired Mount Gay rum, grapefruit liqueur, fresh mint, lime juice, agave nectar and soda water $10.50

Mojito 7 Ways – Strawberry, Blueberry, Mango, Peach, Pomegranate, Watermelon or Traditional Lime. Fresh muddled mint, lime juice, simple syrup, Captain Morgan silver rum and soda water $9.00

Muy Mai Tai – Captain Morgan white rum, Mount Gay rum, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup, with a hefty Myers Dark rum float. Warning! This drink is strong! $12.00

Dini's Classic Mai Tai – Captain Morgan white rum, Captain Morgan spiced rum, grenadine, orgeat syrup, orange juice, pineapple juice, Orange Curacao and Myers Dark rum float $11.00

Iconic Iguana Cocktail – Fresh banana, orange juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, agave nectar, lime juice, cream and your choice of rum or vodka $8

Snake on the Beach – Local Venom vodka, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and topped with sparkling wine $10.00

Misadventure Mule – Local Misadventure vodka, fresh lime juice, bitters and Cock n' Bull ginger beer $9.00

Ol' Mex – Don Julio Anejo tequila, sprinkle of bitters, agave syrup, float of Mezcal topped with an orange peel zest (our version of the Old Fashioned) $12.00

Caliente Bloody Mary – Stoli Hot vodka, house bloody mary mix, pepper, celery salt and Worcestershire sauce served with a chipotle salt rim $9.50

Breakfast Shot –Jameson Irish whiskey and Butterscotch Schnapps. Served with a side of orange juice and a side of bacon $10.50

Moscow Mule (Russian Vodka or Whiskey) – Russian vodka or whiskey, ginger beer, fresh lime and a splash of agave nectar $9

Homemade Sangria – Red wine with brandy and fresh fruit $8

Breakfast Shot – Jameson Irish whiskey and butterscotch schnapps. Served with a side of orange juice and a side of bacon $9

Hatch Green Chile Martini – Crater Lake Hatch Green Chile vodka, agave nectar, pineapple juice, with a sprinkle of Tajin spice $10.00

Fountain of Youth – Smirnoff Blueberry vodka, simple syrup, soda water and Thai blue flower tea extract. A refreshing anti-oxidant inspired cocktail. Squeeze a lemon into the drink and watch the color bloom $9