In reading other postings for Carlsbad restaurants, I saw nothing about one of our all time favorites (for any city!). Le Passage French Bistro on State St. Its charming romantic courtyard is the perfect setting to enjoy an authentic French bistro meal. Thumbs up to the duck confit and pomme frittes in particular. But pretty much everything is excellent - including the service. I would call it moderately expensive, but worth every penny. Enjoy!
ps we hesitated to put the word out about this place (our little secret), but we want to see them get the business and continue to do well.