elsie june & margot jolie.

elsie june & margot jolie.

Jeune et Jolie, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Maybe it’s how the door of the 2-month-old nouvelle French restaurant in Carlsbad always swings open with a warm welcome from staff every time a customer approaches. Perhaps it’s executive chef Andrew Bachelier’s exquisite Coquille in vin jaune sauce, which is the best scallops dish I’ve tasted in years. Or it might be the design of the charming, art deco-inspired 90-seat bistro with a full open kitchen smack in the heart of the room.

But I think its secret is the excited buzz that permeates the room every night. The cooks line up to watch Bachelier with eager anticipation as he puts the finishing touches on every plate. The well-trained wait staff know every ingredient of every dish and where it was sourced, including the nightly “carte blanche” tasting menu. And the clearly pleased diners know they’re in for something special at what is certain to become one of San Diego County’s most successful new restaurant launches of the year.

–Pam Krager // San Diego Union Tribune.

DINNER: Nightly 5pm - 10pm

BAR / RAW BAR: Weekdays 4pm - Close / Weekends 10am - Close

BRUNCH: Weekends 10am - 2pm

2659 State St. Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 637-5266