Guests are greeted at the hostess stand. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. every day except on Tuesdays; Campfire is closed on Tuesdays. (Photo By Darby Hunt )
Guests are greeted at the hostess stand. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. every day except on Tuesdays; Campfire is closed on Tuesdays.

Photo By Darby Hunt

Campfire Provides Delicious Food with a Feel of the Outdoors

Oct 3, 2022

The Spark Behind Campfire

Photo By Darby Hunt

The kitchen grills burn bright as fresh meals are cooked. The grill uses charcoal much like many other grills and campfires.

The Spark Behind Campfire

When someone thinks of camping, what comes to their minds? Probably tents, hiking trails, nature and, of course, campfires. People who hunger for the outdoors and tasty food should head to Campfire. It’s located at 2725 State St. by the Carlsbad Animal Hospital and the Carlsbad Village Station.

The restaurant opened on Sept. 14, 2016, with a few sister restaurants nearby during 2018. It faced hardships during 2020, like other restaurants. But after reopening, they’re coming back with their restaurants filled to the brim with customers.

Campfire owner John Resnick opened it with many of his friends and planned on creating a restaurant with an outdoorsy feel. Campfire has become a place where friends and family can come to have a good time and get a taste of the woods.

The restaurant has a small yet wide variety of food options, from grilled vegetables to a huge 48-ounce tomahawk steak. The menu is pricey, but the reason for that is because they promise to only serve the best quality foods and get their supplies from Carlsbad farms and harbors.

The Cuisine

Photo By Darby Hunt

A plate of wagyu skewers is served at Campfire. The skewers are served with a Meyer lemon, giving more flavor to the steak.

The Cuisine

One of the most-ordered items is the ancient grain, which is served in a bowl with pistachios, farro, fire-roasted shakshouka and tofu labneh.

 Allergic to certain ingredients, or just don’t want certain ones? No problem! The chefs are happy to remove some parts to accommodate anyone’s needs. 

Another recommended item on the menu is the wagyu skewers. Delicious wagyu beef, seasoned and cooked to perfection over indoor campfire grills, is definitely a must-have at Campfire. 

Joelle, who is a good friend of the owner, a former Campfire chef and now a Sous chef at one of their sister restaurants, was there during the opening of Campfire. 

“It’s more of a family-style, sharing story environment, where you can build friendships with people, ” Joelle said of Campfire. “The best kind of conversations are made with food, so that’s the environment we tried to create. The owner noticed there weren’t many places around like that, so he wanted a restaurant based on community, much like how Carlsbad is about community.”

The restaurant is a perfect place for families to sit back, relax and think about all the great times they’ve had, and to rekindle stories closest to them. The incredible food inspires a longing for the outdoors for all who have had the honor of experiencing it.  


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