A longtime fixture in Carlsbad, popular with locals since it first started operating in 1989, has been given a thoroughly modern makeover. The Coyote Bar & Grill’s 30-year residence in Carlsbad’s Village Faire plaza, a prime location just a block from the beach, was uninterrupted, as the restaurant was able to stay open during its remodel.
Exchanging the previous dated look for an updated Southwestern vibe, local designer Melissa Young of MY Studio ID (Waterbar, Madero’s) has transformed the 4,000-square-foot space, which includes an outdoor area with fire pits. A section of high-top tables has been replaced with a new lounge space, which makes more room for group seating and bottle service. On-trend cacti are a key element of the decoration, which includes custom murals, rustic materials, and variety of eclectic lighting.
Though the design has been refreshed, the food menu remains unchanged, ranging from its crowd-pleasing shrimp and cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos dubbed rattlesnake eggs to lobster and sweet corn chowder, smoked chicken enchiladas, and baby back ribs with tequila barbecue sauce. Known for offering live entertainment and dancing throughout the week, The Coyote Bar & Grill regularly hosts bands, DJs, and karaoke nights.