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California Culinary Arts Institute



Mon – Fri  11:00am – 1:30pm

For reservations, please call: (858) 868-1401
Walk-ins are always welcome

Bistro at California Culinary Arts Institute is operated by our culinary and baking students. As part of their culinary education, students are required to fulfill their externship hours after completing the four-month course curriculum by working in a fully-operational restaurant. We are open to the public Mon-Fri for lunch from 11:00am – 1:30pm. 

As part of our commitment to the community, all proceeds from Bistro are donated to charity. We donate 50 percent to Solutions for Change, a local nonprofit assisting the unhoused. The other 50 percent is donated to the San Diego Humane Society. Any tips received from customers go directly to the culinary students working in the bistro. 

On rainy days, and by request in advance, bistro customers will be seated inside the school at our chefs’ tables. 

We offer 15% OFF to all police officers and firefighters


Roman Ragú with Fettuccine

Ground beef, prosciutto, tomatoes, red wine, and parmesan cheese served with homemade fettuccine. 


Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine made with homemade pasta served with homemade alfredo sauce. 


Club Sandwich with Potato Chips

 Panini bread, turkey, ham, tomatoes, lettuce, and bacon, thinly sliced potato chips


BLT with Cobb Salad

Sun-dried tomato tortilla, turkey, bacon, lettuce

Cobb salad: lettuce, bacon, celery, avocado, tomatoes, turkey


Tuna Sandwich with Potato Chips

Panini bread, Albacore tuna, celery, red onion, dill, mayonnaise, thinly sliced potato chips


Cream of Broccoli Soup

Fresh broccoli, chicken broth, butter, flour, celery, heavy cream

Focaccia parmesan bread stick


Clam Chowder

Chowder clams, bacon, butter, celery, onions, flour, potatoes, heavy cream, tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce


Turkey Avocado Sandwich with Potato chips

Panini bread, sliced turkey, provolone cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, thinly sliced potatoes.


Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Panini focaccia, fried eggplant with parmesan, basil, Marinera sauce, mozzarella


Chicken Salad Sandwich with Potato Chips

Panini bread, chicken breast, pecans, red grapes, marjoram, tarragon, oregano, thinly sliced potato chips. 


Mixed Greens Salad

Mixed greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, Mango Vinaigrette, Mandarin oranges focaccia parmesan bread sticks




Risotto ball, Marinera sauce


Panini focaccia, tomatoes, parmesan, basil, Balsamic glaze.







Baked Alaska

Vanilla Ice cream, Italian meringue, mixed berry sauce


Bananas Foster

Vanilla Ice cream, Caramel sauce, Banana, rum





Strawberry lemonade


Peach lemonade


Mango lemonade



Soft Drinks

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