New 7 Mile restaurant part of Sheraton revamp in Carlsbad

The interior of 7 Mile Kitchen restaurant and bar at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.
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A new restaurant/bar named 7 Mile Kitchen opening today at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is the latest piece of a major renovation project.

Over the past year, the Sheraton and its sister property, Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, have swapped locations on the bluffs overlooking Legoland California. Both hotels have expanded and upgraded their amenities with the Westin slated for a grand reopening in July.

The rebranded Sheraton location has undergone an extensive revamp this year with the renovation of 169 guest rooms and suites, a new lobby area and the construction of a new swimming pool.

Patio seating near the pool at 7 Mile Kitchen, a new restaurant at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.
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The restaurant 7 Mile Kitchen, which had a soft opening last week and holds a grand opening tonight, overlooks the new pool just north of the resort’s lobby.

The 4,500-square-foot restaurant has indoor/outdoor seating and a poolside cocktail bar. It is named for Carlsbad’s seven miles of oceanfront property.

The menu is overseen by chef Gil Manipon, whose recent culinary credits include two years at the Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine and, before that, two years at the Twenty/20 Grill at what is now Westin Carlsbad.

The restaurant’s speciality is Neopolitan-style wood-fired pizzas that are baked at 700 degrees in an imported Italian stone oven.

The pizza dough is made with imported Caputo-00 soft white wheat flour from Naples, Italy. Manipon says this ultra-fine-ground flour gives pizzas the perfect Neapolitan-style thin, crispy crust. There is also a gluten-free crust available.

The pizza sauce at 7 Mile is made with dehydrated San Marzano tomatoes, fresh herbs and Spanish olive oil. Pizza varieties include carbonara, wild mushroom, shrimp and pesto, Margherita and sausage.

The menu also features appetizers, entree salads, burgers and plated entrees such as steak frites, barbecue chicken, skillet lasagna and artichoke ravioli. Most pizzas and entrees are in the $10 to $16 price range.

In keeping with the Italian theme, 7 Mile also has a gelato bar featuring some custom flavors created for the restaurant by EscoGelato in Escondido.

The restaurant also serves an a la carte breakfast menu with egg, pancake, French toast and quiche dishes and a full coffee bar.

House mixologist Steve George makes cocktails with fresh fruit, flowers and herbs at 7 Mile Kitchen, a new restaurant and bar at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.
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House mixologist Steve George has created a cocktail program suited to the bar’s outdoor location and proximity to the Flower Fields attraction. His cocktails spotlight locally grown fresh fruit, herbs and flowers, like the lavender blossom spritz and hibiscus sour.

There are 10 mostly local beers on tap and 35 still and sparkling wines from California, Italy, Germany, Argentina, France and New Zealand. Happy hour, from 4 to 6 p.m. daily and all day Mondays, offers half-price deals on select burgers, pizzas, beers, wines and well drinks.

7 Mile Kitchen

Where: 5420 Grand Pacific, Carlsbad