Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff
Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com/
  • Phone: (760) 436-4044
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm-10:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Gerado Nava
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Spectacular ocean views available for corporate meetings, breakfast, lunch & dinners. Beautiful receptions, rehearsal dinners & wedding ceremonies as well a tour groups, bar mitzvahs & any special event. The Chart House - Cardiff offers a semi-private lofted area seating up to 40 guests as well.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick Fortner 7604364044x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet lot only.
A word from Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff
You’ll have a front-row seat to catching waves & panoramic Southern California sunsets at this magnificent oceanfront Chart House located near San Diego. A modern and open decor makes the most of its location with windows that open the entire restaurant to its natural environment. With 29 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From signature fish specialties and seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon & our slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines and our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Don't miss out on our exceptional, yet affordable lunch menu available Monday-Saturday and a Sunday brunch you won't soon forget.

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Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff reviews from OpenTable diners
229 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (195)special occasion (146)romantic (123)great for lunch (53)fit for foodies (49)good for groups (44)neighborhood gem (42)great for brunch (30)notable wine list (28)great for outdoor dining (25)late-night find (15)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Well done!
    DiscerningDinerJackie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We were a group of 13 dining at peak time, and were well served. Our server was excellent as was the food. Thank you! Glad to see Chart House still good after all these years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diappointed
    BigT
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    In the past Chart House has always been exceptional. This time it was marginal. The steaks (filet and prime rib) were not very tender. The service was slow at best. With other good options in the area, we will avoid the Chart House in the future.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I always love Chart House
    Dtucker
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food was probably 4.5 stars. Ambiance and view were great. Service was the best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    MommaMaria
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Delectable Coconut Crunchy Shrimp...perfectly paired with the Asparagus. Also the best Hot Chocolate Lava Cake served anywhere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service was great as always. View at sunset could not be beat. Food was good and bartender was perfect with martinis. No rush and they even created an entree because I could not decide. That is good service. You can call them a chain but they felt like just the opposite to us that evening...well done!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic
    Perez1279
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We requested a window table and got it. We loved it
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location !
    Phantom
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Nice location on the ocean but goof was very average. Appetizer was the best - main course just ok and side dishes were poor. Small confused valet parking but attendant was friendly. Would not return there are too many better restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • View is great
    tommydVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    food is adequate. Unfortunately. Not sure how a chain is going to up its game. Simply no imagination to the menu or presentation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinnerguest
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The bar service, food, and manager were not good. Two beers were ordered in the bar and when we were moved to our table, we had to ask about them, and they were not brought until after the bottle of wine ordered for the table. My prime rib was not medium rare, as ordered, but rare with blood oozing from the entire surface. The other two prime ribs that were ordered at medium looked like medium rare. I returned my meat, and it was sent back to me well done, they took it back again and brought the same cut cooked even more. The manager put the blame on me for not knowing the difference, and gestured around the restaurant saying other guests were happy and the restaurant was full. Mainly the tables by the windows were seated and ½ to 1/3 of the restaurant empty. He comped another guest’s spinach at our table. His attitude was condescending. Our waitress was very good, attentive, and apologetic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunshine
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Impeccable! Waiter was wonderful and very informative about various topics. It was my friend's 93rd birthday and waiter gave her the royal treatment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get Creative Vegetarians!
    TracyGastelo
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I took two teens who are vegetarians - we love Chart House and know how to get creative. We ordered the Gazpacho, the Hummus Tray, split a Salad and choose the mushroom bruschetta. The chef always offers to do a pasta with vegetables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where's the Waiter?
    JustthefactsVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    After waiting for anyone to greet us at our table for nearly 15 minutes, I stopped a passing supervisor and asked if anyone was assigned to our table. He didn't know but did take our order for drinks and an appetizer. He pretty much took care of us that night but we never had an official waiter like the tables around us. For the very high prices you pay to dine there, I expected more. They seemed very understaffed and the place was packed for a Friday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful views. Great service.
    NorthCountyGirl
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Adam was our server. Very friendly and perfect balance of attentive but not intrusive to our conversation. Blood orange salmon and lava cake are must-haves.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fitsthebillBVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We rendezvoused with old friends from Sonoma who we're visiting relatives in Orange County. It was the perfect venue: incomparable SoCal beach, welcoming staff and a server who supportied our dallying for conversation the table after lunch?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful and Delicious
    yvelene
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    All the food tasted absolutely wonderful; we went in with high expectations and left IMPRESSED! The view was just spectacular (we got a window table), the lighting was romantic but not too dark, the noise level was quiet but not to the point where you feel like you can't talk and laugh with your company, and the staff were all very nice (AND new the menu very well, of course)! We had a wonderful time (local and visiting family members) and will most definitely want to go again (and again). :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vice President
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Table wasn't set up when seated. I had to move chairs around myself to accommodate our party. 6 place settings on the table when there were only 4 people. The hostess was completely uninterested. Had to ask twice to lower the blinds because sun was in our eyes. Very irritating and disappointing start to the meal. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome view but food lacking
    NMWhite
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The view is amazing. The food, not so much. Menu is varied and "sounds" delish, but....ordered the Seafood Quiche and I have never tasted anything so terrible....fishy tasting and way over-cooked. Didn't want to send it back and spoil the meal for my guests. Our waiter was totally clueless as was the pretty hostess. We booked a reservation for a birthday occasion, there were birthday cards and small gifts on the table...and yet no acknowledgement from our waiter. Didn't even offer up a token dessert. Not a special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful location
    AZRanchBird
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Right on the ocean. Incredible view. Had great choices of seafood. Shrimp cocktail was slightly over cooked. Service was very good. This was our third time at this location. Will go back again when in this area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Karl
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary and the staff prepared a menu for us with our names and congratulations printed on it: a very nice touch. The food and service were exceptional not to mention the ocean view with sunset.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunset Dining
    RBIII
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    You can't beat the view, especially at sunset, and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Go-To for Special Occasions
    Lov2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Always reliably wonderful experience. Food is presented nicely and delicious. Great gluten-free menu with many choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfection....sunset with waves.
    sdbaywatch
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We literally had a great window table. I dont like the Landrys cardholder gimmick, not after dinner. Try some other way. All was great, except the cold coffee. I think it got nuked.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanastic View and Ambience
    FairGo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was superb, beautifully prepared and great service. One of the best brunches I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Birthday Dinner
    Janet
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Celebrating my 60th birthday at the Chart House was a memorable event! The food was outstanding, the view was stunning, and our waiter was attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ocean View!
    Greatfood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    What a magnificent Ocean View while dining at the Chart House! Valet parking was easy and affordable. The Hostess was very friendly. We sat at a window table where the sun became too hot on us, but the staff gladly lowered the shade and all was well! Wonderful place. We will come again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HowardVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Best beach view restaurant! Good for business lunch. Close to the train station.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Service was Excellent. Will recomend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect setting!
    jnav
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    5 of us had a fabulous evening at Chart House in Cardiff, CA. We were seated by a window that was a sliding window that opened completely to the Pacific Ocean. it was a warm evening and the sunset was gorgeous. To top it off, the food was great too! We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were greeted very cordially on arrival. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, so-so service
    eatout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food, good portions, especially on salads. Slow and inattentive service; unable to accommodate requested window view, slow on delivering check.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it!
    Ouch
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The ocean view is unbeatable...with the full moon, beautiful rolling waves and a soft gentle breeze rolling in thru the open windows, it could have been a night in paradise. However, as sophisticated looking the restaurant is, the service is untrained and amateur and the food unimpressive. Overall, overpriced and low value. I guess we pay for the view. It just doesn't stnat up to other Chart Houses that I have visited around the country.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1first
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our waiter was very good. It did take a long time to get our drinks and food items. I don't know who's problem that was. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice!
    Donna
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our waiter suggested the Bento box for lunch and we were not disappointed! Very tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    DebH
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The menu is on the expensive side, but the service, food and location are so great that it's worth it for those nights when you want to treat yourself. From the appetizers, soups, salad and main course through dessert, everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    deputydawg
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We made a reservation for lunch on a Sunday. Our waiter was also the bartender(?) and he was busy making drinks instead of being attentive to our table. Food delivery was extremely slow. What should have been a 1 hour lunch took over 2 hours. I wont be going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What Ever Happened to Bus Boys
    TexanSass
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our server was very inconsistent. Either over-checking on us at first, then utterly MIA later. Plus, why was he the one clearing the plates? There was a time in elegant restaurants when the waiters waited, and the bus boys cleared the tables. It really lowered the class of the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SDRW Experience
    aDollyLlama
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was my first time here. The food was perfection, the service was impeccable & the vie was to die for! Everything exceeded my expectations. Brent was our server - he was EXCEPTIONAL. He was very clearly working very hard, I saw him serving several other tables, but we felt well-tended to nonetheless, & his demeanor was so cheerful. He really added to the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chart House Cardiff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good valet service. No long wait for your table. Excellent wine list. Normally during restaurant week at other places both regular and restaurant week are presented upfront. Both Host and Servers only presented the regular menu and did not disclose that a restaurant week menu was available. We had to request it and it was available. One party near us from Arizona was done and paid their bill and they did not know that a restaurant week menu was available. One party composed of tourist from Asia later arrived and sat nearby and again both Host and Server did not mention nor provided the restaurant week menu. Maybe I am old school but I believe in full disclosure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular
    Chaser17
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had the best experience at this restaurant. The service made you feel like royalty. They could not have done any better. The food was delicious, new and exciting. The wine was perfect and the Red Widow cocktail yummy. Now for the best part, a flawless view of the sunset from our table while we enjoyed a relaxing cocktail. We will return again very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GB
    Ginny
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went there for SDRW and was happy with the amount of food we received. However we were not happy with our seating arrangements. We asked (upon our arrival) if we could get a window seat and the hostess informed us that it would be over an hour wait, so we went ahead and took the table that was available. When we arrived at our table the section next to us was completely open (including a few tables right next to the window) and when I asked about sitting there, the hostess told me that they didn't have a server for that section and it would not be open until after 8pm. It was currently 6:00pm. Within 15 minutes, they began seating that entire area (including the window) and we were needless to say, disappointed. Bad service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet