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Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff
Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com
  • Email: chcf@ldry.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: Seafood, Steak
  • 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 (760) 436-4044

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Even if you eat dessert only once a year, order the chocolate souffle cake with warm granache filling!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The Chart House is an institution and they do have good food, but you really go there for the view of the ocean. You are right on the beach. The servers are very attentive and professional. The support staff very engaging and nice. Had the sea bass and the halibut. Both were very good, but pricey for what you get. Again, it's all about the view. At night a local woman often comes to the beach outside the restaurant and creates a MASSIVE bubble show. Really lots of fun - you will ooh and aah like a fireworks show."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The whole evening was fantastic. The food, the service and the view were perfect. Whenever my wife and I will be looking for a great night out we will think of the Chart House first."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have going to Chart House restaurants for many years. This was the worst experience I have had in probably 20 years. I was shocked. I was a waitress and usually leave atleast a 20-25% tip, needless to say our waitress didn't get a dime. I don't think I have ever not tipped someone. I doubt I will ever return and have told others about our experience. From my feedback, it's clear there is a problem at this location. I was so upset I forgot to give them my rewards card. I guess it really doesn't matter now because I doubt I will ever return. It made my fiances birthday so un-enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We got there at 6:30 pm and at 7:30 not even our drinks had been served."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our lunch. The view is unbeatable, the service was very cordial and efficient and the food was lovely to look at and delicious to eat. It was not crowded so it would be hard to know if it gets noisy but I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions and romantic outings! Just a great all around experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Chart House was great. We were able to get window seats an our server was great and took wonderful care of us. Additionally, we were given a free dessert to celebrate but we still got the delicious lava cake as well. Our food was also cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Took my husband here for his birthday dinner. What a delightful surprise to discover the staff had created menus with a personal birthday greeting just for him! Our waiter was especially conscientious is assisting me to choose food that met my unique needs--a recent throat surgery meant soft foods only. Great food Great service Great view"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My best friend brought me to Chart House knowing it is my fav restaurant in North County. Disappointed for several reasons: 1. Window looking out to beach dirty-lots of finger and hand prints probably from children but distracting. 2. Waiter was stocking bar at the same time waiting on us. Had to wait several times for him to come around to take our requests. 3. The dishes looked a bit dingy-old and scarred from use-not indicative of a many starred restaurant. 4. Did receive birthday dessert but only after requesting check & my friend reminding the waiter of my birthday. 5. All in all, not the typical 1st class treatment I have been used to. 6. Music inappropriate....too many songs with words, why not soft jazz or just softer insrumental?"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The last time we visited the Charthouse was a bad experience, service was very poor and I did give the Charthouse a poor rating. We tried again on Saturday with guests from the UK. The visit this time was a very pleasant experience, food was excellent, and service was back to normal, the waiters excelled. We have used this restaurant for a number of years and thank goodness they are back on course. Very very good experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We arrived at noon and were able to be seated at a window table overlooking the ocean. The food, service and selection were superb. We dined at Chart House many years ago when we lived In the area an it was a special restaurant then. Now that we have moved back to Southern CA we find that it is still a very special place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The lunch menu was excellent, with a lot of variety and reasonably priced. Our waitress was excellent and very attentive. The hostess made sure we had a table for 11 and still managed to give us a view and space to ourselves. Thanks for making our family gathering a special time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Why offer reservations if you're not capable of managing them? I booked a reservation for 3 at 7:30 PM Friday night and we weren't seated until 8:15. Multiple groups were seated in front of us and the front desk staff had no clue what was going on. Dinner service was rushed and they were out of most of their fresh catch items. Overall an extremely disappointing experience, especially considering the prices they charge."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had not been to the Chart House for several years. I enjoyed the updated decor, the wonderful ocean view and the total ambience of the restaurant. Our server was very knowledgable and very attentive. It was a great birthday celebration for my husband's birthday and I would recommend it to others."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had a reunion with an old college friend and her sister for lunch. Great spot overlooking the ocean. Waiter was very attentive and excellent. The food was awesome. We had spring roll appetizers and crab stuffed mushrooms that were great. Chowder was delicious. Main lunch entrees were great too. Topped off by chocolate lava cake!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the ocean view and the sunset on Saturday night. I appreciate the front desk making sure we had a good ocean view. Food was find.....I like the scallops served a little differently...maybe with a rice base instead of mashed potatoes and cucumber. My Friends Sea Bass was very good also but he did not enjoy the vegetable served under it. We had a great time and will always come back. Thanks."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have been going to this Chart House since the day after our wedding (our first meal as a married couple was here). This year the service was still great and they made us feel special and like the place was our own. The atmosphere is always nice, relaxing and pleasant. We spent a lesuirely 2 hours over lunch and enjoyed the scenic view of the ocean and waves. We always highly recommend this Chart House."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great restaurant on the waterfront with delicious food and wonderful staff."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Took my husband to the Chart House to celebrate his birthday...first time diners, all was wonderful...was suggested by a friend, and we will most certainly return and won't wait for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It's a typical Chart House - friendly service, amazing view, and good not great food. It's not inexpensive but it's fairly priced for what it is. Sunday brunch is very nice."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Made a 815 reservation for 7 people. We arrived at 813. We had to park ourselves in a Valet Only Parking Restaurant. Our table was not ready and they did not seem to care. Every time I went to one of the 4 hostess they asked if I needed help. I replied yes we would like our table. They did not remember us and we were one of two tables waiting. We finally sat 35 minutes later. The service was worse. 25 minutes to get a drink. The waiter did not ask the entire party for drinks. Barry M Pinsky Executive Chef"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "You can watch the sunset from most of the booths and tables."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "For a great view while dining, this is the place - especially sunsets!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Took our daughter and a friend out for their 21st birthday dinner celebrations. Awesome"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Chart House requires reservations and makes a point of letting you know if your fifteen minutes late you can loose your reservation. Well my wife and I made sure we were ten minutes early. When we checked in the hostess told us there would be a fifteen minute wait as they were running behind on reservations. We waited one hour in the bar and had to check with the hostess three times and eventually the manager got involved. The food was excellent and the view spectacular. The manager did buy us a drink to express their apologies. The parking lot attendant told us that there were over 120 reservations from six pm to 7 pm and he knew it was not going to be an easy night! Unfortunately I have spoken to friends who had the same experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The Charthouse in Cardiff has one of the greatest views of the Pacific Ocean in CA. Love the sunsets and the food and service is great, too!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The ambience is amazing, my boyfriend and I made a reservation but we wanted a window seat which would require waiting time so we headed to the bar to pass the time. The bartenders were personable, friendly, speedy, and whipped up some very appetizing drinks. Then when a table opened up next to the window, the view was simply magnificent, with the ocean waves washing up literally what seemed like ten feet away from you. Would definitely come back here for their drinks and the view. And I would like to try some of their other entrees, perhaps since it was restaurant week, the staff was very busy and our food got a bit cool by the time it reached us. But I do highly recommend this place, it's a dining experience you don't wanna miss."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "unfortunately there was a power outage and we were not able to dine at this fine restaurant at this time, we will be back"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I had a great time here with my best friend of 50 years! It was comfortable, the menu was varied enough but well priced enough that we were able to get a very light lunch. I would definitely go again for the view, the service and the food."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Can't beat the view, and on a gorgeous day, this view was a slice of heaven. Our food was fine, and the Lobster Bisque was better than fine. The other items we ordered were acceptable enough, but, when we heard the table next to ours send back their omelette saying "It doesn't even taste like an omelette... and this other thing (kind of a hashed browns item) is vile" and then declined the waitress's offer to order something else instead and simply decided to leave... well, we started to see our meal in a different light. I'd love to see them get a better cook staff, or have the current chef find a new level of dedication because if the food measured up to the view, this place would go gang-busters."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "A beautiful day, perfect waitstaff, good friernds, and lovely lunch. Everyone was thrilled with the entire ambience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The perfect restaurant to help celebrate our anniversary. Thank you, Chart House of Cardiff."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Extremely poor service, twice in a row. Slow to take any orders. Don't refill waters. Great service from Scott the bartender before dinner!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Peter is a pro and a true gentleman. I could not have had a better dining experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The artichoke appetizer and lobster bisque soup were superb. The lobster was very good, and the steaks were good, but not nearly as West in Carlsbad - which are the best steaks we've ever had. Service was decent but my wife and I both notice how service overall has slipped in fine dining restaurants. It used to be that whenever you were finished with a plate it was immediately removed and the table was scraped for crumbs. I could say that the attention to detail was a little lacking, as it has been at some of the nicer restaurants we've dined at in the last few years. Overall though we left very full and happy. Just wish we had the willpower to say no to the mud pie - can't resist it even though we didn't have room for it. :)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Window table provides awesome rocks, beach & ocean views. Lighting at night gives a Romantic ambiance. Service was exemplary. Dietary restrictions handled easily to satisfaction. Food delicious. Exceeded our expectations. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I requested an Ocean View window table. My confirmation said they could not reserve window tables on line. However, upon arriving at Chart House, a beautiful Ocean View window table was waiting for us. We were pleasantly surprised."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The wait staff was slow. The prime rib was tough and grisly. In all my years of eating prime rib.... Cheap or expensive this was the worst. The salad had some seasoning on it that neither may husband or I liked. Definitely would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The ambiance was excellent. There was a great view of the ocean and seagulls standing by the sea foam near the sand. We had dinner right at 6pm so there was a beautiful sunset. We had the prime rib and lobster. Our server Brenton was very professional. I had the twin oaks red wine. We were celebrating our anniversary and I couldn't have picked a better place. There is free parking along 101 right by the beach or you could park valet, but be prepared to do valet just in case there is no parking. We took home some of the prime rib and I had it for dinner the next day and it was still excellent. I can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014