Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff
Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com/
  • Phone: 7604364044x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff reviews from OpenTable diners
249 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (212)special occasion (162)romantic (126)great for lunch (59)fit for foodies (49)good for groups (48)neighborhood gem (44)great for brunch (38)notable wine list (29)great for outdoor dining (24)late-night find (18)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • Always pleased at the Chart House
    Alan
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always a pleasure to visit a Chart House. Can honestly say I have always been pleased with the food, atmosphere, and service in over 30 years of going to Chart House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • View of kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Made reservations for our anniversary and a asked for a window table. We arrived early, waited and were seated at a terrible table. It was looking straight into the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Graham
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great location with views of ocean. Lunch was good value, good service and food. Can walk along beach afterwards.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Overall it was a nice experience, but the wait between courses was too long. We sat down a few minutes before 7 for a 6:30 reservation which was fine since it was Restaurant Week. The table was wonderful since it was as if you were sitting on the beach when they opened the windows. Obviously, it was crowded when we first sat down, but by the time we were finished most tables were empty. Too much time between courses and we didn't get one of the items (vegetable side) we had ordered. The bartender was VERY nice even with all he was having to juggle.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rita Harper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I was in twice in the last 2 weeks...both times the service was less than expected for an upscale restaurant. I always enjoy the view. It took forever just to get our drinks(over 10 mins) from the time we ordered. There was a long wait in between courses as well. The waiter/waitress had to be asked more than once for items. Just felt the service really lackes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in the service
    FoodnFun
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is the 1st time eating here. The view is spectacular, but was disappointed in the service. We were seated and waited for about 10 min before someone came to ask about drinks. The lady who came said she was not our server, but was helping out for drinks, and our server would be there shortly. We waited another 10 min, but no drinks, so we had to ask one of the service personnel to find our server. She finally showed up about 5 min later with drinks and took our orders. The food arrived about 20 min after that, but one of the dishes was prepared incorrectly and had to be taken back to the kitchen. Our server never stopped at the table to see how things were going. Just not a good experience. The food was OK, but nothing to rave about.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • restaurant week diner
    meiser
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We try to frequent a different restaurant every restaurant week. The Chart House certainly has a lovely view & a nice ambiance. However, it is part of the Landry chain of restaurants & we felt that the food was not the best we have had. It has that corporate dining feel if you know what I mean. We have certainly had better food elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traveling
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great location, right on the beach and perfect for watching the sunset with a delicious cocktail. Food is very good, though a tad on the expensive side. Our server, Adam, was exceptional. We really enjoyed our meal and the Chart House is a solid, consistent performer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    ChoosyDiner7
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Exquisite food, Wonderful view, Friendly servers, Resonable price... We'll be back to our favorite San Diego restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointed
    aamster1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Bad attuitude from the Bartender. Never greeted me, Very rude and sarcastic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1 Year Anniversary
    thumbsup
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great place for a date. Beautiful views and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night
    Ameego
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had res for 630, with window table....we were 15 min late...called ahead...they had the table ready...position A. Thanks for making it a perfect night...Server Dave was on it. all night...very impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cold food/disappointing bday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Walked past open kitchen on my way to ladies room & saw 2 entrees sitting on the counter waiting to be picked up by waiter. Still there when I came out. Several minutes later, those same 2 entrees were delivered to my table. Took 1 bite and it was cold. Waiter came back and took it but left before we could tell him that husband's dinner was cold too. No one came by for long time. Meal was finally delivered - nice and hot. But by then, side dish was cold. Gave him husband's entree, the side dish and my dinner again. Told him that all 3 items needed to be hot at the same time. Of course, by the time they delivered my meal (for the 3rd time), the meat was dry and overcooked. And when he delivered it, he forgot the au jus and horseradish.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LulieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A most beautiful view of the ocean was magnificent! Our experience was complete with great service and exceptionally good food. The King salmon was divine, cooked to perfection as was the coconut shrimp and medallions. As always the Lava cake was supreme. Chart House is always a treat from the Valet, the the hostess, the server. the ambiance, the great food. Never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversay dinner
    PmsayreVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We noted it was our anniversary on our reservation, and everyone set about making it special for us! The food was delicious and well-presented. The service was attentive yet unobrusive. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location & Food
    EatingOut
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Service -- not so much. Nice people, but not set up to do simple things easily, like replenish sodas or coffee. Prime rib is most excellent. Awesome ocean view. We were there on a slow Sunday night and actually scored a window table seating 6, just for the 2 of us. Very nice. Waiter got side orders totally wrong, but did not charge us for them. Seems like the place needs more involved management. Still I would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Ever...
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I made reservations and were present at this v busy restaurant 10 minutes early. We decided to go to the bar and enjoy the view and a drink. 1 HOUR later, no one ever called us, apologized to us, came to us or in any way acknowledged that we had been summarily bumped from our reservation. We've never had this experience in all our long years of dining out all over the world. We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past, which is why we were there. No one comped us for so much as a drink or dessert and of course, the front desk never apologized. Our poor waitress did her best but it wasn't her error. it stunned us that they could be so cavalier and indifferent. They seemed completely nonplussed. A first and we won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 30 mins late & 85 degrees: no AC
    expectedmore
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived 20 mins before our reservations in order to get a drink, we were seated 30 mins after our reservation. WE had to approach the hostess and as we were being seated we noticed three empty tables ??? There was a heat wave hitting SD and it was 85 degrees at the coast, they didn't have the air conditioning on! We asked the bar tender about it and she was even more upset about than we were. The waitress, Heather, was great. The food good but NOT NEARLY WORTH THE COST. The scenery was beautiful! Would not return, expected more with the cost of dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappointed
    Rib79
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my absolute favorite spot for dining and seeing the sunset. I have brought out-of-town family and friends here and they never leave disappointed. I *highly* recommend the chopped spinach salad. It's one of my most favorite dishes! The coconut shrimp is to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super food
    MOOSE
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Been going to the CHART HOUSE for many,many years---your waiters are some of the best in north county,and the food is always outstanding---We have made it a habit of spending christmas dinner with you each year,we bring the whole family--quit a treat for the whole gang----THANKS for being there!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime Rib was horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The prime Rib ordered was full of brisel and couldnt even chew it. Complained to manager that was pretty rude about it and didn't care. We had never been treated so terribly at a restaurant. He said the meat was fine but out of courtesy and courtesy only, he offered a free desert. We don't eat desert. We will not be returning to that restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate