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 WinnerMost Booked
Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff reviews from OpenTable diners
271 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (237)special occasion (177)romantic (135)great for lunch (66)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (47)great for brunch (44)notable wine list (31)great for outdoor dining (25)hot spot (22)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
  • TORR
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was a special birthday occasion. I included details within my reservation request, including name of the birthday girl. This was the 3rd such time that no acknowledgement whatsoever was made by the receptionist or waiter (for an Open Table reservation). There were no menus when we arrived. At best there were 6 other tables seated in the restaurant. I really love the Chart House in Cardiff, though your service has been better managed in the past. Your atmosphere is exceptional, your food, very good, your service quality remains an opportunity.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not satisfied
    massimo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I found a piece of sharp metal in my cheeseburger, probably from the brush used to clean the grill. I immediately stopped eating it and politely let the waiter know. He apologized, but did not offer to bring another plate, nor he took the burger off the bill. Even though I showed him it was sharp and probably dangerous. I think they should have given us a huge discount, or at least offer dessert or something. Then on the way out I asked to put 5$ for the valet parking on the bill, but they said it was not possible. Since I did not have cash I had to go to the ATM and come back to pay the parking. The guy at the valet said they should have been able to put the 5$ on the bill and offered it for free, but I declined because it was nothisfault.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday brunch with my "man"
    Lucky
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything was excellent. Great birthday dessert. Our server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    CLKandRMK
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband & I celebrated our anniversary at our favorite Chart House in Cardiff. The food was very good & we enjoyed ourselves. My macadamia fish was not as good as last time but still delicious. Our waiter was outstanding!...great smile & very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service is marginal at best. Waiting 15 minutes for water or somebody to take a drink order. Pretty view but we'll find a iced place next time. This is our last time at this Chart House.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not all that!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Never acknowledged our 31st anniversary. Service was slow. Not that busy. My sea bass was very fishy, could not eat it. Boxed it up and took it home. I should have notified someone but by that time my wife just wanted to leave. Not a great experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    partyof2
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Beautiful view, wonderful food, and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food
    Dissapointing
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was really bad. Service bad. It would be nice to have a scenic view plus decent food. Very disappointed. The chart house used to be good. This was the 3rd strike.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Will not return
    Idineoutoften2
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The waitress did not introduce herself, and I tried to see her name tag, but could not see one. She did not offer bread, nor the special of the day, nor the specialty drink of the day which I overheard another waitress telling her guests. Another server who had more tables than she did was visible to his guests all the time. She only had 3 tables initially. Later she had 4, but she was not readily visible or available for long periods of time. She was slow, and I had to call her over a couple of times for requests. The tempura on both the Fish and Chips and Coconut Shrimp was extremely hard to bite and chew. The shrimp was so dried out, I told her I couldn't eat it. She said she was sorry and offered to have it remade, but I said no.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beauty By The Sea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch at the Chart House in Cardiff. The view is spectacular. We started with an appetizer that had melted cheese and seafood and it was yummy. I had the tilipia topped with Panko bread crumbs on a bed of creamed spinach. The spinach is outstanding. My husband had the fish and chips which he enjoyed as well. We concluded the meal with the chocolate lava cake - perfect to share. Don't remember our servers name but she was attentive. We had a table as close as you could get to the ocean and had a clear beautiful day to enjoy the view. We got there at 11:30 when the restaurant first opened. If you want a window seat I recommend getting there early.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY
    Horrible
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Server Tom was nice and somehow he was able to deliver good service in a horrible, snotty, unfriendly environment. Hostess was rude, snotty, did not provide any customer service. She refused to put two tables together so the six of us could eat as a party. We even had reservations. Instead we were put in a tight corner where the server could not even walk around so he had to hand our food/drinks to one of us to pass down. Not acceptable. I do not recommend this place it must be under a careless, management. It was good about 30 yrs ago. What a waste of time and our money. There was only three other tables and our food did not come out at the same time and it was COLD. Had to send some of it back. Again, Tom was trying to be accommodating.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aim to Please
    4hi45tx5
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We arrived about 8:15 pm and we seemed to miss most of the crowd. We don't particularly like a table for two because there is never enough room on the table for all the food (plates) . The waiter was more than happy to place us at another table as soon as one was available, after a few minutes had passed we decided to stay where we were. As the people left the restaurant we felt that we were in a good place. The service was GREAT, thanks to Justin!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Gigi
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place is a gem. Excellent food. Service Excellent. View Awesom. We visit at least 3 times a year. Wonderful experience.
    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 LevelModerate
  • Special Night Out
    VineanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Treated our grown kids and their spouses to dinner while in San Diego. We picked Chart House because of our relationship with Landry's. This was to be a special night. Although the food was very good the service lacked with empty water glasses and finished plates left on the table. Orders to the bar went unfilled and all we received was a joking waiter most of the night. It is not often we have the chance to take our kids to dinner and this night would have been great if not for the bad service. We will give them another try but would request a different server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why make a reservation?
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I made a reservation for Sunday August 31st for 5:00. We arrived a few minutes early but was told by one of the three hostesses that they were waiting for servers to arrive. We took a seat and as customers came in heard the hostesses say the same thing. During our ten minute wait we watched three hostesses socialize. Slowly some servers arrived and each stopped first to chat with the hostesses. Once seated, our server came but after taking our drink order we had a new server, ours already went on break. After break our server returned. The servers did a good job overall. I blame management or lack of it! My husband was looking forward to having the prime rib as many people told us it is great but fell short of his expectations.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ocean View
    Flyingfinn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The open window facing the ocean was great. With a gentle breeze, the table was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    Pacific
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not what this restaurant uses to de, good food, very bad service needs to be update, restrooms nasty
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate