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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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Our waiter Ray was great! He made our 18th wedding anniversary memorable."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great place to celebrate one's birthday. Fantastic lunch menu with good selection of wines. Will definitely revisit and recommend to friends. The dinner menu also looked enticing but will try it another time."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Comfortable atmosphere and attentive, friendly service. Wonderful beachfront view. We went for lunch and made sure we saved room for the lava cake. While the Crunchy Coconut Shrimp with Citrus Chili Sauce was a delicious combination, the Macadamia Nut Crusted Shrimp Bento Box was a much better value, for amount and variety, for just 2 dollars more. Will definitely be back for that selection."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great food, great ambience, great service! Our server 6/30 was excellent! The view at the Cardiff Chart House is beautiful!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed our celebratory dinner, as we have before at the Chart House"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Seated promptly for 5pm reservation. Great window table with beautiful view of the ocean. Server, Kimber, was excellent making wonderful suggestions for superb food. Hot appetizer, shrimp and Brie dip was so yummy. Chilean sea bass was fantastic, as was prosciutto wrapped salmon. BUT now for the negative which really irks me. The runner who brought the entrees to our table asked "who ordered the sea bass and the salmon? In my opinion, any good restaurant operation would have the wait staff note who ordered which dish, and present accordingly. In fact, I have been to Denny's a number of times and the servers always get it right as to who ordered which dish. Landry's, please take note. Anyway, would return for excellent view and food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Felt as if I were on the beach. Service was good. Make sure to order the chocolate lava cake when ordering your meal."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a super experience at Chart-House in Cardiff. It started with the ambiance of the ocean, progressed through a friendly parking attendant, helpful bar tender and great service from our young trainee who was being trained by Peter, the best waiter in San Diego County. It ended with an excellent dinner. We were unhurried and treated like royalty throughout the evening. This is our favorite coastal restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was our 40th wedding anniversary. We had a fabulous dinner with an excellent view with a beautiful sunset -- they gave us menus that had our anniversary recognized on the top. We shared a complimentary amazing dessert. Our server however was not what we expected. He was not big on honoring our requests. If we ask a server for recommendations, that's one thing--but if we've had plenty of time to peruse the menu, he asks what we'd like, we tell him and then he tells us what he likes the best and pushes on us to order that. Well, that's just weird. Then, when our table and another in his section were both ready to go -- both had been served the bill. He disappeared for at least 15 minutes."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "What my husband and I love about the Chart House is it is always consistent. We expect great quality food with great service and we always get that. It was my husbands birthday and the manager brought out a slice of mud pie with a candle to help celebrate. The oysters are the best you can find in North County and the shrimp cocktail is gigantic and flavorful."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday dinner and had a BEAUTIFUL view of the ocean...and the food was fantastic! The scallops are a must and we had the hummus melted brie appetizer...divine! Amazing restaurant...beautiful view and great food! Perfection!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We ordered beverages which did not arrive after 20 minutes. The server finally came over and told us the bartender was slammed. We noticed that tables near, who were seated later, were getting their drinks. After the server told us, we continued to wait, and wait, and wait. Finally another server noticed and came by to see if he could help us. After this the drinks and the dinner arrived at the same time. We would have liked to enjoy the beverage BEFORE dinner and have a second one with dinner. I would think the management would have liked to sell us another round too! Additionally, we felt hustled to join the select club and the program was misrepresented to us as we were told it was free. Surprised to see the $25.00 fee on bill."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our waitress Lin was exceptional - handled all our requests flawlessly and made us feel special. We were never rushed and the food was delivered as we directed. Great evening !!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Watch the waves as the sun goes down. Great food and drinks...... Sit at the bar and relax!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our reservations were at 7:00 and we were there early. We asked for window seating but was told it would be 1 to 1.5 hours. We were then told that they were a little behind in reservations... We elected to keep our reservations and not sit at the window. We sat at the bar where it took over 15 minutes for someone to take a drink order. A total of an hour and twenty-five minutes later we were seated for dinner. We took our drinks that were almost gone when we sat down. Our waiter took our entire order within a few minutes. He did not check back with us until we were almost done with dinner. It was as if he was preoccupied and too busy to wait on us. The staff there was very nice and the food was good, but the wait with reservations 1.5hr?"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We regularly go here and it was very good!Landry's Points are a great way to dine at great restaurants!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary with a special dinner at the Chart House. Our food was outstanding and the waiter was exceptional at meeting our requests. The bar service was very slow on a Tuesday night, but after we received our drinks, the manager came by and said that they were immediately putting another bartender on for the summer months. We had a wonderful evening with great ambiance as the sun set into the ocean."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We entertained guests from Arizona, whom we knew would enjoy dining so near the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Our window table was perfect and the food was delicious. Everyone in the restaurant was so pleasant and seemed pleased to have us there. We left with a lasting good impression. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This would be the place to come beautiful scenic views and will not be disappointed on the food or service"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Another fine dining experience at the Chart House and amazing waitstaff Bob and the beautiful California Pacific Ocean crashing right in front of us...what more could you ask for? It was a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This place is the bomb.com. I took my husband and the family here for Father's Day. They took great care of us. The food is great and the service is outstanding. I want to give a shout out to our waitress Kimber (awesome)....thanks for making our 1st experience at the Chart House rememerable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our food took over 40 minutes to get served, when it did 3 of four plates were cold. Food came back overcooked and still cold. Dessert took just as long. Waiter although kind was not very informative w/ menu selection. Other visits here have been great."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It took 40 minutes to get served once order was taken. Chart House use to have great food, not any more. We won't be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went to dinner to celebrate Father's Day with my husband...just the two of us. The hostess sat us at the only two top crowded beside a large party of 10, when there was 4 nicer, two tops available in the same area. With the multiple servers passing constantly we felt like we were in their way and ducking our heads from plates hovering overhead. The white table cloth was stained in multiple places. The service and food were adequate at best. I was expecting the old chart house (in Dana Point)...quiet, elegant dining with exceptional service. What we got was nothing short of an "upscale" red lobster with various party anthems from the 80's playing loudly overhead. I've honestly had better experience at an Islands or Chili's restaurant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Usually you don't get these three from the same place. Chart House has it all. We had the salmon tartare, the ceasar's salad and the surf and turf dish and we shared them all. Our waiter was accommodating in splitting our plates and with our many subtractions from the menu, as we are on a diet. We left very happy to celebrate our 18th anniversary there."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We made reservations before we went and still had to wait 45 minutes for a table. The service was terrible and it was the worst seafood I've ever had"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It is such a pleasure to dine at the Chart House. I have been there several times and each one was memorable. The wine is spectacular, the food and service is excellent. The ambiance is relaxing, scenic, and enjoyable. I look forward to each and every time I dine there."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Having an early business dinner mid week here was rather enjoyable. The hustle and bustle of the weekend crowd was no where to be found. The sunset was spectacular! The food was amazing and the lava cake was just heavenly! The key lime pie was better than that of Key West! Can't wait to go back for happy hour just to have the shrimp fritter and merlot!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We met some family members here for lunch. We hadn't seen each other in a very long time. We had a delightfully delicious long lunch. It was wonderful. The view is spectacular our waiter was superb, charming, very attentive, friendly, personable. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great service, food, ambiance and view."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "If you love surf and enjoy a special place go ... Food is a bonus"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our last trip to the restaurant (last year) was not a very good one, in respect to customer service. We had to wait for 1 1/2 hours to be seated, even with reservations. I thought we might not return all because of that. But we came again, and glad we did. Had to wait for 30 minutes because we requested a table by the window, but that was ok. Set at the bar and had drinks and an appetizer. Food was fabulous, service was top notch....and the bartender made the best 'Lemon Drop Martini' ever!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and view were great. However, the service/waiter was a bit un-attentive and somewhat annoying to top it off. Heavy Israeli/French accent and the drink glasses were more often dry than filled. Overall, very good choice and usually the service is 5 stars. It'll always be a good choice."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If not for my prime rib getting saltier as I ate more of it, the rating would be 5 stars all the way. The experience started and ended with the swift and very courteous valet attendants. We had reservations, and were seated almost immediately. We asked to move to a window table, they happily moved us. Our server Richard was excellent. He was friendly and informative. The server recommended the prime rib since I wanted meat. It was good, but the more I ate of it, the saltier it got, and I'm not a fan of salty food. My wife really enjoyed her fish. As the sun started to set, the server slid the window back to open it up for a clear view for both us and the table next to us. The view of the sunset is one of the best around."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary June 7th at the Cardiff Charthouse. It was a real treat for us, good food and wine in a beautiful setting. We even treated ourselves to dessert! We miss the desert and Coronado location. Unfortunately the mood was spoiled by poor service. We were made to feel that we weren't important by our waiter. He would disappear for long periods of time. We waited our wine to be served ,after getting the glasses for 15-20 minutes. There were long lapses of time during the whole evening. Our waiter informed us the restaurant was short staffed but it didn't improve our evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "always wonderful, fantastic service. our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The location and view is great to bad the food is just average. It seems the menu is stuck in the 90's with crab 'stacks'. And the waiter couldn't talk more about the special desert, lava cake, like it was their newest invention... For the price you get a good view, but the food it just average."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We came to chart house to celebrate my oldest sons high school graduation. This is the first time my son had come here and he loved the food! The atmosphere was relaxing, great service and the view, spectacular! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service and food was really terrific. They went out of their way to help us celebrate a family anniversary making the whole evening memorable. Great location, literally on the beach, missed seeing the "green flash", though ;-)"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We had a window table and the ocean view made up for the fact that the food was good, but average."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The staff at Charthouse were very accommodating and made our evening very special. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/2/2014