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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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Diner Reviews
  • "Our entrees arrived before salads were - one entree cold"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Always love the chart house! Beautiful views and great service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had reservations at 7:30, was not seated until 8:30. Bit long to wait for a table that you had reservations for. Otherwise it was a great evening at the Chart House at Cardiff by the Sea."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "fantastic! food was supberb and having a window seat/table was spectacular!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Chart house is nothing but professional and friendly. I made my reservation on line and specifically stated that it was my 22yr anniversary. I called the manager the same day (Christopher), to see if they happened to have Sparkling Apple Cider since my wife doesn't drink alcohol. Christopher was very friendly and caring, although they didn't have the cider he allowed me to bring a bottle the day before and he would personally insure that the cider makes it to our table the next day. Staff was very friendly and curtious with a how can I make your experience here better attitude. The food was fantastic, although my steak was a little under cook from what I asked for. Chart house made our special night memorable by personalizing our menues."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Out of 8 items ordered 5 were delivered out of spec. Could not get attention for 20 minutes. No drinks delivered. Salads after entrees. Sad, sad depths."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We took some kurt or town guests for a sunset dinner. Shrimp, fish and prime rib, all very good, Recommend using the valet parking."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "One guest ordered a steak medium, had to be taken back and redone Yet it came back overcooked again. Our server failed to come and ask if we wanted the chocolate lava cake which takes 30mins to bake until we asked him if they carry it any longe. That's when he informed us oh. It takes 30 mins to bake. After we were well done with our lunch"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great location right on the beach. Great service. Loved the booths and ambiance. Special manhattan too sweet. Recommended Sea bass was good but not great. For $40 a plate food should be much better, or charge less. Dinner for two was $150. Bread was terrible. No excuse for bad bread. Chopped salad was almost as bad. Veggies were good, rice was excellent. Great place for a date, but guys the chef has to be on."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "So glad you asked for my opinion. The seven of us have been to this location many enjoyable times but this time it was not. Two ordered eggs surf n turf that was tasteless, the English muffin soggy the Hollandaise sparse and tasteless. The Cardiff omelet was dry. The steak and eggs ordered med rare, came well, was dry and stringy. It was returned and came back looking like and tasting a prim rib should. The potatoes were on the cold side. The two orders of bacon and eggs were good. And the bloody Mary was great. I would not recommend this Chart house for brunch. Diners were always good and would come for diner again but not for brunch. In January we were there for brunch and it was good, this was not. Great location and view."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "says it all........................................................................................................................................................................................"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great, romantic atmosphere. Can't get over how close the beach is to the spacious windows. Beautiful view!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had a short wait at the bar to be able to dine by the window. The bar tender was helpful in selecting new choices. Our waiter was great and our variety of food was delicious. We enjoyed every moment. The window location of our table was a large factor in having a more intimate special experience; Although, anywhere on the first level has an ocean view. I'll go back soon."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Although 2 out of 3 entrees were great. The fish tacos were disappointing for my friend. Not ver flavorful. The main complaint, however, was that it took a VERY long time to get our food (only few people at the restaurant at the time) and we had to ask for bread much later as it was never offered to us while we waited for our lunch."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This was our anniversary. I expected a great experience from this chain. We got there in time for "happy hour" so we had appetizers and drinks not too expensive, got a table next to the window. I asked one waiter if he could close it some as it was getting chilly, he did, but then a little while later OUR waiter came back, and without asking, opened it all the way up - I was freezing. Our waiter was made aware it was our anniversary and yet not ONCE during the two hours he waited on us did he ever wish us a happy anniversary. He recommended the "halibut" said it would be enough for two, it wasnt, small portion, and to pay $41.00 for a small halibut is steep to say the least. Not impressed with the food, prices or service here."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This is a beautifully decorated and magnificently situated restaurant. We were disappointed in the food, given the prices, however. Especially notable in this regard was my wife's beefsteak tomato salad. At the height of summer tomato season, these tomatoes were tasteless (like what we get in the midwest in January). Like the restaurant, the salad was strong on presentation and weak on flavor."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We had a great anniversary dinner at the Chart House. Food was great, service was great. Our only complaint was it was very warm on the right side on the restaurant in the window booth. Need more ventilation. Would go back only on a cooler day. Thank you for a great dinner!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Why take a reservation just to be running over 1/2 hour behind and then get seated at an oceanfront restaurant with no ocean view (not a drop or wave) and not once offer an apology, a complimentary dessert or waive the $15 corkage fee. No manager touches at all."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary dinner because of the food and the sunset view. We showed up to our reservation about 15 minutes early (res time was just before sunset) but waited an hour to be seated. There was noticeable confusion at the front and others waited about an hour and a half to be seated. Staff was talking about each other being undertrained to customers, which seemed very unprofessional. Once we were finally seated, our server seemed to be poorly trained or just way too busy and we waited quite some time to have our order taken. Because of this, we ordered everything up front that we wanted to eat for the entire night in one order so we didn't get missed or lost in the crowd anymore. Once the food came, it was excellent."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "No better place to celebrate a special occasion than this classic beachfront steak and seafood house. Be sure to request a window table, definitely worth the wait. We enjoyed a delicious meal with excellent service. Delivered on our high expectations,"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We made reservations weeks earlier stating it was our sons 21st birthday and requesting a window seat. Upon arrival we were told it would be a 60 to 90 minute wait for a window seat. We were seated at the furthest table from the window. Looking to our left we could see behind the work station, the floors were littered with napkins and debris. Not very appetizing. Wanted the dinner experience to be a special as we drove from LV, but that did not happen. The kids you call hostesses were nice enough but need lessens in customer service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The sales pitch at the end of the meal to sign up for a card for 25 dollars is really not necessary and actually left us with a bad taste in our mouths. We did not appreciate the attempted sneaky sell. I would definitely tell others about the card pitch as a negative aspect about the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It has been quite a while since we last ate at this Chart House. Crab, Mango, Avocado stack is still a Hit. Cedar Plank shrimp with Chimichurri were tough and overcooked. Surf and Turf (Scallops and Short Rib) was mediocre."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our first visit to this particular location of Chart House. Windows were open to enjoy the surf and our window table was perhaps 20 feet away from the ocean. We met a family member there for dinner and we all loved the facility and the food. A memorable occasion, wonderful food, terrific service. We will definitely keep this on our list of favorite restaurants in Southern California. The entire staff are top notch when it comes to service and customer relations in general."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating our 19th anniversary. It was the perfect place for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is a great place to take a date - great views, great ambiance and great food."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were finally seated about 50 minutes past our reservation time. We were continually told it would be 10-15 minutes----about 5 times. Once seated the service and food were good, but we were already tired and angry about being continually lied to. I would think twice about going back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food is always excellent, service is always excellent, and being right on the water's edge, you can't beat the view! Our last dinner, had an added bonus of having the huge windows open to the warm evening summer air, that added the sounds of waves crashing just few feet away. It reminded me of Hawaii, where most beachfront restaurants are open to the outside air. LOVED IT!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Since before I was born, Chart House was dedicated to providing that ideal dining experience. Many family memories have been marked by the exquisite dining atmosphere that was hard to find anywhere else but the Chart House. We celebrated graduations, family reunions and many other events at Chart House. So the most recent experience was all the more disappointing, not because of the location (which is fantastic) and not because of our server (the dude Lior was awesome), but because of the loss of the most important of ingredients...high quality food prepared exceptionally well. The servings were small, especially compared to the disproportionately high tourist pricing. Overall, seems the Landry direction is the wrong direction."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Let me start by saying the food was excellent. Our issues were with the service. We had ordered calamari at the bar while waiting for our table. Both hostess and waiter were notified of this when we were taken to our dinner table. The calamari was not delivered to our dinner table until 20 minutes later, but only after we asked about it. We were not served a complimentary basket of bread; again we had to ask for it. Waiter must have been new; didn't know to check kitchen for orders placed at the bar nor to deliver bread to newly-seated customers. Otherwise, as mentioned, food was excellent - my steak was perfectly cooked and my wife and daughter loved their fish!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Gorgeous view of the ocean, nice ambience. Food was nice. Service was a bit slow and relaxing if you aren't in a rush. Wasn't in a rush so the slow service was ok."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Amazing sunset ocean views, services was on point and the food was superb!!! I am coming again very soon!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "we have come to the charthouse for more than 3 decades. the menu needs some sprucing up.. the service was below par.. the server could not get the sequence of serving right..on dishes we shared , there was 3 of us he never brought the plates ,items were served to the wrong persons.. and highest on the list was..it was my moms 95 th birthday .. which we announced and nothing happened..so we ordered a desert.."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great location with a great (expensive) menu. We had a window seat with a fabulous view except for the constant number of people on the other side of the window hanging out and taking photos. Most the time our view was of them, rather than the ocean. The scallops are outstanding and the sea bass so-so. The service improved as the evening matured and the GM was very gracious with making concessions for a late dinner arrival. We continue to frequent this restaurant for the past 30 years!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was good as are many restaurants in the area. The waiter was excellent. The reservation was booked a month in advance with a request for a window table. I acknowledge that it was stated that they cannot always accommodate this request but they would do the best they can. We got there ten minutes before our 7:00 pm reservation. While we waited, people came in and were seated right away. At five to ten minutes after 7:00, the manager sat us in a booth. There were still several tables open. The manager explained they cannot hold a window table open because it would upset other customers coming in and seeing that. In my opinion, no effort at all was made to accommodate my request for this special occasion."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food good. View absolutely spectacular. Service not what we usually experience - took an hour to get our orders in front if us. Not sure why. Waiter not Concerned."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We took friends there for an anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. We asked the waiter for a recommendation between two entrees, and he was right on! The meal and everything associated with it was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Chart House food was very good. The only issue we had was ordering the dessert. We had told the waitress when ordering food we wanted the lava cake that needed 30 minutes of prep time. After finishing our main course, we waited almost 30 minutes before the cook came out and said they couldn't get it right. He offered 2 complimentary desserts. Since we were there for our daughter's birthday, it was disappointing not to get what she wanted - plus the manager should have showed up to apologize which never happened."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We got to the restaurant right on time for our reservation. They were clearly not ready to be open. Service was some of the slowest I've ever experienced anywhere, esp. since the place was practically deserted. Food was fine, but you are clearly paying for the view. It would be great if they replaced those rusty railings outside. Next time with out of town visitors we'll go to Jakes in Del Mar again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Considering this part of a chain, you'd never know it. The decor is tasteful, the views magnificent. More importantly the food and service was superb."
    Dined on 7/19/2014