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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
  • "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
  • "Everything was perfect from leaving the car with the valet to being greeted by the host and taken to our table. The great service continued 100% the meal. The food was excellent-we had shrimp appetizer, Seabass, Cesar salad, and crab cake. When the server delivered the Cesar salad she mentioned that there were no anchovies on top. Two people in the party said they liked anchovies but they said it was no big deal to not have any anchovies on the salad. The server said that she would go get some. Believe it or not several minutes later she returned with four anchovies for the two people to enjoy with their Cesar salad. This restaurant really understands the importance of high-quality food and matching high-quality customer service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our first date was at a Chart House in New Haven, CT in 1982. We have loved Chart House restaurants for 32 years and it just keeps getting better and better."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Back again... Waiter was not polished as other servers are. Had to read from paper all specials to each table and he could not pronounce chimichurri, hence probably does not know what it is. He was more focused on hard sell of restaurant dining card which was a big turn-off!!! Shrimp over linguini was very dry and linguini was lacking sauce. - was disappointed in the overall entree portion of the meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Service poor - our guest has medical dietary restrictions which she explained in detail and was assured he would make sure the kitchen complied. When served it was clear her requests had been ignored. Second bottle of wine ordered took a very long time to be served."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had an 8pm reservation. We arrived early and was told we would be seated close to time - the restaurant was jammed. We understood and went to the bar. Bar waitress very nice but 3 appetizers we tried to order were already sold out and it was only 7:30! We cleared our tab just before 8 thinking we were about to be seated - but no - we didn't get seated until after 8:30 and after a fuss - people were being seated ahead of us. Then some of the entrees were already sold out. I ordered a shrimp/linguine dish - it was horrible - overcooked and bland. The sunset view is spectacular, that's the draw - find somewhere else to watch it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went to Chart House for my husband's birthday and what a big disappointment!!! We had to ask for everything like a steak knife for a filet mignon , plates for an appetizer to share. the coffee was served very cold , spoon for dessert. What a night!! Will never come back for sure"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Previous visits to the restaurant have been good so we invited out of town friends to join us for lunch. We waited several minutes for someone to even acknowledge that we had arrived. Finally we were seated and service continued to be very slow. The food was okay. My shrimp Caesar salad had no croutons. Our friends said their seafood cobbs salad were okay but were surprised at the level of service -- especially when the restaurant wasn't busy. We've always enjoyed the Chart House so I'm hoping this was an isolated incident."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been dining at Chart House restaurants for more than 40 years and every visit has been consistently first rate. The food choices are varied enough for the most finicky palate. The servers are consistently first rate. They are attentive without being intrusive, a real skill. From the appetizers to the main course to desert and then the apéritif, the entire experience has always been pure delight."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My group thoroughly enjoyed both food and atmosphere. Service great. Must go back. Special orders came exactly as requested."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very good restaurant slow service! See comment below..."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It was our anniversary- disappointing dinner! We were served spoiled hummus. It was a trio hummus- one regular hummus was spoiled! Can't believe they would serve it! The fish we ordered ( mahi and salmon was okay ) The scenic view was spectacular- there's just one thing- the big glass window was dirty! You would think they would keep it clean- not immaculate as it is near the ocean. There was a big glob of smeared "who knows what" on the glass window. Overall- meh....will not go back there. Too bad because we love the view!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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
  • "We enjoyed our celebratory dinner, as we have before at the Chart House"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Watch the waves as the sun goes down. Great food and drinks...... Sit at the bar and relax!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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