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Ki's Restaurant
Ki's Restaurant
  • Address:
    2591 S Coast Highway 101
    Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
    Neighborhood:
    Cardiff By The Sea
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $30 and under

Ki's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kisrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (760) 436-5236
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast/Lunch (Counter Service)

    8:00am - 4:30pm

    Dinner (Full Service Upstairs):

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Marcelino Arroyo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our caterer can customize a catering specifically to your needs, whether it is casual or formal, on site or off site. Please visit our website for more ideas and contact information.
  • Entertainment: On Friday nights, we have local well known musicians, such as Peter Sprague, Peter Pupping, Nathan James, and Fred Benedetti, playing here from 8:30 to 10 pm. Please check our website for music schedule

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chesterfield
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ki's Restaurant
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual, ocean view atmosphere. Ki's is unique in that breakfast and lunch is very casual, counter service and seat-yourself. We up the ante at dinner with full service dining upstairs and a more specialized menu. We research all the products we order and when in season, we try to have as many local and/or organic ingredients as possible. Our dishes are created with flavor and wholesomeness in mind. We believe good health comes from eating real and whole food. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "It's hard to find ocean view restaurants that aren't outrageously expensive. This one was casual and priced well. We enjoyed our meal and watching the sunset. The cocktails were awesome. Salmon in parchment very tasty and I didn't feel like a slug for eating unhealthy rich food. We'll be back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "When we arrived we were told our online reso automatically put us at a table by the bar and there were numerous other/better tables available. We had to request another table. Then the service was very slow tonight - seemed to be plenty of hostesses but not wait staff. This is usually one of our go-to spots but not tonight."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went to see Nathan James and had wonderful seats. Did the server's suggestion of salmon. Wonderful. Spinach Was great! Service outstanding. Entertainment is always good."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We are from Pittsburgh but lived in SD before our children were born. Went to Cardiff By The Sea for some beach time. Stumbled upon Ki's and was very impressed. I had the butternut-squash quesadillas; they were excellent. My husband had the special, Mahi-Mahi. My son had the steak. They were both excellent."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "When we arrived we were shown to an indoor table tucked in a corner and when I let the hostess know I wanted a deck table she came and reseated us when one opened up and we had a wonderful evening as usual!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I just love the extensive menu options here and the care shown in selection of food that is both tasty and healthy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It was hopping on Friday night and the food and service were terrific as always. Our favorite weekend dinner stop. Sign-up for Ki's club for 1/2 price bottled wine on Friday nights and other wonderful discounts. It makes going out so fun! Love Ki's!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was awesome! We wanted to change to patio seating and they accommodated our larger party no problem. This was the first time we had been there and we already want to go back! We even caught the perfect sunset!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Perfect dinner to celebrate my birthday. The server as well as the food was great as was the view of the ocean!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wanted a good place to eat at the last minute on a Fri. Night. This turned out to be the best experience. Great food and wonderful service!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It's nice to have music in the background but the music on Friday nights is so loud that you cannot have a conversation, especially in the indoor dining room area. Also....this particular evening there were so many young children running around that we thought we were at Legoland. Not our usual pleasant Ki's dining experience. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Gorgeous view of the ocean!!! Nice choices for vegetarians and vegans too!! Make sure you add a walk on the beach before or after your meal. Their desserts are made in house and are delicious. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "May need to make a reservation although the restaurant is not full they tend to prefer reservations at busty times."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've been a customer for a long time! food is good as always and even gotten better. Service is very friendly and speedy. I am going back in 2 days. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I like to bike along the coast to Ki's. We can taste the difference in eating food at Ki's with their organic and natural ingredients. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, the quality of the food, the view and the people are excellent. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It took my group an hour and a half to get our entrees after ordering. Won't recommend this restaurant to anyone. The waitress mixed up our checks as well. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Ki's has a healthy, fresh menu that is consistently prepared well with reasonable prices. We had the Kale and Strawberry Salad as a starter with the Salmon and Pork Chop as our entrees. All perfectly cooked with great presentation, everything arrived at the appropriate temperature and in a timely fashion despite the fact that the restaurant was actually packed the entire time we were there. The service staff seem genuinely interested in the product that they provide. The margaritas, which we also enjoyed, are outstanding as well. Make a reservations, because on busy nights you will need one to have the opportunity to dine there. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I am very hard to displease as I will gladly eat just about anything, but Ki's food was just that bad. Two of the wines we tasted were bad and we ended up drinking beer. My four friends were of similar opinion. Sunset views were awesome, we sat right by the window in the corner. Too bad it rained earlier that day and the windows were really dirty."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had four diners, table only placed for two, kept that way until asked the waiter. Had to ask waiter to finally take order. Had to ask for check. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Once again, another great evening/sunset at Ki's. Service was a bit slow due to a packed house but the view makes up for it!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great place for those that are more into healthy eating. The dishes we tried were limited on taste and portions. Service was good. Nice view. Across from the Chart House and nice that they have their own parking. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The waiter was great, The Filet was poor (very tough). Restaurant needs cleaned up and the menu needs work. The food presentation was great but the taste and quality was a little disappointing. Inexpensive but I would prefer to pay a little more for a better overall experience. Prime location."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of the best in the Northern Coastal San Diego Area. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun place to eat!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great place, just found the live band a little overwhelming for the special occasion we were celebrating, but that was my fault for not doing the research on te restaurant earlier to know that live band played on Fridays. Band was good,it just didn't fit with what we were trying to celebrate."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our waiter was very friendly. The place has a low-key, surfer bar mentality. food was very good, very well priced. View of the ocean is nice. It is a great place for food and drinks. Very relaxing spot. Great find."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We used Opentable for a reservation and were seated promptly at an excellent table on the balcony. The service was very slow. Both meals, a roasted chicken and the ciaoppino, were extrememely tasty and well presented. I hope to get back to this great spot."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "You need tp address upi reservation on phone system as I tried to make a reservation for 15 min on you system and kept getting cycled back out of the system, press 5 again and again and keep getting cycled back to main menu on phone. I suggest since you phone reservation system is so weak that you mention on your outgoing message that reservations can be made on line. That would have saved me a lot of time and you would have sold 8 more meals. The info can help your business, I hope you take it."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Been going to get smoothies for over 30 years. Going to Ki's is part of our family tradition. Love that she is making it!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have been eating at Ki's for many years, and have had mostly good experiences. Bu,t unfortunately, my last experience was not up to par. We had bread and appetizers but no water or silverware; after several trips back and forth we finally had both. I ordered the fish taco plate with rice and beans, but received the blackened fish taco appetizer which was so spicy, it was difficult to eat. I did not want to send the food back because it would have upset the meals of the other 3 guests that were dining at the table with me. Also, I hated to be sitting there awkwardly while the others were enjoying their meals. With that said, the others at the table did enjoy their meal, but we all agreed the service was not the best."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "KI's is an amazing restaurant. The food is phenomenal, the view is breath-taking, and the wait staff is friendly enough. That said, don't plan on dropping into KI's for a quick bite. There's nothing quick about this place. It doesn't seem to matter if the place is bustling or only has two tables full, you are gonna wait. And wait. I don't mind waiting, but at least get the cocktails served. Even that takes half an hour. God help you if you want a second drink. I should probably be grateful for the poor service. It's a beautiful place with excellent food, if they had good service too, you probably wouldn't be able to get into the joint....and hey, there are worse places to sit for a couple of hours... Even if you don't get your cocktail."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We decided to try Ki's because they were offering a 1000 point time on Open Table. I had the baked salmon which was very moist and flavorful. My wife had the filet mignon. She said she liked it but didn't love it. It was cooked perfectly (rare) and she really didn't have any complaints about it. What was really awesome was the pecan bread pudding. Just amazing! I'm sure we'll try Ki's again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Saw a beautiful sunset while sipping a glass of beautiful bottled water that is a staple on every table and talking and listening to my 2 dining companionsl. Food was great! We arrived before 6 and took advantage of a scrumptious, well-priced delightful meal including appetizer and dessert! Just became my favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great healthy, fresh. Service was friendly & helpful. Beautiful ocean views"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We celebrated Valentine's Day at Ki's and loved everything! The food was wonderful, the patio view at sunset was beautiful and our server was a gem. I would recommend Ki's to anyone and we will definitely be back another time."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Even though the appetizer, entree and desert we wanted that was on the menu wasn't available by the time we had our reservations, they managed to provide alternatives that were delicious as well. Experienced great service from our waiter as he was entertaining and funny."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived a few minutes before our resy and were seated right away by the hostess. We sat at our table for 10 minutes and no one came to offer us water, drinks, or anything else. We saw servers going back and forth to other tables, but we were totally ignored. My husband asked the hostess to please send over our server, she said she would. Another 5 minutes passed and we were still waiting for anyone to acknowledge us. We decided at this point to leave. When we told the hostess we were leaving she didn't apologize or offer to get the manager, she merely said that the server was new and was having trouble keeping up with her tables. Not my problem."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was good, went with the Salmon special. No complaints. View was very good and for a first date the server staff was very accomodating."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "One of the greatest things about Ki's is that the food is delicious AND balanced. I am someone who is concerned over what I put in my body but still love a great tasting meal. Ki's using fresh ingredients to make amazing entrees taking dining to a new dimension. The ocean view certainly must be mentioned as it is a magical touch, for sure! Ki's has "upped its game" - from a great, healthy breakfast/brunch restaurant to a really memorable dinner dining experience. We went specifically to enjoy the incredible music of Nathan James (an amazing blues musician) - and have enjoyed other music finds on Friday nights! Just a fabulous place to enjoy a great meal in a beautiful city with folks who seem to really know food:)"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I actually didn't know what to expect...the restaurant is located in a perfect location to see the waves and the beach. The food was better than I expected especially for that price! I think Ki's is an excellent place!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Friday's are perfect to hang at Ki's. The restaurant gets the best entertainment around San Diego. My favorite of Robin Henkel, Whitney Shay, play often with Billy Watson, and Caleb Furtetch. The food is reasonably priced; and it is superb. From healthy to luxury, the place has it all. Oh yeah, the view to the west is OUTSTANDING."
    Dined on 1/24/2014