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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
  • Email: lorraine@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 WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Difficult to find a sophisticated food preparation in a low key and economically reasonable spot. A little noisy because of hard surface but very nice food and a pleasant casual time."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Made reservations for Christmas Eve. Got it all reserved and called to add another, but no-one was answering the phones. Went to the web site to confirm and got a nice email from Loraine saying everything was set. We got there and were not on the list. The guy upfront was nice, but thought we were crashing in. I told him about the text message when they said we had a table set-up for us. We were seated and had a nice waiter who knew the menu and made a nice paring with the wine. The food came, but we had silverware for two of the five of us. Then it was great as always. As we were finishing, a table for 10 had been set-up that included a couple of young kids who obviously did NOT want to be there. We were thankful we were leaving."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I know going to Ki's I will not be disappointed. Plus the music groups are great. I especially love Robin, Billy, and Whitney."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Great sunset views! My fish special with orange pesto sauce was a.maz.ing!"
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "We go to Ki's at least once a week and this visit was very disappointing. While the servers are always nice and top-notch, the restaurant was understaffed and service was slow. The worst part was that the dish we always order....butternut squash tacos....came with wild rice instead of jasmine, which was absolutely horrible. Hopefully, this is not a permanent change. We still think Ki's is a great neighborhood spot and will continue to patronize it until there are too many experiences like this one."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "Always a great place to go for dinner. Brianna was a great server."
    Dined on 8/20/2013