Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff
Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pacificcoastgrill.com/
  • Phone: 7604790721x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH everyday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
    DINNER Sunday through Thursday 4:30PM-9:30PM
    DINNER Friday through Saturday 4:30PM-10:30PM
    SUNDAY BRUNCH 10AM-4PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Israel "Izzy" Balderas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet for $4.
A word from Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique "Pacific Coast" cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, black mussels, baked oysters, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks & more! There are two levels of dining at the new PCG with every dining seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There are bars on both levels and a heated outdoor patio and a deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and the line up at Cardiff Reef. You can watch surfers, kite surfers, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets from throughout the restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff reviews from OpenTable diners
357 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (322)great for outdoor dining (260)special occasion (194)romantic (165)great for lunch (121)fit for foodies (121)neighborhood gem (84)great for brunch (79)good for groups (70)hot spot (69)vibrant bar scene (52)notable wine list (48)kid-friendly (22)late-night find (15)Show More
  • Loved Every Minute
    Jackie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    One of the best dining experiences ever! Service was exceptional. Food was heavenly good. Beach and sunset view spectacular. Just love this beach front restaurant. And dancing across the street afterwards on a Sunday evening made the evening a most memorable one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance
    Cardinalfan
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Romantic and quiet for early brunch. Recommend that for sure. Other times the restaurant can get loud. Great service. Good food. Amazing views of the ocean and surfers. Great spot. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, but good.
    Royce
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Pricey, but good. Great server, nice view. Appreciate the gluten free menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    Mike
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at this restaurant yesterday. We sat upstairs overlooking the ocean during sunset. It was amazing. The food was good, and the service was excellent. Our waitress was extremely engaging, and helped make the night special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and view
    Local
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food equals the view...wonderful! A happy place to enjoy the company of one or many.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful view
    Run2eat
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    beautiful view... delicious food... great wine list... valet is $4 but they do accept credit cards
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurants
    Pacman4850
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    One of the best restaurants in north county. Amazing food, scenery and dining experience
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the view
    hiker
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We brought relatives from Montreal to PCG. They loved being right on the beach and seeing the waves breaking right in front of them. Everyone like d their seafood meal. Service was quick and attentive. The kitchen missed a substitute item we had requested and the server offered to replace it but we declined. Downstairs is hard surfaces and the ambient noise can be a little high. But it is still possible to have a regular conversation over dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Could of been any better, hostess was very nice and waitress too!!! Would go back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Outstanding, we use your restaurant for special occasions
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience this time
    Catlady
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been to PCG many times and had great experiences. So I was surprised that things were so bad this time. We couldn't get our server to bring drinks or bread. My husband's order was wrong. Rather than just letting him have what was made, they insisted on making what he ordered, which took 25 min. The rest of our food was totally cold by then, and we all empty glasses. It went on like this. Nightmare.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Had To Return After This Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The seafood and the surfing beach ambiance are terrific. We dined upstairs and outside under the awning for Sunday Brunch. Returned for Monday lunch. Beautiful scenery and elegant seafood. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I recommend restaurant to friends.
    Barb
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great ambience, food, and service. I brought my friend to celebrate birthday; we got the Royal treatment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    ChristieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The hostess was incredibly helpful and friendly…very crowded but worth it…great food and unbeatable view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service.
    Maddie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Server was not good! Up until now we have always had great service at PCG. The entres and appetizers were all brought out at the same time for three of us. The fourth person in our party was not served an appetizer or meal until we complained. As a result of the timing, most of our meals got cold while the appetizers were being eaten. Also the table was quite crowded with all of the plates. We told the server about this and she just laughed!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Griff
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Second visit in a month. The food was great & the sunset cooperated both times. After going on my wife's birthday we went back with a friend from Colorado, who enjoys coastal views & good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My fav in North County
    LeonediromaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is my favorite lunch place in North County. You're sitting right on the rocks, watching the waves, surfers and doggies frolicking on the sand. Very friendly service and people, a little more upscale than most of the more casual North County places, but still down home. Every time except twice I have had the sea bass, served on a bed of mashed with lots of sauteed spinach. That's my go-to dish. But just about everything on the menu is great. They took the filet and lobster enchiladas off the menu, too bad. Oh well. But there are still lots of good dishes, including sushi for them what wants it (not me), and the BEST DESSERT THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN is the white chocolate bread pudding. Gotta try it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location is Everything
    CanuckDC
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I brought 3 friends visiting from the east coast here for dinner recently. We were late arriving to our 7pm reservation (I called ahead to let the hostess know). When we arrived 30 mins late, we had to wait another hour before we were seated. We were waiting for an outdoor table which led to the extended wait but it would have been good to know that it would take that long. We were led to believe that it would be 15-20 mins. Once we sat down and ordered drinks and apps, the server then told us the kitchen would be closing soon so we needed to get our entree order in. I certainly felt rushed and it was not what I had come to expect from PCG.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful seafood and sushi
    DelMartian
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    View is hard to beat outdoors on the patio. Sushi roll special was excellent as was the shrimp dumplings. Wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Romantic Dinner Awaits
    BeachDinner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Absolutely fantastic romantic restaurant. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, or romantic dinner with an absolutely beautiful view of the ocean and beach, Pacific Coast Grill is your place. The restaurant is literally on the beach; it is literally goes: restaurant, some rocks and then beach. If you book your dinner around 5:30-6PM, by the time you have your meal the sun is just setting. The entire west side of the restaurant is glass so impossible not to see the ocean and beach. The food was beyond excellent and I don't say that often. Please try the bread pudding, delicious. Our server, Adam, was so awesome. He took notice of our anniversary/birthday and he got us the desert on the house. Make this place a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Special Place
    Sandyoga
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had great service, a fabulous dinner and of course an amazing view. One of my favorite places on Hwy 101. Cheyenne Giesecke
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience and amazing view
    Beaumin
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I loved the food and amazing view! Our server was also great! But we they did seat a family with two annoying kids right next to us when there were many open tables. They can't control the kids but it affected our visit as they were standing on the ledge right by our outdoor table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noor
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was great dining experience right by the beach.. very beautiful view.. staff is really friendly and humble..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    cardiffkook
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Made reservations on line and mentioned it was our anniversary. Restaurant failed to acknowledge. Stick with the seafood dishes, I ordered the Hawaiian Ribs ($29.00), they were extremely over cooked. Very disappointing. Over all, restaurant is very pricey. If ocean view is what your looking for and you don't mind a $150.00 per couple meal, this is your place. Personally, this was our first and last visit....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Closed Early
    Looking4aview
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Closed at 9pm. Food is ok, some things are great and some things are just average. Hit or miss based on what you order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Usual
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Brunch is always a treat at PCG. Great view and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Right next to the beach - great view of the ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location and service
    goucla
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The view of the ocean is incredible, the service first-rate, and the food very good. The menu is pricey but their is value in the expense. We arrived at the time of our reservation and were seated right away. The ambiance was amazing and the service was excellent. The Sea Bass was especially delightful while the Mahi Mahi was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best
    BudW
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Tried it last week; it was so good we went back to verify. All their fish is top quality and cooked to perfection, not overdone like so many other restaurants, Among the four of us we tried a number of the dishes. Though some were better than others all were good and most were outstanding. It will be a regular stop for us in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sunset in San Diego
    tomwVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    AND the food is great, typical seafood entrees but very well done
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off the menu
    Candee
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    On previous visits I really liked the Kiwi-Lemon Martini but since it has been taken off the menu. Our waiter did not offer to ask the bartender if he could make it for me. He said they don't have any kiwi's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The reservation was just like I requested, outside on the patio next to the window, fabulous view. The staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean front dining
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant. Chic & ocean front. It is on the beach without the excessive 'beachy' culture that often accompanies close association with surf & sand. We had great service & tasty food in a relaxed yet responsive setting. Thank you for such a nice evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    Brian
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It is a beautiful place with great views of the beach and sunset. Everything on the menu is great but this time we had the lobster tacos, sushi, cowboy steak, and my son had the grilled cheese with bacon. I cannot wait to get back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    lislis
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Came here for our anniversary dinner, on a friend's recommendation. It was an exceptional night... Great food, great drinks, incredible sunset view. Be sure to make a reservation for the patio at sunset, well worth the wait!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was wonderful
    JoaneVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took some of our good friends for a wonderful dinner, We were able to sit outside upstairs , we were able to see the beautiful sunset
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Sherriesther
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our server was so friendly! She made our anniversary special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior service-great food!
    Wannaeatout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From the hostess, to the service in the bar as we waited for our reservation time, to the service from the waitstaff at our table the experience was exceptional! This is a very busy location, especially around sunset for the unobstructed views of the the ocean, but we never felt rushed or ignored. Everyone in the party enjoyed their menu selections and the chocolate custard dessert was delicious. Thank you Pacific Coast Grill! We will bring all our our out of town guests here!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not be returning
    freddy0027
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Poor service & food below average. Possible bad waiter but for what I paid for dinner was a very disappointing experience. View was great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a gem by the sea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoy sharing such a great restaurant with our out of town guests and each time we have a fabulous experience. This particular evening we had two children with us and the server Tom and his assistants were fabulous. Like the staff who greets you when we check in also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate