Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff
GraduationWe have been to Pacific Coast Grill a couple of time including Mother's Day. This time it was for our twin boys middle school graduation. Our table was great, but the service was very slow on this visit. Our waters were empty and we needed to track down some to fill them up. Later, there seemed to be more help and thing improved. We also ordered 3 dessert and it took a long time to receive them.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAWESOME!!!every time we go it impresses us more
staff, kitchen, and view are equally grand
not a bad seat in the house6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic view IF you haveFantastic view IF you have a reservation well in advance. Indoor and outdoor seating. Our crab cakes and mussels were perfect, as were our our seafood paella and pasta main courses. Great service, all around. High noise level, but have a glass of wine and look out the huge windows at the surfers, not a building to ruin the view. Hard to beat. Will be going back regularly.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place used to be Charlie'sThis place used to be Charlie's which we frequented
often in the past and were a little reluctant but has been renovated
very well with excellent food right on the Beach!6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMlived up to expectationsWe made last minute reservations, were seated promptly. Service was excellent. Food was perfectly cooked and generous portions. Drinks were nice but strawberry margarita was a bit bitter.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful Cardiff diningExcellent! Restaurant is newer..good service, good menu, great ocean dining! Truly enjoy this place...lunch is great menu...lobster tacos ...great!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful Anniversary DinnerMy wife and I went to PCG to celebrate our 11th anniversary - I had been to PCG only once before when it was in Solana Beach, and I remembered the food being very good - I hoped for the same experience at the new Cardiff location and PCG did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the desert superb, and the service was very good as well. It did get more crowded and noisy inside, I think next time we'll opt for outside dining. Overall a great meal and experience. Highly recommended.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat DinnerWe had a wonderful experience at the Pacific Coast Grill. We where a party of eight staff was outstanding, food was over the top delicious. If there was one issue it was one of the steaks where over cooked (Cowboy). Cocktails were well prepared, appetizers, entree and desert were a great value.
Think one of the greatest touches was the fact that the manager (Jeff) made a follow call to insure our dining experience met our expectations. That is a very classy touch.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFood keeps getting more enjoyableFood keeps getting more enjoyable with each visit as we discover different menu items5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat sunset viewMy wife wanted a special place right on the water to celebrate her 30th birthday so I looked around and chose PCG mainly due to it's location and a few recommendations. Wow, it was amazing. From the specialty drinks to the apps right on through to the main course it was superb. We were not rushed at all, at times I felt a touch neglected actually but since we were there to enjoy ourselves I didn't mind. Our server was very nice and even came to the table to let us know that there was only one special left so he reserved it for us even though we weren't ready to order yet. He even brought out a special dessert for us. The wifey said it was a perfect evening, just what she wanted.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't beat the view!We celebrated our daughter's graduation from college with 11 family members, on Sunday. Even though the restaurant generally seats parties outside on a first come basis, they had the table all set up for our party in a wonderful "nook" on the outside downstairs patio. We were literally on the sand, with waves pounding not far from the restaurant. The staff fired up the heaters for the cool breeze. Food was fantastic. My "bag of bonz" (baby back ribs) was wonderful. Several members of the party ordered the special omlette with steak, which was great. Desserts, especially the apple pie and creme brûlée are fantastic. Service couldn't be better. This is the second time I've been, and PCG has been great both times.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMPCG LunchCame here for a leisurely lunch with a friend. We sat on the patio, which was lovely. Beautiful view, plenty of shade so you're not baking in the sun! Food was good, drinks were delicious. Service was top-notch. Our waiter was attentive without being overly so. Our food arrived quickly. We ordered the truffle fries for an appetizer- always delicious! I got the veggie burger, which was pretty tasty. My friend got the chicken quesadilla and really liked it. My only complaint would be that the temperature of the food could have been hotter, especially considering how quickly it came out.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA Great Day at the Beach!They did a great job at the new location - outstanding view and menu! The outdoor dining area is great, as is the staff. Great visit all around.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely lovely!We have had lunch at PCG three times and will return again and again. The food is wonderful, the view is spectacular, and our servers have all been attentive, respectful and helpful. It is a great place to bring out of town guests to show off our beautiful coast and beaches and experience a great meal in an elegantly designed restaurant. I highly recommend PCG!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMJust what I was looking forA fantastic view, stellar food, impeccable service, good ambient lighting, quiet enough for conversation. Our office admin recommended Pacific Coast Grill based on her years of experience and feedback from professionals. I wanted a place that was special but not over the top, just right for an important first date. Great choice. The food was incredible. Sometimes service or food quality suffer when the real estate and view is prime, that was not the case here. Everything was great. Highly recommended. Note this was a Wednesday night, I have heard weekends can be a little louder and waits a little longer. No problem on this fine Wednesday night.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMSeafood by the sea at the PCGLocals may remember the Pacific Coast Grill as Charlies. Whatever you call it, the seafood is great--fresh, superbly prepared and presented--and the ambience is outstanding. What's not to like about a dining room overlooking the beach with most tables affording a view of just another dramatic SoCal sunset?
We're not drinkers but the bar was hopping and the wine list looked pretty good. We started with a wonderfully creative sushi appetizer and a bottle of Pellegrino. I enjoyed a swordfish entree and my partner was happy with her mahi mahi. For dessert, espresso and a fantastic creme brulee with berries on top!
By the time we left the sun had set, the surfers had left and the flood lights were on, illuminating the crashing surf.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeMy brother was visiting from Scottsdale and I wanted him to dine right by the ocean. This was the perfect place to take him to. Everything about this place was great. We had to wait a while even though we had reservations, but the wait was worth it. We sat right by a window and enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and the food and service could not have been better.
I highly recommend this place to all my friends and family.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMRapidly becoming one of ourRapidly becoming one of our favorite North County places to eat. The view is to die for - eating basically on the sand and surf. Watching the sunset from the patio is a great was to end the meal so time your stay accordingly. Food is surprisingly tasty with no shortage of choices.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing viewsEvery table has a view of the ocean, waves, surfers and wind surfers.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a table for six andWe had a table for six and enjoyed the meal very much. I had the Mahi Mahi which was coconut and crab encrusted. But there was also a yellow treatment/spice/rub on the fish that tasted (to me) like curry. I am not a fan of curry, so I didn't enjoy the fish at all and wished I had just gotten it grilled. It essentially went to waste. Other dishes were superb, according to the others, especially the chips with guacamole/crab dip. Gorgeous view of the sunset, although there's a balcony upstairs, and when the sun starts going to the horizon, people line up on the balcony to take photos and watch, which means people inside the restaurant can't actualy see. Will definitely go back.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat view on the ocean andGreat view on the ocean and excellent food - parking is a bit of a problem but once you are in - it is great5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMDinnerI loved the relaxed feel of this place. The service was great, very attentive. The food choices are also good - something for everyone's taste. Great selection of appetizers. I had scallops that were fantastic. Two others in our party has sea bass and said the same. One had short ribs and the other chili rubbed steak - all raved about their choices. Wine list is good. Ambiance is great, right on the beach. The only disappointment were the dessert choices. We ended up not ordering because nothing looked appealing. Other than that, we will definitely go back.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went on Mother's Day. IWe went on Mother's Day. I have often had bad experiences at restaurants on holidays but this was perfect. We were between the brunch and dinner crowds so it was not real crowded and the service was great.Had a window seat, shared a nice bottle of wine and had the delicious seafood entrees.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely superior view onAbsolutely superior view on the beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Great service and great food. Reservations are a must and the earlier the better this summert to see a sunset.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a great dining experience!Have visited this restaurant a number of times (especially with guests) over the last couple of years and have always had great service and great food - not a single disappointment of any kind!! Restaurant hosts/servers are always amazing with our kids. Just can't beat ocean side dining...5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a great timeGreat menu, solid service, good wine list. Love sitting on their lower patio - this restaurant never disappoints. The mahi mahi on their dinner menu is to die for...can't seem to order anything else. So happy this arrived in our neighborhood, such a great addition to Cardiff!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMcame a little early (5pm)came a little early (5pm) to avoid the rush, had a great dinner and view of the ocean from our booth. kids had a great time as well.
valet's a little slow though since the cars are parked in another lot a mile away.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were superb--butFood and service were superb--but they were totally overshadowed by the magnificent view of the ocean at sunset. The patio's noise level was acceptable but the bar scene was quite lively--not the moment for quiet conversation.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSalmon to die forNewly opened on the coast. Beautiful decor, modern, service impeccable. salmon wild fresh perfectly cooked. Many options for locavores, foodies.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMVery crowded and noisy. FoodVery crowded and noisy. Food and wine were good, but you'll expect better for the price. You go for the sunset view. Long waits for the waiter to appear.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time ever.We were impressed from valet to the dessert. First class all the way. The staff was quick, friendly, and efficient. We had no idea what to expect in terms of ambience and it turned out to be unpretentious, comfortable, and the food was excellent. My wife and I went the seafood route all the way and we were not disappointed. Everything was cooked to perfection and was delicious... a grand slam. Plus, the service was beyond light speed on a very busy evening. It's a classy place with a gorgeous view, especially near sunset. It was our 43rd Anniversary too. Our table had the flowers setup on our table and they even threw in a free dessert to celebrate the event. It doesn't get any better than that. Thank you PCG for a great experience.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat view, good food....The main attraction of this place is the fabulous view, both from inside and outside. It is very relaxing to sit near the crashing waves, watch the surfers and people with dogs on the beach.
Oh, and the food's good too! We both had the sea bass smothered in cherry tomatoes on top of a small portion of mashed potatoes, and some sauteed spinach. yum
But OMG.... the best dessert! We had actually ordered butterscotch apple pie but the waiter goofed and brought us bread pudding. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST DESSERTS I'VE EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE. I may have to go back just for that. Two huge pieces (one is enough for two but we ordered two portions and ate it all) smothered in caramel sauce. The texture was heavenly, sort of like a thick flan.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT (as usual)A fantastic combination of ambience, food and service!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMLiz is the check in HostessLiz is the check in Hostess and she remembered my name which is quite impressive. Jeff, the manager
is friendly, helpful and service oriented.
The food is delicious and the sushi bar is fresh with food favorites.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have visited this restaurantWe have visited this restaurant 3 times recently and find the food and the view to be wonderful. The staff is friendly. PCG is becoming our favorite place.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Dinner for special occasionHad a great dinner (again!) surprised my mother-in-law for her birthday ..My wife and I fight over who is going to get the seabass, she won this round, but shared and it was fantastic, the shrimp/lobster bisque was incredible and the seared Ahi was great. Christopher, our waiter did a great job, made good suggestions and topped it off with a little desert to round out the birthday celebration. BTW did i mention the view.... Awesome! Pricey but worth it! manager came by to check on us too, nice touch and even wished my MIL happy birthday too.
Looking forward to going back.
Tom C4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMService, food and decor wereService, food and decor were wonderful. View was amazing. Only negative is it was too noisy. They need some sound absorbers.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food, service and ambianceThe food, service and ambiance were excellent! What a great way to end the day with a walk on the beach after. With the outdoor patio connected, you can either enjoy the ocean and sun without having to be on a boat and be refreshed at the same time. Wonderful! Wonderful!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointed! It alwaysNever disappointed! It always feels like we are on vacation when we dine at PCG.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and the view isGreat food and the view is amazing. Finally a good place to eat west of the 101!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe just had lunch for a friendsWe just had lunch for a friends birthday. It is noisy inside but it isn't set up to be a quiet place.parking is a drawback. There is virtually no lot and valet is the only option. They don't offer enough meal salads for lunch and most items are fairly high calorie. Service was very nice and attentive.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMTrifecta!This restaurant continues to be one of my favorites. It's the Trifecta experience - great food, outstanding service & gorgeous views! Rare to find all 3 of these elements in one dining experience. Keep up the great work!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a fabulous dinner andWe had a fabulous dinner and the food and menu items were wonderful. The white chocolate bread pudding was amazing. Had a wonderful birthday dinner.
It was however a bit noisy-acoustics could be better.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMPCG has excellent food andPCG has excellent food and a spectacular view! It was very noisy inside which made it hard to hear conversation at your table, but overall, great experience.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant has marvelousThis restaurant has marvelous views, service & food.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA beautiful restaurant rightA beautiful restaurant right on the sand. The staff is friendly, the service is great and the view is the best you'll find - watch the surfers while you enjoy a refreshing cocktail on the upper deck.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a Gem!The Pacific coast Grill is one of the few gems where you find a beautiful ocean view paired with great food. Normally, great view equals bad food. Not here. The food is delicious and the ambiance is really special. You feel like you are dining in a private beach house. It is a real treat!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat to take guests fromGreat to take guests from out of town for the ocean view.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMCharlie13Four of us had burgers and fries for lunch. Reasonably priced, excellent burgers, great fries. Service was very good. Nice decor, on the beach. The bar area looked inviting. We will go back and enjoy a drink and food in the bar for a relaxing late lunch, afternoon break. We prefer lunch to dinner when we dine out.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and the serverExcellent food and the server was very helpful with selections. Wonderful sunset view.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM