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
346 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (314)great for outdoor dining (253)special occasion (184)romantic (156)great for lunch (124)fit for foodies (112)great for brunch (81)neighborhood gem (81)good for groups (65)hot spot (63)vibrant bar scene (50)notable wine list (45)kid-friendly (21)late-night find (15)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • good seafood
    streakme
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had the Pacific Paella and it was awesome. No one at the table complained about anything. We all had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoy the food and the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    However, it's really hard to sit outside on the deck when the sun is blazing in your eyes. SUGGESTION: Seems like there could be an electric roll-down screen that would keep the sun diffused in the late afternoon until it goes down. I have one on my patio and it works great and you can still see the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • veiw and good food
    norette
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    view cant be beat. good variety on the menu. Best filet in years. Very noisy, fun crowd. more casual than I was expecting. Will come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular view -exciting menu
    Lorett
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great service and creative menu. Views of ocean from most all tables. Loved my calamari ceasar salad. We also feasted on the lobster tacos that you put together yourself. Relaxing and blissful. Had a reservation and was seated right away. No pressure service. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch but too loud
    OldLady13
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is a great restaurant to get a very tasty bite but if it gets busy like it's bound to get, there isn't enough soundproofing within the room so it gets really loud and makes it really hard to have a conversation with people right next to you. Other than that, the view is great, the food is great, and it should really be visited at least once.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to watch ocean waves
    Greg
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We sat on the outside patio to view this week's epic swell. Nice patio, beautiful view, really cold Stella on tap and the ahi sliders and the short rib sliders along with the truffle fries were really good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Really good food
    Bubba751
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everyone in our party enjoyed the food tremendously. Pricey, but spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday Bliss
    Laventures
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We celebrated a friend's birthday here this week. Great environment, we weren't rushed and the food was terrific. They provided a very rich dessert for her birthday, she felt special, as she should. All in all, great experience. Nice waitress, extremely attentive and the food was of high quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time on the beach
    SharptonAJ3
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was visiting San Diego for about 3 weeks with work...ha d been to PCG previously and thought to go have a go again as had been so good - it still is. Think I went back to PCG. Four or five times, even staying at a great resort with terrific signature restaurants - this was just a great atmosphere away fro a resort and right on the beach. The food and service was spot on as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was in town with my wife for a wedding and being from the midwest I was dying for an excuse to be by the water. They had a perfect spot reserved outside with an ocean view. I get that's not always possible but they were able to accommodate us which was great. Great service; attentive but not over the top. More of a casual meets fine dining tone. If ever I'm near there again I'd go in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    milanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went here to celebrate our anniversary weekend based on the reviews I read online. Very disappointing experience. Extremely loud inside. Food was tolerable. Service ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food & great water view
    MikeylikesitVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This place is amazing. A very good menu with lots of interesting selections and a simply fantastic beach and water view. We went there for the sunset and were not disappointed. Even though it was very crowded, the service was excellent and very attentive. We all went the seafood route and the mussels, ahi tuna, crab cakes, seafood pasta were all to die for. Very good wine list and the bread pudding for dessert was also excellent. Highly recommend, just a little hard to find. Get directions because rental car GPS, google maps, etc were all WAY off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right on the beach!
    MarlayneVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went here after a day at the Del Mar Races and ate outside right on the beach. You couldn't beat the view! Food was good and service was friendly and excellent. I had the lobster tacos - very yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PCG
    Knobul8r
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All I can say about our dinning experience was that it was flawless, & everything was perfect (JP) our waiter was on top of everything! ! Thx JP
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mahi-mahi or Seabass?
    Wampner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Critics always worn, never order the special of the day. In our experience it was Seabass and crab. Crab was likely frozen or possibly canned and a bit salty. Despite the restaurant's insistence otherwise we were all convinced that the Seabass was really mahi-mahi. It was reasonably well presented and the taste was fairly good. Problem is, Mahi-mahi is not worth $38+ per plate. We probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fresh seafood; spectacular view!
    PmsayreVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely late lunch for 4 in the dining room. Food ans srvice were excellent..and the view can't be beat
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate