Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

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794 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Local. Coastal. Unexpected.
Innovative and Understated California Cuisine
Expertly Crafted Seasonally with Fresh SoCal Ingredients
Stunning Sunsets & Pacific Ocean Views
Craft Local Brews & Signature Cocktail Creations
Regional & International Wine List

Live Music on Sunday Nights from 6:00PM-8:00PM!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 794 people are saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolineD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our guest, who is visiting from another country, wanted to dine by the water. We couldn’t make our reservations to a restaurant by the San Diego Harbor; so I hurriedly looked for one that was closer to home. Even though the restaurant is on the other side of the street, we still had a good view of the ocean (though, it might serve the view better if the prominent bush just outside the window would be removed).

The server was attentive, but not intrusive. They are serving limited menu the day we came (not sure if it’s because of COVID or it’s a weekday). The burgers (regular and Impossible), I am told, were good. My Surf and Turf was pedestrian (but, fresh), but the tortilla chips that came with it were good (it tasted like it didn’t come from a bag).

The desserts (especially the Mosaic Chocolate cake) were very good. The only downside is the coffee. When it was first poured, it looked like tea. The server, herself, without any prompting from us, went back to the kitchen to remedy the issue. She came back with darker liquid. However, the “new” coffee was not hot at all—warm is a generous description. When we brought it to our server’s attention, she immediately gathered the cups. She then brought out hot coffee. She joked that there seems to be an issue with the coffee that day. It wasn’t a big deal, but, we were not able to enjoy our desserts with the coffee, since it came at the tail end of dessert.

One other issue is the noise level from the other tables. I have to admit it’s just the luck of the draw (timing-wise) what kinds of diners you’ll encounter at any given time. I just wanted to mention this since the patio is a little on the small side, that the sound carries.

The staff is accommodating. We forgot to have a photo taken with our guest; so we flagged down a server from another table. She didn’t look annoyed by out request. She even took a few, just to make sure we will have at least one good one.

Overall, a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The 6pz steak was way too salty all the way through. The cheese plate was bland and not enough choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ahi was fantastic. The filet was over cooked.

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ShellyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jose our waiter was so accommodating. We had a lovely dinner on the patio.

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IZAADZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed as in-person menu did not match on-line menu. The land and sea options were not available.

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vipGaffer
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Some tables have a nice view.
Fish tacos were very 🤢 fishy.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on July 19, 2021

Gaffer, thank you for dining with us. We are disappointed your dining experience did not live up to our expectations and we do apologize. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our view and do hope you will give us another chance in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to see the sun set. Best to set reservation to ensure you get a seat to watch it. Food is decent

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our food and view :)

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HeleneA
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great find. Easy to get last minute reservations on weekend when every other restaurant on the coast from SD harbor to Oceanside was full. Patio dining overlooking the ocean, reasonably priced, good food, awesome service. Very casual, valet parking, not crowded.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on July 19, 2021

HeleneA, thank you for your outstanding review. We hope to have you dine with us again very soon.

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RebekahH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had one of the chef specials and it was literally the best dish I have have had since I can remember. It was lemon caper halibut with corn polenta and winter greens - It was full of flavor and I am still amazed at how delicious it was. When I asked our server to give compliments to the chef, he brought out the sous chef and I was able to thank him in person. It was an overall great experience and I cannot wait to go back and get that dish again!

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you Rebekah for your outstanding review. We can't wait to have you visit us again in Chandler's!

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vipBekkiJ
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This was an extremely disappointing meal. Service was fine but the food lacked quality. Also, the charcuterie board had only 5 pieces of meat on it. You're better off going outside the hotel to get a meal, regardless of the view.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to rate our restaurant. We are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy your meal. Please know that we will do better next time and invite you back to give us another chance.

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Wesley
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, enjoyed the food and drinks, and lovely ambiance. A bit high-priced, but that was to be expected in a resort restaurant. Would return and would recommend to others.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you Wesley for your outstanding review.

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Adventurous2
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the sunset was beautiful. We came an hour earlier than our reservation as our plans changed and they were very accommodating.

Our server was outstanding as well as the food and we really enjoyed our evening.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for dining at Chandler's, we look forward to your return.

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JamesN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food was extremely good. My wife ordered a French 75 and it was made perfectly (most bars get the ratios wrong). Our server was Lindsey and she was so helpful and attentive. I would totally recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an excellent atmosphere and dining experience.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for your outstanding review. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our team.

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RichardS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chandler's has a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean and we were able to take it all in at sunset from their beautiful patio. We were not overly hungry (having eaten a late lunch) and they accomodated our request to share an entree and a salad, but of course we did also have to share desert. Great food, great service and an atmosphere that is very difficult to match.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for your outstanding review. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our team.

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KnockOut
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good and food was tasty. Prices are a little high, typical Carlsbad. But the view is nice.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for your review. Please do visit us again very soon.

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GeoffJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentine's Day - overall a very good experience. Our waitress/service was terrific. My wife's meal (mushroom lasgana) was great; my meal - steak was good but not great & lobster/risotto was excellent, better than expected, but not a lot of lobster meat in it. Deserts were A+. Our table was near a door that was open to the outside, so it was a bit cold where we were sitting. At one point another couple asked for the door to be closed, which it was, but then another worker opened it again. Total for 2 was ~$250 (inc gratuity), which is a lot, even for Valentine's Day and we didn't even have a bottle of wine. My wife loved the overall dining experience.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you Geoff for choosing Chandler's to celebrate Valentine's Day with your wife. We are happy to hear our overall evening was superb. We do hope to have you dine with us again very soon in Chandler's. We have a wonderful happy hour menu - weeknights from 4-6pm.

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JoelS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Valentines date with my wife.
Our sixth year and it is always amazing.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for choosing Chandler's to celebrate Valentine's. We hope to have you as a guest again very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Beautiful view

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for your 5-star rating.

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Enjoy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was good.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review.

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GraemeI
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch out on the terrace. Service and food were fabulous

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for your review. Please do visit us again.

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vipThelosman
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose is a great server. Took very good care of us. Good luck with the sommelier training.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for your 5-star review.

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meelo88
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and we felt very taken care of. Food was great with no complaints.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your 5-star review.

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MarisaLR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server was great, as was the staff but the food and the wine was below average at best. We paid 600.00 for dinner...not an average price for 4 people! We expected great food. We felt like we ate at the casino buffet. Even our dessert lacked flavor!!!

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your recent visit, but want to assure you that your comments will be reviewed by the restaurant manager and culinary team. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

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jjincarlsbad
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

For a $200 dinner for two, you would expect tablecloths. Ambiance was like eating in TGIF, Chili's or Dennys. New Year's Eve, $70 per person and people next to us in shorts and flip flops. I live 3 minutes from this hotel and have been here 3 times in 5 years. Only once for dinner which is a very limited menu.

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MonicaM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Slow service, could be because of the holiday, but it was very slow throughout the whole lunch experience.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your recent visit, but want to assure you that your comments will be reviewed by the restaurant manager and culinary team. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

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kristins
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

If you are looking for a casual dining place then this is likely for you.. just not my choice for a holiday. Very casual environment. VERY.
The food was okay but not as described in the menu.. no steak.. more like a roast of some sort. Dessert “table” was very limited and gross. The remaining food was ok. I think there are better places along the ocean I would reco before Chandlers.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your recent visit, but want to assure you that your comments will be reviewed by the restaurant manager and culinary team. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

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vipGWprof
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

In the past, we've gone here a lot for sunset cocktails and snacks. The holiday buffet is tired and overpriced. Probably won't go back. Most of the desserts were stale and tasted like they came from Ralph's. Not sure what's up with that. $80/person is too much for what they offer. Views are nice.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your recent visit, but want to assure you that your comments will be reviewed by the restaurant manager and culinary team. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

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ShannonF
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great location and view, even though we were put near the entrance, far from any views, with two large parties and near a door that kept opening and not shutting. So it could be cold. Service was great. Martini was great. Food was very good. I feel like all the booths made the ambience a bit Dennys like. I would definitely come back for a more casual affair. We came on Christmas Eve and some people were casually dressed. Hey, it's Carlsbad near the beach, so I understand. Pricey, since it was a Holiday with a Prefix menu. 3 people in our party and the bill was almost $300.
I would return for sure. Again, for something more casual.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience. We do hope to have you dine with us again.

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diningout
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent evening!

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for your rating.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was terrible they should get a new chef. Price to high for the terrible food.

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vipSavvydiner
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I wrote notes in our reservation, for a very specific reason. We were really looking forward to a nice quiet dinner. At first, he tried to seat us next to a table of infants, I requested something quieter, he than sat us in a corner, which was much better... and then they set up a table for a large group right next to us.
Next time, read the reservation notes!! We ordered our appetizer, but decided to go elsewhere for dinner.
We went here last year during the same trip, it was wonderful. This year, you missed the mark.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your recent visit, but want to assure you that your comments will be reviewed by the restaurant manager. We do hope you will give us another chance.

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HarryG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The service was good and everyone I interacted with was courteous and quick to respond. The food however was not impressive. Went there on Thanksgiving and paid $59 a plate. My food was barely warm and far from hot. The deserts were dry and tasteless. I would not recommend.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on December 2, 2019

Harry, thank you for being our guest on Thanksgiving. We are disappointed your dinner did not live up to our expectations. Please know we will be sharing your feedback with your culinary team.

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vipSusan1484
San Diego
299 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the peace and quiet as well as our waitress who was excellent. Food was a problem because of the spice used. Our waitress was good enough to solve this problem.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and service. We will share your feedback with our team to ensure this doesn't happen again. We do hope to host you in Chandler's again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mine & my husbands 7th year wedding anniversary & everyone at the restaurant was so friendly and nice. The food was delicious & they even gave us a complimentary cake for our special occasion! We had a reservation at 6pm but arrived 30 minutes early. They happily accommodated us. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. 9 out of 10!!

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your review regarding your recent experience at Chandler's. I am glad to hear that you had a wonderful anniversary dinner. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipALEXEnergy5
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice view of the Pacific. Service was very good, though not as attentive as I had expected. Shrimp tacos were very good. Two Salad as lunch entrees were good, but not great. Nice Pinot Noir.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for your review. We look forward to your return to Chandler's.

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Sinderz
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view and a great selection even if the menu is relatively small. Save room for desert!

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you for your review. Please do visit us again very soon.

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Twenty
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Chandler's restaurant experience was good for us. The parking here is too expensive, but the ambiance in quite remarkable. I love being so close to the ocean while dining so comfortably. Watching the sun set as we dined and enjoyed a drink was the best part. The food was good and we enjoyed it, but it was not at the level that I expected from this venue and with the quite high prices that they charge. Our server was very well mannered and took good care of us.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your food and view. Please know that for next time parking is free for Chandler's guests.

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StaceyA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful sunset dinner with friends. The food was great, Jose was so helpful and we witnessed the green flash at sunset. So memorable.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you for your review. Witnessing the green flash during a sunset dinner sounds incredible. We hope you will visit us again very soon.

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SteveJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the cioppino, excellent good sauce and loaded with seafood & linguine. The sunset was n beautiful.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you Steve for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. Please do visit us again.

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Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 683-5500.

Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort is rated 4 stars by 794 OpenTable diners.

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