Chandler's - Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

4.3
649 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Sunset Terrace Fire Pit & Lounge Area

Weekly Reasons to Visit
Monday All Night Happy Hour
Taco Tuesday
Wine If You Want to Wednesday | Half off Bottles
On Tap Thursdays | $6 Pints
Live Music on the Terrace from 5:30pm to 7:30pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am (Monday - Sunday)
Lunch: 11am - 5pm (Monday - Friday)
Brunch: 11am - 2:30pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Happy Hour: 3pm - 5pm (Monday - Thursday)
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm (Sunday - Thursday), 5pm - 10:30pm (Friday & Saturday)
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Phone number
(760) 683-5500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Teri McIllwain
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Self Serve or Valet Parking available with validation.
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Public transit
We're just a 5 min ride from the Coaster stop in Carlsbad, CA
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Entertainment
Need a tune to groove by? Stop in Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this summer! We are featuring live music from local artists every week on the sunset terrace. Enjoy happy hour starting at 3pm, with the tunes going from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

To check out the full line up, visit ChandlersCarlsbad.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 649 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing sunset view, good food!

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JG
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went back to Chandler’s after not having been in a while. We ate outside on the patio and the view is fantastic. Our server (Wendy) was attentive and very friendly without being obtrusive. We ordered salads and the seared ahi, clam chowder and the short rib dinners. All was delicious and cooked just right. Only beef is the corkage policy and prices. Their wine list isn’t extraordinary. But we had a very good time and would definitely go back.

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W
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice views of the ocean, and a pleasantly diverse wine list, with a smattering of dining options. The shrimp were great, but the ribe-eye underwhelming. Overall a good restaurant.

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BC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this place always makes us feel like we are family...

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JA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and great place to watch the sunset over the ocean!

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H
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for a pre-anniversary glass of wine and appetizers, the server was excellent, wine and appetizers delicious. My only comment, we asked the hostess if we could sit at the table closest to the glass barrier so we could see the ocean and she said "I think it is reserved". We were there for an hour and a half and no one was ever seated at that table. That is poor customer service, they were not booked and it was a Monday night.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. It was the perfect place. We sat on the terrace which is quiet and more intimate then inside. The staff was attentive but not bothersome. Our order was taken and delivered in a very timely manner. The view of the ocean was visible from just about every table. There was an outdoor firepit sitting area on the terrace and the end of the serving area where we were able to finish our drinks and linger around enjoying the view and quiet conversation.

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JG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. Have to pay to park which does not really seem right when paying for dinner.

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RT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was very loud and some of the patrons very distracting. There was a couple at the bar all over each other (and nobody needs to see that while they are eating) and guys with swim trunks and no shirts kept coming in to order at the bar (probably from the hotel pool next door). It definitely brought the "upscale" description of the atmosphere way down. Our server was great and the food was good. Not a huge menu or cocktail list but I'd say sufficient.

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L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

My wife and I were very disappointed. They advertised Oysters on the half shell and a view of the Ocean. They had neither. It was very noisy and the dining room was like a cafeteria...for the price of food (Which was average at best) and being a Diamond Hilton member I expected more. I'll never eat here again. Tim

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful ocean view, great patio dining, service was very good, dinner scallops excellent and shrimp appetizer delicious. Beet salad needed a little greens. Martinis were so good and different with elderflower.

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very pleasant dining experience. Service was great. It was our anniversary and we enjoyed it.

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KD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was horrible for my husband and I along with the one other party on our section of the patio. I had called to confirm our reservation and request for an ocean view about an hour before arriving, they said an ocean view would be absolutely no problem. But when we were sat on a small side patio, we were told there was nothing ocean view available and wouldn't be for the rest of the evening... Our appetizer was delivered before our drinks. I ordered a Sprite and my husband ordered a beer on tap which sat waiting for a good 10-15 minutes. Our waitress told us they were changing the keg, which was definitely a lie. We could see the bar and his beer from where we were sitting. Maybe because the restaurant was in a hotel, they have a turn and burn mentality but we were in no hurry and had to remind our waitress of that twice. The food was just OK for the price. But really, it was the service that killed it. I had also noted that we were celebrating our 5 year anniversary + babymoon in our reservation. It wasn't brought up at all, so why even ask if your guests are choosing your restaurant to celebrate anything? Won't be recommending or going back.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Myself, sister-in-law and mother-in-law were all visiting and came here for dinner for our girls night out while the husbands stayed with the kids! Perfect night!

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RR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. We had a wonderful experience. we shall return.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time we ate at this restaurant and even though the reviews were hit or miss, my husband and I enjoyed our meal. Our waitress Alondra was awesome. The cocktails could be better but overall experience was great.

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EW
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit and I was disappointed. It's a very noisy, expensive restaurant. It was a very hot day, so we sat inside and found it hard to talk to the other couple we were with. Most of the main dishes were in the 40 dollar range. We had Cobb salads, and they were fine, but not outstanding.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Beautiful view, except we had to look out from behind this large “range hood” over the fire pit. Service: waitress was not friendly at all. Clearly not happy to be at her job. Couldn’t even crack a fake smile. After we were seated nobody even acknowledged us until I made a comment as the restaurant manager walked by. The first person to acknowledge us was the “bus boy” who actually was friendly and helpful and took care of us. Too bad, the wait staff can really make or break a place. They are breaking this one.

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TM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was very loud, it took our server several minutes to acknowledge us and take our drink order. Husband & son had a bowl of clam chowder, they had it was fair. Husband's salmon was overcooked and bland. My fish tacos were not very flavorful but had 3 hige pieces of fish in each. Probably would not reccomend for anything other than casual lunch.

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TV
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My dinner was very good, I had the seared scallops. However, my husbands meal was just okay. The waiter was attentive and friendly, however, it took way too long to receive our food and drinks.

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RD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place has had its ups and downs over the years. Right now it seems to be on the up. Good place locals can walk to. Not cheap for what you get, but you have to remember it’s in a hotel. Better than average hotel restaurant food. Worth the short walk over 2 or 3 times a year.

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p
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were the only people in the restaurant and the music was waaaay too loud. Service was meh.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Very nice place and our server was very nice. However, we waited at least 45 minutes for poke, Ceasar salad and a bowl of clam chowder. None of which had to be cooked. I was disappointed :(. The view was beautiful though, that made up for it.

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible! Food was just okay, definitely not great or worth the price point. I would NOT recommend eating here & I will NOT be returning!

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H
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service lousy, really, really bad from the start to the end. Too bad for such a nice place otherwise.

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l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lavendar blueberry cheesecake was worth the calories. Fabulous!

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KW
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The calamari tasted fishy. The batter flavor was great, but ive definitely had fresher tasting calamari.

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PA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 55th Birthday on Friday, June 15. I was looking up restaurants for weeks. We saw mixed reviews of Chandlers, so I was nervous...however the menu seen online won me over. It was loud, but go my ocean view seat. We, my husband, Sons and I. Our server was Tyler, and he was awesome! Took note of my seafood allergy, and was so great, informative and gracious. Excellent service, and amazing food. I even learned how to say charcuteri, lol. I'll go back, worth the cost!!!

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PJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a fantastic lunch at Chandler's. My Cobb salad with prawns was the best I've ever had. The service was excellent and the ocean view was perfect. I can't wait to go back!

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V
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Chef nailed my perfect filet temp, great job!!

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food and the service were both very good. With the ratings we saw, we expected a lot more. We went for our anniversary dinner and were surrounded screaming toddlers, the very thing we wanted to escape from for the evening, from the hotel attached to the restaurant. I just don’t understand how they can charge almost $50 for an 8oz steak and have a horrible environment!

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AR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience for dinner on a busy Saturday night. Shared bites are excellent, as is the dinner menu. Good gluten free options.

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n
Brisbane / QLD
45 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This Hilton restaurant is good for sunset watching. The service is friendly but random, to put it gently...cob salad was big and cold. I expected chicken breast to be freshly grilled , but it was not. We are not coming back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived. Host tried to seat us at a mediocre table which we declined and asked for a table with a better view. Note that we are laying $72 per person for a pre fixed dinner because of Mother’s Day. Jose our waiter was good, no complaints there. But the food was bad. The kids Mac and Cheese had more flavor than the fish entree I ordered. The salad was horrible. The polenta looking dressing on salad made the texture not pleasant. My wife and I both did not finish our 3 course meal that we paid $150 for. Definitely not worth the money.

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AH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While Chandlers is not right on the water front, the ocean view from the patio seating is wonderful. We stayed at the hotel for a one night get a way and just wanted to eat and relax without leaving the hotel. The hotel and restaurant were very busy when we were there but the service was perfect; we had made reservations and were seated promptly. I had the grilled salmon, mashed potatoes and asparagus and was very pleased with my meal.

Great food and fun place to meet with friends.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and young son had an exceptional dining experience at Chandlers! We highly recommend going for great food with a beautiful view and an overall amazing experience! We’ll be back

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CG
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to Chandler's many times and it never disappoints. They were very busy on the Saturday night we went, but the service was pleasant and the food was excellent. Get there for the sunset, it's fantastic!

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R
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was decent but nothing special. Nice view of the sunset but the location didn't make up for the average food and less than impressive wine list. Second time we have tried this place and will probably be the last time.

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must say always enjoy everything about our dining experiences. Our highest compliments to the Chef and Staff. Thanks

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DP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Aside from a couple of overly-zealous and loud patrons, the atmosphere was good. The king salmon and seared tuna were excellent. Service was fast and attentive. All around a very positive experience.

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