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Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

4.7
4.7
8598 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique Pacific Coastal cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks and 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Sushi
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 479-0721
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Israel "Izzy" Balderas
  • Private party facilities
    Party for 2 or 200 on the beach? Pacific Coast Grill has multiple options for your group. We have a private room that seats (12), upstairs patio that seats (46), downstairs patio that seats (30) or buy out the entire upstairs or downstairs.
  • Private party contact
    Beth Bennett: (858) 481-8040
  • Neighborhood
    Cardiff By The Sea
  • Cross street
    Quarter mile south of Chesterfield Dr. on the beach side of HWY 101.
  • Parking details
    We offer valet for $8
  • Public transit
    Take the coaster to the Solana Beach station from there take the Oceanside 101 bus north. Get off at Cardiff Beach and walk south on 101 for about 2 minutes.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,598 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • North San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • North San Diego

    Seafood

  • North San Diego

    Most Booked

8,598 Reviews
  1. GFoodie

    Toronto

    85 reviews

    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The view alone is worth the 1 hour drive but the food and service are actually also very good. Totally recommend. Will come more often!

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  2. DavidW

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fine evening, sitting outside, sunset, cocktails, food, setting…PCG lives on!

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  3. Gladiator79

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat out on the patio within reach of beach sand and a direct view of an amazing sunset. I was reluctant to share the secret because my wife and I plan to be back there several times and selfishly, we hope we never have a long wait to dine there. I highly recommend "PCG" for casual encounters, special events and just a great place to dine and an amazing spot with picture postcard views of the ocean and sunsets. An added bonus (if you're lucky) is to be waited on by Adam. He's fantastic at "reading a room" and had perfect timing from checking in on us to following up. Fantastic evening and dining experience all the way around! 5 out of 5 stars

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! We were celebrating a bday, and this was her first time at PCG, she loved it! Thank you.

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  5. KarenD

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner. We had a delicious beverage upstairs and the appetizer crabcakes with scallops. They were delicious. We then were seated by a window downstairs and had a beautiful view and watch the sunset. Our Waitress/waiter were great at both seatings. We shared a soup which they were kind enough to split for us and we shared a Caesar salad, which was wonderful and then we shared the halibut with shrimp. Everything tasted great we had such a nice time. I can’t wait to return.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, service and view were great! Can be loud in the covered patio area if there is a boisterous/large group or party. They were super accommodating and able to move us to a lovely inside table.

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  7. MartyG

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambience as wonderful as ever! Service a bit uneven but it was a busy night.

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  8. VickiF

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This has been one of our favorite restaurants for more than a decade, but Saturday night's experience will have us putting this restaurant far down on our list. We had a reservation at 6. Our table wasn't ready, the valet area, entry and bar area were completely over run so there was no where to even stand and wait. We ended up between tables in the bar and weaving around waiters as they rushed by with food and drink. It was so loud we had to shout to hear each other. Finally got our table upstairs. The loud atmosphere and chaotic service did not improve. We got our drink orders in, but waited quite a while to get them. We were never offered bread or appetizers. The waiter finally came to take our dinner order, but he never offered menu explanation, specials, bread or appetizers. As soon as he got our main courses noted, he rushed off to the next table. Our entrees arrived, but we were not checked on or offered another drink. As soon as we put our forks down, our dishes were rushed away. The scene was so chaotic, we were happy to leave without desert or coffee. I understand the meaning of "its so crowded, no-one (at least a local) goes there anymore." While the food was excellent, our evening was a disappointing experience.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    PCG is the best. Gotten pricey recently, but always a top notch dinner.

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  10. LisaK

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food and view! It was busy and a bit noisy but a lot of fun.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived early, and they sat us at a beautiful table on the edge of the sand quickly, excellent! Service was great, as was the food! Check your bill! They add a "surcharge charge" it's 6%! I questioned it, and they removed it. Just watch it! Otherwise, a great meal and place to be!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Ordered a pint of beer as stipulated, in writing, on menu but only received 1/2 pint, waiter refused to give me what I ordered and told me they didn’t have any bigger glasses and still charged me for a full pint of $9.00. Calamari was extremely chewy leaving it inedible. The fish I ordered that the tacos were made up of was so dry I had them put in a doggy back to take it home to my neighbor’s cat. The cost of this meal was ridiculous for the disgusting food and the waiter’s attitude. Don’t waste your money!!!!

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  13. PhilipI

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are always consistent! Appetizers arrive quickly after ordering. Overcast evening, so no sunset! Need to come back...! Always our go to restaurant!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and staff! The views on the porch were awesome!

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  15. K8RisGR8R

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated at a table right in the middle of the restaurant and the noise level was really too much for all the seniors in my party. They couldn’t talk to each other and so the evening wasn’t great.

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  16. DanielG

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious lunch with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. Perfect place to stop on our drive up the coast.

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  17. WeWillNotBeBack

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband travels for work so when I tag along I enjoy finding great food, and this one didn’t disappoint. The overall experience was amazing. We had an amazing table overlooking the ocean while enjoying our meals and drinks. We would definitely come back if we’re ever back in town.

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  18. Cilca1

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food quality seems to have gone down at Pacific Grill. Couple that with an employee surcharge...hope I get invited to the EOY company party. I won't be back.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is wonderful, fun, professional and interactive. The food is excellent and the setting absolutely perfect

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  20. GoHawks

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best seafood restaurant in SD in my opinion. Weather permitting sit outside and watch the waves of the majestic Pacific Ocean!

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  21. LoriH

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, drinks, appetizers and ambiance are always amazing. Main entrees, not so much. The pan seared sea bass was absolutely tasteless, veggies cooked nicely, but again…zero taste. The paella was way too saucy and the shell fish overcooked. Coconut crab crusted mahi mahi-mahi just ok and the cowboy steak was very fatty. I think they’re trying to be too fancy and not focusing on just making delicious food.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Locke restaurant food gd price a problem for this very senior citizen Addition of service charge on a 16$ Margarita and a 45$ dinner a bit over the top

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  23. IamCroll

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately they were doing construction on the beach so it was not ideal for our outside seating on the patio

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Get the seafood pasta. The sushi was surprisingly good too.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to for all special occasions and then some. Manager Rene Balderas is such a gifted host and our lovely friend / hostess Solymar is always so welcoming. XO

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  26. JamesS

    Phoenix

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was properly prepared and served in a very timely manner. Our server,Misael, was professional and congenial . He was very attentive, yet not overbearing. The other service staff assisting him were very courteous and helpful. All in all, it was a very pleasant dining experience. I am a seasonal resident of the area and have dined often at the Pacific Coast Grill and I have never been disappointed.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue with friendly staff. Food was amazing as well. Highly recommend the filet mignon sliders!

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  28. KMAC

    San Diego

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    outstanding service !!! Food was fantastic as always and the view was epic !

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  29. MarshallC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy the PCG! Jenna was awesome and my wife, son and close friend were all very happy with the service, atmosphere and food!! A great experience for Mother's Day!!

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  30. Vince

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing view, friendly service which was impressive since it was a busy Mother’s Day brunch. Food was Good overall but bonus that kids enjoyed their food. It was our first time at PCG and hope to come back again.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places. Great food and service. Best oceanfront restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were here celebrating Mother’s Day! Every thing was top notch from the moment we arrived at valet to our greeting at the hostess desk. Our waiter Jose was friendly and knowledgeable and offered suggestions. We had Short Rib Empanadas which were not lacking on the beef along with Dungeness Crab Guacamole, this was very plentiful as well! We had two orders of the Ribeye Patty Melt, I wish I would have taken a picture because they were stacked high. I chose the Togarashi Crusted Ahi Sandwich and the flavor was amazing. KUDOS to the chef! Oh my don’t forget to have the PIPES MARTINI again bursting with flavor and heat, however just the right combination.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love going here. Food is good and view is breathtaking! For Mother’s Day we all received a gift card! We go a few times a year and it’s my favorite place❣️

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  34. Dman

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good made well and very tasty. The sauces that they use are delicious.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    John our server took really good care of us! It was busy and he made sure we had everything we needed. I hope we’re able to get John as our server next time, great personality and respectful. Thank you for making our anniversary a great time.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded our expectations for Mother’s Day lunch. Awesome all the way around. The open table app however gave wrong directions to the restaurant which was frustrating. But overall a 10 experience

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  37. GoHawks

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cole was an outstanding server. Food was fantastic. Tremendous view. One of the best in San Diego.

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  38. disney

    Dallas

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the second floor patio. Felt like you were on the water. Food and service was great!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful experience. The scallops and mahi mahi are phenomenal! Gorgeous view of the ocean.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated on time. Cole our waiter was very good. All our food was great, and drinks too. Thanks for a nice evening.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff using the Order Online button. Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 479-0721.

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff is rated 4.7 stars by 8598 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

2526 South Coast Hwy, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Quarter mile south of Chesterfield Dr. on the beach side of HWY 101.
  • Neighborhood
    Cardiff By The Sea
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We offer valet for $8
  • Public transit
    Take the coaster to the Solana Beach station from there take the Oceanside 101 bus north. Get off at Cardiff Beach and walk south on 101 for about 2 minutes.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Israel "Izzy" Balderas
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 479-0721
  • Private party facilities
    Party for 2 or 200 on the beach? Pacific Coast Grill has multiple options for your group. We have a private room that seats (12), upstairs patio that seats (46), downstairs patio that seats (30) or buy out the entire upstairs or downstairs.
  • Private party contact
    Beth Bennett: (858) 481-8040
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