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

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

4.7
4.7
8584 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 100 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 8,584 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 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

8,586 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day 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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  2. K8RisGR8R

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day 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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  3. DanielG

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 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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  4. WeWillNotBeBack

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 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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  5. Cilca1

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 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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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 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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  7. GoHawks

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 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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  8. LoriH

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 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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  10. IamCroll

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 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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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 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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  13. JamesS

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  15. KMAC

    San Diego

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  16. MarshallC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  17. Vince

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  21. Dman

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. RobertM

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food with and awesome view! Gotta dip the bread in the pot sticker sauce. Steak and Lobster was outstanding. The ocean was ten feet away at high tide.

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  29. Chipotle42

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Of course, the location with that view is wonderful. The two of us tried two appetizers and an entree and they were all excellent (dumplings, calamari, sea bass). The sauces that came with each course were great, and the mash potatoes that were under the sea bass were unusually tasty. Ended up trying the dark chocolate dessert, which was excellent as well. Finally, service was attentive and friendly. Prices were quite reasonable considering the quality.

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  30. SharonB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been going here for years whenever we visit the San Diego area. Only drawback this time -for lunch, large machines working on the beach, just north of the patio, were making a loud humming noise that was constant. But that will be temporary….This is a wonderful restaurant! The food is outstanding and the location is awesome!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating son’s graduation (masters from USC). The food and drinks were perfect. Jenna was the absolute best server!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I came in 2021 solo and sat outside by the water. We were visiting and couldn’t wait to take my husband adult daughter.i had requested an outside table a few weeks in advance. We walked and were seated at a booth inside away from a window. There was a private party on part of the patio but when I walked out, there was a whole other area with tables that weren’t part of the party. The food wasn’t up to par either. So disappointed.

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  33. Gigi

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fabulous. How could anyone not appreciate the view of the ocean. It was amazing. 

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    $100 for lunch for two without alcohol or dessert seems a bit much, e.g., $5-$6 for coffee or tea.

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  35. FrederickS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rachel was our server. She was appropriately attentive and looked after us as we enjoyed a delicious lunch outdoors as we overlooked the surfers who were riding the ocean waves. I had the seafood Cobb salad. My wife, who was celebrating her birthday, enjoyed a Ceasar salad with shrimp. Both were well presented and tasted great. Birthday dessert of white chocolate bread pudding with caramel bourbon sauce was outstanding. Will continue to go back again.

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  36. StacyL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our lunch on the outdoor seating area. We had reservations and were seated immediately. The waiter was attentive and friendly. We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance was terrific!

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  37. BRita

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My entree was not good. It was the vegan burger, a mushy Pattie with barely warm vegan bacon. Waitress was very accommodating, bringing me a tasty salad. Always one of my go to spots when I come home to San Diego!

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  38. Glutton

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat on the outdoor patio and watched surfers and dolphins while sipping a pineapple martini! Outstanding view and service. One of my favorite spots to enjoy the scenery and friends. So relaxing and energizing at the same time.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    If you go early in the day, it’s possible to get a great table & a nice lunch at Pacific Coast Grille. Dinner is more challenging.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. The calamari is fantastic! Our server, Lauren, was excellent!

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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 8584 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 100 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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