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

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

4.7
4.7
8166 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

10:30 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. *Please note, due to Covid-19, we are not accepting groups over 10 guests.
  • 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 $6
  • 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 8,166 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • North San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • North San Diego

    Seafood

  • North San Diego

    Most Booked

8,164 Reviews
  1. Bill

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality food and service for a memorable business lunch with a helluva view!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise level was energetic. But very noisy for conversations.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Incredible service and food. Great server

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  4. JamesL

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, attentive without being intrusive, responded quickly when needed.. I almost thought I was in Paris.

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  5. PDride

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and excellent service, complemented by the glorious view - one of our favorites for a nice dinner out.

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  6. CyndiStetson

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way as usual… Been here at least 10 times, including Mother’s Day. Brunch is very special birthday dinners… Holiday dinners in their private room in the back upstairs… Always always amazing service very diverse menu… And even if the weather is a gloomy, overcast day it’s gonna look amazing from the stPerfect in every way as usual… Been here at least 10 times, including Mother’s Day. Brunch is very special birthday dinners… Holiday dinners in their private room in the back upstairs… Always always amazing service very diverse menu… And even if the weather is a gloomy, overcast day it’s gonna look amazing from this deck!!!!

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  7. MelanieH

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Window seat with view of the beach, ocean and sunset. The food was amazing and the service impeccable.

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  8. MARLENER

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very pleasant. The view of the ocean is great. Service and food were excellent.

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  9. eatwell2nite

    Los Angeles

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pacific Coast Grill is a gem that never disappoints. From the outstanding views of the surf, to the friendly and helpful servers to the diverse and tasty fiod, you will be delighted. We are in town 1-2 times a year and always make sure we have a meal at PCG.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrate my sons 49th birthday. View and service were wonderful and the food fabulous.

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  11. JamesN

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A simply remarkable dinner and experience!! I can’t wait to go back!!

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  12. Moette

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always incredible food cooked to perfection. Can’t beat the breathtaking views of the ocean. I’m vegetarian and there are so many options for me which I appreciate.

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  13. StuDiego

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Overall great service and the food is really good!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food has returned to Pacific grill standards, excellant. The past couple of visits had been less than excellant. However, the wait person was even better than the food, outstanding!

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  15. ScottK

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Oceanside views from the patio to complement the wonderful service and food.

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  16. MartinS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely ocean view evening time outside….. enjoyed our server tasty food….. free birthday dessert enjoyed our time

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This has always been my go to for special occasions and out of town visitors. This past Sunday I took 2 visiting business associates for a sunset dinner. We were seated perfectly on the patio to enjoy what was another spectacular sunset. Heaters were perfect and kept us warm the entire evening. Our waiter was good but quick to walk away and we had to call him back to the table to order hordevors and main corses and ultimately no dessert was even offered. The food was fine. Fine is not what I expect from this restaurant. I have always had excellent and even impressive meals. This evening I was disappointed. My quests were too polite to complain but main corses were all left half eaten. I will come back with the hopes that on this night the chef was not on his game.

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  18. Foodnstuff

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, service was very professional. 4% surcharge is bush league and not acceptable for a classy restaurant. It cost the server a bigger tip.

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  19. Kirky

    San Diego

    219 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    219 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening with family - great food, service and ambience!

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  20. HeidiE

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and view! We dined there twice in three days.

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  21. CanuckDC

    Chicago

    171 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun dinner out with family pre-Thanksgiving. Bag of bones & crab guacamole were a hit as appetizers. All main entrees were very good (mahi mahi was a bit dry/overcooked). Margaritas on point as always!

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  22. JeannieM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Gorgeous day on the beach patio! Our favorite waiter. Meeting our kids from Seattle.

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  23. ScottK

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s hard to picture a more perfect setting than outdoor seating at Pacific Grill. Add to that delectable food and personal, attentive service, to cap off a memorable evening. Thank you!

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  24. BarbaraM

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was perfect - food, service, ambiance, valet service. Always love coming to Pacific Grill

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  25. PattiG

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Not sure what’s going on in the kitchen, but the last 2 visits in the last month have not been up to the standard of what we’ve come to expect based on previous visits.

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  26. Bama

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met n old friend there.. requested patio Pcean view and had a beautiful table and view. Everything was wonderful and our Waitress Autumn was so kind, friendly and anticipated our needs. The chocolate custard was bomb and shrimp Dumplings with port wine sauce.. Ge gave me bread to sop it up.. too good to waste!!!

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  27. LennyC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is consistently good at this restaurant! It’s pretty much the best restaurant in north county San Diego to visit. Food is fantastic, seafood, always fresh, steaks, prepared perfectly. And you can’t beat the atmosphere.

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  28. KristenP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little shining star in Cardiff by the Sea is a must stop if you're in the area. Fantastic food in perfect portions, a large custom cocktail list combined with amazing services make it worth every penny. Be aware it's a valet parking situation and it is $7 to park.

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  29. Larry

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, good service, a little noisy but overall would and have returned many times.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my wife for her birthday lunch to Pacific Coast grill. We got lucky with the sunny weather and had an outdoor patio table with a beautiful ocean view. The food, the sounds and wine were all excellent. We really like the creme brulee dessert at the end. Special thanks to Cesar who was the perfect host for our meal!

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  31. JanetB

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, food beautiful setting. Four of us had dinner, each a different meal and all were delicious. Our server Adam was attentive, had a great sense of humour and made us feel exceptionally welcome.

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  32. AnneW

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS OUTSTANDING food, service, and ambiance!!!

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  33. michaelw

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We felt rushed. We ordered cocktails and we hoping to relax , enjoy the view for a while. Our meal was served before we took the first sip of the drink.

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  34. AlexM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing setting and basically... the best crab cakes... in the world. Food and service is excellent.

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  35. CCCC1146

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food. I had sea bass and my husband had the ahi. I loved my sea bass , The combination of potatoes and spinach was wonderful. Crème brûlée was really good and our waiter could not have been nicer!

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  36. LauraB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time we pulled into the valet to the time we got our check we had a lovely experience. The view and food were fantastic! Our server was attentive but also let us enjoy our meal with out many interruptions.

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  37. MaureenM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of a few, oceanfront restaurants in the area, and it is one of the best. Dining outdoors is outstanding and the menu offers so many delicious entrees, my favorite is sea bass with mashed potatoes & spinach. I never leave a bite! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a true oceanfront dining experience. The pricing is moderately high, but a very good value for sure.

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  38. CindyD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall3food1service2ambience1
    I had the halibut and it was terrible. It tasted like creamed nothing. There was absolutely no flavor. Service was mediocre at best. Table requested - didn't happen. And the creme brulee dessert was awful. I was entertaining work friends from out of town - the company was great. The food was really bad. I know these are first world problems - but truly - for the price of this dinner, it was completely disappointing.

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  39. Berle

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Great view, great bartender Roy, server Katie was good, but food was not good. It was SO highly recommended by SO many—maybe just an off-night but I could not recommend.

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  40. BradC

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu and service are great. The location and atmosphere is outstanding.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 8166 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 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 $6
  • 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. *Please note, due to Covid-19, we are not accepting groups over 10 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Beth Bennett: (858) 481-8040
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