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About Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique "Pacific Coast" cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, black mussels, baked oysters, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks & 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.

2526 South Coast Hwy
Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH everyday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
DINNER Sunday through Thursday 4:30PM-9:30PM
DINNER Friday through Saturday 4:30PM-10:30PM
SUNDAY BRUNCH 10AM-4PM

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 479-0721

Website:
http://www.pacificcoastgrill.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet for $5

Executive Chef:
Israel "Izzy" Balderas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Private Dining

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.

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (117)
Waterfront (116)
Great for Outdoor Dining (96)
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Special Occasion (84)
Good for a Date (74)
Good for Birthdays (67)
Worth the Drive (63)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
Great for Lunch (57)
Romantic (50)
Casual (49)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Business Meals (32)
Fun (31)
Great for Brunch (31)
Happy Hour (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Hot Spot (22)
People Watching (22)
Healthy (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Kid-friendly (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vegan (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The mixed drinks were not good at all. We had 4 drinks at our table and 3 of the four were disappointed with the flavor and quality of the drinks. The meal was average at best. The waitress and staff were very nice and accommodating. In fact we shared our displeasure with one of the drinks and she quickly replaced the drink with another. The view is what made us pick the Grill and the view was outstanding. Don't go for the food or drink but the staff and ocean view are remarkable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant was recommended by my daughter so we went for my girlfriends birthday. It was great. Great food, great service, very reasonably priced.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Met friend from Los Angeles. Great venue after the fires in LA for him. Met for brunch. Some had breakfast and some had lunch - perfect balance. Beverage selection also nice and pelicans cant be beat!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food, great view; one of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We loved watching the sunset from the restaurant. The service we attentive and prompt. We enjoyed the food and would eat there again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

I first discovered Pacific Coast Grill in late November and have been back 3 times since. Every time, the service has been superb. The food is good, too, and the view can't be beat!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Vegan, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Perched right on the beach, this is an excellent restaurant to sip on drinks while enjoying the sunset. Follow that with a very nice and tasty meal. Nice menu selections with full flavors and unique twists. Highly recommend that you try it.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. The view is to die for and the food is great. Servers are so professional and friendly!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great brunch choices. Extensive menu. Perfect water view. Have only been there for brunch and lunch. Both excellent. Amazing server, Jeffrey, for our brunch yesterday.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our server was really nice and the food was amazing!! It might look like a bit pricy but the portions are quite generous! Definitely recommend it and I would be back again!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food and service were great! Awesome view of the ocean!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Right on the water, though it was night. Excellent and original dishes (did double appetizers x 2). A bit spicy, but I like it that way. Well prepared. The hot rock (a real hot rock) with Ahi Sashimi quite a treat. Good for foodies.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Since we are moving to Encinitas, we thought we would give it a try. Very happy to have done so. Calamari and Crabcake appetizers were really very good. The Paella was amazing. My wife had the Sea Bass and that was fresh too. Most of all, the server was incredibly attentive. Very strong first experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This restaurant is a long time favorite of mine even when they were in Solana Beach years ago.
One of the few places to go in North County where you are right on the Beach.Well managed and friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Fun, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

All of the seafood entrees are fresh and perfectly prepared with local ingredients. Always reliable and absolutely delicious. The rolls are some of the best in town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love this place. Incredible sunset & beach views. Delicious food. Love the ahi.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat in the area. Whether it is for a casual or special occasion, this place is perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food..fresh calamari and delicious seared ahi...yummy coconut cheese cake dribbled with lillokoi sauce...beautiful view right on the ocean..overall a great spot!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Spending Thanksgiving Week in La Jolla, we researched ocean side restaurants and, based on the reviews, we selected PCG as one of our choices. I was looking forward to the Seafood Cobb. It was one of my favorites at Anthony's, when they were at the Harbor. This Cobb did not measure up in any way to what I was expecting. Green salad with, what appeared to be, shaved crab (?) or lobster (?). There were three nicely seared shrimp, which were placed nicely around the plate. My husband order a hamburger, which he said was "ok, but nothing special." We had a delightful window seat and the waitress was polite. However, the noise level was high. THERE ARE TOO MANY GOOD SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS in this area to make a trip to Cardiff. But, you never know!

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love this restaurant and go often. But disappointed that they no longer have the salmon dish we love...topped with cucumbers. It was our favorite.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

WE ALL ENJOYED THE FABULOUS FOOD AND THE VIEWS, TOO!!! SERVICE WAS GREAT.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food, great location. I always enjoy me meal at the Pacific Coast Grill

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It's a beautiful place with good food but extremely difficult to hear conversation.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Most gorgeous view on the beach, with great food, and terrific service. Quintessential CA dining experience!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The ambience is just outstanding in every way. The ocean view from both inside seating and the patio outdoors is fantastic. The food and service is the best. Great for brunch, lunch or a dinner experience. Highly recommended!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We come often to Pacific Coast Grill and have told others about it as well. However, the last time we were there, we found out they will no longer serve our favorite entrée. The salmon with pea pods and topped with cucumbers is by far the best salmon dish we have ever eaten, and we go there specifically for that dish. We are thoroughly disappointed that we will not be able to get it again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Amazing view of the sunset! The service was perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Atmosphere and location are great, and the food was good, but a bit "much." I feel like they could lighten up on the overwhelming flavors and go for a bit more subtlety.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I have dined at this restaurant about ten (10) times in the last several years and we always want to come back. This is a good local restaurant in a great location on the ocean. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is one of our favorite coastal dining restaurants with great ocean views. The food is always superb, the seabass is to die for. I like that the atmosphere is casual but can be special occasion dress up. The valet parking is convenient.

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Many thanks to the generous folks at Pacific Coast Grill for offering free entrees to us Vets on Veterans Day!
I had the seared ahi with coconut rice, and the dish was outstanding. I plan to return soon so I can enjoy it once again.
Thank you!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Noisy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a women and the portion was small even for me.
We feel they exploit the ocean view!! Tourist trap!!!!!!
We used to go to their location in Solana Beach & we loved the food!

We would not go back.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice restaurant, very good food and service. Spectacular ocean views.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday celebration

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I've been a regular patron of this restaurant since 1983 (when its name was Charlie's) and have celebrated many, many special occasions there.

Friday night 11/10/17 I'd reserved a table for 6 celebrating a birthday. Was surprised to see how few patrons were present. We were seated immediately and enjoyed the truly excellent service.
We ordered appetizers, beverages, main course and dessert. All were promptly served and well presented. On the way home a frank discussion about the meal that revealed that the food was nothing to brag about and somewhat disappointing. Possibly explains either a bad night for the chef or the absence of a crowd.

Over the years I've recommended Pacific Coast Grill as a favorite to everyone seeking a good dining experience. I can't anymore.

Sarry

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service from a Server Ruby. Food is divine but lobster bisque is not the best, too much potatoes on it. Everything else was perfect!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was good and of course view was beautiful, but foos quality was poor. Guacamole was lacking flavor. Tortilla chips tasted like oil that has been in your pantry for too long. Ahi was not good quality. They put crab in the Rainbow roll but crab was not mentioned on the menu. Rice of sushi roll tasted like I got it from a grocery store. Sorry I’m too much of a foodie to pay all that money just for the view

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Just the booth by the outside/beach entrance is noisy and windy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always great all around at PCG!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great table and good service made our evening great. The food was average. Next trip I'll have to try something else from the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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