Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

4.7
3215 reviews
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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.
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AB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sit on the rooftop deck if you can! Amazing place and good food and drinks. Only negative portions are massive, keep in mind and split plates. Even the kids meal grilled cheese was enough to feed an NFL player.

BG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great all around. The only drawback is the noise level inside which makes it so that people across the table from you can barely hear you (I'm not elderly or hearing impaired). We were in a section where the room was only about 12 ft wide and the sound just echoed from everything. Think loud bar type of noise. I wish we would have sat outside as I'm sure that would have taken care of it. Great experience otherwise, but this is not the place to go for a more quiet atmosphere inside.

j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavors, dining on the sand, and a great server (Jacqueline).

SS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great! The valet service was fast, but I was irritated that when they brought our car up after dinner, someone had turned on the radio (I had turned it off before we got out) and had it blaring on a channel we’d never listen to! Unacceptable! As a GM at a high end car dealership, we had a hard and fast rule to NEVER touch a guest’s radio unless it was by the technician due to a repair on the radio. Needs to be corrected by management.

RJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was terrific. It was unfortunate though that you didn’t have any chips to go with The guacamole. Seems an easy item to have on hand even if you get it from a local store to carry over until your supply arrives.

PC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We felt very rushed by our server. Left a bad impression.

JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 88 yr old mother there for her birthday. I asked for a table on the outside patio. We were almost 30 minutes late for our reservations. We were given a table outside and had great service. We even received a cheesecake for her birthday. We used to go to The Beach House restaurant which was next door to this place. We loved the outdoor ambiance all the time we dined there. Glad that you are here to take their place. I read reviews about the prices being high. I do believe some are priced high too but if the service and ambiance is there that helps balance that problem out. We will be back with more family members in the near future!

J
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, drink, & atmosphere. Best burger on the coast. Visit every time I am here from Las Vegas!

AO
Dallas
159 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to Pacific Coast Grill. We were very pleased. The menu had some very nice offerings. The food was well prepared. The service was good.

DZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived, we were treated with care and kindness -- quick response, smiles, manners, kindness. Our table was ready, our server was excellent, and our meal was delightful. Can't beat a California beachside sunset!!!

MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Been coming here along time and sad to say service has deteriorated.

Drink refills didnt happen, bread offering didnt happen, etc.

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best dining experiences in San Diego County - service is excellent, food is delicious and you cannot beat the location right on the beach in Cardiff!

DL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

View, great. Food, pretty good. Waiters seem like inexperienced high school boys. Would expect better service at this price point.

AG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing !
The staff was awesome and view just perfect!

AP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dog friendly patio. Really good food and amazing ocean front views

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Scallops were very disappointing. Chewy and not well seared. Salmon was nice but unremarkable.

D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh food and excellent service

MM
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday
Got a table with a view as requested. Rachel our waitress was amazing . We had the bag if bones appetizer which was fantastic and our fish was amazing. She brought us two birthday desserts to cap it off.
Great night!

A
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my cousin here who was visiting from out of town and we shared a lovely meal together. The shrimp dumplings were amazing as well as the oysters. We also had my favorite Pacific Seafood salad with lobster and shrimp ... A must!!
The service was wonderful and suggested the bread pudding for dessert. So delicious!!! Great place for dates, families, and meetings.

H
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambiance

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They do a awesome job. Very good food and very good customer service.

s
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and can't beat the view especially at sunset!

AH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes, though it is difficult to carry on a conversation especially indoors.
Noice level deafening!!!!

JW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views -food was good- very very nice atmosphere

d
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. It is my go to restaurant. Where can you find a beach location, great food and a spectacular view. I recommend the upper deck.

MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was phenomenal as usual. Our server, John C. was a rockstar and saw to special dietary needs

HL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniv. Amazing food and service! We LOVE PCG!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They didn’t recognize it, but we had a great table!

l
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, PCG was great. However, I asked the hostess if my party had arrived yet and she said no. And no room on the patio for 20 minutes. (I had reservations). She seated us inside and I soon got a text from my niece--Where were we? She had been on the patio the whole time. A wasted 20 minutes...Food and waiter were as good as usual.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the setting....makes me feel as if I am in Hawaii (my favorite place),, The food is always good, and
or waiter was very nice...And I was with an old friend for a lovely lunch. Thank you!

DA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Little noisy but otherwise excellent experience.

HS
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to go to PCG. Love the atmosphere & food. Wine list is not the greatest but it’s ok.

MD
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views are breath taking and the service was outstanding.

M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside , perfect weather - almost sunset, food was amazing. I brought out of town guests, they were duly impressed with our California lifestyle!

M
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The rib meal I ordered was so greasy. I would not recommend that item.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The salmon was cooked to perfection! The view of the ocean added to the ambience. I would recommend the Pacific Grill if you want a delicious meal with great atmosphere

ML
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought out of town guests there for dinner. They loved it! And, as always, you helped me with gluten free options.
Thanks!

V
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, right on the beach setting. Delicious food, great drinks and friendly, helpful staff. Can’t wait to return. I live in Orange County, my sisters in San Diego. We meet for lunch several times a year in the “middle “ - although the actual middle is probably in the middle of Camp Pendleton.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good bye lunch

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure! Staff is personable and attentive! Food is always excellent!

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