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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (137)
Scenic View (131)
Great for Outdoor Dining (102)
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Special Occasion (87)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Worth the Drive (65)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Great for Lunch (61)
Romantic (57)
Casual (52)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Sunday Lunch (41)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Fun (36)
Great for Brunch (33)
Business Meals (30)
Bar Seating (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Happy Hour (28)
Good for Groups (23)
Hot Spot (23)
People Watching (23)
Healthy (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Local Ingredients (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Authentic (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Cozy (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vegan (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent restaurant as always!! This is a consistently good restaurant .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

normally excellent
BUT this time it was a real disappointment
started fine but then some friends of our server were seated in our area and the rest of the evening she talked to them, her back to us and her other tables
had to flag her to order, never asked about our food (scallops were over cooked and rubbery, sea bass was on a no sodium diet), flag her again to get our check

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I like the place a lot however I would only return if I sat outside where it was quiet. It is so noisy inside you cannot hear yourself think and the tables are very close.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Delicious food and cocktails. Great service from valet, to hostess to waitstaff. And the view of the Pacific is pretty darn spectacular!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our waitress, Jena, was suburb. Our meals were hot and the courses were served in a timely manner. She guessed our every need in a quiet and unobtrusive style. Excellent!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Was here recently to celebrate my birthday with my family. While the view/location is spectacular, we were somewhat disappointed with the service and food. We ordered the Cardiff Reef Roll as a shared appetizer and it was awesome! Both my daughter and I had the Ahi Poke Bowls and my son and Husband had the 'Bag of Bones'. There was nothing special about the Poke Bowl, was fresh and tasted good. I have had better and for a LOT less $$. The ribs were dry and not impressive. Fries are not worth mention :(.
We made the reservations for a Birthday Celebration and there was no mention of it. Our waiter was nice but it really felt rushed...like maybe he was being spread too thin.

Might go there again to have a cocktail and appetizer outside but I will save my $$ for Dinner elsewhere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great except temp was a little too cold since it's a little chilly outside. We had to get hot water to warm us up.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

So disappointed in Pacific Coast Grill. I was one of my husband and my favorites when we travel annually to the San Diego area. The menu is now very pricey even for the Kung Pao Shrimp and filet Mignon. It was overpowered with soy sauce and I couldn't taste the crushed peanuts. The vegetables were also disappointing in the dish with only peppers and onions, no other such as water chestnuts. My husband also had a very expensive seafood pasta that was just average tasting. Our friends did have the Mahi Mahi and enjoyed their dish. The bread pudding for dessert was tasty albeit a bit dry. Overall disappointing.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent, great ocean view. Get there for the sunset. Terrific place, great vegetarian options.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Vegan, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent on all counts: ambiance, food, service, and valeting. We’ll be back !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

the food is only so so, the service is only so so, and the NOISE LEVEL IS WAY TOO LOUD!! Don't go there unless you carry a megaphone. And why oh why oh why must there be large screen tv's in every eating establishment?

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

While the food was great, I was a bit disappointed in the service. We had requested a nice table to celebrate a 30th anniversary with our out of town guests. Even though I made this specific request, our table had an obstructed view and no one mentioned or asked about our special occasion. Also, we didn't see our server after placing our order as she was assigned to larger group. So from the beginning we felt like we were more of an inconvenience and it was a bit of a let down.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everyone from the valet (only $5) to the waitress excellent customer service. The prices were reasonable, the food was excellent, and the view of the beach was perfect. Took family who is from an area with no ocean. They were very impressed. Will definitely return here.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great, as usual. Take all my out-of-town visitors here, especially those that don't often see the ocean!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was great, the views are amazing and the service was wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about Pacific Coast Grill. Have a meal at this place if you’re near Carlsbad.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had table outdoors practically on the sand. Service and food were excellent. Great menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot, Healthy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The ahi wanton tacos are the best things ever!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

When we arrived the restaurant was very busy and we were informed that our seating would be delayed a little. I checked back about 15 minutes later and the hostess said it wasn't quite ready. While we waited at the bar the manager came over and apologized for the wait and said he wanted to buy us an appetizer for the inconvenience. This was the beginning of a great experience. We were seated about 5 minutes later and our server appeared almost immediately and also apologized for the wait. The food runner also apologized! They were all very friendly & efficient. The food was excellent. The staff turned what could have been a poor experience into one that delighted all four of us! Bravo!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The restaurant was so loud that we couldn't even talk to the person sitting closest to us. That made it pretty miserable by the end of the evening because it was a bit exhausting.

The location is spectacular and the food very good. However, I won't go there in the evening with others unless I sit outside. It's sad because there is so much good about this place.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent shrimp dumplings, bag o bones, sushi, and cocktails. Terrific ambiance.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food is always outstanding as well as the staff. Great view of the ocean.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal and service except we thought that the people that greet and seat you were a little snobby and unfriendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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