Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

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Seafood
We look forward to serving you. You’ll have a front-row seat to catching waves & panoramic Southern California sunsets at this magnificent oceanfront Chart House located near San Diego. A modern and open decor makes the most of its location with windows that open the entire restaurant to its natural environment. With 26 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From signature fish specialties and seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon & our slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive wine list.
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and staff accommodated our several young children for a birthday dinner on Fri. December 6th.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Temecula and wanted a special night out. My husband had the prime rib; I had the filet Mignon w Blue Cheese on top....we split a salad I ate everything on my plate. Perfect service & food. We will return!

H
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great family dinner and our server Shawn was awesome. Thank you.

DP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only issue I had was with the bill. I was over charged and it took a long time to deal with it....

RD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Outstanding Service and major thanks to all the staff for making a special evening an experience! We will be back

J
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok, but not amazing. Service was good, but it was Thanksgiving, so I will cut them some slack.

TS
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Thanksgiving Dinner at Chart House Cardiff. Wonderful food and drink! Thanks Chart House!

DW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Chart House is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. The food, service and ambiance are always greats. This is the first time I made reservations through Open Table and I was very pleased with it.

AV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service, food and ambiance! Our drinks were great, the food was served hot and our waitress was amazing, she brought everything in a timely manner. Chart house is one of my favorite places in the world!

d
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated thanksgiving - great dinner and fabulous price.

OT
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and view were exceptional!

OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Great location... food was not hot, hard to get refills on drinks, took 20 minutes to get first drinks, told the bar was busy. Usually it is much better.

D
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy birthday to me 🎉 delicious food, exceptional service, and a view that can’t be beat. Thank you for making my birthday lunch Unforgettable

DP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We could actually have a conversation and the food was great. As well as the service.

RM
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and food was excellent!

RE
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was super. fast efficient, and dedicated

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Food was not up to par for this well known restaurant.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

A late lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, but the food under impressed. We have been going to the Cardiff Chart House for 30 years plus and we continue to enjoy the location, view and service. But this time the food disappointed. The lobster salad had to much mayonaise and did not taste fresh; the crab/avocado stack had less crab (we often order this appetizer). Perhaps we encountered the second-string chef team. For the price, do better Chart House!

G
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The location is outstanding, and the staff is very friendly. The food is good, and standard Charthouse quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So here we are, 38 years later and I return to the CHART HOUSE. I came here for prom night and took all of these years to come back. What a mistake! I’ve thought about the Chart House hundreds of times as there used to be one in Oceanside harbor but years before Oside was anything but a military town. Now that O’side is a brewery and foodie HOT BED, it’s too bad TCH had to move on but luckily Cardiff is not far!
I took a very beautiful date here to show her she is worthy of the best dining available (& much more) and while the ocean view was nice it was dark but that’s only part of why we came here. To that point- the FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE!!! Lobster bisque, mac nut crusted Mahi and stuffed shrimp were over the top delicious.
My only question is to myself - WHY WHY WHY did I wait so long to come back???
On a final note, romantic?? Well let’s just say that while we were diving into the best chocolate lava cake the couple behind us were causing a slight commotion. When I turned to look, the gentleman was in one knee asking his date to marry him! Of course, she said yes!
Awesome everything at this establishment and I highly recommend it!

KC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It took 2 hrs for us to get our food. Not the server's fault. He was very nice. We ordered 2 lava cakes when we arrived and only received 1. I have always loved Chart House in Cardiff. Not sure I am going to go back.

SD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I would not return to a restaurant that is out of steak and halibut at 6:30. I also think charging $24 for a tableside “fire” drink is extremely misleading. There are a number of restaurants in the area that can easily compete with this type of poor management.

m
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

definitely see a decline in the lunch service than dinner service. Having our waiter complain to US that our drinks were taking so long because the bartender was chatting was not a highlight of our visit. while the views and location are amazing, Chart House management needs to strengthen the service team and revamp the rather dull lunch menu.

J
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with even better service. Thanks Peter.

JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice view of the ocean at sunset and to celebrate a birthday!

DH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was great as always. Right on the ocean just past sunset. We did the Landry's 3 course special. Great Thai shrimp soup, prime rib with shrimp, a variety of shrimp prepared in different ways, maple panna cotta and pumpkin bread pudding. All were marvelous. Waiter was attentive when needed.

m
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, views and food. We ate here for brunch with my 100 year old mother and felt like royalty!

RV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Halloween menu delicious but usually good service very subpar. Served prime rib and no knife. Very slow ordering and between courses as slow. Wrong bill brought to table!
One thing after another.

j
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love happy hour and whole venue xoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxo

KD
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must stop Restaurant! Wonderful wine & bourbon selection with a view to match! Excellent service that compliments the exquisite chief! They always know how to prepare fish & meat to perfection! If we could give more than 5 stars to this location we would!

OT
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The artichoke appetizer was superb! The grilled mushrooms are an excellent side. We both ordered swordfish that was fine but nothing to boast about. The ambience and the service is over the top fabulous!

JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good, service was slow and lacked the feeling of feeling special.

OT
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chart House is always one of our favorites and this location did not disappoint. Be sure to catch the sunset from this beautiful spot. Food is amazing too!

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often meet out-of-town friends at this Chart House. We have never been disappointed, nor have they. It's the perfect spot between our house in MV and wherever they are vacationing, conferencing or meeting. Easy for us to drive, easy for them to find without much concern. Always excellent food, and we've been fortunate to have Sean/Shawn (sp?) as our waiter the last 2-3 times. He is tops!!

C
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Can’t say a beach view restaurant with a great menu is average. As a long time patron of more than 50 years of the Chart House, I was very disappointed this location did away with their famous salad bar. Chart House needs to fix this as soon as possible.

MA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been visiting this Chart House restaurant since 2001. It has an amazing view, the food is great and the service is impeccable! Wonderful experience!

NL
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was horribly slow. Food was cold.

AI
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Chris, really made the night. Along with window seating for our celebration, of course. We thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers and the Prime Rib. The crab legs would have been better had the shells been cut so we wouldn't have had to wrestle them so much, but they were delicious. The peanut butter ice cream... OMG. Heaven.

K
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service provided by our server Shaun was outstanding. He saw to our needs and was social as well as professional.