Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

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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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KK
San Diego
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and dad came in from NC and we had a great time! Have brought other friends here who visited out of town and the view, food, and service are all spectacular! Thanks again Chart House!

C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Chart House has generally been better. They gave us one of their worst tables with no option to wait for anything else..They were out of one of their standard dishes that we wanted to order and the food was just ok. The bill was very high for what we had... overall a disappointing experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointing! Salad tasted a day old and the basmati rice was mushy and without any flavor. Service was slow with long lags in between orders and it was freezing cold inside.

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my moms birthday and it was perfect. Even a birthday card on the table! My mom said the food was heaven. We sat by the window and the view is amazing! Overall, it was perfect! Thank you for making her day special! ❤️

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris our server was FANTASTIC! The king salmon was excellent and hubby’s filet mignon and lobster was incredible! We love Landrys club and the rewards we earn to dine at wonderful
restaurants like the chart house. Seated at the window, beautiful view of the ocean in the evening.

EA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty food. Octopus appetizer was quite small, but flavorful. Nice location and attentive waiters.

BO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and outstanding service. The staff was very attentive and helped make my birthday lunch enjoyable and memorable.

b
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views and excellent service! Enjoyed the meal immensely

JM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at sunset on a Friday night to celebrate 2 anniversaries- our 22nd and my parents’ 51st. Everything was spectacular and made the night memorable! Some of the best food we’ve ever eaten - and we’ve traveled quite a bit around the world. Great job, Chart House!

RE
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server ,Reed,was fantastic and very attentive.........

RD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience - hosted a lunch for 9 and couldn’t have made a better selection !!
The service was stellar, the food was very creatively presented and excellent , the view was gorgeous..... will definitely me more

C
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always! Best views and best food in North County.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will preface this review by saying the manager did give us our lunch for free, but this place is just somewhere I cannot recommend.

The view is beautiful, but that's about all this restaurant has.

I made a reservation for 12:30 but they didn't seat us until 12:50 - as they didn't have enough servers staffed to cover each section, despite many people waiting and there being EMPTY tables ready for people to sit at. This doesn't start us off on a good start. Especially if you have a reservation, a walk in I can understand a wait.

We get seated basically looking at a wall, not the ocean, so we asked to move tables. We noticed other patrons also moving tables. The waitress was lovely and very nice, but they were so understaffed you could hear them basically gossipinig and asking other to help clear other tables etc. It's just not a great dining experience for this caliber restaurant.

Now the food. We didn't order bread but it was brought to us anyway. The chowder is SO SMALL it's basically a cup, not a bowl. Shrimp cocktail came with dirty, not de-veined shrimp which is disgusting and unappetizing. We sent it back completely. The wedge salad is like an entire head of lettuce. I don't understand these portions?

2 members of our party ordered seared ahi which was so fishy an unappetizing they couldn't eat it. They aren't properly searing their fish either so its raw cold in the middle and lukewarm on the outside, with absolutely no crust - just like grey looking fish flesh. Not appetizing. We asked for vegetables as a side, which we didn't get and were given rice on the side.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was great. Service could be better.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

New Year’s Eve

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We ate here on New Year’s Eve and have been here twice before. The avocado, mango, shrimp/crab stack which the waiter said was a signature dish was so disappointing. Neither the avocado nor mango were ripe, making the dish hard texturally and the whole dish was honestly tasteless. If they don’t have ripe ingredients, they shouldn’t serve the dish. The stack was falling apart when brought over and the chips served with it were all broken into tiny pieces, so little care given to its presentation. The Cesar salad was also lackluster, with wilted lettuce and it barely dressed - a classic which should be easy to prepare. My husband’s Medium temp steak was blue in the middle aka Rare and incredibly over salted. I had a nicely cooked piece of fish but was sad the rice which accompanied it was parboiled! With a $40 entree, they should be preparing rice in the kitchen not using what airlines and cheap takeaway use. The food came out so very fast, we were finished in 45 minutes, so I can’t say the lack of care or quality were because they were slammed with the holiday. It felt there is a general lack of care throughout and no quality control. We don’t have any plans to return in the future

ST
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating New Year!! Excellent service and food!!
From the steak I had to the lobster and salmon dishes, as well as ahi tuna and other dishes - all were flavorful w creative presentation! Great wine too!
It’s a little pricey but well worth the time I got to spend w my family ranging in the new year!

CG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Chris was very attentive to detail. His personal touch of service made us feel like we were at home! We wish him and his family

G
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another special day at Chart House, good food, beautiful view and excellent service by our server Gene. Two of our party had not been to this restaurant previously, both said they plan to return in the near future! Thank you.

JB
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our regular family lunch “get together” was very nicely done. Great service, pacing, beverages and meal — a good-time owas had by all. Our server Maya was a gem. Chef was on their game. Our usual table was just right.

LG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Due to the sun setting earlier, I had no problem changing our reservation from 6 to 4 PM. Our server Chris was great, and the window seat and sunset was fantastic, and our meals were terrific.
The only drawback from the window seats is that close to us were tables with party's of 6 and 4, and even though they weren't that noisy, you still here the 2 conversations going on, over your own conversation. I sometimes wonder if I should take a booth a few rows back, if it would be any different.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, as always!

J
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good experience. Good service. Overall it was a pleasant dinner.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service on Christmas!!

MW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Christmas dinner at Chart House! Free valet (not including tip). Food was good, service was excellent and cheerful. Santa showed up in the balcony with a wave and a bell. Fun stuff and great for xmas dinner. Oh yes, white tablecloths whoo--hoo!

G
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chart House at Cardiff by the sea is always delicious and never disappoints. It is cozy, warm and friendly. Our waiter, Chris is a great guy, with lots of good suggestions, know his wines and very friendly but professional too.

VF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Peter was our waiter and was wonderful. We were lucky enough to sit by the window.

MB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The prime rib was great. The fireside salmon was over cooked and oily fishy tasting .

ST
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chart House has always been a beautiful place to bring family and friends for a quite, delightful and excellent meal experience. Christmas time is especially wonderful at the Chart House in Cardiff.
Everyone at the table commented that this meal experience was probably their best ever due to Nicole's (our waitress) enthusiasm, service and attentiveness to details. She was an absolute delight.
Thank you for making this a very special Christmas experience for all of us.

DM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Too loud for conversations at large table. Get a big rug. 😄

JJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I love the Chart House for its location and ambiance. The biggest problem is the slow or spotty service. Diners are at the mercy of wait staff. Consistently the service is slow and it is frustrating to wait 15 minutes for bread and drinks to arrive. Food usually shows up in a timely manner once the order is placed, up until then, it is sitting and waiting.

MK
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great service, food was excellent and the view—beautiful.

BA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the Chart House. Our sever, Peter, was extremely pleasant and attentive and helped make for a great time.

TS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food and obviously, the view! Have been coming many years, and many to come....thanks for being here!

CM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for a Holiday lunch and it was wonderful. Food was great and the view perfect!! Service was lovely.

M
Dallas
135 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful table by window to enjoy glorious sunset over the Pacific

JF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought 35 friends to join me at separate tables with separate checks.
They were superb!

A
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive, professional and friendly service; excellent menu, consistently delicious! Fantastic ocean views! Thank you!

JD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Go for the sunset. Beautiful view of sand and sun. Our waitress was very prompt and fun. Food very tasty. Only thing was the presentation of coconut shrimp was at first sight very appealing, but the huge shell was filled with crispy rice vermicelli with the shrimp. There was enough to share with 4. Pretty but a bit over done in design.

P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love Chart House for our company holiday party. We are a small group but we stay awhile and can be a little loud. The food was fantastic with two small exceptions. The house salad is an overly chopped mix that comes with vinaigrette already tossed in and it was more of a coleslaw than a salad. The manager took it off the bill....thank you. Steaks were not to order. Medium well was very red inside on two of three orders.....very tasty, just not to order. Everything else was delectable chicken, potato, lobster, veggies, bread, wine, beer, mixed drinks. We will be back.