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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MB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been dining at this chart house for appx. 30 years. We love it so much because of the ocean view great cuisine and service. WWe treat our family and friends to lunch or dinner every chance we get.

RH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. Great innovative food, beautiful view of the PACIFIC, excellent server, birthday was celebrated, and total enjoyment.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great just kind of overpriced

R
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maya was wonderful. Great service. Thanks

MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, great service. We enjoyed the evening!

FH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we really enjoyed and were very proud to treat visiting family to a wonderful dining experience. Personally the Charthouse is our favorite and has now become a favorite for visiting family as well Service was great as always

d
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great lunch with 4 friends yesterday; great window table; weather perfect.
Food was delicious--I enjoyed the Thai Shrimp dish, have had before and it's always perfect!
Gene was our server and he was very attentive.
We will return again.

MH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

On Monday, March 9, 2020- we choose Chart House as our place to celebrate my husband's birthday- we were a party of 5 and arrived at 6:00 for our dinner reservation. We sat at a nice window table and our server was very nice. She took our drink order and it seemed to take a long period of time before they were delivered. Our server apologized for the delays- she then took our dinner order. After a very long time, they finally brought some bread and butter (we had to request) and only enough butter to accommodate half the table- we had to ask for more and that took forever. Finally our appetizer arrived- it was delicious. Meanwhile, my son could see a steak sitting under the heat lamp- it sat for over 30 minutes before our meals arrived. Once it arrived, the steak was really cold. My husband's prime rib was cold. Our prime rib was luke warm- so they took back both the steak and prime rib to the kitchen. After 10-15 mins they returned with the same dinner and now the steak was over cooked and my husband's prime rib was more well done that desired. The server finally came back to see how everything was and by this time, we were all finished eating with the exception of our guest who had the steak- they offered to bring another but at this point he would have been eating alone and was very upset. The manager came over and had little to offer other than another dinner which was too late. He did remove the dinner from our check- but the overall time from arrival to finish was more than 2 1/2 hrs. The manager did admit that something was wrong with the kitchen staff. Not planning on returning anytime soon.

RE
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maya was the best server we could ask for. She even remembered what we ordered when we dined there last month. We will look forward to returning and having her again as our server.

c
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always can count on great food. Go early to see the sunset.

EG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mango stack, lobster bisque and clam chowder were fantastic. Our main courses were also excellent (Mac Nut Mahi and Prime Rib). The absolute BEST thing we had though (besides the Lava Cake) was the sampler Creme brûlée. Regular, lemon, and .... the most fabulous dessert we’ve ever eaten...black-raspberry. Next time, we’re going to just eat appetizers and dessert!! Soooo goood!

P
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I decided to celebrate my birthday dinner and made a great choice! The table for 2 had a lovely ocean view of the sunset. Our bread was hot and fresh and refilled promptly. The Lobster bisque was piping hot and delicious. The shrimp cocktail was succulent and fresh. The lobster tail was hot and sweet. The salmon cooked to perfection. A wonderful experience.

MS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service! Staff was very friendly and helpful. The view is amazing!

DL
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Anniversary

CD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, prime location, and great atmosphere! Love to eat out at this location and its great to have good company to share it with!

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Food was nice and the service was very nice.

JA
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were really sweet, and left us a card and a desert for our special occasion, it was amazing!

R
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 32nd Anniversary and the staff at Charthouse made us feel special. From Devon's warm greeting to Shaun's awesome service, we really enjoyed ourselves.

D
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was chilly sitting near the open windows and they said their policy was not to close them.. They did bring lap blankets.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location and cuisine for a memorable get together

NE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Ordered the mahi and it came practically raw in the middle. Found this out after I took a bite out of it. My daughter ordered the coconut shrimp and it was much better at red lobster. The manager came to our table and offered a free dessert. The kind they give you for an anniversary. Why would anyone go here is beyond belief with all the wonderful restaurants around San Diego. View is great but if you want that there are many other places. Look at the photo and you can see how uncooked it was never will I go here again

i
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was unusually slow on this particular evening - which was ok as we were catching up with relatives and could use the time together anyway

JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch was very tasty, serving a variety of Eggs Benedict dishes. The cinnamon toast French Toast, served with fresh fruit was good as well. Our server was attentive and polite. The room was well lit and the ambient noise was not intrusive. We have dined there before for dinner, but will certainly return for their Sunday brunch.

DL
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

AM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Had to send back two of the four meals to be cooked completely one mill took two tries no apology offered no one seem to care

PF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I was very disappointed with this dinner. I brought my sister and her new husband as a celebratory dinner and the'd come in from Colorado so we really wanted to treat them. We told the hostess, our server, and the scheduler what we were celebrating and each noted that they would do something special for them. Nothing was done, but most importantly, the baked potatoes came out hard - uncooked, and then when returned we were told they had no more. Additionally, we asked for two lava cakes in advance and when our waitress came to see if we were ready for our lava cake, we clarified two cakes were ordered, and she acted as though she just made a simple mistake. However, when we got them it was clear she had forgotten one, as we got two different desserts. I'm by far an easy going customer, but this was an embarrassment and completely put us off on the chart house. We'll be going to PCG going forward...it's right next door and we have not had any bad experiences there to date. Charthouse, you need to up your game! This used to be our go to spot!

SJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our dinner . What a special treat not only is view amazing but so is food and service !

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a nice dinner with the fiancé. Food was excellent, service was great. Would recommend and will definitely be back!

PB
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, the service was very good, and the room can’t be beat.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Terrible service. Waitress literally disappeared after taking our order. Had to ask others for drink order and still waited over 15 minutes for a simple wine order. Restaurant was not busy but still placed at a table in the back overlooking the kitchen, even after booking a week earlier. Had to go to front desk to get check after waiting 30 minutes and watching staff hang out at the bar. We go often but may never go back

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ocean view was AMAZING! We sat next to the window which was opened up to the beach! The service was attentive and the food for lunch was delicious 😋

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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B
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The best reason to go here is for the view. Having said that, I made a request for a table by the window, and got one further back. Which is OK, but it would have been great if someone had at least acknowledged my request. The food was good, the service not as good. No one once checked on us to see how our food was. My wine came in a dirty glass. The server was more like a salesperson than a server. Seriously. He asked if we wanted to order dessert before the meal. Huh? Would you like (fill in the blank). Soup? Salad? Another appetizer? A side order of vegetables? More drinks? No, actually I don't. And I probably won't be back.

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We have been going to this restaurant since the 70’s, I can honestly say for all the years we’ve been going there, this was the worst experience we have EVER had there. We went early to have a drink in the bar, we did ck in at the front desk with a young woman, I explained to her we were early to have a drink in the bar, (we had a hour till our reservation time) I showed her our Landry card and asked if we could be accommodated at a window table. She said we’ll see what’s available at our time. We hadn’t been sitting in the bar for more than 15 minutes when she came and got us to go to our table, our appetizer had not arrived so I told my husband to go to the table and I would wait for the appetizer. When my husband got to the table area there was a window table available but my husband was told he could not have it, actually she said “that’s not going to happen” so he took the table she told him to. The window table sat empty till we ordered dessert. The restaurant at this time was not full. He texted me to come to the table without the appetizer, our waitress was very sweet and retrieved it. The way my husband was treated by the hostess was unacceptable. S Cal has lots of beachfront restaurants so I’m afraid we will be going to try a few of them from now on.

A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was very good except the hostess seemed to forget that we were waiting in the bar area. We arrived 45 minutes early before our reservation and told her we'd wait in the lounge. After we saw 4 open tables and it was our reservation time, we went up to her and reminded her we were waiting. We then waited about 5 minutes before being seated. Otherwise, food, table, view and waitress were very good!

t
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the moment you drop your car off at the valet until you pick your car up .

KS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great location and have been coming here since you had a salad bar, and I am not as happy. We came for valentines lunch and just not that great. We are laundry’s members and all that but lately our visits here are lacking....bummer.

MH
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch — window table on a beautiful day; restaurant not at all packed so noise wasn’t an issue; food and service were great.

GB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mango stack and crab cake starters both very good. Cedar plank salmon cooked perfectly (raw center). Server Samantha was excellent.

Will definitely return.