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About Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

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 29 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 collection of fine wines and our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Don't miss out on our exceptional, yet affordable lunch menu available Monday-Saturday and a Sunday brunch you won't soon forget.

2588 South Coast Hwy 101
Cardiff, CA 92007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm-10:00pm;
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm.
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:30pm

Cross Street:
Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 436-4044

Website:
http://www.chart-house.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Valet lot only.

Executive Chef:
Gerado Nava

Private Party Facilities:
Spectacular ocean views available for corporate meetings, breakfast, lunch & dinners. Beautiful receptions, rehearsal dinners & wedding ceremonies as well a tour groups, bar mitzvahs & any special event. The Chart House - Cardiff offers a semi-private lofted area seating up to 40 guests as well.

Private Party Contact:
Patrick Fortner: (760) 436-4044

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (130)
Waterfront (118)
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Good for a Date (81)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Good for Birthdays (71)
Romantic (70)
Worth the Drive (66)
Happy Hour (33)
Great for Lunch (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Bar Seating (30)
Business Meals (30)
Casual (29)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Fun (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Great for Brunch (23)
Cozy (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Disabled Access (16)
People Watching (15)
Healthy (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Seasonal (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Tapas (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great Beer (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was abysmal; it really felt like our server(s) forgot about us. We talked to the manager about it, but he wasn't in a listening mood. The valet was fantastic though!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Always good. Craig was wonderful. The food was spectacular.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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·Dined 7 days ago

Our waiter and valet were both absolutely amazing! They went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience!

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful time with our 3 granddaughters for brunch. We had a good vantage point from our table and they loved watching the waves while eating. We especially liked the Lobster and Shrimp roll. We also had the beautifully presented shrimp cocktail with the dry ice. I think the best was our waiter Jonah! We enjoyed him immensely! Job well done ! We’ll be back soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Seasonal, Waterfront, Healthy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is our place for a special dinner. We have always had wonderful food and service and the bartender made my Manhattan exactly as I asked. Well worth it!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Bummer I have to write this, but the last two times I’ve dined here the service was poor. Our server didn’t even once poor our wine....

Other than that, it’s still one of my go to places, but the service should be better when you’re spending $40 plus for a plate of food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Chart House always delivers...food, service, etc...but the world class sunset was a spectacular bonus! Even the wait staff was taking photos!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing view and sea food! Nice valet service. Would like to see wait staff smiling more.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great view, good food, decent service. I’ve been to multiple Chart House restaurants. Cardiff probably has the best view but not the best vibe. The Matre d’ was less than happy and the server for my table was blah...they weren’t rude but ... it’s a CHART HOUSE...a big part of the draw is the exceptional service...they could do better.

Beautiful sunset that night.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Absolutely stunning views of the ocean. Food was very good, creative, and plentiful. The only thing that fell a little short was the creme brûlée trio for dessert. The idea was good but the consistency of each flavored brûlée was too thin. Reasonable valet parking - $5.00.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is our favorite special occasion restaurant. We are never disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Charthouse is always a great place - particularly on a beautiful day/sunset. WE typically go for the view, but over the last year, the food has really improved - so now it's a win/win

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service started out great, but due to a number of large parties, our waitress got lost for quite a while before taking our order. Also took longer than expected when she closed out our tab at the same time as one of the large parties that wanted separate tabs for the four or five separate parties in the group. Never brought the wine I ordered. The sea bass was excellent. The shrimp and pasta was tasty, but a bit skimpy on the shrimp - only four average size shrimp. I’d go back and hope for better service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Prime Rib was terrible, but fish dishes was good. Stick with fish when you order.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Made reservation for 615p, called to advised we were running 5-10 mins late due to event; arrived at 625p the restaurant was busy but they sat us down immediately. When i made reservation i requested window seating w ocean view and thats exactly what we received. Our waitress was attentive and timely, food was perfect, friends ordered steak and it was cooked as requested. Wine selection was good with a good selection of beer as well. Great experience, love this restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Really good meal with a fantastic view. The noise level was energetic but not loud so that I could actually enjoy talking with my out of town guest. The crab cake appetizer is very good. Nice size cocktail for the money. Each of us had mahi mahi with different toppings and both were nicely prepared. Skipped dessert but not because we didn't want the lava cake. Nice change from Pacific Coast Grill nest door where we usually take our out of town company.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Thats where we usually go for our anniversary.
Can't beat the view

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Tapas, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was a wonderful experience. I was celebrating my 50th birthday, and the waitstaff was incredibly friendly. They brought me a personalized menu that I got to take home as well as a hand-written birthday card. When the menu item my daughter ordered was unavailable, the waiter brought us a complimentary dessert of her choosing (on top of the complimentary mud pie for my birthday). The ambience was wonderful, and we got a window seat overlooking the Pacific Ocean, only steps from the floor to ceiling windows. This was a wonderful venue. I highly recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Birthday dinner for my wife - we had not been to a Chart House in many years. This was a very nice surprise. A window table looking at the surf and beach made for a wonderful experience.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Was pleasantly surprised by the Chart House, everyone really enjoyed the appetizers and their food. The serivce should have been more attentive, but ambience and food made up for the gaps in service. Overall, made me want to go back and even recommend to fanily.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This restaurant is terrible. My wife’s salmon was almost raw and we had to send it back. The manager explained to us that Salmon is normally pink and therefore it was cooked properly which it was not. The ice cream given as a birthday treat was melted and looked like soup. I had to show the manager what home-made ice cream looks like because he did not know. The server and the manager were not helpful and we will definitely not return. This has been our go to restaurant for all occasions for many years. It was the first time In my life that I have not left a tip for service. Don’t go there. If you do, you were regret it.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service was exceptional and the food is always good. We come here all the time for special occasions and are never disappointed. We always order the seafood: coconut shrimp, crispy calamari and salmon. They are always fresh and perfectly cooked. The view of the ocean is just an added bonus. I highly recommend the Chart House at Cardiff by the Sea.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We are regulars at The Chart House in Cardiff. It is our "go to" place whenever we take out family or friends. We have never been disappointed. Dana is a wonderful server - ask for her if you can.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been to a few Chart House restaurants, and we knew the food is always good. We were not disappointed here. Besides the great food, the view of the water was spectacular.
Our waitress was terrific, she took us outside and took a picture of us near the water.
We had an excellent meal and an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was a picturesque spot to have a very nice lunch.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Reviews have influenced me on many occasions, both pro and con, and customers of the Chart House were of varied and definite opinions. At some point, one has to just jump into the "Starters" and hope for the best. This turned out to be for the best.
In an area not lacking for restaurants of all varieties, cuisines, et al, and having recently moved to the area, I was initially looking for a restaurant: on the water/with reliably well-prepared, well-served, non-effusive and friendly wait staff.

Passing the Chart House many times en route to various music events, and seeing the delightful lights on the waves, my friend mentioned several times that she had not dined there for several years, and always expressed interest. As mentioned, remaining objective when reading about less-than stellar experiences, and this being a surprise Birthday dinner, charging forth was not on my radar.

Whether a change in management, attitude, suppliers, climate ... absolutely none of the 'con' aspects were present, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thursday evening, immediate seating, sweet/friendly/experienced/helpful wait staff, wonderful cocktails, salad, entrees, dessert ... all better than good.

What a sunset, wonderful weather, views, views, views, and a server who did not laugh when I asked, "How do you manage to maintain a no-breeze, no-damp, superb surf sound affects, in such perfect balance ... and sitting right next to this huge picture window!?" (It was a completely open window, and both the Birthday Girl, I, and everyone at nearby tables gasped when she leaned completely out of the window, to prove there was no glass ... even a floor show!

Honest review. Recommend. Enjoy. Turned out for the best!

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

What a great location! Food and service excellent!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fantastic location and view, great service, wonderful food! Highly recommend

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, People Watching, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

There were 4 of us for lunch. Service was slow and 2 entrees for quite skimpy.

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

Consistently good service, food, and atmosphere. The view cannot be beat and the vibe is relaxed but formal enough for grown-up dining.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Was my husband's birthday and I wanted to make it special so we got there very early (5:00 pm) and was able to get a table right in front of the window and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. For a Sunday evening, the place was very busy and our waitress and waiter in training were fine but it took almost an hour for our steaks to come out. Luckily we weren't in too much of a hurry but it did go beyond the typical wait time for a busy night. Hubby loved his sea bass and I had a 7 oz steak and french fries. They did surprise us with a really nice piece of Mudd Pie for hubby's birthday. All in all, a great birthday dinner!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Once again, the service was just ok. I have found the last two times dining here in two months, the service has deteriorated. For a Sunday afternoon with not many filled tables it took well over 30 min to receive a bottle of wine order from the wine list. Some excuse that the Mgr forgot to bring it up from downstairs. The appetizers were delivered well before our wine. Order the filet mignon medium and was delivered just shy of rare. Had an issue with a charge from the bar on our dining check which was supposed to have been removed and wasn't so that was a fiasco having to have it removed and credited . I have always like ChartHouse restaurants but this one in particular makes it difficult to return.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food and service were great. The hostess was not helpful in helping us secure a seat near the window even though we arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation. Instead, she sat us at a table in a draft because a door was open. We asked to move. Then she sat us over an AC vent in the floor that was strong enough to blow the tablecloth up. We asked to move. Finallly, we got a table that was comfortable but not near the window. Her attitude put a damper on our evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Took my girlfriend there for a much needed date night. Food was amazing, drinks were ok ( they use too much lime juice in a Cadillac margarita ) server was slightly above average but we have had excellent service there for restaurant week in the past. Went there for the view but will probably try somewhere else next time

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was the worst meal we had in California, The crab legs were like rubber and then they didn't cut them or brake them so we could eat them, The potato was yellow inside and looked like it was cooked the day before, They gave us things to crack the shell but it was so like rubber it wouldn't crack, The food was brought out COLD. We wont be back. We will let Landry`s Know. The service was terrible, When we complained all he said was sorry.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had great food and great service. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything was wonderful! But, I am a gluten free diner, and it seemed odd that they only have a GF menu for dinner, not one for lunch. It was pretty obvious that my server didn't know what was GF, nor the manager. So, I made decision based on what was on the menu. I think this would be easily remedied by educating staff and having a GF menu for lunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Has always had a lovely time and the bartender makes the best Grey Goose martinis ever

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food with great service. Consistently great experiences each time we visit the Chart House.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

First meal in San Diego area with the family on short vacation. Made reservations for window table just before sunset. Seated quickly (Wednesday night). Excellent service, excellent food. Excellent view. And ambiance. A tad expensive but I knew that going in. Good value. I had the prime rib. Wife had the shrimp sampler. Kids had coconut shrimp. All very good. Lava cake dessert is overrated - should have been bigger/better for price and wait. Overall experience was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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