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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (117)
Waterfront (96)
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Good for Anniversaries (75)
Good for a Date (69)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Worth the Drive (66)
Romantic (61)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Great for Lunch (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (24)
Fun (22)
Casual (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Authentic (14)
Healthy (14)
Disabled Access (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Seasonal (9)
People Watching (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 13 hours ago

Fantastic weekend lunch. Reasonable prices, excellent dishes.

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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Exceptional seafood restaurant with very good service and excellent food. I had grilled swordfish that was cooked to perfection while my wife had the coconut crusted shrimp which was scrumptious. The ambiance in the restaurant was beautiful with spectacular views of the ocean making the dining experience special .

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Love the view. Guests from inland cities love to see the waves

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·Dined 3 days ago

The Chart House was a lovely experience. We had requested a table near the window. Our table was right at the window with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

I had made reservations more than 2 weeks in advance and was not happy when I arrived that I had to still wait 20 minutes; we were that on time too. I had wanted a seat with a view and instead ended up upstairs with no view. Meal was okay but the waiters were very good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Was good food but it was valentines and we ended up seated in the middle of the place. Food was great as usual.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines. Overbooked. Long wait for table. Previous time we had to wait 90 minutes to be seated after our reservation time. Terrible.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

It was Valentines's Day dinner and the Chart House in Cardiff seemed to be not well prepared or was seriously overbooked. My wife and I are members of the Landry Restaurant's Dinning Club so we were concerned.
Customers with reservations were standing 20 deep waiting for tables. However customers seated were staying in place to see the sunset and table service seemed to be very slow. The seating staff was polite and friendly and trying their best to keep things under control. A number of folks walked out after they saw the waiting line.
After waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time, but having a seat and a glass of wine, we now saw what seemed to be a manager come on the scene and was running about. People were offered a seating in a upper mezzanine area which did not have a view - one of the prime reasons that folks select this restraraunt. We also saw a number of additional wait staff appear. We were finally seated, waited on quickly by a very good wait staff. The food was excellent, as it had been on previous visits. It was sad to see a very fine restaurant in such a state on a major dinning occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

The lobster bisque was - as always - rich and superb. The pan fried scallops were fantastic, nestled in a bed of wasabi mashed potatoes. Induced my food coma with the chocolate lava cake and made it home to dreamland with a satisfied smile on my face. Well done Chart House!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Reserved a table for Valentine’s Day dinner. Waited 20 minuets before we were seated and while we were waiting there was no where to sit because the bar was completely full, very limited seating for waiting for a table so we were standing around. We were really looking forward to the Harpist which was never there?? We were kind of rushed the whole time throughout our dinner(not romantic at all!) We were not as happy as we usually are with this restaurant and we come here very often. I would definitely recommend NOT coming here for Valentine’s Day dinner. It definitely is not the right environment for a couple to spend time romantically together. And there was never really a special menu for Valentine’s Day it was just the basic menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect dining experience, staff, food and view!
We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

The poorly groomed hostess took a belligerent attitude and made us wait 30 minutes (even though the table was ready the whole tone). Even the manager was useless.
I was a good customer, but I don’t really like to be mistreated. The menu hasn’t changed and is rather boring. I will not be recommending. This is not the first yime that I had unpleasant experience with the hostess. I’ve had to call the manager twice before.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed out meal & our window table very much. The only drawback was thet opened the windows and it was a little cold. It was a cool day & it was more comfortable with them closed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We had cousins coming from the freezing mid-west. It was their anniversary, day prior to Valentines Day. What better spot to take them to a late lunch, out of snow and ice, than to sit on the ocean, in the sun, having a romantic and special visit. Our service was beyond impeccable, fast and professional. The food and drinks were spot on. Especially the shrimp cocktail which arrived in a cloud of fluffy dry ice. We ordered multiple appetizers and entrees, each and every one were delicious, delivered promptly, and the presentation was impeccable. The price was especially appreciated with our AARP discount. We go to your venue frequently for happy hour which we make into our dinner. The ambience, staff, food make you a home away from home and makes a proud representation for San Diego for out out of town guests. I wish I could recall the name of our server, but she was excellent and added to our experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed a quiet evening on a Monday night. Excellent service. Had a great dinner while watching the surf. Very relaxing. Gave a 4* for food as I've had better at the Chart House. Ordered the shrimp and pasta. The flavor was good but I really didn't like the big thick noodles with it. My husband ordered a Caesar salad and we both commented on how small it was. Didn't look like their normal size salad. But other than that everything was 5*!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The lobster bisque was fantastic. Everything about our meal was wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

25th Anniversary. Asked for ocean view window table if possible but was seated way back with only one chair having a slight ocean view. Seating between tables was VERY cramped. Felt like conversation wasn’t private because people were literally sitting right next to us. Ordered dozen oysters and every single one of them had flecks of shell in them which we then had to spit out. The other food was good and our waiter (Christian) was very attentive. No desire to dine there again though.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Birthday for my wife. Out of town relatives.
Restaurant lost power to their computer when we were trying to leave & couldn’t get our check.
The only thing worse than the hostess was the manager.
Things happen, but they handled it poorly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love everything about the Chart House. It is our go to place t celebrate our family birthdays!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Over the last several years this chart house seems to be on the decline. Waiters interrupt unnecessarily, the kitchen does not proactively notify of dishes that are in short supply, and it is starting to feel like a retirement home...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The Chart House is known for your fabulous view both up and down the beach. Unfortunately, at the moment we were commenting to each other about the incredible view, the valet backed a Honda CRV into a space that I don't think was for parking , and completely blocked our view to the south. Instead, we had a straight out view and a view to the north, and the white Honda. Our friends were visiting from Ohio so we were pretty embarrassed. We are also Landrys members.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Enjoyed a birthday lunch for my husband. Great service and view and a lovely lunch.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The lobster bisque is always fabulous. The shrimp cocktail is great with dry ice but they forgot to put water on it. So our server Brittany too care quickly. Servers were great but food was a little slow this time. Sean was friendly and very personable.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Waited 40 minutes for appetizers to arrive. Waiter kept insisting we were “up next.” When we complained about the wait, a manager strolled over and offered us free dessert. We told him we don’t eat dessert. He could have offered to comp our drinks. Or comp the very-late appetizers. Instead, he just shrugged and walked away. The food here is pretty decent, particularly for a chain restaurant, but we won’t put up with bad service. We won’t be back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was phenomenal!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Really nice. They gave us a table by the window and complementary mud pie for dessert- since it was our anniversary. Very nice, romantic place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Missed the sunset but enjoyed an hour of afterglow, great cocktail then excellent fish off the regular menu. Ordered the soufflé for desert. We’ll be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very pleasant, server was lovely, 3 meals out of 5 were not prepared properly and needed to be redone. It was a bit too loud for our group, but we managed. Even the staff thought it too loud before we said anything, so I think my observation was commonly shared.

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 (Boise)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was amazing at the restaurant! The valet stole $350 headphones from under the seat! Be careful if using valet at this restaurant! There is no other parking option!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Love the place. Very nice location and great customer service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very delicious meals! The overall experience was great

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had a lovely lunch yesterday at the Chart House. Everything was wonderful except not much sun. But we forgive you!🤣
Looking forward to returning soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Everything was great.....food, ambiance, service! Had the Lava Cake as added treat....delicious doesn't begin to describe it!!

Will definitely come again when we're back in this part of CA.!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Loved it except we ask to take the birthday dessert home with us and when we opened the box the next day to enjoy my special treat, all we found were the crumbs from the dessert we had ordered. We were never given the "free" piece of cheesecake meant for my birthday gift! I was quite disappointed , especially after our lovely visit there. (Took a picture but unable to upload to your site)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I could have excused the late seating, the kitchen being backed up, but I did expect the food to be tasty. The salmon on cedar plank and vegetables tasted like hospital food for someone on a bland diet. It was very healthy but had no seasoning whatsoever. Even an entire lemon and a lot of cracked pepper couldn't really rescue this dinner. Herbs, a light sauce of some sort, roasting the vegetables...any of those additions would have helped. The only thing going for the Chart House was a super server named Vince and the view.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We always bring our out of town company here!!! Always impressed and proud to take them here! I favor lunch as we love look st the ocean and feeling the breeze!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous location, gorgeous views of the ocean.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a very wonderful evening the food was the best the drinks were great too Thankyou for an enjoyable evening we'll definitely will be back again and again you're one of our favorite places to dine out for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Poor Management no one busing tables we were a party of 2 and they left it’s a party of 4. Got the wrong entree.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Make shift table for 2 and divided by only a rail and step from next table of 4

Wife’s broccoli looked like it was frozen then microwaved. Her baked potato was over done.

Waitress was kind and attentive to us. Rest of the experience was average not great for the price for sure.

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