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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

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (121)
Waterfront (98)
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Good for a Date (78)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Good for Birthdays (67)
Romantic (66)
Worth the Drive (64)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Great for Lunch (29)
Bar Seating (27)
Casual (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Business Meals (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Fun (21)
Cozy (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Authentic (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Healthy (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Comfort Food (10)
Disabled Access (10)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tapas (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

This is just an incredible location right on the surf. There's just not many restaurants with this type of view and setting

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Waiter Adam - outstanding!!!
No one Relayed the fact that this was a birthday celebration so no one recognized that in any way. The reservation on opentable stated this and fact that needed gluten free and this was not recognized either. Prime rib was top notch. We have cebrated 3 family member birthdays almost entirely the last 6 years and this was disappointing not to recognize Birthday

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a great experience with a beautiful ocean view, ambiance, good food and our fav, very knowledgeable server, Dana!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I made a reservation through Open Table for a Friday night. Surprisingly, the restaurant was only about half full, possibly because it was a holiday weekend (MLK Day). We did not order an appetizer but we did order a nice bottle of pinot noir wine. Unfortunately, while we were eating the complementary bread (tasty), we finished our entire bottle of wine before our food showed up! Super slow. Then, my mashed potatoes we barely luke-warm. The server brought some more mashed potatoes in a super hot dish, but the potatoes themselves were still only slightly warmer than the first batch. Completely unacceptable. The only reason I am not giving 1 star is because our fish (the crusted salmon and the grouper) were excellent. We were also seated next to a large table with a family with several young, often loud children. We live in the local area and are Landry's Club members, but after this past visit, we'll have to think hard before coming back again....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We love Chart House and frequently choose it, for either special occasions, or just for a nice night out. Service is usually good, however, this time it was a little slow.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, view and service! Came here with a group of Australians to show them the coast and beach view.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

The service, as usual was outstanding. Gene our waiter, was always attentive to our needs. The food was delicious, and the view of the ocean was fantastic.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I had never been here despite living in the county since 1983...I shall be back as the service was great the food tasty and the view to die for.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our waiter was the best as he was the last time he served us....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall, not impressed so won't be going back. The King Crab legs were cold, no drawn butter brought out, and the prime rib was nothing to write home about. Pretty expensive, so I'd expect more. Habe been there a handful of times, and it just seems to be more and more mediocre. There are better places along the coast. Waitress was great, so it wasn't her fault... the crab legs did get comp'd by the manager, but doesn't change the fact that they were horrible. It was NOT crowded, so the crowd can't be to blame.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Sean was awesome! Great New Years Dinner!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The only complaint I have is that the bill came with charge for the dinner course of my selection, not that from the lunch menu, a overcharge of more than $14 that was corrected when I brought it to their attention.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Disappointed in the speed of service. Took very long time to put in our orders and get out food. Too long of a wait. I would however be willing to give it another try.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our waiter had a rough night. We have had a better experience here before. Still love the place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

we went there for NYE 2017. table was not ready at our time which was totally fine. we sat down and our waitress hardly ever came by. we asked nicely the difference between two types of fish and she acted bugged that we asked and explained very fast. she brought 3 soups and 20 minutes later came by and i said.. they did not bring my salad. she said oh.. they did not? and ran off and got it. 20 minutes later. all my party was done eating their soup. my husband by this time was getting irritated. she rarely came by to check on us ever the whole night. they brought our food and my daughter's fries where super cold and dry. i told her the fries are super cold. she said they are.. like how could that be?? she did bring fries out that were very hot in that funnel cup so that was nice. we did have another waiter help us get some silverware and he was super nice and another one walking by talked to us and was super pleasant. i think we just did not get a good waitress. she was young and impatient. would not tell anyone to go here!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food average service had reservation on New Year’s Eve st 745 pm was seated at 815 pm valet parking was convenient at $5 . Thank you will come again

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Everything was perfect other than an hour wait even though we had a reservation!!
When we got there we were told to be seated in 15 min. Then every 15 min later we were told the same thing. 4 times total. They should tell you that there is an hour wait and not lie to us.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a fabulous New Year's Eve dinner. Our waiter Andrew was fantastic! He was extremely attentive and made several suggestions, which made our meal even more enjoyable. We love the fact the Chart House does not have a set or limited menu. We would recommend the Chart House for excellent service, food and views!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious food, great service, and right on the beach!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

What a great venue. Beautiful view, tasteful restaurant, grood food, attentive service. All in all a great value.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

All our entres were outstanding both taste and presentation! We also enjoyed a spectacular sunset from our window table!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outside of the completely un-necessary Valet Parking. I always laugh as I pull up and the Valet grabs my keys and proceeds to park my car 25 feet from where I just entered. I can do that myself guys. My waitress Kimber was great and very attentive. The swordfish was good sized and delicious. However, the accompanying sweet potatoes were barely over the size of a tablespoon. I recommend at the very least, a regular size potatoes people. It was a very nice meal overall.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is the second time in a row that we ordered Lava Cakes before we ordered our food and neither time did we get them.

The first time was in July for my birthday and the waitress forgot to place the order.

This past Saturday we had a guest from New York and we raved about the Lava Cakes. We followed up twice with our waiter and he assured us they were in the making. After asking a couple times about the ETA, he told us they were out of the oven and cooling before putting on the ice cream. 15 minutes after that my husband talked to the manager and asked for the check so we could leave. (Our 2 year old granddaughter had to leave because of nap time).
Ordered at 11:30 am. We left at 1:15pm.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were excited to go on a date at the Chart House . My husband didn't even get to eat a meal. The steak he ordered was overcooked initially, then when they tried to fix it, it came cold and raw. They were only going to comp that meal at first, but we were very disappointed that they werent going to take care of anything else. After we complained, the manager took off the appetizers. I won't be going there again.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A disappointing experience and not up to Chart House quality. Meal service was very slow, steaks cooked wrong, waited 30 minutes for dessert and although the restaurant ended up comping dessert the dessert was overcooked.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our time at this Chart House was a poor service experience from start to finish.
For starters, I had requested reservations at 5PM and a window seat for a dinner as a birthday celebration for a party of 5. One of our guests in the party was unable to make it to the dinner and I advised the hostess that we were now a party of 4. Two minutes later the hostess informed us that the window table selected for us would not be available since we were now a party of 4. So she proceeded to seat us at a location about 3 table rows away from the window.
Our server soon arrived and took our drink requests. Drinks arrived, we gave our food order and from that point on the service was sparse and our food took incredibly long to arrive. From start to finish we were in the restaurant for 2 1/2 hours!! We discussed our issues with the manager, who apologized for our long wait time AND for not being seated at the original window seat. NOT A GOOD RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Restaurant was half empty yet we still had to wait to be seated 10 minutes past our reservation hour (7:00). We were seated at a tiny table in an odd nook. Again there are Many table open.
Our Initial Drink order didn't arrive at the table till 7:39. Complementary bread was also missing.
Once we had decided that we where both going to have the White Sea Bass (different preparations) , she informed us that they are out of the Sea Bass...... UGH!!
back to the drawing board... I order filet, she orders shrimp pasta. once you have your heart set on something, it's though to order something similar, so that is why I chose filet.
the rest of the evening was good. service was a bit slow though out but not terrible.

All food was tasty and prepared correctly.

I will give it another try, but if i have a similar experience, i will have to take it off my restaurant rotation.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was great. Only one complaint. Asked and waited for a window table. We were given a window however it overlooked the parking lot with just a peekaboo view of the ocean. Should have asked for another but did not. Very disappointed as we made a special trip and stayed at a local Marriott just to go for dinner there. Won’t bother going again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Oceanview table is great, even in the evening. Plank salmon and prime rib were perfect! Enjoyed chocolate lava cake desert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have been several times in the last 6 months -love the remodel....food, ambience, service and quality is excellent - a shout out to Dana-my fav server!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

8:15 reservations didn’t seat until 9ish. Noisy chaotic short handed poor management expensive and the only thing that saved it was Bob the waiter who was a real pro. The rest we could have passed on

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Nice atmosphere! Reserved our table at 7:30pm but got it at 8. It is understanding because it fall on Christmas evening. We enjoyed our food.😊👌🏻

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

They appeared to have overbooked so we waited approximately an hour for our reserved table. Bar was full so no place to sit - crowded and others standing. Finally, got seats next to the front door and practically froze from the cold air coming in. We were cold in the restaurant when we got seated, as well. Asked for bread twice from our server who said he would bring it but never did. Finally, a woman who brought the topping for the steak that wasn't served with our meal (although ordered) DID bring us bread after we asked her. Food was decent. Experience sour and disappointing. A good way to ruin a holiday is to go here for a Holiday meal. Unfortunately, it is one of the only options on Christmas Day but we won't do it again - simply not worth the angst at premium prices.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Hmmmm an hour wait even though we had reservations.

Hmmmm hair on my food

Hmmmm glasses didn’t get refilled with water even though we asked

Hmmmm $39 for ahi even though it tasted like it was from a cheap supermarket

Thus, not coming back.

Oh, but the hummus was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We waited over 30 minutes after our reservation time. The restaurant was very loud. The food was OK, not really worth the price. We will not be back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Beautiful location. Great ambience. Limited menu. Good but not for foodies.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a reservation. It was Christmas. Even so, we had to wait almost an hour after our reservation to get seated. They were so slammed that the meal took about another two hours, and they weren't waiting for us.
Since it was Christmas, we'll give them a pass. Even with the delay the food was good and served hot. The server tried, but they were just overwhelmed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I made reservations for four at 5:00. So we could get sunset. We arrived early , 4:35 to make sure to get a good seat , and no traffic. My friend was in a wheel chair, and they didn't seat us for an hour 5:35. So if you makes reservation for a sunset at 5:10, make it for 4:00 so perhaps at a table in an hour.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Bad service, too loud and restaurant was 20 min late seating us. Food was mediocre and overpriced.
Waitress didn’t have experience with preparing foods for those with food allergies.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very busy on Christmas day so service was understandably a bit slow. We were in no hurry. REALLY appreciated the friendly/happy staff. What a joy! They made our Christmas meal specail.

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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