Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

4.5
4352 reviews
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Currently we have opportunities with the accuracy of our online reservation availability. Please contact the restaurant at (760) 436-4044 for available dates and times. 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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Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Came as a group after a training. Nice ambiance. food was delicious - all our dishes were well prepared and plated. Decent portions for the price. Would definitely come back.

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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food
Boring table overall great

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SS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing at taking care of us and the food was worth the wait.
I would definitely recommend this place to eat.

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MW
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. We had a great experience
Drinks were mixed great. Dinner was perfect and topped off with tasty desert
We will definitely be bac

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the sunset view and some great service from our waiter. The food was well executed and tasty. Very fresh.

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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Checking in was even more chaotic than usual. We had to wait a long time for the one group ahead of us to check in. There were 2 other people behind the desk but instead of checking us in they joined in helping the one ahead of us. You would think we were checking into a hotel for how complex it appeared to be. The line behind us kept getting longer and longer.

Then midway through our meal they switched the waiter on us because ours was needed elsewhere. Again this showed their lack of organization that they couldn't have figured it out ahead of time.

The meal was not as it had been ordered but I didn't send it back because we were entertaining someone from out of town and I didn't want to disrupt the meal and put anyone in the awkward position of eating while I waited for mine to be re-done.

We keep giving the Chart House more chances but they're consistent with the poor way they manage things.

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MD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect! We had a party of 18 and they accommodated us with great service and great food. Thank you for making my daughters graduation luncheon so special.

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M
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating may husband's birthday with family and friends at Chart House. We all concurred that our dinners were delicious and the service was wonderful. Couldn't have asked for a better setting with a perfect ocean view and sunset! We will definitely be back soon!!

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BT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service, food was disappointing. Had them take my Fish and Chips off the bill.

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NM
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration for my sister. We had a great window table, easy to get at2pm weekday. Grilled romaine Caesar salad and shrimp tacos were very good. Nice place for happy hour with a view right on the sand in Cardiff State Beach.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was "ok". Food was "ok". The ocean view is fantastic. This is a nice place to take an out of town guest.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We have had lunch at this particular Chart House (our favorite) at least 20 times over the years, usually special occassions or out of town guests. On Monday the dining area was slow, not crowded, we had a perfect sitting at a window table, thank you. But the service was extremely slow, now we are never in a hurry when we come to the CH, enjoy and relax, but service was slow, couteous, percise, professional, but slow.
My food was attrocious, the prime rib steak sandwich, I had ask to please remove cheese and onions, as usual when I order it. But it had an odd smell. I ate some of it, it seemed okay, so i finished about 3/4 of it. Later that night it struck me, terrible cramps, sick to my stomach. That has lasted until this morning, Wednesday, much better now. You have asked and I have answered, it was not our most pleasant experience there, but we will be back. Stuff happens, and you can't judge a place on one meal. marc

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BF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not on a holiday, our food came out slow, once plate at a time. One dish was completely wrong, and our server(s) were not attentive. My fish was under cooked and returned it. We had to ask for bread and butter, and for water refills. Will not be going back next year for Mother's Day.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gracious service. Good price points Mahi was broiled and too dry.

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic views! Great service. Excellent food. But it’s really all about the view.

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RF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for Mother’s Day and a birthday celebration. The experience was great until a lady in a black dress (hostess) accidentally knock a glass water over that spilled water on my pants and jacket. It took the experience from high level to mediocre. Not a great way to end a meal!

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

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m
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite, great ocean views from any table. Goff always good and service friendly!

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with beautiful view. Service was excellent.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy Chart House was chosen to celebrate Mother's Day ... never disappointed at CH. The waiter, Jordan, was the best.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to the Chart House in years and had a great time. The food was great and we were seated by the window for a fabulous sunset. We definitely won’t stay away so long again. Service was outstanding.

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S
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

When you have two young children you don’t really want a leisurely 2 1/2 hour dinner! The kids were starving by the time the food came an hour and a half after we got there. Then when we are ready to leave the waiter asks about dessert and Informs us the lava cake takes 25-30 min. By then the dinner had gone on too long already, and we couldn’t get the lava cake we wanted we ordered lava cake and bowls of ice cream for the kids. Guess what, that too nearly 30 minutes!!!! To cut a premise ice cream cake and put 3 scoops of ice cream in a bowl. Dinner went on so long that it was torture.

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EE
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent views, fantastic food, amazing servers, and an ambience to die for.

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WH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the amazing views and food and service was good but the champagne was not chilled properly.

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NG
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, lots of delicious choices. Definitely will return.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Mother’s Day!

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PB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and view of the Pacific to match. We were seated at a table by the window: the best table in the dining room! Surprisingly quiet, but, then, it was raining - in May! An easy walk for my 94 year old Dad, and we had a wonderful lunch.

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GR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s a wonderful ocean view if you’re lucky enough to get a table by a window like we did. But we requested that thru Open Table. It’s crowded when the sun sets. I recommend a 6:30 or earlier reservation if you want to watch that. The stuffed shrimp was very good as was the prime rib. We will return.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew was a wonderful server, food was great and view of the ocean, what can I say......amazing

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D
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The view, the atmosphere, and overall ambience was delightful. We went on a Monday night and the service was not spectacular. One way to we had kept on apologizing for the fact they are having “ problems“. Wrong dishes were delivered to the table, wrong side dishes were included. However, when all that was sorted out we had a fabulous meal. They have a new appetizer on the menu, snails with mushrooms. I’m looking forward to going back again to try those.

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DT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time! Was ale to gt a window seat with a view.

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H
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The management should know by now that the service at this restaurant is substandard. There is nothing I or anyone can add if this is not already understood. Food average for a restaurant with a much lower price point. Go here for the view. There is not much else.

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PH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 11 and Chris was our server. He was very good, friendly, and accomodating to everyone. Food offerings were good and I would definitely go there again for Sunday brunch where you could choose from the brunch or lunch menu

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our visit this time did not meet expectations. Well the ambience is great but the service was off and while our waiter was trying it did not help that the kitchen ran out of crab legs and we were not notified until after we are waiting for our order or that part of our order Was never brought out. Usually the service is impeccable and the experience wonderful but this time it didn’t happen

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing seafood. You can't get closer to the ocean and has great sunset views.

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SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

our server was extraordinary knowing ther menu and the wine list.-free valet helpful-

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JM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

One of the worse experiences I have ever had. This is not like going to other Charthouse restaurants! Most of the food had to be sent back due to being very over cooked and wrong, so foos was completely forgotten... it took 20 min to get a manager to come over even though they were walking around the restaurant casually talking to other diners asking how their meal was. If we asked for anything (mayonnaise to go with our artichoke) it took 20 min even though we asked 4 times. They did comp some of the food but it didn’t make up for the horrible experience. We sat there for over and hour and a half before we even got our dinner!

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D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Kimber, made the experience memorable. She had the perfect mix of personality and efficiency. She was accommodating and nonplussed when two items were sent back by someone in our party. She made good recommendations and knew her stuff.

I found the food to be delicious. I ordered the Mac Nut Mahi. My husband had the prime rib which was also great. The prices are a bit high, however.

We were so pleased to be seated in a perfect location at the window and in a corner. It couldn't have been better, especially considering that two in our party live in cold Saskatchewan and were thrilled by the beautiful sunset.

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WC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black and Blue Swordfish, as well as, the Cedar Plank Salmon plates were awesome. The staff very friendly and attentive. The view to the ocean was breathtaking. As the sun went down, they opened the window shades, where everyone started taking pictures of the sun melting into the sea. Quite a memorable experience. Would love to come back again, if in the area.

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RO
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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