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Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

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3691 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(760) 436-4044
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gerado Nava
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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.
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Private party contact
Patrick Fortner: (760) 436-4044
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe
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Parking details
Valet lot only.
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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
What 3691 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.2
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4.6
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 11 hours ago

A great time on our anniversary

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service, beautiful views, delicious food. We will be back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We frequent Chart House on special occasions over the past 15 years. We have always had an Incredible time. Great food. Nice atmosphere and beautiful view.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food is very good. I requested a window seat when I made the reservation and I got a great table for two. The restaurant is right on the ocean. Best view around. Service was good. Looking forward to going back again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This is our go to spot and we always like to take out of town guests. Everyone enjoyed the view, the meal, the sunset.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Spectacular view! The ocean is touchable. The food was delicious and the service was spot on. So glad that we took a recommendation to dine here. Perfection on the water!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, but very expensive. 3 people - 1 beverage each (only 1 alchohol), a couple of hors d'oeuvres, 3 steaks, 3 coffees, asparagus, and one split dessert = over $280 (including tip). Almost $100 each for 3 people? Not good. The food was excellent though

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The settingwith great sunset ocean view makes this a fun place to go to.

The specialty desert ( Chocolate Lava Cake) is overrated! Way too filling and frankly too rich although ice cream as an added feature was better than the cake.

Great salad and entrees and the service is first rate.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was not good. Salad tasteless and not fresh. Service was a joke. Open the wine and just poured it out. Did not bring silverware for main course etc. Gorgeous setting but will never go back

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I have been to Chart House three times. The first two experiences were impeccable. This most recent experience was not nearly as lustrous. I absolutely recommend the restaurant, but obviously, every one can have an off-day.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Meal came out a little slowly.
Beautiful spot and excellent quality

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food is always great!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Super location and staff

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great food and ambience...a great place to watch the sunset over the Pacific ocean.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Restaurant was not busy at all and it took forever to get seated and then even longer to get our cocktails after we ordered. Food was great but I don’t understand the waits when there was virtually nobody there!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

18th birthday for my daughter. No special cake for her or acknowledgement of any kind even though I reserved through this app and specified it was a big deal. Valets were top notch. Food was excellent. Wait staff was good but not great.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First impression: host who called to confirm the reservation was kind of snobby when I asked a question about the location. We came for the food but it ended up being just okay (more like "meh" if you take into account the how supposedly pricey it was). We also came for the view but we were seated in the most awkward angle and noone got a view at all. I understand it's harder to place a big group (there were 12 of us), but it made the experience less pleasant. It was still nice to have dinner with everyone but we would go somewhere else next time.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was the first time we ate here, driven by it many times, decided to have dinner there. Sure glad we did, the food was served hot!, very tasty meal, beachfront view, very clean restaurant. Lynn & Shana attended our every need. Superb service! Great ambience! This is one of our favorite restaurants now! We will be returning again.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very nice view. Food was ok.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Awful experience. Went with family to celebrate my retirement. Arrived early and checked in with hostess that we wanted to have drinks in the bar before being seated for our 6:30 reservation. I was told to check back in when WE were ready to be seated, which I did. Drinks in bar were watered down. They said it would be a few mins. After a long wait without being called I checked in again and was told my party had been seated!! NOT!! They finally seated us at table that was covered in dust! We asked for the manager who immeadiatly saw the issue and moved us to a different table. Then we waited 20 mins for a waitress. When she finally arrived she has a really bad attitude and was rude. Most of the food was good except for my son's NY strip that was over done. We all ordered dessert and one of them never showed up. When we asked the waitress to remove it from the bill she made it seem like it was our mistake, not hers. Overall a very disappointing experience considering we spent over $300. Never again!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My sister and brother-in-law's anniversary is a day apart from ours, so we decided to celebrate together this year. They had never been to the Chart House before and they were very pleased with the ambiance and beach location. The food was excellent, as always, and we were very happy with the overall service. Our waiter, Bob, was attentive and patient. We will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

OK food
terrible service - Wine service horrible
No respect for Landry membership - requested window table, waited and never got the table, table offered was poor

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Lovely evening with sunset view from window table. Friendly helpful service. Good food

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was expensive and lack luster.
The staff seemed annoyed with us because we were originally there for happy hour, but opted for the dining room. We even got a phone call about missing our rez even though we were already eating.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I always enjoy having a birthday dinner at Chart House, as well as just going there for a lovely dining experience at any time of the year. I do wish. however, that they would keep some of the earlier menu favorites. Sometimes, former recipes or preparations for dinners/appetizers are changed and the results are not so tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Had not been at this restaurant for the last several years. We are glad we returned. The food was great, the atmosphere was outstanding, as was the service and courtesy from everyone who assisted us. We will certainly return very, very soon.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always love coming to the Chart House. They have a nice selection of wines by the bottle and by the glass. it is just a nice place to go!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

excellent birthday dinner! waiter was great also!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We eat here occasionally because the service is rather slow, our service this past Friday with David was outstanding!!

The Macadamia nut mahi mahi and the Lava cake was the best we have ever had here

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Terrible delays. Have been to this restaurant 2-3 times per year for past 20 years, always top shelf. This visit with a party of 3 on a Thursday night was very bad. Arrived promptly for a 7pm reservation and had 45 min wait. Extreme delay at every step from there. Had an appetizer and main with a complimentary desert due to birthday (thank you). Did not leave until after 10. Waitress stated two large parties were ahead of us. Come on Chart House is this your first busy evening ever?

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I’ve eaten here multiple times and always great, although salmon was not up to previous standards(I ordered the king salmon but may have actually gotten the wrong one). Waitress not too knowledgeable unfortunately. Most of the time, can’t find fault but may have just been an off day. Nice birthday dessert and special menu.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The last time we dined here, the service was terrible. Could never find our waiter and entrees took almost an hour to arrive. We complained to the manager. He offered us free dessert. We told him we didn’t want dessert and could he comp part of the meal. He shrugged and walked away. We vowed never to return.

But we decided to give them another try this week. In my reservation, I indicated we were celebrating a special occasion and asked for a nice table. When we arrived, we were seated at the worst table in the place, with a view of the kitchen on one side and the parking lot on the other. The hostess was flippant and curt when I asked for a better table, telling me I’d have to wait another 20 minutes if I wanted a different table. The manager finally found us a moderately better table then, again offered us a free dessert. This time we took it, but considering the staff’s rudeness and disregard for customer service, we won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

great experience, david was super friendly and we loved the food. best view in town!

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I used to visit this restaurant often as a kid, at a different location. The service and food was always spectacular. This location seems quite different. I checked out the website prior to making a reservation for Easter. The website could use an update. There was no kids menu listed, and it stated that brunch was served until 3. I found out after being seated at the restaurant that brunch actually ends at 12 on holidays. Hmmmm... That wasn't stated on the website. We were seated at 2:15 so we completely missed brunch and I wouldn't have gone to this restaurant had I known that. The food was so-so and the service was worse. Our waitress seemed too busy to offer us good customer service. 1. She didn't check back with us after our food arrived. 2. We were missing the sauce that was supposed to come with the shrimp.3. I noticed that one person at our table had an empty glass of wine for quite some time, and probably would have ordered another if asked. 4. I also had an empty water glass and would have loved a refill. The valet guys seemed nice and polite. I'll visit a different restaurant next time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

With good food and service, and a spectacular view of the ocean and beach, the Chart House has become a regular place for us for special occasions, such as afternoon dinner on Easter Sunday with friends and relatives. This time the restaurant was unusually noisy, but the staff were attentive and friendly, the manager took the time to chat with us, and the food as usual was tasty and great. This is our fourth year in a row here for Easter dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was okay but I guess one does not go to the chart house for the food but for the view. Wish it was better.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Slow service and average food. We went for the gorgeous view which did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great bar service, friendly staff. Knowledgeable wait staff, friendly, professional & made great suggestions for entrees.
An enjoyable experience and a great dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a lovely dinner -- fantastic food -- with a very personable waiter named Pat (I believe)

We enjoyed everything about the evening and the pleasant atmosphere right on the water.

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