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Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

4.5
4.5
6148 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Chart House is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood & steak and famous for their spectacular views. For more than 50 years, Chart House has redefined the ideal dining experience. With 27 waterfront and showcase locations ranging from the historic to the unforgettable, Chart House restaurants specialize in dazzling views, unique cuisine and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to slow-roasted prime rib, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors. And the Chart House happy hour is a guest favorite, where guest favor our signature cocktails and delicious bites you are sure to enjoy. Our original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake is the perfect end to a memorable dining experience at Chart House. Chart House offers the ideal setting for your next event. We would be happy to assist you with all the details of your special occasion.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 436-4044

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gerado Nava

  • Catering

    Please call for details.

  • 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

    Marisa McQuillan: (760) 436-4044

  • Neighborhood

    Solana Beach

  • Cross street

    Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, 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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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • North San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • North San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prompt seating, excellent service via Jose, delicious food, were not rushed.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Inexperienced waitress could not cope. Long wait for service, not even water offered, orders lost, incorrect food arriving and even the check was incorrect. Multiple tables had to repeatedly complain before a trainee manager and another waiter stepped in. At no point did the manager come over to talk to customers and apologize for the confusion and the unprofessional way the situation was handled.
  3. SA

    SAHMN

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, food was outstanding (especially relative to the reasonable prices), great prompt service.
  4. l

    lynda

    San Diego

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous place for lunch. Sparkling blue sky and crashing waves while eating sea bass; capped off with mud pie. I can’t think of a more glorious way to spend a Friday
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought wife here for dinner for her birthday. Didn’t feel rushed at all. Staff was very nice all of our party raves about the food
  6. JK

    JanKop

    Kansas City

    184 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful food and view as always. Wait staff is always good. Try the shrimp, mango and avocado stack - excellent!
  7. NA

    NANCYS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food is good, above average, but the service and energy still lacks and it has been for years now. I guess the location & view is worth to the company the poor service.
  8. TS

    TiffanyS

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    Our appetizer was delicious but our meals we mediocre at best.
  9. m

    michelec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great selection of seafood. Steak cooked perfectly.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated Father’s Birthday with a small group of family. Ambience, food, & especially the service were excellent. Looking forward to coming back.
  11. K

    Krasavka

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We booked the reservation after receiving an e-mail from Chart House advertising restaurant week and were very disappointed to learn after we arrived that the Cardiff location wasn’t participating. Why send out e-mails advertising this event if you aren’t going to participate. The food was good but we were very disappointed
  12. s

    sandyw

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience5
    It was my birthday with my mom. They opened doors 10 minutes late with no apologies as several people waited outside. Host and hostess said NOTHING, no hello or welcome. The whole staff looked miserable and quiet. The guy who took us to table said nothing but “watch your step” it was so odd. Ordered soup and a salad to start soup came out and 10 min later the salad, then the bread which we wanted with the soup. Lunch came without knives so cutting into chicken was a challenge but server spent time chatting for ever with table next to us and his life in Boston. Couldn’t wait to get out of there and no birthday treat offered as in past since been going here for over 10 years. I still like chart house , but never for my bday EVER again! Ruined my special time with my mom. I live local in Solana Beach and walked past it daily. Won’t be having good thoughts about it for a long time. PCG next door! Thank goodness 🤙
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner ever and we have been going to the chart house for many many years. Service was excellent. Everything was perfect.
  14. MB

    MarkB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with family on MLK day. Great view, food and staff.
  15. s

    stevev

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding Anniversary.
  16. S

    Sandy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The view and value were great.
  17. JK

    JanKop

    Kansas City

    184 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful view, food and service. Lobster bisque is top notch.
  18. CE

    CathyE

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, great food and great services
  19. TO

    TODDA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a lovely lunch at the Chart House on a weekday afternoon. Food was delicious, service attentive, and a very leisurely experience too.
  20. CB

    CharlesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The ambiance, food and service were all great. It started out as a cloudy day but the waves were high and the sun finally came out. It was a perfect lunch.
  21. SD

    SDJack

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday lunch. Breaded salmon with garlic mashed potatoes was excellent. Dijon-lemon sauce for salmon was superb. View of shore-break waves at high tide was awesome.
  22. LS

    LoisS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    7o yrs old. Worst prime rib ever. Medium rare was rare, rare, cold, tuff, terrible presentation. Tab was $500.00 with tip. Never again.
  23. J

    Julie29

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday for friend
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    We did girls Sunday brunch for friends birthday, server was nice to give us time chatting but then had to keep signaling to get her back. Food brought out but they had forgotten sauce for eggs Benedict and muffins under it turned out to be to tough to cut with a regular knife! Feel they had been sitting on the warmer way to long!
  25. S

    Smgorod

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and the food outstanding! We really enjoyed our dinner.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Subpar service. Extraordinary wait for food. Missing sides, soups, drinks, entrees. Gave the server 2-3 reminders and gave up on a few items and just did without so we could just eat and leave. Waiter chased my fiancé down after seeing the tip was only 15% of a $500 bill. Wasn’t satisfied with the answer so he chased me down and I politely said service was slow. He had a bunch of excuses instead of apologizing. We witnessed tables sat well after us receive their food first as well as receive consistent service while we were ignored. I waited 20 minutes after my entire family received their entrees to get my food. I increased the tip from $80 to $120 to satisfy the waiter. We have been here during the height of the summer rush and received much better service. There’s no excuse. Save yourself the disappointment and dine somewhere else. There are plenty of other restaurants up and down the coast that will treat you better for the amount you’re spending.
  27. J

    Julie

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always consistently good
  28. BC

    BeverlyC

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The French Dip Prime Rib Sandwich is amazing! Highly recommend it. The service was excellent. The view of the ocean is beautiful. Great restaurant!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Made a reservation and had to wait. Seated at a small table to the side and not near anyone else. Very dark and could only read the menu with a flashlight. Waiter brought the wrong wine which we accepted. Prime rib was good as was the salad. Stuffed shrimp were awful and served on a bed of hard vegetables that seemed incompatible with shrimp. Pretty much done with going there.
  30. E

    Elise

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Birthday. Wonderful. Sitting next to the window and watching the big waves. The food was all good especially the appetizer and hamburger. Our waitress was very nice and attentive.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have come here several times. Their food never disappoints. One time we had a really crappy time being sat upstairs where it was very hot and it ended up taking over an hour to get any food, but I have to say that was definitely out of the usual for them and they ended up moving us after a while. They have excellent service on the regular and always excellent food.
  32. PS

    PattiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time, great food, really helpful and professional server. Best restaurant ever. Of course, love the view.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My entire birthday lunch was wonderful. Food was served hot on a cold day. The appetizer, the four of us shared was the calamari so good with a surprise flavor of kimchi. Reasonably priced and the view is unbelievable right on the ocean.
  34. MY

    MicheleY

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding experience with impeccable service and delicious food! Peter went out of his way to make sure our gluten intolerant guest was well taken care of and we truly appreciate all he did for us! Two in our party chose the 3 course offering- and both entrees were excellent (prime rib and seafood pasta). The third guest chose the sea bass which was done to perfection. We felt very fortunate to be seated at a window table with a magnificent view!
  35. D

    Duto

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Our waiter was great, the food was not. Soup was barely warm but tasty. The price was not reflective of the quality. I’m guessing this was because it was a holiday because I was there a couple of months back and it was great. Last night was not.
  36. TP

    TiffanyP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant right on the beach great food wonderful ambience
  37. RJ

    RonJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Had the very chewy lobster. Only the fresh fish is worth eating. Their deserts are boring. View is nice. Service is just like Dennys only slower.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    It was my birthday on Dec 31st and chose to celebrate it at the Chart House. My only complaints are (1) racist guests and (2) the overhead music did not complement the restaurant’s supposed ambiance. They played Justin Bieber and all kinds of pop music. I’m not up there in age BUT, a restaurant like this at this location shouldn’t play pop music. Modern jazz is more appropriate. Pop music is appropriate at a more casual establishment.
  39. RF

    RibeyeFan

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overall, the food was above average, service was okay, ambiance was great, window table was awesome, and old cranky noisy lady at nearby table was out of control - staff should not seat old people by the door!
  40. LL

    LaurenL

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and seating and good food. Would definitely go again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff using the Order Online button. Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 436-4044.

Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff is rated 4.5 stars by 6148 OpenTable diners.

Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

2588 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92007

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe

  • Neighborhood

    Solana Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Gerado Nava

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (760) 436-4044

  • Catering

    Please call for details.

  • 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

    Marisa McQuillan: (760) 436-4044

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