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Chart House

2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
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Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe
Description: 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. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 30 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From top-of-the-catch 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 decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.
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120 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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Mission Viejo, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is a great restaurant just because it is right on the beach. You can almost reach out and touch the water! What wonderful views of the ocean! Food is always good, as would be expected at any Chart House.

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

For decades I have visited this chain of restaurants up and down the California coast, and am still amazed at how consistent they are at each location. They always have great locations and stunning views of the ocean, but the food is consistently mediocre and prepared with careless abandon. This time was worse than most, probably due to the very... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My wife and I were treated very courteously and efficiently. A table by the open window was made available after a very short wait. The server and, eventually, the manager came by to discuss my wife's gluten-free needs. She was wonderfully accommodated and enjoyed a tasty dinner. The walkway just outside the open eating area was lined with huge boulders... More

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Carlsbad, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

The view from this restaurant is nothing shy of amazing! The food, however, was sub par. It was Mother's Day so went for brunch and ordered clam chowder and seafood quiche. Chowder was a actually very good but the quiche was just plain bad with the potatoes literally I edible and the fruit way over ripe. Expected a lot more... More

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San Diego
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed an early dinner. The standout was the view - due to the Santa Ana winds, it was spectacularly clear. In addition the the ocean waves, we also enjoyed seeing wind surfers and people strolling along the beach. The food was good - surprisingly my husband's braised short ribs were the standout. The service was good.

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Erie, PA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We came here with relatives for a reunion and good food, we certainly received both! We arrived near sunset and there had been a storm the night before, so Mother Nature put on quite a magnifcent show..the rolling and crashing waves along with the sunset were unbelievable. The waiter promptly took our orders, the menu had wonderful choices, and my... More

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San Marcos, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Anyone that has ever eaten at one of the Chart House Restaurants knows the food is excellent and the service is always top notch, but if you want a romantic place to go and watch the sunset, this is the place. Right on the beach in Cardiff, with an unobstructed view of the beach.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We didn't have reservations, but were dining early. We called ahead as we were on the way. The five of us were seated at a table by a window, where we watched the sun set. Beautiful. The various fish dishes were cooked to perfection. We had a 4 and 6 year old with us, and the wait staff were very... More

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Rockland, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Previous reviews about reservations being cancelled for being just five minutes late are absolutely correct. We went to dinner as a party of eight and were assured that our VIP table would be held when we phoned to tell them we were about 10 minutes away. When we got there our table was gone and trying to set up another... More

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Riverside County
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91 reviews 91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The reservation was booked by the hotel so we got VIP treatment. We requested and received a window table. There was a fantastic view of the ocean at sunset. We arrived a little early for our reservation and had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. I suggest that you go early before 7 pm as the restaurant did... More

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