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2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007 (Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe)
(760) 436-4044
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: You’ll have a front-row seat to catching waves & panoramic Southern...
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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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great view & food

I love atmosphere here it's always relaxed even when restaurant is busy. I love there tables beside the windows or there booths. Find tables beside the railings to close to others Food is great ( the have taken stuff mushrooms off the menu which were my favorite) but I always order steak. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Carlsbad
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I love atmosphere here it's always relaxed even when restaurant is busy. I love there tables beside the windows or there booths. Find tables beside the railings to close to others Food is great ( the have taken stuff mushrooms off the menu which were my favorite) but I always order steak. There Asian green beans are great and my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I recently went to the chart house for dinner during the happy hour. The location is brilliant, the staff were friendly but the food was average. The seafood was good however the on shore food was below par.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Wow, the place was great, the food was incredible, and the sunset views were amazing!!! Suggestions include the new kale strawberry salad, the mahi mahi or ahi dinners, and the lava flow dessert--which are what we had--but be sure to split the lava dessert--HUGE> Service was amazing!

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La Jolla, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The best thing about this restaurant is the view. Not to say that the food was bad...but it was just average. We each mostly enjoyed our meals but we enjoyed the view much more. Two of us ordered the shrimp, mango, avocado stack and wanted a gluten-free chip to eat with it. The only option were the banana chips which... More 

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El Cajon, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went to Chart House on Saturday night for my birthday dinner. It was a beautiful setting, great service and awesome food. Nice to be able to make a reservation and waiting in the bar was perfect. They had a special "Happy Birthday Menu" for me and a birthday card, made it even more special to celebrate my day. Would recommend... More 

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Palm Desert, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We came in for HH and was pleasantly surprised at the portion size, relative to pricing($4-6). Ordered four items and walked away stuffed, for under $30....including drinks! Chart House has changed much as a chain. But, they improved everything to keep up with the times.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The Chart House is located right on the ocean front. You can sit at your table and look at the beautiful Pacific ocean. It can be very romantic and is great for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. Their food is excellent. I have had the scallops and they were perfect. My friend had a steak and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Chart House, Cardiff by the Sea. Highly recommended. Our reserved table at the center picture window facing the pacific, the manager printed our names and a welcome message on our menus that we kept as souvenirs, he later stopped by to check on our dinner. The waitress was friendly, attentive and skilled. There was a small side order mistake but... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My husband and I visited the Chart House for our anniversary and we loved it. The ambiance was great and the steak was seasoned just right. They had a gluten free menu and the waitress was really nice. They even brought us a creme brulee as a gift for our anniversary.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We happened upon the Chart House for a meal by the sea. The view was incredible, looking out a window and seeing the waves hit the beach, while surfers were riding the waves was quite a site. We arrived and paid $4.00 for valet parking. (not bad for California) We had 3 with us and were waiting for two more.... More 

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Additional Information about Chart House

Address: 2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
Phone Number: (760) 436-4044
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
    (Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: (760) 436-4044

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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