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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 - 10:00 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: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, good view

There really isn't a bad seat in this place. It has large windows that look right on to the beach. Food was also good. I recommend the clam chowder. Service was friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
irishi
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BERKLEY
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Laguna Niguel, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We are Landry’s Select Club members; we have been to other Chart House locations that generally offer outstanding views. The Chart House, Cardiff, location is now our favorite for its ocean front location. We sat at the bar for lunch on a Friday afternoon; arriving early to watch the waves. Self-parking was available at that time. The valet parking lot... More 

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Thank LagunaLizzy
California
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93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We used to LOOOOVE this restaurant. The last three times we have been there, it has gone down in all aspects. They change staff at weird times, the service is rather mediocre, they are snobby, the food is not great. The portions are very small compared with how they were before. The only thing that has remained consistently good is... More 

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Thank worldtraveler73_7
BERKLEY
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There really isn't a bad seat in this place. It has large windows that look right on to the beach. Food was also good. I recommend the clam chowder. Service was friendly.

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Thank irishi
Columbus, Oh
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We go here for Happy Hour occasionally and the service is a little slow and its usually crowded. The h.h. menu is very good and the drinks are very good. Sunset is a gorgeous time to go!

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Thank OhSugarrush
Carlsbad, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here has always been fresh and well prepared. An extensive wine list and full bar. I always get some form of fish depending on the waiter's recommendation. The mud pie is one of the best served anywhere. The view of the breaking waves makes for a wonderful place to relax, take your time, and enjoy both you food... More 

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Thank LaCostaKeith
Sandy, Utah
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194 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the tour de shrimp. Coconut shrimp, crab stuffed shrimp and cedar plank shrimp. Excellent. Comes with 3 different dipping sauces. Also had clam chowder before main course. Ultimate margarita with dinner and chocolate lava cake for dessert. Careful! the ultimate margarita is $16. Bit steep I'd say. If you want the dessert, you will have to wait about 25... More 

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Thank kj7hz
Tyler, Texas
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147 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Prime rib was excellent. Wife had fresh fish. The salads were very good. We had window seating and watched the sunset. Service was excellent. Prices at this restaurant are $$$$.

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Thank Pat K
Escondido, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Million dollar view! Mediocre food and small portions. A regular visitor but this was our last time. Very disappointing!

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Thank ronpfishes
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on 1010 highway and with window seats facing the ocean this if a great dinner and happy hour place. Very comfortable

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Thank Mark H
Boulder City, Nv
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179 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at the Chat House last night and saw one of he best sunsets of the trip. We had a really good table booked by our coinsure and she even got us a free Lava Cake and special Menu with our names and special occasion printed on it. Our waiter was Peter and he did a great job of... More 

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Thank BCRON

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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
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children

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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