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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, Late Night, 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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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 16
    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
Glad I tried it again! Been a long time!

Well I have to say that I am a local. I have not been to a Chart House in forever. Fact is I have been avoiding the corporate restaurants for the locally driven but really...you should revisit this one if it has been a while. There is no better view of the ocean... the menu is updated to reflect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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  • Entertaining clients
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Vista
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Well I have to say that I am a local. I have not been to a Chart House in forever. Fact is I have been avoiding the corporate restaurants for the locally driven but really...you should revisit this one if it has been a while. There is no better view of the ocean... the menu is updated to reflect the... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were there late afternoon after a day surfing and worried that we would be too casual, but nobody seemed to be too fluffed about it. We were at the bar for happy hour and ate off the bar menu, but once the restaurant was opened, we got some oysters too and boy-oh-boy and I glad we did! They were... More 

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Temecula, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have been to the chart house on a few different occasions but it had been quite some time since my last visit. This was not my first choice for a restaurant on this ocassion but since our friends invited us and they were treating we were happy to go. From the time we walked in until the time we... More 

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Encinitas, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We went to Chart House to celebrate a special occasion. It was disappointing from the start. We checked in on time for our reservation and were told we had to wait in the bar for our table. The hostess treated us like we were lucky to even have a reservation and was rude when we asked why we had to... More 

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Troy, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I visited Chart House in Cardiff by the Sea March 19. Had excellent service and great food. I am a real expert in Prime Rib and I think the Chart House had the best Prime Rib I have ever had. They also had absolutely wonderful Clam Chowder. I recommend Chart House. I also was happy with the view of the... More 

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Oceanside, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

As the Chart House began here in San Diego County, CA and now, has locations which we have also enjoyed in Alexandria, VA and Annapolis, MD, each dining experience at the Chart House is extraordinary, the food selections + the wonderful, gracious, friendly staff, combine to make the Chart House an excellent dining choice for both visitors to San Diego... More 

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Itzehoe, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Wonderful experience: very friendly and attentive staff, drinks and food - everything as it should be, when you want to enjoy a great evening!

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had gift cards for Landry restaurants so we took advantage of using them by booking a table at the Chart House in Cardiff by the Sea while we were on vacation. Recent visits to other Chart Houses have been disappointing We were asked at the time of booking if we were celebrating a special occasion-which we were. Of course... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We ate at the Chart House a few nights ago. First of all, take advantage of the valet parking, which is the best $4 deal in California! We arrived in the late afternoon without a reservation and were seated near the window. The view was spectacular and you couldn't have asked for anything better. We needed a high chair and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We did not have a reservation and it was Friday night....so....keep that in mind. To avoid a long wait, we opted for a bar table (the low ones with no view of the ocean and uncomfortable chairs). It was still Happy Hour so we ordered off both the bar and dinner menus. I ordered the Kim Chi Calimari (bar menu)... More 

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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: Entertaining clients

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?