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2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 436-4044
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Price range: $31 - $50
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We stopped for Happy Hour and enjoyed the food, drinks, and view, immensely. I recommend the Sliders...very, very good. The prices for Happy Hour are incredible...a must stop.

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Ventura, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

What a view of the sunset! Right on the beach with waves breaking within view. Restuarant is attractively modern & every table has a great view. Food was excellent including one of the best baked potatoes I have had in recent years. Servers were friendly & skilled in their profession. My Salmon blackened entry was piping hot. The had a... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We just stopped by for appetizers. Had lobster bisque and coconut shrimp. Service and food were excellent! Looking forward to dinner soon!

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Encinitas, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Chart House isn't brilliant (especially their seafood), but is consistently OK. The location is spectacular and we go there often for sunset views, cocktails, and appetizers. You can't go too far wrong there!

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We picked this restaurant as our upscale dinner out driving down by US-101 from our staycation in Oceanside, CA. The sunset was beautiful from our window seats and Justin took very good care of us for the drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and meals. We'll go again someday soon from our Poway. CA home.

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Denton, Texas
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113 reviews 113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The view of the ocean and sunsets is spectacular, the decor modern and comfortable, the staff very competent and knowledgeable, and the menu broad. Prices for entrees are high, but the quality of the food and preparation is high; the wine selection is broad and has a decent array of moderately priced bottles of good quality. A great place for... More 

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Glenview, Illinois, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Nice ambiance. On the beach. Great drinks they have one with cucumber vodka and chili that rocks! Solid wine list. Fish is very fresh. It's a good seafood and steak house with typical prices. We had sword fish, ahi tuna and white seabass. All good. Lava cake we all shared was outstanding. Valet parking is unavoidable.

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Dominical, Costa Rica
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

When I think of the chart house I think of a high standard. Overall the food was good not great. I ordered the kids mac and cheese for my 7 year old and specifically asked if it was homemade or boxed because for one we don't eat boxed and if we did we do t need to go to the... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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487 reviews 487 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were visiting Southern California for the holidays but had a hard time finding a restaurant open for lunch on Christmas Day. The concierge at our hotel recommended the Chart House. It was a spectacular day, and the setting of the place makes you feel you are actually riding the waves. HINT: come in early for lunch when all the... More 

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Rosarito, Mexico
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Having Christmas dinner at the Chart House Christmas day was ok at best . I realize that the wait were long but we made reservations 3 weeks in advance .In any event we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation . I found the food OK but pricey for what we ordered . The service was fair at best .Out... 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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