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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, 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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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 32
    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
Enjoyable dining expereince

Food preparation and service were done to our desires. Attentive customer service. Excellent tasting, fresh fish. Vegetable sides were prepared well, not overdone like most establishments. Views inside great for beach watching and sunsets. Lacks an outdoor patio- only downside. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
David C
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

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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USA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Ask for an oceanside table when making the reservation so the views are unobstructed. The kimchi calamari was nice. The server was off to a strong start but then forgot about us as other tables arrived. We had a nice meal. Ocean view is a novelty here so I would take advantage again when in the area for a special... More 

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Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Should have known better than to book the Chart House for dinner on Mother's Day. Then again, this is is the type of place that you'd expect would be prepared to handle the crowd, Alas, no. When we arrived for dinner, they were already running 20-30 minutes behind. No big deal, easy enough to have a few drinks in the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Management you are !! BAD, Very BAD !! To disregard Mother's Day demand with not enough help at the Kitchen, Food took forever, steaks were barely warm and the pasta tasteless. Our waiter kept apologizing to us and all the other tables around.

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San Diego, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Lovely view of the Pacific Ocean, right on the beach, but with food that you could get at a Marriott. Dry halibut (and it was Alaskan halibut, too. What a crime.), tasteless risotto, and brunt burgers for the kids. We kept quiet and sipped our wine, enjoying the view, until dessert. The lava cake came out cold (a half hour... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Food preparation and service were done to our desires. Attentive customer service. Excellent tasting, fresh fish. Vegetable sides were prepared well, not overdone like most establishments. Views inside great for beach watching and sunsets. Lacks an outdoor patio- only downside. The lighting and decor could use a bit of upgrading. Very dark at night. Wood paneling gives rustic feel. Pricey... More 

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Vista
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?