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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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10:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
Dinner with a fantastic view!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
teach2travel58
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Omaha, Nebraska
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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177 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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Encinitas, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Used to love this place in the old days. But recently had a bad food experience and was also ignored by our waiter to the point of having talking to the manager about him and the meal. (Under staffed that night?) Will not be returning.

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San Diego, California, Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Great food and selection on lunch menu! Bento box great and if you like gazpacho, this is the place to be.

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San Diego california
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The best food, on the beach, never disappoints. Still the best creamed spinach, grilled meat and fish. Delicious artichokes. Spectacular desserts. Go early for the best tables. A view to die for.

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Windsor, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Lousy service; lousy food; lousy value, even with "VIP" status as a Hilton hotel referral. Spent $30 in the bar, with very good service - two edible friedappetizers and two cocktails, during Happy Hour. No complaints with that. Had a reservation for dinner, was seated a row from the window. Two tables were seated after us, and attended by two... More 

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Missouri
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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had a fantastic lunch while watching the waves come in. The food was terrific and the service excellent. Highly recommend. Order the Clam Chowder, it was very good.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

While the view was probably excellent, we didn't see much because it was already dark by the time we arrived for our 6:30 p.m. dinner. Neither of us was especially impressed by our dinner choices, both of which seemed somewhat bland. Service was excellent, however!

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My husband and I stop at this Chart House several times a year for lunch when we are snow-birding in California. We stopped this time for an early light dinner. The service is terrific and the food incredible. We both had their award winning chowder (some of the best we've ever had) and I had the seafood stack appetizer as... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This restaurant sits on the ocean side of the road offering an ocean view if you can get it. They do suggest making a reservation. The service was good the food was good the ocean view was great. Enjoy when you go there. Very pricey.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?