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Beach House

2530 South Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
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Price range: $35 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 101
Description: A relaxing afternoon watching the surfers at Cardiff Reef or a romantic evening with the sun setting over the sea...the exciting new cuisine of recently-arrived acclaimed executive chef Michael Ingino...the value of our famed daily Happy Hour and nightly Sunset Specials...two heated outdoor patios so close to the sea you might just get splashed, al fresco dining at its finest...the energy and excitement of the Top of the House Grill, the comfort of our dining room...Lunch, Saturday and Sunday Champagne Brunch, and Dinner...Cuisine, Service and Value to match the stunning views...The Beach House...Lobster, Fine Steaks, Fresh Fish...World Class Wines, cool Libations and Martinis...on the beach in Cardiff by the Sea, two miles north of the Del Mar racetrack.
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216 reviews from our community

53% Recommend
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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192 reviews 192 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

this is the classic "great view but crappy food" scenario. the place is old, dated, and the food sucks. however, the view on the patio is amazing and i am sure that is the only reason they are still in business. do yourself a favor and just get drinks. or walk on the beach for free and then "no regrets".

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Spokane, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

The view from this establishment is incredible -- waves, surfers, pelicans soaring overhead-- but even that cannot make up for the lack of interest in serving excellent food. During a week's stay in Cardiff, we tried this restaurant by recommendation (from friends who had been there several years ago) for our anniversary. A mediocre dinner was largely compensated for by... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is our favorite California restaurant. Outdoor patio seating 50 yards from the ocean. A beautiful sunset. Warm breezes. Watching surfers. People strolling the beach. Listening to the waves. Delicious seafood. A glass of wine. Good service. Eating out doesn't get much better than this.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We went to this restaurant, right of off Highway 101. They had patio seating, which was on the beach - great view of the Pacific Ocean. My husband had the salmon with tempura fried seaweed (so good) and I had the 6oz lobster tail with mashed potatoes (so good too - and was only $25 as a 'happy hour' special!).... More

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Santa Clara CA
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

While roadtrippin' to AZ we chose Interstate 8 (through LA=traffic) towards San Diego. Cardiff by the Sea was a great place for brunch and through Tip Advisor we found The Beach House. Our timing was perfect, prior to crowds, the atmosphere we welcoming and the veiw of surfers delightful. Our waitress was fun and knowledgeable and her recommendations delicious. What... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

The Beach House provides a picture perfect view of the Pacific Ocean when you and your guests request outside seating for a great Sunday Brunch that includes champagne and an assortment of tasty menu items at reasonable prices. I always take guests who are visiting San Diego to this restaurant because I know they're going to be wowed by the... More

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Bangor, Maine
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231 reviews 231 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

This is a fantastic restaurant, and I have never been disappointed with it in my different visits to this restaurant when I have been in CA. The scenery with this location right there on the beach is FANTASTIC! Excellent food and service. An amazing place to unwind and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and good food!

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san diego
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

The Beach House in Cardiff offers a wonderful view, especially from the patio downstairs, or the balcony upstairs. Get there before 5 to get the best seats, especially on a nice warm weekend evening. Been there a couple times, we like to bring our own wine, it is only $12 corkage. The food is always good, but will not knock... More

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San Diego
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

The valet parking started our evening wonderfully. We arrived early for our dinner reservation so went up to the bar to wait. This is a very popular bar but we were lucky to snag a seat by the window. We ordered the artichoke appetizer which sounded like a complete artichoke but were served a 1/2 artichoke which was overcooked and... More

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We had several items stolen from our car. We went for our anniversery dinner with extended family and all of us travelled together. Our guests had several items stolen (iPods, portable dvd player, subscription sunglasses) and my laptop and accessories were stolen amounting to well over $1500.00 of lost merchandise. The restaurant stated they were not responsible and it was... More

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