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Chart House

American, Seafood, Pacific Rim
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2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007 (Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe)
(760) 436-4044
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Last night in San Diego and decided to eat here based on the reviews we had read. Called ahead and made reservations for 8pm not sure why because we still had to wait another 30 minutes before getting seated. Upon getting seated it took another 15 minutes for our server to come over and take our drink orders. She was... More 

Thank Rick T
Springfield, Missouri
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

With reservations, we sat right by the beach. Service was spotty. Was disappointed in the types of seafood available but the Ahi Tuna was good. Pretty much the same selection of fish that we can get in Missouri! Pricey dining but the view is beautiful.

1 Thank John G
San Diego, California
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155 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunset is the perfect time to enjoy the ceiling floor windows just steps from the white water waves breaking on shore. Our waiter who was very attentive, has worked there 29 years and loves it. The food was great ... just a bit pricey....but perfect for special occasions!

Thank Claudia M
Encinitas, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Locals favorite for sunset and prime rib sliders at happy hour. Get there before five for the best ocean view on the north coast. Pomegranate martini yummy.

Thank lindalhayes
San Diego, California
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136 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

my parents 66th wedding anniversary was a disaster at the chart house not only did they give them the worst seats in the house they treated them like second-class citizens. We will never ever eat at the chart house ever again!!!

1 Thank Neillibin
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for dinner for my grandmother's 90th birthday celebration. They have a rockstar view with the waves of the Pacific crashing right up against the shore just a few feet from the restaurant's big bay windows. It's really nice, and probably worth it for a few (likely) inflated-priced drinks. Don't go for the food though. Ordered a Caesar salad... More 

Thank Colin R
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chart House is located on the Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, near Encinitas. The views of the sunset and the surf rolling up on the beach makes a wonderful setting to enjoy a glass of wine and a great dinner. The menu is varied, prices are on the high side, but not out of reach. I would recommend this restaurant for... More 

Thank Shirley J
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seafood and steaks! Their menu is the typical Chart House menu. The view is phenomenal and the service is great. We always seem to end up here when friends and family come into town.

Thank SDquilter
North Salt Lake, Utah
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315 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Chart House has the most amazing view of the sea, especially as the sun drops into the water at sunset. That alone would be wonderful but the food and drinks are definitely top notch as well. I had the Fiery Cucumber, which was a fresh and spicy martini, to get the night started. For dinner, the macadamia mahi-mahi was... More 

Thank diinslc
Evergreen Park, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

My husband and 3 teenagers loved this restaurant. The views were spectacular and the food was excellent . The Salmon, filet, crab legs and chopped salad all were delicious . Good variety of selection on the menu . We will come back on our next vacation !

Thank jmo71

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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