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Pacific Coast Grill

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Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
+1 760-479-0721
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chowder” (25 reviews)
“sea bass” (31 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Father's day, special occasion dinner. This was our first time dining at Pacific Coast Grill. The decor is lovely. The view...although we were unable (even with a reservation) to get a table on the patio or against the window, is the spectacular ocean. Disappointed about...More

Thank cetecea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a party of 8. We ordered appetizers and dinner. Our servers were excellent. They were very attentive. The meal was served timely and relaxed. The restaurant was full of celebrations. Pretty noisy. The appetizers and salads were very good. I ordered spareribs after...More

Thank Computernana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best lobster I've ever eaten!!! The view outside the decks of this restaurant are amazing! You sit right on the beach. Just a PERFECT overall experience!!!

Thank Bmood
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service is outstanding, the food is good, but the amazing view is the biggest draw for me. We ate on the covered, heated patio where we could see and hear the surf. Just beautiful. Husband had sea bass, daughter had salmon, and both liked...More

Thank Laura L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pacific Coast Grill is located right on the beach in Cardiff. The menu choices are excellent and the prices are very reasonable. The wait staff are very professional and very knowledgeable, so don't hesitate to ask questions about food or drinks! The main area of...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a go to place to meet friends. The food is always great and the view is spectacular anytime of day. The service is good. Do make reservations. There is no street parking so you will have to use valet- it's all good- excellent...More

Thank DB A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at this place quite by surprise. My only complaint is the valet service. Those poor guys run around like crazy and there just isn't enough parking available for all the customers, so it took about 15-20 minutes to get our car. The food...More

Thank maruchi911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An anniversary celebration for one of the 2 couples! Reservations were made and really adviseable. We were seated one table back from the window still enjoyed dramatic views of the pounding ocean. Highly recommend the Shrimp Dumplings and Calamari as appetizers. We all enjoyed different...More

Thank Judytnewell
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Amazing setting and view. Average service and food. Hope the expansion helps. Need to get back to the PCG roots from the Sooona Beach location.

Thank thecardiffrooster
Reviewed May 18, 2017 via mobile

Visited the restaurant for dinner with a business group. The service was prompt and professional. Not one of the dinner party had nothing but praise for the quality of the food. Most enjoyable evening.

Thank Clemoli4
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Is there a dress code for men?
October 25, 2016|
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Response from TominCA | Reviewed this property |
It's a nice restaurant but it's also the beach - nice casual seemed to be the norm when I was there.
It's about $15 per item
March 8, 2016|
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Response from Wayne G | Reviewed this property |
Do check the menu online with prices. The appetizers start around $ 7 and move up from there. Lunch items, mostly being seafood, are higher in price than the burgers they also have on the menu. For the experimental food... More
Kent B
What's the price range for the lunch menu?
March 6, 2016|
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Response from SVO98023 | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I actually split one order of fish and chips, which was $16.50. It was plenty to share, and delicious! I think most lunch items range from $12 to $18.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-479-0721
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Now on the ocean in Cardiff, PCG is a hip and artistic trip for your senses. Feast on extraordinary Pacific Coast Cuisine in visually stunning surroundings.
The Pacific Coast Grill is a place to see and be seen and most of all, to enjoy.
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