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Chart House

2588 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2111
+1 760-436-4044
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good25%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (34 reviews)
“shrimp” (29 reviews)
“prime rib” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
2588 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2111
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Reviewed yesterday

I've been eating at Chart House restaurants since the 90's. I'm sad that so many have closed so it was great when my friend invited me to meet her in Cardiff. The views of the ocean are magnificent as it's situated right on it. The...More

Thank ArleneB435
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I had a negative score that's what I would use for this restaurant. It's the worst Chart House restaurant. My sister and I got there at 6PM on a Monday night trying to take advantage of the Happy Hour menu. No server to take...More

1  Thank kewlflower
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has been around since the 70's, was remodeled late last year and is amazing! You sit right at the ocean and enjoy great food. It is pricey but worth it. Some of the servers have been there for over 20 years, ask for...More

Thank MIKE M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had never been to this Chart House before and it had been a little while since the last time I stopped in at one - I believe San Diego was the last location. Anyhow, It's nice to know that some things don't change. My...More

Thank Eileen D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smack dab on the beach in the quaint seaside town of Cardiff, this restaurant has not only an amazing view, but great food and an attentive staff. We were there for happy hour, where you can decompress, have a drink and some amazing apps at...More

Thank DOB508
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We are in Southern California for a quick birthday visit and were looking for a nice dinner for two couples. We saw the Chart House while driving up the Coastal Highway and decided to give it a try. Glad we did. Everything about the dining...More

Thank Douglass D
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has a great setting for dinner. The food was really good. I had the fish of the day, what a pleasant surprise, it was prepared exactly the way fish should be done, slightly moist with a touch of complementary spices. The service was...More

Thank Clemoli4
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Had dinner with family. Slow night, service was good until entrees. Then everyone disappeared. We shared 3 apps, all good. We tasted each other's entrees again all good. Nothing exceptional. On my visit, I paid for the view.

Thank X4405GR
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We had Sunday lunch recently. Weather permitting, the entire restaurant is open to the beach and the sea; the view is magnificent, and the sea breeze contributes to a wonderful indoor/outdoor experience. The menu is largely comfort food, prices are very reasonable, and the food...More

Thank satcomjoel1
Reviewed 15 May 2017

This restaurant is right on the beach, amazing view from my table watching the sunset. Food was great and service was awesome. Will definitely eat here again when in the San Diego area.

Thank TES-PA
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
14 August 2016|
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Response from jpbla | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they really have an space appropriate for a dog. This is a fairly ups cape dining restaurant. I love taking my dog with me but there are time I just know better to bring him.
Sue B
Do you still have terrific salad bar
21 June 2015|
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Response from Diane O | Reviewed this property |
They discontinued the legendary salad bar ages ago. This is still a great place to go for a drink at sunset but, as with most beach-side restaurants, don't get too fancy with your ordering. We like the mango-avo-crab stack... More
Sue B
Do you still have the terrific salad bar?
21 June 2015|
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Response from dakota m | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about the salad bar, I did not see one where we were seated.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2588 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2111
    (Birmingham/ Lomas Santa Fe)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-4044
  • E-mail
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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