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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good25%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“prime rib” (18 reviews)
“shrimp” (32 reviews)
“lava cake” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2588 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2111
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Reviewed yesterday

This was our second attempt at this restaurant. Staff is slow, unprofessional and inexperienced. Worse - they didn't care. Sat in the bar for an hour watching the empty table where they were going to seat us. We ended up eating in the bar instead...More

Thank jensencj
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Chart House is an amazing spot. Right there. On the ocean. Walk out...you're on the beach. We went because we love the chocolate volcano dessert. It was great. The rest of our meal was just so/so. Salad a bit limp. Seemed a little tired....More

Thank mountaintrekker1234
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Chart House restaurant in Cardiff-by-the-Sea provides great food at the fine dining level in a fabulous oceanfront setting. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there at a romantic table fronting the Pacific Ocean. We both ordered the customize-your-own fish dinner. She selected...More

Thank greeked
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chart House used to be our favorite "special" place, the kind of restaurant reserved for special occasions and out of town guests you want to treat. It has lost its edge, and badly. While the view is still spectacular, the menu remains largely unchanged...More

1  Thank 1SGTommy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The view is great as long as the sun is up. So, get there before sunset and watch the sun set and you've had the best the Chart House has to offer. The ditzy hostess seated me at 10 minutes before seven. The other two...More

Thank 72,850,007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Views of the beach...until they started parking cars in front of one of the windows. Busy place, make reservations. We both had the Halibut - Blacked and Blue cheese with caramelized onions. Both great, but the blue cheese over powered the halibut. Caesar and...More

Thank yvonne p
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I started at the Bar for a cocktail before dinner, my Server was as sweet as can be and, very helpful regarding the menu. However, the dinner did not go as well. Our waitress seemed to be more concerned with the 4 men at the...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Soooo.. we usually don't go to tourist restaurants during summer but decided to go early and enjoy the view. Andrew, our waiter was great. Lots of good suggestions including the Halibut. Fresh caught, plank cooked, different salsas to go on top...Yum! We ordered the apps...More

1  Thank bballwey
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We went to the Chart House in Cardiff-by-the-Sea on our 25th Wedding Anniversary, and they made it super special and a very happy occasion! The restaurant has been remodeled, and the ambiance is awesome! We got a table right by the window, about 20 feet...More

Thank Howard D
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

we visited the chart house friday night at 6:30pm a party of 4. the service was very friendly, but the waiting time for the starters was about 45 min, for the main course another 45-50min. the worst was not the waiting, but the fact that...More

Thank twittebrock
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13 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
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
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, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
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
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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