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Chart House

2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
+1 760-436-4044
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good25%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“shrimp” (36 reviews)
“prime rib” (19 reviews)
“seafood” (38 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2588 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Superb service including valet and punctual seating at our reservation time. Kaitlyn was personal, made great recommendations and she was very attentive to serving us a delicious dinner in an appropriate timing to make this dining experience the best we have had in years! Before...More

Thank 4020Happy
Reviewed 2 days ago

The view here is truly spectacular. Right on the beach. The ocean is 100 feet away. Food was great. Waiter could have been a little more attentive. We would go back in a heartbeat!

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible food, top notch service from Coral, right on the beach! Huge picture windows open to allow the fresh breezes off the ocean to come right in the restaurant. Only 1 negative...no REGULAR iced tea!

Thank O7161YNstevej
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the restaurant is in a beautiful location, overlooking the ocean, big windows. the food is average and it is overpriced. Service was mediocre.

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ocean view is spectacular. The restaurant is on the beach . The food is horrible. It is best to make reservations if you want a window seat. The race season draws the crowds

Thank debera2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Man, I was walking the beach and seen this restaurant with an open window with a table inside. I had to have it. Turns out it was a wonderfully styled, just exquisite, beautiful restaurant. I got a front view of the sea with a fantastic...More

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Chart House is a chain, and each location is different, according to it's location, The first thing you notice about this one is the view. The moment you walk in, you are drawn to the windows where the Pacific is just outside. It's a fabulous...More

Thank kasadalace
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

The food was good but the seaside view was better. Service was excellent also. It is a little pricey.

Thank Mac D
Reviewed 27 June 2018

It has been years since my husband and I had eaten in this location---so long ago that we had never seen the remodel. But while spending some time in the area we stopped in for lunch. We lucked out with a table at the window...More

Thank JoaninFrance
Reviewed 21 June 2018

To be clear, I did not choose this as our lunch spot. My CEO wanted a special lunch for the tail end of our spa day, but I really wanted something more casual and with outdoor seating. Of course, my CEO won, so I went...More

Thank Jessica S
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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
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, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings
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 - 10:00 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: +1 760-436-4044
  • E-mail
Chart House is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood & steak and famous for their spectacular views. For more than 50 years, Chart House has redefined the ideal dining experience. With 27 waterfront and showcase locations ranging from the historic to the unforgettable, Chart House restaurants specialize in dazzling views, unique cuisine and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to slow-roasted prime rib, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors. And the Chart House happy hour is a guest favorite, where guest favor our signature cocktails and delicious bites you are sure to enjoy. Our original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake is the perfect end to a memorable dining experience at Chart House. Chart House offers the ideal setting for your next event. We would be happy to assist you with all the details of your special occasion.
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