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Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

4.7
4.7
6835 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique Pacific Coastal cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks and more! There are two levels of dining at the new PCG with every dining seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There are bars on both levels and a heated outdoor patio and a deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and the line up at Cardiff Reef. You can watch surfers, kite surfers, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets from throughout the restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 479-0721

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Israel "Izzy" Balderas

  • Private party facilities

    Party for 2 or 200 on the beach? Pacific Coast Grill has multiple options for your group. We have a private room that seats (12), upstairs patio that seats (46), downstairs patio that seats (30) or buy out the entire upstairs or downstairs. *Please note, due to Covid-19, we are not accepting groups over 10 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Beth Bennett: (858) 481-8040

  • Neighborhood

    Cardiff By The Sea

  • Parking details

    We offer valet for $6

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,835 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • North San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • North San Diego

    Scenic View

  • North San Diego

    Seafood

  • North San Diego

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great Friday night date spot; helps big time setting a reservation; atmosphere was fun… will do again soon!
  2. RB

    ReidB

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my girlfriend out for dinner last night - our 2nd anniversary. Booking was a breeze through OpenTable. The day of the restaurant called to let me know there was a large (and very noisy) private party on the 1st floor, so we'd be seated on the 2nd floor. I asked for a nice table on the window overlooking the beach. Upon arrival we were asked to wait a few minutes while the party at our table finished ups and left. About 10 minutes. Not bad. But it was well worth the wait we got a corner table on the window overlooking the beach. Lovely. Thanks PCG. We ordered the shrimp dumplings. Very easy, and I just wish they'd had some bread left over (they had ran out) to soak up the juices. My GF ordered the Chilean sea bass, and I had the Pacific Paella. Both were excellent. Portions were just right, and they brought us a complimentary dish of white chocolate bread pudding, which really capped off the meal. A very excellent experience overall. I highly recommend it for a special occasion - it's pricey, but the quality was excellent and well worth it.
  3. SW

    StewartW

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view great food great service great drinks. The sushi is fresh and delicious the taquitos are amazing. The Ceasar salad a must!!!
  4. MP

    MichaelP

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent place for lunch….wonderful setting and great food
  5. P

    Patty

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I had reserved a table by the ocean at 6:45, but our friends got cold so switched to inside which was kind of noisy, but very nice atmosphere. I Iordered a straight up Manhattan with olives that was just like I like it. Our waiter ( cannot recall his name) was responsive but busy. Our dishes came right up!! I ordered mahi mahi / coconut and had good flavor, liked the sauce a lil sweet but the fish was a bit dry for me. My friend did not like her steak, my other friend had the seared sea bass and described it as OK, my husband had the seafood pasta which was cooked just right, al dente, delicious flavor, just a bit too much red sauce. I wish we had eaten outside, my husband and I got to do that after dinner and our friends were gone and admired the view. It was perfect and the sand and ocean by us were spectacular!!! I will go back for a good drink and the view and to to try a new dish…
  6. m

    mindyj

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic. Never had to ask twice for anything. Our waitress checked on us the perfect amount of times. Food was delicious. The wait and valet staff were very friendly. This was my second time at Pacific Coast Grill and will be back again.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. It was so wonderful
  8. CA

    ChrisA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing time. Took my wife there for a birthday lunch. We were seated outside virtually on the beach. The food was great, the waitstaff was attentive, and we ended up staying for over two hours (no pressures to turn tables). Definitely going again.
  9. VS

    ValerieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wait staff, food delicious, beautiful setting
  10. LQ

    LQdiner

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a must for us when visiting the coast. Outdoor dining, sunset views, excellent service, creative seafood entrees, and extensive wine list. What more can one ask! This visit our friends from San Diego joined us. They equally impressed. Special mention to our waitstaff, Jules.
  11. GH

    GoHawks

    Des Moines

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The view always is incredible. The food and service are spectacular. My favorite place for seafood in San Diego.
  12. DH

    DanH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Especially enjoyed the calamari appetizer & Alaskan halibut with shrimp; pan-seared seabass also excellent. Outstanding service from Rachel. Outside on the beach is the place to be!
  13. TW

    TracyW

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took out of state coworkers to my go-to spot and was not disappointed! They loved it. The staff was excellent!
  14. GB

    GuyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You cannot beat a meal on the beach in Cardiff by the Sea. When you add exquisite cuisine and first class service you have the perfect dining experience.
  15. S

    Sarah

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The view is amazing here, it's right on the beach! We went at lunchtime on a Monday, it was busy, but not overly so. We parked in the beach parking and walked over, but they do have valet. The service was great in terms of the waiter, but the hostess was a bit dismissive when we requested to sit outside, saying there were no spots, when she clearly did not check, and there were indeed open tables, but she did end up sitting us outside. The food was good, but I was not overly impressed. I had the cobb salad, it was small and lacked presentation-the shrimp were good on it, but truly nothing special. The sushi was below average in my opinion, especially if you know your sushi, and it was $25 a roll. I think the menu was overpriced, you are definitely paying for the view here. I would not likely return.
  16. SK

    SusanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view on the back patio was amazing! Sunset incredible. Our service was excellent! Will definitely recommend and hope we will be able to come back again!
  17. KT

    KathieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There isn't a nicer place for food, view, and just a lovely evening. Only complaint...no green flash!!!!
  18. t

    toddp

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Seafood in North County! Fast and attentive service. Beautiful views, patio is right on the beach
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent
  20. KD

    KimberlyD

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vey good lunch !!!! Thanks for umbrellas !!
  21. DG

    DeanneG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girl friend and I enjoyed brunch. We had a window table and loved the view. The food was outstanding!! Service was excellent.
  22. AN

    ANDREWK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is very good! Seafood pasta delicious as was the Seabass! Calamari good also! Very busy and made a reservation for our 45th Anniversary and really wanted to sit outside but they weren’t able to make it happen which was disappointing! Our waitress was wonderful and very helpful about dishes that weren’t favorites! We also asked about the 4% service charge added to our bill and she said it goes to the owners which seems unnecessary! She removed from our bill and we gave it back to her in a generous tip!
  23. G

    Gastronome

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third dining experience at CCG. It has been a seamless dining event each time. We’ve been outdoors in the patio twice and upstairs beside a water view window once. I’ve had lunch salads and and their short ribs. I was a guest the first time and chose the venue as host to friends and family. The food preparation, unique sauces and spectacular presentation all make this coastal eatery a favorite for me.
  24. SF

    SouthernFried

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Wonderful view from the outdoor deck but eating outside is uncomfortable due to the many flies intent on sharing your meal. Good cocktails. Calamari was disappointing; it was cut into long tubes instead of rings and the cornmeal didn't stick after cooking. The sauce was very spicy even for those that liked spicy food. Lovely salad, but the main course paella was very disappointing. The rice base was not properly cooked. The seafood was fine, but the dish is in need of tweaking. No plans to go back.
  25. CG

    ChristineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated outside by a window overlooking the ocean and got to see a beautiful sunset. It was a bit warm that day, before the sunset, but worth it! I had the scallops and my husband had the lobster tail. While the portion size of the scallops was a bit small, they were very tasty and would order them again. He enjoyed his meal, and I had a bite of his truffle chive cake which was delicious. For dessert, we had the Tahitian Coconut Cheesecake and the Dark Chocolate Lava Custard. Both were good, but the chocolate one was so decadent, scrumptious, and a large portion that two could easily share! Our server, Jenna(?), was so helpful in making our choices and provided excellent service! Very enjoyable experience!
  26. M

    Moheamommy

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to sit outdoors on the patio on the sand. Perfect view of the sunset paired with delicious drinks and food
  27. SD

    StuDiego

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent views, great service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were seated outside. Our table was rocking and there were quite a few flies hovering our food throughout our entire dinner. Food was good but we have had better experiences previously. It is a great date spot but definitely hope the food gets back to what it use to be.
  29. KL

    KeithL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view was amazing. We sat out on the patio right next to the beach. The food was very good. We started with the lobster and shrimp chowder. Just so you know there was not much of each in the chowder but it was very tasty. She had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the Alaskan Halibut with shrimp scampi and risotto. Both dinners were awesome. We will definitely be making this a regular dining experience. By the way the service was great also.
  30. TW

    TonyW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Waited a while to be greeted at the table. It was 20 minutes.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Surprisingly how uninspiring the food actually was, almost zero taste/flavor/spicing. Boring food.
  32. CD

    CanuckDC

    Washington DC

    151 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Can't find a much better location in North county for a scenic meal! Took friends visiting from Chicago here for lunch. Good food, good drinks, outstanding views!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    All the seafood was wack. Fries were nice. Pretty cold overall. The vibes were to die for, such a nice location.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from Peter! Amazing food!
  35. s

    sonam

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect afternoon lunch! Sea breeze, outdoor table in the shade, and a very good waitress! Oh and a delicious seafood salad!
  36. E

    Ello

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    No brunch available- expensive food, amazing ambiance and good service.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PCG never disappoints! From the impeccable ocean view, superb dinning experience & delectable food & drinks, this place will always be a staple restaurant in my book of places to dine. Thank you PCG & staff, once again for a delightful evening!
  38. J

    Jack

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a great visit to one of our favorite restaurants! We will be back again very soon.
  39. c

    charliem

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening with friends. Excellent service and food, nice ambiance. Beautiful sunset. We moved from Carlsbad a couple years ago and it was good to get back to the PCG again. We have always enjoyed the food service and ambiance and things have not changed. We are happy to recommend the pCG to anyone for excellent coastal dining
  40. DK

    DouglasK

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Food and service were very good. My only complaint is there were a lot of flies indoors which became bothersome. Constantly had to shoo them away from the food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff using the Order Online button. Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 479-0721.

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff is rated 4.7 stars by 6835 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

2526 South Coast Hwy, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cardiff By The Sea

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer valet for $6

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Israel "Izzy" Balderas

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 479-0721

  • Private party facilities

    Party for 2 or 200 on the beach? Pacific Coast Grill has multiple options for your group. We have a private room that seats (12), upstairs patio that seats (46), downstairs patio that seats (30) or buy out the entire upstairs or downstairs. *Please note, due to Covid-19, we are not accepting groups over 10 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Beth Bennett: (858) 481-8040

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