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

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

4.7
4.7
6857 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 105 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 6,857 people are saying

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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. JK

    JoyceK

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The view and outside table seating with heaters was excellent. My Mahi sandwich was dry and the brioche bun was inedible in my opinion. Other dishes looked good. The waitress, Autumn, was excellent in all ways.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was average but the wait staff is excellent!
  3. CA

    ChrisA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pacific Coast Grill was the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday. Extensive wine list, broad menu and wonderful service.
  4. MY

    MelanieY

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service during small business dinner with out of town guest. Wait staff know their customers want beach pics and are great at taking good pictures, hoping behind walls if needed! She also knew which meals to recommend and simply friendly and attentive. Top notch,
  5. AR

    AR55

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a super great experience; delicious !! - and also the outside patio certainly has one of the best and closest ocean front dining views with waves in San Diego. Definitely will return.
  6. SW

    SteveW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding. Our server Carlos went above and beyond to make our 30th Anniversary dinner special. Also, the view of the ocean from the upstairs deck made our night complete.
  7. PC

    PamC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views & good food. Loved the “Bag of Bones”
  8. s

    scotth

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were terrific as they always are. Suggest you come on a Monday great that they are open when many are closed.
  9. TT

    TracyT

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must go! The sunset view is amazing! The restaurant is located right on the beach and the best ocean view in the area. The food was equally as great! Highly recommend the pan seared cod with a tomato basil sauce. Try to arrive by 6 so that you can enjoy the 6:30 sunset.
  10. P

    Pacoboy

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great evening at PCG. The food was delicious, we had a great table with a nice view of the ocean and sunset, excellent service. Our friends from Montana loved it!
  11. FS

    FishloverSue

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The quality of the food and the amazing right-on-the-beach view are well known at this place and did not disappoint us, WE had a patio table. But the thing that really stood out was the quality and attentiveness of the wonderful staff, from the parking attendants to the amazing wait staff, including the busboys, to the staff that greeted us, to the staff that said goodbye. The gal who waited on us was absolutely amazing and treated us like we were the only 3 people in the restaurant, and she was so engaging, yet so very efficient, vivacious yet with a relaxed charm. Her name was Lauren. Tho she was pressed with many other arriving diners, she made us feel that we were the only patrons there. I have not seen this level of service for a long time.
  12. NC

    NickolasC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, from the filet sliders, chicken taqueria to the tasty cheesecake. Being right on the water sealed the deal. Our waiter Dan was responsive, timely, and offered great service. My wife and I will definitely visit again!
  13. CS

    CraigS

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PCG has a wonderful location. The food and service are always excellent. The food selection is varied for all tastes.
  14. TB

    TrishB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delightful lunch outside on patio on the beach - quiet though full tables, excellent service and great food.
  15. SC

    SoCalNative

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Doesn't matter if you're inside or outside - great place to celebrate that special event! Fantastic assortment of food to treat your taste buds. We will be back!
  16. MC

    MichelleC

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always incredible; food, staff, setting.
  17. S

    Sally

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My family and I were there to celebrate my son’s Birthday. We had excellent service and the ocean view is amazing. We really miss the brunch menu and hope that PCG will bring it back in the near future. I ordered the poke bowl which was a bit spicy for my taste and the menu did not mention spicy flavoring. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dishes, but also miss the amazing brunch that no longer is served.
  18. SF

    SherriF

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The noise level was very high, making it difficult to carry on a conversation with the person across the table. Other than that, the service was excellent, drinks were awesome and the dishes were prepared nicely. Extra cuddos to the saucier!!! The sauces for both entrées were very good and made the dish better!
  19. SL

    ShermLA

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every dish served at our table showed preparation care and ingredients ingenuity. One of the top twenty restaurants in my life.
  20. DC

    DavidC

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual!!
  21. S

    Skip

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Limited healthy choices for lunch. Seafood salad had very little crab, but 4 schrimp , all cold. Not worth the price.
  22. TB

    TrishB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service on a Saturday for lunch outside by the water - food delicious and no rush to get us out for other diners. Appreciate that a lot!
  23. PH

    PatriceH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing date Sunday
  24. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    ReidB

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days 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.
  26. SW

    StewartW

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days 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!!!
  27. MP

    MichaelP

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    Patty

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 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…
  29. m

    mindyj

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. It was so wonderful
  31. CA

    ChrisA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    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.
  32. VS

    ValerieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

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

    LQdiner

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    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.
  34. GH

    GoHawks

    Des Moines

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

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

    DanH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    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!
  36. TW

    TracyW

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

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

    GuyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    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.
  38. S

    Sarah

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    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.
  39. SK

    SusanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    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!
  40. KT

    KathieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

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

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

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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 6857 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 105 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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