Top Restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Close to It


Choosing to vacation in Cardiff-by-the-Sea has a lot of advantages. Not only you get to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in SoCal, but with Cardiff's excellent position right next to Encinitas, Carlsbad, and San Diego you have so many cool activities to choose from during the day.

Aside from this, it's a great spot for all the foodies who want to enjoy a good restaurant experience on their vacation. From international cuisine to Michelin Star fine-dining restaurants and fresh seafood with an amazing ocean view, you have a lot of excellent choices that will surely satisfy your taste. Between all the options, we know it's difficult to decide where to have a meal so we're coming to your aid with a list of the top restaurants that you can enjoy in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

Restaurants With A View

Adress:1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.

Price range:$30-$45.

One of the most popular restaurants with a view in the San Diego area,located in Del Mar, just 10 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, this place offers an award-winning dining experience. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean alongside a selection of fresh seafood, steak, and pasta. One of the special things that you need to try here is their complimentary bread, which is highly appreciated.

Recommended dishes: the Grilled Octopus and Chilean Seabass

Adress:1158 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Price Range:$20-$40

Being just 10 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, We Olive & Wine Bar offers customers a terrific view of the ocean. The menu comprises of well prepared, delicious dishes and the restaurant also features a shop from which customers can buy or just sample various olive oil products and wines.

The restaurants' chefs ingeniously use their olive oils & vinaigrettes in all of their side plates to provide very unique flavors.

Recommended dishes: Calamari, Prosciutto Dates with Blood Orange Balsamic.

International Cuisine

Adress: 345 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7005.

Price range:$20-$30.

Located in San Diego, about 25 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Meze Greek Fusion is a family owned bar and restaurant.

Their menu features finely crafted Greek cuisine with a Southern Californian twist. The menu is vegetarian friendly and it offers some vegan and gluten free options too.

Meze is the perfect gathering spot for special event celebrations or just a relaxing dinner with family and friends or a peaceful lunch in a cozy ambient.

Recommended dishes: Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus, Greek Quesadilla.

Adress: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-9512

Price range:$30-$45

Just 15 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Mille Fleurs is definitely a restaurant everyone travelling to the area should try.

Leave it to the French to create an elegant and yet casual dining atmosphere topped with delicious, sophisticated dishes. Even though this place isn't in France, they have the vibe right. With an award-winning menu that changes daily for lunch and dinner taking into consideration the availability of the freshest ingredients, you're guaranteed to have a memorable experience. They also have live piano music from Wednesday to Saturday.

Recommended dishes: their famous Wiener Schnitzel, Duck Donuts, Lobster Salad

  • Camp Cucina

Adress: 505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101-1634.

Price range:$10-30$.

Located about 20 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Camp Cucina is an exquisite example of fine Italian dinning.

The restaurant's from-scratch menus, include portions of luxurious house made pasta, large enough to share with a friend, innovative pizza, cleverly crafted large plates, desserts and a signature cheese and salumi program.

Recommended dishes: Hummus, Gorgonzola Walnut Mousse.

Fine Dining Restaurants

Adress: 2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101.

Price range: $50 and over.

The restaurant is located at approximately 20 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Once an abandoned warehouse, now one of San Diego's finest restaurants, Juniper and Ivy has become a catalyst of west-coast fine dining; a movement defined by fresh, locally sourced ingredients, inventive cooking technique and artistic plating designed for sharing.

The menu is always changing, the dishes are always rotating to highlight the freshest most seasonal ingredients.

Recommended dishes: General Tso's Sweetbreads, Ahi Tuna.

Adress: 1270 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Price range:$40-60$, with a few special dishes over 100$.

If you are in the search for delicious, expertly prepared seafood and steaks than you shall look no more! Located at a 25 minute drive from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Eddie V's Prime Seafood restaurants doesn't fail to impress with a vast array of fresh seafood, like raw oysters and Pacific Ahi Tuna, made from the freshest ingredients.

Eddie V?s charismatic vibe draws you in and holds you close with a wonderful view of the oceans wave. It is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing, delicious meal for any seafood lover.

Recommended dishes: Chilled Gulf Shrimp, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.

Plant Based Restaurants

Adress: 1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101-2252.

Price range:$20-$30.

Among the few vegan only venues, Cafe Gratitude, located about 20 minutes away from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, sure is an unique place.

Cafe Gratitude is the expression of a world of plenty. The food and the people here are a celebration of being alive. The finest ingredients are selected to honor the earth and the people as we are one and the same. The food here is prepared with love and the staff members are very warm and helpful people.

The restaurant supports local farmers, sustainable and regenerative agriculture and environmentally friendly products.

Recommended dishes: Black Bean Burger, Eggplant Parmesan Focaccia.

Your Home Away From Home, in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

What makes a vacation perfect? Sure, activities, beaches and all the surroundings are extremely important, but good accommodation sets the mood for the entire stay. That's exactly why we've made sure that our homes have everything you need for you to feel like you've truly found your home-away-from-home!

Our Penthouse and Parkhouse offer a unique and upscale decor, topped with a fully furnished and private deck, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean. If you want to be closer to the beach, you can choose our very chic Seacottage where you can relax and truly take advantage of all the vacation perks!

The best thing about staying with us is that we're always here to help you with whatever you need. So remember, when only the best will do, Cardiff Vacations is here for you!