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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

When it comes to wonderful views, this place is one of the best in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Located right on the beach, every dining seat here has been carefully arranged to have an ocean view. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset while dining here, and we guarantee that it will make for a memorable experience. It features a unique Pacific Coast cuisine with a wide selection of seafood and a lot more!

Recommended dishes: Lobster Tacos, Pan Seared Sea Bass and the White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Bourbon Sauce

One of the most popular restaurants with a view in San Diego, 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

This place has a long 75 years tradition of enchanting foodies with an amazing view. Being located right on the beach, you'll literally see the waves outside the big glass windows as you dine. Their coastal cuisine inspired menu features fresh seafood dishes as well as innovative seasonal dishes. You can watch the spectacular Pacific sunsets while enjoying the interesting dishes prepared by award-winning chefs Bernard Guillas and Thomas Connolly.

Recommended dishes: the Rooibos Tea Spiced Baja Prawns, Togarashi Sesame Spices Tuna and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon

International Cuisine

This spot mixes the farm-to-table experience with the Southwest cuisine. With private label tequilas from the top distilleries of Jalisco, they combine a tapas-style & shared plate menu, tailored around fresh, locally grown produce. Any meal here must be accompanied by one of their beautiful, thoughtfully crafted cocktails which are sure to get you in the mood for a fiesta!

Recommended dishes: Elk Pozole and Cauliflower Tostada

Who doesn't love a good Italian dinner? This place is one of the best Italian restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, offering classic Neapolitan dishes cooked by chef Gaetano Cicciotti. The decor resembles a little house transformed into a modest Italian restaurant. With a huge selection of pasta cooked by family recipes and excellent wood fire baked thin crust pizza, you can satisfy your urge for a true Italian meal!

Recommended dishes: Risotto, Seafood Linguine with Pesto

Opened in 1981, this place is a pioneer when it comes to Mexican food in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. All the food is made fresh daily in-house, using wholesome ingredients. The menu features a lot of classic Mexican dishes with a focus on seafood. You can also enjoy beautiful lagoon views in a casual and friendly setting.

Recommended dishes: Baja-style Fish Taco, the Surfer Burrito

Craving some sushi? This place offers delicious rolls with emphasis on quality ingredients in a warm lounge-like atmosphere with a friendly vibe. Their menu also features some interesting rolls that you might not have seen on traditional menus, but are definitely worth a try!

Recommended dishes: the Sashimi Salad, the Spicy Tuna Rolls

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

Fine Dining Restaurants

This Michelin Star restaurant is guaranteed to satisfy the sophisticated taste of all the foodies out there. Chef William Bradly's approach to contemporary haute cuisine is something that deserves a trip to the Addison. Their menu has two options: the 5-course or the 10-course, both coming with intermediate courses so our recommendation is to go for the 5-course menu. The setting is very elegant and the customer service makes for a truly impeccable and sophisticated experience.

This special fine-dining spot features innovative Italian cuisine in an elegant, yet contemporary surrounding. So if you crave some elevated Italian dishes, this is the place to go. Their menu features an extensive award-winning wine list from various regions throughout Italy, fresh house-made pasta with only organic ingredients, and a variety of seafood dishes.

Recommended dishes: Grilled Octopus, Pannacotta di Cioccolato

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!