Restaurant Row, Cardiff, CA

Location: 2500 block S Coast Highway 101
Cardiff, CA (map)

Restaurant Row Highlights

Restaurant Row has several fine restaurants, congregated along Coast Hwy 101, between Cardiff State Beach and San Elijo Lagoon, and south of Cardiff Village, San Elijo State Beach and San Elijo State Beach Campground. The restaurants feature Mexican, Italian, Vegetarian and California cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Some restaurants require reservations.

Jay’s Gourmet opened in 1995 and is located next to Las Olas. The menu includes chicken, pizza, seafood, and casseroles. Jay’s Gourmet is famous for its large portions. Indoor and outdoor dining overlooks the lagoon.

Ki’s, named after the owner, is also located next to the San Elijo Lagoon, opened in 1994. At ki’s you can choose from home made soups, veggie burgers, squash enchiladas, and much more. You can sit in the small dining room downstairs or in a glass enclosed balcony upstairs with good ocean views.

Built in 1975, The Chart House is located on the ocean side of Hwy 101. Indoor and outdoor dining overlooks the ocean. The Chart House has entertained such celebrities as Senator John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio. Such succulent dishes include mahi mahi, prime rib, macadamia-crusted sea bass. Make room for chocolate lave cake.