a view of the ocean and beach coast from a rock cliff at sunrise

Fun in Cardiff California

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is on a coastline renowned for wide-open beaches, breathtaking cliffs and radical surfing. Our beautiful boutique hotel near Encinitas is just steps from sandy shores begging for your visit and minutes from other popular San Diego hot spots.


Rare Society2.4 miles
330 S Cedros Ave
(858) 771-0181

Sink your teeth into Rare Society, our homage to the infamous Las Vegas steakhouse.

a group of people holding glasses of beer


Pipes Cafe0.2 miles
121 Liverpool Drive
(760) 632-0056

This surf-themed espresso bar and cafe offers everything from pancakes and breakfast burritos to burgers and BLTs.

syrup being poured overtop a stack of pancakes


Cicciotti's Trattoria Italiana0.3 miles
1933 San Elijo Avenue
(760) 634-2335

Live music and ocean views accompany traditional Italian food at Cicciotti's, where favorites include thin-crust pizzas, pastas, and other classics.

a person's hand sprinkling seasoning overtop tomato slices, mozzarella, and olives


Pacific Coast Grill0.5 miles
2526 South Coast Highway 101
(760) 479-0721

This chic, coastal spot offers a bright and airy atmosphere for sushi and seafood overlooking the ocean.

plate of sushi with sides of ginger and wasabi


Chart House0.6 miles
2588 South Coast Highway 101
(760) 436-4044

This high-end eatery delivers fresh seafood and steak in an upscale setting with waterfront views.

plate of grilled steak on top of vegetables


UNION Kitchen & Tap1.5 miles
1108 South Coast Highway 101
(760) 230-2337

New American cuisine and a rotating menu of local craft beers are all on tap at this modern, rustic restaurant.

overhead view of a group of friends holding their beer glasses overtop a table for a cheers


Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana3 miles
530 North Coast Highway 101
(760) 634-2365

Savor authentic Northern Italian cuisine, reminiscent of the owner’s childhood in Milan, at this local staple in downtown Encinitas.

tomato bruchetta on a slice of bread


Casa de Bandini5.4 miles
1901 Calle Barcelona
(760) 634-3443

Giant margaritas, roving mariachi bands, and homemade salsas welcome guests to join in the festivities at this authentic cantina, reminiscent of Colonial Mexico.

two margarita glasses with salt rims and a lime garnish


VG’s Donut & Bakery0.2 miles
106 Aberdeen Drive

A local favorite! VG Donut & Bakery is a full service bakery located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, specializing in the old-fashioned style of baking.

a variety of doughnuts are displayed


Cardiff Seaside Market0.2 miles
2087 San Elijo Ave

Discover Cardiff's Coastal Treasures at the Seaside Market. Shop Local Delights!

a plate of seafood and a glass of wine