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Ki's Restaurant, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA

Ki's Restaurant

4.7
4.7
967 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
During these trying times, we are trying to adjust our service so that customers feel safe but still have a great Ki's experience. Daytime service is as it always has been: order at the counter and the food will be brought to you in the seating area we have created outside under the tents. Night-time is full service. Sunday through Thursday is upstairs. The tables are spaced far apart and there is an option of being out on the front deck for parties of two. On Friday and Saturday, we will be offering full service in both seating areas of upstairs and under the tents outside.
Ki's is a perfect fit for its local beach community culture. We provide food options that serve the needs of people who enjoy the outdoors and have a high degree of awareness for their health, fitness and well being. And Ki's is more than just a 'health food' option for many. It is simply great food for anyone-professionals, families looking for a home-cooked meal or friends hanging out enjoying some tasty eats.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm Friday & Saturday Thu–Sat 8:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 436-5236
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Our caterer can customize a catering specifically to your needs, whether it is casual or formal, on site or off site. Please visit our website for more ideas and contact information.
  • Private party facilities
    Ki's is able to host a variety of private events. We have an enclosed room that can comfortably host 40-50. Guests are also able to "buy-out" entire restaurant for large parties.
  • Private party contact
    Jennifer Amavisca: (760) 586-8289
  • Neighbourhood
    Cardiff By The Sea
  • Cross Street
    Chesterfield
  • Parking Details
    Parking is limited space. Ki's HIGHLY recommends car pooling. Public off site parking across the street at the beach.
  • Public Transit
    Bus stop in front of restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 967 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • North San Diego

    Best Value

  • North San Diego

    Great for brunch

  • North San Diego

    Child-Friendly

  • North San Diego

    Healthy

  • North San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • North San Diego

    Californian

967 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ki’s is one of my very favorite places! Ocean view, delicious food at a very fair price and always excellent service provided by a friendly staff!

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  2. Brock

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place. Family owned. Great views and quality food.

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  3. Kimmer

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were at Ki’s for dinner. The food was very good and it was beautifully presented. We found the value to be surprisingly good. I definitely recommend Ki’s for dinner and will be back again

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  4. AngieF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    For Mother’s Day we went to Ki’s for the first time for lunch. Not knowing what to expect, we were greeted with an unfriendly attitude when we were confused on how to order. I was under the impression we would be waited on and serviced at our own table. We made a reservation for 2 o’clock. And there was no table ready. The upstairs dining room was very noisy and chaotic. We had to self serve our drinks self serve our napkins and utensils. We ordered chips and salsa as an appetizer and received them last. Half of our group got their food and almost finished before we got the second half for our table. I had to send back the fries because they were cold as well. Ordering from the counter you also had to provide a tip amount before receiving service so that didn’t make sense when I had to self serve everything. It just did not seem very ambient for a nice lunch on Mother’s Day. I am hearing that the dinner service is much better, but not sure if I will be returning.
    Ki's RestaurantResponded 4 days ago
    Hi Angie, My name is Jennifer and I am the General Manager at Ki's Restaurant and wanted to reach out in regards to your experience and review. I see that the reservation was made through Opentable and when you book through Opentable it informs the customers of how the restaurant operates during breakfast and lunch vs dinner service. We are counter service for breakfast and lunch and full service for dinner. We have been operating this way for 40 plus years. Mother's Day is the busiest day in the restaurant business with food times hitting the 45 minute-1 hour wait. If customers dine with other parties, order and pay separate then the food will come out at different times. Our dinner menu is just as amazing as lunh and I would like to invite you back on me in hopes of changing your review.

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  5. Bren

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This spot has an amazing view of the ocean on the 2nd floor. Food was great and reasonably priced. We arrived early for our reservation before 1 and they still sat us. We ordered downstairs and staff brought us our food. They said there was no wait staff but there were runners at least which was great. It was a busy Mother's Day brunch time and our reservation held up great. Yummy smoothies and carne asada benedict. Basic coffee options but I was already caffeinated so it was all good. Will definitely go back again!

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  6. LL13230

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy dining at Ki’s. Excellent food, thoughtful service. Great views and feels like family. We have going for almost 30 Years and have taken all Out out of town friends.

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  7. Michelle

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Portion size for salads were small for the cost. Food was good and views were great.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous views. Love the menu selections. Be sure to attend Fridays from 7-9pm for wonderful live music.

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  9. kittylover1

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the first time for dinner last night (usually I go for breakfast or lunch), service, food and relaxed pace was wonderful!! The manager at the front podium was so nice (sorry forgot to ask your name). Ava was our server and she was attentive, friendly, gave great advice as to what to order and was just super!! And I have to mention the great view too!!! They had a band last night that was good too. We had a couple drinks (top notch bartender!!), 2 appetizers, the seasonal flatbread (yum!) and the crispy cauliflower (yum yum!) after that we split the catch of the day which was an amazing halibut! We of course couldn't leave the meal without dessert and we had the amazing lemon olive oil cake! WOW!!! Thank you all for making our birthdays so special!!

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  10. Cathie

    San Diego

    299 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our all-time favorite restaurant! We'll be back.

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  11. JayfromSanDiego

    San Diego

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful gem, delightful service. Really enjoyed it.

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  12. Kimmy

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was five star …Lorenzo our server was so fun and professional . The food was top-notch and the view was amazing. Definitely recommend and this is our new go to spot🩷

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  13. DFinSolBeach

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've lived in Solana Beach for years and this was my first time to Ki's, and won't be my last. Our server was terrific as was the food. Right across from the beach with fresh air and a nice ambience. Highly recommend and check their website since they have many special events that sound like a lot of fun.

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  14. VickyC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great variety of healthy food that tastes great. One of the best selections of veggie food that I've seen.

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  15. Carlyjo

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The mahi with jasmine rice and the peanut glazed was excellent 

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  16. sbfoodie

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. Wine Wednesday. Sunset. Loved the seared tuna, and carrot cake!

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  17. Jeanne

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    MULTI-million dollar view without the bougie price gauge. BEST Happy Hour around--if you pay attention, you might see a Green Flash. LOVE, LOVE Ki's Dressing!

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  18. DonnaP

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are never disappointed at Ki's. Great service from Leonardo and the food was wonderful - oh, and you can't beat the ocean views and sunset.

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  19. jwhelmer

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ki's menu is fairly diverse for it's size. Food is very favorable and the quantifies are generous. Prices for both food and beverages are very reasonable. There was a small band playing on the Friday night we were there. They have occasional food and wine pairing nights for $50. We went to the New Zealand event which was excellent. Also, one of the few places where there is an actual great ocean view. I would highly recommend you check them out for events and well, if you hungry.

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  20. Davethediner

    San Diego

    301 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    301 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Appetizers and wine with a friend - A little Loud to have a relaxed conversation but the food was good and the musician was fun to Listen to

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  21. CarolineD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive waiters, great views and delicious food. Thank you for a wonderful evening and birthday celebration for my husband.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Where is the restaurant, excellent food, wonderfully helpful, staff. Highly recommend coming here at Sunset with the beautiful views and good fish.

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  23. DerickS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for sunset dinner for families. Food was very good, service was great, view of sunset was fantastic.

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  24. GraceT

    San Diego

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great non fussy spot on the coast. Good food with beautiful views.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a relaxing date with my girlfriend, customer service was great, food was good, we will come back next time in Cardiff.

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  26. patricial

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff Vegetables friendly Ocean view We’ll be back

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  27. SamanthaN

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They only take lunch time reservations for large parties, even though you can make a reservation online. Seating is first come first served so your reservation will be useless! Our pear salad was amazing, but the vegetable stew arrived cold. Entrees with tofu, the tofu was just diced… not cooked or marinated in anyway. Fajita bowl had raw vegetables (onions/peppers), not sautéed as described. Nomnam bowl was great! Good sized portions. Menu looked amazing, so the inconsistency from dish to dish was disappointing. But you can’t beat the view!

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  28. GerardT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always try to see the Peter Pupping Quartet or any version thereof. Keep having them please they are absolutely magnificent I’m never disappointed by Ki’s, always so great. The Staff and scenery are really excellent! One of the North Coast’s Treasures 5.5 Stars all the way around

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had left a note that it was our anniversary and they intentionally re-seated us at a prime table when it became available early on.

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  30. JenniferM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was tasty. Service was a little off in terms of clearing plates between courses, but not bad.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous ocean view, go for sunset happy hour! You won’t be disappointed!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love Ki’s but especially when we get Kia as our server! Food was delicious!!

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  33. Scott

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of vegan choices and good size portions. Will definitely go back!

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  34. Laura

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ki's! Best place for an ocean view and SUNSET! One of the few restaurants in North County that is consistent with food, service, vibe. It's our go-to because we can always count on a great meal breakfast, lunch, dinner...great drinks and smiling servers!

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  35. Jmap

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, Ki’s was a great experience. Good food. Kind service. Great for families. Next time, we’ll know to come at sunset for the view.

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  36. Rloe

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Ki’s for the first time last night, because a friend was playing there in a band. It’s a charming local place, beautiful views, delicious food, live music, and the staff was outstanding! Place was busy, but we never had to wait for anything. They were attentive and friendly. They also have a happy hour that would be worth going to watch the sunset. The only weird thing is the bathroom and kitchen is downstairs, it didn’t seem to affect the wait staff

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Happy Hour with a beautiful sunset view! The food was delicious and service from Lulu was outstanding. We left before the music started, next time we plan to come for the music too.

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  38. StewartW

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ki’s food is always good and consistent. Jen the manager always makes you feel at home like family . Can’t beat the ocean views !!!!

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  39. Mara

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Friday night music and dinner! The food was fresh and delicious as always. Peter Sprague trio played music. It was a wonderful evening.

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  40. BruceB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was terrible. Paid $35 for filet mignon and it was mostly raw and chewy. Was offered a ribeye steak. It was awful. Service was very slow. Will never go there again. The waitress was great and understanding. Gave me a hugh piece of carrot cake which I took home. The kitchen supervisor was condescending and not very nice. Said the place was crowded and business was great. I feel like I should not have complained.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ki's Restaurant using the Order Online button. Ki's Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ki's Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 436-5236.

Ki's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 967 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 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ki's Restaurant

2591 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Chesterfield
  • Neighbourhood
    Cardiff By The Sea
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm Friday & Saturday Thu–Sat 8:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking is limited space. Ki's HIGHLY recommends car pooling. Public off site parking across the street at the beach.
  • Public Transit
    Bus stop in front of restaurant.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 436-5236
  • Catering
    Our caterer can customize a catering specifically to your needs, whether it is casual or formal, on site or off site. Please visit our website for more ideas and contact information.
  • Private party facilities
    Ki's is able to host a variety of private events. We have an enclosed room that can comfortably host 40-50. Guests are also able to "buy-out" entire restaurant for large parties.
  • Private party contact
    Jennifer Amavisca: (760) 586-8289
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