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Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point
Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com
  • Phone: (949) 493-1183
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast Highway
  • Public Transit: PCH/Blue Lantern - bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $3.50 per car. Street parking is also available.
A word from Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point
From amazing views of the Pacific Ocean & Dana Point Harbor to unparalleled cuisine, Chart House is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Savor a seamless blend of fine seafood & steaks, while you enjoy the elegant atmosphere & impeccable service. With 28 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From signature fish specialties and seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon & our slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines and our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Don't miss out on our exceptional Happy Hour!

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Diner Reviews
  • "We eat at the Chart House when we want eat at a special place. Though the service was good, the food was mediocre at best. We were "underwhelmed". The presentation was uninspired. The plates could have had some green vegetables for color. The sea bass was tasteless and the Filet was nowhere near the steak at Ruth's Chris. We will think twice about returning."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dining experience at the Chart House and our recent trip was no exception. The views are always stunning. The service was excellent with our starter Ceasar Salad prepared with just enough dressing that it wasn't over powering. (Note: ask them to prepare normally and not pour additional dressing on top.) Our meals were served at the proper cadence, preperation, and temperature although my wife's mashed potatoes were a bit on the warm, not hot side. The chocolate molten cake finished the meal off perfectly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was very good - I had the scallops and they were excellent as were the stuffed shrimp; steaks were not as good... - but it took over an hour from the time we ordered to be served our dinner. It's a great location with an incredible view of Dana Point Harbor, so I understand and appreciate the notion of an unhurried dining experience, but this was too slow."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our anniversary dinner very much. The staff and food were GREAT!! And the view was amazing. Overall, it was an excellent experience. The customer service was off the charts."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Took 45 mins to get our salads. Dinner took another half hour after that. Orders came out wrong, and a couple of side dishes never brought at all. Service was so slow that dinner took nearly three hours! The children were falling asleep while eating dinner. The steaks were mediocre at best."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went on July 4th - expecting it to be a bit of a zoo. Turned out to be very busy - but very well organized. No problem with valet parking - much easier than trying to find a spot on the street. Good wine list, reasonable prices. Our group had lobster, prime rib and fish --- and all were excellent. Desserts were good too. The view for the fireworks was perfect. All around, a great night!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I had the herb crusted salmon. It was wonderful. The service was a bit stiff (more a routine than an interaction). The major disappointment with the evening was our seating. I had requested and reserved a window seat back in January to celebrate the July 4th holiday. Our window seat was in the farthest corner, with no view of any part of the harbor for 2 of the 3 guests. I would think that reservations 6 months in advance would have had a bit more of a priority."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We planned dinner reservations with fireworks display in the harbor. It was a spectacular dining event. Perfect weather, perfect food and perfect friends. I would recommend the Chart House for any meal not just a special event. I will say that my husbands steak was overcooked. They took it back and cooked him a new steak. They were very apologetic for the mistake and the refired steak was perfectly cooked."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was terrible. I've heard so many great this ngs about this place. We went thee other night and my steak was burnt, my husband's soup was cold and and my cocktail(sex on the beach) tasted like dirty sink water. The bread and butter was probably the best food item there. Really bummed because its a beautiful restaurant. The staff was amazing as well. Maybe we just picked a bad night?"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Extremely disappointed paying over $100 for very overcooked fish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was our 20th anniversary. The view was fantastic. The food and service was not. It took forever to get our food and when it came out the fish was very dry. The salad was a chopped up vs leafy which I prefer. I had to search the restaurant several times for the waitress."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The view was spectacular and the food was even better! Enjoyed well prepared and tastefully seasoned fish. I never eat everything on my plate, but I did here! Additionally they went the extra mile to make sure our anniversary celebration was special! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Ruben was an excellent server food was good salad bar good as always, Cesar dressing a little bitter... Kona roll a bit to much batter one piece had only rice in it no seafood or asparagus needs to be distributed more evenly, over all good dinner.we"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great View, but poor food and service. The wine list was substandard and the drinks took over 30 minutes. The fish was over cooked and the mashed potatoes were cold."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had our 7th Anniversary dinner at the Chart House this week and it was fantastic. Outstanding view of the Harbor and Ocean in Dana Point. Very relaxing. The food was excellent and we are big fans of the salad bar as well. Very old school and new school. We gobbled up everything... so tasty."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our server was not real engaging. It seems like he took it as a job. He would disappear. Not only that we brought in two bottles of wine and charged corkage fee on both which I think was not cool. That was a total of $40. That also took away from the experience"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, gorgeous view of the harbor. Good service with nice selection of fresh fish. Ambience very romantic. Will definitely be coming back for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The Chart House was very busy with high school graduation. Valet parking was jammed and didn't have enough staff to handle all the cars. The restaurant was severely understaffed. Our waiter had to bring the drinks, take orders, clear the table between every course and deliver all the food. He was not very attentive to any of his tables. Our food came out very cold. Even our hot lava cake dessert was super cold. It was very disappointing to pay $400 for a dinner that was not at all worth it. Also, make sure if you are sitting in the bar waiting on your table to have the bartender input your drink order in the system before 6:30 to get the happy hour prices. Ours conveniently forgot and said there was nothing he could do about it."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Very nice. We try to go here for special occasions and they have never let us down. In fact our waitress was so attentive and friendly she ignored her break to stay with us. We tipped her very well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Definitely a great place for a romatic meal with that special someone!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The location is awesome with a great view over looking the ocean. From the appetizers to the main course the food was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were seated at a lovely table, with a great view. My husband enjoyed his Birthday dinner,..(he is a Landry member for many years),,,, Food was excellent,,,great Halibut!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We were seated in the last booth with no view of the ocean and passed up one with a perfect view. Waiter Zac was slow at everything. We ordered our drinks, at the same time two appetizers. One appetizer showed up maybe 15 minutes after we ordered. We then ordered our entree's with salad and soup. We never received our second appetizer or the soups and salads. We received our meals while in the middle our second appetizer showed up. We sent it away. The manager came to the table and said that we would be credited for the soups and salads and the second appetizer and would comp a desert if we ordered it. We've been at this restaurant before and never had this type of service. We will go back some day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "There were 4 people in our party. Three of us enjoyed our dinners, however mine was disappointing. I chose the pricey fresh halibut and I feel that it was below my expectations. First of all, it was a very small piece of fish in comparison to other restaurants where I have had halibut. It was very dry. It was covered in a strong spice rub that just ruined the flavor of the fish. Also, it was to have a lemon butter sauce on top, but there was just the very smallest drizzle of sauce that could barely be seen. I asked the waiter for more, and he brought me a little dish of the sauce to add to the fish. This really helped counter the dryness of the fish and harsh taste of the rub. I would not order that again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Chart House has always been a more upscale restaurant for us. We went for Father's Day and it was terrible! Salad bar had food scattered everywhere, lettuce bowl was down to the bottom and no one was even trying to straighten it up. They were out of 2 different entrees that we had ordered. Service was very slow. The food we did get was good, but we will probably not return. Don't know if it is under new management or something but it has definitely gone down hill!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were celebrating two birthdays and the eight of us had a marvelous time. Our waitress was outstanding, not rushing us, informative and very knowledgeable. Very nice evening,"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Charthouse is an execellent choice to celebrate an occassion or have a nice steak / seafood dinner...service is also terrific....just be prepared to spend a lot of money...probably out of my price range for future trips...salad bar is excellent..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We go to this Chart House frequently as it is close by...love the salad bar as we are a family of vegetarians, they also have a lot of side dishes that are vegetarian..it would be great if they added some entrees as well. The view of Dana Point Harbor and the ocean is breathtaking!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The place is really nice with great views throughout the majority of the restaurant. The food could have been much better though for the price though. I ordered my filet mignon medium-rare and it came medium to medium-well. It was just within sending it back territory which I regretted not doing once I got to the center which was on the dry side. My date ordered the crab cakes and was a little disappointed as well. Considering the views and ambiance, I would have happily paid a little extra for better food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Dined there early on a Saturday evening. Had the peppercorn tenderloins with shrimp. The tenderloins were exactly to perfection. Nice view table. The booths are designed for maximum privacy. Almost like having a little private dining room. Our server (I think his name was Justin) was attentive without being intrusive. Overall, a great experience. The creamed spiniach is to die for."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Chart House continues to go down hill and disappoint. Was once the go to place for special occasions. It was our anniversary night and we were seated at the worst table with no view (a wall) and the food is overpriced and nothing special."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food is fabulous, the ambiance is tranquil and the service is great! Love the HOT LAVA CAKE!!!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Server was extremely helpful and courteous. Food was delicious"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The hostess was rude and unhelpful, made my handicapped grandfather wait ten minutes to be seated at our table in the empty dining room because he was early for our reservation. The waiter seated us and disappeared, we had to request bread, one of our party never received the soup that came with his meal, one person received the wrong meal a replacement meal took 35 minutes to arrive, everyone's food was below expectations. Small portions, cold and flavorless. We brought a birthday cake, they set it on the table with no knife to cut it, then brought melted mud pies for the people who ordered the 3 course specials. Never asked if we preferred those boxed up since we had a cake. No drink refills or even water throughout the meal. Sad meal."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Fantastic food, the wait staff was attentive and didn't rush the courses, they gave excellent recommendations and made it a wonderful experience. The view is amazing - so nice to enjoy a leisurely dinner and see the entire harbor, watching boats, kayakers, dolphins, birds... an evening to remember for sure! Definitely a keeper for special events!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here-the service, food/cocktails and view were amazing! Thank you for making this such a special evening for us!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great location. Can't beat the view. A window seat is a must! Food could have been warmer. Was supposed to get 2x servings of broccoli and got broccoli and carrots. Food a little luke warm verses hot and with fish I prefer hotter than luke warm."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had a GREAT dinner and GREAT service. Only bad experience was that we had a 7 pm reservation. Got to the restaurant at 6 pm to get a window seat. Was told the wait for a window seat was 40 minutes. 90 minutes later they had not called our name. I went to the hostess to check on the status and was told there were 2 tables getting ready to leave and they were working to "get us the table with the best view" and it should be no more than another 10 minutes. 20 minutes later they came and got us. So 40 minutes turned into 110 minutes; yes 110 minutes. Then to top it off, they march us all the way back to the 2nd to last booth that looked out to a ugly wood lattice fence 15 feet away. Not a worse seat in the house. What a joke! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I went to dinner at 6:00 pm on a Saturday evening to celebrate her birthday. We were escorted to a nice booth overlooking the Dana Point Marina. We both ordered cocktails and enjoyed them. We both ordered ordered fish plates (excellent) and accompanied them with their Salad Bar (outstanding!). We ordered a dessert to share (their famous lava cake) early as it takes 30 minutes to prepare. The dessert turned out to be fabulous. The service (Mandy was our waitress) was excellent, and the ambiance of the restaurant was perfect. The view is spectacular! The evening was a little pricey, but it is well worth it, especially for a special occasion. We highly recommend the Dana Point Chart House and plan to go back there soon."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The Chart House in Dana Point has been the restaurant we dine at for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, New Year's Eve, etc...) for years. The service, food, and view have always been perfect. Self parking is limited to the street so make sure you have cash for the on-site valet. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014