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

Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com/
  • Phone: 9494931183x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef:
  • 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 $5 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point reviews from OpenTable diners
229 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (196)special occasion (136)romantic (119)great for outdoor dining (74)neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (47)good for groups (46)notable wine list (28)hot spot (14)great for brunch (11)late-night find (10)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Excellent spot!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had a great time with my wife ... Food and location were fantastic ... Waitress was very friendly and accommodating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding seating, service, food
    Silverfox
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Preferential seating exactly as requested with outstanding courtesy. Prompt appearance of our waiter a few minutes later who is extremely well versed on the wine and food menu providing a visual example of a dessert under discussion. The waiter continued to provide appropriately prompt and outstanding service after aiding us in selecting the meals we wanted . I enjoyed my Mahe with a very fruity and smooth goblet of Rodney Strong white wine. We were easily able to converse at the table and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and ambiance including the beautiful view of the Marina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Million Dollar View
    Mickey
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The view of the ocean and harbor are to die for. Get there before dark to take real advantage of the view. Food is excellent and wait staff is good. Special occasions are great at this place. Just moved to OC from NorCal and been here twice already. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, loved it!
    Kimmi
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I've been to Chart Houses in other areas so I knew it would be good. We had a great seat overlooking the bay. Food was great. The wild mushroom bruschetta was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best king salmon ever
    Sasa
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The seafood was exceptional with the wild mushroom salad. Of course the view of Dana Point was marvelous. Only two negative comments. The spotlight lamp over the table was too bright and unflattering. We asked to have it dimmed, however, it didn't help much. The spotlight was very distracting even making the terrific view less sensational. A candle on the table would have sufficed. At the close of an expensive and great dinner, the server went to great lengths to try and sell us a $25 discount card to other chart house owned restaurants. It ruined the afterglow of what should have been a great dining experience. Shame
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip This Chart House!!!
    Oceanblisss
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was astounded by the lack of quality of food and service and staff at this Chart house. I have been to the one in San Diego a few times that is excellent! This Chart house so very loud, we were seated next to a bus station and heard nothing but orders print and, plates banging, the bus boys speaking loudly to each other in Spanish. It was difficult to have a conversation. On top of that the food was terrible. I've had better meals at Denny's sadly to say. The price we paid for food, we should be eating very well. The food should be consistent with the other restaurants. I held the Chart house with such a good opinion and this experience ruined it, and I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    GT81VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great. The service was a bit slow, probably from the number of patrons in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Experience
    buffalogal
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Restaurant is a gem overlooking scenic Dana Point. We had told them in advance that it was our anniversary; and we were able to get a window talbe. The menus also wished us a happy anniversary. Service was excellent including our server, the hostess and valet staff. Meals were explained well and served with great presentation. And the chocolate lava cake was to die for. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Not sure if this place lacks the right management or feels that the view is what's worth the money. And the wait. Our whole evening was filled with apologies. From the reservation right down to how long it took for the bill. Drinks took forever. Never had the right amount of silverware. Food was meh. She put our dessert order in when we ordered dinner because it "takes a while to prepare" and still was another 30 minutes after our plates were cleared before we saw it. NOT WORTH THE PRICE of this place. The view is fantastic, but that's really the only thing they have going for them.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyting was excellent
    Greatexperience
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service provided by our waiter Ron was fantastic. The food and the view were perfect for our occasion. We will be back and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere food ok
    Laarn
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The atmosphere is incredible but the food is average. Prices are too high given the food quality
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moondogg
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The chart house was just as great as I would ever expect. The ambiance, the service and the food were exquisite. I'd definitely recommend this location to all. I cant wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant.
    Robert
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wonderful view, great service and deliciously prepared seafood. We always enjoy coming to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its a chart house
    reggiesdadVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Chart House is consistently good but not especially noteworthy anywhere. This one has a great view that makes it worth it. We had a large party near us that raised the noise level and tok some of the waiters attention away. Its worth it for the view and knowing the food will be good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow! The View!
    Chownowbrwncow1VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Most beautiful view and awesome salad bar, great service, lots of booths for privacy, wish there was one in the Chicago area! Only wish they had chilled the martini glass!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • getyourvalueVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Not a review comment, but it would appear I was only credited 100 points for this visit, vs the 1000 points your system said I would get when I made this Monday evening reservation. Please make that adjustment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    CarrieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Chart House's food was fair, but the ambiance still was remarkable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not what it was
    disappointed
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wilted lettuce over cooked fish expensive scallops the size of a quarter
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not too happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was just ok... nothing special. . Food was blah... fish was fishy. .. filet mignon had no flavor. ... not worth it for the 125.00 price tag. .. Not at all... would not recommend other than the view... that's worth a million dollars.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have eaten at the Dana Point Chart House at least half a dozen times. I have always had a wonderful experience. The view is magnificent during the day time as well as at night. Food was excellent. Great ambiance and friendly staff. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always delicious
    somethingnewVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Chart House has wonderful coconut shrimp. Their lobster bisque is one of the best, and when the mangoes are ripe, the avocado mango c r about stack is perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View.. but bland food
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I ordered the King Salmon... and it tasted and looked exactly like farm raised Atlantic Salmon which I detest. My wife had the filet and was not impressed. The view is absolutely stunning, the service was very good.... Not sure what goes on in the kitchen though.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service was okay. Food was blah! No flavor. Really disappointed. Even the food from the children's menu was terrible. My niece would not eat the food and she is not a picky eater. Location is amazing. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BigDogBill
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This truly is one of our favorite, if not our favorite, restaurants. The ambiance and food preparation and taste are second to none. We were with clients who had never been to this particular Chart House, and they were awestruck with the entire experience. Perhaps our server had more than the normal amount of tables to tend to, but we felt he was not attentive to us. He never came to refill our water glasses and didn't ask if we needed anything. We would have had to leave our seats to get his attention, as he didn't look our way, and was not in speaking distance to summons him to our table. There was, what appeared to be, a large corporate group at a table a bit across from ours and we observed that he serviced that table very often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    Justinsan
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I always insist we go here for my birthday, Father's Day, and any other occasion when I have the choice. The sea food is the best, always fresh and cooked just right. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not just for locals
    sunpowered
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everyone in our party lives in the LOS ANGELES AREA. Half of our party drove in from LA just to celebrate dinner with me. While the rest of us were staying the weekend. Everyone felt the food, and experience was worth the drive. Our reservation was for 6:30p, which allowed us to enjoy the view before the sun went down. Our server Mandy was excellent. Very polite and attentive. How she spoke to us reminded me of my recent visit to the French Laundry. With appreciation for us being their guests. When we left we didn't even realize that we had been there for almost 3 hours. It was that enjoyable of an experience we hadn't wanted to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Traveler1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Been coming to the Chart House over 20years. No matter where we are visiting in sunny CA , we make a point to travel to Dana Point. Especially to have dinner and enjoy the amazing view. The food service atmosphere is simply outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow Service
    Ellis
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was fine,except it took a long time to get our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than most
    Raerae
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a great view of the ocean and harbor. We got there when they opened at 5:00pm and finally received our dinner at 5:55. Food was good even though the prime rib was a bit over cooked. We didn't see our server very much but there were a ton of people coming in about 5:45.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chart House Thumbs Down
    PablitoEatsVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Not one piece of fresh seafood was served, it was defrosted, watery, yuck...really disappointed by the meal. I purchased better tasting crab legs at Ralph's. It took 50 mintues for us to get our main course, the waiter knew nothing about wine and a low level of food knowledge in general. Does not bode well for this review when the best part of the meal was the baked potato that I took from my daugher's plate. The Spinach Chopped Salad was decent. The Calamari appetizer, was luke warm, soggy, terrible dipping sauces. The panko crust on my fish was soggy and had no flavor. Creamed spinach under the dish was fine. I am sad that one of the two nights we had in Dana Point was spent at this place. One plus is the beautiful view.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mid-week anniversary dinner
    Dave
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The service from the hostess to our server was professional and very nice. We did have to wait for our table, but it was a cozy booth with a view. The calamari appetizer, clam chowder soup and salads were seasoned well and tasty. Our main courses of lobster and prime rib were cooked perfectly and delicious. The chocolate lava cake was very decadent and amazing. We want to come back next year for our 10th anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fish poorly cooked
    Sancho
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ahi - asked for medium, pink in the middle, but fish was overcooked and very dry. Had a reservation and arrived 5 minutes early, but still had to wait 20 minutes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service with large party
    Bummedout
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were so disappointed in the service for my sons birthday. We had a group of 9 and they were soooooo slow, never came to refill waters, never checked on us to see how we were and overall the service. for what you pay, was the worst I have had there. It was a bummer as they never sang happpy birthday and the onyl time the waiter talked to us was to sell us on this point card you could pay and sin up for. Very Bummed as we have been going for years and not sure I would go back!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Fine and Scenic Dining Experience
    Canyonrat12
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As always, the Dana Point Chart House provides a wonderful ambience with a terrific view of Dana Point Harbor. The food is delicious and the service is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous, Perfect & Flexible
    rjajdj
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We made a reservation for 5pm to celebrate my mother's Bday and even though we were running about 15 minutes late they were able to accommodate us and give us the table they reserved for our small celebration. Beautiful view, excellent table, excellent food & service. Can't wait to celebrate the next occasion there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FUN
    PMRETIRED
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    BEAT THE HEAT. MAKE RESERVATION AT DANA PT. CHART HOUSE FOR A GREAT MEAL OVERLOOKING THE HARBOR. SALAD BAR AND A GREAT GLASS OF WINE MAKES THE DAY BETTER. ASK FOR BRAD TO BE YOUR SERVER.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    LasVegan
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our evening. The lobster was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner took too long
    Sharon
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We usually have a wonderful experience at Charthouse but this time unfortunately we had to wait a unacceptable length of time. First for our drink order and then about 45 min to 1 hr for our dinner after we ordered. We couldn't figure out why because the restaurant didn't seem that full. It would have been more acceptable but nobody would come around asking if we would like more bread or drinks or water even. We kind of felt abandoned. The manager did come by and offer dessert on the house which was nice but didn't quite make up for the delay. The view is always outstanding but only goes so far when you are hungry and having to wait an extra amount of time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ocean view Dana Point
    localfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Chart house is a bit old school but great for a special occasion. The food is good and the restaurant has breathtaking views of the Dana Point Harbor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 50th Brithdays Celebration
    Amy22
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I went to celebrate our 50th birthdays, which are 13 days apart. Much to my surprise, the menu we were given had a birthday message at the top! That was pretty cool! We had a window seat with a gorgeous view, and the booths were separated by walls, making the table seem more intimate. Our server, Justin, was awesome, and the food was out of this world! We shared a crab cake appetizer and clam chowder, both of which were the best we've ever had. I got mac nut crusted mahi, he got tilapia stuffed with crab, both dishes were fantastic. And then lava cake for dessert. It was all-around one of the best dining experiences I've had, one truly worthy of our 50th birthdays celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet