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
238 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (200)special occasion (137)romantic (115)great for outdoor dining (76)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (26)great for brunch (14)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (9)late-night find (7)Show More
  • FUN
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Our special place
    Funcouple
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Every year we book a table here for my wife's birthday. This year was no different. We are so pleased that on such a special day we can always count on such excellent service and masterly prepared meals. And let's not forget the candle on their signature dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining experience-AWFULL
    SceneEnough
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Terrible food, lousy service, condescending management. Great view, but you can eat the view. This Chart House was terrific when owned by the original Chart House. The current owner should be punished for ruining a great scenic restaurant. I can't say enough about the bad prime rib that tasted like re-warmed pre-packaged pre-cooked slices of fatty overcooked meat. The accompanying garlic mashed potatoes were cold and tasted like they too were made on an earlier day. Not only was the food bad, but the prices are astronomical for what you are getting. $18.99 for the salad bar? Average greens. Our empty plates stayed on the table until we left. Really, really bad service. The only good thing this place has going for it is the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • STeve
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We sat outside and it was a warm pleasant evening. Much preferred sitting outside and we were lucky to get a first come first serve outdoor table. That made the evening special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go somewhere else...
    Goliath
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Didn't appreciate the sales pitch from the weighter pushing a $25 gift card purchase after our meal. Found it very tacky for a "high end" restaurant. Food was average and overpriced. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overdone
    Pauly
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    For the money we spent, I was extremely disappointed. All three of our meals were forgettable. The shrimp was way overdone. When we told the waitress, all she said is "sorry". I'll never go back to a Chart House.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gruntmarine1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    All of the service folks/waiters/bar-keep etc.were all very professional/pro-active/neatly dressed and courteous// We will visit again in the near future. Jim Cravey Dana Point,Ca.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suggestion
    none
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My one negative is that one or more server smelled of Febreze (or similar), so as that person passed our table, the smell carried and was not a pleasant mix with our dinner food. This was the second time we ate at the Chart House this past week and it was only on Sept. 4th that we smelled the Febreze smell.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • excellent evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were celebrating two birthdays..arrived early sitting outside with a drink was perfect. Party arrived and we were seated on time. Food, service, and ambiance were wonderful. But why is it almost every time I book through Open Table I am told ..this reservation will not count towards points..?? I only used Open Table because that was what was offered for on line reservations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chart House, Dana Point - A+
    Rosenfritz
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This Chart House sits on the top of the bluff at Dana Point harbor. The view, day or night is stunning! The food was very good. The presentation was quite good too. The waiter was knowledgable, kind, and there immediately when we wanted him - and never when we didn't. All in all, The Chart House made an evening out very memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long time customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great ambiance; fantastic service .. Wonderful view! The food was excellent as always however a couple of my all time favorites like jumbo shrimp cocktail and crab stuffed mushrooms had been removed from the appetizer menu under the new ownership ... Bring them back! ... I know it's financial! ... Just charge more for them! ... Customers in this area of OC won't care! ... Likewise for the Chilean Sea Bass!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Run Resturant
    EatHappy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Completely overbooked. People with reservations were waiting 45 minutes to 1 hour past their reservation time. So, go to the bar for a drink! Half the bar was covered in dirty dishes and cups. There was some bar tender playing around with cups, and despite our best efforts and while staring at him for 7 minutes plus, he served neither us nor a single other person. Then, he walked off and left so that no one was serving the bar. Eventually, at 8:45, we were seated (8:15 reservation). So as we were taken to the back of the restaurant you think we would see a busy place right? No, we saw 8+ empty tables that had plates etc on them. No one was bussing the tables, which makes sense as my wife saw one table uncleaned for entire time we waited.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charthouse Dana Point is a Bust!!!
    BigPapaT
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We Had a reservation @ 7:30 were seated at 8:30 with no compensation or regrets. Service very slow!!! Not worth the effort to return to this location.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grumbling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have eaten at ALL Charthouses in So Cal. This location is the balm. Service was exceptional, food was lousy. For the amount of money I paid, I was astonished that the food was not warm and not as good as I have found in Charthouses in other locations. Sorry, but have written this location off as a destination. Will continue to use the Marina location as home base.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Worst prime rib I have ever been served. it was like cutting a shoe. Service was horrible. Three hours for dinner, and very little attention.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chart House View
    goldengirlVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had reservations in the dining room for 7 PM but arrived early and ended up sitting at a table outside in the bar area for drinks then dinner. Beautiful view! It was a little cold outside so servers arranged a heater for us. We were four 4: all four vegetarians and two of those vegans. We alerted the server and the chef was able to offer an Asian noodle dish which was not on the menu and very good! Thank you. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruined our romantic anniversary.
    Carmensluvvickys
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our waiter Chris had an excuses for everything! Very unattentive to us over tables of 5 or more. Hubby ordered crab legs and no way to open the shells! We had to ask for shell breakers and crab fork when waiter told us shells are not presliced because customers prefer to crack themselves! Additionally, the crab was cold! Why weren't 't we asked? No bus boys, either. My lobster and crab salad was droopy and swimming in dressing! Had to get another waitress to track down Chris. Had to ask for our anniversary desert and tea! Hubby ordered a separate desert and I didn't get mine for 30 min later! What happened to attentive service and salesmanship? We would of ordered more if the waiter was more attentive!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Birthday Dinner went very well, , service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Beautiful location draws you in. Subpar food and fair service quickly ruins the amazing view. By far Worst dinner of 4 we had at laguna beach area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did it again.....
    ElvisEats
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We came to celebrate birthdays and also brought my Mom for the 1st time.... The Chart House and it's staff did it again. Everyone was friendly and professional and everything just tasted so good! Chilean Sea Bass, Chimichurri Shrimp, Shrimp & Artichoke Pasta.... yum yum yum. Also, I am a fan of Moscow Mules and I had their version called the Double Berry Mule which had fresh muddled berries mixed in. A delicious improvement!!! Ended with the signature lava cake and mud pie! Inudulgent... someone get the wheelbarrow and get us to our car... :-D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Over-priced for mediocre food
    AHBob
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my first time at a Chart House and will probably be my last. The view from the restaurant is great (looking south along the Orange County coast), but that's about it. Three of us had fresh fish that was priced over $30 and each piece was mediocre. One of the members of my party had the prime rib and reported that it was not very good. Another member of my party cannot eat any dairy products. This was strongly communicated to the server but her fish still arrived covered with a cream sauce. She had to wait another 20 minutes for a dairy-free dish well after the rest of us had finished. The manager apologized, but that was all he did. Overall, not a good experience.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Craig review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Appetizer was great, brie, shrimp, bacon and artichoke. Steak was cooked to perfection but lacked and seasoning or sauce, kind of plain. Waitress was very good but pulled away halfway through our celebration to co-wait on a party of 24 that just arrived. Difficult for her but she made it work. The view is normally great but this time the view was of a wedding party eating dinner right outside our window. Yet another disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist Trap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you want great food and good service DO NOT go to the Chart House
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service and over-priced food
    Chartless
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was the worst I have had in years. The server was arrogant to start with and seemed to make a mess of everything. Very slow and untimely. Because of his age I thought he would be a professional but it was like amateur hour. The food is average yet way overpriced. King crab legs were mushy and tasteless. Baked potato was cold and undercooked. I typically enjoy Landry's restaurants but this one is not up to par. Sad considering the beautiful location.
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  • exceptional everything
    bandb44
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    HUGO prepared and exceptional surf and turf with perfect scallops and Chelsea the waitress was awesome and Mike the manager was fantastic thank you very much 4 everything.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good night
    goodVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    we had my wife's bday and everything was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday dinner
    Sgarcia
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was my husband's Birthday & we really enjoyed everything! Ruben was an excellent waiter The food was delicious & the cocktails were very good. .. it is a beautiful & the view is fabulous....but it is not a "stuffy" atmosphere. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Prime Rib in Town
    txtravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We ordered the Prime Rib and it was fantastic. Melted in our mouths. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect as always
    dano
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We go to the Chart House a few times each year. The food is always spot on and so is the service and ambience. You cannot go wrong with the Dana Point location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had the cedar plank shrimp - it was bland overcooked - veg and potatoes where a combination of mush and undercooked carrots with little flavor. The salad bar is always great. Mud pie was great - wine is good We have been going to chart houses for 30 years - this was the worst experience for food
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    openhouse
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have been dining at the Chart House for over 30 years and have been increasingly disappointed in the quality of the food and the level of service. I love the location and the view but the service this time was terrible. The restaurant was not very busy so I don't understand why we had to flag down other waiters to get service at our table. Food was just so-so.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We love the Chart House! They seated us at a fabulous table and the food is always so good. Wish they had a broader wine by the glass list. The service was not up to par, however, waitress rarely came around and we poured our own wine. She may have been busy, but felt we should have had more attention to our table. All in all, it was wonderful and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I understand it was a busy night, but I had reserved a table couple nights prior and did not even get seated in a good table. Waited an hour to be seated even after I understand it was a busy night, but I had reserved a table couple nights prior and did not even get seated in a good table. Waited an hour to be seated even after reservations.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MUST 4 foodies who like srvc & view
    SUPERIOR
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is about our 12th dining experience at Chart House Dana Point; we love it. Great food and service! And the views are outstanding!! We drive an hour and a half for this experience and believe it is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sub par service
    Bret
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    while my wife and I love the Chart House our recient experience was sub par. I will give them another try because the food was fantastic but the service needs to get back to what you would expect for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very dated and needing a facelift
    kingoffood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Building is cool,view amazing! food is not worth the price. Alaskan king crab was frozen,then boiled and served to us luke warm like it had been sitting around awhile before the server got around to serving us. Caesar salad did not taste fresh and crispy like a salad should taste.No care was given to the parmesan cheese,as piles of it were just thrown on completely drowning out any kind of salad taste. Waiter was very kind but the service was so slow almost got up and left. I could go on and on but I won't. My advise is have a cocktail enjoy the view then go to an establishment that really understands the art of cooking great seafood.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flash
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Beautiful setting above Dana Point Harbor. Pricey but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.