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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 $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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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a couple of servers since we moved from inside to outside. Some of the wait staff were some what rude and hurried. Our main server though was very good. No clear by hostesses where to wait or that we could do outside seating on our own which is where we ended up at."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have eaten at The Chart House Restaurant in Dana Point for years. The food has always been outstanding and the service has been excellent. Also, the view cannot be beat. One of the best restaurants in Orange County"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Service was poor and I had to ask the manager even for butter. Our meals took forever, One meal was finally brought out but without the second. I inquired after waiting several minutes and was told the meals had somehow been put on one plate. I wish the manager had come by and explained the problem. It was my first time to the Chart House to celebrate a special birthday with my girlfriend. What a disappointment for a high end restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "What attracted me to the Chart House in Dana Point were the pictures of the restaurant and its phenomenal view. My wife and I went there for our wedding anniversary, and the decor, ambience, and view did not disappoint. The large windows offer stunning views of the sea and the horizon, which is particularly impressive at sunset. However, the food does not match up to the restaurant's decor. The food wasn't bad--it was good, don't get me wrong, but that's all it was: "good." Their appetizers were very good, but the actual meal itself was rather bland and uninspired."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our server, Zack, was very attentive and friendly. Definitely a great spot for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "u? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm undercooked steak yick ? mmmmmmmmmmmmmm"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had an amazing evening at Chart House they printed a special message to us on the menu our server Ruben was fantastic he even sang to us we had a beautiful view in a quiet area we were not rushed at all the food was amazing I highly recommend Chart House for a special romantic evening request Ruben"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great food, great view. Was happy to take a friend there for dinner and drinks. Drinks and dinner were just the best."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great view, great food, loved our waitress but waiting for a requested table by a window close to an hour wait. Wished they would have shown us options with an inside table. the view can still be enjoyed a little further in. This was our first visit and we didn't know. Felt we were ignored while waiting and waiting to be seated. Had to keep coming up to the desk asking were we were in line and they always acted surprised we were there."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have visited this restaurant on special occasions in the past and will not be going back except for Happy Hours which are nice. This last time, my birthday, the food was very poor: tough prime rib, stringy overcooked baked potato, greasy seafood. Our server was nice but not knowledgeable, and when we asked a question to which he didn't know the answer, he said, "I don't know" and walked away. This is not what one expects in a "fine" expensive restaurant."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is the second year we've dined @Chart House for my sons birthday! The Chart House has become our tradition to celebrate birthdays! Everything was absolutely perfect! Thank You!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a large group that kept changing in size, and the restaurant was very accommodating, and moved us outside when we requested it. Only complaint was that entrees were very, very slow coming out. View was great, food was very good. Staff was friendly."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "Our waitress was unfamiliar with the menu & had to leave the table several times to ask for clarification. When 1 of our party ordered a seafood dish with shrimp prepared 3 different ways, the waitress asked, "Which one do you want?" We had to explain that all three shrimp preparations were included in the dish - we actually had to explain it to her twice. The view of the harbor and salad bar were the highlights of our dinner. On top of that - I handed the valet the ticket together with the $5 fee and when he brought our car, he asked for another $5. Really?"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "Extremely disappointed paying over $100 for very overcooked fish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • " This chart house has been a go to for many years now. Food is good , view is special. Our server was very attentive to our needs. Wasn't vrey busy the night we were there so service was great. Loved the soup trio sampler and the shrimp,Brie, and artichoke appetizer."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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