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
255 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (215)special occasion (151)romantic (124)great for outdoor dining (80)good for groups (45)neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (38)notable wine list (34)great for brunch (20)kid-friendly (16)great for lunch (12)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (10)hot spot (10)Show More
  • Worst Run Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good night
    good
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Chart House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Chart House Dana Point has always been one of our favorite restaurants to go to. Food is awesome, drinks are awesome, staff is awesome! We actually had our wedding there in Sept 2014 and wouldn't have changed a thing. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderf2ful
    Wonder2ful
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We called Saturday afternoon for a reservation and were told their was an opening at 5:30 P.M. We were seated outside and enjoyed the view. We had our cocktails and ordered dinner. Our waitress was exceptional. I have told several people about our evening. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view
    Slicker
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    You can't beat the view in Dana Point. The food is good but there are no surprises.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chart House
    Foodieforlife
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lobster Bisque was an excellent start - very creamy and exceptionally tasty. Followed by the Pan Seared Scallops which were cooked to perfection. Even though the scallops were very large, they were very tender. We topped the meal with the traditional Lava Cake - always a treat. Overall experience was very good, service was outstanding (Avalon). Have eaten at the Chart House several times and never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be Great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have enjoyed coming to this Restaurant every year for many years, but sadly this year we had a bad experience. The hostess was nice to change tables for us and our waitress was very nice, but she had no help. No one to fill waters, clear dishes, run food, help with service. We waited way too long for someone to approach our table, waited for water, waited for entrees, waited for drinks, waited for dishes to be cleared, waited for our waitress. It was not an enjoyable evening. The view is great and the restaurant is beautiful, but unfortunately that doesn't help with the management. We did see the manager walking by our table but he didn't approach our table and didn't ask us about our evening--maybe he knew what the answer would be.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Meat was overcooked, salad was average. A bit disappointing despite nice setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chart Dana Point
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Disappointing. Not up to the standards of Chart House as I used to know it. Food was okay to good - but, not great!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday Night Treat
    Eat2Much
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Dining on a Monday night was perfect! Much better chance of getting a window with spectacular view of the Dana Point Harbor. And, it was significantly less noisy than on a weekend night. Great ambience, service and food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer dinner
    Boomer
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The location of this Chart House is fantastic. The views looking south over Dana Point Harbor is amazing. The food is great. Service is great. You can't go wrong. I grew up in California and I have enjoyed this Chart House many times over the past 20+ years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What We Expected
    TitaLinP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I have dined at various Chart House locations in the past, and looked forward to our experience. We made reservations, arrived early, and were given the option to wait in the bar area. We were dressed in dressy dinner attire, as has been fitting for other locations. However, were disappointed to see clientele in shorts, t-shirts, athletic shoes. The atmosphere was very noisy, and we could not have conversation sitting across from each other without raising our voices. Our server had a lukewarm demeanor, and only contributed to our lackluster experience. I understand that the bar atmosphere can be quite different from the dining area, however, Chart House standards should be upheld across the board.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it usually is....
    LoveCH
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and the menu didn't have the birthday boys name on it - it was generic. The waitress seemed sort of out of it. we had to order waters twice - never got the regular glasses of waters we requested. The birthdy boy ordered blackend halibut and it came out grilled like the grilled salmon that was ordered - not blackened. the waitress came back to the table to ask our order twice and still got the most impportant meal at the table wrong ;( My salmon on the mixed seafood grill was overcooked. We never rec'd bread with our soup and salad we ordered. We dine at this Chart house once a month or so - usually LOVE IT and we leave feeling so satisfied. OUr Friday night was not good - we won't be back for a while.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW, what a view
    WonderfulVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Chart House restaurants are known for their spectacular architecture and this location does not disappoint. Perched on a bluff high above the Dana Point harbor the place is stunning. We sat outside on the patio (heated) and enjoyed a beautiful sunset and view. Food was very good and well presented. The service was very good until the end when we waited and waited after asking for the check; the server got distracted.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service!
    CGanniversary2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Anniversary dinner..horrlble service, poor management, and we had a reservation. It took 30-40 minutes to get anything but water. We never saw our waitress more than a couple of times, and we had to get up out of our seats to ask other servers for our bread, check, tea sweetner etc. It took over 2.5 hours to eat and get the bill. Server removed bread basket with bread and bread plates too. Medallions of beef were cold, the short ribs tasted like pot roast, our guest did not take home the leftovers. A huge stroller was parked inches from our table blocking the aisle. I should have read other reviews before choosing to go there for such a special occasion. No management to check on us. Landry's card holders are not priority guests!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous find.
    Aaron
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My wife and I have dined at the Chart House in Monterey and Dana point. Both have exceeded our expectations for quality. The food, service and views are top notch. For a party of two look to spend $120. It's well worth it for a special occasion with your spouse.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over all experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Best view in the area. Food has never been an issue, always good. When offered the special, make sure you ask the price so there are no unwanted charges. We did not and there were.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    rtnic
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great location, delicious food! Having an ATM machine on site would help with the cash needed for the valet. Not everyone carries cash nowadays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.