Harbor Grill
Harbor Grill

Harbor Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborgrill.com/
  • Phone: 9492401416
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Angel Fabian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Every evening for your listening and dining enjoyment, our pianist performs classic American and international favorites.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking on Friday nights. Self parking available in parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.
A word from Harbor Grill
Since 1984 proprietors John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have welcomed guests and taken special pride in the sincere, friendly attitude of the staff and quality of the food.
Located in the heart of beautiful Dana Point Marina, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the award-winning Harbor Grill Restaurant has enjoyed a reputation for the freshness and variety of its seafood and the warmth of its atmosphere.
Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast, The Harbor Grill features Certified Angus Beef as well as a daily selection of fresh seafood cooked in delicious inventive styles, including Southwestern, Pacific Rim, Caribbean, Cajun and Mediterranean.
With its reasonably priced menu, premium cocktails, and extensive wine list, The Harbor Grill has become a favorite with locals and a popular destination for visitors who are made to feel like "regulars" on their first visit.
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Harbor Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (35)special occasion (23)great for lunch (23)scenic view (21)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (13)romantic (11)notable wine list (9)good for groups (9)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Consistency & Excellence
    Jim925
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We are Dana Point residents. Harbor Grill is consistently providing excellent food and customer service. Among the very best in Dana Point!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We go regularly, and I was disappointed on the last time around. Maybe they are tired of summer tourists! Food just did not seem to be up to usual standards
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood
    yeoman3VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Best seafood restaurant on the harbor in Dana point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greatt seafood
    ginalola5
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The gumbo, oysters, diver scallops were very tasty. I especially enjoyed the miso glazed Chilean sea bass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about the view
    goodeating
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    You can't beat an ocean view! Three of us went for lunch, were promptly greeted and seated. Our server was delightful and playful. Plenty of choices and she guided us through the menu. No issues when making special requests. Two of us ordered salads however I have to say they were disappointing. The Monarch salad was a portion of chopped lettuce with tiny additions of a few beans and a minuscule tossing of a few other items. Since our guest ordered that I was embarrassed that she was going to leave hungry. For $15 I thought this salad was extremely measly. My ahi tuna salad consisted of several very small slices of tuna over nicely dressed greens but again, a bit skimpy. The recommended fish tacos were the best out of the three.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kdino
    dino
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was definitely a cut above other seafood establishments on the Dana Point harbor. What they lack in a view is more than made up for by the quality of the food. Will visit again when visiting the area
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice menu
    ginalola5
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Pleasant environment, decent menu, nice wine list. The oysters were fantastic - Hook channel or something? The gumbo was very good. Caprese salad was nice as were the diver scallops in red curry sauce. Enjoyable night. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dana Point Gem
    TerryB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is always excellent, the service attentive - just an all around lovely place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harbour Grill
    Luvfish
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was low quality, like cafeteria food. The fish tasted like it came out of the freezer, not the ocean
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect meal
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We shared the Ahi appetizer and would have licked the plate clean if we weren't out in a restaurant! It's delicious. We shared a bottle of wine and had great conversation. The staff is friendly, helpful and you never feel rushed or ignored. The food is perfectly seasoned. We had Salmon and Shrimp dinners and it's great that you can order them they way you want...just ask... Portions are great size, seafood is fresh and delicious and we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood!
    Summerwind
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nice ambiance in harbor area. The live music is soft piano music, quiet enough so that one can still carry on a conversation. Grilled fish is great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best in So Orange Cty
    Patsy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been going to The Harbor Grill for over 20 years .... it never gets old, the menu is always amazing, and their specials are really really awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in Dana Point harbor
    LocalDPguest
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Harbor Grill is a real gem of a restaurant serving excellent food combined with great service and a neighborhood feel. The fact that they have a live pianist instead of recorded music speaks volumes about the attention that goes into each dining experience. Great place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tconnolly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a must stop spot if you are in Orange County. Great food, great ambience, and reasonably priced. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Day
    luvtodine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We both wanted the Austrian lobster tail and was very please with the results, will be back for more selections in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gazpacho!
    Mplsmama
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The home made gazpacho was the best I've ever eaten! Smooth tomatoe base w finely chopped veggies to perfection! My salmon was delicious. Service was good but honestly, the view is of a parking lot on the back side of the marina with a small building blocking most of the marina. That was disappointing. The piano player sits by the front door & you can hear all his lovely standards throughout the restaurant, even in the bathroom!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harbor Grill a great seafood stop
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We love coming to Harbor grill for the yummy cocktails, appetizers, fresh seafood, generous portions and perfect meals. Thank you Harbor Grill for a terrific date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Freshest fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Harbor Grill has the best fish in town. Always fresh and always cooked just right. I can eat there twice a week and never get bored of the food, they offer so many different ways to eat fish!!! The are consistently really good and there staff is the best in town, friendly, and right there when you need them!! I love this place!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food. Great service! Amazing prawn cocktail.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked Away
    gboston
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    In the middle of a shopping center you find Harbor Grill, which by appearances, is commonplace. However they know how to pick and cook seafood. The waitress was charming and helpful. The table small but manageable. The gazpacho was exactly right, perfect for a warm summer night. The broiled fish skewer (the fish, not the skewer) was perfectly cooked. The Alaskan Halibut, though a small portion, was cooked to perfection. It had been a long day, so we chose to end with the mudpie which was spot on. Overall a great place for a quiet dinner out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good local
    danapointart
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The only problem with this venue is the volume of the piano player. It is a nice touch to have, but too loud for guest conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Sixdtwo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were actually early for our appointment and were seated right away, service was very good, prompt and cordial. Weate there twice out of four days!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food and decent atmosphere
    Sjschaub
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Not located right on the water but close and you can request up front outdoor seating. Pricing is a bit high for what you get get but overall was good. They were very friendly and I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    newlyretired
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Definitely wasn't the dining experience I expected. We decided to try Harbor Grill for an early dinner on a Tuesday night. Not the easiest place to find. Other restaurants in the complex had signs visible from the street. Had to drive around the parking lots a few times to find the restaurant. Noise was unexpectedly loud, decor dated, view isn't as nice as reported and the food was bleh. My halibut was overcooked, the salmon wasn't anything special and even though it was supposed to be a fresh pot, the coffee was terrible. Crossing this off my list of restaurants to return to.
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  • Good food nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Located near the water with great views before and after dining. Good food with knowledgable waitstaff and moderate background noise. Good place to casually dine on fresh prepared food and good wine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hunilla6312
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a "mini" family reunion at the Harbor Grill and everything was so terrific we have decided to make it a tradition of having our extended familly get togethers there!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    Bronx731VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food, service and ambiance. Always busy, a pianist provides a pleasant background, and just a really great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    FishandchipsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was my first dining experience at Harbor Grill. I was amazed that the service was excellent, and the food/ drinks were really good! I will go back there again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    When I made the reservation I notes it was my girlfriends birthday. When we arrived at the restaurant I told the server it was her birthday and they forgot. The good was good service was good. They just missed it with her birthday.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Delight
    DanaPointDiner
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Hubby and I celebrated date night here last Sunday. We rarely go here because it's pricey for our budget, but when we do, it's a real treat. The service, the food, and the atmosphere were all outstanding. We are locals and have been going here off and on for some 30 years or so. They remain consistent in their quality and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Paid $55 for a frozen old lobster tail over cooked . Halibut frozen and dry. 2nd time try. Service and drinks terrible. Never to return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dana Point gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great seafood! Love the miso seabass. Patio dining is very nice. Focus on attentive service and rating would be 5!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    Skipjackgary
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We celebrated a special evening at The Harbor Grill. The food and service were great. Our server Kathy has been at this establishment for many years and her service and helpfulness are the BEST! We have enjoyed The Harbor Grill for years and have always been very satisfied with their food and attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old and dated
    Sparky
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The Restaurant is old and dated like the clientele. The food is below average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harbor Grill ALWAYS delivers!
    LakersFan
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We have eaten here several times and it is a perfect choice for us and for anybody. Who wants the "touristy beach chain restaurant"? Not us! We want to go where the locals go - authenticity. We live about 20 minutes away so it's a perfect choice for us, and it never disappoints. Great place to bring guests; they are always impressed. Homey atmosphere, excellent menu with great fresh fish, margaritas are made with homemade mix, outdoor tables are shaded and pleasant, service great - Harbor Grill does it all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite dish not great anymore
    thecriticVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    After a hiatus we returned a couple of months ago to Harbor Grill and had a delicious meal - I believe the special fish of the day. So we decided to book for Father's Day. The fish tacos were dry and slightly overcooked. One guest loved her shrimp tacos. Our old favorite dish, Sea Bass in Miso broth was a sloppy mess. Broth and mashed potatoes don't mix too well. Fish was cooked well but we remembered that it used to be served over a bed of spinach and potatoes or rice was more of a small topping. Very strange presentation this time. We loved our server and did not want to complain with company. May try them again.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A good list of seafood, especially FRESH fish! Lunch menu was very appetizing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    bwade
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Always Great! I live in Michigan and travel to SoCal once a quarter. Harbor Grill is always my first stop when I hit town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our favorite local seafood restaurant! Consistently fresh, well prepared, grilled seafood and a very nice wine selection. Kudos once again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tired
    Foodman
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Let's start with being served a glass of iced tea in a dirty glass. The owner/manager came to our table and explained that sometimes the rinse dispensing agent in the dishwasher breaks down and he has to restart it manually! Really! This restaurant apparently has been a community favorite for years...run by the same family. Well, it feels and looks like the current family just doesn't care about their customers anymore. The manager never really apologized, or offered to make up for the dirty glass. But we did get an unasked for piece of carrot cake at the end of our meal. Our main courses were OK. Would not recommend this place to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic