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Harbor Grill
Harbor Grill

Harbor Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborgrill.com
  • Email: keegan@harborgrill.com
  • Phone: (949) 240-1416
  • 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: Seafood, Steak
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "This is the best clam chowder around! We had pretty much given up on getting a decent cup of clam chowder and then we tried Harbor Grill's version. It's perfect!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My family is on a quest for a good local fish restaurant, somewhere with simple but reliable preparations, nice but not glitzy ambience and nearby. Harbor Grill meets all of those criteria, BUT it's just too expensive. I had a very nice swordfish plate with rice and vegetables, but it was modest in size and cost $31.95! My husband had something similar, and our young daughter had the $20 fish and chips. Salads not included. $100 later we had eaten a decent but not at all special meal. Really unfortunate."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed the ahi poke as a starter and tried the ceviche tacos (small bites) and great for sharing. Wine prices are very reasonable and we both ordered the Seared Ahi salads....so so yummy!!! We will return and often!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I tried this place on a recommendation of a neighbor. It was so good! They made my crabcake benedict with just crab, and it was amazing. My boyfriend had the Sante Fe wrap, which was also delicious. The $5.50 unlimited champagne cannot be beat! Service was excellent too. We had a great time and will be back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I have been to the harbor grip a lot and I think they are losing their touch. Service was slow. Ran out of water and took at least 10 min for a refill. Food (halibut) was dry and flavorless. The whole meal was Very average. Disappointing because it used to be my favorite. Will be going to nicks for special I cations from now on. :(."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "If you're looking for a seafood experience in Dana Point, this is the place to go. It is the best! The oysters are always good and the etouffee is wonderful! Clam chowder is the best. We haven't been disappointed with anything."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Love the fish preparation... Awesome Swordfish - Japanese style! Great tempura shrimp appetizer... Friendly warm service."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went to the restaurant for the first time on a night when the place was packed, our reservation was honored at exactly the time we had made it for. Even though the place was full, (no empty tables), the service was prompt and very friendly and our waitress was attentive throughout the meal. The food came out without a long wait and it was delicious. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to adult diners but reservations are a must. Great place for a date night!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Had brunch last weekend for the first time, we usually come here for dinner. The food was great as always however there was a minor disappointment. I ordered the 'Seafood Gumbo' for the first time and was surprised to get only one (1) shrimp and one (1) mussel in my serving. The rest of the meat content was chicken and sausage. The dish was great but having the name "Seafood Gumbo" created expectations that were not met. The serving was of good size so the lack of seafood content really stood out. I will continue to be a customer and will also order the Gumbo again as it was a delicious but I will lower my expectations on the seafood content."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Harbor Grill isn't the most visible waterfront restaurant in Dana Point, but it just might be one of the best. Unpretentious marina-side dining with great food and service.."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Food was not up to par, expensive for what you get. I ordered fish and chips and the meal was poor. My colleagues food looked OK but did not get great reviews from them. It was a business lunch and the service was slow."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Dress up or go Casual, this place always has great food and its family owned and run!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We love Oyster Night. The oysters are delicious, the service is great and the drinks are the best!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "A bit pricey, and our server seemed very busy. We might try again another evening, and request a booth. This time we were seated at a table and we sensed our conversation needed to be quiet so as not to disturb others. The live piano music was the best! Salads were unusual, but tasty, entres were so-so. Cream Brûlée was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The Harbor Grill is a local favorite of our for many years specializing in seafood simple but well prepared. They had a wonderful beef special 2 of us tried and we loved it. It was a rainy night and it was great comfort food. Don't forget to make reservations."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal. Mahi Mahi was very good simply grilled with lemon (sauce on side is a good idea because it was very strong). Salmon salad was very good but fish somewhat undercooked and had to be sent back. Only complaint is that we arrived early and were asked to wait 15 minutes to be seated at a table that was empty the whole time we were waiting ???"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant may be at the harbor and get a fair share of tourist, but as a local it is a favorite."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Consistent outstanding dinning experience. Great food, nice atmosphere, lobster tail is to die for."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always a great meal. Do not miss the Mud Pie for dessert!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Had looked @ the menu online @ OpenTable ~ all looked good, so we and friends went for a late lunch or early dinner. However, I had my eye on their Grilled Sea Scallops @ $19.95 on OpenTable for dinner, and found them to be $29.95 so opted for Fish & Chips. Was a nice experience but not as we expected ~ we enjoy good seafood and this was maybe a 3 1/2 ~ if having the sea scallops may have been a 4 1/2 ~ their enclosed patio was okay but we prefer open-air if patio dining ~"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Love the Marie Antoniette bottomless champagne glasses. Servers are always great, attentive and personable. Lookign forward to trying Oyster Thursday"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We love Harbor Grill. This is our favorite in Dana Point. We've been many times. Seafood is fabulous, best steak I've ever had. Unusual menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food is consistently good...A great evening out. Our favorite is the ceviche but we tried the Poke and it has taken top spot as our favorite appetizer now. We had cocktails (grapefruit and rose martinis) and they were fresh, well made and delicious. We love Harbor Grill.....consistently good food!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "All was okay. The service was okay, the food was okay... just okay. I had the Chliean Seabass with miso and mushroom broth. The fish was fresh and moist in the inside, but they burned the sides and edges. It was served like a soup and was swimming in the broth and had a Japanese twist with the miso noodles and water chestnuts (HATE water chestnut). If I wanted soup, I would have ordered the clam chowder. This dish destroys the wonderful taste of the Chilean Seabass which is my favorite fish. Needless to say, I did not like this dish at all. The server told me it was one of the most popular dishes so I tried it. Live and learn. I had the crab cakes and those were okay. IF I go back (A BIG IF), I will try the scallops."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fish prepared perfectly. .Excellent service. Noise level was a bit out of control (a large celebratory group next to our table). A bit pricey."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We chose Harbor Grill for Valentine's Day so that will give you an indication of what a super nice place this is! The weather was summery even though it was Winter (sorry East Coast), so of course we ate outside on a beautiful shaded patio that feels like a sidewalk café. Cadillac Margaritas are AMAZING because they make the juice part from scratch. Our waitress was probably the most helpful waitress we've ever seen, making great descriptions and recommendations, and she even suggested things like, "would you like garlic with the sautéed spinach?" We both chose Sea Bass after asking about halibut, and she said, "it's not in season and we only serve FRESH FISH, but you'll love the Chilean Sea Bass that just came in".SURE DID! LOVE H.G.!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went on a gift card will definitely return for special occasions"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We wanted to go out for good seafood at a reasonable price near our Bed and Breakfast in Dana Point. The Harbor Grill was a perfect choice. I had the seafood gumbo and my wife had the scallops. Both were prepared perfectly with ample portion size. The atmosphere was unprentious but causal nice. The live piano background music during dinner was a nice bonus. It all made for a nice evening seafood dinner."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I have to say that I don't understand the negative reviews at all. My girlfriend and I had dinner here and loved it. Very reasonable for what you get and the food was great. I would recommend the miso glazed chilean sea bass and if you're in the mood for dessert, the carrot cake."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I'm a regular at Harbor Grill and for good reason. The food quality is awesome, always the freshest of fish. Better than that, though, is the personalized service you get here. The service team is always super accommodating and nothing seems to ruffle them. From the greeting as you arrive at the host/ess stand and meet Beverly, Keenan or Liz, you feel instantly welcome and at home. Watching the chefs mesquite grill seafood is also entertaining. My new favorite is blackened sea bass with a canton sauce. But then again, practically everything on the menu is awesome...and yes, you can get items besides seafood (nice steaks, burgers) if you wish. There's a real family feel to this place that makes you feel like you're dining at home."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A very welcoming place - makes you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in the door. People working there turn and smile, it smells great, and it's not too noisy. We've been there many times over the years but I've only repeated my menu choice a few times; there are so many good seafood meals to choose from."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places in Dana Point to eat. The people are all friendly and helpful, the drinks are perfect and the food is wonderful ... our favorite clam chowder anywhere!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We went early so no problem getting in. 3-course pre-fixed dinner was great as I was able to substitute my dessert for a glass of wine. Our server was soooo good...nice,efficient AND cute. Will go back again"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It was okay, would I go again? no, i would probably search around and explore other restaurants in the area...."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went for the oyster night and enjoyed everything! Oysters Rockefeller!! Fish Tacos!! Grilled Sea Bass!! You can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years..Love it and the people running it..So sweet to us. We celebrated my husbands birthday and it was wonderful in every way!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I realize it was New Year's Eve, but we dined early and felt rushed. We have eaten at HG several times and continue to love the fish and deserts, everything. The drinks were perfect too. This evening, we were asked to look at the menu and order. Not cool. But we will go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went here on our 1st night in Dana Point and while it was ok nothing special. I had the blackened rib eye which was a mistake. My fault to order a ribeye with Cajun spices. I think they over did the spice and appeared the cook cut into the steak to check to see if it was done. It was over cooked. The waitress was very nice and the service was pretty good."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner with friends. Reliable place - always good."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Harbor Grill is consistently excellent! Food and service are outstanding and the atmosphere is very comfortable. I've been in Dana Point for 25+ years and Harbor Grill remains my overall favorite!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013