Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant

Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.windandsearestaurants.com/harpoonhenrys/home.htm
  • Phone: (949) 493-2933
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Guadalupe Silva
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Full private party and banquet facilities which accommodates up to 100 with a sweeping view of the harbor.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Conrad 9494932933
  • Entertainment: Weekend Entertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Service available on the weekend.
A word from Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant
Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant is located on the water in the Dana Point Harbor. Our magnificent view and delicious cuisine has delighted our guests for over 30 years. We offer a wide variety of fresh seafood as well as Prime Steaks, with a large selection of appetizers. We have an extensive wine list featuring over 100 selections, with most being highly rated by the Wine Spectator. We are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and offer a popular Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 4-7 in our lounge. Our waterfront patio offers our full menu for both lunch and dinner. The full menu is also available in our comfortable fireplace lounge, with entertainment provided Friday and Saturday evenings. Our friendly staff, excellent food, and Harbor setting will make your visit a memorable one.
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Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (30)special occasion (17)great for lunch (14)romantic (12)great for brunch (11)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Harbor Dining
    GFamilyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Harpoon Henry's was a great way to end a Sunday evening. The view of the harbor was very nice, and there is something about this restaurant that makes me think about being in Hawai'i near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The food was nice and the service was unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Reunion
    Anindiantaster
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We met a friend we hadn't seen in 15 years and her husband here for dinner! We had a great visit, made better by the food, service and scenery! We have been there many times over the past 30 years but it was a first for our guest! They were very happy with the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great restaurant
    SanClementeLocal
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Harpoon Henry's has a beautiful view, great service and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Folks always friendly; that is high on our list. A little slow coming for that first drink. Good fun in any case.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Started with calamari strips. Not good. Not sure it was calamari. Had coconut shrimp and swordfish. Average. Prices are reflective of the view, not the food. Or the service for that matter. Not just inattentive, mistakes. Overall pretty disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-So Restaurant in nice setting
    beachlady2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant has a nice view of the boats in Dana Point Harbor, but otherwise it was nothing special. The food was average, but pricey for what you got. (I guess you are paying for the view) My chicken and my husband's steak both had black charred lines from the grill that we had to cut off. In other words, they seemed burned on the outside.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Harpooned and Glad
    bonnieblue
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I looked up on Tripadvisor -knew it was at the Harbor- view of the boats/docks - food review was good enough to solicit my interest and made a reservation. I was very pleased with the experience. Time of day/day of week - Wednesday - may have helped - not noisy - great view - service was good. Ordered the shrimp tacos - asked for cole slaw instead of fries and was accommodated - it was excellent. My guests had clam chowder - a bowl - big and very thick - they seemed to enjoy. The bread did not work - it is great bread but was so hard could not really eat it - thought it had been microwaved but it had not - management is going to look into it. Management very responsive - impressed. Will go back again if in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harpoon a deal!
    BigRedsReviews
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Harpoon Henry's is our go to for fish! The restaurant is well situated very near the water and is a great place to watch a sunset. Their attention to detail makes this a "No Brainer".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner!
    fewandfarbetween
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    fun location in Dana Point Harbor, CA. good food. nice table next to window looking out over boat harbor and sunset to the west. nice, attentive waiter. noise level very acceptable. not inexpensive but not overly expensive for the area. very nice presentation. salmon was very delicious as were the garlic mashed potatoes. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GardogVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although the setting was very nice, the food was terrible! One of the worst meals I have had in some time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Theresa
    TJ63
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food and service was Fantastic!!!! Next time I'm in California I will be back! Ask for Jason to be your server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LUNCH TIME
    FLORAFUNA
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    FOOD WAS OVER THE TOOP, GREAT TASTE, & PROPERLY PREPARED. LOVED OUR WAITER, EXCELLENT SERVICE. LOVED THE DECOR.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oooohhhhh and Aaaaaaah!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Absolutely beautiful view, great service and the food - YUMMMM! I wish I could upload pictures, my plate was gorgeous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic Harbor View
    SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    It appeared to be a bus stop for groups of seniors. Food is outdated with most items breaded, with a lack of healthy items. Our server said if we ordered without the breading, the fish piece would be too small. The happy hour bar area was full...all seniors...perhaps locals. We sat by the window overlooking the boats, so the view was lovely. We were able to get the swordfish blackened and not breaded and it was good. They offered potatoes only one way and only one vegetable. Definitely would not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • daric
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great venue overlooking the harbor. Good service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harpoon Henry's
    GrouchoB
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I hadn't been to the restaurant for about a year, and generally find my way there one or two times each year. Everything was up to my expectations, both food and service were excellent (the lady I was with and I both had the Atlantic salmon and it was well worth the trip). Very nice place for a terrific meal and a nice walk by the boats afterward.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Harbor View
    Sometimediner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had an early-ish dinner. The view and ambiance we outstanding. We loved our meals. That said, the service both bar and food, left a bit to be desired. Still lived our meal and would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View of Harbor
    Tracy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had lunch on a Sunday. It was not very busy. The service was excellent and the food was surprisingly good. We had no complaints about anything. Overlooks the Dana Point Harbor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 246 reviews are from the Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Don't miss this!
    JackVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a great experience with great food and service, plus a nice view. Marc, our waiter was the best. He was very attentive and extremely friendly. We enjoyed the food for their taste and variety. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for a casual meal
    PBlocal
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is a good place for a casual meal. The food is standard seafood fare.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The calamari is great and so is the tartar sauce. All of their food is delicious and the service is great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great View
    ChrisL
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant may not be the best place you will ever eat but you will love the boardwalk scene and great view of the harbor. I have been there at least 10 times in the last 3 years because my dad likes it and i love the view. We went there for fathers day 2014 and I was very impresses that the OpenTable app worked so well that there was less than a 1 minute wait on a really busy day
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • squonk
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The meals are always perfect and service excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HH
    STEVE
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great find in Dana Point Harbor. Absolutely fantastic. Most touristy places are mediocre at best, Harpoon Henry's breaks the mold. Everything was outstanding, the food, the service, the ambiance and most of all the view. Take a date, go with friends you wont be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening on the Harbor!
    LOVETODINE
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Compliments to everyone there! Greeted with smiling and courteous people who accomodated our party immediately! We asked for a window seat, as is instructed on Open Table, and was escorted to a lovely table overlooking the rows and rows of sailboats. Perfect! The waitstaff (especially our server) was "spot on" from the moment we arrived. Food delicious, as always, from drinks to dessert. My family and I eat there quite often, so this is just one review....but every time we go to the bar, the outside seating area and the restaurant upstairs five stars is always our review. Great Job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great time in Dana Point
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A good Harbor view with excellent food. The high point was the service from our waiter Marc - he was fantastic. The bar was a lot of fun with entertainment - Scott Robertson (OC Elvis) was very entertaining. I definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dana Point and thousands of boats
    goodchoice99
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A very pleasant location, good food, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Views were gorgeous, food was okay
    LeighB
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I ate here while visiting the area for a meeting, and I was blown away by the scenery but unimpressed by the food. I sat right by the window so had a breathtaking view of the harbor and the ocean at sunset. The food, however, was not particularly good – the clam chowder was kind of mealy, and the blackened shrimp that I had added to my salad weren't actually blackened but were "cajuned". I know this may seem like a subtle distinction, but the fact that the chefs either don't know the difference or tried to make that substitution without any mention to me was disappointing. Also, the Caesar dressing wasn't really good. Generally, I think there are just too many other good restaurants right in the immediate vicinity to eat at this one again.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happy servers
    smile
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The calamari steak is buttery, tender, & delicious. It's a deal at happy hour. The servers are happy and quick.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter was, as expected, busy and our food came lukewarm instead of hot, but it was still good. The house champagne was excellent and the service was quite good until the end when our server got so busy that another server had to bring us our check and then I had to go find the manager to pay it as everyone was too busy to come back and pick it up. I still left a good tip though. These people work hard. I would come again as I really like the restaurant, it was just an unusually busy day due to Easter.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgot appetizer but OK.
    Gman
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service was slow due to Easter. They forgot our appetizer, not a huge issue. Server was friendly and outgoing. Food is OK for a chain, you're there more for the view and chance to relax a bit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. Menue has not
    pickyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was good. Menue has not changed in a long time. So more specials would be appreciated.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had a nice dinner and the food was good. It's not an outstanding restaurant but the view of the harbor is nice and the service very good. We have been to their Happy Hour before and that's a great deal and very popular.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great surprise
    donna
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Usually leary of restaurants in tourist area but this was a great surprise. Service and food were excellent. Views are lovely and cost was reasonable. Will be back next time we are in town
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picky
    pickyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We were quite late. 9 ish. & were going to eat in the bar. Hostess welcomed us to a waterside table. I said we were not having a full dinner & they gave us bar menue & dinner. Ended up with a seafood salad. & 1 dinner. Very good. Had a triple decker tuna crab rice with 3 great sauces 1 spicy. I recommend for late dinner
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Joyce
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The mac and cheese with truffle was outstanding. The champagne was extra cold. Yummy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view at a good price!
    Breakofday
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Dana Harbor offers several choices of restaurants however, Harpoon Henry's is my favorite!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up to Par
    PleasantVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have patronized Harpoon Henry's for over 30 years and the experience was well below acceptable. Our food was extremely late and nothing was offered for the inconvenience. The restaurant was not that busy based on the number of vacant tables. We should have been offered a reasonable explanation and maybe a drink or appetizer for the delay. After our meal we were never offered a desert menu. We had to flag the waiter down to receive our bill. As a long time customer who still misses the stuffed mushrooms this is unacceptable especially with more competition in the area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calamari Heaven
    Larry
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Eaten in the bar for years but last week we ate in the restaurant and we're not disappointed. The food was great as always. I had my usual calamari steak and it was as usual Fabulous. Service could have been better but the food, view and ambiance overshadowed the service issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our valentines dinner was wonderful. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.