Harbor House
Harbor House

Harbor House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.harborhousesd.com/
  • Phone: 6192321141x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Ken Cooke, C.E.C.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We have banquet rooms that accommodate all size groups. Please call to speak with a manager about your needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seaport Village
  • Public Transit: There is a Trolley stop nearby - it's the Seaport Village stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated Parking at Seaport Village: Enjoy 2 hours for $3 with any purchase and $2 every 30 minutes after. Non-validated parking is $8 per hour.

A word from Harbor House
The Harbor House opened in 1980, and serves fresh fish, shellfish, premium steaks and local draft beers.
We offer informal dining upstairs and on the outside decks as well as tablecloth/quiet dining downstairs. Come and enjoy our great city and harbor views. Walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center, we are an ideal spot for banquets and private events.

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Harbor House reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (77)special occasion (37)great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (28)romantic (25)great for lunch (16)kid-friendly (15)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (10)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Good restaurant, annoying parking
    ColoradocrushersVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The restaurant was decent with great views of the harbor. However parking can be a nightmare so make sure you get there early. If you park in the paid lots, make sure you get your parking validated because it will save you over $10!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 196 reviews are from the Harbor House reviews archive.
  • Nice View
    Samson
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great view of the harbor. The service was excellent, but the food was just average.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation Celebration
    SanDiegoLove
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I took my family (a group of 12) to Harbor House on a Friday night. The waitress was extremely accommodating with our large group and many requests. I have a sister who's a vegan and a grandfather with a particular diet. They were able to offer many options and the ability to make changes to dishes to fit their needs. We had a wonderful time and will be back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day dinner for 5
    Margie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We met out of town guests on Mother's day for dinner. We all enjoyed the meals we selected, which included fish, and salads. I liked the clam chowder too. No one complained and one of our guests tends to be a picker eater. Would recommend. The waiter and his help were attentive to keeping our plates cleared and water filled.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • regular
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husbands' tilapia was very good - my steak not so much.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice view
    sandiegan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The view is spectacular. The food just average. The service average. I'll look for other option on Mother's day next year.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEAUTIFUL VIEW
    badservice
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was 50/50 but the service was terrible. My Salmon salad was delicious and so was my daughter's risotto; however my husband's paella was cold and not very good. The waitress, though she was very nice, wasn't very efficient. We had to ask for our water 3 different times and my husband never got the ice tea he ordered even after he told her that he hadn't gotten his ice tea.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodlover
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our waitress had no personality. Other than that, we enjoyed our time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother Day Brunch
    NotThrilled
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I picked Harbor House for my family of 13 for Mothers Day. Did it thru open table and asked for 12 noon. It gave me 2pm as the first available table so we took it. The biggest issue was when we arrived and went downstairs there were dozen of open tables. Far more open tables then filled ones. Why could we not get a earlier reservation. There was no sign the lunch crowd had just left. This buffet ended at 2:30 and we were just rolling in. They assured me that we would miss out on nothing but this was not the case. Many things that were listed were not available. What they had we enjoyed but it had been sitting around. For $604.00 it should have been a better experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harbor House Review
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was not very good and not fresh tasting. The salmon was overcooked and dry, the roast beef overcooked and dry. Most of the other food looked and tasted as though it had been sitting for awhile. The service was just terrible!! The waitress pretty much ignored us, I had to wave down another waitress for coffee and water refills as well as clearing off the dirty dishes. TERRIBLE!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Mother's Day Brunch
    katy101VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day Brunch and had a lovely meal. Omlets made to order were tasty! Some of the hot food was a little cold but how do you keep eggs benedict warm en' mass? Asked for a window table when making reservations WAY in advance but had to sit our 5 people on two round tables put together while we watched a table of 5 "at the window" sit empty while we ate our whole meal. Tried to change but said everything was reserved...It was still a nice day with family!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mothers day
    Albores
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We returned after 2 kids, when my wife and I were dating we used to go to Harbor House all the time its nice that they gotten beter over the years.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Views, Food and Drinks
    Primadonna
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Wanted to eat outside but even with reservations for 5:30 we were too late for that....we were seated downstairs We ordered the Oysters Rockefeller - great taste and very tender. seven of us NO free refills - very disappointing. The check revealed that each drink was charged twice....but then the additional refills were complimentary - still. We had fish/chips, shrimp salad, sea bass, seafood platter and taco combo with either a salad or clam chowder. I am on a quest for the best clam chowder - so far this was my NO. 2 - Legal Seafood is the best! Everything was wonderful, fresh and Hot. Except for 1 Ale, no alcoholic drinks. One dessert. Total bill for 7= $218 - seemed a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience
    Rick0526
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We made the reservation through Open Table and arrived a little early. We were seated immediately and told someone would be right with us. So we waited a total of 20 minutes and not one server or busser of that restaurant ever acknowledged our presence, though several passed by us, looking the other way. We don't have problem waiting for dinner, as long as someone knows we are there. After 20 minutes we returned our menus to the receptionist and went down the street to Busters Grill, where we were treated much better. That restaurant was so good, we went back then next night. So, if you are in the San Diego marina and are looking for a good place to have dinner, don't go to Harbor House.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Family fun
    EasyEater
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We went here for a birthday lunch and it was great! not too crowded for a Saturday afternoon, GREAT view, and room for the kids to roam around.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice view, slow service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Nice location but slow service. Waitress only ask the ladies at our table if they wanted dessert and not the other four
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy2dine
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Upon checking in the staff was unfriendly. The appetizers were not fresh tasting, the salad was actually "warm" including the dressing, as if it had been made for someone else and had been sitting out too long...yuck! The waiter never brought bread, nor did he check on our meal to see if it was satisfactory. We waited far too long to get our check, Won't be coming back!
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bachelorette Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant was amazing. We were heading out for a bachelorette night and getting 6 girls ready, on the train, and ontime is tough. We were about 50 minutes late for our reservation; I called twice to update them. They held the table for us, no questions asked. Ray was our server on the patio. He recommened his top three favorites, to which half of ordered. The two girls ordered the Shrimp salad and could not stop talking about it. Beautiful setting. Good food. Fantastic drinks. Amazing staff.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was ok...
    juliekinn
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    It was fine. Nothing stood out. Nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about either. I do not feel the need to eat there again. Once was enough. There are so many better places to eat in SanDiego. Wait! There was a complaint. The calamari. Don't order the calamari. It was rubbery and tasteless. That's it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very stisfactory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a great seat for the seven of us with such a beautiful view. We felt the service was good so we had no complaints. My steak in the sandwich was a little grisstley but not bad. No one else had any complaints and seemed to enjoy their choices. My husband especially enjoyed the raw oysters.and ordered two more for his dessert. The rest of us didn't leave room for dessert. Some took home their left overs.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent views
    Crazy2goout
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Went there for Sunday brunch, we arrived early, it was quiet on the upper level and then got busier, really nice ambience. The lower floor was a lot busier as the buffet was located there. We went there because of the views, the buffet was good altough not outstanding, service was really good. I would consider Harbor house as a most go for Sunday lunch with the family and have an easy day around the marina afterwards.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The up most in service food and location we will be back. GREAT JOB TEAM
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good job for Easter brunch
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We really enjoyed the food here on Easter. It was a nice layout on the first floor and breakfast items were excellent. Although the decor is a bit dated and parts of the place seem to be neglected, the view of the bay was fantastic so long as your seat had a view of the windows. Overall a good time and we would buy this buffet again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & a beautiful view!
    crndpty
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We were in San Diego for a conference and we were told we had to go to Coronado for dinner, our group went and we were not impressed. So the next night we made reservations at the Harbor House...I wish we would have eaten here first! My filet was one of the best I've ever had. Beautiful view. We ate out on the heated/covered patio. Birds got loud at times but it was still enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4-12-2014 Dinner
    IrishEyes
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very expensive for the amount of food received. Drinks were also overpriced; $12.95 for a common Margarita. The Harbor House is in a great location. It is in the center of Fishermen's Village and overlooks the bay and marina.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was mediocre but location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food was mediocre but location and space was good for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    CCSDCAVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Lunch prices are equivalent to dinner prices elsewhere. Cut the humongous portions in half and cut the prices in half. The fish in the fish tacos was watery and tasteless. Would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We felt the value was less than expected because the food was just ok. For the price we expected the food to be much better. Service was good, staff was friendly, but we can find other restaurants with better food more reasonably priced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Diego Trip
    StevieB52
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I went to Harbor House about 20 years ago and enjoyed it then, and this trip was also good. Our server was very nice and efficient. The property was well maintained, and the food was good, solid seaside fare. I had the calamari appetizer which was delicious and large enough to be an entree. The 3 others in the party had an assortment of fried and grilled seafood which was all very good. The view of the water and the activities along the harbor walk all added to the enjoyment of the evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Guest
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I was surprised that not once we were offered refills, we noticed many people had bread and candles on their table we were never once offered these. The food was good but the service not do great, for the price I would not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner enjoyed by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent dinner enjoyed by our group of 9. Fish was fresh and served hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful location and view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Wonderful location and view of the harbor if you are in the Seaport Village area. Service was very gracious and the menu had a great selection of seafood. I enjoyed the Maui chicken, and the key lime pie was excellent. Parking was rough--but this isn't the fault of the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sub-par food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    So disappointed in the food, both of our lunches were maybe a 4 out of 10.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with my daughter
    Dinner42
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Pleasant dinner but expensive for atmosphere and food similar to a Red Snapper
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced Mac and cheese
    Familydinner
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The service was great. The food was not and the price for the quality of food was way over priced. We payed almost $8 on Mac and cheese that tasted and looked just like Kraft Mac and cheese. My fish was very dry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Worth the money
    TravelinMan26VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Thought this would be a nice place to get some quality seafood. Portions were small and tasteless and expensive - $60 for me and my daughter with no drinks or appetizers. You can get a better seafood meal next store at Cheesecake Factory for less. I cannot recommend this restaurant. More of a tourist trap than anything else.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    Chiefdaddy
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We had a very nice meal in a quiet, scenic restaurant. Just what the doctor ordered.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • table placement
    redman66
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We were seated at a table in the middle of a walkway. we asked to be seated at one of the 3 empty tables against the glass, but we were told there were for a bigger party. Then during the meal, 3 other couples were seated at those tables-separately. The hostesses were kinda rude and basically lied to my wife and I. Other than that, it was a pleasurable experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical tourist place
    Souplover
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Very impressive looking, inside and out. Nautical, weather worn look consistent with the look of the shops around it. Food sub par. Service adequate. Prices, outrageous for what you get. Disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good foods and ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I ate the dinner with my business associate. All said "good foods and ambience." We enjoyed the meal. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.