Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point
Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point
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Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saltcreekgrille.com/
  • Phone: 9496617799
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Green
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three different areas that provide great Private Dining Spaces. The first is called the Mason Library and that can accommodate up to 30-35 people. The second is The Monarch Room, and that can accommodate up to 50-55 people. The last space is our Outdoor Patio area. This space can accommodate from 80-120 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Helen McClaire 8779257450
  • Entertainment: We feature entertainment four nights a week. Acoustic with vocals Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, and from 7:30pm - 10:30pm Fridays and Saturdays in our Bar / Lounge area.
  • Special Events: Contact Christy Carson to inquire about booking opportunities for offsite catering events. (949) 661-7799, ccarson@saltcreekgrille.com. Let us host your next event. We come to you!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crown Valley Pkwy
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet parking, on the far end of the parking lot, there is a separate space to park if the guest does not want to valet.
A word from Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point
Known for our mesquite grilled steaks, chops, fresh fish, burgers, weekend brunch, sandwiches and entree salads. A locals favorite with a casually sophisticated atmosphere, fairly priced wine list, and friendly service driven staff.
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Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Thanksgiving turkey dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Thanksgiving turkey dinner was horrible. The dressing and potatoes were very bland. Normally, the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks for the very enjoyable
    Savydiner
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Thanks for the very enjoyable evening ! Food was a terrific : )
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salt Creek Grille - not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Decor - tired. Food - only fair. Service - excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Had a great birthday celebration here. Susie was an outstanding server, very pleasant, kind and was very accommodating to a group with some special needs. Food was good, not spectacular, but good- a nice variety on the menu but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was Brittney. She
    Rickyracer
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Our server was Brittney. She did a great job and was very attentive. My wife had the Hanger Steak and I had the Short Ribs. We both enjoyed our choices. We ha a traditional caesar which they will prepare but is not on the menu. Our appetizer was the new to the menu calamari fritti. It was good not great. We ordered the soufflé which is always a great finish to a meal. We brought our own wine and the corkage was very reasonable. Overall, again it was a great meal with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was average at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Food was average at best. Service was horrible! Was there for my wife's 30th birthday and only got 1 drink refill. The whole night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    First time using OpenTable to make a reservation. Our reservation was at 7:45, arrived at 7:45 and was seated immediately, WOW!. Food, service and ambiance were all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent special prime rib
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    Excellent special prime rib which we shared-- since we are seniors and do not eat as much. Very pleased for the NO SPLIT FEE!!! Service, wine, and meal all perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Think twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    Expensive for small plates Brunch menu changed and is not good You'd wait staff....not good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were disappointed on several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    We were disappointed on several levels - no outside dining, no dinner menu on a Saturday. I won't come back. If you want to accept private parties - do that. It was no fun being sidelined for the special event. Ours was a special event, too, but it certainly wasn't at all special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Great food, great service! (as always) We got right in with our reservation!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service got a 3 because they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Service got a 3 because they were really poor at preparing a meal for someone with food allergies. They also got another order wrong in our group.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sad Happy Hour-Good Service Inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Happy hour service was non existent... tried for 15 minutes to get service. Also asked three times for check so we could transition into dining room. Guy working the bar was not friendly and acted put out by trying to order food for happy hour. At that point I would have left, but it was my dad's birthday. We went into eat in the main dining area and our experience changed for the better. We had great service from a friendly server. I wish I could remember her name. She split the entrees for my parents and the presentation was great. Plenty of food... and nice service. So... the night ended up much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time to this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Our first time to this restaurant. Great food, service, nice staff. Big bar area. Want to come back and try out bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is great and one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2012
    The food is great and one of my friends said it was the "Best" chopped saled he had ever had, and he has traveled the world. Service was a little slow and they wereb't busy but we were not in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at the Salt Creek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    First time at the Salt Creek Grille. Sat out on the patio. Dinner was excellent. The service was great. The wine list was extensive. The martinis were outstanding. Overall, one of the best dining experiences I have had in quite a while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great prime rib
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    The food was very good. Several in our party wanted the prime rib special which included the salad and when they didn't have enough prime rib they extended the salad offer to what we did order.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner as always was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    Dinner as always was outstanding. Service was horrible. Not our waiter- he kept apologizing for the slowness of the bar and the kitchen. It took at least 10 minutes to get drinks. The only thing that saved the evening was great food
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We sat on the patio and it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    We sat on the patio and it was a bit loud as a party was going on. The waitress missed a complete dinner order so we all had to share our dinner with the left out order. She wasn't very professional about taking care of the problem. Food was very good and quick to come out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great meal, good wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Had a great meal, good wine and fun dancing. Loved the band!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keep an eye on the Manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Reservered through Open Table and indicated that it was Aunts b-day. Resturant never offerd anything. We ordered a bottle of wine from our server and next thing the manager brought 4 glasses. Uncle was upset, so we ended up with the bottle-plus four glass which ended up costed me twice the amount and never drank the other, so it was wastful and costly. The manager should have from his own mistake should have taken the four galssed back and brought us the bottle like we ordered. Food was just okay luke warm. Service was good. Just disappointed that we drove over 70 miles one way and was pushed off to a table next to out-door patio with lot of in/out traffic.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I am a foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Was my first time. Although I really did have a nice time, I felt the food was a bit pricy... N I am a foodie too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Make a reservation!
    lagunatic345VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    This mid-week summer evening, I reserved our 7:30 table at 5 that same evening and glad I did. Walk-ins were told they would have a 1 to 2 hour wait, while we were immediately seated. The food offerings are simple but consistently very satisfying. The very active bar scene, with live music, is comfortably separated from the main dining area so the noise level is fine. Somehow the this is able to offer everything to everyone; a great place for a family dinner, a romantic evening out, or just relaxing with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    This was our first experience at a Saltcreek grill and it was very enjoyable. The food was excellent. The next time we are in the Dana Point area we will diffently be eating at the Saltcreek grill again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Went for a nice Sunday brunch and was pleased with the food selection. Bottomless champagne and mimosas are always a plus. Service was attentive and friendly. I will have to return and try lunch or dinner some day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the Salmon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Excellent food, somewhat overpriced. We had a salmon special that was the best we have ever had.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had the Hanger Steak special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Had the Hanger Steak special and it was fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Dana Point!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    We were looking for a nice restaurant online with gluten free options. The Salt Creek Grille was one that popped up and had good reviews so we booked a table. We arrived and they had complimentary valet parking, which was a nice little perk. We went in and were seated right away. Our waitress was very nice and she suggested some great options for dinner. The gluten free options were very visble and there were many options for me unlike most restaurants. The food was amazing!! I opted for the stuffed salmon and my husband had the coffee encrusted new york steak. They were both generously sized and cooked perfectly. There was a large nice outdoor area that we saw with cozy couches and it looked very romantic. We will return again and again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sea bass. The coffee
    LenQuinta
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Great sea bass. The coffee steak offering was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice experience, we will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    Very nice experience, we will go back as the menu has a number of very interesting items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Good & bad. The good: valet service (excellent), food (very good), waitress (excellent). The bad: bartender (first martini had bubbles & was definitely not vodka, second was a short pour), toooo long a wait for food (waitress knew & kept offering bread). Will I go back: not for a long time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I brought a friend from L.A.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    I brought a friend from L.A. that is a very picky eater and she loved the healthy choice menu. She wants to come back down and for that I am grateful!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service - Monday is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Great service - Monday is half-price wine night - great value. King salmon special was excellent as was the new york steak. Love the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer service was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Customer service was outstanding - from the host to the server to the busers - everyone was friendly, courteous & professional. We had a reservation for my parents' anniversary & everyone went out of their way to make sure it was perfect. The food was also just the cherry to top off the perfect evening. I've been raving about it ever since.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh my Gosh!!!!! we were a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Oh my Gosh!!!!! we were a party of nine and had the BEST TIME ever!!! We danced with people we didn't even know and our waiter was the best sever to our empty table because we were dancing thru appetizers, sat to order, dancing again, ate the best food and you guessed it, dancing. He brought out Bday cakes, there were 2. We were sorry to end our evening. We have been telling people since. The Best spot Salt Creek Grille. Thank you so much for a fantastic evening. We will be back weekly with more friends and family.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive for the quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Expensive for the quality of the food and portion sizes. Feel the outdoor patio is the draw as well as the music.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten free menu we great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The food was amazing. They have a pretty extensive gluten free menu. This was why we chose salt creek in the first place. We ended up with the smoked albacore salad and as an appetizer and the filet with blue cheese. Complimentary valet parking was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good time...disappointed that
    burt
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Good time...disappointed that they did not offer us a complimentary desert since they were aware of my wife and I celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious and
    meesh55
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The food was delicious and service was wonderful...it was very noisy is my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE NOISE (AND WE WERE SITTING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    THE NOISE (AND WE WERE SITTING VERY FAR FROM THE BAR) WAS SO HIGH THAT IT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY ON A CONVERSATION.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic