StillWater Spirits & Sounds
StillWater Spirits & Sounds

StillWater Spirits & Sounds

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.danapointstillwater.com/
  • Phone: 9496616003x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am - 1:00am; Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef John Cuevas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: StillWater offers off-site catering to clients whom would like to host a special event at a local park or site in Dana Point.
  • Entertainment: From Reggae to Swing to 80′s cover bands; StillWater hosts an eclectic mix of bands to please almost every musical preference.
    A list of our events can be found on our website at www.danapointstillwater.com/event-posts/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Golden Lantern
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in the back of StillWater, off Del Prado. There is also street parking.
A word from StillWater Spirits & Sounds
StillWater Spirits & Sounds is a Pre-prohibition-themed lounge specializing in locally-sourced cuisine and 1920's to 1940's era drinks.
Located above Dana Point Harbor, StillWater offers patrons a unique dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
StillWater is an ideal location to enjoy delicious food from award-winning chef John Cuevas, local entertainment and unique libations in a friendly, customer-centric environment.
With a full-service indoor/outdoor kitchen and bar, state-of-the-art sound system, and expert mixologists, StillWater is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, corporate dinner, fundraiser or special event for 150+ people.
For more information please visit our website at www.danapointstillwater.com
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StillWater Spirits & Sounds reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (13)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Still? Water
    GastroVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food and service was very good, but we made the mistake of sitting at the outside bar during a football game. Very noisy from the TV and the crowd. They were having a good time, and the restaurant is definitely made for them, but we just wanted a quiet dinner. The inside dining room was freezing cold; it was beautiful outside ... if we had just not forgotten our noise cancelling headsets.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • StillWater Worthwhile HotSpot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great Ambiance, very good food, yummy drinks and Krista was an amazing waitress!!!! Accommodated our group of 10. Only wish there was live music on Wednesday. A couple of us went back on Thursday and enjoyed the band!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • U2 Xperience/Dinner
    bhventura
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went for Dinner and to see U2 Tribute band U2 Experience. I loved the food - sausage appetizer, Wedge Salad with rib meat (surprisingly very good) and Salmon w/ bbq glaze - all really good. The band was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • menu is very weak
    MarkNLu0304
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place was once an awesome restaurant but they refused to take any ideas from the past. Now it is a limited ((very) menu with few decent items. only thing we like is the flat bread pizza... Music is excellent as they did improve stage and sound but menu needs major work!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reflexx band
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Reflexx was very entertaining and our server, Trevor, did a great job taking care of our large party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and music
    SoCal
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We enjoyed our food, and really enjoyed the music. Derek and the Day Drinkers were playing. Totally enjoyed. Will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor dining
    ReviewVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Enjoyed our meal,service was attentive, will go back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent! DP Eatery
    Foodilover
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Finally a terrific neighborhood eatery. The sausage apps and pizza were delicious. The ambiance was welcoming and fun. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting food choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    After asking our fantastic waiter Dave to explain some intend on the menu we ordered and really enjoyed the food though it was a bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 45 reviews are from the StillWater Spirits & Sounds reviews archive.
  • Great spot for dinner and dancing
    Tustinsweethearts
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was our second visit since the reincarnation of Renaissance into Still Water. We made an Open Table Reservation but the evening was nice and we found an open table on the patio and went for that instead. We split a Wedge salad (topped with short ribs instead of bacon) which was very tasty. Her Cowboy but steak was very good; my chicken was tasty but a little overwhelmed by the grilled Brussels sprouts. Service by Morgan was outstanding again and we had a very leisurely time with dinner after which some friends joined us for drinks and dancing. JD Priest Group was quite versatile and good. My biggest complaint is that the Prime Rib French Dip had been eliminated from the revised menu.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies Place
    Foodies
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Finally a foodies place in Dana Point!! We had a great time, food is amazing service exceptional. Highly recommend that you try this place...
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Drulicious
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was our second time going as a large group (12) and both times the service was very poor. We ordered 2 drinks at a time knowing it would take forever to get one. Food is good. They get good bands to play. They could use fans and crank up the a/c once everyone starts dancing. As a group we decided that we won't go back again no matter what band is playing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food / music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Was there to see hollywood yates Was an awesome show with great food And drinks would definitely recomend This place to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shawn Jones
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I was there to see Shawn Jones and was thrilled that the menu has organic chicken! Shawn was brilliant too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Swing date
    JenniferKeithfan
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food and drinks were fantastic. The staff was courteous prompt and cheerful. We asked for seating with a good view of the band and we were seated at the best table in the place. Stillwater did everything possible to make the night a memorable one. We will frequent this establishment every time we visit Dana Point.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than before
    Tustinsweethearts
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Stillwater is a makeover of the former Renaissance. Better food, quieter bar, remodeled bar/patio area and better overall ambiance. The 80's cover band was great and the place remains one of the few places in OC where "more mature" folks can rock out and dance like we were kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spirits & Sounds
    swingkid
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    They have live music in the evenings, which is what draws us there. We saw the Jennifer Keith Quintet, and they were great. The food is good, the service is good. It's not a place to go if you want to have a quiet conversation, very energetic bar scene. Make a reservation if you want a table in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Impression
    greyhair21
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The place is very fun looking in the 20's era decor with all the wait staff dressed in period clothing. It was filled with a very diverse crowd of all ages and some patrons even chose to dress to the period. The outdoor dining looked really nice with plenty of tables, an outdoor bar, and plenty of heating. We decided to dine inside so we could have better view of the stage. The group that was playing our night was comprised of a small jazz band and singer. They were really talented and put on a very professional performance. There was a small area to dance which brought out a lot of swing dancers. The food was very good as well but a little on the pricey side. We really enjoyed our evening out and plan to stop by again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • music and food issue
    samuel
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food selection on menu looked pretty exotic. So much that the pizza smelled like feet and was not that appetizing. The music did not arrive at the scheduled time that the restaurant had. Instead of starting at 8, the band didn't finish setting up till 915 and we no longer had patience to wait and hear what they had to play.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live music
    Robi
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Enjoyed the prohibition theme, live music and yummy food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music and great people watching!
    Duke
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We've gone to Stillwater for years (long before it was Stillwater). We'll keep coming back as long as they have bands like Jeri Curl.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Torture
    ElvisVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food and service was good! waiting for the band to start at 10:15pm was pure torture! Get rid out the boring opening act. Please have the bands start earlier like 9:00 pm. Please correct web site to reflect band start time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation Fumble
    ElvisVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I had a 8:00 pm reservation. for Sat. 1-18-14. My reservation was not honored. There was a open table in the main room. I was told I had to sit in the bar area or outside.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening at Stillwater!
    dinendance
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Ended up with a group of 25 instead of 10 and everyone at the restaurant made it work beautifully even though the restaurant was packed. Had a great night with great food and exceptional entertainment. Jennifer Keith band is the best for jazz lovers and swing dancers! Can't wait to go again soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were totally disappointed
    rootytoottoot
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We were totally disappointed with this place. The music was way too loud- we couldn't hear each other across the table. The food was quite poor. My pizza was burned on the crust and the fries were cold. We barely saw our server and had to track her down for the check. If you are looking for a loud music/bar scene it's fine- just don't expect great food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spirits & Sounds and Food too
    swingkid
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Stillwater Spirits & Sounds is a cool restaurant that hosts great live entertainment in the evenings. We went to celebrate my wife's birthday with a nice meal, as well as take in the jazz & pop standards of the Jennifer Keith Quintet. Our dinner was great, and dancing to the band was the perfect end to the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Swinging Saturday
    Lucylove
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We had a fabulous time on Saturday which was the electro swing lab . The food was great, service was amazing and the vibe was perfect. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time experience !
    BigNeil
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Came for Shawn Jones show. Great service, great food, great sound system !
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stillwater Dana Point
    Patforest
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Third visit now this year and took our friends to see Jennifer Keith Quintet perform (jazz). We arrived at 7 for dinner which was excellent. Service was great and the band performed to their normal high standards. This is a very cool location and I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I enjoyed the dinner but my
    racy
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I enjoyed the dinner but my friend was bothered by the noise level which was only made worse with the band starting 15 minutes early.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    BeachBlondeVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    This is the fourth time I've dined (and danced) at StillWater Spirits & Sounds. The food is prepared fresh and always good. Must eat the brussels sprouts (even if you don't like to eat them). The way they are prepared are heavenly. Grilled salmon was outstanding as well. Haven't had a bad meal (or drink) here. Sunday Funday is great as the band (varies each week) begins around 4 or 4:30. Casual and comfortable. Best GM in Dana Point too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Funday
    BeachBlondeVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    What a perfect place for enjoying a Sunday afternoon! Reserve a table inside in order to watch the band which typically starts playing at 4pm. Great menu with choices for all. The Brussels sprouts are delicious and a must! Excellent service provided by staff who seem to really enjoy their job. Outdoor patio has nice energy with lots of seating and a cozy fireplace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live music
    Ulugula
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    This was my first time visiting Stillwater. My friends band, Short Note, was playing there, so I made reservations for my wife and I in anticipation of a packed house. Turned out I was right on! Food was good and Lindsey, our server was amazing!! Totally recommend Stillwater for and good time with live music.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Music
    KatheeDanaPoint
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    We had decided to go to Stillwater for dinner and drinks. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The pizza was fantastic. They have their own pizza oven. We will recommend Stillwater to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local music venue and bar
    AaronL
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Saw CCR cover band...large room but not overcrowded...big outdoor bar area...great service and welcoming ambiance
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was cold(had tri tip
    hcanton
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    food was cold(had tri tip with rice and carrots) Music sound was muffled(band was not very professional-Blue Bayou)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Spirits and Sounds!
    Luvmuzic
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    I've been here twice and love it! I came with a large group to hear great music, but really enjoyed my meal as well. I ordered the flatbread pizza and it was great. My friend ordered the chicken and loved it. My husband ordered it last time and loved it too. Enjoyed the retro feel,. Both visits I found the staff to be very friendly. Happy hour is great too! I plan on returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!
    awsome
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    was late for my 6:15 pm appointment, but the hostess that helped me gave me a table right away, no questions, and they kept it thank goodness, thank you Stillwater! will be back soon!! Service was super! food was delish and awesome entertainment with Jim summers and friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertainment - Yes! Service - No .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    5 stars for Shawn Jones last night. He rocked Stillwater. They are booking some good talent. Sorry to say that the service was lacking. After being seated and getting our drinks, we had to wait well over 30 minutes just to place our food order. We had ordered appetizers and entrees at the same time. We never got the appetizers, but one of our party's pizza was delivered at least 10 minutes before the rest of our entrees. These remaining entrees came when Shawn started playing at 9. We had arrived at Stillwater before 8 for the purpose of eating before he started. So, less than 1 star for service. At least they didn't charge us for the missing appetizers. Stillwater has work to do to get their kitchen timing and service up to par.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Service and good prices.
    ElvisVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Good Service and good prices. The band should come on earlier and no need for an opening act.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.