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Wind & Sea Restaurant
Wind & Sea Restaurant

Wind & Sea Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.windandsearestaurants.com
  • Phone: (949) 496-6500
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Buffet: Sunday, 9:00am - 2:00pm. Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm; Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Guerrero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater events for up to 100 people. We specialize in boat parties. Pull your boat up in front of the resaurant and we can cater your cruise for you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private banquet room accommodates 20 to 100. Full bar and view. We have the most reasonable rates in the area.
  • Private Party Contact: Robin Rabe (949) 496-6500
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:00 PM


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dana Point Harbor Dr
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking on the weekends and for special occasions, varies with the season. Free Public parking also.
A word from Wind & Sea Restaurant
The Wind & Sea Restaurant is located on the water in the Dana Point Harbor. With water on three sides, every table has a spectacular view.
We serve fresh fish selections daily as well as Alaskan King Crab Legs, lobster tail, shrimp, steaks, pasta, and vegetarian dishes along with an extensive wine list which has been awarded a Wine Spectator Award annually for the last six years.

Monday through Friday we have Hawaiian Happy Hour from 4:00 to 7:00 featuring our world famous Mai Tai's as well as draft beer, wine and food specials. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday, as well as plasma and big screen TV's, keep the lounge exciting at all times.

The waterfront open-air patio serves the full menu and is heated at night, perfect for an order of nachos and a margarita or a full dinner under the stars. Private banquet facilities accommodate 20 to 100.
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was just great. We all really enjoyed ourselves. We will be back very soon."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "On my friend's b'day, 3 of us had a nice bottle of Riesling to go with our shrimp platters. The lightly beer-battered prawns taste like shrimp should taste! Our server (Kiddoo) was very sweet and made my friend feel special. It's nice having the choice of side dishes & I always request cole slaw & sliced tomatoes. It was Sat at 1pm, but not crowded inside, so it was quiet & relaxing; being a gorgeous day, it was crowded & noisy on the outdoor patio. We split an ab-fab comp Mud Pie (huge) for the b'day girl. Only thing that marred the experience was the 2 young hostesses (very warm & friendly) did not check me in for the OT res, so I had the rigamarole of verifying I honored the res. 2nd restaurant that has happened to me in the past month."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This was chance to have a bit of family reunion with two of my nephews. It worked very well. My only comment is bench seats got kinda hard and uncomfortable after awhile. I'd still give it thumbs up and worth patronizing."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Great up close view of the Dana Point harbor. Best viewed during the day or early evening. Food was good also but a bit pricey. Attentive, happy staff were helpful and courteous. I would g back. Best to have reservations for typical lunch and dinner times though."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Beautiful day, wonderful food and an amazing view. We enjoyed our lunch and the food very much. Service was so-so. Slow to refill drinks. Asked for soy sauce for my poke appetizer and didn't get it until 15 minutes had passed. Everyone else was done with their appetizers by then. All in all, though, a great day."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our waiter was a bit lax on making sure we had drinks once our meal had arrived. Other than that food was excellent, selections were plenty & varied, ocean view can't be beat."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was delicious, and our server, Mitch, was great!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The Wind & Sea is a reliable establishment for fine dining. Our waiter was exceptional -- patient and attentive to every request, from perfect cocktails (extra olives), to entrees (salsa on the side please), to dessert (extra spoons). It was a special evening with friends whom we had not seen in a while and the Wind & Sea experience complimented perfectly! We can't wait to return for Happy Hour on the patio!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "You can watch the boats slowly making their way into their docking sites, an occasional fisherman can been seen on the rocks trying to catch a sea bass. The outdoor patio is sweet and the food and service is stellar!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Our part-of-four birthday celebration was really nice. The only concern I had was that my spoon was dirty and was not replaced. Everything else was excellent."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "1st time there we would love to go back. Food was excellent, friendly fast service. love the view."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "First, the food was "fine." But, I was expecting a much FRESHER menu, with some grilled fish and not heavy sauces and odd little touches. I love swordfish, but the menu said with a "banana coconut sauce" -- ??? Another fish was coated with nuts then topped with a fruit salsa, and the shrimp was going to be "beer battered." I ordered the grilled salmon because it seemed like a fresh, light choice -- but it was overcooked. My baked potato was overcooked by at least half an hour, the glasses for our water and our wine were not clean (they were cloudy and arrived with smudges from LOTS of people's fingerprints). The service was good and the wine list was very acceptable, but I don't think we will be dining there again. Very sorry --"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Aside from the Ahi, which I prefer raw, the food was poor. More specifically, the green beans looked and tasted as if they were days old and were cooked more than once. My guest indicated that the mozzarella on her salad was not fresh. However, she enjoyed the view. I can say that the drinks were good so I would recommend going here for drinks and the view but avoid the dinners."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Salmon dish was not very warm and the cream cheese crab mix on the top was overwhelming to the dish"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have been coming here since 1983. My family has never had a bad meal. My mother, now 92, still loves coming here. You have the biggest, best fried shrimp and calamari. Steaks are always wonderful! We now have our Office Christmas get-together here, the last 2 years."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We arrived at the resaurant at 1:45 on sunday for Brunch buffet as i went to get my food they started taking down the buffet and said take what you can its last call.we were told by our waiter that the buffet ran till 3:00.we were celebrating a :very important birthday for my wife and kinda ruined it.The person in charge was not too freindly and really didnt care, he was more interested at being upset with the waiter"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I travel 100% and rarely get to see my peers, so an opportunity to eat dinner with my manager led me to Wind & Sea in Dana Point. Originally planned to eat inside, in the main room, but once I saw the outdoor lounge (around to the left from the main entry) I had to eat out there. What a good choice; the boss sat facing toward the harbor inlet and enjoyed a great view. Of course, the food was great and not too expensive. It was very pleasant all around and the boss commented afterward that I made a good choice."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I chose Wind & Sea because of a previous experience having lunch there with my mother with a view of the harbor. Some family was driving up the coast to see us and I chose Wind & Sea because of the atmosphere and view. I was not disappointed and the family members all enjoyed their lunch and we had a nice dining experience. We had some laughs watching people on paddle boards and kayaks outside the window. The United States soccer team was playing in the World Cup, so the bar was a bit noisy, but it also created a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We really like this restaurant and will certainly go there again. On this particular time our waiter wasn't that attentive and didn't get our orders right. Two of us had the clam chowder and it was only room temperature so we had to send it back. Also, although we were in the dinning room we were too close to the bar and so it was noisy (I don't hold that against the restaurant--it's just something to beware). All this being said, we consider the poor service and lukewarm chowder to be a fluke and will certainly go there again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Right on the water so you can't beat that. They have an outdoor patio, but that is not offered to Open table diners which seems a bit silly. Open table is in the dining room only. Food was good, service too. Can't beat the view though."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Loved the menu & we had a wonderful window table. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our server was very nice and the food was excellent when we finally got it, but the kitchen was way too slow. There was one large group thjat was seated 15 minutes after us that got served first....not acceptable"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "When we made our reservation, they would not hold a window table, but could request one once we arrived at the restaurant. When we arrived, we did request a table by the window and the hostess said that was possible, but then stated that they were being held for parties of 5 or more. When we were got to our table there were 3 open window seats and the ones that weren't open most had 3-4 people seated at them. We were seated at a large half booth, which was too large for 4 of us and not a good view table at all. One man that had come in ahead of us was complaining about the same problem was told the same thing and after we were seated, he was escorted to one of the window tables. As window tables opened, 3-4 people were seated at them!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was good and plenty. Our service was great.We were talking about the long brunch lines. We suggest that the outdoor dining has it own set of buffet or a better flow for the ones given. One person was holding up the line with buffet items. The omelet lines moved like clock work. We watched from our seating and there had to be a better placement for the flow. Second, we sat next to three empty tables of eight where we could of been out of the way of the people in the bar area (free seating/no reservation) and the oatmeal/muffin bar. People were constantly bumping into us. I would not come for brunch at the Wind & Sea.It was not comfortable and other restaurants in the harbor have a better/easier atmosphere, and not a cattle call."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A bit pricey for what is served. my wife had to send her food back twice (cold) they did take it off the bill & offered desert. Staff were nice & as helpful as could be..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "in spite of a couple of the dishes being prepared wrong, it was so great there on the patio we didn't care. and when the food did arrive, it was just fantastic. really! the best fried shrimp i have ever had. and the roasted chicken sandwich was outstanding. the fish and chips was wonderful. we will be back as soon as we can."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife both had Mahi. Her's was done in a teraki (sp?) mine was top with a chipotle salsa. Her was very good mine just ok. The pieces of fish were very different in taste. I believe she had Mahi and my bland fish was something else."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I am becoming a regular due to the combination of good food, great view and ability to meet with friends and chat."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The view is awesome but our food... Every item was well below average, worst nachoes ever! Just plan gross... Can beans all at the bottom , Mac and cheese worst ever . Went for the view, next time I will go to Chart House for a beautiful view & good food!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We met a couple of friends visiting from Chicago and we live in the San Diego their hotel was north of Dana Point, a great place to meet. We had a table facing the water and they loved the view. The waitress was charming and attentive. All in all it was a fun evening."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I had a delicious halibut, but it was $36.95, which, in my opinion, was terrible over priced for what I received. My father in laws calamari was very good and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was told this resturant was the best.unfortunately the food was horrible. The lobster tail was tough and the pasta was over cooked. the garlic bread was dry and not appitizing to eat.The only entree that was worth the money was the clam chowder. I would not recommend this resturant to anyone. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Wind & Sea is a great place for lunch, brunch or dinner. The outdoor dining area is perfect on nice Dana Point days and the inside is great for watching evening sunsets. Their Sunday brunch is affordable and very good. Of course their famous Mai Tai's are amazing!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Dined on mother's Day so the restaurant was very busy. Our server was friendly but seemed a lttle overwhelmed. I orderd a Bloody Mary that tasted watered down. We have enjoyed the Calamari Steak in the past but today it was rather over cooked and dry. Our son ordered the special Stuffed Halibut entree. It was suppose to have a Cajun flavored sauce, however he advised it was tasteless. We always enjoy the view of the harbor while dining so we will return in hopes of having a better meal."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was expecting a zoo on Mother's Day. It was very busy and the lines for waffles and omelets were too long but that was no surprise on Mother's Day. The food was very good and I have not enjoyed a breakfast out as much in years. Our table was lovely and our waiter absolutely superb. This man deserves an accommodation for his efficiency with that packed holiday crowd. We were seated within 5 minutes. Parking was an anticipated problem and my daughter had to drop off & park up on Golden Lantern. It took her a long time to make it and she is an athlete. As far as your service of booking online I give you a fantastic! I called the restaurant and was told there were no reservations, went online and an 11.30 reservation came up. We will return!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the customer service from your hostesses. I stated upon making the reservation a month prior, that this was a very important luncheon, I was surprising my girlfriends asking them to be my bridesmaids and my maid of honor.imrequested outside and the girl didn't tell me it was first come first serve! I wanted to have a table ready so I could set up gifts etc. Not having a table ready, was disappointing and a little embarrassing. We had to wait 45 mins. I also forgot my bag filled with leftover gifts under the table when we left. I called within 10 mins of leaving and the hostes said she didn't find anything. That was disappointing too. I sure hope they were telling the truth and not keeping the items for themselves. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Could not have been better....FIVE STARS+++++!!! Great atmosphere, ambiance incomparable, world class food and views to die for. Could not imagine anywhere better!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "This place has something for everybody... food-wise, price-wise, occasion-wise, and view-wise. It's good for locals, and for tourists. Good all around, but best in daytime, for view."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Easter Brunch, Beautiful day. Our server was excellent. The food we ordered off the regular menu was excellent. The view was great, the location of the restaurant is fun. Our server was wonderful, everything he recommended was on spot. We rewarded him with a very nice tip. SHAME ON THE MANAGER. The manger would not allow us to open the door or window. Because of the BUFFET burners the air smelled like butane and it was very stuffy. Outside it was a beautiful perfect day, we just wished we were able to have some of that fresh air. The manger told us that she would not open the nearby door because it would not make a difference. She was wrong, an hour later, another customer opened the door. It did make a great big difference. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "So many brunches feel they need to have an immense spread, but who can eat it all? You pay so much for a great variety, but can only eat so much. Wind & Sea focuses on their breakfast offerings, and does an excellent job providing a high-quality meal. The cost was EXCELLENT, especially when compared to other similar restaurants. Service was top-class. It didn't matter who our normal server was. Everyone who passed by made sure our drinks were filled. Though many like window seats, I couldn't see a single spot in the restaurant that didn't have a nice view. I am definitely keeping this place on my list!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014