Wind & Sea Restaurant
Wind & Sea Restaurant

Wind & Sea Restaurant

  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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 9494966500
  • 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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Wind & Sea Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (73)great for outdoor dining (34)special occasion (34)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (25)good for groups (22)romantic (22)fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (20)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (12)notable wine list (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • BrowniesmomVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food, the view & the service by Chris were excellent! Perfect after our boat ride back from Catalina Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    JakeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Came here for my wife's birthday after a great whale watching tour. Booked this restaurant because of location, good reviews and live music. Food was good, but not as expected in a nice seaside place. Service was inferior and the band....well, let's just say we didn't stay for another drink to listen and enjoy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunsets and Brunch
    SAYWENNVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Fun place to go to see the sunset in Dana Point. Great garlic bread and clam chowder. Their martinis are pretty good, too. Get a table by the windows and enjoy the boats going by and the sunset if you time just right. Great waiter... and servers. They are on it! I plan on going again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service was terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    No spoons on the table. When we asked for a spoon, the response was "there should be one on your table". Hello! If I had one on my table, I wouldn't be asking for one! when my wife asked for cinnamon for her oatmeal we were told I don't know if we have any cinnamon but no effort was made to find it for her
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outforfun
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was good. The weather was spectacular and so was the view. My Halibut was cooked to perfection. The bar entertainer was lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • october
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant was very nice and I was impressed with the ambiance, food, and service. I had the special rib eye steak with lobster sauce and it was delicious. I also enjoyed the cookie ice cream sandwich for dessert. Soooo yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • view,view,view,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    this restaurant is not only situated with 3 sides overlooking harbor but food/service excellent. Waiter and reception staff are exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely View
    Yiayia
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Watching sailboats, fishing boats and paddleboarders glide past our window table made this an enjoyable evening. Our service was attentive and our dinners were good, but not outstanding. My husband enjoyed the fish and chips, but I was disappointed in the quality of the steak. The flavor was lacking and for such a prime dining spot, they really need to "up" the quality.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Reservation on the books???
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    When we arrived, they did not have my Open Table reservation on their books. I showed them the confirmation you sent me and we ended up having to sit in the bar. This is the second time this has happened with Open Table. What's up???
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch for Six
    BJDiners
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I met two other couples for brunch at the Wind & Sea on a Sunday morning. We were given a friendly greeting and escorted to a nice table with a spectacular view of Dana Point Harbor. We enjoyed the hot coffee and then went to the omelette bar, each selecting our ingredients (they do have egg beaters). We also all enjoyed the freshly made waffles & the fresh fruit. Many other dishes are always available. The service was great, and the servers were very efficient. The atmosphere was open with many tables sharing grand views of the harbor. The restaurant was very clean, and the restrooms were spotless. We all felt that the brunch was excellent value. We will be going back soon, and we can highly recommend the Wind & Sea.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our anniversary
    Pew12345
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It was our 15th wedding anniversary and I did put it on open Table but nothing was said or done for us. The food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank You
    Local6
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was just what we wanted. The location is beautiful. The Service was great and we really appreciated the special birthday attention - perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Setting
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had a birthday lunch with 8 people and the setting was good as was the service. Unfortunately it was one of the unusual hottest days in San Clemente so we couldn't sit outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!!!
    Love2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was recommended to go here by a friend and I must say, me and my hubby were very, very pleased. From The calamari strips, to the poke, even our drinks were made perfect. Finally when dinner came, it was outstanding. I had the scallops with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus....was made perfectly. I could not complain about anything. Everything from food to staff was great. I highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would have expected better
    RWK1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    At a restaurant touting its seafood, especially one on the water, one would never expect seafood to come to the table overcooked. The fish was dry as a bone. Only the scallops were OK. By contrast, the fresh steamed green beans and carrots were so hardly cooked at all they were crunch hard and not even warm. Service was bad as well. It took 25 minutes to be served the first glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wind and Sea yup - Open table nope
    micromark
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Made the reservation for 6PM several days B4 our trip from Thousand Oaks to San Diego. Was actually 45 minutes early , so called from the freeway to ask for a earlier reservation and found out there was no reservation! Glad we were early because the window seats go fast. Who dropped the ball? Not sure but they had nothing from Open Table. I guess call first when you are on your way, right?
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excelent
    Mojac
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great lunch with fiends, great location and view, with great service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect spot
    eatingout
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If you're looking for an evening of dining on the waterfront, look no further than the Dana Point Wind And Sea restaurant. The menu is quite extensive and pricing is moderate. I had the fish and chips, which was quite good, and my husband had the grilled salmon; which he stated was excellent. How can you go wrong with great view, excellent food, and moderate prices?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    Geneo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We took friends to celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary. The service was great and very attentive to our every need. The location is great overlooking Dana Point Harbor. I have been a customer since 1978. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great business meeting location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The view was great the atmosphere was wonderful. Food was good allowed relaxed conversation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than anticipated
    Oside830
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The seating was immediate as was the attention from the waiter. I took my 21 yr old son and 13 yr old daughter. My son had the ahi and said it was the best seafood he has ever had and my daughter who is typically very picky was very happy with the seafood pasta. I had Macadamia crusted Mahi which was to die for. Our waiter was absolutely the best and took time to converse and make us all feel extremely welcomed. By far one my best dining experiences in a very long time. We will definitely go back. All meals coffee, soda and desert for 3 just about $120 but well worth it. There are lower priced items as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They need a new chef in the kitchen
    NoMoreSeaBass
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Burnt sea bass at $38 per person. Encrusted does not mean burnt on the bottom. If I didn't have guests with me, I would have returned the meal and left. I will leave them with the ability to make eggs for breakfast. The restaurant is at a beautiful location... but the food does not match.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food, always great service. Servers are trained very well and always friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was just great. We all really enjoyed ourselves. We will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy this scenic spot.
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for marina dining
    Bernie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harbor view, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunny Summer Sunday
    JennieFromTheBlock
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch and service
    Chili
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was delicious, and our server, Mitch, was great!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Evening!
    Ohana
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome seaside views
    Mike
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • handballer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 444 reviews are from the Wind & Sea Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Food was excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    1st time there we would love to go back. Food was excellent, friendly fast service. love the view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Falls a bit short
    Wags
    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 --
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for drinks and view
    prefergoodfoodoverview
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    rag6
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Salmon dish was not very warm and the cream cheese crab mix on the top was overwhelming to the dish
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    LuvRajas
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no time
    alwayshappy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Boss with the dinner, very nice
    Shunyun
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.