Cannons Seafood Grill

4.4
1468 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Cannons Seafood Grill offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean from our one-of-a-kind hillside terrace overlooking Dana Point Harbor. Cannons Seafood Grill has been delighting our customers for over forty years. We are open for dinner seven days a week, serving Happy Hour from 4:30pm to 6:30pm daily. Cannons is the perfect setting to say 'I Do'. Accommodating 10 - 300 guests for our special events, weddings receptions, wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, holiday parties, and elegant banquets. Cannons unique and excellent food, friendly staff, and unmatched setting will make your visit a memorable one...
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Happy Hour Daily 4:30pm - 6:30pm

We are open for Weddings/Special Events/Corporate Events:
Monday - Sunday 7:00am to 12:00am
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Phone number
(949) 496-6146
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Omar Ramirez
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Private party facilities
Cannons Seafood Grill is a perfect setting for an elegant wedding, draw dropping ceremony, fabulous rehearsal dinner, corporate event, holiday party or any other type of special event. Overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the sparkling blue Pacific we will make your special day, very special indeed. With our consecutive five year Award Winning staff and chef our menus will delight both you and your guests, and our friendly, professional staff will cater to your every need. Choose from our beautiful terraces perched cliff side, which can accommodate up to 300 guests, or our ocean view indoor banquet rooms, for 20 to 100 guests. Dance under the stars, drink, dine and let us take care of everything else. We look forward to having the opportunity of being part of your special day.
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Private party contact
Liz Mahler: (949) 443-6173
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Catering
Proudly offering outside catering. Please contact Cannons for details.
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Cross street
PCH & Blue Lantern
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Parking details
Monday through Thursday private lot.
Complimentary valet offered most Friday, Saturday,and Sunday evenings. We also offer complimentary valet for our special events.
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Public transit
Pacific Coast Highway
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Special events & promotions
Wedding Receptions, Wedding Ceremony, Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties or any other type of Special Event you are planning Cannons Seafood Grill is the place to be! From our spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Southern California Coastline to our consecutive five year Award Winning staff and cuisine you will be swept away to enjoy your special day. We can accommodate anywhere from 10 up to 300 guests perched on our terraces overlooking the magnificent Dana Point Harbor and Pacific Ocean, or our glass walled private rooms. Say "I Do" with a beautiful natural backdrop, dance under the stars and let us take care of you and your guests. Please contact Liz Mahler, Director of Events, for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
What 1468 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This was our first time eating at Cannons. The restaurant is dated and in serious need of a makeover. We went on a Sunday night and were initially the only two visible customers dining there. It took about 10 minutes for wait staff to greet us, another 10 to get our drinks and another 20 to take our order. The waiter was nice, but the service was horrendous, given how slow business was. The food was quite good, but the entire meal took two hours from beginning to end. We noticed that there are some specials during the week. Barring that, we were not impressed enough to go back. Too many wonderful restaurants out there in this price range.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the service was amazing,the food was really delicious, and the atmosphere was great. the view from the dining hall was SPECTACULAR and i would not change a thing.

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TM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding I had 2 seafood skewers with a nice selection of shrimp, scallops, mahi-mahi, sword fish and salmon over a bed of rice.

It was prepared to perfection our service was outstanding she kept checking on us.

Only thing I didn’t realize after not having bread , I needed to request it. I like starting a meal with wine & bread.

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SR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

New Year Eve meal here with the family. While the place is showing wear, the food and service were excellent.

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SJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service is ok. We had to flag our waiter down to order everything. Additionally, at nice restaurants the server offers pepper, etc. not here. The view is amazing and it's great for kids. No vegetarian options though.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 1

New. year eve.

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience eating and talking with friends we haven't seen for a while. The service was terrific and food delicious however, we were not told that the soup or salad was extra. The server made it sound like the salad or soup came with the meal. It was a little deceptive but not a big deal.
I had the Seafood Medley in the past but didn't know they had changed it to a kabob style plate with raw vegetable which I can't eat. But it was still a great meal and we had a good time.

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AC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the view food was awesome.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Annual Christmas dinner

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G
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is "old school" - very basic, the type of offerings you'd expect at a seaside resort. It was somewhat mediocre but good - the main thing here is the view of the harbor, which is dazzlingly beautiful. I had a crab salad (main dish) which had a limited amount of crab meat, but was overall good. Others had fish and chips, well prepared but nothing special. Service was excellent. Overall the ambience was great because of the view, but if there are loud parties going on they take over the place. Overall it was fun to eat there because of the view but this is definitely not the place for the "young and hip" looking for a trendy foodie experience.

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OC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Great food and service. The restaurant, however, is filthy. It’s rumored to be closing but at least clean the awful carpets.

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went Christmas night and sat at the window overlooking the harbor which had all the decorated lights. Our steaks were fabulous and the service was great. Will try happy hour, looks good

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DC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view of harbor below. Good menu. Very good food. Highly recommend.

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S
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great - above and beyond! The staff was very helpful with my friend's walker and gave us a close table to the stairs, as I requested by phone with my reservation.

Even the guests were courteous in helping carry the walker up and down the stairs.

The parking valet was also very courteous with my requests for close parking to t he entrance to unload my passengers.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our Wedding anniversary at Cannons Restaurant. The ambiance was above average.
We had an ocean, Dana Point Harbor View. The restaurant didn’t have white linen table cloth, which was a bit disappointing, it cheapens the restaurant. Although, the prices of the food is not cheap.
I ordered the swordfish and my husband ordered the Ahi. The food was good, except for the clam chowder.
It was very salty, I couldn’t eat it so I exchange it with salad. But, even the salad was very salty. They really need to tone down the salt. Other than that the experience was good. We have the sweetest server.
Thank God for that, made up for all the bad experience.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and excellent. The server, Sugar, is an excellent cheerful and knowledgeable of the menu. The view is spectacular too.

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the view is amazing and the staff is always amazing. We have been going for the past 4 years for our anniversary and love it

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JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My family went to Cannons to celebrate a special birthday. We had a fairly early reservation, 6:15.
Restaurant was totally out of prime rib and chicken. We were very disappointed. Server should have mentioned this issue prior to us studying the menu

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BT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, Mahi Mah. Service was awesome, server was sweet and attentive. Was seated near kitchen so noise level was high and had to listen to some employee conversations that we didn't need to be privy to.

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ST
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there multiple times and are never disappointed. All the servers are good, but we especially like Eric. The seafood menu is always good and the specials change often and are worth trying. If you do not want seafood the meat menu is varied and there is something for everyone. We like the clam chowder and the lobster bisque for starters. Get a window side table if available.

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PG
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been advised by the restaurant that there would be valet parking for the night due to expected crowd for a private party and it was boat parade weekend. Arrived and no valet parking. Had to park a block away.

Other that, everything was excellent. Couldn’t have asked for better service and food, even though it was a very busy night.

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AT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was average

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V
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My groups there to watch the boat parade in the harbor it was a great viewing place..Noisy because of the manny people there ..It is usually not that noisy

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was expecting something a little more like the Chart House next door. What I found was cheap flatware that had bent fork tines and a bread basket of stale (hard, reheated) bread. The food was acceptably good, but we'd already started with a bad experience.

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CC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Cannon's is 45 years old, has seen better days, and desperately needs a remodel. The view is extraordinary and that feature alone makes it worth one visit. We were there for Thanksgiving and found the traditional turkey dinner overpriced at $49. The portion size was adequate, but no cranberry sauce came with the meal and it wasn't anything special.

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NM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The view here is outstanding! Floor to ceiling windows looking way down onto Dana Point Harbor. There's also outdoor dining options with patio umbrellas and the view to ocean. Their menu is extensive with so many various options to select from. Price point is quite reasonable. All of our food selections were delicious and generous in portion size. The only downfall is that the building/decor itself is quite dated... old indoor/outdoor type of carpeting which looks very cheap, worn spots on their leather menus, etc. It just needs to be remodeled inside. They do have a fabulous display of old surf photos throughout the restaurant and lobby.... delicious food, fantastic view, but just needs a facelift. For some reason they don't open for lunch or Sunday brunch, fyi. All in all, with its view and food it's still a wonderful place to enjoy a meal.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my moms 71st birthday. We had 3 generations and were blown away by the quality of the food and the service. It goes without saying that the view and ambiance was second to none.

We have lived in the harbor for 15 years and will definitely make this a frequent stop.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been been here about 5 times now and eachtime the food & service are always great!

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PO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very fine place to eat and entertain. Excellent food. Excellent service

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s
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went the last hour of the restaurant for my mothers bday. We got a window seat so we had a very nice view of the Harbor and the city. The server was extremely sweet and was very on top of everything. We didnt feel rushed and they were even kind to give my mother a nice bday dessert. The food was excellent and the specialty drinks were delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going here for 8 years for our anniversary at this location. It has always been a great experience.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting from NYC. Food and service were great. Seems a bit worn in terms of just having been around for so long. The last time I visited was 20 years ago and seems like it hasn't been updated since. Still, grest views and food.

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BD
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food-calimari is awesome and Sugar was an incredible server! The Filet Oscar and wine list is very good as well!

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DE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Cannons was all that we expected and more , we had great service from the hostess to the busboy and our waitress was very nice. We will most certainly go back again.

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SP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Got seated right away and ordered drinks. Ordered appetizer and salad wife had ordered a different dressing for her salad and the blue ichesseon the said and it came out in correct. They fixed it quickly

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Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We’ve been to this restaurant several times and the view is the best in the area. Unfortunately the food is not consistent. For a restaurant that identifies as seafood grill I would expect my seafood to be properly cooked.
Last night I arranged what I was hoping to be a special dinner for friends who flew in from Chicago and Tasmania and thought they would enjoy the food. It was an embarrassing disaster.
The service we received from Tracy was the worst we’ve experienced at any restaurant. We had to wait for our order to be taken, we had to wait and ask to refill our drinks, we had to wait and ask for the table to be cleared and the restaurant was not busy.
As for the food, the fish was over cooked for 3 of us and my husbands steak was a bit tough.
If you want to pop in for a sunset cocktail and apps, I would recommend Cannons only for the view. Otherwise, go elsewhere for a quality dinner.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Our server, and I forget her name, sorry was FANTASTIC. She is a Dallas cowboy fan. Extraordinary server! Would go back just for her!

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D
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It's a great place, chicken dish was good prime rib was not that good couldn't get a medium rare piece and the one I got was dry. Great place tho loved the ambiance.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere servers were nice. Food was good.

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HK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, amazing view, and friendly staff. Not to pricy either! Very good place!

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