CRAFT HOUSE Dana Point

4.4
931 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
At Craft House Restaurant we focus on serving the freshest local ingredients to our guests. From working with local fishermen in the Dana Point Harbor to sourcing ingredients from the local farmer's markets.

At Craft House we pride ourselves on having one of the best American whiskey selection in South Orange County. From you daily drinking whiskey to the one's you've spend your life trying to taste (all of the Pappy van Winkle collection).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 931 people are saying
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OCSusan
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time at Craft House and we loved it as much as the first. Excellent food, and we appreciate how many unique vegetarian options are available, as well as meat and fish. I had the butternut squash and sage risotto, which was so delicious. Began our meal with the "dirty" fries and cannot recommend them more! Topped off with cinnamon roll bread pudding - great dessert! Service is impeccable; Spencer, thank you!

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vipMarkM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has great food. Quality all the way. One of my favorites.

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TimN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service were good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch!

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Barnettdinner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good cocktails, good food, fun atmosphere and staff is very friendly. Definitely a fun place to enjoy a night out.

AB
vipAndrewB
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Seemed they were too busy. Very slow service, waited 30min for our desert that never came. We just paid and left.

KJ
KimberlyJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nite on the front patio! Delicious food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I went in tonight to try the Birria Egg Rolls we’ve heard so much about, and they did NOT disappoint. Our server was Brandon from the bar & he made a lot of really good recommendations.

Looking forward to going back.

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vipFannyG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was bland. The service lack luster. I had to keep asking the server for service. The decor was predictable. They say on their menu that the seafood is fresh, yet my scallops tasted like cardboard l. We spent almost $500 on an ok meal. They also don’t follow any COVID protocols. Not even the staff in the kitchen. Even if they did it wouldn’t change my review. I really don’t get the positive reviews. I’ve eaten a restaurants all over the world and this was not good. At one point i went into the restroom. The door was unlocked and a drunk customer started yelling at me. Staff did nothing. Just not a good experience.

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vipRobert
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been a long time since we dined at Craft House. Very surprised at the upscale menu. We never got past our appetizers... darn good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My 21st birthday.

MB
vipMichaelBinMV
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal! Drinks were excellent! Apps, meatloaf, fried chicken, Wagyu burger were exceptional! Ask for Parker!

MB
MissyB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great friendly staff! The chicken and waffle portion size should be bigger..,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good times
Amazing place

EM
EduardoM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, great service and great food, pricey drinks but really good

RG
vipRoniG
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, good selection of social hours, will be back again.

JM
vipJasonM
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Amateur hour on all fronts, from food to service. Sure, you can watch a game and drink beer here, but you can do that tons of places. Try some training of staff. Won’t return.

JJ
vipJamonJo
London
52 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor evening, excellent wait staff, delicious food & drink - we’ll be back!

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DLOKI
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Try the ceviche appetizer it is delicious, and unique. We highly recommend the Meatloaf, Aged Burger and the Fried Chicken. The variety of libations is awesome, with high marks on the variety and quality of the Old Fashioned.

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Dk65
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved the cocktails and egg roll appetizer! Menu is very interesting.

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Lindy
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cauliflower was amazing. Farm salad just ok. Scallops not the best. Chicken pasta was tasty but too rich for us. Lamb cooked well but chewy. Lamb side dish very tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We used to love Craft House however we haven’t been in a while… we brought our friends visiting town here & were extremely disappointed. The craft cocktails used to be fabulous (back when Tyler worked there) and now they are nothing to write home about. The food used to be awesome, however our scallops were ok (not fantastic like they used to be) and they forgot one of our dishes completely. The “oil slick” also may not be the best name for the seafood dish with the recent oil spill that shut down Dana Point. Last, the Better Than Nick’s Butter Cake was not better than Nick’s for dessert. A disappointing experience for our visiting friends however in their defense maybe it was because it was a Monday night & the B crew was there? Not sure we will return again. The best item of the evening was the Chocolate Mousse by far.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best server and bartender around!

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vipLeslieE
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Service & Food was excellent. The Venue was packed and
dynamic. The bar was full. We hadn't been to the Craft House for some time,
but can't wait to go back.

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Neal
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for a little date night, overall it was good, drinks and food were really good. I will definitely be going back, I would like to sit at the bar next time or even outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The front patio is extremely loud and hard to have any conversation. The wait staff was rude and not attentive.

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vipLaurieR
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was so incredible! Very welcoming, funny, attentive Our meals were all good EXCEPT the $32 burger, yes you heard that right, $32! Not worth it and really not very good. All I could taste was mustard. Everything else was good. I would go back again, maybe to try the grilled meatloaf

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vipsusanG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had eaten here before and it was really good although expensive. We sat in the back and had a great experience and waiter (Frank was excellent). I brought my daughter here because I thought it was so good before (she was visiting from out of state). So disappointing!! Food was expensive, limited and just so average. They closed the back because it was chilly (I thought they would use heaters). It’s so convenient, but I won’t be back anytime soon.

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FrankA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.. fun place

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vipRonald
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service and atmosphere at Craft House are both very good; however the entrées were just so-so, and not a very good value for the price charged. The fried chicken was particularly bad, both greasy and burnt. We actually sent it back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome except for parking. Parking was a real challenge.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We love the atmosphere and service but the last two times we’ve had dinner here, the food was not great. Our fries were cold and overcooked when they came out, my husband’s sword fish was thin and looked more like a small piece of chicken. The meatloaf was dry and my pork was tough and dry and the fritter was burned. The service was great and their wine list was as well. While we won’t be going back for dinner, we will be going back for their brunch, which is always very good. I wish they could get back to the high quality dinner entrees that they had before the pandemic.

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vipHungry
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

So sad to say that the food was subpar to horrible.
We got apps before drinks. The cauliflower which was PERFECT forever so why did they change it...was so so. It is the reason many of us come here.
The skirt steak was luke warm and so fatty and chewy NONE Of it was edible.
We were starving and ready and had to send 2 entrees back.
The scallops were perfect so I gave MY dish I was so pleased with, to my Bday boy son as his ONE request for his Bday was THIS dinner!
The waitress was nice but too casual and not so attentive and in general their staff has NOT been trained to look at ALL tables when passing by- they look only at their own, so if you need something and your server is MIA ( she was and often) good luck.
They comped our dessert and took the bad steaks off but I am SO bummed that my very favorite restaurant seems totally lost now.

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GrantG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our experience at Craft House has, overall, always been outstanding!
However, I confirmed that the outdoor back patio would be available. I was assured that it would be open for dining. That area is just one of the reasons that we are frequent diners at C H. We arrived to find the patio closed! We ate indoors The food was delicious, as always. I would suggest that the staff be advised of the patio policy! We will still come back, but now will know what the deal is. Sincerely, Dana Point resident.

TD
TheDude
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Craft House was a delightful surprise when we went there for lunch as this was our first visit. The service and food were excellent and we liked their extended brunch menu with unique dishes and plenty of choices for most palates. I will definitely keep Craft House on my list of dining choices to revisit.

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KiaK
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food selection could improve with more healthy items.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful environment. Service was excellent.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

First visit. Great food. First server was the male bartender (nice guy). Second server (why2 ?) was the female bartender (nice girl). Third and forth servers were busboys. I'm guessing under staffed because of covid? We'll be back in case this was a fluke. Everybody deserves a second chance.

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vipOpenTableMan
London
257 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant for casual dining. Bar area is almost as large as dining area. Outdoor dining can be noisy, due to car traffic nearby.

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CRAFT HOUSE Dana Point offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 481-7734.

CRAFT HOUSE Dana Point is rated 4.4 stars by 931 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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