Harbor Grill

4.6
1607 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Since 1984 proprietors John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have welcomed guests and taken special pride in the sincere, friendly attitude of the staff and quality of the food.
Located in the heart of beautiful Dana Point Marina, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the award-winning Harbor Grill Restaurant has enjoyed a reputation for the freshness and variety of its seafood and the warmth of its atmosphere.
Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast, The Harbor Grill features Certified Angus Beef as well as a daily selection of fresh seafood cooked in delicious inventive styles, including Southwestern, Pacific Rim, Caribbean, Cajun and Mediterranean.
With its reasonably priced menu, premium cocktails, and extensive wine list, The Harbor Grill has become a favorite with locals and a popular destination for visitors who are made to feel like "regulars" on their first visit.
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HV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Harbor Grill!

KB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The dinner was very good and the portions were generous, but nothing memorable as to the quality. The restaurant was full and the service was a bit slow. We sat inside, instead of choosing the outside patios and it was very noisy. A table of 10 prevented the four of us from having a conversation without shouting.

BL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor Grill never disappoints! Excellent grilled seafood and the best Keylime pie probably in the entire world!!

HP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! My family loves the food, service and ambiance. Our server was amazing and attentive.

OB
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that Harbor Grill is an independent establishment and their consistency and quality throughout the years. Very good!

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered Swordfish. It was just okay and the potatoes were bland, but still, it's not "foofy food" but the atmosphere is lively.

MK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Last three visits to Harbor Grille were great. This past visit, dinner was not great and I doubt I would go back. Fish portion was smaller than last time and carrots had absolutely no flavor.

TN
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast in a relaxed, quiet spot, with a great view too!

MM
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor Grill is one of the most consistently excellent restaurants - never ever had we ever had a bad meal or a meal that was not prepared to perfection. The staff is warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. The wines do not have a ridiculous markup and the mixed drinks are strong. Leave room for dessert - they're homemade and equally fabulous.

CA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cozy, warm inviting restaurant. The service and food are outstanding.

J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for an adult family dinner and found we had a wonderful meal and a wonderful time. As locals - we couldn’t believe we hadn’t been here before. The one issue for me - but not worth docking any stars - is that I wish they had read our reservation request for a table outside in advance vs when we got there. Outdoor was full but is a major benefit for multiple hard of hearing individuals. They did seat us near a wall but once it got crowded we were pretty quiet with each other. Thankfully - we were enjoying the food by that point.

BH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic oysters. Staff great, food wonderful and always a treat!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Great reataurant!!!

CJ
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor Grill has the best food in the Dana Point Harbor! It was my wife's birthday so we enjoyed their half-price Thursday oyster night. It was delicious. Jen is a great waitress. Love this place.

TS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I believe we like it we are there at least once a week every week ,good food , drink and hospitality!

CE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a favorite place to go, delicious sea food. Our favorites are the Scallops in a serrano chile sauce and the basil pesto salmon.

MS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Harbor Grill is the best restaurant in Dana Point for fish.

FC
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat outside on their patio, service was good. The food was good but not great. The main dishes were good, but the appetizers and sauces were average.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Harbor Grill & have been coming here for years...it never disappoints. Top quality and delicious food! Our favorite is halibut with black bean sauce. We tried the seabass ceviche this time and absolutely loved it. For dessert we had their homemade key lime pie and carrot cake which was amazing.

JG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dining experience!!

RD
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drove to Dana Point for anniversary dinner. Had reservations for 6p on Friday night. Got there at 5:15 and were seated right away. We almost always like inside with A/C going....not ones to sit outside in the heat and humidity at the ocean. So inside was great and sat at a booth which is our preference. Booth was nice, but cushions were a little hard. Our waitress was pretty responsive, so that was good. Did not have appetizer, but had wine from nice selection of wines by the glass. Draft beer selection is limited, but still was able to have a Stella! Wife had filet with lobster. Filet was very tender and tasty, and lobster was grilled instead of steamed, so this was a welcome difference as it had a nice Smokey flavor. I decided to try the Bouillabaisse, as I remember my grandfather having an annual event with friends and family each year. Maybe it has been too long from when I had it last time, but I was not as impressed as I wanted to be, but it was still good. Nice size piece of lobster in it, along with 2 nice jumbo prawns and a couple of small crab claws. Served with nice grilled garlic bread. Somehow, they knew it was out anniversary and presented us with a nice piece of cheesecake with raspberry sauce. Overall, this was a very pleasant evening, that is on the edge of the marina so you can see all of the yachts in the harbor if you decide to take a walk around before or after your meal.

Y
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been coming here over 30 years. Their grill area is open and their fish is yummy. However last night I had the short rib and it was melt in your mouth.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a perfect example of teamwork and God's romantic ear. My wife and I walked in with her wedding song being played on the piano. Such a shame he isn't always there for others' enjoyment.

We sat down and were greeted kindly by the server. The server offered advice, but it seemed like every single dish I presented was "delicious", but her top choices just happened to be the most expensive dishes. This didnt seem genuine.

However, the busser was very attentive. Our dirty plates were off and the cups filled with water. We even asked his tastiest choice and he stated one dish only without pause, then kept it moving.

Overall, the experience was a 4.5, because the server was okay, but the teamwork made it quality service.

JW
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Harbor Grill! Always great service and delicious sea food! This has to be the best seafood restaurant in the south OC! Wonderful ambiance, friendly staff and clean.

KB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous shrimp tacos, lobster Louis salad and outstanding service! We will be back.

J
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had Mahi Mahi and my wife had grilled shrimp. Both were cooked perfectly. The Mahi Mahi was tender and delicious. The service too was excellent.

R
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate with friends for an anniversary and had sea bass ceviche, which was incredible! The salmon was another table fave! You can't go wrong with Chef Angel at the helm!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliably good food. Wood grill makes the fish delish! Always recommend starting with the ceviche.

l
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the Harbor Grill and have been eating there for 30 years, but we just wish the menu might be changed to include some different side dishes.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as always. We have been coming here for 20 plus years.

TR
San Clemente

GW
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best fresh fish restaurants we've found in Southern California. We go for dinner then lunch the next day anytime we are near! This time was a wedding anniversary, could not have been more perfect

S
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable for good fresh fish, excellent engaged service and lovely ambiance of the harbor

L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fresh seafood cooked your order! Outstanding service!

G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Harbor Grill. It has great seafood food and fabulous piano.

KK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moved out of the State but still come back when in town. Great food every time.

S
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is consistently outstanding at the Harbor Grill. Our group of three looks forward especially to the Harbor Grill Cobb, specifically with crab only and thousand island dressing. Which we all ordered with those specifications. However, we got Crab Louies all the way around. They made it right, though, by delivering the missing ingredients. The restaurant was busy that day, and this is not a big problem. It was just an exception to the usual impeccably high standards of service that we've always had at Harbor Grill. I hope this was just an anomaly and that things don't go downhill.

P
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been our favorite for 20 years....friends and family love it too.....

RJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had an amazing, first visit to Harbor Grill! We even enjoyed a VIP tour by the owner Keegan Hicks! On top of that our server, Aubrey, was funny and on her game! Great experience. We highly recommend the Harbor Grill to anyone looking for great food and impeccable service. Enjoy!

P
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We frequently join friends at Harbor Grill. While the space is dated - waiting for new building - the food and service are always outstanding.

MJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here before. Great environment, great food, great service. That's why we come back. The table behind us had apparently been drinking and were getting loud, but they left shortly after our arrival so everything was fine. That is certainly no fault of Harbor Grill. They're always very accommodating. See ya next time.

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