Harbor Grill

4.7
1914 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1914 people are saying
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whatareyouhaving
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Arrived for reservation on patio and were seated around corner in back. Felt may be not as well attended to but was not the case at all. Several heaters had us plenty warm, coats off on a chilly nite even as we stayed late. Food was delicious! They've got winter patio dining figured out. Scallops with red curry and angel hair instead of rice, yum!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent. The hostess and waitress were great.

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RameshR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, we end up merging two other individual reservations to one (six kids on separate table and five adults on separate table) amazing food and service

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vipDanielH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during our Governor's attempt to close many businesses, the Harbor Grill has been doing a great job staying open, if only outside. Their food is always great and the service is fantastic. Eager to return again and again.

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vipRaindog
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always great service with fabulous food to match. Their lobster rolls are legit, and the clam chowder reminded me of New England. Thanks Harbor grill!

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LitaG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had lunch with my best friend , and we truly enjoyed sitting outside ( socially distanced )Table . The service was exceptional , and we were able to sit and feel uncrushed. Cant wait to go back.

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CathyF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Patio dining only, but the excellent pianist could be heard easily, which helps mute some of the conversations of people walking by. Heaters were plentiful. For was delicious, although my husband's portion of mahi mahi was a little small. Our server was training another young woman so we were well cared for.

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vipChristyM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service at Harbor Grill are consistently great.

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GARP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite Dana Point restaurant for tasty fish dinners. We got the "Fixed Price" dinners, and as usual the shrimp and salmon entrees were great. Also the soup and salads are very good as well. The Creme Brulet (sp?) is our favorite dessert. Service at the outside table was excellent and the live piano player can be easily heard, which my wife and I always enjoy. An awesome restaurant even during this pandemic.

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DanicaE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, good service. tables spaced nicely. great wine list

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ElizabethM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I sat at the bar. Service was excellent. All employees that I encountered were friendly. The lobster roll was delicious! Nice selection of wines by the glass.

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GigiC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I took a random trip down to SD and had already had this place in mind. There was indoor and outdoor seating which was a plus for us because it was cold. Social distance between tables was perfect. The food was AMAZING. We ordered the fries calamari, DELICIOUS. I order the grilled salon that comes with veggies & choice of side order (I got fries). My boyfriend got the rib eye steak and it was mouth watering. I definitely recommend this place. Cozy home vibes with mellow music playing in the background. I also ordered some red wine and let’s say, I can’t finish it but it was good ✨

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vipNoBe
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent always always satisfied. The best variety of fresh fish around! It’s obvious why this restaurant has been a favorite with locals. The attention to consistency and top quality is apparent.

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vipJamieB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service, our favorite restaurant

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Simone
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Harbor Grill has been operating for years and years---and there's a good reason. It's the consistency of the high quality of ingredients, preparation and serving of an excellent menu. I always look forward to dining there and have not been disappointed. In fact, always delighted!

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Fred
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice see food, somewhat expense. Still chefs there are pretty good. Also they have life music couple time a week.

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vipsvd1svd2
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband loved his Cajun mahi mahi tacos. My lunch combo with clam chowder and lobster roll was just ok. My food was cold and overpriced.

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Wildone
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster tail and crab cobb salad very delicious. Service.always goid!

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vipJamieB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor grill is my favorite place to eat:) the staff and food are Amazing 🤩

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Hank
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and you could see the chefs making the food through glass windows! Everything was so fresh and the live piano player was fantastic. Great experience thank you!

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PatH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a rainy evening and the restaurant is set up to support COVID rules. The service was great and the food was excellent. The clam chowder soup was the best I have had in a long time.

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Cryder11
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the Dana Point/San Clemente area for our 22nd wedding anniversary. It was one of the first raining nights during the COVID era, but the HG staff managed to keep a all the customers socially distanced and dry. At times, the rain was very loud, but created a very romantic atmosphere, and we enjoyed a delicious dinner of salmon and filet minon. Thumbs up!

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vipSues
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best seafood around. Great service right at the harbor, leave time for walking around after!

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Arizona
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Thank you for offering safe dining.

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vipJewels
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant ever!!!

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jonc
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The oysters nights are a good value but the raw are not as good as they were pre Covid-19

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miscony
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious, great service and relaxing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Harbor Grill and we will be back! Scallops with angel hair pasta in Serrano chili cream sauce were outstanding. And the spiny lobster was so so delicious. Great wine list. We are so happy to have found Harbor Grill.

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jonc
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Historically a favorite but the oysters were just mediocre, normally a favorite. Not gone off or I would have sent them back but were watery, not firm and not succulent. The waitress has no control or authority so she was still well tipped.

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Zarquony2016
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal the Mahi Mahi was cooked perfectly. Scallops were very good.

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vipBigDogVegas
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They are doing well with COVID issues. Food is always good and the service is very good. Been going there a long time and will continue to do so!

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Beachy4
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Best seafood restaurant in this area. Had the sea bass in miso sauce and it was close to perfect. Will be back soon. Thank you.

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LynnP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! We had courteous staff and the food was really good.

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vipJamieB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I eat here twice a week. Excellent food and service, delicious cocktails

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LNgirl8
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Harbor Grill. It’s been a part of the Dana Point Harbor dining community for many years. I have dined here many times over the years and never been disappointed in the food, service or ambiance. The chilean sea bass is excellent! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great place to dine.

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and presentation was fabulous. Service was excellent despite COVID-19 restraints. Have been going here for more than a decade and have never been disappointed. Look forward to return with friends.

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vipJamieB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant, food quality and service Excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great! Outdoor evening ambience.. little wall candles and comfortable with ceiling heaters, across the parking lot from harbor so once dark, no water views. Live piano player but could use a step it up in tune.. all kinda low key and sounds the same. Pick up the beat and liven it up a bit. Very delicious food, great variety to pick from and good full with an experienced bartender! Great service, No complaints!

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vipTonyA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Kristin was excellent!!!

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vipMARTYC217
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best brunch in the harbor...!
Keegan does a wonderful job

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 1914 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.