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Harbor Grill

1150 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (54)
  • Waterfront (51)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Steak, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 240-1416
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Angel Fabian
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No catering outside of the restaurant
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Cross street
Dana Point Harbor Drive
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Parking details
Valet Parking on Friday nights. Self parking available in parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.
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Public transit
OCTA bus stop at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive
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Every evening for your listening and dining enjoyment, our pianist performs classic American and international favorites.
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Special events & promotions
Oyster Thursday every Thursday. Enjoy our delicious oyster preparations for only $9.95 for 1/2 dozen oysters. All day! All night!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1150 People Are Saying
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5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We always enjoy Harbor Grill. I especially like the Thai scallops. The staff is attentive, and the restaurant accommodates food allergies or special orders. Every meal I have had has been delicious. One caveat: Don't try to share the chocolate decadent cake - - you'll end up fighting over it.

vipCharlieDog (Portland)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Awesome burger 🍔 great service and a beautiful harbor to explore after lunch.

CarenE (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

This is my husband's favorite restaurant! He loves the pasta with scallops and serrano chili sauce. I love the salmon with basil pesto. We tend to order the same thing since we love those dishes so much! Wish they would be a bit more flexible on the three course meal with the wine offerings, would love to have a pinot grigio with my meal.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Have been enjoying the food and atmosphere for a decade.
One suggestion...Upgrade to a variety of table breads!
Everything else is perfect!!

burt (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

They are experts at cooking seafood. Their scallops and pasta dish is amazing.

RC00000 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful evening. The dinner and the service were great!

LuvsGoodFood (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

If you like oysters, Thursday All Day Oysters is a must! $9.95 for 1/2 dozen, prepared several different ways. At that price we made that our dinner, trying several ways. Were pleased with each choice. All meals looked fresh and appetizing. Staff friendly and attentive.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We’ve been to Harbor Grill many times - we find it consistently wonderful. Great food and service, wonderful setting and the piano music is always very pleasant.

5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

My wife and I had the swordfish. It was fantastic. Mine was blackened and hers was with lemon butter. Large portion of fish and tasted fresh. Food, music and service was great.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We live in Richmond, VA and found this place on Yelp. It was awesome. The food, the waitstaff (Sasha) and what can I say other than it was a great find. We were celebrating our Anniversary and this place was amazing.

The crab fried rice is to die for. I would go back just for that.

Thank you for an amazing dinner, Sasha...WE will be back

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

As always, the overall dining experience at Harbor Grill was outstanding!

happydinermostly (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We've been coming here for our anniversary for several years. It has always been a bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion. I asked for a quiet table and wound up on the patio. this would not have been my first choice but OK. Service to the patio is a little slow. Both of us ordered small cesaer salad. Both salads were wet (waitperson removed salads from check... Her suggestion). Other food was fine as usual. Next time I'll be more specific for seating.

Overall OK but not the usual great evening.

BCBC (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

This is always a great experience. Great food and service. They nicely adapted our meals to suit dietary needs. The setting is nice, quaint - not noisy and bustling like so many restaurants. No, they're not 'right on the water' but everything else makes up for it -- you can walk the harbor AFTER you eat!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Been here many times over the years. The TEMPURA PRAWNS are a favorite for our family.

walkingb (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Harbor Grill consistently has great seafood! When we want fresh seafood it is one of my top 2 choices. My favorite is the swordfish Japanese style, which is very flavorful:) They say it hot, but it isn't, just packed full of flavor. They also serve one of the best gazpacho soups we have had. It's a great place for a seafood dinner, just wish they had an ocean view, but great service and food! On the weekends there is a piano player which adds a nice touch.