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Harbor Grill

4.7
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1876 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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1876 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Kristin was excellent!!!

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vipMARTYC217
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bonz
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was wonderful, the weather was perfect, wonderful time.

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vipKellyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our visits to Harbor Grill. From the quality of the food to the amazing service, everything is spot on which entices us to keep coming back. My husband absolutely loves the Caribbean Spiced Mahi Mahi. This visit I had their Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta, which was absolutely delightful.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated. Our server was friendly and our food arrived in a short time. Both of our dishes were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best place to get fish! Have been dining here for over 25 years....never disappoints!

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Trayshawn
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the Harbor Grill was nothing short of amazing. Our waiter Chris also provided exceptional customer service!

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vipBryanN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the local lobster and it was great! Best martinis in Dana Point!

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ChristopherL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first meal out since March, so we returned to an old favorite for brunch. Well spaced out tables, staff wearing face masks and obvious cleaning protocols, made us feel secure. The Crabacado toast was new to us and exceptional, the fish was fresh and mesquite grilled to perfection. We closed with the key lime pie - an indulgence that had us smiling from ear to ear.
For 30 years this has been one of our favorites, somehow it stays the same but still feels fresh.

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GinaR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Great food and extremely good service. Love it!

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happydiner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We decided to try this restaurant due to the nice outdoor seating and loved every minute. The server was attentive and friendly.

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LindseyD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The location of the place is great! Made a reservation and was seated promptly upon arrival. I ordered the scallops with thai curry and it was great!

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MicheleM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food was over priced and not very good. Clam chowder was not good and the crackers with the soup were stale.

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vipCJones
Orange County
111 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great at Harbor Grill. We always look forward to being here.

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vipCJones
Orange County
111 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood as always. We love this place. I can't get enough of the scallops and pasta with serrano chili sauce.

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Virginia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pretty great!! Special spot! Great would go again tonite!

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OlgaT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very friendly staff
We enjoyed the live music .. it was the most exciting part.
Did not enjoy food at all ...
ceviche was tasteless and same grilled sea bass
Carrot cake was a highlight of our dinner

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vipgoldharv
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I can't believe I missed this place for years. I love Creole food and the gumbo I had knocked my socks off. My wife had ceviche as a main course and it was excellent, too. The desert was great and even the bread was super.

We're already trying to figure out when to return.

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vipMaryP
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming here for 35 years and never disappoints! Brunch on Sundays is awesome! Whatever you pick you will be more than happy! Lunch and dinner the same! We have never had a bad experience! Love the live pianist who is there everyday for dinner and on Sunday for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Food was excellent as usual.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic food, great service, perfect atmosphere in this hyper weird environment.

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BenjaminS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to harbor grill for our 20th wedding anniversary dinner. Straight up the restuarant meal I have ever had

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vipMargaritaMike
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great per usual - gazpacho soup, salad, cilantro lime shrimp and swordfish. A bit overpriced but you are by the marina and eating fresh fish, and everything seems to be overpriced these days.

JM
JudyM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Not inexpensive, but worth every penny. We try to eat here at least once a month.

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Wildone
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant, wecarecrepeat customers

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vipHeatherS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. We have loved this restaurant for many years and never have felt disappointed.

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SharonB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! The food is always good and the drinks Excellent! Servers are always professional.

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vipHollie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Keegan & Michelle! Excellent service & the best place for seafood & steak in Dana Point.

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vipsusanh
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Harbor Grill is a local family owned gem. Their focus is fresh seafood. My husband loves their fried oysters appetizer, our friend loves their salmon spinach salad and my favorite is their crab louie salad. You won't be disappointed with whatever you chose from their menu. It is all good.

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Josh
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Bouillabaisse was bland and lobster tail in it overcooked. Martinis yummy, whisky cocktail so so, halibut on bok choi decent. You pay to be at the harbor more than the actual food. Service however was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially love the swordfish!

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MerryEater
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor Grill is always wonderful.
Food is fresh and delicious—- always.

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GingerD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious other than the french fries were not hot, just warm and cooled off quickly. The service was also excellent. My friends and I will definitely return.

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SHERYLH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for 30 years and all I can say is consistent! The food is always fresh, excellent and perfectly cooked!

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WayneB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food wax excellent as always. Service was ever present and very good. Better than in the past.

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vipArtGirl2
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I frequently have an early dinner on Wednesday’s & so chose Harbor Grill this particular afternoon. The waitress was pleasant & attentive. We ordered cocktails (I’m sure it was 5:00 somewhere) ... I ordered the Cucumber Basil Martini. I was served ICE COLD. I had a fine layer or ice floating in the top. Super yummy. We both ordered the blackened Chilean Sea Bass. Perfectly prepared. All in all the Harbor Grill is a perfect choice anytime you want a nice meal out!

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PeterE
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been patrons of Harbor Grill for years. We have never been disappointed with food or service. We just celebrated our 49 wedding anniversary here and enjoyed everything

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TonnieW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

No suggestion at this time, understand COVID has an impact on the overall look at the restaurant .

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Outoftowner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience2

They advertise themselves as having an harbor view. They forgot to mention that there are buildings in the way!

The food was good, but not memorable.

The service was outstanding!

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 1876 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.