Harbor Grill

4.7
2304 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 2304 people are saying
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vipRanger
Las Vegas
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our service waitress was fabulous! The menu was excellent, and perfectly prepared. Of course the location in Dana Point harbor was spectacular.

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dianeg
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to enjoy a delicious meal by the ocean. We sat on the patio with a view of the harbor (arrive early to get those seats!) Our waitress was wonderful and friendly. Our Crab Louis salad and Maine Lobster Roll was delicious. After lunch, we wandered through the shops and admired the boats in the harbor. It felt like a mini vacation.

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ShariH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food

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JohnD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always an enjoyable destination! Perfect table, excellent value, and a special "free appetizer" sent to us through Open Table made for a great meal. We will be back again and again.

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vipObanone
Vancouver
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall, the food was just ok. We had expected better. Vegetable offering with the main course was worthy of a three star restaurant at best. The seafood itself was good, but the sauce accompanying the scallops was not a good curry, despite the recommendation from our server.

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Maureen
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Service was excellent and the food delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our choice for taking friends and visitors to local staple restaurant with quality, ambiance and hospitality. We love it there! The piano player is such a nice touch and look forward to it every time.

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KristinG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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Rick
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Great food and better staff. Always a great experience. Aubrey is an outstanding food service person. She has the best attitude and is really efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite places to dine! We had the spiny lobster and it was delicious! We also had the steamed clams and they were delicious!

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RIckM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on the Dana Point harbor. Even better food and service.

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CarolineC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great patio seating. Thank you Beverly, the manager. Nice menu options.

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GabrielP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Well on a day trip over a year ago, my family had lunch at the Harbor Grill. It was amazing! Very delicious and we loved it.

This time around, we made reservations and were greatly disappoited. The service was great, our waitress was very attentive.

But the food has fallen in quality. The steak had no seasoning, and was bland. The rice tasted store bought, and the side of fruit was not something I would have expected from this restaurant. The drinks were also overly strong. Honestly, night and day from what we remembered.

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JackN
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, friendly and efficient service. Everything tasted great. Sourdough bread, calamari, clams, mahi-mahi sandwich were all very, very good. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful.

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Ilikefood
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very very good tasty food. Generous portions, well prepared. Best fish & chips in the area.

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LornaL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Audrey was great and so was the food
The table we had was on the back patio and I would not recommend it again for seating

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viptroyk
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. We were here for brunch and loved it. We sat on the patio. I enjoyed the unlimited champagne too!

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JulieS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine.

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lmcdowell
Jackson Hole
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food and terrific service.

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SCmom
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for years, had an amazing new server last night, he was very attentive to detail. Simply stated, best seafood in the area - I know - after many years we have tried them all. NOTHING compares. I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know and meet, it is so consistent!

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ErnieC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nice and it was quiet. Food was great and the staff and waitress were very friendly and attentive.

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vipSailsiren
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love HG always consistently good service and food. Martinis are the best! Large and shaken well! Their lobster louie and dressing are my favorites. Brunch is excellent with free-flowing champagne and an expanded menu. Service has been exceptional.

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RickM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bread especially good. All food, clam chowder and calamari very tasty. Service excellent and attentive.

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vipcarolT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Do not order the ribeye steak. It is thin and tasteless. I was able to send it back and ordered the chiliean sea bass, which was delicious.

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RobertD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I have been going to Harbor Grill for over 30 years. It never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long time favorite of ours. Can't go wrong here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding Anniversary Celebration. The service was superb! Will be back again soon. Thank you so much. Steve Tobey

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vipPjfunnybunny
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice lunch to celebrate my friend’s birthday.

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JanyceF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner. Amazing as always

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ValerieK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was not great. Noisy from the bar and server was very short didn’t offer specials or desserts

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service

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vipStephanieR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a lovely lunch. We had a table outside. It was perfect, it’s not the best place to go for a view even though it’s right next to the marina and everything else was just right

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday. Harbor Grill was able to change our reservation from 4 to 5 easily.

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vipJamieB
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food best service

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lesliep
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Plans to tear down the water front buildings and rebuild soon underway. That said. this simple in design interior serves up the freshest seafood and at great prices . Outdoor seating is available and popular for lunch especially. Service very good ..Highly recommend.

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raymondw
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We found it mostly sub standard compared to other visits we’ve had.

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RickF
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary with a dinner at Harbor Grill. We sat on the patio and it was very comfortable. Our server, Aubrey, was absolutely wonderful! We highly recommend the Harbor Grill based on service, ambience and an extremely diverse menu.

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vipbarryw
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, fresh fish and a great bouillabaisse! Great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and fresh!

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2304 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.