Harbor Grill

4.7
1948 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 1948 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipLuv2goout
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant, always consistent with quality of food and service. All the dishes prepared with care. Excellent value for the price.

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Noonies71
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!!! We use to go often and just decided to go early for a BD ....

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BradJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely the best fish selection in South OC in my opinion. The open flame charcoal flavor on all the fresh fishes is second to none. Live piano nightly is great!

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Simone
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another perfect lunch at a perfect restaurant---we love this place!

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vipCJones
Orange County
118 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was excellent, the server was great, the food was great. That sums it up!

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OrrieB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster ravioli was out of this world delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Paige is an excellent server. Lovely place and ambiance.

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! Can always count on Harbor Grill for consistently great seafood, (only restaurant that knows how to prepare scallops), and congenial service.

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1Queencreole
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

If you a vegetarian this is not the spot to go. There oysters were delicious and there salad was good. I enjoyed the atmosphere and great customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent!

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GregM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you. We had a great time meeting some friends there. Appreciate all the Covid mitigation measures which allowed us to still have a wonderful time. Our server was absolutely outstanding.

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LianeC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have given 5 stars , but we arrived and they did not have our rsvp or table ready. We had to wait 20 min.
We were seated and our server was great. The smoked halibut app was yummy. HuBand had the lunch combo cup of chowder and lobster roll. Delicious.
My fish and chips were a bit greasy .
We frequent HG and first time our table was not ready when we arrived.

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TiaP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved dining at Harbor Grill they always so good to us!
Thank you for great food and the great staffs and location

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vipJane
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Harbor Grill is doing it right with social distancing and all servers diligent with masks. They are not serving indoors, but in partially covered protected outdoor spaces. While not entirely “outdoors” since there were 2 solid walls plus plastic on a 3rd wall, we felt safe. We were impressed when our waitress offered many vegetarian options which were not on the menu.

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vipmace
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Famous unique dishes!

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vipTheBalesky
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were sat right when we arrived. It took a bit for the waitress to come around due to her being the only server and the hostess for outside dining. My scallops were perfectly cooked but the noodles were over cooked and the sauce was so much that there was no other flavor. My husband had the swordfish. The glaze on it was amazing but the swordfish was so dry it was like eating canned tuna. My son ordered the chicken strips and they were not even real chicken it was pressed together chicken formed into strips like from McDonald’s. The whole bill was 145$ and if it wasn’t for the atmosphere of Dana point and our very cool waitress I don’t know if we would return. It was a cool experience though.

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DeanReyn
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great plate of food since 1984. Service is solid and grab a table upfront if you can for people and boat watching.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Harbor Grill for over 30 years. Always a great meal!

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vipGodfather
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As consistent as it gets, always good. Nice people and view of the harbor.

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vipmace
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Fresh seafood, unique dishes.

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vipChristine
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really love the food. The staff is so helpful and nice. Thank you. CHRISTINE

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vipSteveB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great choice. Had the lobster roll this time. Outstanding.

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kdblond
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, friendly service and excellent location! Love supporting local small businesses during this time!!

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vipmace
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Food is fabulous. The view spectacular. Fresh grilled seafood.

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vipNoBe
Orange County
71 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh fish, great service, always consistent! Our local favorite place.

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PamelaC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going here for over 25 years never disappoints

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LisaH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints ! Miss the smiling faces of the servers. We hope our tyrant of a governor stops his ludicrous mask guidance - he can't make law.

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vipJamieB
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service best food

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BenM
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday occasion

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llewloc
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here about once a month the best seafood in the area.

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LynetteM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service!!

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DawneR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Harbor Grill. Our server, Allison, was fantastic as usual. We always ask for her.
The lobster was cooked and seasoned to perfection!

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TheSilverFox
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor Grill has been a treasure for us for years. Service and food is always excellent.
Highly recommend!

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MarkL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

My wife became ill Last Thursday night DEC 3. She ate the Miso Glaze Sea Bass and thats what made her sick. We eat there weekly for the last 2 years. She never gets sick. She spent the entire night on the toilet and shes sure it was the Miso Glazed Sea Bass. I hope you take this and other feedback and figure out the cause. We are old enough to know what made us sick. You meal cost her an entire day to recover. We wont be back soon and I only hope you know what caused it. Mark and Juana Licata. PS she never gets sick.

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whatareyouhaving
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
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 on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RameshR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
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.

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 1948 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.