Harbor Grill

4.8
2357 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 2357 people are saying
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GwynM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful to have lunch at Harbor Grill. The food was great, friendly staff and ambience you can't beat. Thank you all.

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vipMaryP
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here for 30 years plus and we have never had a bad experience! Seafood always fresh and awesome! Love the nightly live piano playing! Cocktails the best!

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vipVicki
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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MarlynO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful family seafood restaurant. My husband and I go there at least twice a month. Never once have we had anything reason to not be satisfied.

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vipCJones
Orange County
181 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought some out of town guests to Harbor Grill on Saturday and I told one of them that she should have the scallops in serano chili sauce. After taking a few bites she said, "these are the best scallops I've ever had." Her husband replied, that her comment was amazing since she orders scallops a lot. Anyway, we loved our time there. We will be back!

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ShanRanNYC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant in Dana Point Marina. We met a friend there for lunch. Food was very good, service was very good ... our lunch (two salads with salmon, crab cakes and fish and chips) was great. A very pleasant place to eat in a beautiful setting.

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vipNancyLynnAscencio
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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vipLeslieE
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Harbor Grill is amazing as always!!! Food & service
Is consistently friendly & delicious.

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place with great food and excellent service.

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vipJohnN
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience1

The quality of the food is not consistent as not the same as even 6 months ago. I think they have lost their cooks that they used to have.

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RobertP
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good Martini and a good meal. We will be back in the future.

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vipSandykat
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My reservation was honored with a quiet table, our server was excellent and the food was very good, per usual.

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JoniF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant! I haven't been there in so long, but it's the same quality and service I remember.

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DinahR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! As Always. Been going here since 1985
Excellent!

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LaSirenaGorda
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Food and Service is always outstanding, Great for Lunch or Dinner - Everyday or Special Occasions!!! My “Go To” place in Dana Point Harbor!

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vipPapa
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went to Harbor Grill for oysters on oyster Thursday. Terrific fresh oysters at a pretty good price of $12.50 per half dozen. Wife then had the shrimp cocktail which she enjoyed and I finished with their excellent clam chowder. All accompanied by a Muscadet Seure et Maine which we brought. Altogether a delightful way to spend a Thursday afternoon.

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TimB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place, it has never disappointed! This time we had a craving for comfort food and decided on fish and chips before we even left home. Enjoy.

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vipChefBene
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Terrific Terrific

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SaraR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio seating for lunch. We have a tradition to come here for New Year's Day for the last 14 years - all but one of those years has been great. We will return again in 2023.

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MizP
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luv this place. The staff is super friendly and efficient. The food is always top notch and we always feel at home here.

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HalM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sea Bass was delicious, love this place food is always good.

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danas
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are long time customers and it is always a nice experience

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ShariA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were here for the first time for my husband’s birthday. The service was excellent, Shawn was our server. We had a delicious meal consisting of New England Clam Chowder, Crab cakes & we both had grilled salmon with pesto sauce. For dessert we had a delectable carrot cake served complimentary. We ended with lattes & cappuccino. In addition, we were serenaded by a pianist playing beautiful music all night. Coming here for dinner made it a very special evening for my husband’s birthday!

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laurainmpls
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service. Enjoyed the mahi mahi sandwich.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and Service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good ceviche. Always love coming here. 3rd time in 3 years. I live out of state. Great menu selection and friendly helpful staff.

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Sammy11
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a lovely family dinner prior to walking the harbor lights…

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DPLocals
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor Grill is our favorite place! Always consistently great!

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Dixie
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. Good service and very good quality seafood .

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JoanJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostesses we’re very accommodating in making sure we were comfortable in our seating location. Food excellent- especially the carrot cake! Server most attentive, friendly & happy! Can’t wait to return!

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pamv
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Regulars & ALWAYS DELICIOUS FOOD & great service

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anon
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Whenever we have guests from out of town Harbor Grill is always among our top choices. Their mesquite grill makes all the difference

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JimM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Only 3 scallops…4 would have been appreciated, especially at the price. That said, they were cooked perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

When I made reservations I noted it was for a Birthday so I was disappointed they didn’t even bother saying Happy Birthday, never mind offering a special dessert. What’s the point of asking in the reservations details if you do nothing about it?
But the food and service were excellent anyway. Just too bad about the “special” occasion part since we drove up from San Diego to celebrate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and food were excellent!

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joyful
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite fish restaurant in dana point. Excellent fresh, fresh fish with interesting & delicious preparations, great value & a key lime pie that will break your heart, yum

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Bowmar
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server Sean was very friendly, informative, and accommodating. Soup was delivered hot as requested. Food (swordfish and rice pilaf) maintained the test and temperature throughout the meal. We were provided with extra spoon and fork in case we wanted to share desserts.

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MelanieB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, service and food. Enjoyed this birthday out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were all great! Will definitely go back.

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vipOCZippy1
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat outside with our dog. Very comfortable.

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 2357 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.