Harbor Grill

4.6
1569 reviews
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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.
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RJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had an amazing, first visit to Harbor Grill! We even enjoyed a VIP tour by the owner Keegan Hicks! On top of that our server, Aubrey, was funny and on her game! Great experience. We highly recommend the Harbor Grill to anyone looking for great food and impeccable service. Enjoy!

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P
New England
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We frequently join friends at Harbor Grill. While the space is dated - waiting for new building - the food and service are always outstanding.

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MJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here before. Great environment, great food, great service. That's why we come back. The table behind us had apparently been drinking and were getting loud, but they left shortly after our arrival so everything was fine. That is certainly no fault of Harbor Grill. They're always very accommodating. See ya next time.

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BH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never had a bad meal at Harbor Grill. Their short ribs are the best !!!

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JO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Their fresh oysters from the Pacific Northwest were as good as they get unless you are at the oyster farm, as we have done. Our waiter had a pleasant presentation and was attentive without being controlling. The evening was very pleasant.

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SC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time using open table and dining at the Harbor Grill. Food and service were amazing! we will dine here again!

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GA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you are looking for an excellent fish dinner in the Dana Point area, go here. Fish is freshly cooked and always very tasty, particularly with the spicy options. We had swordfish and shrimp, with Key Lime pie and the "Creme whatever" (sorry, can't spell it) for dessert. Outstanding! These days, I guess their prices are about average, but the portions are substantial, unlike several newer places we have visited. Highly recommended!

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go-to place for a shared birthday celebration, located between our home in Oceanside and their home in Laguna Beach.

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H
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always good and service is polite and attentive

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Good ambiance

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DS
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was superb. Great recommendations and attention to detail. Food was enjoyable.

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m
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has become our default restaurant when we want to go out for a pleasant time with good fish and good martinis and good service.

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PO
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great fish as always.cold fries.expensive as always.

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h
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service, good food, even if a bit basic. Promptly seated, we had a view of part of the harbor. Sever was very friendly and attentive to our table as well as others in our area. Food was basic, but good - fish was excellent but the sides were just steamed veggies and mashed potatoes - not bad just nothing special about them. Good wine list, not loud - will come back sometime for sure.

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l
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll on the West Coast!

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LT
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Been going to Harbor Grill for over 25 years. Just a real good place. The best fish place around by a long shot. And the key is not a bunch of fancy "european" sauces...just very fresh fish cooked correctly and to taste. The place to go.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

me and my girl be McLovin this place yo!
Food all mouth waterin, sauces all saucy with all da flavor
Got dat bread puddin all up in my mouth hole....yum!!!
And that coffee OMG that coffee is something else.

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JB
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite local restaurants whenever we feel like seafood, which is often. Family owned and run it is a gem at Dana Point Harbor. It can be very busy so reservations are suggested, even mid-week and off-season. Most always a pianist playing in the evenings.

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DH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. It was a bit chilly outside, so they have us two choices inside. By the time we left the entire place was booked. Wonderful experience, great food and awesome service! Highly recommended.

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DH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience and excellent food overall. However, the "ahi tuna salad sandwich" was just an ordinary canned tuna sandwich. Very strange and misleading on the menu... Pictures on yelp that accompany the menu listing also imply that the ahi would be good raw or seared tuna. We didn't challenge it at the time since we were having a fine time otherwise, but probably should have. What's the deal?

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N
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance! Food was delicious as always!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved that we could make a reservation online... had the seared Ahi salad which was cooked to perfection but salad mix was unimpressive. Husband had filet mignon and he said rather flavorless. Waitress took our order and delivered order then brought the check. Not much interaction. Value of food compared to price was ehhh... we are local and I will not go back. Used to be better

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R
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great location. Everyone is so friendly. My favorite place for dinner.

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MH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This place a was a solid seafood restaurant! I particularly enjoyed the steamed clams and the tempura shrimp as appetizers. Also, there was a nice touch to the ambiance with a live piano player. I only took away 1 star for two things -- first even though it is located close to the water there is no view. And second, the booths for the tables were a little bit of a tight squeeze. However, otherwise, the food was very good! I would return again!

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AF
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get together with immediate family after a long wedding weekend. Real nice. Food was excellent and service we incredible.provided by Christi. Her recommendations were great . We really wanted Christi to join us for dinner, but alas she has other tables. She was great, as was the food. The piano player was excellent and at just the right volume. Will go back if in the area again.

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NA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Over all is was a very nice experience! The food is pretty pricey but very very good! They know how to cook their fish!!!

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DW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Love thw salmon and bass!
Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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TC
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Father's Day Brunch at Harbor Grill. The food was fabulous, the service superb. The waitress kept our champagne glass full and was attentive throughout the service. We definitely would go there again. The food was a good value for the price.

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BM
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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WC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Father’s Day brunch!! Plenty of gluten free options to accommodate my daughter’s food allergy. We will be back!

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this restaurant. The food is very good. Portion size is perfect. They can easily alter their recipes on the fly if they run out of something and everything still taste wonderful.

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J
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

49th anniversary !! Love celebrating here every year. Always good food,great martinis and wonderful service!! Thanks

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem here in Dana Point, exceptional service down to earth staff...and the food OMG! Give this place a try if you are in the area, promise you will not be disappointed.

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were awesome. The gumbo was especially good!

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NA
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucky view and great food

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J
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to this restaurant for many years and it certainly is one of our favorite restaurants. Seafood is always fresh and prepared perfectly. For beef lovers, that too is a great choice. Mesquite cooked food. Yum. Highly recommend.

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c
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband always gets the blackened sea bass and I usually get the salmon. It is always delicious however I decided to try something different and was sadly disappointed. I won’t say what I ordered but it was not the salmon. My husband’s sea bass was “phenomenal “. Service was great and it is such a perfect location.

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NB
Orange County
56 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place! The food the service is always excellent.

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KK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a sure bet -- awesome fish and preparations and friendly service!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to harbor grill for more than 30 years. It’s always great!

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