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About Harbor Grill

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.

34499 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 240-1416

Website:
http://www.harborgrill.com/

Entertainment:
Every evening for your listening and dining enjoyment, our pianist performs classic American and international favorites.

Catering:
No catering outside of the restaurant

Parking Details:
Valet Parking on Friday nights. Self parking available in parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.

Public Transit:
OCTA bus stop at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive

Executive Chef:
Angel Fabian

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Oyster Thursday every Thursday. Enjoy our delicious oyster preparations for only $9.95 for 1/2 dozen oysters. All day! All night!

Harbor Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Waterfront (23)
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Casual (22)
Good for a Date (20)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Scenic View (16)
Cozy (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Live Music (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Business Meals (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Always consistent and delicious! Welcoming atmosphere, comfortable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

We got seated right away on the outside patio, which was great to watch the sunset. The server took quite a while to attend to us after bringing the initial bread and waters. We almost went up to the hostess station to see if we had been forgotten. The oysters are priced by the 1/2 dozen which could be a little more prominently stated on the menu. I had the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly at medium rare. The steak had no flavor though. It tasted like there was zero seasoning on it. Alcoholic drinks were stout so we didn't need more than one each.

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We love the clam chowder and salad for a quick delicious dinner. It's a comfortable place to have dinner and relax.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This restaurant remains a classic seafood house, comfortable, great ambiance with pianist, and superbly prepared dishes.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

As always, the Harbor Grill served excellent seafood, well-prepared and the service was outstanding. The Chilean Sea Bass and Pacific Swordfish, Japanese style are 2 of our favorites and we weren't disappointed. We continue to rate Harbor Grill as our go-to restaurant in Dana Point and South OC.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great restaurant experience as always ! We love the food, service , & our table! Thank you Harbor Grill !!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I’ve been eating at Harbor Grill for over 20 years and some how never ordered the TEMPURA PRAWNS! OMG what is wrong with me, how did I overlook this item!!! Let me just say it’s the stuff you dream about! Crunchy on the outside, moist tender prawns on the inside, and the sauce ohhh the sweet and sour sauce! Soooo good!!! You can get it as an appetizer or entree. A must get!!!! Fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fabulous Seafood - wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic and excellently prepared seafood rather than the typical chains on the waterfront.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Try the Miso Glazed Sea Bass. Awesome. Too full to order dessert, but those looked pretty good as well!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The sea bass was outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Totally pleasant experience, wonderful service, sweet vibe, highly enjoyed it

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

It was a cool place to grab brunch and the tacos are really nice. The service was fast and the food was good. Always an option if you’re on the moon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Love the place. Been going there for 30 years. We have a seafood restaurant 700 feet from our condo. Instead, we drive 7 miles to the Harbor Grill

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent crawfish etouffee and best fried oysters.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Usually I enjoy the french-fries, but they were overcooked and tasted like little potato sticks from a can. But this is usually one of our favorite places so we will try again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As usual, food was fantastic, atmosphere was great, very friendly staff. This is my go to restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

A+ - Harbor Grill is always SO good - in all categories ! It is our Go To Restaurant for any occasion - special or otherwise. This time it was family in town and a birthday too, and it did not disappoint. It is a wonderful dining experience, and I can't stop myself from ordering the Miso Sea Bass in porcine broth (see photo) - Doesn't get any better than that - Oh, can't forget to mention the margaritas (made with their own homemade mix) - Thank you HG, We will be back, of course, to enjoy our favorite Neighborhood Gem!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

the bartender,the piano,the food,10 points,we will be back very soon

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food, really friendly employees, beautiful location, and at a fair price. All great!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Wonderful! Chef knows how to grill fish! Smoked halibut appetizer was amazing; as was the ceviche. Definitely will return!

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We waited at least 15 minutes at noon on a Monday before I asked if there was a server. It got better after that but, was never good. The food was OK.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This was the first time I have been to this restaurant and overall it was excellent. At first it was hard to locate in the Dana Point marina area but, once it was found, the service and food selection was outstanding. Although in a older building and a bit far from the marina, the patio was a refreshing place to sit an enjoy the cool breezes and the company of friends.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

grilled scallops are the best. you can see the woodfire grill from the dining room. Grilled Salmon is also great as are the shrimp, but I always order the scallops

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Harbor Grill has a number of oyster dishes and on Thursday nights they are half price. Awesome. We made a meal of only eating different types of oysters including baked, fried, Rockefeller, etc. Our server Aubrey was tremendous! She has served us before and is one of the most friendly and efficient servers we've ever had. Kudos to this restaurant. We'll certainly be back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Came to celebrate my Dad's birthday and all six of us left very happy with our meal choices. I recommend the swordfish Japanese style -- yum yum and creme brûlée.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The Braised Ribs were excellent. They were a special with a nice back story so I had to try them and it was well worth it.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Good Food, healthy , good service .

Good value too

Tags: Organic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Consistently good food for our Sunday brunches. We enjoy Fidel's great service along with the rest of the staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was excellent. Both Sea Bass and Salmon entrees were very well prepared and tasty. Service was good but restaurant decor and seating is a bit dated. I would say it was a bit pricey for the level of food, service and ambiance. $220.00 check for party of 4 with no alcohol.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food is good, but there is no ambience. No water view. Inside is very crowded, but we sat outside and there was no atmosphere there either. You go there for the seafood and to wander the shops and look at boats in marina after you eat. Still, all said, it is very popular with waits for weekend dinners.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had Raw Oysters, Civeche and Lobster Roll, our server recommended a very tasty Chardonnay, everything was excellent including our server! oh and the Key Lime Pie was a great finish, we'll be back!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great service, great food, great ambiance. Barbecued shrimp and short ribs were prepared perfectly. Highly recommend them.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 5, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Dana point. The grilled halibet/mashed potatoes is wonderful and the lemon drop martini....always have 2 since I'm never driving!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

As always, this is and will be one of our all time favorite restaurants in South Orange County. Food is incredible, service is incredible, atmosphere is great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We've been to Harbor Grill multiple times and have always enjoyed our meal. This time was no different. We were a party of 4 and everyone raved about their meal. We brought friends who hadn't been before, and the only unfortunate thing was it was unbearably hot inside the restaurant. No fans, just a humid stillness and we were all sweating, as were people at neighboring tables. I wish I had thought to call ahead to ask if they had A/C, as if I had known they didn't I likely would've changed our plans since it was extremely hot and humid that day. So, I take responsibility for our experience too, and it changes nothing about our future intentions to dine at Harbor Grill. We will absolutely return. Also, our server was one of the most outstanding we've ever had there, 5 stars for her alone!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Dana Point. We don't go out often but when we do we always know we can count on a wonderful experience when visiting our local Restaurant. The staff is very attentive and the grilled seafood is always so delicious. Thank you Harbor Grill for being the best restaurant in Dana Point Harbor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Oyster night is the best - we love Oyster's on the half shell & the fried oysters. Some night I'm going to try them all!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

All 4 people in our group enjoyed their meals...I had the Sea Bass Tacos...Yummmm!

Service was very friendly and accommodating...

Tags: Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We hadn't visited this local restaurant in years due to our less than stellar previous experiences, but we decided to give it another go. Unfortunately, not much has changed...except the prices. The atmosphere is still nice and inviting with live music and a cozy outside patio. But, regrettably, it's they're still serving up quite ordinary fare at high end pricing. I ordered the shrimp plate , and it was perhaps the blandest shrimp on the planet...served with a non-descript dipping sauce and veggies. I Passed on the garlic mashed potatoes and substituted spinach. Both the veggies and the spinach were passable, but I'm convinced that a bag of 'Green Giant' veggies and spinach would have been much tastier (and cheaper). My wife's steak was like a rubber tire...tough as nails. We won't be back.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fidel behind the bar does a great job -- always pleasant to the customer. He is our view!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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