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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (53)
Waterfront (51)
Good for a Date (39)
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Special Occasion (35)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Lunch (26)
Healthy (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Scenic View (23)
Cozy (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Romantic (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Live Music (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Authentic (13)
Business Meals (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Fun (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
People Watching (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful evening. The dinner and the service were great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

If you like oysters, Thursday All Day Oysters is a must! $9.95 for 1/2 dozen, prepared several different ways. At that price we made that our dinner, trying several ways. Were pleased with each choice. All meals looked fresh and appetizing. Staff friendly and attentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We’ve been to Harbor Grill many times - we find it consistently wonderful. Great food and service, wonderful setting and the piano music is always very pleasant.

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·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I had the swordfish. It was fantastic. Mine was blackened and hers was with lemon butter. Large portion of fish and tasted fresh. Food, music and service was great.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Live Music, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

We live in Richmond, VA and found this place on Yelp. It was awesome. The food, the waitstaff (Sasha) and what can I say other than it was a great find. We were celebrating our Anniversary and this place was amazing.

The crab fried rice is to die for. I would go back just for that.

Thank you for an amazing dinner, Sasha...WE will be back

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, the overall dining experience at Harbor Grill was outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We've been coming here for our anniversary for several years. It has always been a bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion. I asked for a quiet table and wound up on the patio. this would not have been my first choice but OK. Service to the patio is a little slow. Both of us ordered small cesaer salad. Both salads were wet (waitperson removed salads from check... Her suggestion). Other food was fine as usual. Next time I'll be more specific for seating.

Overall OK but not the usual great evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This is always a great experience. Great food and service. They nicely adapted our meals to suit dietary needs. The setting is nice, quaint - not noisy and bustling like so many restaurants. No, they're not 'right on the water' but everything else makes up for it -- you can walk the harbor AFTER you eat!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Been here many times over the years. The TEMPURA PRAWNS are a favorite for our family.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Harbor Grill consistently has great seafood! When we want fresh seafood it is one of my top 2 choices. My favorite is the swordfish Japanese style, which is very flavorful:) They say it hot, but it isn't, just packed full of flavor. They also serve one of the best gazpacho soups we have had. It's a great place for a seafood dinner, just wish they had an ocean view, but great service and food! On the weekends there is a piano player which adds a nice touch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Have never had a bad meal at Harbor Grill!!!! It's our favorite restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Confortable and cozy. Waitresses and staff were very professional and pleasant. Food was delicious and drinks were tasty. A little pricey but worth it overall!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The oysters on a half shell were exceptionally wonderful. My wife and I have eaten oysters in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, as well as on both America's East and West Coasts and in the South, and have never had better. The Lobster was delicious and very enjoyable. If I wanted to quibble, It could have been taken off the grill about 30 seconds earlier, but it was delicious. The entire staff at Harbor Grill are efficient, friendly, and give very nice service without being obtrusive. It's our go-to place for seafood in Dana Point.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The Harbor Grill never disappoints to say the least. Great food and service made a special day that much better. Thanks to all at the Harbor Grill.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I love this restaurant!! The food is always delicious. The staff is professional and friendly.
They have a piano player most nights that makes the atmosphere even better. It is an all occasion type of place. I highly recommend Harbor Grill.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Amy was wonderful as mixologist and server! Super fresh oysters, shrimp, and halibut.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was very good and our server was very nice and did a nice job. I don't think I would recommend it for a special occasion. There is no view nor ambience in the restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Scollops were the best I ever had. Waitress was nice and we relaxed and enjoyed the nice atmosphere and food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Alway good! Great service fresh food and wonderful grapefruit martini don’t forget to order the key lime pie

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always the freshest seafood that's perfectly prepared to one's liking. Great value and excellent service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Came for a birthday. Great service. Good came out relatively quickly. Our server was very attentive.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Freshest fish ever! Friendly staff and consistently good food.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is a long time favorite of ours, with excellent seafood , lovely piano music, and professional, friendly service. Unfortunately,this time our experience was less than optimal due to the large party - two tables with 16 revelers - immediately next to our table. They acted as if it was their private dining room, running back and forth between the tables, calling loudly back and forth between the two tables, gathering for a loud toast, then playing a gift exchange game with much loud laughter and more running back and forth. The hostess was aware this was a large group and she should have seated us elsewhere. I fault her for that. Conversation between just the two of us was impossible, and we were reduced to just watching the activity right next to us. We ate our dinner as quickly as we could and left - so much for a nice date with my husband.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always great service and food. I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends. Be sure to try their bread pudding, it’s the best I have ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was very poor. Would expect a good fish and chips given their location, my wife’s bouillabaisse (their speciality for $37.95) was very disappointing. Service etc. was fine.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I think the cocktails are a bit pricey but they are good so it's hard to resist. The food is worth the price though - delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We went for an anniversary dinner & were a little disappointed. We go there off & on over many years & have seen some quality drop. The bread was not good & the salmon with pesto was way too oily. The veggies were just so so. Love hearing the piano music, but not the loud conversation behind me. The staff was nice. I will go there again, but not for a special occasion.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoyed a romantic dinner celebrating our anniversary. Great menu selections and the food was delicious. Would go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I took my husband here for his birthday. His all time favorite is the swordfish. As always, it was wonderful. Our son had swordfish also and I had the shrimp. The shrimp was fantastic and I will order that again. The Harbor Grill is a nice, somewhat casual place with great food and cocktails. It is always good!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

On Thursday’s they have their oyster special . My daughter came to visit so we decided to entertain her there. I am allergic to shell fish but my husband & daughter raves about how good they were. We continued celebrating her return in Vegas. We went to Caesars Palace for one of their famous seafood / everything buffet. Their oysters were not anything to write home about. We will be returning to harbor grill again !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food. Service was excellent. This was our first time here and enjoyed it. Piano player was a nice touch.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food is consistently good. Service is always excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Harbor Grill is a great Dana Point gem with the best seafood in the area. Love their martini's with a good wine list and great service. I've been coming for close to 20 years and never been disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was very good and friendly. Great location at Dana Point Harbor. Sunday Lunch offered a limited number of dishes, almost all egg-based, but our crab & cheese omelet was excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding food and wine list contains a very solid selection without the huge mark-ups you would expect to see with the high quality food offerings.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Never disappoints.. fish is fresh..menu variety is great.. quality is excellent..service always friendly.. cannot go wrong!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Scenic View, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This neighborhood gem is not quite on the water, and that makes it go the extra mile to provide excellent service and solid food. My husband and I had a quick lunch here on a Sunday after walking along the waterfront. Our waitress was one of the best I have ever had. She spoke to guests at surrounding tables with such kindness that I am writing this review a week later and am still marveling at her great attitude. The clam chowder was exceptional, with soft clams and firm potatoes. My BLT w/ avocado was good. Next time my husband said he wouldn;t order the lobster roll, but I think that us just because lobster doesn't have as much flavor as he likes. All in all, an enjoyable meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Seafood gumbo was delicious.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The sea bass was cooked spot on! I️ got the Chilean sea bass blackened. Ambiance was nice and quiet with live piano music playing. Very nice evening.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We eat at the Harbor Grill any time we are in the Dana Point area (for vacation or business), and have been coming here for nearly 30 years. The food is always excellent, the service top notch and the location wonderful. It's always a great meal at a reasonable price.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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