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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

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (47)
Waterfront (45)
Good for a Date (38)
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Special Occasion (30)
Casual (28)
Healthy (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Scenic View (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Cozy (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Business Meals (14)
Live Music (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on January 9, 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 7, 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 5, 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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·Dined on January 5, 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 2, 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 2, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·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 31, 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 31, 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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vip
 (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 30, 2017

Seafood gumbo was delicious.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 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 28, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We make an annual trip to visit family in the Dana Point area. This is always a "must eat" restaurant. We have never had a bad experience at the Harbor Grille.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Been patronizing for 30 years. Great seafood and grilled preparation. Great harbor experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

My wife and two children eat here several times a including almost every Christmas Eve, and we absolutely love it. It is an absolutely terrific restaurant and highly recommended.

It was packed this past Christmas Eve which is why the noise level was "moderate", but it is usually a quiet restaurant. Also it has always seemed a bit over priced which is why I gave it a low mark for value, but that does not deter me from giving such a strong recommendation. Try it.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We absolutely love this restaurant. The food is wonderful every time we go there. The people are outstanding in the service. The Chilean bass is something like little angels dancing on your tongue! I would recommend this winder restaurant to anyone again and again!

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Comfort Food, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Harbor Grill is a favorite restaurant of ours. The fresh seafood is always excellent and cooked to perfection. They have speciality martinis and an excellent wine list. The staff is personable and highly efficient. The piano player is there nightly and adds to the cozy atmosphere. This restaurant is a must if you haven’t been there yet.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great wood grilled fresh fish in a casual setting in the harbor.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Healthy
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 44th anniversary with a dinner at your restaurant.
The food was great and the decorations inside and outside made it even more festive.
Thank you for the dessert you gave us! It was delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Music, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always enjoy Harbor Grill. We go there for special occasions and/or to just catch up with friends. Service is always great. Food is consistent and good. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

We have always enjoyed coming here. We don’t eat out often but have made Harbor Grill top on the list. Unfortunately this visit both the salmon and mahi-mahi were very dry throughout the fish. Scallops and gumbo were great. We’ll go back for sure but stay away from the fish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great time, also bought a number of gift cards for Christmas gifts Amy provided great service.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The ceviche was awesome and our entrees were very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

I had a great experience with this restaurant. I visited here last weekend for our anniversary and asked if I can have a table near to ocean view to watch boat parade. They advised me to find a private parking lot and the table was great to see the ocean view. Because it was dinner time, it was a little bit dark, but someone may love it. The server was great and they gave us a surprise cheese cake for anniversary. I recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was Christmas Boat Parade night, so maybe not a fair night to judge the restaurant. Exceptionally busy.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were in from Chicago and had a great seafood dinner. We try and go to harbor grill every time we are in oc

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our server was really nice. The food was good but my vegetables tasted like they were frozen not fresh. My daughter found a hair in her Ahi Tuna and our server was very apologetic and replaced her meal, but they did not go beyond that with a free dessert or discount. The steamed claims and bread were very tasty!

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food is always excellent a little pricey. Our server was very good. We enjoyed our dinner
with my daughters one who just arrived that night from Virginia.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I made a reservation here for dinner so that we would could easily walk to the bridge for the Dana Point Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. I frankly wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. While a bit pricey, the fish was excellent. There were some newer interesting choices as well as old favorites. They also had my friend's favorite white wine, Frank Family Chardonnay. Due to the parade, the place was jumping and a bit noisey, but we could still carry on a conversation. I'll be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Xlnt meal for 4 of us from Riverside and Laguna Niguel. Our visitors were very impressed as well as us.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We love this place. The food is very good and the location is lovely, right on the Dana Point Harbor. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A favorite local restaurant of ours, people are nice food is great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We celebrate all our family birthdays here. The food as well as the service is wonderful. It makes for a perfect evening out.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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