Harbor Grill

4.7
1974 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 1974 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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LaSirenaGorda
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always Great Food & Service. Good everyday or a Special Occassion!

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vipJohnB62
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A regular on our list of favorite places to dine. While there are a few other choices, seafood is king and perfectly prepared every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service is great, however, I believe the portions have gotten smaller for the price. Which I know many have had to do since Covid. So I’m just taking it with a grain is salt. The blackened sea bass was excellent, my friend ordered the shrimp tacos and they weren’t what he was expecting. They weren’t seasoned or anything and the tacos were fairly plain - just tortilla, lettuce and 4 great-sized shrimp. Did come with a variety of sauces. I called them “back East tacos” because I am sure my parents would love them, but for 2 people who were born in Southern California, I think we’re used to our shrimp tacos being more seasoned. All in all I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was not all that great for the price. I had the sea bass and my husband had the lobster, both were overcooked

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vipPickyEater
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I was very disappointed with both the food and service at this restaurant. We had a 7pm reservation and still waited for our table to be ready. Once sat, we were served water immediately but it took way too long for a server to approach the table. She came, left after saying she’d be back and we had to flag her down. The food was mediocre, fries were not crispy, sauce for fish was in a side dish and the presentations were not appealing. We wanted to enjoy but didn’t. I don’t recommend and won’t be back.

JM
vipJulieM
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious! Service is amazing! Love this place!

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LaSirenaGorda
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor Birthday Gathering for a dear friend during the pandemic. Food & service was excellent!

MP
vipMaryP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor grill is always consistent on every level.

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StephanieE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is good, prices are reasonable, service is exellent. Nice accomadations with heated patio and good wind break glass.

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vipmblv
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Heater was not working, food was over priced, service was mediocre

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monkey51
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have loved the Grill, and they have acclimated to the outdoor dining very well. Always top level service and fine food.

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vipJudy
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you great food, setting, and service.

Our number one in the area

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ConnieV
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Harbor Grill does not dissapoint. Our meals was delicious, our servers where on top of things.. great way to celebrate a Birthday.
thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Burger was without flavor and very small compared to similarly priced burgers at other similar restaurants

Shrimp was way over done and neither of us could eat more than half of our dinner.Server was very very good and apologetic and did not charge us for the entrées but we love the restaurant and will be back, they just had a bad night

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Have been waiting for two weeks to get in to our local favorite and was really disappointed
We have been coming to this restaurant for 30 years and I guess I would’ve hoped would have been treated as such
First off we were seated as far back into the restaurant as possible without being in the kitchen - even after requesting the front outside patio
My husbands shrimp wasn’t fresh and my favorite Japanese swordfish was dry - and what happened to the Gazpacho ? Always a favorite - didn’t taste anything like the delicious appetizer Ive ordered for years
This restaurant hasn’t seemed to keep the high quality standard
Set by John Sr. ( owner) who always made us feel like family and served dinners that were absolutely yummy
Hope you get your vibe back Harbor Grill

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KateinCA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

LOVE the Harbor Grill! My best girlfriend and I have lunch there for our regular outing now that the patio is open again. Good food, great service, icy martinis...you can't beat it. So sorry Dana Point removed all the Eucalyptus trees from the parking lot though. What a mistake! Miss those beautiful trees!

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Mari
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, delicious food, great ambiance.

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vipJane
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent this restaurant and have always had great meals and service there.

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vipLeslieE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most Fabulous fish -as always! 💕
We’ve been going to Harbor Grill fior over 30 years & the food is consistently fresh & delicious.

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vipbwhitfield
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa is an awesome waitress. Love her! The food and drinks were great as always!

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vipPHernandez
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ms. Brooke attended to us with professionalism, grace white seabass ceviche & tuna pokey, all served at the same time, just the way I love to eat!

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RogWood
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fresh seafood in South OC BY FAR!!! Highly recommended for a fantastic and reasonable meal out.

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vipLuv2goout
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant, always consistent with quality of food and service. All the dishes prepared with care. Excellent value for the price.

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Noonies71
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!!! We use to go often and just decided to go early for a BD ....

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BradJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely the best fish selection in South OC in my opinion. The open flame charcoal flavor on all the fresh fishes is second to none. Live piano nightly is great!

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vipjjbtc
Hawaii
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish tacos, not salty of covered up with sauces. The fish was extremely fresh and flavorful. Oysters are fabulous and flavorful. Fish and chips also very fresh. Batter is thin and perfectly cooked. We sat outside, and the temperature was perfect with the way the restaurant is set up. Highly suggest!

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Simone
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another perfect lunch at a perfect restaurant---we love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

CJ
vipCJones
Orange County
127 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was excellent, the server was great, the food was great. That sums it up!

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OrrieB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster ravioli was out of this world delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Paige is an excellent server. Lovely place and ambiance.

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! Can always count on Harbor Grill for consistently great seafood, (only restaurant that knows how to prepare scallops), and congenial service.

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1Queencreole
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

If you a vegetarian this is not the spot to go. There oysters were delicious and there salad was good. I enjoyed the atmosphere and great customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent!

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brian
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great foods

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GregM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you. We had a great time meeting some friends there. Appreciate all the Covid mitigation measures which allowed us to still have a wonderful time. Our server was absolutely outstanding.

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LianeC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have given 5 stars , but we arrived and they did not have our rsvp or table ready. We had to wait 20 min.
We were seated and our server was great. The smoked halibut app was yummy. HuBand had the lunch combo cup of chowder and lobster roll. Delicious.
My fish and chips were a bit greasy .
We frequent HG and first time our table was not ready when we arrived.

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TiaP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved dining at Harbor Grill they always so good to us!
Thank you for great food and the great staffs and location

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vipJane
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Harbor Grill is doing it right with social distancing and all servers diligent with masks. They are not serving indoors, but in partially covered protected outdoor spaces. While not entirely “outdoors” since there were 2 solid walls plus plastic on a 3rd wall, we felt safe. We were impressed when our waitress offered many vegetarian options which were not on the menu.

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vipmace
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Famous unique dishes!

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Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 1974 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.