Harbor Grill

4.7
2124 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 2124 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Father’s Day dinner and the food was delicious as usual. We always have a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fathers Day

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EncarnaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant, the food, location and service were excellent! I will be coming again soon!

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PegF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely dinner with friends -- 4 idifferent fish dishes, all perfectly cooked and seasoned. Light, tangy sauces that left us planning when we could come back, and key lime pie to die for.

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Marko
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining at Harbor Grill is always an "edible experience"
Fish always fresh and prepared with different sauces (Curry, Mango) and others.
Servers always friendly and cleanliness is always a priority

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LiaH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

As always the food and cocktails were soooo good! Great prices for the great service and quality! Only downside- it can be very, VERY loud during the evenings. There is a live piano player (which is wonderful) but the acoustics of the building kinda suck. It's both glaringly loud and the way the sound travels you can hear someone's conversation from the other end of the room.

Other than the noise issue, my partner and I come here often and always leave very happy. :)

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Jane
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Simply put, we love this place. It is one of our go-to local restaurants as a couple or with friends. My MIL loved it when she was able to go out, and they were so kind to our 90-something year-old. In well over a decade, we have never had poor service or a mediocre meal. The wine list is short, but very well chosen. Try their Austrian Gruner-Veltliner as a change from sauvy.

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RogWood
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and consistently good food and service! A FAVORITE of ours for over 35 years.

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bigoz13
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fortunate to have visited on an oyster special night - the Big Easy oysters were delicious! Friendly and low key.

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LaSirenaGorda
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Harbor Grill is ALWAYS a treat with great food & service. I’m never disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Meh… Was not a good experience. We went especially for the “view” and had the worst indoor booth in the place. We had a reservation for outdoor seating and ended up in a dark indoor corner. Ok let’s make the best of it… New England clam chowder not for us as it was full of corn. Crab cakes were good just a little overwhelming w red bell pepper.. Swordfish thin and overdone also overload w red pepper flakes. We were told it was slight just an accent. That was not the case. And I love spicy. Scallops that 2 of us ordered (just plain grilled fortunately) were good. Brochettes very basic. Key lime pie overwhelmingly sweet. Too many other restaurants on the block to eat there again. Not recommended unless you want very basic, cafeteria style plating, and every dish either too much spice or garlic that you couldn’t taste what the dish started as.

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Maureen
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly and helpful. They did not rush us through our lunch at all. We'll definitely be back!

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Lisa
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Saw the ratings and menu and thought it would be really good food. It was okay. Next time we are in Dana Point we will move on to another seafood restaurant.

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NeilMc
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We mainly go on Tuesdays & Thursdays for the oysters but we can never resist the scallops which are to die for.

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vipSallyS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good solid choice. Nice location.

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EddieB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 47th anniversary, a perfect evening, not rushed just a very nice time

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All meals were delicious, server was very friendly and helpful on meal choices.

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VickiL
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for lunch. The restaurant was busy but the staff was extremely friendly and professional. The menu was generous with choices. I had oysters on the half shell (Oyster Tuesday) and steamed clams. The oysters were excellent. The clams were tiny but there were over two dozen in the serving. The broth was quite good and came with garlic toast to sop up every last bit. My husband had the lobster roll with clam chowder and thought it was very tasty. Having had worked in a seafood restaurant for many years, I am quite picky and judgmental about my seafood and I did not find one thing to fault. Highly recommend.

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vipJiggy
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service not very responsive. We were waiting a long time between visits from the wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed by how good the food was. Fried oysters were fantastic

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vipPaul
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was great, as usual. Excellent service also.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was slow. My daughter ordered a mahi-mahi sandwich she thought it was tasteless.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The entrees were good but the appetizers were very mediocre and was not worth the value. The margarita was full of big pieces of ice.

The ambience was good. It was not a quiet date night place but that’s fine.

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joicee10
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, good food and nice to return to normal. All round very good experience.

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WarrenH
London
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual; the best restaurant in Dana Point 👍

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vipKellyB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Quality and consistent. We’re here every weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipMikeyB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood near the harbor and excellent service. Booked the reservation on OpenTable and they emailed me a free appetizer or desert with purchase of entrée. We utilized the coupon for the raw half dozen Oysters on a halfs hell and they were delicious, served with fresh horseradish and cocktail sauce. The clam chowder was perfect with the complimentary sourdough bread. Decided to order the Japanese style Swordfish with rice and veggies and it was cooked and spiced to perfection. Thanks for Ana amazing dining experince!

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vipPjfunnybunny
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great drinks and friendly service!

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Bobb
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Swordfish was under cooked and had strong taste. First time ever to be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything surpassed expectations. Meal and service was
excellent.

JB
vipJamieB
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent! Best view

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leticiar
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to go out instead of in for a change
It was nice to be out sitting in the sun enjoying
A great meal. The Mahi Mahi tacos were delicious
Our server was attentive and courteous.
Even the bartender serving us before our reservation
Was polite and friendly.
We will definitely return.

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michaelW
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was hoping for a nice dinner in an attractive setting, but got rather mundane and prosaic food in what was at best an average setting. it was a special occasion, as was noted when reservation was made, but we were seated outside, next to the host stand, and with a view of the business next door. Would not go back, Chart House would have been better.

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vipRene
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! The service was wonderful and the our dinner was great.

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vipSandyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The lobster was outstanding!!
Service was fantastic!!!
Loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. We come here a lot because we can rely on great food, fresh seafood and courteous service. So happy to have the piano player back too! It really adds to the ambiance and service.

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PoliceBoy
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This my favorite seafood restaurant. I especially enjoy the oyster special on Tuesday and Thursday, and the Sunday Brunch. Everything on the menu is a winner. The waiters and servers are great. The dining atmosphere on the patio with the piano playing in the background is priceless.

FAQs

Harbor Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2124 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.