Harbor House

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$30 and under
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Seafood
The Harbor House opened in 1980, and serves fresh fish, shellfish, premium steaks and local draft beers.
We offer upscale casual dining upstairs and on the outside decks as well as private event dining downstairs. Come and enjoy our great city and harbor views. Walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center, we are an ideal spot for banquets and private events.

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Specials

Happy Hour Everyday 3pm - 6pm!

Happy Hour Specials on local craft beers, martinis, house wines, margaritas, oysters, calamari, and more!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 4, 2019

Ends: August 5, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

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OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow but once we ordered appetizers were out within 10 mins. Food was all exceptional!

BA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor House was great! Four of us met for lunch to have mini 50 year reunion. We weren't rushed when it came to ordering our meal. We were too busy talking! We sat there for over 3 hours and not once did we feel harassed or rushed to leave. We had a lovely leisurely lunch. Thank you Harbor House!

R
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jojo was exceptional! The ambiance was excellent. The sound level was low so we could talk. The food was excellent. The service was exceptional.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was really good. We didn’t wait for anything and the waitress was really great. Views of the water are really gorgeous. Food was disappointing. I had the seafood risotto. Super blah not worth the price. Hubby’s steak was dry and whatever. Would come back for a lunch or some cheaper food for sure.

GT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, drinks were exactly what we were looking for, gorgeous views, can't wait to come back again.

RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good.

KG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location, the food was okay. I had the filet and wasn't impressed, the wedge salad was fantastic. Overall a cute restaurant and the drinks were great.

JS
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The view was great, but our reservation was advertised as "outdoor seating", but wasn't -- there was only one table available outside and it was taken. The service was mediocre and the food was basically what you can get at any Red Lobster (just more expensive). Don't get the chocolate cake! It had a horrible plastic-y after taste. Definitely a tourist spot, so don't have high expectations going here.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We happen to be in San Diego during my birthday, staying at the Marriott, so I wanted to find someplace nice on the water. We couldn’t have chosen better. Harbor House has a view of the Marina and Embarcadero. It's fancy, but not over-priced.

We were seated on a small patio, our table the only one on this part of the deck. The service was very quick and attentive, and she gave me a dessert for my birthday.

The Grilled Mahi Mahi was just delicious, and my husband raves about his steak. So glad we found this place to celebrate.

s
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food—Fresh and a terrific wait staff. Beautiful view of the bay!

DL
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, the view, and especially the view were all excellent and exceeded my expectations. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the San Diego area. I know I will return on my next trip.

CB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

4 of us. 2 orders of grilled oysters...excellant! 1 salad of burrata & heirloom tomatoes...4 spoons of burrata 3 cherry tomatoes, greens NOT worth 17.00. 3 of our entr÷s, 2 galley platter, fish and chips ALL came out lukewarm, fries not warm. Not a choice again. Very disappointed. Never again

j
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor House is a great find. The wife wanted seafood on our recent visit to San Diego, so I did some research on available upscale restaurants and chose HH. She was very pleased. We had a window seat, so we were able to view the sunset, the harbor and all the locals in the park below. The service and food were excellent. (We had a slight mix up with our desert, and when brought to their attention, the manager apologized profusely and removed BOTH our deserts from the tab) I felt the $$$ was a bit high, but then again, I did say upscale. This is a definite return to establishment the next time we are in San Diego. Go have dinner, and enjoy ALL the Harbor House has to offer. By the way, we were there on a Saturday night, and although we had reservations, they never appeared to be super busy during our two hour stay.

CK
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice table with a view of the ocean. Good size piece of fresh Mahi-Mahi served on bed of fresh veggies. Friendly waitress. Restaurant got busy around 6 pm

A
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was not great for the price. Restaurant was older but in a good location.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was averaged at best. I ordered a ribeye steak medium rare. It took a very long time to deliver the food despite it being a slow Sunday evening. When my steak finally arrived it was cooked very well done! They of course made me a new steak but that also took a very long time to remake. My family all ate their complete meals before I was able to receive my meal.

JP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Drinks much better than the food. One meal (out of six) had to go back and another was significantly sub-par. Staff was great but they cannot save the day with the food.

4
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of 12, received excellent service the whole night. Food choices were enticing and no one had a bad dish. My vegetarian risotto was delicious.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere great food our server was the best I have ever had

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and yummy evening.

EG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Harbor House on a Monday and we sat on the patio. The sunset view while visiting with friends was wonderful. The food was fantastic and the service was quick and the team was very nice. If you can get a patio seat near the windows it's worth it.

OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Okay food nothing special. Wings were pretty but didn't taste like much. Too much barbque sauce. Mixed grilled was tasty but poor prep lead to unevenly cooked fish. Stuffed shirmp tasted like an after thought.

F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service !

CB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Many moons ago I used to go to Harbor House regularly. I hadn't been there in years, and this time I was disappointed in the food. My girlfriend's fish was dry to point that she wasn't able to eat it. My shrimp Scampi was fine. The cup of clam chowder we shared was a salt bomb. I love clam chowder but this was so salty I could only manage a couple of spoons worth.

The crab cakes were good and probably the best part of the meal.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thank you so much for accommodating with our party of 10 and also for fulfilling our seating request! We truly had a great time and appreciate the staff for being so attentive and friendly! Def. coming back! Thank you so much again!

SR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with the wife and kids. Great food and service

FJ
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I would recommend Harbor House for lunch or a casual dinner but not for fine dining. I expected better quality for the food and the service.

RS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time in several years since we have been there. We attended the Summer Pops and had dinner before. We ordered the Red Snapper and the Halibut. The meal was outstanding. Would highly recommend for the Fish. Wine list was a bit pricey.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow and the waist staff was limited. Although friendly and inviting, our waitress came to the table very infrequently. The food was excellent and the restaurant was clean. Overall, if you aren't in a rush and have time to burn, excellent restaurant.

VG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great views

FW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent selection of food choices for all dietary requirements. Loved the Rockerfeller oysters and it was an fantastic location for my group board dinner.

KA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we choose to visit frequently with our extended family and stay on the patio by ourselves; others find it hot but we love it, are always treated well and love our privacy!!!

NS
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town we wanted to pick a place that had a great locale & food. The location, the patio, the scenery is great. The service was fantastic. The food was very average and the cost for average food was high. Probably will not go here again. Margaritas were great though!

L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A little disappointed in the service. We had to wait quite a while for a server to even acknowledge us. She wasn't too friendly or attentive but when we were almost finished with our meal, she began to warm up and became more attentive. By that time it was a little too late. Overall the atmosphere and ambiance is great.

KM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we first arrived there was a little bit of confusion however when the general manager stepped in everything changed. We were immediately seated at a table near the window which I had requested and Mike who was our server was wonderful

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was over salted and not very good. One person in our party ordered the steak and it was cooked well when we ordered it medium rare, which we expected to be warm and red in the middle. It took them two more steaks to finally cook it to temp but our whole party had eaten by that time. Pretty disappointing and would not recommend this tourist trap. Sorry, but there is better quality food in SD to be had.

PR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were attending a conference at the convention center and made a reservation for lunch at the Harbor House. Had a great meal with a great view. Might be a little pricey, but based on where we were and the wonderful view, we’ll worth it. We will definitely be back!

l
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

View of the harbor was so awesome. Food was priced high and wasn’t that impressive for the price. Best thing we had was onion rings and homemade bread. Lobster tail for $51 definitely wasn’t worth it. Service was great. You are definitely just paying for location.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Service was poor and food was not that good. It was very average.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sub par food.

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