Harbor House

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$30 and under
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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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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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KG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great first time dining at the Harbor House. From the hostess to our server, the service was excellent. The food came out quickly and they were very attentive. We had a great table with a beautiful sunset view.

Minus one small star for the prices. However, considering the area and views from the restaurant, it was sort of expected. The kids salmon was $17...more than I’ve ever paid for a kids meal...but it was fresh, delicious and the kid was happy, so what are you gonna do?

We will definitely be back again for brunch or dinner.

BR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our waitress was absolutely terrible. The only thing worse was the food. They should have bee $10 a plate not $40 for the quality they were. I dont think there are any spices in that kitchen. My food came out steaming hot, my partners was ice cold.

FR
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated immediately. Exceptionally friendly waitress. Limited wine selection. Very well prepared Mahi Mahi. My dinner companion didn’t like the amount of red chili flakes in the scampi, but overall a very nice meal and experience. I’d go here again on a future visit. Noise level was low, so perfect for conversation. First floor was closed, so only experienced the upper floor.

s
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely view of the harbor and a lovely meal, however, it took over 45 minutes to get our entree AFTER we had finished our appetizer. The prime rib was mostly fat. Everything else was quite good, especially the lobster bisque.

OT
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy. From the service to the food.

M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a great Valentine’s Day special. 4 course meal with lots of great selections at a good price. Hostess, waiter, and runners were very friendly.

GM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and the staff was second to none. We hung out at the bar and talked with the bartender Diana, she was a blast. When we went to our table our waiter was friendly, attentive, and very precise. Had such a good time we went back to the bar after dinner. Loved the place!

OT
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Absolutely fantastic experience. Couldn’t recommend it more highly. Will definitely go again and would be great for anything from a casual meal to an important occasion. You can’t go wrong.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Birthday.
Reserved days ahead, requesting table with view

Upon arrival, no record of my reservation.
Did manage to secure a table

Oysters-shells were open luckily 😃
Muscle was not detached from the shell.

Needless to say will not be returning.

Thanks to server TrillionAnne, she made the experience tolerable with her great personality.

HR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

I am not sure I would recommend. I asked for a great table with a view in my reservations. It was a warm day. We were given an exterior table. No assists with moving of the umbrella to help with the sun. We asked to come inside instead to a better environment and our server seemed bothered. We waited a long time for our drinks and a side of lemons. The photographer had to go get our lemons and did it within minutes actually seconds. We had to continue to order items with other staff members.

MK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice environment. The Paella perhaps not the best choice for this restaurant was ok. The general dish was too liquid. Perhaps smaller portion and better types of seafood-- Prawns not tiny shrimp.. etc.

Wine pours were generous

CN
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!!! Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was fantastic!!

S
Las Vegas
249 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! We had a lovely table looking out onto the bay. Our server, Manuel, was excellent. The food was very good, including calamari, crab cakes, fish tacos, and clam chowder. The only letdown was the Ahi Tuna. The teriyaki sauce obscured the taste of the fish. Desserts of melted lava cake and creme brûlée were delicious.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Oysters weren’t as cold as I wished. No one explained the variety of oysters so it was a mystery. Ordered grilled halibut and it came out with no seasoning, no butter, and steamed squash. Very blah.

G
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Average food, busy with slow service. Touristy

C
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful view and window seat. Staff was friendly and promptly. Food was good. Fish tacos were heavy on toppings and overpowered the fish. Bread was excellent.

BA
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Just OK. View of the bay was the reason we selected this restaurant— that was nice. The food was just average and the wine list was poor.

AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Really disappointed in this meal. Would definitely not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Food was below average, the waiter had no personality. The prices were too high for the quality.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

New Year’s Dinner

FM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Beautiful location and views. Service was great.
The quality of the food could have better considering the cost.

J
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We easily made reservations, we were seated right away and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Food was amazing. Everyone in our group of six absolutely loved their meals.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced tourist trap

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Everything was fantastic and the view of the water is very nice

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was Christmas Eve and my wife of 52 years were going to enjoy a nice dinner by ourselves. Food and service was excellent and the ambiance would have been superb had it not been for very small children crying and screaming close to our table.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Harbor House was the perfect place to watch the Parade of Lights. The service was great and the ambience was perfect for our evening plans.

m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had a nice time on this restaurant, with a great view of San Diego Bay, IPA beer was delicious, calamaries was not tender, clam chowder was salty, bread was pretty good, pacific fish was not the taste I was expecting, and coconut shrimp was ok. I come to this restaurant to have a delicious and tasty meal but, I didn't have the experience I was expecting, for the price I paid.

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The staff was very nice. They took your photo when you got there and then offered to sell you a copy. That was different. We had been to Harbor House five years ago - the food was good then. This time, it was not so good. Will not return as there are too many other choices very close by.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner

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CG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Arrived at the restaurant at 6pm and was seated right away. Customer service was slow. Ordered the Turkey Dinner they offered for the Holiday. My dinner was missing the gravy and Acorn Squash. Took an additional 15 minutes to get served. Expected a festive Thanksgiving but the Harbor House was not up to par. Will not go back.

D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our visit for the most part. The food was good, and the view is terrific. Service was mostly good but we had to ask three times for them to bring us some sour dough bread which is available on request. Oddly there are no side dishes available to order separately and many entrees do not come with any. It was a cold rainy day outside when we visited yet they still had the air conditioning on inside. So we were chilly the entire time. We had to wear our outer jackets to ward off the chill.

N
San Diego
120 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Harbor House is one of our favorite seafood restaurants. The food and service are always first rate.

HD
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I already have! The food was excellent with generous portions and great service.

OT
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! The view was amazing and our server took excellent care of us. The only downside was that the drinks were terrible, but stick to beer or wine and you’ll having an amazing experience

BE
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great! Service was a little slow. We were seated and the restaurant was maybe 25% full and we had to wait to order approximately 10 minutes after being seated. Ordered Lobster Mac & Cheese app, and swordfish plate for main dish. Food exceeded expectations. Crank up the service and it’d be a solid 4.5 stars.

OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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

BA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
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
7 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.

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