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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great views. Lots of seafood options.
Typical “wharf” restaurant
Friendly service.
Food was good.

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PeterF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice setting and location. Food good but not cheap. First fish ordered (Swordfish) was dry and overcooked. The place was not busy but getting a resolution (switched to salmon) took a while. Second dish was properly cooked.

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AngeloS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

By and large the food is excellent and well prepared so long as you don't get lobster or anything with sliced tomatoes

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was great. Ambiance was low lit and had a great chill vibe. Highly recommend the salmon. Alcoholic drinks had generous ratios.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Very overpriced and very below average food. Service was very questionable. Would not recommend for a date.

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Shine
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went to Harbor Restaurant for Valentines Day, and enjoyed it.

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EvelynI
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our valentines dinner after air sunset cruise that ended at 6, our reservation was 7 P.M. so we arrived early. The receptionist was able to get us a table earlier than 8, we were happy. We had the Valentines special menu and it was delicious! The staff were friendly and service was excellent. Grateful for a memorable evening!

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Seafood
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine's Day

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Sandykb
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Please add some vegetarian meals at least. We’re trying to eat Vegan, but unless we go to a Vegan restaurant, it’s hard to get good choices.

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melindat
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view...delicious food, especially the fish and chips. Generous portions and great service for little ones.

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vipTheo
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Frozen seafood platter. Order was wrong on both dishes. Woman talking on her speaker phone. Waiter hugged her. Did not care to address. Sloppy service all the way around.

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vipSamPetersOnTheTown
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place to start in Santa Barbara. On the wharf, good seafood and drinks!

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ppilot5
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a quiet night in the restaurant (February) so noise level was low. They offer a 32 ounce (2lb) ribeye steak with veggies and twice baked potato. I asked the waiter if that was a miss-print. He said "No." and it was delicious...my wife and I shared it. Monster Maui onion rings also excellent. The lights inside the restaurant were quite bright so views were not an attraction at night...but then Santa Barbara by night isn't the Las Vegas Strip. We recommend this restaaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We like it but they need to add more variety to the menu , it was ok not amazing.

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DonaldM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great view of the ocean and the coastline. All of the food was delicious. The bread served before the meal was tasty and came with 3 kinds of butter.

New England Clam Chowder, steak, twice-baked potato, cheeseburger, and fries were all excellent. And so was the Margarita!

Our waiter was helpful and attentive. A terrific meal, next time we visit SB we will be back!

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HelgaundHelmut
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

8th wedding anniversary at our reception restaurant. Have loved this place since coming to Santa Barbara in 1983. 2-tier seafood tower was over the top, with lots of king crab, shrimp and lobster to take home. But the Bombay Sapphire martinis made the night and did me in. Glad we made it home without a DUI. That’s the way I like it. Uh huh uh huh. Worthless the next day, but thank you, Harbor for a memorable night. Great job, Eric, and thanks for the 3rd martini after you splashed some butter Into my 2nd one.
I’m ok now, and remember most of the night. Love the Harbor, Harry’s and T-Off. Best places in town. Thanks, John Scott.

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RebeccaR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and views were amazing! Lovely server, Jen and the ladies up Front ( Daisy and Rebecca) were so welcoming and very accommodating. Full of smiles!!!
Will recommend this place to anyone traveling to SB and will be back for sure!!! Thank you!!!

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sherryb
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive , but wonderful to our family of ten. Good food! Something for everyone

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vipVictoria
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff and great food! The views are amazing, the brunch menu has it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I came for Christmas dinner. The food was buffet style. I will say open table could have mentioned this during my booking of this reservation. It was monsoon raining on Christmas Day and the parceling valet and staff could have not been any nicer. Food buffet was excellent. Complimentary champagne was offered. Will definitely come back when in town.

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BarbaraY
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love the Harbor Holiday buffets! Great food and service. Its definitely a bit pricey, and I don't eat enough to make up for the cost, but I still LOVE IT!

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BarryC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The harbor is an annual tradition. Each year I take a group of 6-10 for the Xmas dinner. I have a boat in the Marina just nearby.
It’s the only game in town on Xmas and I always tip very good because the servers works so hard. But this year despite my usual window table request, we were show. To a table right At the front door away from the windows in the cold wind. We immediately reminded them we had requested a window table and so they took us to yet another non window table but at least we could see the ocean.
With this and the fact that the deserts were terrible this year, no pieces of pie and cake, just marshmallows on a stick dipped in who knows what. So we wi t be back next year I’m afraid.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there many times for holidays and we will be back!! Everything was very nice!!

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Scott
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch

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GeraldineC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our food was great and the service was excellent!

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RobsF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite visit to the Harbor Restaurant is always the parade of lights. Great view of the boats and great view of the fireworks after. Miguel our waiter always fabulous. A master of his trade. Food is great. One of the few places you can get fried calamari steaks for appetizers and scalloped potatoes. Feels like Christmas!!!

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vipKimL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the view was excellent! We had a really nice breakfast and look forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it our waiter was amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Their Thanksgiving buffet was horrible! They didn’t fill up empty trays and food was cold and gamy. The prices are highly inflated because it’s a tourist trap. They have very few options for vegetarians even though they say that they do on TripAdvisor. The service was so slow that we had to put our dirty plates on an empty table next to us in order to sit down with our dessert plates. I complained to the manager and owner and they did nothing. DO NOT SPEND MONEY HERE!! It’s a scam!

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MarkP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Thanksgiving dinner there was nowhere near worth the $75 per person that was charged. Server never told us the champagne was included in the price so we ordered drinks and it went downhill from there. Might go back for a normal dinner but never again for a holiday meal. Very disappointed.

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vipAliceS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I made a reservation here for Thanksgiving dinner after reading all the great reviews--& the experience was great! The staff was extremely friendly & the atmosphere fun & festive! Keep in mind: It is VERY crowded with celebrating families & groups, so if you don't like that ambience, it's not for you. But if you do enjoy a lot of people out doing the same thing you are, then it's pretty fun. The buffet itself was great--tons of options & even a Kids Buffet with sliders, pb & j, fries, fried shrimp, & chicken nuggets (super cute, set at a lower table). The turkey, coconut shrimp, salmon, tuna tartare with caviar were fantastic! There were 3 types of gravy and ham, prime rib, & lamb in addition to the turkey, so they did not skimp on this buffet! We were sat at a table at the opposite end of the restaurant from the buffet, so the walk was long, but our room was quieter, which was great. The desserts were perfect--displayed on a sailboat table & in small portions great for trying different items. Our waiter didn't come to bring us water & champagne for almost 30 minutes, but after he found out we were his, he was very attentive. I think they were just so busy, & our table was far off in that quiet corner. The bottomless champagne was awesome. :) A hostess from the restaurant called twice in the days before the date to confirm our reservation, & she was great about adding an extra person. She also explained the parking options very clearly, which was a help since we were coming from out of town. Everyone had a great evening & thought it was a fun choice for Thanksgiving Dinner! We would do it again!

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JamesE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The Thanksgiving buffet foot was very good. Lots of variety and well prepared. Service left something to be desired. We had a 4:15 reservation. Arrived on time and were told it would be a few minutes (no problem). After half an hour standing around by the host desk we inquired how long it would be and were told another 15 minutes. So we said we'd go wait upstairs and have a drink - they said OK and they'd find us up there when our table was ready. 45 minutes later we went downstairs again to check and it was clear they had completely forgotten about us. If we hadn't gone down to remind them we'd still be sitting upstairs.
They did seat us immediately after that. Next thing is we ordered OJ for our 7-year old, and after what had just happened, the server informed us there'd be an up-charge for OJ. Not a big deal, but seriously!? I was a server all through college and never would have charged someone for a glass of OJ after they got seated over an hour late. That's just customer service 101.
Then in general, the service was just kind of mediocre -- not what you'd expect at the Harbor. The problem was NOT our particular server - she was fine, it was obviously what management had instructed them to do. For example, when they cleared our plates after the main course, they told us to keep our silver wear for desert. Again, seriously?! We're paying $75/plate and you want me to use my dirty silver wear from dinner to eat desert. That's what you expect at a Denny's, not the Harbor Restaurant.
All that said, we had a good time, and the food was good, and we'd go back again; but I hope the management can get their act together for next year.

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vipEdieD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving buffet-5th or 6th year for us—always excellent!

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Everhunt
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Thanksgiving buffet. Selection was marvelous. The beginning champagne was delicious. Service especially by Ricardo was impressive. May have to go again next year.

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TomE
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful annual Thanksgiving feast in a gorgeous setting. It's a family tradition each year for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed all of it

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vipejb4933
Central Coast
67 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met some friends there and enjoyed a beautiful sunset while totally enjoying their buy two dinners for $29.95 special! Two of us had the swordfish which was amazing - a very plentiful portion with tasty scalloped potatoes. One of the others had the fresh fish of the day which was sole and the other friend had the fried shrimp. We were all delighted with our meals and the service!

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Robin
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleased.

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RandiS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lobster special was very expensive and not a large enough portion to justify price.

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Harbor Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 963-3311.

Harbor Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 582 OpenTable diners.