Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

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From amazing views of the Pacific Ocean & Dana Point Harbor to unparalleled cuisine, Chart House is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Savor a seamless blend of fine seafood & steaks, while you enjoy the elegant atmosphere & impeccable service. With 28 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From signature fish specialties and seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon & our slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines and our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Don't miss out on our exceptional Happy Hour!

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MG
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and time.

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great..beautiful view, excellent waiter, meal was perfect from appetizer to dessert.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really good!!!!

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MN
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a nice time at Chart House, great view and very good food!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always my favorite place to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy the sunset at happy hour.
Service is always friendly

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is awesome, the food was great, our server was extremely kind and helpful.

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CC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, wonderful server❣️

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R
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Prime Rib was amazing!!! Nice Restaurant with really good food and great service.

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l
Orange County
108 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started out with enjoying a happy hour in the lounge. Great drinks and great service. Then into dinner where we at last had a wonderful window side table. Very personable waiter. Probably the best lobster bisque anywhere and the most anchovies on a Caesar salad that I’ve ever had. Salmon was moist and tender and delicious. Prime rib was perfect! To our surprise we were given mud pie to celebrate my husbands birthday. All in all pretty spectacular!

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RC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re seated shortly after we got there and very enjoyable dinner

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TJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food. Little disappointed as I requested a window seat when reservations made and I saw one remain opened the entire time we were there... about 1 and 1:2 hours. Saw another couple ask about a window seat and they said it was a 20 to 30 minute.” wait...taking requests for the seat. Otherwise ; lovely experience.

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c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great waiter

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cozy place our waiter was friendly and answer all our questions . The food was tasty . Good job chef!
The seating area was tight for 4 people but overall great view, except when I noticed 2 small children age roughly around 6-8 climbing and standing on the wire / rope not sure what you call it . to seeing a much better view parent was there but must of thought it was ok . I went out to see the amazing view and was in the area where the children were standing on the ropes / wires it’s dangerous. A sign should be posted no climbing it’s a long way down .
Lots of rabbits in the area .
Happy New Year and all the best in 2019

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was outstanding, very thorough and gave some excellent suggestions. We had the mango peanut sauce mahi mahi and the scallops and shrimp, both cooked to perfection. It was a busy night, New Years Eve; however, the staff kept everything flowing from the hostess all the way to the valet. Breathtaking views with the holiday lights on the horizon. We’ll be back in the future. Well done Chart House.

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DE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

It was my girls birthday the hostess wished her happy birthday but no one else did anything. Our waiter was acting like he just wanted us to hurry up eat and get out so he could get another customer in. We have gone to the Chart House before and always enjoyed it but my girlfriend was very upset the whole night not a good birthday.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding.....HOWEVER.......the portions were WAY SMALL.

I had the AHI, and it was spectatular.......but I got 4 pieces. That's it. For $40 I got 4 pieces.....are we kidding here. There should have been at LEAST 6, or 8 would have been better.

For these prices, put some damn food on the plate!!

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KH
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waitresses was very nice. I wasn’t really happy that they seated us in the bar area instead of the restaurant. It was much louder and less intimate in there. We had to send back a filet for being overdone. They sent out a new one quickly, which was nice. It wasn’t the best cut of meat and didn’t really taste like a filet.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite anniversary and special occasion venue for years!

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B
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite South Orange County restaurant with an incredible view of the ocean, Dana Point Harbor and the San Clememte coast beyond.

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JK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday event

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NL
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding dinning experience. Food selection was excellent. Entree's were delicious ! Salmon and chicken tasted great. And the lava cake desert was amazing. Lastly the staff was very hospitable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I took my 90 y. o. Mother to early New Year Dinner. The service was great food delicious location excellent but ambiance is cold and lacking.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for a holiday birthday dinner. Decorations were great. Had to sit in front of stairs and rolling cart with dinners for diners up the stairs had to be parked pushed up to our table since cart couldn’t go any further. Very intrusive.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

I called and requested a booth we had 4 plus a baby that should have sat with parents in booth. They sat us at a table and I told the girl I requested a booth and she told me I could have a booth because we had five people. We literally had a 15 month old. I was embarrassed the girl didn’t care or offer a solution. Not what I accepted for the money you pay.

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K
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We weren’t seated until more than 30 minutes past our confirmed reservation time. Our table was phenomenal as was our server. The salad bar was good. The meals, however, we’re not. The filets were cooked properly but tough. The scallop/shrimp dish was fair but the brussel sprout slaw looked extremely unappetizing, even though it tasted great. The dessert was good. Overall, if you want a special night out, go somewhere else for better food/presentation. As we have been to The Chart House many times before, this time was disappointing.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place to spend Christmas dinner. Great service, amazing view, wonderful food and cocktails. Thinking of coming back next year!

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christams dinner and Nico made it extra special !

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived on time and only waited about 10 minutes to get seated. The restaurant was extremely busy and crowed. However the service and meals were excellent! Will be going back again soon.

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M
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Considering it was Christmas day, they did a great job. Meal was good, service was good, however it is a little expensive.

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t
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience made even better by our waiter Derek.

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KR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been patronizing this wonderful Dana Point location of Chart House for over 25 years. It is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Exceptional dining experience and service every time.

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LG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great location! Beautiful views! Service was ok. Food was good. Good value for the $

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PM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

When the star attraction of Christmas dinner is filet mignons, and they come out dry and overcooked, the review will regretably reflect that.

I can only guess that the fabulous Chart House was ill-prepared and perhaps under staffed for Christmas. Our table ordered one swordfish and three filets, all medium. They arrived very late, and medium-well at best. We had a very nice server, and we thanked her up front for sacrificing her Christmas to serve us! But the service was below expectations, several requests for coffee, bread, etc. A steak knife came to the table dirty. The window table was excellent. The salad bar was great. Our party should have sent the steaks back, but they did not want to make a fuss and make others at the table wait any longer. I am writing because I recommended this establishment and made the reservation. I was a little embarrassed at the outcome.

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious dinner!!! Beautiful view. Enjoyed our Christmas Eve celebration.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

For the amount of money I spent on dinner, it was beyond disappointing. The King crab legs were over cooked where we couldn’t break it open. It was rubbery. The gilt mignon was still mooing at us. We asked to have it cooked medium rare and it was still raw inside. We sent it back to get cooked more. The NY steak was average. Probably could have gotten a better steak at Sizzler for half the price.

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PH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were really looking forward to Christmas Eve dinner. We had been here several times before. Blaming it on too many reservations possibly but food was not good. I had to send my prime rib back due to inedible gristle. Then I received a thicker cut but it was tough. To top it off we received the wrong check. It will be a while before we go back and never on a holiday. Or just stick with seafood. We were very disappointed. :-(

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TG
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant was extremely accommodating for our large party...food and service were both outstanding!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was fair.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Horrible service. Reservation was for 5. Did not seat us till 545

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KM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, as we expect from Chart House, but service was so lacking. Don’t know if our server was over extended, but he didn’t provide us with the level of service that he did to other tables - which we knew because we were in earshot. Orders were forgotten, no offers to refresh (adult) beverages. Service dragged. I likened our server to a butler in a haunted house. This would not stop me from going here, I enjoy this restaurant immensely. Just not the caliber of service we are accustomed to here.

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