Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

4.3
4683 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Chart House is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood & steak and famous for their spectacular views. For more than 50 years, Chart House has redefined the ideal dining experience. With 27 waterfront and showcase locations ranging from the historic to the unforgettable, Chart House restaurants specialize in dazzling views, unique cuisine and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to slow-roasted prime rib, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors. And the Chart House happy hour is a guest favorite, where guest favor our signature cocktails and delicious bites you are sure to enjoy. Our original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake is the perfect end to a memorable dining experience at Chart House. Chart House offers the ideal setting for your next event. We would be happy to assist you with all the details of your special occasion.
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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view! Perfect for a any kind of celebration.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place ! I can’t wait to go back a little earlier to enjoy the views that are out of this world. It’s an oasis up there ! I’ve been to Dana point dozens of times but this view point is so gorgeous ! Went here to celebrate my bday and had a perfect evening ! From friendly valet to staff and food server - perfection ! Food was 💯 delish! Yum! My town kids 14 &12 loved the filet mignon ! I had the grilled swordfish - yum yum!

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DonnaB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very 👍🏼 nice

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GeraldW
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food and good service. But turn the music down!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience for our thanksgiving. Thanks for a fun evening of dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We felt that, because of the holiday, the overall enjoyment was diminished. The wait staff were overwhelmed, and the “kitchen” was slow. No fault of the server. We have been many times, but we won’t try to go on a holiday again.

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Dixie
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Had the three courses Thanksgiving dinner. First course was a salad. Wilted lettuce. Second course was turkey dinner. Meat was very dry; stuffing was burned on the bottom. Dessert was pumpkin pie that was worse than a market one. Will not be back again.

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DianeD
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

I love Chart House and everything about it. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner. The service was quite bad, dinner came before our salads. Then when dinner came (again) it was the same plates they’d basically stuck under the lights and the food was not hot. Overall it took us 2 hours to eat our entire meal because of the slow service, and not even an acknowledgement of or an apology for the slow service. I know businesses are having an issue right now with short staffing but this did not seem to be a problem for any other table with any other service. Other customers came and went.

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SanAntonioTraveler
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We waited about 15-20 mins for someone to come to our table to greet us and take our drinks, etc. Then throughout the stay, no one checked on us periodically. I would have definitely given 5 stars if we didn't have this issue.

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Katykeene
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the Dana Point Chart House.
This was not the first time we have gone there for a major holiday, so we like it. Everything exceeded our expectations and we had a wonderful time. The Chart House chain of restaurants have been one of my favorites for many years.
It makes me sad that some have closed.

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Blazedanger
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The location is spectacular and for the ambiance, great place. We dined on Thanksgiving and the food was awful- temperature and quality lacking in all dishes and starters. Although our waiter was fine the kitchen timing was awful. Entree prior to starter- removed food prior to finishing, etc. Although they removed a few dollars from bill as a courtesy without prompting- it was wholly insufficient. We left unsatisfied with the entire experience and hungry since our meals were really not edible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

absolutely a disaster 🙁🙁

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LeslieB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We noticed a major problem with service that seemed to stem from under staffing or poor preparation. Our entrees came before we had received our salad/soup. We were told you had run out of soup and had to prepare more. When we had finished the entre, the wrong soup (bisque rather than chowder) was brought to the table. Also I had to ask for bread, which otherwise we would not have received. When the bill arrived, it included a bottle of drink that we had not ordered. The waitress was very nice and tried to accommodate us but she needed fewer tables.
The larger problem was with parking. I tried to arrive at our reserved time ( 1 pm) but the lot was full and there was no street parking available. To make matters worse, my husband uses a walker and cannot walk very far. I am grateful that when I called to report our plight, your staff arranged for us to park in the lower handicap spaces, but it still was difficult for my husband to maneuver down your steep ramp to the restaurant. Nonetheless, it was worth the $7 for parking.
On the plus side, the food was good , the view outstanding and the weather great. Also, as I mentioned earlier, the waitress could not have been nicer or more understanding. She recommended that we try the restaurant on another day that was not so crowded.

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CaseL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for Thanksgiving Dinner. Had early reservation and was seated promptly upon arrival. Our waiter was attentive at first but then had to service 3 other tables so there was a gap in service. However, once our waiter took our order service was very good. The waiter arrived promptly with our drink orders and then the wait staff arrived shortly thereafter with the salads. From that point on service was very good and the waiter made an effort to check to see if we required anything else. Overall I was delighted with the meal and the service and would recommend Chart House for dinner weather a holiday or not.

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vipMikeL
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been in a long time! It was a great dining experience! Great views, food and service!

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vipTerryB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My Favorite Restaurant..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish was cooked perfectly - not overcooked as it often is in some other restaurants. We sat outside on the lovely patio (furnished with heaters), with a great view of the harbor (no reservations accepted for patio seating). The service was great, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service issues. National problem we get it. However a 43 dollar prime rib leftover from the weekend overcooked isn’t great

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BillH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrive at 4 pm on Sunday when they opened. They provided an ocean view table as requested. Great view, especially around sunset. Courteous staff, the drinks and meal were well timed. Not inexpensive but also not over the top. Figure paying around $60 per person if you include one drink and you share a dessert. Great place for that occasional celebration.

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vipRyanM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall great server and good. However had a reservation and was seated thirty minutes past the reservation time. Not acceptable for a quality restaurant such as this. Most restaurants of this quality typically would apologize via some token of assistance towards the meal (free app, free drink, etc), nothing was offered or provided.

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MaryJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since we had been there and we took our 16 year old Son. He loved it; as did we. Went home full and happy!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow service, over cooked filet. Just like our last visit

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We asked for medium Prime Rib and everyone’s was SO SO rare!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Beautiful view, service was great and the food was delicious!

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great restaurant. Wonderful atmosphere, amazing food and excellent service!

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BobN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal and great service. Loved the booths. Very quiet and comfortable.

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vipmsrr
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our food and view very much. Our waitress was very professional and serviceable. Everything you expect from Chart House.

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Fernando
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The fish and steak were good, but the chicken was not good. I was not happy with the chicken, it was dry and bland. Everything else was good, just not chicken

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vipJonT
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We sat outside in the regular part of the restaurant on a warm November evening. The atmosphere was lovely, but the service outside is lacking, slow and inattentive. There was no bus staff attending to the guests. We ordered drinks and it took some time before they were delivered. Then we ordered dinner, salads,etc. When the salads were delivered the waiter got our order incorrect. She told us she’d re-submit the order, but no guarantee that salads would arrive before our entrees. We had to ask for silverware after our food was delivered. More waiting. We heard some of the same issues occurring at nearby tables. This is beyond issues restaurants have dealt with due to COVID. The food was good, but the service was poor. This is the second time we’ve dined at this location in the past 4 months and both times, we had to park way off site as the parking lot was full. Disappointing overall. We’ve been patrons of this location for over 20years and feel the experience has definitely declined.

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TonyV
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Menu was different then we remembered, pour selection available. Seams overall quality, service have food not so good.
Prime rib very fatty, undercooked, overall very pour.

The resturant was dirty, stains in carpet, wood railings and paneling in need of new stain and finish. It’s showing it’s age, was very disappointed in the over all condition, atmosphere, parking was expensive.

Waiter the pushed some membership program on us as we were paying our bill.
Chart House used to be a destination and a treat. Now it’s just trying to live up to its past, and it’s failing at that, on every front.

There are plenty better restaurants out there and they will be getting our time and money.

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AFM86
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration, brought a slice of cheese cake to help celebrate the birthday.
Food and service were great! Hadn’t dined there for three years, we’ll be back very soon!

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DeborahW
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined out arriving at 4:45. We were seated promptly outside overlooking Dana Point Marina. The view was spectacular as the sun set. The meal was delicious. We had lobster bisque, beet salad, magi with fall vegetable hash and Chilean sea bass. All dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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RichS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome way to celebrate our anniversary that didn’t happen in Covid. It was such an awesome view and the staff was so friendly.

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BobM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a window seat for four with a great view, great service, great food, especially the steak and side dishes.

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Pablotracy1
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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vipMikeG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Chart house has seen better days

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gregorym
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was a beautiful location. I believe that they were probably short staff as it took us a little longer than normal to be seated. We did see the host working very hard at doing a variety of tasks other than just seating patrons. The food was good as it always is but we noticed that some of the 60th anniversary items did not appear to be on the menu. This may just be a restaurant choice.

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Becky
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The views are spectacular especially at sunset and our server was terrific and attentive. Enjoyed our wine and salads and had fun seeing the rabbits and raccoon in the grassy area. The steak was delicious but all the seafood was way over cooked. You would think they would have the seafood dialed in since that is their specialty. Ordered swordfish and shrimp and even the shrimp were dry and hard.

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing with an incredible outside view. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. It gets chilly at night but the heaters really help.

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Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point is rated 4.3 stars by 4683 OpenTable diners.

Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

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