Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point

4.5
4214 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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 26 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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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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Domino
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I made reservations for a 46th wedding anniversary dinner for two. We were seated outside, which we knew beforehand, but not on the patio, which was a cool atmosphere with wooden tables and overhead lights. Instead we were off to the side in a makeshift annex on grass with a few tables with white plastic chairs and white tablecloths. I guess I falsely assumed that since I had a reservation we would get good seating. Wrong. My mistake was that I made the reservation for 5:30...I think most of the good tables were taken before then. Anyway, food was up to par for the Charthouse. My husband said he had the best steak he has had in a year. But for me, the wife, the disappointing ambiance overshadowed everything else and it was a dinner that didn't feel special at all. Blame it on Covid, I guess.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband & I celebrated a late Valentine's at the Chart House. This was our first visit.
We got the prime rib and chicken, both of our dinners were delicious. Our server was ON it, usually my husband has to ask for more water or condiments but not tonight! Drinks were good too. It was already dark when we got there, but the harbor lights were nice to look at during dinner. We will definitely be back.

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Chips
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Chart House was outstanding and met our expectations for ambiance, beverages andfood. However, the $7.00 parking fee was ridiculous. We aren't talking valet(that was available) siimply a place to stick your car. Come on guys thats sticking it to your guest. Yes I would recommend the restaurant to a friend but with this disclaimer,

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SiunehI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is nothing special but the view is amazing. It gets really cold after 9 make sure dress warm.

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vipGlennH
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Disappointing! Before I arrived my guests were greeted by Scott who acted like he was in charge. They were scolded for being an hour early for our reservation. My guests informed Scott that our plan was to have a cocktail before dinner. Scott informed them drinks were not available without ordering food and there was no place to wait for our reservation time except on benches by the parking lot or the patio. When I arrived, I was informed of the conditions and observed other guests being informed by Scott what his conditions were and that they are overbooked. We secured bench seating. By now I could really use a drink. I suggested to Scott that I was happy to order an an appetizer with my drink order if that was okay with him. He said he would send Matt over. After an hour- no Matt. Scott was less than happy and he eventually made the rest of us less than happy.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Chart House is wonderful option to dine at, when in Dana Point.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had THE best experience at Chart House. We sat outside under a heater, due to Covid. It was perfectly comfortable though.

We told the staff about our engagement (which happened earlier that morning) and they brought out a complimentary mocha chocolate cake! YUM.

For our meal we got: small clam chowder bowl, the two lobster tails entree and the Mac nut mahi - all of which was unbelievably delicious.

At the end of the dinner when we went to pay, our waiter informed us the couple behind us, who had heard we’d just gotten engaged, paid for our entire meal!!! It was unreal. It made for the cherry on top of an already special day.

So, yeah. Chart House rocks!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Patio was great unfortunately the service and the food was subpar. My Seabass had so much butter on it that at least the bottom of the plate had no flavor except for the butter could not eat it

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Mike
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We set in the patio. Service was slow. Kitchen is a long trip from the patio. There was not enough help. Felt sorry for the server. Our food was excellent

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BarbB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Server had to constantly apologize for poor service...bar backed up etc. You didn't have enough staff, obviously. Food was pretty cookie cutter... not excellent, but okay. Bottom line is we spent more time waiting for service than we did dining. You can do better!!

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AlanT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We have reserved through Open Table and added this was an Anniversary dinner. This was not acknowledged at any time at the restaurant. We were seated, not in the inviting section of the patio. Our table was in the overflow section that included a stock pile of extra benches and bare table. The view was grand overlooking the harbor. We ordered cocktails first, then chowder. We were finished with our chowder by the time our cocktails arrived. We ordered wine. The wine the waiter brought out and ready to uncork was the wrong bottle.
We ordered bread twice, never received. The seabass was not the typical thick portion, very flat grilled piece and loaded with butter. The two top table directly behind us ordered the seabass and commented as i commented. They did not even eat their seabass. The Prime rib needed salt. We requested a salt shaker, never received.
Overall, very disappointing, especially being a long time local. We sure miss Cannons Restaurant!

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

We always look forward to taking our granddaughters to dinner here, but this time we were disappointed in the service. We had to ask for sugar for our ice tea 3x. When we asked for another glass of wine, it never came. We asked for straws 2x & glasses & plates kept piling on table. He kept apologizing but nothing changed

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food. A spectacular evening celebrating our 35th anniversary. Well done Chart House. We’ll be back

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to take a date and enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the harbor. The staff was very respectful and polite. I will definitely come back for another meal.

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CaitlinM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Beautiful view even at night over the harbor and lights along the coast.

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ChrisH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view of Dana Point Harbor was spectacular! I had the New York strip and it was to die for. My Fiancee had the herb crusted salmon and that was also fantastic. We followed up with the key lime pie and lava cake and we're very happy with them. Great service all around!

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Vyra
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for valentines dinner while seated outside due to Covid-19. I did appreciate that the tables were set up 6 feet apart covered with white linen table cloth, candlelit and heated patio beside us kept us warm. Wonderful view overlooking the ocean, had great service, food was amazing. I had salmon with a side of mushrooms and asparagus, and chocolate lava cake to end the night. Wonderful evening.

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vipAura
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fue una experiencia muy bonita, El ambiente estaba muy romántico... La comida muy deliciosa 💯 recomendable!

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JoseR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place to take your significant other or family for a special occasion. The view is breathtaking. Its an upscale place so the menu prices are what you would expect. I will definitely consider this restaurant again.

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guhlitz
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor experience add another level to the restaurant ambiance. I hadn’t been to this Chart House previously, but will return for the indoor experience. Food quality par none. Food buzz for sure when leaving.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from the service to the food

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Justin
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great venue with a great view!
Food was prepared very well. Service was fantastic!

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MikeK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view with the outdoor dining is unbelievable and the food is excellent!

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RaymondA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Not a good experience for the money. Please read full review in Yelp. After giving this restaurant two chances they fail to perform. Basically something is always wrong with the food. This Chart House location can't seem to put together a flawless event for their guest. The Lake Tahoe location hits success evertime. Again, full review in Yelp.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating Valentines Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service, the ambiance of our table w a view and the food were outstanding!!

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vipIDontShareFood
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service and wonderful setting. Will be back soon!

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Janis
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the view fabulous. However, nowhere in the Opentable webpage or the Charthouse webpage did it say we would be seated outdoors. We asked for a window table knowing this restaurant had very substantial booth separation. NO ONE let us know we had to eat outside. We were NOT prepared with proper clothing and the rental chairs were quite uncomfortable. It was so windy, the wind blew our wine glass over. Next time we will ask to park downstairs as the spiral staircase from the upper parking was almost too much for my wife's knees.

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Haley
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining experience here was absolutely exceptional! The waiter ave such incredible recommendations, we could not decide our favorite part! The herb encrusted salmon, the lobster tail, the coconut shrimp...all absolutely divine! The view is what really puts this restaurant over the top, though! So impressed with them!

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vipJane
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed an early Valentine dinner...the special of lobster and filet mignon. Both were prepared perfectly and efficiently served by our excellent and personable waiter Chris.

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HarryB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can't say enough good things about our Server, Kevin, and the Chef's delicious Valentine's Day menu and attention to detail.

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JeffB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Forcing diners outside in 46 degree weather with no accommodation (tents). Heaters were at every table to no avail. Food chilled on our plates before we could eat. Staff shrugged it of; "You can't control the weather?" Glad they got wages and a generous tip. Won't be back until they re-open. Website said "Dine in" means freeze out on the lawn. Hard Pass!!

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CeceR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My new favorite place to take anyone from out of town or sometimes just to see the view ourselves.
Love it outside. Hope they continue.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was my husband’s birthday dinner with friends. We were so disappointed. We are locals in the area and have visited Chart house through out the years. It had been a couple years since we’d been and we just couldn’t believe how bad everything was. We understand the hardship restaurants have had during pandemic but we have gone to many others that have conformed to the situation without sacrificing food and service. This restaurant needed tents outside, we were freezing and our food came out cold. They were understaffed and we waited a half an hour for a salad to come to the table. We paid a $20 corkage and poured our own wine. Our bill was $240, definitely was not worth that. Real bummer all the way around.

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Bday
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The view and ambiance was awesome!! The sides( we had asparagus and mushrooms were delicious). The main course however was mediocre at best. I ordered a filet mignon (38$) it was about a 1/4 inch thick. I ordered med/rare and it was no surprise it was medium/well because with a cut that thin it would impossible to prepare it medium rare. No one asked how our food was.
We still had a great time with amazing oceanic views. I did think maybe they can’t get the same quality of meats as I recall in the past due to Covid? However, I would go again and recommend it to friends but would not recommend the filet.

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SVal
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, great customer service, and delicious food! Good for a romantic date, or for a dinner outing with friends.

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NancyL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food presentations were great and tasted wonderful!

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MarilynnB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I sat on the patio at 4:00. A little windy out there but the view was spectacular and we sat near a heater. We both ordered the filet and the meat was perfectly cooked in both cases.
Special shout-out to our server Glen. He made sure we were doing well without being obtrusive. Overall it was a wonderful experience.

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Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 493-1183.

Chart House Restaurant - Dana Point is rated 4.5 stars by 4214 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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